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Riiflex Weights for Wii Fit

Posted in Wii Accessories by Conner Flynn on January 21st, 2009

Riiflex Weights for Wii FitYou knew it had to happen. They actually intend to make us do serious exercise with this Wii-Fit thing. A patent-pending peripheral called “riiflex” will turn your Wiimotes into dumbells thanks to some 2lb and 5lb cases. The design is pretty interesting. These even feature a trigger port for access to all the Wiimote’s buttons.

They are available for preorder deposit. While the price is still undecided, they estimate that these weights will cost you around $30 per unit. I’m sure they are already planning a way to include the nunchuk. One question. Do serious weight-lifting meatheads even use the Wii?

Massage your feet while you play Wii Fit

Posted in Wii Accessories by Conner Flynn on January 20th, 2009

Massage your feet while you play Wii FitWii-Fit can be a lot of hard work I suppose. It’s all about exercise after all. Your feet probably could do with a massage during that workout. These silicone covers were specially designed to cover the Wii Fit Balance Board, and it also doubles as an anti-slip mat(Clever BS) for those of you who sweat so profusely that you often slip on your own stinky excretions.

Amazon is carrying this thing for $9.99. All I can think about is how this thing deserves it’s own late-night info-mercial right next to the Sham-wow. I’m calling BS on all it’s claims and I dare you to spend $9.99 and prove me wrong. This is just a $10 piece of silicone.

Nyko clones the Wiimote

Posted in Wii Accessories by Conner Flynn on January 12th, 2009

Nyko clones the WiimoteIt had to happen and I’m surprised it took this long. Someone had to clone the Wiimote. That someone is Nyko. According to Mark Wilson of Gizmodo, who had a chance to play with it at CES, the device is pretty impressive, with no tangible difference aside from the red, white and blue color scheme.

The quality and response seems dead on. But aside from one-upping the Wiimote on good looks, “the Wand” has one advantage. Nyko is using it as the basis for their new Trans-Port peripheral technology. Where most Wii peripherals like the Zapper use mechanical contacts to link a trigger to an actual button on the Wiimote, Nyko makes this connection digitally.

Sure Shot Wii Rifle is three weapons in one

Posted in Wii Accessories by Conner Flynn on January 11th, 2009

Sure Shot Wii Rifle is three weapons in oneWe’ve covered our share of Wii guns here at the brick. Machine guns, Pistols, even the Wiimote assassination kit, but I believe this is the first rifle that is actually three weapons in one.

The Sure Shot Wii Rifle was unveiled at CES 2009. It’s from CTA Digital and features a removable stock and barrel, three modes, and is compatible with nearly all shooting games on the Wii. That last bit is a big plus. You can hit the link below to check out a video.

ezGear Wii MusicPack gives you a whole orchestra, formal attire not included

Posted in Wii Accessories by Conner Flynn on December 1st, 2008

ezGear Wii MusicPack gives you a whole orchestraYou can use the Wiimote alone as one of any 60 instruments featured in Wii Music. But that’s no fun. You need cheap plastic to really rock out with your orchestra. Plastic in the shape of a violin, saxophone and a pair of drumsticks. Now you’re rockin! Break out the formal-wear and pass some martinis around and your livingroom concert is complete.

The eGear WiiMusic Pack includes all three instrument attachments. The drumstick doubles as a conductor’s baton. That’s still 56 pieces short of a full Wii Music symphony orchestra, but it’s a start. For $30 it will make you feel like you are more then just a Wii music pretender.

Everlast Wii Boxing Gloves

Posted in Wii Accessories by Conner Flynn on November 20th, 2008

Everlast Wii Boxing GlovesWe’ve covered our share of Wii boxing gloves, but at long last Nintendo and Everlast have teamed up to deliver a knock out with these new boxing gloves. Of course they will cost you. After all, you recognize the name right? Everlast is the big time product maker of all kinds of real Boxing gear, so the gloves will cost you $30. Look at it this way. After you buy them at that price, you’ll be good and ready to knock somebody out.

Hori’s Wii Classic Controller is fugly, has autofire

Posted in Wii Accessories by Conner Flynn on November 18th, 2008

Hori’s Wii Classic Controller is fugly, has autofireI have always hated the look of the Gamecube controller, which is basically what we have here. It’s called simply the “Classic Controller.” Sure, there are plenty of other gamepads in this style, but not many get that fugly Gamecube look as close to the original as this one. And look at those autofire switches. It’s available in black, white, and blue on December 4th in Japan. You can pre-order one now for $29.90.

Nintendo Wii Speak has a one-time use code

Posted in Wii Accessories by Conner Flynn on November 15th, 2008

Nintendo Wii Speak has a one-time use codeBy now you’re well aware of the upcoming Nintendo Wii Speak peripheral. It’s a microphone that lets you communicate with other Wii users online. Some of you have eagerly waited for it. Ars Technica discovered that it comes with a 16 character code to download the “Wii Speak” channel. Thing is, it’s a one time use code. You can not replace it if lost.

That’s right, you can NEVER sell it, NEVER give it away and NEVER use it on another Wii Console other than the one it was downloaded on. I hear ya. It sucks. I consider it a scam on Nintendo’s part. I for one won’t be buying this useless turd. Nintendo isn’t going to tell me what I can do with hardware I purchase. I’m gonna get a friend to buy it and download onto my system. Then I’ll act dumb when it doesn’t work on theirs later.

Exarstick Arcade Stick for the Wii

Posted in Wii Accessories by Conner Flynn on November 13th, 2008

Exarstick Arcade Stick for the WiiSome of us who are old enough to remember arcades would prefer an arcade stick for the Wii as opposed to the fancy motion control you young whipper-snappers are using today. And while I’m at it, you can get the hell off my lawn and stop playing your music so loud. This controller is pretty close to the arcade experience, thanks to its shape and size.

The Exarstick comes with Minus and Plus buttons which are mapped to buttons on the top row, matching the Select and Start buttons on the SNES controller. The only gripes we are hearing are the ones you might expect, regarding its lightweight which makes things a little awkward when the game gets intense.

WiiDiva bedazzles your Wii strap

Posted in Wii Accessories by Conner Flynn on October 9th, 2008

WiiDiva bedazzles your Wii strapI’m not sure exactly how many Divas actually play the Wii, but for those who do, the WiiDiva offers the latest tacky way to add some bling to your Wiimote strap. Can we just stop putting shiny things on other things? Please? The marketing is almost as crapulent (Yes I made that word up) as the WiiDiva itself. “WiiDiva. Is it a Wii Strap or a piece of Jewelry? Actually, its a delightful fusion of both.”

Oh wow. Anyway, if you don’t know any Divas and aren’t a Diva yourself, maybe you can put it on your cat. That’s probably the best thing. Because you know they love the Wii, they just can’t tell you.

AirG: A Wii guitar in the palm of your hand

Posted in Wii Accessories by Conner Flynn on October 7th, 2008

AirG: A Wii guitar in the palm of your handOne thing that sucks about playing games like Rock Band and Guitar Hero is that the peripherals take up a lot of space in your home. The AirG for the upcoming Wii game PopStar Guitar fits in your hand. (And looks like some preschool toy) Just slip the Wiimote into the AirG case and begin rockng out wirelessly with four fret buttons.

The game will cost about $60 and include two AirGs. The PS2 version of the game uses existing toy guitars to play. It’s available this November and those that live with you will thank you for not bringing another plastic guitar in the house, so they don’t have to go all Pete Townsend and smash it.

Hands on: The Force Unleashed + Dual Glow Sabers = Extreme Geekery

Posted in Wii Accessories by Conner Flynn on September 25th, 2008

Hands on: The Force Unleashed + Dual Glow Sabers = Extreme GeekeryWe got a chance to see how the geek half plays The Force Unleashed by going hands on with the Dual Glow Sabers from Dreamgear. As usual, just pop your Wiimote in the holster and start hacking and slashing. These come in Jedi blue and Sith red and each take 2 AAA batteries to light up. These are about 2 feet long, so as long as you give yourself some space the furniture should be safe. These are definitely better designed then some of the other saber attachments that we’ve seen.

They won’t improve your game, but they do make you embrace your dork side and they are pretty fun to swing around for awhile. Kids and hardcore dorks will get the most use out of them. I was slashing up wookies and Jedis with ease, but I kept thinking how much cooler it would have been to have a sound effect. The attachment doesn’t hinder game play as far as I could tell. Still, at the end of the day swinging these sabers while playing the game is a great way to get some exercise and have some fun. The dreamGear Dual Glow Sabers will be avalable soon for about $20.

ezGear Wii Boxing gloves

Posted in Wii Accessories by Conner Flynn on September 23rd, 2008

ezGear Wii Boxing glovesCheck out these ezGear Wii Boxing Gloves. The picture seems to suggest that they make girls twice as hot, while arming them for a good ass-kicking. Yours, if you get out of line. Style-wise they beat the hell out of the old inflatable Wii Boxing gloves. They also look far more comfortable then real Boxing gloves, and should give you a more realistic experience when you play Wii Boxing.

Eye of the tiger baby. You can win Rock. Just slip the Wii-remote and Nunchuk into the gloves or you can use them while holding the Nunchuk and Wiimote. But why would you want to? If only the girl in the pic would play with me. I call her out right now like Clubber Lang challenging Rocky. She might take up the challenge. Probably figures I’m frail from a life of blogging. Which I am, but I’m training.

Nintendo talks Wii Fit shortages: Says same old things

Posted in Wii Accessories by Conner Flynn on August 28th, 2008

Nintendo talks Wii Fit shortages: Says same old thingsAnybody else getting tired of hearing the same old thing from the big N regarding shortages? The company just issued a statement regarding shortages of Wii Fit and it’s a familiar tune: Regarding Wii shortages in November of 2007 they said: “The demand for Wii hardware globally has been unprecedented and higher than Nintendo could ever have anticipated.” Fast Forward to NOW, regarding Wii Fit shortages: “Nintendo had a substantial supply nationwide for launch, though some stores saw spot shortages due to unprecedented demand for this unique product.”

Correct me if I’m wrong, but if you have a huge demand for the core product, wouldn’t the demand for a fitness accessory be nearly as huge? And shouldn’t you have planned for it rather then having to pay PR people to explain that there is a Huge demand? Nobody is taking you seriously.

Wiimote Controller Pocket is the most useless Wii accessory ever

Posted in Wii Accessories by Conner Flynn on August 26th, 2008

Wiimote Controller Pocket is the most useless Wii accessory everThe Wiimote Controller Pocket is probably the lamest excuse for a Wii accessory we’ve ever seen. This amazing device amounts to little more then a dressed up tissue box that says Wii on it. It’s available in 3 colors and of course the idea is that it can hold your Wiimote and nunchuk. And in it’s off hours, it doubles as a pen holder. At least the product description makes no bones about the fact that it’s lame:

“Anyone can fashion a similar pouch from an empty tissue box, a wonton soup container, a paper bag, or the cardboard box that your GA-KO Alarm Clock arrived in. Sure it won’t look as nice as Hori’s rendition but the functionality is the same and the cardboard box is free.”