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Wii U to support only one Wii U controller

Posted in Wii U by Reuben Drake on June 16th, 2011

Nintendo hasn’t completely ruled out the possibility down the line, however comments made by Satoru Iwata make it clear that the Wii U will only support one Wii U controller. This is an odd move by the company. In all likelihood you can still play multiple player games. Maybe using Wii remotes, or passing a controller around. It comes down to money.

“Technically, it is possible for the Wii U to support multiple Wii U Controllers,” Iwata said. However, this will result in a “considerable” price increase.

According to Iwata, “We’re not planning on asking our customers to buy multiple Wii U Controllers.”

Hyperkin’s PS3 Remotext does it all

Posted in PS3 by Conner Flynn on May 22nd, 2011

The PSN is finally back up and we’ve been playing our butts off, messaging and just celebrating in general. And now Hyperkin has unveiled their Remotext for PS3 which is a remote, a controller and a keypad. There’s a slide-out Blu-ray remote panel, QWERTY keypad and two analog nubs with and gaming controls.

It doesn’t look like there are rear triggers though, and no Bluetooth connectivity, but it does come with a wireless USB receiver and rechargeable battery. Maybe not great for serious gaming, but it will do for those who watch a bunch of movies. The Remotext will be shown off at E3. Nothing on pricing or availability yet.

World’s largest NES Controller actually works, if you are a giant

Posted in DIY by Conner Flynn on May 19th, 2011

Humans love to make things bigger and better. Sometimes we make things too big for our own good. Like this giant NES controller that actually works. The only problem is that you need several people to reach all of the buttons, so any game you play will be over quickly.

This one comes from a student at Dutch University, who is responsible for the creation of this monstrous controller. It is now the world’s biggest NES controller, having outdone all others. This Nintendo controller is 30 times larger than the original remote. Players stand on the buttons to activate them. It’s 12 x 5 feet.

Next generation Wii controller to feature 6.2-inch display?

Posted in Nintendo by Conner Flynn on April 22nd, 2011

Kotaku’s sources claim that the new 8-button controller has a 6.2 inch screen, two analog sticks, and a camera. The new Wii console (right now known as the Wii 2, Wii HD, or just “Project Cafe”) is said to support the new controller as well as Wii Remote-style controllers for backward compatibility.

So why does the controller need a giant display? Well it would give you some options like putting the player’s inventory or map on the controller screen, allowing players to combine it with the controller’s camera to take photos that could be imported into a game or even turning the controller into a viewfinder. Sounds interesting, that’s for sure. Think of it as the lower screen on a DS, with your TV being the top screen.

Guy tries to rob store with Playstation controller

Posted in News by Conner Flynn on April 19th, 2011

Maybe kids these days really are playing too many video games if they think they can rob a store using a Playstation controller. Did he intend to fire using R1 or the square button? We don’t know. We just know that he hid a Sony Playstation controller in his pocket and pretended it was a gun.

He was charged with armed robbery after an officer walked in on the robbery and got him. Right tool for the right job people. I wonder if the controller rumbled when they took him down.

Sony ships 50 million PS3s and 8 million Move controllers worldwide

Posted in PS3 by Reuben Drake on April 15th, 2011

Sony has reason to celebrate when it comes to sales of its gaming hardware. The PS3 has reached over 50 million units shipped worldwide and the PS Move controller has shipped over eight million units. That’s a lot of gear no matter how you look at it.

These are categorized as “shipped” because Sony reports sales to retailers, not end users like you and me. Anyhow, those are still huge numbers. The PS3 is on fire.

Veho Mimi all-in-one HTPC controller looks like a gamepad

Posted in Home Theater by Reuben Drake on March 7th, 2011

Is your home theater still using the old mouse and keyboard combo? Well Veho has announced the “Mimi wifi Keyboard & Air Mouse with game controller.” It looks like an Xbox 360 gamepad controller, but this one has everything you want in an all-in-one computer-controller.

It features a motion sensor to control the mouse, separate buttons for left and right clicking and a range of about 33 feet. It’s compatible with both Windows and Mac via a USB dongle, but the customizable buttons will only work on a Microsoft OS machine. It will cost you about 150 dollars (or £90).

Cool Gamer Calculator

Posted in Calculators by Conner Flynn on February 25th, 2011

Math geeks who are also game geeks will love this calculator. It won’t help you with your Killzone game, but maybe you can figure your kill/death ratio with it. It is called the Cool Gamer Calculator, and yes it is a calculator in a shell that’s shaped like a video game controller.

It gives you all of the basics like add, subtract, divide, multiply, memory, percentage and square root. The Cool Gamer Calculator is available for $13.99. It’s the best of both worlds in one cool gadget.

N-Control Avenger Xbox 360 controller attachment now shipping

Posted in Xbox 360 by Conner Flynn on February 3rd, 2011

Fancy making your Xbox 360 controller look like a Borg? The attachment gives your Xbox controller a complete overhaul and it is now shipping. It’s basically a shell full of levers that wraps around the gamepad to provide simultaneous control over a bunch of inputs at once.

With this, you won’t need to take your thumbs off the analog sticks to swap weapons or reload etc. It will cost you $39.99 and might improve your game.

Razer Onza available for Pre-Order

Posted in Xbox 360 by Conner Flynn on January 22nd, 2011

The Razer Onza controller for the Xbox 360 comes in two versions, a Tournament edition and the standard edition. Both controllers have the same basic features: a precision D-pad, enhanced ergonomics, two programmable buttons, and a 15-foot long braided cable. The standard version features a textured surface for better grip while the Tournament edition has a rubberized body to give you a good grip.

The main difference is that the Tournament edition features adjustable resistance on both analog sticks for the best precision. The tournament edition is so in demand that it is already sold out for pre-order at $49.99, but you can still get the standard version for $39.99.

Sonic the Hedgehog Inductive Wiimote Charger

Posted in Wii Accessories by Conner Flynn on December 27th, 2010

Look what we have here. Sonic the Hedgehog is willing to charge up your Wiimotes while showing the peace sign. He doesn’t look very happy about it though. You can understand why. He’d rather be chasing down golden rings and promoting Sega products. But sadly, those days are gone.

Now he is reduced to sub-par games and promoting Nintendo gear, which in this case will cost you $49.99. It comes from Mad Catz. Hey, at least it acts as a figurine too.

Xbox 360 limited edition orange Tron controller

Posted in Xbox 360 by Conner Flynn on December 17th, 2010

When it comes to Tron merchandise it has to light up and be over the top, otherwise why bother? And this latest peripheral for the 360 is just that. It’s up for pre-order now at $39.99 and is a very limited 250-unit production run.

It’s officially licensed by Microsoft and arriving later this month. A not so limited blue version should be joining it soon. Looks pretty sexy in orange though and the price isn’t bad.

Disney Epic Mickey Paintbrush Controller and Remote Charger

Posted in Wii by Conner Flynn on November 30th, 2010

Disney’s Epic Mickey launches today and the accessories are already making a splash as well. Many Disney fans are looking forward to this Wii game and will want these controllers for the game to complete the experience.

The epic Mickey Paintbrush Controller for Wii and the Epic Mickey Remote Charger for Wii are both available at Toys ‘R’ Us. The Paintbrush Controller retails for $24.99 and the Epic Mickey Remote Charger is $49.99. Grab both and settle in for a fun game night.

Dell Streak SNES controller dock

Posted in DIY by Conner Flynn on November 4th, 2010

Check out this Dell Streak with an SNES controller dock. The Dell Streak’s ability to work with standard USB keyboards also allows it to work with a modified SNES controller. We never thought we would see the day when these two gadgets combined.

The controller has basically been turned into a keyboard. This one comes from modder 0TheRain0. Yes, it is fully functional and totally awesome. This is the coolest mod we’ve seen in a while.

Lego Wiimote surfaces

Posted in Wii by Conner Flynn on October 13th, 2010

Lego fans will want to dust off their Wii and check out the official Lego Play and Build Remote for Nintendo Wii. Alas, the entire thing is not made of Legos, If it were, it wouldn’t be compatible with standard chargers and attachments. But it’s still pretty neat.

It will put you in the game more when playing those Lego Batman and Star Wars titles. These will be available on October 16th for $39.99.