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mLani Wireless FPS Controller for the PS3

Posted in PS3 by Conner Flynn on February 26th, 2009

mLani Wireless FPS Controller for the PS3How many times have you heard your gamer friends say that they can’t play FPS games on a console because it’s not as good as a mouse and keyboard? Probably a lot. They’re always whining about it. Well, this new controller for the PS3 cuts all the wires, making the experience more like the Wii. You can even program it.

There isn’t a ton of info, but we know that it will drop in about 90 days. This should be interesting to use. Hopefully it will shut your whinny friends up too.

Playstation ‘DualShock Vortex’ concept is twisted

Posted in Controllers by Conner Flynn on February 26th, 2009

Playstation ‘DualShock Vortex’ concept is twistedThis concept for a Playstation controller looks awesome, but how does it benefit you the player? The idea is that you can twist the two sides of your controller around. How that benefits you in any way, I have no idea. I can see being able to pull them apart. That gives you more freedom like the Wii controllers. But twisting it at a bizarre angle?

The thinking is that it’s for certain things in game. Like when you are on a cycle. When you twist the controller, you are twisting the throttle. So, its uses are going to be pretty limited. Which is why I don’t think we will be seeing this one anytime soon.

Wii Super Famicom classic controller now available

Posted in Wii by Conner Flynn on February 19th, 2009

Wii Super Famicom classic controller now availableYou might remember this limited edition Super Famicom Classic Controller from back when it was available only to Club Nintendo members in Japan. Well now it’s available to you, thanks to Play-Asia. And they’ll even ship to the United States so you can add some old school to your Wii.

The bad news is that it will cost you just over $80 shipped, so you better really want it badly.

NES Controller modded into a mouse

Posted in Nintendo by Conner Flynn on February 12th, 2009

NES Controller modded into a mouseSomeone has taken an old NES controller and modded it into The Compwnent USB Nintendo Controller mouse by adding a new chip and USB cable. It will work with any OS. We’re not sure how comfortable it would be to use, but it’s not like it will injure your wrist over time. Why not?

It will show up as “Compwnent USB NES Controller” on your device list and boasts a Mouse Mode. Hit A, B, Start & Select simultaneously and you can use the D-pad and A/B buttons to control mouse movement and left/right click! The NES Controller will cost you $35.

Colorful Wii Nunchuks are Wii FunChuks

Posted in Wii Accessories by Conner Flynn on February 5th, 2009

Colorful Wii Nunchuks are Wii FunChuksPeripheral manufacturer Logic3 wanted to copy the Wii’s Nunchuk and in order to avoid lawsuits, they gave it the clever name of FunChuks. They are essentially miniature, brightly colored Wii nunchuks that somewhat resemble vegetables.

They’ll cost you $20 each and are a fairly straightforward Wii nunchuk replacement, except for the extra “C” button that they threw on them hoping to stymie lawyers. They also look like they will explode and create a Jackson Pollack masterpiece on your floor.

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.

CyWee’s 3D game controller

Posted in Games by Conner Flynn on January 8th, 2009

CyWee’s 3D game controllerCywee’s motion controller is basically a 3D USB mouse, with a dual-axis gyroscope. It’s the first game controller to have one, according to the company. It can be used either straight up like a Wiimote or folded into a rough gun/boomerang shape. It’s interesting, that’s for sure and is likely giving the big N some ideas on future Wiimotes.

The controller is dubbed the CYWEE Z. It will be shown off at CES, but it seems that no one is sure whether or not the company’s game console will be there as well. making the trip as well. This might be an interesting one to watch.

Funny Band: Keyboards, drums and guitar in one freakish controller

Posted in Musical Instruments by Conner Flynn on December 11th, 2008

Funny Band: Keyboards, drums and guitar in one freakish controllerBy now you must have a zillion fake plastic instruments taking up room in your home, thanks to the endless Guitar Hero type games that have entered your life. You might want to check out the Korean-made Funny Band, which takes a guitar and shoves drums on the back and a keyboard on the front for some reason.

I have no idea how you’re supposed to use this thing, but I’m dubbing it The all-in-one, one-man-nerd-band plastic-ono experience. If you think this weird mash-up lives up to it’s name, you’ll get a kick out of reading the press release below where we learn that Funny Band “will be loved by dance game to lots of users who just fall in to rhythm game.” and that “there was no game like performing on on-line such as funny band.”

iPod Touch Nano with removable game controller

Posted in Concepts by Conner Flynn on November 18th, 2008

iPod Touch Nano with removable game controllerThis is what an iPod Touch Nano might look like should Apple release one. It’s designed by Isamu Sanada and the iPod Touch Nano features a 2.8-inch touchscreen display, 3.5mm headphone jack, dual dock connectors, and would come in a variety of colorful cases. Probably the coolest thing about the design is the removable game controller for when the accelerometer and touchscreen aren’t enough. Maybe it’s just me, but this is probably the one feature that the iPod Touch could use in the real world. Pretty sweet design.

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.

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.

PS3 Wiimote Patent filed

Posted in PS3 by Conner Flynn on October 30th, 2008

PS3 Wiimote Patent filedCheck out this patent for a PS3 Wiimote device which can be split into two to suit different gaming methods. The technology is similar to Nintendo’s Wiimote, featuring accelerometers, LED-based tracking etc. One of the unique functions of the controller is the ability to send out ultrasonic frequencies that can determine the absolute xyz position. Will we ever see this from Sony? You can bet on it, but likely in an updated form. Everybody is trying to keep up with the Wii while making motion based games uniquely their own.

Wayne Coyne’s Guitar Hero controller mod

Posted in Controllers,Games by Conner Flynn on October 27th, 2008

Wayne Coyne’s Guitar Hero controller modWayne Coyne of the Flaming Lips has built imself an awesome looking Guitar Hero guitar mod that marries a Korg Kaoss pad, working GH controller and a white Gibson double-neck guitar. He’s even using this beast to film an 8-second spot for NBC. Okay, so why did he create it? Because of those damn kids. “there’s a lot of kids out there that think this is actually how you play guitar now — that you just press a series of four or five buttons and and sort of different sort of sequences and it makes every sound that the guitar can make,”

You can check out a video here. The Kaoss pad is used to control a synth tone that can be modulated by the five colored neck buttons. No word on whether he’s using it on tour or not, but it will be playing the three-note NBC chime in a promo spot. Pretty cool.

Scratch: Ultimate DJ gets Numark controller

Posted in Games by Conner Flynn on October 10th, 2008

Scratch: Ultimate DJ gets Numark controllerGamers who look forward to Scratch: Ultimate DJ next spring will be able to play the game usinhg a Numark controller, a well-known name used in decks at parties around the world.

The title will be available for Xbox 360 and the PS3 sometime in Spring 2009, and will feature a variety of hip-hop artists just like Guitar Hero features Guitar gods. No track listings were released at press time. Who knows what we can look forward to next. Banjo Hero? Flute Hero featuring Jethro Toll?

NES Bong will have you seeing 1up mushrooms

Posted in Nintendo by Conner Flynn on October 2nd, 2008

NES Bong will have you seeing 1up mushroomsI don’t think you’ll find this controller at your local Gamestop. Aside from being several years out of date, it’s also a bong/pipe. Which makes sense. I mean, what magical land has mushrooms that can make you bigger and spit fireballs, ride a green dinosaur named Yoshi and warp travel through pipes, all while collecting coins so that you can presumably earn enough to fill up your homemade modded bong again?

Now, I question whether the game ever existed in the first place. It may have all been illusion. Some guy spent an entire weekend putting this together and claims it doesn’t work.