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Nintendo Unveils New Controller - Classic Controller Pro

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287w ago - Normally we'd scoff at the idea of Nintendo releasing yet another new controller (heck, we've already got the Wii-mote, nunchuk, zapper shell, wheel shell, balance board, classic controller, and GameCube controller, not to mention third party offerings like the Hori sticks and alternate pads) but in this case, we're on board.

However, Nintendo's Japanese website has been updated with a new Classic Controller PRO model, and while it's got no release date or price just yet, we're already more than intrigued at this larger, more form-fitting design.

If you want to game on Virtual Console, your best bet right now is the Classic Controller or a GameCube pad. Still, while the Wii's throwback offering has the look of the Super NES pad from the golden era of gaming, it doesn't exactly feel form-fitting in its design. The back is oddly slanted, the finish on the controller feels a bit slick, and the sticks are too close together to really feel comfy.

From the info we've already got on the PRO, we know it's a larger controller, not only in thickness, height, and width, but it also makes use of one of the more well-received concepts out there, which is the extension grips, which gives it a GameCube, Xbox Controller S/360 look.

As you can see, the Z buttons (Z/L and Z/R) are larger now, and...
 

Nintendo DS Developer Unveils DSiBrew for the Nintendo DSi

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291w ago - Nintendo DS developer bushing has recently announced he is beginning work on developing Nintendo DSi homebrew, and has started a [Register or Login to view links]. To quote:

The reason this device is interesting to me is that the DSi seems to be to the DS what the Wii was to the GameCube. The DSi has two modes – a "native mode" and a "compatibility mode".

In the compatibility mode, the clock is slown down to half the speed and access to the new peripherals is disabled – sound familiar? In the native mode, you get a faster clock and more RAM – used to perform the real-time face recognition and image processing – as well as an SD slot and two cameras (front and back-facing). The device boots up into a "System Menu" that is fairly reminiscent of the Wii.

Oh, did I mention that it has a Shop Channel where you can download apps, like Opera? And you can download firmware updates online? Hey, guess what – we can [Register or Login to view links] online!

The ticket and contents are downloadable in the same way. Unfortunately, they aren't reusing the same common key, so we can't actually disassemble anything (yet). Although they're probably reusing much...
 

CES 2009: Nyko Unveils Their Wand, a Wii Remote Alternative

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294w ago - Debuting along with a few Wii charge kits at CES 2009, The Wand is Nyko's answer to the Wii Remote, featuring the ability to electrically replicate vibration feedback and control in attached devices.

Nyko's The Wand is a Wii remote alternative that features the company's all new Trans-Port technology. While current attachments to your standard Wii remote use mechanical triggers, and therefor cannot vibrate, The Wand can carry over electrical signals as well, meaning that peripherals attached can enjoy a whole-new level of control.

The Wand should be hitting stores this April. Check out the press release below for Nyko's full CES line up!

Press Release: CES 2009: Nyko Technologies Unveils Full CES Product Lineup

The Wand, Charge Station EX and Kama Charge Kit Make Their Debut

LOS ANGELES - Jan. 8, 2009 - The premier videogame accessories manufacturer, Nyko Technologies®, today debuted its full lineup of new products at the Consumer Electronics Show 2009 in Las Vegas, Nevada. In addition to the previously announced Metal Pedal™ and Charge Station™ Quad, the following lineup of brand new videogame accessories for the Nintendo® Wii™ will be on display for an exclusive hands-on demo:

The Wand™

The Nyko Wand is the world's most advanced...
 

LittleBigPlanet Unveils 'Level Packs' at PlayStation Store Thursday

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297w ago - SCEA Marketing Manager Mark Valledor shared the following news via PS Blog today:

First we introduced an array of costumes for Sackboy, now the PlayStation Store is pleased to introduce exciting new LBP 'Level Packs' to fill your Pop-it with more themed creative items.

Our level packs are filled with several new items including new costumes, cool objects, decorative items and numerous stickers all for you to enjoy creating new levels - all for just $2.99.

Check the store this Thursday and get your hands on our first one: Festive Level Pack (includes):

• Two new Costumes - Christmas Tree headpiece and a Wrapped Sackboy.
• One new Create Material = Wrapping Paper (cardboard w/ giftwrap texture).
• Two new Objects = A Festive Sleigh and holiday themed light.
• Six new Decorations = A Festive Bauble, Bell, Wrapping Bow, Candy Cane, Card and Stocking.
• A ton of new Stickers = holiday themed of course, including a Red Nose Reindeer, Elves, Turkey images and many more... and a partridge in a pear tree (j/k)

This is just the first Level Pack – but with the holidays only around for a few more weeks, the Festive Level Pack is only available for a limited time...
 

Capcom Unveils a Real Bionic Arm from Japan

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299w ago - Capcom USA has unveiled their delivery of a real Bionic Arm from Japan. Check it out below, modeled by Capcom's resident babe Marisol.

To quote: Today, we got the Bionic Arm. It came in a crate with some mysterious Japanese writing (probably a warning of the pure awesome inside), and a dead give-a-way in english as it says "Bionic Arm" in big letters.

Marisol was kind enough to strap on this prop for some pics to show off how cool this thing is. It would have been cooler if I could have found the button for the lights. But there's no obvious switch on there that says "lights."

Instead I spent a good five minutes pressing things that looked like they could be buttons while it was sitting on my desk(I was guarding it from the droolers). As I was looking, I realized just how much detail went into this piece of equipment.

Every rivet, bolt, screw, the hosing... It's all hand painted down to the most minute detail. The arm is an exact match to the arm you'll be using when you pick up Bionic Commando.
 
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