We knew the Wii Controller Demo app (now known as "Wii Controller IME") was close to being able to interact with Android in a meaningful way, but we certainly didn't expect to see Average Joes playing Donkey Kong on their Nexus One devices this soon. Not that we're kvetching or anything -- and in fact, we'd argue that this landed at a perfect time for you hard-workin' Android owners to give this all a spin over the weekend. Jump on past the break for a look at the setup procedure as well as bona fide proof that a Wiimote and Android can indeed work together for the greater good. Mind those coconuts, though.
Update: Whoa, we just spotted that this app is actually pikipirs' completely free Wiimote Controller app (available now to download in alpha), which just so happened to surface at about the same time as Ryan Frawley's Will Controller IME (also available now). The more the merrier, right?
Our Deal of the Day today is the Wal-Mart - Nintendo Wii Console, Wii Sports, and Bonus Game for $179!.
Offer: Walmart has the Nintendo Wii Console with Wii Sports plus a bonus game for $179!
Razer is bringing a Mirror Special Edition version of its Abyssus gaming mouse to market this month which sports a sleek black chrome mirror finish. It would be quite the attractive partner next to Razer's other gloss aesthetic finished products such as their Lycosa Mirror Special Edition keyboard.
The mouse itself retains all of the key features in the original Abyssus including a 3.5G 3500 dpi sensor, on the fly sensitivity adjustment, three programmable Hyperesponse buttons, ambidextrous shape and mechanical dpi/polling rate switches underneath.
The mouse will be available on shelves worldwide a little later this month and will come with an MSRP of $49.99 U.S. / €39.99 in Europe.
Thermaltake has just announced a new mid-tower gaming chassis in the ARMOR A90 which gives an all-black (inside and out) bulletproof armor appearance.
The front panel headers give four USB 2.0 ports; two positioned on the front bezel and two up top, along with an eSATA connector, mic and headphone ports.
The case can house 6 x 3.5-inch HDDs and 4 x 5.25-inch devices. There is also a spot for a 2.5-inch HDD/SSD.
The out of the box cooling system includes a 200mm blue-LED fan for exhaust up top along with a 120mm blue-LED fan positioned for intake up front. There's also a 120mm fan placed at the rear for additional heat exhaustion. There's a mounting place available on the side panel to add another 120mm fan which is positioned in line of where your VGA card(s) would be.
Thermaltake is now advertising the ARMOR A90 with an RRP of $94 U.S.
It's been confirmed that Nintendo will be shipping an all-black edition of its Wii console to the North American market in efforts to try and attract a bit more attention with sales slipping a bit too much for Nintendo's liking.
The all-black edition is said to hit (some) shelves on May 4th and will be sold in a bundle including Wii Sports, Wii Sports Resort and the Wii Motion Plus. Nintendo has kept the price at the same $199.99 figure.
Loved EA's action horror shooter, Dead Space? - Here's something to get excited about. EA have just released their first trailer for the second instalment :-
MSI has just announced that its new GE600 gaming notebook is now available for purchase in North America.
The GE600 is a 16-inch notebook with a Core i5-430M processor and Radeon HD 5730 GPU packed inside. Other features include 4GB of DDR3 memory, a 320GB HDD, 4-in-1 card reader, DVD writer, 1.3MP camera, 802.11b/g/n WiFi and Bluetooth.
It comes with a 6-cell battery and weighs about 2.67Kg. You can pick it up with a copy of Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit over at Newegg for $899.99.
Further details in the full announcement here.
It hasn't been too long since Sony unveiled the PS3 Slim that replaced the old fat PS3. Along with the slimmer profile came a few other upgrades. Sony is now said to be using newer hardware inside some PS3 Slim consoles.
The new consoles are using a RSX graphics chip built on the 45nm platform that uses 15% less power and has fewer issues with overheating. The Cell processor is reportedly the same.
The new PS3 hardware update also uses a pair of 128MB XDR RAM chips rather than the four 64MB chips of older models. This hardware update may be the first time Sony turns a profit on the PS3, which is a big deal for a console that has lost money or at best broke even since it debuted.
Origin is one of the newest gaming PC companies around. The firm has some interesting gaming machines in notebook and desktop flavors. Origin has announced that it is updating its Genesis gaming desktop with some new hardware.
The Genesis gaming desktop is now using the new Asus Rampage III Extreme mainboard. The board supports Intel processors up to the Core i7-980X Extreme. The board also supports multiple graphics options.
Those graphics options include 3-way SLI and CrossFireX for serious flexibility. The board has lots of overclocking features and the Genesis PC starts at $1,999.
MSI has just announced availability of a tidy number in its gaming notebook lineup dubbed the GX640.
This unit sports an ATI Radeon HD 5850 GPU and Intel Core i5-430M processor. Its display is 15.4-inch sized with a resolution of 1680x1050. Other specs include 4GB of DDR3 memory, a 500GB SATA 7200RPM HDD, 802.11a/g/n and Bluetooth connectivity, 2MP webcam and 9-cell battery.
MSI's GX640 can now be purchased from Amazon at a base price of $1099.99 and it will be listed on Newegg within the next week.
For further information, check out MSI's full press release here.
Pre-built Gaming PC specialists MAINGEAR have just updated their tidy eX-L 15-inch notebook with the latest and fastest technology. You can now purchase it with a Core i5 or Core i7 processor and Radeon HD 5870 GPU.
The 15" HD display runs a native 1080p resolution which the HD 5870 will have no problems handling in all the latest games, but there is an option to go with a cheaper 1600x900 res panel if the unit gets a bit too pricey after spec'ing it up with all the other goodies during the customization phase.
For a full rundown on the specs, check out MAINGEAR's press release on the unit here. You can start customizing today with a base price of $1,599.
Many of you are no doubt holding out for Valve's first downloadable expansion for Left 4 Dead 2 dubbed 'The Passing' but despite all the teasing from Valve about it since December, it's been unclear as to when exactly it would be released.
This should bring a smile to your faces; a recent posting on the Left 4 Dead blog suggests sometime this week!
The Passing is set to take place following Left 4 Dead 2's Dead Center campaign and will feature both characters from the first game along with the sequal's killing zombies in the small rural town of Georgia. There will also be some new game modes in this expansion along with the ability to shout out "Fooouur" and swing a golf club at the mongrels along with getting down and dirty thanks to Mr. M60 machine gun and much more.
The Xbox 360 version of it is said to cost 560 Microsoft points which works out to $7 U.S. while we're not sure if or what the charge will be for the PC version as yet (remember, downloadable content for the original Left 4 Dead on PC was always free).
The general consensus towards people, especially youngsters playing video games right before bedtime is a definite no no if a good night's sleep is in order.
Many parents are quick to believe playing a violent video game for a while before bed (let alone any other time of day) will result in lots of tossing and turning through the night and maybe even a few cold sweats from sleep deprivation or vidid nightmares.
However, despite the logic associated with the above concern, a new study by the Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine magazine suggests little influence is had towards the quality of sleep through the night from teens playing Call of Duty 4 for a while beforehand vs teens who were watching a relaxing documentary on TV beforehand.
The difference between the two groups? it took the gamers on average only 3 more minutes to fall asleep than those who kicked back to the March of the Penguins documentary, so nyer nyer mum and dad!
Want less interruptions and repeat arguments at home every night whilst going on your virtual killing sprees? Point the folks in the direction of the link below.
If you were a gamer back in the early 80's you had an Atari 2600. The system was in many homes and the games were horrible compared to what we have today. Many geeks still have the systems from their childhood and some of the games are worth big money.
A guy named Tanner Sandlin from Austin, Texas read a story about rare video games and realized he owned one of the games. The game in question is Air Raid. Sandlin had the game in its original box and put it up on eBay.
The game ultimately went for $31,600 and is only the 13th known copy left and the only one with its full package. Go check your garage or basement now; you might be sitting on enough money for a new car.
Gears of War fans will be foaming at the mouth at this one. Confirmation has come in the form of a press release from MSFT and Epic that Gears of War 3 is in the works with a hard set launch date of April 5, 2011 in the states (April 7 in Japan and April 8 everywhere else).
Given the level of success that followed the release of the first two, it was pretty much inevitable we'd see a third instalment in the series before too long.
You can read the press details here and check out the trailer below for a small taste :-
Nintendo America is set to launch what it calls its most important product since 2004. The product is the new Nintendo 3DS and the device is set to hit stores sometime this fiscal year.
The 3DS will allow gamers to play 3D games on the portable console without needing to wear glasses to view the 3D content. Nintendo America's Reggie Fils-Aime talked with BusinessWeek on the topic, but offered no new details.
The only new insight offered in the interview was that Nintendo feels the launch of the 3DS is its most important since 2004 when it moved from the Game Boy to the DS. Nintendo certainly has high hopes for the DS.
We have held onto this news for a little while now, but today we can share news with you all that a new Taiwanese based tech company is bursting onto the scene called BitFenix. The company is making bold claims when it comes to the gaming hardware and peripherals products that it soon intends to bring onto the market.
The folks over at BitFenix, who have been in this industry for years (even as far back as the ABIT days of the past when it was at its best), make bold claims that it will not deliver so-called "me-too" type products and bring out innovative products that draw directly on the design experience of its staff, who have been doing this type of thing for a while now. There is an introduction video below that shows the mentality of BitFenix. Damn, they seem really competitive!
David Jarlestedt, BitFenix Product Manager, said "The time has come for true innovation to hit the scene, and I believe we have the experience and know-how to make it happen. And because a product's form is almost as important as its function, BitFenix products will be crafted to look as good as they work. We are driven to deliver some groundbreaking products, and along with the feedback from the community, I believe our upcoming designs will really cause people to do a double-take."
David Jarlestedt? Haven't we heard that name before? Oh right, he was one of the head designers for CM Storm, which is Cooler Master's gaming product division.
BitFenix has told us in person that they should have some early samples for us to look at next month, so you can bet we will be the first on the scene at their office here in Taipei to see what they have come up with and if their products are actually all that and more, which is claimed. We are looking forward to seeing BitFenix spice things up in the market of cases, mice, keyboards and more - especially as this market is heating up with many big companies deciding to focus more on the gamer in the past couple years.
The official press announcement introducing BitFenix can be located here.
Thermaltake has just listed yet another mid-tower chassis on its website (we're still waiting on the company's PR) which in typical Thermaltake fashion boasts a radical change in aesthetics and will be pretty much a love or hate it scenario.
Dubbed the Armor A90, this gaming series chassis is of steel construction and looks to carry an extensive feature-set, especially for its sub $100 price tag.
The chassis measures in at 502 (H) x 210 (W) x 515 (L) mm with a weight of 8.2Kg and sports an all-black exterior and interior which is much nicer looking than the light grey color we're used to seeing on so many chassis' inside.
For full details on all the features of the Armor A90, head over to the official product page here. Expect it to debut by the end of the month.
Fans of the horror FPS series F.E.A.R. will be excited to know that Day 1 Studios has decided to take on the next instalment, F.E.A.R. 3 with the previous developer, Monolith handballing the franchise over.
It will be very interesting how this one turns out and a lot of anticipation will likely build up through its development stages with John Carpenter getting involved whom is a fantastic film director for horror movies such as the Halloween series, Village of the Damned and many others.
Comic writer Steve Niles is also said to be getting in on this project as a co-writer for the development of the script.
Enhanced multiplayer elements are expected to be added to this instalment and apparently it could be ready as early as fall of this year. Let's just hope it's not rushed too much and is polished well without compromise.
It's expected to be released for all the major platforms; Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and of course, the PC.
The Sony PS3 gets software updates all the time it seems. Not all of them are good for users though, like the recent update that killed support for other OS' on the console.
Microsoft also updates the Xbox 360 frequently and has a new update coming for the console that adds some new features to the mix. The update provides support for USB storage devices.
With the update, the user can store data to external HDDs and flash drives at least 1GB in capacity. The catch is that no matter how large your external HDD is you can only get a single 16.5GB partition. That would waste lots of space on a 500GB HDD.
EA has been peddling Battlefield 1943 since last summer and the game has been very popular. It is a download only title that is sold on the PlayStation Network and the Xbox Live Arcade for about $15.
EA has announced that the game has become the fastest game to ever reach the 1 million copies sold mark on the Xbox. The game has sold very well on the PS3 as well.
PC gamers were left out of the Battlefield 1943 action from the start, but EA is getting a PC version of the game ready. The PC version can be pre-ordered right now.