The long awaited Nintendo Wii U has arrived with its 6.2" touchscreen GamePad controller. The console has 8GB storage and already there are more than thirty games available. The Basic white Set comes with AC adapters and HDMI cable while the black Deluxe U Set also includes the Nintendo Land game, 32 GB storage, 2 stands and a charging cradle.
Nintendo is planning to lighten its load before the new holiday offerings by dropping the price of its older Wii in a Bundle with Sports Resort and Sports. Included with the black console is a Wii Remote Plus and Nunchuck at the reasonable price of $129.00. Look for it to debut October 28 to replace the Super Mario Brothers bundle.
Here comes the holidays. A new Xbox 360 Bundle is already available for preorder. It comes with Halo 4 Standard Edition. Also included in the Limited Edition are two wireless controllers with blue LED and rotating D-pad, Infinity Multiplayer mode, sound effects and a code for unique, downloadable content to dress up your avatar. Best of all, should the price drop before you receive your bundle, you will get the full package at the lesser price.
Put away that Xbox, Wii and PlayStation as there may soon be a new Android-based game system that begs to be hacked. The Ouya was built by the team of Jawbone Jambox and OLPC designer Yves Behar, connects to a TV and comes with its own development kit. At a price of $99.00, it remains to be seen when/if this console with multiple media advisors comes to a neighborhood near you.
It seems that although Lego puts out new collections frequently, there seems to be a good deal of Harry Potter and Star Wars, so we were pleased to see the CUUSOO website, a Japanese partner now in beta where fans of the building blocks can propose their own designs and actually help complete the finished product. The Minecraft Micro world is the third idea to come from the site and has four cubic vignettes, and characters Steve and a Creeper. Below the surface are mines and hidden resources.
The set should be out for the public by summer and can be pre-ordered now. If you have any ideas, head over to the site or vote on others projects. It takes 10,000 votes to be considered and the idea person gets 1% of the profits.
There are holiday bundles now for those who want to update game systems with an extra bit of cheer. The Xbox 360 Bundle includes the game console, built-in WiFi, 250GB hard drive, Xbox LIVE, the game "Fable 3" and a digital code for Halo Reach.
Nintendo's Wii Bundle comes packed with a Sensor Bar, a Remote Plus controller, one Nunchuk controller, standard composite cable and Wii Mario Kart.
With the Sony PlayStation 3 Bundle you get a 320GB system, wireless Move and DualShock controllers, an Eye camera, Sports Blu-ray game, and cables. Access online games, Blu-ray movies, and download on PlayStation Network.
Leapster has always put out a good system for kids and the Explorer Bundle is no exception for those aged 4 to 9 years. More than 40 games and activities can teach them school skills like reading and math. Parents can monitor their progress by hooking up the Explorer via PC. A camera and video recorder attachment are included as well as a carrying case, Leaplet learning app download card, USB cord and the Global Earth Adventures game.
Less than a week away (Nov. 20) from the latest and possibly greatest Zelda game ever, (at least according to Jimmy Fallon who got practically manic while testing it last week.) While Link was our introduction to the gaming world, too, eons ago, we can identify with his enthusiasm, especially after seeing a preview. You can pre-order the Skyward Sword Gold Remote Bundle that comes with game, music CD soundtrack and limited edition Gold Wii Remote Plus w/Triforce Symbol Accessory.
Love your Kinect but find being confined to a small room or apartment makes it tougher to play? Nyko has developed a clip-on for the Kinect that reduces the length up to 40%. The Zoom works with one or two players without modification or additional installation needed.
Sony has lowered the price of its Playstation 3 to get more in the proverbial game. It seems that reduction has already moved the system to the top of game console sales at Amazon. With the 160GB model and the 320 GB PS3 cut by $50.00, get yours before the price starts to soar again during the holidays. A Call of Duty Bundle is also available .
Another move that will probably keep the company in the bright green is the deal to bring DirecTV's NFL Sunday Ticket to the PS3.
You can go to a fast food restaurant and get some token tie-in to the latest "Transformers 3" movie, or you can be like Razer and come up with a commemorative DeathAdder Mouse, or 4 to be exact. Each has an ergonomic right-handed design with a 3.5G infrared sensor. The company also has dual-sided Mouse Pads for the super-obsessed.
While it may be commonplace to hear now that jocks use performance enhancing drugs, we were shocked amused to find out that someone tried to cheat by using a code on their computer to win a chess match. Vasik Rajlich enhanced his computer by slipping in some extra source codes. The problem was not that he added them but that the codes from Crafty and Fruit were used without permission. Because of the fraud, the runner-ups from 2007 - 2010 were deemed the winners of said matches by the ICGA.
At the recent E3, Nintendo unveiled its next best thing, the Wii U with high-def graphics, a tablet touchscreen and motion-sensing controller. Available next year, Nintendo claims that the combination of tablet/game machine was conceived before the iPad was a mere twinkle in Apple's eye. Whether it is grasped by the public with open arms, er gaming hands, remains to be seen. You can even sign up now to be notified when it is released.
Haven't been able to Kinect? Amazon is offering such a deal! Order an Xbox 360 4GB Console with WiFi and they will give you $50 credit towards other items to get you started. The promotion credits your account within 2 days of shipping and there is a one per family limit.
Amidst the hoopla surrounding the release of the 3DS, many critics are quick to shut it down on its usability or difficulty to play, but Jimmy Fallon was filled with glee when he got the opportunity to play with it last week. (But come to think of it, he is always gleeful.)
In its second week out, the portable game system sold 50,710 units, breaking the record of the PSP as the fastest selling. No doubt many of those were from people that can't resist shooting the faces of their closest buds.