Nintendo shows off the Wii U at E3 2011

We all knew that the Wii 2 was coming at E3, and it is here! It is actually called the Wii U. That’s two personal pronouns (We and You) all in one!
It is also a screen and controller all in one. That’s right, you don’t have to have a TV to enjoy video gaming goodness. So the next time my wife wants to watch Grey’s Anatomy while I’m wanting to play Lego Star Wars, we will both win. The user has access to a 6.2 inch touchscreen embedded on the controller.
I’m not too surprised that Nintendo didn’t go 3DS on the screen, but the good news is that it has finally gone 1080p HD, compatible with HDMI, component, S-video, and composite cables. it will also have expandable memory with an SD card or external USB HDD (through one of four USB slots). And yes, it is reverse-compatible with the original Wii games.

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Batarang Controllers coming to PS3 and Xbox 360 in October

Right now, I am anticipating the opening of E3 video games show, but “official” announcements just keep leaking out. One of them is these Batman-themed controllers.
As you might have guessed, these Batman controllers are designed to accessorize the imminent release of Batman: Arkham City. For those who aren’t aware, Batman: Arkham City is a sequel to Batman: Arkham Asylum, a very popular video game. I’m sure that you have noticed by now that they bear resemblance to the Batarang, the main weapon of the caped crusader.
These particular controllers come with reverse analog sticks, dual rumble motors, as well as black rubber grips. They even have some LED highlights, like the AFTERGLOW controllers from PDP that we have reported on in the past.

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Wireless Speed Wheel for the Xbox 360

Considering all the things that Microsoft has already announced at E3 with the Kinect, you would think that they were “through for the week”. However, images of this particular racing wheel have been appearing on tech, gadget, and gaming blogs everywhere.
Just to let you know, it is an official annoucement, but there is no word in the Press Release about it being motion-controlled. I don’t know if that was just left out, but I don’t see why it wouldn’t be. I’m going to be on the E3 convention floor later today, so hopefully, I will get a chance to see it in motion. I will leave a comment here if it is, and something tells me that motion-contol will be a go.
It would appear that Microsoft wants to bring about a better steering wheel than the plastic attachment for Mario Kart. You’ve got to admire how it has all the buttons of a regular Xbox 360 controller, so I am guessing it could be used with a racing game or any other game.

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Sony to release own 3D display for gaming purposes

Sony has taken advantage of E3 2011 to announce that they will be rolling out a spanking new 24″ 3D Display for the masses later this fall, where it will arrive in the Land of the Rising Sun, North America, Europe/PAL territories, and Asian countries/regions. Wait a minute – doesn’t that mean the whole world? Perhaps, save for Africa. Well, our friends living in North America will be pleased to know that the Sony 3D Display will be accompanied by its own pair of 3D Glasses to help you get started right out of the box, in addition to an HDMI cable and one of the most anticipated titles on the PS3 platform – Resistance 3 from Insomniac Games.
Retailing for $499.99, it would prove to be an interesting experience and perhaps a hard sell, considering how the economy does not look as though it would change its outlook anytime soon, even when Christmas time rolls around. Just in case you were wondering, you can also purchase the 3D Glasses separately if you do not want to pick up this bundle, where it will retail for $69.99 Stateside.

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Sony PlayStation Vita announced

E3 2011 is where Sony has announced their vision of the future of portable console gaming – and they have decided to call it the PlayStation Vita, or PS Vita for short. As usual, it will start off with the lowest number in terms of model naming just like the original PSP, going by the moniker of the PCH-1000 series. This will be the official platform name for the next generation portable entertainment system, where you can choose the from a Wi-Fi only model as well as a 3G capable model – this seems to follow the footsteps of tablet devices, no?
The Wi-Fi only model will retail for $249 in US and €249 in Europe, while the 3G/Wi-Fi model will retail for $299 in US and €299 in Europe, as they will launch in time to meet the frenzied demands of parents this coming Christmas as they make a mad scramble to find a present other than the iPhone 4 or iPad 2 for their kids.

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Defiance is an MMO and a TV show

One of the challenges of franchises these days is to create a storyline that exists on multilple media. Some of you might remember how the Enter the Matrix game ties the last two Matrix movies together, but what if there was a game that worked with it’s related TV show.
This is the concept behind Syfy’s Defiance, which is both a game by Trion Worlds that will also be a TV show. As players play the game, their actions actually change the way the show will progress. The game itself is both an MMO and an FPS, which are two game genres that don’t really mix well.

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Microsoft Announces new Kinect Developments at E3 2011

I just arrived in L.A. just hours ago to report on E3. While I was on the way to my hotel, I happen to read another attendee’s text. It read: Microsoft just announced the 3602.
Apparently, this was some sort of misunderstanding. Unless Microsoft is planning to announce a second version of the Xbox 360 later at E3, the press conference that they held today was primarily devoted to advancements with the Kinect. Apparently, there will be more games that are Kinect compatible, like Tiger Woods, Madden, FIFA, Mass Effect 3, and Ghost Recon Future Soldier, as well as all future Tom Clancy games will be Kinect-able. I have no idea if “Kinect-able” is an official term, but it ought to be.

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Mad Catz has more Xbox 360 licensed audio headsets for gamers

When it comes to gaming, you surely place a premium on expensive peripherals if you feel that you want to remain at the top of your game always – after all, let’s just say that if your mouse is slightly faster thanks to its wired connection that has gold-plated USB connectors, it is worth every penny since it might mean the difference between life or death in that particular fragfest. Mad Catz has long been a name associated with quality gaming peripherals, and they have just worked to release a new exclusive range of co-branded, licensed audio headsets for the Xbox 360.
These headsets will be co-branded under the TRITTON and Xbox 360 brands, where it will comprise of a couple of wireless headsets and a wired headset. After all, gaming audio is a vital cog in Mad Catz’s business, and is touted to be a key growth driver in the immediate future. Expect these new headsets to ship in time for the holiday season this year, where we will look at them in greater detail in the extended post.

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Ten One Design unveils Fling mini game controller

It must be said that the world of smartphones with touchscreen displays have launched plenty of new casual games, not to mention complex ones as well which require more than just tapping furiously on the display. Of course, the use of your finger(s) to manipulate a certain in-game avatar might take some getting used to, but what about those who prefer to have something more tactile?
Enter the Fling mini tactile game controller from Ten One Design – this particular model will go one step further compared to the Fling for iPad that was unveiled at CES 2011 earlier this year in Las Vegas – being a smaller version that ought to make a splash with other touchscreen capable devices. What does the Fling mini do? For starters, it will play nice with just about any smartphone model on top of the directional pad of any applicable game, helping you achieve an unprecedented level of control and superb response for a fully immersive gaming experience.

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Wappy Dog for 3DS

I guess that there is nothing that can be done with “pet” games other than linking them with real pets, but until that day, there is Wappy Dog.
Wappy Dog is from video games industry giant Activision, and the toy that you see in the picture is designed to wirelessly work in sync with a 3DS game. The Wappy Dog toy has light up cheeks that can express Wappy’s different mood states from unhappy to fully content via different colors.
As you might have guessed, the object is to make certain Wappy is a happy puppy, and to keep its cheeks the color of contentment. The player/user can talk to Wappy as it recognizes more than 18 different voice prompts, and it can respond with more than 350 barks that are “translated” with the 3DS.

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