I spent a great deal of my youth playing our Nintendo Entertainment System (NES). Playing games like Super Mario Bros., Metroid, the Legend of Zelda, Mega Man and Final Fantasy. I whiled away both summer, fall, winter and spring days and nights trying to perfect my strategy against Metal Man or leveling up my Fighters, White Mage and Black Mage for that final battle with Ganon. I lived, breathed and ate that NES. Its controller has emblazoned itself onto my subconscious for all eternity.
So you can imagine my glee when I saw this NES Controller Backpack. This officially licensed Nintendo backpack is comprised of one large main compartment, three external zipper pockets and two net storage pockets. The backpack features a padded inside panel (good for toting around a laptop…or your NES console) and heavy-duty padded shoulder straps for comfort as you tote around your vintage Nintendo Power Magazine collection.
The bag measures about 12″ X 17″ X 6″ and features the original NES controller design prominently displayed on the back. It can all be yours for 40 Rupees (or $40).
[80’s Tees via OhGizmo!]
Seeking to make the Nintendo DS more than just a personal gaming platform, Nintendo has released the 1Seg TV Tuner which can not only allow gamers to watch their favorite shows, but also to bookmark where they are and review images from the program later like a picture book.
The 1Seg Tuner plugs into the game cartridge slot and enables gamers to watch VHF and UHF TV signals. In addition, the there an accelerometer built in which changes the aspect ratio automagically when the DS is rotated, giving the users options on how to watch their favorite shows. Also, users can also jot down notes as they watch. So, If students are watching a documentary, cooking show, or just about anything else, they can make note of interesting and important facts, web addresses, etc. to access later.
Viewers can also create a full screen or letterbox variant should they prefer a widescreen image.
Accessories include a special high gain antenna mount for areas with difficult reception.
Compatible with Nintendo DS™, Nintendo DS™ Lite, the 1Seg Tuner will sell for about $90 US and is available in Japan starting Black Friday, Nov 23, 2007.
Here’s a video of it in action:
The Wii sensor bar isn’t exactly the most durable of all devices, and it sure poses quite the hassle whenever you want to carry it around with you to a neighbor’s place. Not only will you look awkward carrying it, it is a pretty fragile piece of tech. This third-party retractable Wii sensor bar reduces the risk of breakage while making it all the more portable when shrunk. No idea on whether it is as sensitive as the original though, but the $25 price tag shouldn’t pinch your pockets too hard when it comes to having a portable backup sensor bar.
A post on the ScoreHero forums (which was promptly deleted) supposedly contained the full song list for Guitar Hero 3. You’ll be playing some recent hits from such artists as AFI, Queens of the Stone Age and Rise Against along with a ton of other rock songs from the last few decades.
Hit the jump for the full setlist.
The Wii Shop channel closed down last night for a while and has now opened back up. As soon as it was back up again all Wii’s everywhere were prompted to download a Firmware upgrade to add new features to the console. Nothing huge was added as part of the upgrade… in fact the biggest change seems to be a clock now appears as part of the Wii menu, which is great news for time lovers. Also, a few small changes such as shorter load times for both switching channels and reading discs is also noticeable.
- Digital Clock added to the Wii Menu right under the channel bar
- Forecast Channel now displays the current condition directly in the Wii Menu in the Forecast Channel box
- News Channel can now show 2 scrolling headlines at a time in the Wii Menu, 3 when you click on the button
- Message Board now has the “Today’s Accomplishments” message as a white message which allows it to stand out from other messages
- Address Book entries can now be shifted around using A+B but only to empty spaces.
- Calendar in Message Board no longer shows “Today’s Accomplishment”
- Scrolling messages in the Message Board now uses a different sound
Wii Shop Channel
- New Welcome screen detailing 4 Recommended Titles and the points they cost. The title bar can be clicked on to bring up a list of 20 recommended games.
- Titles You’ve Downloaded was moved to the main shop menu
- New ways to browse
- Popular Titles
- Newest Additions remains the same
- Search for a title which can use partial names
- Search by Category
- Search by Publisher
- Search by Genre
- System shows the different systems and how many titles have been released under each
- Warning added pre-system update detailing that technically modified consoles may cease to function upon being updated. Also the only way to not accept an update is to power down the console by holding the button for 4 seconds
are noticable to faster disc read speeds all around. The news and weather channels got some touch ups as well but most of the work seems to have gone into the shop channel which now supports a new, streamlined interface, search functions and a list of the most popular titles. Spoiler: only games featuring the word “Mario” in the title make up the top five
Wii strap now with locking clip
from Joystiq by Alexander Sliwinski
Filed under: Nintendo Wii, Peripherals
Images are starting to surface that Nintendo has replaced the Wiimote strap again. Having reinforced the part of the Wii strap which caused mayhem back in the more innocent time of ’06, Nintendo has apparently now fixed the part which wraps around our wrist by adding a locking clip. Now you can get that extra snug fit and lock it in.
Although this redesign might make you think it’s time to go back to flailing about with Wiimote in hand using all the force one can muster, we continue to urge restraint and caution. We’d love to confirm this new strap information, but Nintendo’s PR team was not in the office today. Hopefully we’ll get better images next week.
Hackers never stop, always thinking of new ways to bring functionality to old products. The original NES controller seems to be a never ending source of ideas for the hack/mod crowd. Now we have an NES controller that houses…NES games. Check out the link to see how it’s done!
Info and more pics here
Source: The NES in an NES controller
Originally published on Mon, 15 Jan 2007 19:18:58 GMT
Over the Hedge: Hammy Goes Nuts! (GBA)
Don’t touch this squirrel’s nuts, but feel free to whack his balls.
Source: Over the Hedge: Hammy Goes Nuts Review
Originally published on Thu, 11 Jan 2007 23:03:00 GMT