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You knew it wouldn't be long before someone pulled this off.  Wonder if there's a blood-thirsty lawyer or three at Nintendo that might have issues with this small "mod"? "The idea was to take one industrial robot, add a laptop talking to a WiiMote, strap on a tennis racket, have it follow the swings that the user makes, and do it all in a few hours on a Saturday so we could get back to our busy schedules. Of course we had to put on a sword too, and if there was time, maybe an Airsoft gun. Also, we wanted it to fight people, but you can't have everything." Check the vid - pretty cool.  Gotta get me one of those industrial robots for when the dog gets out of line.... Read more...
Tennis and bowling are great and all, but I wanna kill people. Ars Technica has a review of the popular Call Of Duty 3 for the Wii, and have the answer on playability with the Wii-mote: Some getting used to, but a whole lot of fun. It's worth the effort, though; the game on the Wiimote is a blast. While I didn't feel like I had a gun in my hand - the Wiimote doesn't feel like a Garand - it does add a level of "being there-ness" that really pulls you into the game. At one point I was riding on the back of a tank and used the Wiimote to look around through binoculars and call out targets. When the tank under me fired and the controller rumbled,... Read more...
Nintendo's new console has been a blast for the lucky few folks who were able to get their hands on one of them, however the new technology isn't without a few teething problems. The strap that is supposed to secure the controller to your wrist has been having some problems, and of course, someone has decided to try and sue Nintendo over it. The suit claims that Nintendo's inability to provide a controller free of defects is against their own product warranty. "On December 6th, Green Welling LLP, of San Francisco, California along with Siebken & Siegele of Austin, Texas and Short, Cressman & Burgess of Seattle, Washington, filed... Read more...
The Wii controller is sweeping the nation, while a portion of the nation is sweeping up the glass from broken things when you accidentally let go of it. But how do they work? Scienceline explains the advances in accelerometer technology, and how the Wii controller made them work for fun. The accelerometers used in the Nintendo controller are thinner than a penny, small enough to fit twelve on a postage stamp, and sell for under $6 a piece. They can accurately measure forces more than three times stronger than the pull of gravity in three directions - up and down, side to side, and forward and back. The chips also use gravity to determine the orientation of the controller, whether you're holding... Read more...
A PS3 or an X-Box 360 is a great big powerful thing. But it's Nintendo's inexpensive Wii that seems to be capturing people's imaginations. Its simple, intuitive controller has already spawned all kinds of little hacks. But some of the more interesting uses of the controller aren't part of Nintendo's official game library. Within weeks of Wii's November launch, videos were making the rounds on YouTube showing the controller used to move a PC's mouse cursor, play Half-Life 2 and even control a music synthesizer and drum machine. Hackers quickly discovered that the controller was using standard Bluetooth signals for its wireless... Read more...
People have been breaking Nintendo controllers for years now, though now it isn't always out of anger. The Wii's wireless remote-style controller can be as much of a hazard as it is fun, slipping out of hands and into just about anything in the area. TVs, laptops, and even a few faces have all found themselves victims of flying Wiimotes. Nintendo has recently given some Wii safety advice, such as using small hands movements, instead of flailing your arms around, and always keep your hands dry. "There is even one site, Wiihaveaproblem.com, dedicated to chronicling tales of Wii-related carnage. On Wednesday, the site's damage toll included... Read more...
This has to be the most ironic twist to ever come out for the gaming console industry.  And it makes perfect sense when you stop to think about how the folks at Nintendo have utterly nailed this release of their latest console with the most disruptive and groundbreaking innovation this market has seen in years.  Go figure... Now it actually pays to get in shape for video gaming? Believe it. Whether your lunging at volleys and serves or slashing at evil villains, you better start thinking about getting that body by lazy-boy physique into gear.  Or you just may lose your edge, all of it...    "In Rochester, Minn., Jeremy Scherer and his wife spent three hours playing tennis... Read more...
I don't expect the X-Box/Playstation 3 argument to go away anytime soon. It's almost as bad a Brady/ Manning arguments. (Brady's much better, by the way) Chris Suellentrop over at Slate took a look at the new consoles, and decided the big, expensive ones have lost sight of the potential of plain old virtual reality in a game. But the Wii hasn't: The Wii doesn't have the computing horsepower to provide the dazzling graphics of Sony's PlayStation 3 or Microsoft's Xbox 360. Instead, it has a more impressive piece of technology: its motion-sensitive controller, the Wii Remote. (Thankfully, Nintendo has dropped the awful original... Read more...
AMD Congratulates Nintendo on the Launch of Wii, a Revolution in Gaming -AMD's Hollywood Graphics Processor delivers the next-generation gaming experience for innovative new video game console- SUNNYVALE, CALIF -- November 21, 2006 --AMD (NYSE: AMD) today congratulates Nintendo on the successful launch of the revolutionary WiiTM video gaming console. The AMD "Hollywood" graphics processor resulted in Nintendo delivering a brand new level of immersive gameplay and interaction for consumers in North America. "Nintendo's vision is to do something radically new and different with Wii - the technology hidden in the system allows us to deliver an intuitive and fun gaming experience in a silent and... Read more...
Well, no one's shot one another over a Wii yet, but it's still early. The media might run out of Playstation 3 horror stories, so you never know. Nintendo's new Wii gaming platform launch  is kind of flying under the radar. But it's cheap, and new, and innovative. And you can buy add-ons for its motion sensing "Wii-mote" controller already. Nintendo wants you to hold the motion sensing controller, lovingly dubbed the 'Wii-mote', in your hands to control your bat, racquet, club, steering wheel or more. But along with the launch of the Wii in the US has come a range of Wii-mote add-ons that are so cool and affordable, you'll want them for the novelty value if nothing... Read more...
Nintendo's latest gaming machine made its debut today as gamers packed store lines just to get their hands on one. The Nintendo Wii has caught the interest of gamers thanks to it's innovative motion sensing controller, and affordable price(when compared to Sony's PS3 and Microsoft's XBox 360). Unlike the Playstation 3 launch which happened earlier in the week, the Wii launch seems to be void of reports of violence. Nintendo has also made sure to have a much larger supply of units than their competitors provided at launch. ""I had to get it first," said Johnson, who was dressed in a black leather Nintendo coat and "Legend of Zelda"... Read more...
Disney has announced that it's going to develop its own games for the Nintendo's Wii console gaming platform. Why not just license their characters to other developers? There's money in them there pixels, and Disney wants to mine it all. Disney CEO Robert Iger said last September that the company can earn more by developing its own games rather than licensing characters and content to other developers. The company wants to make 80 percent of its games internally, and have 80 percent of these titles based on Disney movies, TV shows, or other content. The company has been buying out other game development studios, such as Avalanche... Read more...
The Nintendo Wii seems to be the highlight of this years E3. The wait to play the new system reached four hours at one point, as the line stretched on and on. There have been a few negative comments about the console, mostly focusing around the lack of response the controller has in some games, but overall the system has been praised as a new step in the world of gaming. As the current leader, Sony has the most to lose as gamers take up the new machines. "Microsoft and Nintendo are building towards something bigger," said Margaret Robertson, editor of the games magazine Edge. "Sony is feeding the market they have built."... Read more...
JCal from FiringSquad.com has posted his impressions on Nintendo's new controller. While thoughts of the new Metroid Prime game were good, the promising looking Red Steel seems to fall short of expectations. "This morning I managed to luck out and was one of the first in line at E3 2006 to try out perhaps the most talked about game controller in years: The Nintendo Wii Remote. While it's still too early to reach a final verdict, I do think the controller is everything it has been advertised to be but both Nintendo and third party publishers and developers are mixed with coming up with games that really use the controller to its fullest extent."  ... Read more...
Yes, the Nintendo Wii. Despite what you may think of the name, the console does show plenty of promise. But will it really beat out Sony or Microsoft in the upcoming console wars? Microsoft has had their XBox 360 out for sometime now, and we still don't know much about the PS3, but Nintendo has been steadily leaking information from time to time. Here's hoping we get more info on both the PS3 and the Wii during this years E3. "Last year, when we first learned about Wii's (then-named Revolution) unique controller, we published this article explaining why we thought Nintendo was on the right path to regaining the console throne. At... Read more...
The Revolution is over. Today Nintendo has announced that the console formerly known as "Revolution", shall officially be called "Wii"(pronounced "we"). "While the code-name "Revolution" expressed our direction, Wii represents the answer. Wii will break down that wall that separates video game players from everybody else. Wii will put people more in touch with their games... and each other. But you're probably asking: What does the name mean?" I liked Revolution. It was a good name, and went well with what the console aimed for in terms of gameplay and diverse consumer user appeal. Wii though? It just doesn't seem right.... Read more...
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