Love that automatic pressure equalization valve
Wii never knew...
Part of our mission at Nintendo Life is to highlight parts of the gaming world that were previously unknown. To that end, our experienced researchers have been rooting around the archives of Wii history and discovered the original patent application for the Wii Remote. Reading patent documentation isn’t the most stimulating of...
What you've been missing!
Oh, Nintendo. When you created the Wii Remote and wowed us with its universal applications — a tennis racquet! A chopping knife! A fishing rod! — did you have any idea you'd just opened the Pandora's Box of appalling accessories? In the years Wii has been on the market we've seen exercise bikes, lightsaber holsters and more, but one of the most notorious is the..
Score money off inside
Etsy is a haven for talented creative folk with a love of video games, with dozens of Nintendo crafts, toys and trinkets available. The latest motherlode of Nintendo-related goodness comes from crafty New Zealander Ki and his handmade 3DS cases. The cases come swathed in designs ranging from a cheery Shigeru Miyamoto to a...
Squeeze more juice
The 3DS's battery life isn't the best around, but Hyperkin's newest accessory will keep the power light at the end of the tunnel on a little longer. The 3DS Powerplus is a rechargeable 1800mAH battery pack that nearly doubles the console's battery life, slotting onto the console and charging via USB, and is available now for...
But make you uglier in the process
We've all read — and most likely ignored — the many safety warnings that come with the 3DS, but if you're suffering from headaches or eye strain from using your device you may want to check out these phenomenally tasteful new glasses from Newbie Gaming. The special yellow lenses contained in the ClearOptix glasses supposedly prevent headaches and vision..
Something to get your teeth into
There's a stack of 3DS accessories eager to take your money, and manufacturer Snakebyte has put together a Starter Pack that contains almost everything you'll need to get started with your shiny new machine. The pack costs €19.99 and contains: Premium synthetic leather-pouch for the 3DS, three gaming modules as...
This was an April Fool's joke. Just in case the 3DS's three-dimensional prowess isn't enough for you, Nintendo has just announced plans to augment its already impressive offering by introducing the new 3DS Vision Lens just in time for the holiday season. The bizarre-sounding accessory promises to get you in touch with your games like...
Always carry protection around with you
When it comes to video game carrying cases, few companies consistently roll out products as high in quality as Hori. Not only are their DS and PSP cases favourites among gamers looking for something sturdy and protective to carry their favourite portable game system around in, but their cases are also...
We wonder how many of these can be found inside the mansion
We'll soon be seeing plenty of rabbits on the upcoming 3DS ― the crazy ones anyways ― but by way of iMP, supplier of video gaming accessories, we'll also be seeing bunnies of the sexier kind in the form of limited edition handheld cases. Officially licensed Playboy slip cases for the DS Lite, DSi and 3DS have been announced by iMP, and..
An acquired taste
Way back when Nintendo was putting the finishing touches to Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess on GameCube, there were plans for a limited edition controller to accompany the little box's swansong. While the pad never hit the shelves, photos of its prototype design and packaging have hit the net for your eyes to behold. Coming from...
18-in-1 slightly more conservative
Snakebyte, MadCatz and more are all cracking their collective knuckles ahead of the 3DS accessory war about to unfold next month, offering small collections of accessories that represent value. CTA Digital is taking a slightly different approach, cramming their kits with up to 22 accessories at once. The company is set to offer a wide array of peripherals,..
A new console, a new range of accessories from the usual suspects: MadCatz is working on 3DS accessories and iMP Gaming's creepy 3DS cases are bordering on notorious, but Snakebyte is hoping its upcoming starter pack for the console will emerge top of the pile. The press release mentions the usual "synthetic leather-pouch" containing "three gaming modules", three..
Here's a question for you: would you release an accessory for a console that wasn't available? Probably not, and chances are the folks at iMP Gaming wouldn't either, which makes the launch of their 3DS cases across Europe and North America in February an interesting proposition. Designed to maximise the excitement around...
New consoles and accessories go together like Mario and Yoshi, so it's no surprise that MadCatz already has a range of 3DS peripherals designed, priced, named and described in intricate detail. Unveiled at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, the line-up includes the usual collection of screen protectors and carry cases, as well as extendable stylus pens and a..
Sit them down, charge them up
There's truly no more stylish way to charge your Wii Remote's exhausted batteries than this Sonic the Hedgehog induction charger, but there are plenty of cheaper ones: this baby will set you back a hefty $49.99. Powering your Remotes by the magic of induction, you can replenish their battery power without removing their...
Older items restocked too
It's nearly Christmas, and if you've been hoarding your Club Nintendo coins all year-long you might fancy a festive spending spree now, with new items available including patches from Kirby's Epic Yarn and four colourful Wii Remote wrist straps. There are two sets of patches inspired by the pink ball's latest outing, one...
Update: or is it?
Update: Nintendo UK has contacted Eurogamer to state that, in fact, Wii Speak has not been discontinued. Nintendo's Wii Speak room microphone may not have been the most well-supported of peripherals in its time on the market, and now the machine has an official headset it seems the time to lay Wii Speak to rest is at hand...
Limited stock of Headbangers nationwide
We've received numerous emails from worried Brits about the availability of PDP's upcoming Headbanger USB headset for Wii. Already available in North America, there's good news for gamers in the British Isles wanting to pick one up soon. The headset itself will only reach UK shores in very limited quantities, but we can reveal that retailer Games Basement..
Two bags and a screensaver
As if Mario pinbadges weren't good enough rewards, North America's Club Nintendo has just been updated with three new treats you can purchase with your coins. You can purchase a tote bag for 250 coins, a messenger bag for 550 coins or a Super Mario Galaxy 2 screensaver for just 10 coins. Those of you waiting for your Super...
PDP Headbanger gets Black Ops upgrade
Remember the PDP Headbanger USB headset, the Wii's first? Due to coincide with the release of Conduit 2 this month – the game now sadly delayed until 2011 – the headset is now getting a black lick of paint to promote the upcoming charts steamroller Call of Duty: Black Ops. The headset itself is identical to...
Just in time for Christmas
There's no doubt you remember this incredible Pikachu DSi charger that raises questions of exactly how the little electric mouse is charging the console. Well, North American gamers will soon get their chance to inspect the accessory close-up, as Hori is bringing it Stateside. You can currently pre-order it from Amazon for $39.99, with the release set for December 23rd..
Trash talking foreign children finally comes to Wii
Of all the many promised improvements for Conduit 2, the overhauled multiplayer mode is the one we're most keenly awaiting. With the addition of splitscreen local multiplayer the offline side should be covered, but the original title lacked in the online department, so the latest batch of...
Light cycles speed to Wii
As if the seemingly Tron-inspired Art Style: light trax weren't enough, you can get a second helping of Wii-based light cycle action as Tron: Evolution will be racing across the Wii landscape later this year. If you feel your current Wii Remote just isn't futuristic-looking enough after years of familiarity, you may want to...
Both UK and US getting Pokewalker
Nintendo Europe has announced this morning that the release date for Pokemon Heart Gold and Soul Silver in the UK is 26th March. In addition they have confirmed that the Pokewalker peripheral is also due for release in Europe (Americans should be getting it too, we would imagine) and they've even been kind enough to give some additional details on how the little..
At least one retailer has Nunchuks for sale already
The black Wii is available on shop shelves across Great Britain today, but we were under the impression that the accessories - black Nunchuks, Remote + MotionPlus bundles and Classic Controller Pros - weren't going to be available until the pan-European launch in two weeks' time. Well, it seems at least one retailer has secured stock of the..
Wiis newest accessory is sure to get your blood pumping.
We all know that exercise bikes are boring; furthermore, they demand an inordinate amount of energy, which ultimately gets you nowhere. As such, it is far better to jump on a real bike, as not only does it move you from A to B it can also be enjoyed with a friend or two. So when Big Ben Interactive announced the upcoming Cyberbike for Wii,..
For a limited time you can get an extra Wii MotionPlus add-on for half the price.
Nintendo has just announced that they'll be releasing a limited edition version of their best-selling Wii Sports Resort title that will come with two Wii MotionPlus Accessories for only $59.99. You can check out the details of the offer in the official press release below. Wii Sports Resort™ is all about getting..
Pedometer accessory to ship with copies of upcoming Pokémon DS games in Japan.
Today's episode of the Japanese Pokémon Sunday officially revealed the "PokeWalker", a pedometer-like accessory that will come bundled with copies of the upcoming Pokémon remakes, Pokémon Heart Gold and Soul Silver The Poke Ball-shaped device allows you to...
Crafty Etsy gal inhope has decided to grace her online shop with this lovely NES-controller bag -- not a bag for carrying a NES controller, but a ladies shoulder bag which has NES controller stylings (it does look like you could probably fit a Wii into that thing along with a large wallet, however). inhope is based in the USA and the bag is priced at US$39.99, though you can get it..
US gamers only getting Tiger bundle love?
A press released just issued by EA has confirmed what we've expected for a while - the Wii MotionPlus is getting bundled with third-party software. Tiger Woods PGA Tour 10 and Grand Slam Tennis will both be packed with the new device, but the press release states that only the former will be getting the same treatment in the US. EA SPORTS™, a label of..
Want one of those fancy new colours that Japan has, but don't want to import?
In Japan, in addition to the current White and Black models, the DSi was recently released in three brand new colors: Pink, Lime Green, and Metallic Blue. If you want one of these new colors, you could always import, but this complicates things - language barrier, different Shop Channel, and the region lock on upcoming..
The slippery release date of WiiMotion plus has firmed up as a pack-in title
Since the announcement of Wii motion plus at E3 2008, it was slated to pack in with the eagerly awaited WiiSports Resort. That was supposed to be this spring, and wait... it's spring right now. One delay after another has left us all wondering, but it seems it's not the add-on that's holding things up because now it's..
The Wii is looking more and more like a successor to Reebok's STEP fitness system
Despite confirmation from many sites (including us) that the Wii Balance Board is perfectly stable on even the most polished wooden floors, Nintendo has nevertheless endorsed the production of what can only be described as the most bizarre videogame accessory we’ve ever seen. And yes, we include the Power Glove in..
The legal team of Lucasarts may have something to say about these
Cheap plastic holsters for your Wiimote are nothing new and third party peripheral manufacturers are practically falling over themselves to produce even more outlandish (and ultimately pointless) pieces of ‘controller clothing’. However, one item that did impress us in a thoroughly superficial way was the lightsaber attachment..
If your life is haunted by the flaps on your Wii, salvation may be at hand...
The Wii is a lovely looking machine with a superb design. However, there’s one element that lets the console down – the bloody flaps that covers the Gamecube ports and memory card slots. They're flimsy at the best of times and often fail to close correctly, causing minutes of annoyed fumbling as you try to click them..
Let's hope Santa didn't pop one of these in your stocking
As the warm, fluffy memory of Christmas fades away and the horrifying prospect of another year of hard graft slowly becomes a reality, it’s a good time to take stock of the thoroughly useless items you’ve been given over the festive period. The success of the Wii has seen many companies produce a dazzling range of totally pointless..
As the popularity of Wii continues to grow, huge amounts of unofficial 3rd party products are seeping out of China, so what's this Wedock then?
Our friends at Wedock.com sent us a sample of their "Wedock" product, yes we think they're aware of the abnormal spelling. Wii thought we'd do the right thing and tell you guys about it. So what is it? Wedock is a "storage solution" for your Wiimotes and..
So erm, ezGear have announced a line up of "must have" Wii accessories... I think they've pretty much thought of everything.
ezGearTM for Wii Sports Pack -- The ezGear Sports Pack for Wii provides three extensions for the Wiimote, transforming it into a golf club, baseball bat or tennis racquet, but not just any club, bat or racquet. Each extension is weighted to give the user a realistic feel..
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