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Feature: The Evolution of Nintendo's Controllers

The Evolution of Nintendo's Controllers

From NES to Wii U

In over 25 years of home consoles, Nintendo's done more than just produce ever-improving gaming systems that give us more complex, better-looking games: it's also been a major influence on how we play our games. The company has often been responsible for bringing new control schemes to the mainstream, or adapting ideas from others...

News: FlingSmash Shows off a New Wii Remote with MotionPlus Built-In

FlingSmash Shows off a New Wii Remote with MotionPlus Built-In

Could this account for its delay?

We played FlingSmash in February of this year and quite enjoyed it, as our First Impressions show, but its projected release date of Summer 2010 has been and gone without the game hitting shelves. Now retailer Gamestop has released boxart of the game showing the game is set to be bundled with a Remote, seemingly containing MotionPlus built-in. Titled "Wii..

News: Nyko Bringing Wii MotionPlus to Wand+

Nyko Bringing Wii MotionPlus to Wand+

No more plug-ins for you

If you're fed up of clicking that MotionPlus accessory into the bottom of your Wii Remote, you might want to consider picking up Nyko's new Wand+, which features the accessory built inside the controller itself. Arcane magic indeed. Here's what Nyko has to say about its new creation. By building the technology into the controller, the Wand + provides all the functionality..

News: New Remote Colours for Good Boys and Girls

New Remote Colours for Good Boys and Girls

Nintendo releasing boyish blue and prim pink in Japan

We've only just reported on the news that the US is receiving a black Remote and Nunchuk on November 16th, but Japan is already bracing itself for another two colours in a few weeks. Yes, Japan will be receiving pink and blue Remotes on December 3rd, priced at ¥3,800, an equivalent of about $42...

News: Wii Remote and Nunchuk Back in Black Next Month!

Wii Remote and Nunchuk Back in Black Next Month!

They said it would never happen... well, sort of

We're all used to our white Remotes and Nunchuks nestling comfortably in our soft gamer's hands, pale plastic glinting in the sunlight, but those days are soon to be over - come November 16th you'll have the choice of a second colour, as Nintendo have announced black Remotes, MotionPlus attachments and Nunchuks are heading Stateside. A black Remote..

First Impressions: Penguin United CrossFire Remote Pistol

Penguin United CrossFire Remote Pistol

Is the first gun-shaped Wiimote a sharp-shooter or full of blanks? We put it to the test.

Thanks to the built-in pointer capabilities of the Wiimote, light gun games have seen a renaissance of sorts on Nintendo’s little white box. Connoisseurs of this genre have a load of accessory options in the shape of plastic shells a la Nyko’s lauded Perfect Shot, or Nintendo’s own Zapper. But those are..

News: Classic Controller Pro Heading West?

Classic Controller Pro Heading West?

Nintendo's new Classic Controller spotted at E3.

A while ago, it was announced that Japan would be getting a new Classic Controller. This still hasn't happened - it'll be released in August, and they've already announced a differently coloured one for release on the same day - but it's apparently already clear that it will be released elsewhere as well. The Classic Controller Pro has been spotted..

Talking Point: About "The Waggle"

About "The Waggle"

A button press by any other name...

For some reason the fact that motion controls (or "gestures") are a major part of the Wii control interface bothers people; it is felt that this ruins the gaming experience and that the majority of such implementations would be better served by traditional digital button presses. Indeed some people go so far as to desire all Wii games to have support..

News: Sony to Reveal Copycat Motion Controller at E3?

Sony to Reveal Copycat Motion Controller at E3?

If you can't beat them, join them

Ok, before we start let's get one thing clear - this is piece of news is still trapped in rumour-ville for the time being. With that out of the way, we can get down to business. We've heard word that Sony is set to reveal details of its own 'motion-sensing' controller for the PS3 at E3 this year. "But the PS3 already has that" I hear you cry - in the form..

News: Patent Images of Nintendo's Wii Controllers

Patent Images of Nintendo's Wii Controllers

Ever wanted to see how the various Nintendo Wii controllers started out?

Patent images have recently surfaced of some of Nintendo's various Wii controller designs. For those who want to see how these controllers took shape, you can check out the images below. The Wii Remote designs are probably the most interesting of the bunch. As you can see, one design features an analog stick where the D-pad is..

News: 20 Years On, The Power Glove is Still Awesomely Bad

20 Years On, The Power Glove is Still Awesomely Bad

“I love the Power Glove. It’s so bad.”

When Lucas Barton uttered those immortal words in the 1989 movie The Wizard it made every single Nintendo fan on the face of the planet want one. The reality was a little less impressive, but thankfully modder Matt Mechtley is ensuring that this iconic peripheral isn’t forgotten; he’s tinkered around with it to add additional functionality, although..

News: EA: Wii MotionPlus Will Grant A More ‘Authentic’ Experience

EA: Wii MotionPlus Will Grant A More ‘Authentic’ Experience

At last, a little love for Nintendo’s delayed add-on

The Wii’s motion-sensing gameplay has opened up the market to people who wouldn’t normally play videogames, and in this respect it’s nothing short of revolutionary. However, critics will be quick to point out that the technology used isn’t all that accurate; who here hasn’t noticed that Wii Sports tennis can’t tell the difference..

News: No Classic Controller PRO for the US?

No Classic Controller PRO for the US?

Boo! Nintendo has 'no plans' for Western release

If you’re the kind of person who becomes unreasonably animated at the thought of new peripherals then you probably broke into a broad grin when you read about Nintendo’s new Classic Controller PRO the other day. A revision of the existing Classic Controller, this updated model is more of an ergonomic amendment than anything else; aside from the..

News: Nintendo reveal Classic Controller PRO

Nintendo reveal Classic Controller PRO

Nintendo of Japan's website has recently had an update which now includes an additional Wii controller, the Classic Controller PRO.

The new controller seems to be extremely similar to the existing Classic Controller but has the additional shoulder buttons (found on Gamecube) and a more Gamecube controller shape. The website states the controller will be available this summer and we'll take a guess..

News: SEGA's Got Hand Cannons!

SEGA's Got Hand Cannons!

Move over Wii Zapper, we're bringing in the cannons - SEGA whips out some special accessories for HOTD: OVERKILL.

Obviously SEGA are aware of how much I like HOTD, that's why they won't tell me the bad news about HOTD4 never coming to the consoles - damn you guys, make it happen, you know it makes sense. They've distracted me with OVERKILL for now, which let's face it, is a good sign for the..

Competition: Snakebyte Retro Controller Giveaway!

Snakebyte Retro Controller Giveaway!

Nintendo Life has four Snakebyte retro controllers to give away, one white wireless and three black wired controllers all up for grabs!

Our friends at Snakebyte accessories have kindly provided us with some fantastic Retro Controllers for Wii to give away to you, our faithful Nintendo Life readers. We have one main prize up for grabs a white Wireless Retro Controller also three runners up will..

Review: Snakebyte Retro Controllers

Snakebyte Retro Controllers

Not quite sure about Nintendo's classic controller? Snakebyte are here to offer you an alternative, the Retro Controller and Wireless Retro Controllers.

Nintendo's Wii Console has more different controller types than any other system, offering the vast array of games, including retro titles from console history clearly needed something a little more conventional. From the off Nintendo offered the..