Guitar Hero Wii Controller

Up until now, the Nintendo crowd has been shunned out of the Guitar Hero phenomenon. Sony owners got to rock out on the PlayStation 2. Microsoft fans got to rock harder on the Xbox 360. The Nintendo shunning will soon be no more, because here, my friends, is the official Guitar Hero controller for the Nintendo Wii.

By and large, it is identical to its Sony and MS-geared counterparts, but with one notable difference. There is a definite slot in the body where you can slide in a Wii Remote, apparently so that it can detect when you're really getting into it and thrashing all about. The solid white faceplate is also fully removable.

Guitar Hero for the Wii will likely cost about $90 US, including the price of the Guitar controller. I'm stoked.

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iRing Controls Your iPod and iPhone

With a stylish design and wireless Bluetooth connectivity with your iPod and iPhone, the iRing allows you to control playback and volume on any of your Apple media devices. iRing features a bright OLED status display with touch-sensitive function strip, and a rechargeable battery life of up to 2 days. Conveniently recharge your iRing using the included cradle. Its minimal size and unique ring-lock mechanism make it an ideal companion for charging and storing your iRing.

Quoted from yankodesign.

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Nintendo, Fuji Debut Wii Photo-Printing Service

Nintendo and Fujifilm are teaming up to let you print your photos straight from your Wii.
The companies launched a new service for Wii in Japan Wednesday called the Digicam Print Channel, which users can download for free. Wii owners can then upload images from SD memory cards and have them printed.

The new channel offers more than what users can already achieve through other online print services. On top of individual prints and photo albums, you can also get business cards that feature your photo, or even your Mii avatar. There's even a Mario series of business card templates.

Pricing starts at 30 yen ($.30) for one print -- 89mm x 127mm -- with a square-bound 21-page photo album going for 1,575 yen ($15) and a set of 30 business cards at 500 yen ($5). You'll pay via credit card, and the prints will be mailed to you.

The service is currently only available in Japan, but Nintendo says it plans to launch it in North America and Europe some time in the future.

Quoted from Wired.

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The next generation of game- mind control Epoc system Unveiled by Emotiv Systems

Australian firm Emotiv Systems has unveiled a new technology Epoc system, which will allow games to respond to the players’ emotions and let players maneuver objects in the game using the power of their thoughts. This is the first mind control system for games in the world.

The main part of the system is much like a bicycle helmet, on which there are many sensors incepting people's brain wave. The sensors will transfer the information back to computer with radio pulse to help it figure out the motion you are acting. In fact, the Epoc system can receive the orders from each part of your body, which means that you still need to do real "act" with your body, instead of just sitting there to command your computer to fight in the game. It is a little different from the "mind control" we called and we learned from Hollywood movies. The system can releaze whether you are tense, or other similar mind activation such as your emotion and mood. If Epoc system can support complex controls in the game, it will be the next revolution in game field

Wii from Nintendo has brought us a lot of fun and a completely new playing method. Will Epoc be the next Wii which will enrich our game experience?

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Eight must-have Wii accessories

Thanks to the inclusion of the simple--but infectiously fun--Wii Sports game, the Wii is the first console in recent memory that lets you have fun straight out of the box. Still, there are a few key accessories you'll want to pick up to maximize your Wii experience--especially if you're buying it as a gift. Here are the eight accessories Wii owners will want in order to make the most from the new console.

1. Extra controllers

Like all recent consoles, the Wii ships with just a single controller ( well, one two-part controller: one Wiimote, plus one nunchuk). But the real fun of the system is playing the head-to-head Wii Sports games such as tennis and boxing. To do so, you'll need at least one extra set of controllers--that's one Wiimote plus one nunchuk.
The Wii supports as many as four, but just the one extra controller set should suffice--at least for Christmas morning.

2. Rechargeable batteries

The Wiimote takes two standard AA batteries. They're included--with the Wii, and with the sold-separately version of the controller mentioned above--but avid players may find the juice draining pretty quickly, especially if they keep the nunchuk attached (it draws its power from the Wiimote). Instead of buying an endless stream of costly AAs, consider investing in a set of rechargeables.

3. GameCube controllers

The Wii is fully backwards compatible with the Nintendo GameCube, but there's a catch: to play the GameCube games, you'll need a GameCube controller.
You can even go wireless with the Nintendo WaveBird. If you already have a GameCube, your existing controllers will work just fine--just plug them into one of the four ports underneath the flip-up panel on the Wii's topside. GameCube controllers should also work with the Wii's "Virtual Console" games--which saves you the trouble of having to buy a Classic Controller.

4. GameCube memory cards

One other annoyance when playing GameCube games: your progress can be saved only to GameCube memory cards, not to the Wii's internal memory or to an SD card (we're hoping Nintendo fixes this with a future firmware update). Like the controllers, your old GC cards will work just fine--there are two slots right next to the GameCube controller ports. If you don't have any on hand (and you want to save your games on GC titles), you'll need to spring for a memory card.

5. Wii Points

One of the big attactions of the Wii is its Virtual Console, which lets you purchase classic games that originally came from the Nintendo Entertainment System (NES), the Super NES, the Nintendo 64, the Sega Genesis, and the TurboGrafx16. By the end of 2006, at least 30 titles should be available, including Donkey Kong (NES), Super Mario 64 (N64), and Sonic the Hedgehog (Genesis). To purchase the downloadable titles, you'll need to use a Nintendo currency known as Wii Points (similar to the Microsoft Points on Xbox Live), which currently have an exchange rate of 100 points per U.S. dollar. You can buy Wii Points directly through the console's online store, or use prepaid cards
available in various denominations.

6. SD card

If you're close to filling the Wii's built-in 512MB of storage with your Virtual Console games, you can always expand your available space with an SD card. Nintendo sells its own, but any run-of-the-mill card will do. Fairly spacious 1GB cards
are available--even less with mail-in rebates--and they'll work in plenty of other gadgets as well.

7. Wireless access point

In addition to the downloadable Virtual Console games, the Wii offers online "channels," including news, weather, and even an Opera Web browser (head-to-head online gaming is said to be coming sometime in 2007). You can get online for free via the Wii's built-in Wi-Fi. To do so, of course, you'll need a nearby wireless access point or router. Alternately, you can plug the Nintendo Wi-Fi USB Connector
(shown at right) into any nearby PC on a wired network, and the Wii--plus your Nintendo DS--will be able to use it to get online instead.

8. Component video adapter

The Wii doesn't have the graphical horsepower to handle high-def graphics, but it can do DVD-level 480p video, which will look considerably better on large HDTVs. To see the Wii's games in 480p, you'll need Nintendo's proprietary component video adapter.

Several sites, including
Engadget and GamesSX Network, have tips for rigging up do-it-yourself

Quoted from Cnet.

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Nintendo Famicom arrive on Wii

The age-old Nintendo Famicom went with the childhood of almost everyone. The wonderful games on this game platform always remind people of the rosy memory.

Because Wii supports the paid simulator for the old Famicom games, we are albe to play on Wii and reexperience the pleasant time as what we have expecirenced. Below are the picutre of the coming Famicom controller on Wii. We can see the controller has been newly added the "Home" and "Turbo" push-button which only exist on Wii.

Up till now, there are totally 4 colors controllers available.

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Meteor Smash in Super Smash Bro. Brawl

Today let's share something about the Meteor Smash in Super Smash Bro. Brawl.

This might be too advanced to bring up in Smash 101, but it’s such a good move and doing it feels so good that I want to introduce it.

If you make good contact with Mario on a forward midair attack, your opponent will shoot straight down.


This move is called a meteor smash. If you use this move when your opponent is trying to get back to solid ground, well...

Now! Go NOW!


Nailed ‘em!

Whoa, don’t forget to recover...

There are actually several types of meteor smashes.

For Donkey Kong, the spot where you hit is crucial when performing a forward midair attack.

Kirby’s down midair attack can score consecutive hits.

Some of Link’s strong down attacks will cause an opponent to fall as well.

For the Ice Climbers, only Nana can do meteor smashes!

Well, you might not always blast your opponents off the screen, but there’s no harm in remembering these moves.

And this is the last entry for Smash 101. If you’ve got it all down, then you’ll be able to smash with anyone.

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Some funny stuff of Mario

I find some interesting stuff of Mario today.

NES controller pillow, OMG, I love it. It recalls me of the childhood. Imagining leaning on the pillow and playing NES games. Wow, it is really cool!

Piranha Plant plushie, the most common enemy in Mario world. Will it eat everything if I have one in the living room?

The lovely mushrooms, let's become bigger and stronger!

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