What Nintendo's E3 Would Have Been Like In Tomodachi Life

Last week in my review, I described Tomodachi Life as "a bizarre, alternate universe where everybody had giant heads and spoke in ghostly robotic warbles." If that's not weird enough as it is (and it's already pretty weird), imagine a veritable chorus of Nintendo developers chirping and prancing about in Mii form to… »6/25/14 6:30pm6/25/14 6:30pm

Sorry Consoles, Apple's Controller Support Spells Trouble For You

The biggest news of E3 2013 was the battle between the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, a battle centered on consumer rejection of digital rights management and used game restrictions. Meanwhile, in San Francisco, Apple quietly fired a shot that could eventually neuter traditional game consoles. iOS controller support… »6/20/13 10:32am6/20/13 10:32am

Monday Is The Perfect Day For Apple To Reveal A Game Controller

Monday marks the beginning of Apple's 2013 Worldwide Developer Conference, where the tech giant is expected to reveal some of the enhancements coming to the next iteration of iOS. What if one of those enhancements is support for external gamepads for its iDevices? Indeed, what if Apple, on the eve of the biggest game… »6/07/13 7:30pm6/07/13 7:30pm

Good News: You Won’t Have to Re-Sync Your Xbox One Controller As Much

We’ve already gotten a good look at some new features of the Xbox One controller, like the improved analog sticks, difference in grip texture and new trigger feedback. There’s even more info in a new post on the Xbox news site. But the thing that excites me the most is the fact that you won’t have to sync the damn… »6/06/13 12:00pm6/06/13 12:00pm

Mad Catz's Mobile Hardware is Just as Pretty as Its PC Peripherals

As promised last week, Mad Catz has drawn back the curtain on its new line of mobile peripherals, each (well, not the headset) featuring its fancy GameSmart technology to ensure compatibility across a wide range of mobile devices. If it supports Bluetooth Smart (and it should), your mobile jam could be enhanced by a… »1/07/13 8:30am1/07/13 8:30am

Mad Catz Plans to Create Mobile Gaming Controllers. And Mice. And Keyboards. And Headsets.

Power A has the MOGA. Nyko has its PlayPad. Steel Series has gone Free. Everybody's trying to get into the mobile gaming controller market, looking to deliver a game pad solution that all game developers can embrace. Mad Catz isn't just building a mobile game pad. They're creating a universal Bluetooth technology… »1/03/13 4:55pm1/03/13 4:55pm

Nintendo Is Charging People to Change TV Channels (No, Really)

With Nintendo TVii, the Kyoto-based game maker is bringing streaming video to the GamePad. Starting on December 8 in Japan, gamers can watch the pictures as they fly through the air via the comfort of the Wii U GamePad. But if you want easy channel changing, you must barf up extra cash.

On December 8, Nintendo is… »11/27/12 4:00am11/27/12 4:00am

The SteelSeries Free Controller Makes Mobile Gaming Almost Too Easy

This past Monday I sat down with SteelSeries chief marketing officer Kim Rom at a local cafe to eat barbecue pork sandwiches and check out the company's new Freedom to Play line of mobile gaming products. As Rom explained the intricate details of the Free Mobile Wireless Controller I got further in Temple Run than I… »9/28/12 4:05pm9/28/12 4:05pm

If You Put Your Wii U GamePad in a Blender, Yes, Nintendo Will Sell You a Replacement

On one hand, this seems like a painfully obvious thing: Broken hardware typically can be replaced under warranty or through the manufacturer for a fee, and the Nintendo GamePad is hardware. On the other hand, it's a controller, and Nintendo is deliberately not selling GamePads on their own in North America. So that… »9/15/12 5:00pm9/15/12 5:00pm

Balloon Trip Breeze Brings Back Memories of the NES' Balloon Fight

What I recall of Balloon Fight on the Nintendo Entertainment System was whaling on one button or the other to maintain altitude, to the point of thumb cramps. Balloon Trip Breeze, the Wii U's obvious homage to the NES classic, relies on the use of a stylus with the Wii U GamePad's touchscreen, as Kotaku's Jason… »9/13/12 7:30pm9/13/12 7:30pm