29 posts tagged accessory
Here’s that Scribblenauts Unlimited 3DS case up close.
The 3DS version of the game shipped out this week, and those who preordered it at GameStop received a rooster hat, a pencil stylus, and a silicon case for their handhelds — sorry XL owners, this one’s only for the standard 3DS.
Scribblenauts Unlimited hits Wii U this weekend without any extras unless you count the Nintendo characters.
Buy:& Super Scribblenauts, Scribblenauts Unlimited
See also: More Scribblenauts Unlimited news and media
Secret Scoop! Compare the 3DS Expansion Slide Pad peripheral’s real size in these mock-ups blended with actual consoles/structures (click for larger images).
It’s kind of big, isn’t it?
The Sanrio Little Twin Stars Jewelry Stickers for DSi. This is the “Heartful Kiki and Lala” version, but it also comes in a few other Little Twin Stars and Hello Kitty varieties.
“Make your Nintendo DSi super kawaii with Twin Little Stars Jewel Sticker,” Strapya’s product page says. “No one has such a cute DSi. You’ll be asked where you got the DSi.” It’s hard to tell which is cuter, these stickers or Strapya’s text.
The DSi Hard Case Clear by AClass. This 1180-yen ($12) case adds storage to the DSi for three games and two SD cards. It doesn’t seem to fatten the system too much, either.
No idea at the moment how to get your hands on one of these, unless you can figure out Amazon Japan.
See also: Our recent DSi Accessory Week
You might have heard a little about the SmartStylus last week — PDP was showing it off at the Game Developers Conference on the Expo floor, inviting gamers and developers to try out the oversized accessory.
The SmartStylus communicates with an RF transceiver plugged into a DS’s GBA slot, and will rumble or flash LEDs on its base, reacting to your performance in a compatible game. A second version is in the works with a “more sophisticated RF link”, as well as audio features and motion input capabilities with a 3-axis accelerometer.
I played a few demonstration levels with the first model, one of which asked players to pop balloons, shaking the accessory whenever the wrong balloons were touched. Another more interesting stage challenged players to guide the tip of the stylus through a maze with their eyes closed; the SmartStylus would rumble, whenever a wall was hit. None of the games seemed like “killer applications”, but I can see some potential in the accessory.
That potential wouldn’t mean much if the SmartStylus doesn’t work with Nintendo’s new system due to its reliance on the GBA slot, but I talked to PDP for a hot second, and they told me that the transceiver is small enough to fit into a standard DS cart, a solution they’re currently investigating.
The stylus uses a single AAA battery and is currently pending Nintendo approval. PDP adds that SmartStylus effects are “easily inserted into [any] game by using simple APIs provided in the SmartStylus SDK from PDP.”
MadWorld Wii decal set.
With these skins, you can now get blood splatters on your console without having to crouch next to your system and punch yourself in the face repeatedly.
Here’s a shot of the other side/sticker:
Buy: MadWorld ($46.99 with free shipping/handling)
Safecare’s Homework First accessory.
Before the Health Control Game Timer, there was Homework First! It’s like The Club, except built for the NES’s cart slot instead of a steering wheel, and designed to keep children off your system instead of criminals.
“Yes, an antidote to Nintendo has arrived,” said the Seattle Times in January 1990, praising the curative gadget.
Homework First was sold for $22 through Sharper Image stores and Spiegel catalogs, where it was billed as a counteragent to the video game sickness, finally enabling disapproving mothers to “control when and how much time [their] family play Nintendo.” It was even endorsed by the Council for Children’s Television and Media!
Safecare also advertised the lock as an accessory ensuring the safety of saved games, blocking your kid brother from pushing in a cart and deleting your previous save files.
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Health Control Game Timer DS Lite accessory.
With this ridiculous cart plugged into your system’s GBA slot, you can limit your DS playtime to 30, 60, 90, and 120-minute sessions. You’ll have to remember to save often, though, as the Game Timer can force an immediate shut down, erasing all your progress!
That’s an acceptable drawback, though, considering the hundreds of hours this will save for easily immersed gamers intending to play only a tiny bit of whatever addictive title they have in their portable.
The device also has a sensor that detects your distance from the system, warning you with LED/audio/rumble alerts when it thinks that your eyes might be too close to the screen. This is a perfect replacement for those of you who no longer have an overly worrisome mother around to nag you about holding a handheld too close to your face.
Datel is selling these in Japan for ¥3,990 ($40!). As far as I know, there are no plans to bring this to the West, where it could likely be marketed as a “homework timer” to keep game-crazy children in check. Note that it won’t work with a DSi — clearly, Nintendo’s updated system is missing out.
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Homemade Super Mario Bros.-themed case, crafted from foam by Lain56. Fitting, for the branded system.
Note that it would be near impossible for Mario to squeeze in between that pipe and block.
This line of Capdase DSi cases — available in white, blue, red, pink, and black — features silicone grips designed to protect the hinge and prevent the system from sliding when placed on a flat surface.
Japanese online shop Rakuten is selling them for ¥1,680 ($19) before shipping, but you can probably get them for $18.50 with shipping from eBay. Here are more shots of the case from different angles:
Capdase sells a similar line with silicone sleeves instead of clear plastic, for the same price and also available on eBay. Both lines come with an extra stylus, but the silicone version has a bigger pen-like stylus that can attach to a system strap/cap.