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Turtle Beach XP500 and PX3 gaming headsets hands-on

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Turtle Beach XP600 and PX3 gaming headsets hands on

Not ready to take the $250 plunge to snag a pair of Ear Force PX5s, but still want in on Turtle Beach’s preset-powered super hearing? The big boy’s baby brother, the Ear Force PX3, just might scratch your itch. We heard these stereo gaming cans ditched surround sound and Bluetooth support to save buyers a Benjamin, but how does these super-saver specials hold up? We tried them on.

Nintendo bringing ‘Red Flare’ 3DS, new Wii package to Japan this summer

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Now that we’re all sitting on summer’s doorstep, Nintendo has decided to add a little heat to its 3DS lineup, with a new ‘Red Flare’ handheld, coming to Japan next month. Offering a sanguine alternative to the Aqua Blue and Cosmo Black variants, this little fireball will retail for ¥25,000 (about $312) when it hits Japanese stores on July 14th — just in time for the release of Star Fox 64 3D. The company is also planning to unleash a new Wii bundle on June 23rd, which will package two Wii Remote Plus controllers (one in black or white, one in blue) with Wii Sports Resort software, for ¥20,000 (around $250). No word yet on whether these offers will be coming Westward anytime soon, but you can find more information in the translated press release, after the break.

Nintendo launching 3DS eShop on June 7, sharing some E3 love with everyone

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Nintendo launching 3DS eShop in US on June 7th, sharing some E3 love with everyone

We know where we’re going to be on June 7th: surfing across the sea of concrete better known as Los Angeles, looking at lots of games and wishing we’d packed more comfortable shoes. That’s E3 time and, while you very well may be at home living vicariously, thanks to Nintendo you’ll be able to get a bit of what’s happening out there right in your handheld over here — if you bought a 3DS. On June 7th Nintendo will release its long-promised update, which will finally bring the ability to download titles directly to the system through the eShop. The Japanese update will be launching a day earlier and is said to feature Virtual Console emulation as well as a 3D movie player, giving us hope that the promised Netflix support will be there for us. What else will we be hoping for at E3? Probably a foot massage. Any takers?

Update: Nintendo has now also officially announced that the update will hit Europe on June 7th, bringing with it eShop access and a web browser.

NeoCube Magnet Balls

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The NeoCube is an entertainment device like no other in the world. Composed of 216 individual high-energy rare-earth magnets, the NeoCube allows you to create and recreate an outrageous number of shapes and patterns. The NeoCube Is literally a puzzle with billions of solutions.

NeoCube, a 6x6x6 cube of 216 small neodymium-iron-boron magnetic spheres which can be arranged into an amazing assortment of geometrical and non-geometrical shapes. You can create various polyhedra, even Buckyballs, and all kinds of familiar shapes, too. It’s basically a 3D tangram on steroids. As fascinating as it is addictive. It is mesmerizing to rearrange the spheres.

Product page: http://www.ownta.com/neocube-magnet-balls-216pcs.html

NeoCube Magnet Balls (216PCs):

  • Composed of 216 individual high-energy rare-earth magnet
  • Create and recreate an outrageous number of shapes and patterns
  • The same manufacturing as other higher priced brands – Much lower cost to you as you are ordering
  • Each Magnetballs comes with a Free Collector’s Tin to hold your magnetballs
  • Packed in metal case.

Blaze PS3 Move Gun attachment for perps lacking a second amendment

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Know what’s awesome? Guns! Especially when they’re capped with a glowing pastel ball. This more “realistic” alternative to the $20 Sony PS3 Move gun attachment is from Blaze and will set you back £9.99 (about $16) when it begins shipping at the end of February. Bring it to a Texas bar and we hear you’ll get a complimentary Shirley Temple. Yeehaw!

Nintendo’s Game Boy Advance SP once had an autostereoscopic screen

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It may seem like 3D sprung from the ashes of discontentment — not to mention red / blue glasses — but Nintendo never stopped believing. It’s been secretly refining stereoscopic tech for years in the likes of the Game Boy Advance and GameCube. And while president Satoru Iwata already mentioned early last year that the GameCube had hidden 3D circuits, he recently revealed that the 3DS’s autostereoscopic panel actually dates back to the clamshell Game Boy Advance SP. Which, as you might recall, also once sported a touchscreen. At the time, his story goes, LCD resolution was too low to generate a sharp image, but the optometrist-friendly glasses-free tech was already in place. Of course, if you truly want to consult the history books, you can consider Nintendo’s entry into the market to be the Famicom 3D System shutter glasses pictured above… which hit stores in Japan way back in 1986. Yeah, we know.

Nintendo pulling the plug on the Wii Speak, gently

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Nintendo pulling the plug on the Wii Speak, gently

Oh, noble Wii Speak, you promised to make taunting newbs and chiding teammates so much more of a social affair. Now you’re being relegated to the cemetery of console accessories that simply never caught on. Nintendo has confirmed Wii Speak is only available now at “limited retail locations” ahead of an apparent discontinuation, and that while “additional shipments can be made if consumer demand increases,” that doesn’t sound particularly likely to us. If you’d like to pay your respects, visiting hours will be all weekend ahead of the final ceremony taking place on Monday between the Power Glove and Zapper plots.

How would you change Sony’s PlayStation Move?

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Is it Sony’s play against the Wiimote, or the Kinect… or both? Hard to say exactly, but there’s no question that the PS3 is no longer on the outside looking in when it comes to motion gaming. Now that it’s been on the market for a few months, we’re looking to hear from early adopters — have you enjoyed your time with the Move? Has it lived up to your expectations? Any quirks with gameplay that you’d iron out? Any particular games that you’d prefer to see play nice with the apparatus? Set yourself in the mindset of a SCEA designer for a tick and let us know how you’d do the Move differently down in comments below. And yeah, sticking with “Arc” is totally an acceptable suggestion to make.

Reckless Racing review (iPhone)

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Developed by Swedish firm Pixelbite and released just a few days ago by EA and Polarbit, Reckless Racing is a game we’ve been following since it was known as “Deliverace” early this year — and honestly, there was a spell where we’d gone so long without having heard anything about it that we’d kind of assumed the awesome-looking project had been canceled. Fortunately, that wasn’t the case — it’s now available on iPhone, iPad, and Android — so we decided to take it for a quick spin. After all, top-down racers haven’t really made much noise since the heady days of R.C. Pro-Am and perennial arcade favorite Ivan “Ironman” Stewart’s Super Off Road… and after playing Reckless Racing for just a few minutes, we’re not sure why that is.

Nyko Wand+ review

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Nyko Wand+ review

For demanding gamers, initial excitement upon procuring a Nintendo Wii was quickly dampened by disappointment: the durned Wiimote wasn’t nearly as precise as we’d all hoped it would be. It took a couple of years for Nintendo to step up and fix the issue, releasing the MotionPlus and finally making the Wiimote work for sword-fighting games and the like. But, that left us all stuck with a dongle hanging off the bottom, causing compatibility issues with many early peripherals. The Nyko Wand+ is the solution, putting the MotionPlus right inside a stock-size controller, as it should have been in the first place. In some ways, it’s better than first-party.

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