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Europe Is Getting A Special Gran Turismo Sport PlayStation 4

Gran Turismo Sport PlayStation 4

Europe is getting a special Gran Turismo Sport PlayStation 4. The limited edition system will come with the Day 1 Edition of Gran Turismo Sport, a silver GT DualShock 4 controller, and of course the system itself, which is a 1 TB console in a silver color scheme with the GT logo. Sony will also be releasing a standalone limited edition DualShock 4 controller and a version that is bundled with the game (without the console).

Four new Jet Black PS4 SKUs were also announced. Europe will be getting:

  • Jet Black PS4 1 TB edition
  • Jet Black PS4 500GB edition
  • Jet Black PS4 1TB + extra Jet Black DualShock 4 edition
  • Jet Black PS4 Pro edition

Here’s some images of the new system and controller.

Source: All Games Delta, PlayStation Blog Europe, & PlayStation EU

Images: PlayStation Blog Europe

Nyko Announces The Charge Block Pro For Switch

Charge Block Pro

Nyko has announced a new accessory for Switch. It’s called the Charge Block Pro. As the name would imply, this is a charging accessory. In addition to the Charge Block Pro, which is for the Nintendo Switch Pro Controller, there will be a regular Charge Block accessory too. This one is for Joy-Con controllers. Nyko has indicated that these new Charge Blocks will be able to be connected with existing ones for other platforms, so you can make a whole line of charges on your table, desk, or shelf. Here’s a trailer and a few images of both chargers.

New Limited Edition PlayStation F.C. DualShock 4 Controller Announced

Limited Edition PlayStation F.C. DualShock 4 Controller

A new Limited Edition PlayStation F.C. DualShock 4 controller has been announced by Sony. The new controller is set to be released on September 29th in Europe. As of right now, it won’t be available in the UK, Australia, or New Zealand. No word yet on a release in North America or Japan. The design is inspired by association football (or soccer as we know it in the US). Sony’s latest DualShock 4 will be released on the same day as FIFA 18. Check out some additional images of the controller below.

Source: Pure PlayStation Fans, DualShockers, & PlayStation Blog

Images: PlayStation Blog

Next Gen N64 Nintendo 64 Controller Kickstarter Launched

Next Gen N64 Nintendo 64 Controller

Retro Fighters has launched a campaign for a modern take on the Nintendo 64’s classic triple prong controller. They are calling it the Next Gen N64 Nintendo 64 Controller and have launched a Kickstarter campaign in support of the project. The original goal was $13,000 and as of this writing they’ve already surpassed $39,000, three times the goal in only two days. There’s still nearly a month left to go, so it could bring in even more cash before all is said & done.

The $30,000+ total means Retro Fighters has already met all of their Stretch Goals, so backers will have more color choices available when the project is complete. The Next Gen N64 Nintendo 64 Controller features a Xbox style controller shape and all of the original buttons of the N64 controller.

Since there is no middle prong for the Z-Trigger, Retro Fighters has moved Z to the shoulders of the controller. There are two Z buttons now, but both do the same thing. They’ve also enlarged the C buttons, added a Turbo function, and improved the analog stick and moved it to the left side of the controller. The cost is $20.00 and it will support the Rumble Pak as well as Controller Paks (the N64’s name for memory cards).

You can check out the project on Kickstarter here.

Source: Nintendo Life & Retro Fighters

New Xbox One Controller Colors Announced

New Xbox One Controller Colors

New Xbox One controller colors have been announced by Microsoft. Three brand new color schemes were announced recently on Xbox Wire. Two will be available tomorrow, August 3rd, while the other one will be available September 5th. The new controllers are Green & Gray, the Volcano Shadow Special Edition, & the Patrol Tech Special Edition. Green & Gray will be priced at $64.99, while the other two controllers will be available for $69.99.

Microsoft is also releasing a “new and improved” Xbox Wireless Adapter for Windows 10. The new adapter is 66% smaller the original Xbox Wireless Adapter and supports up to 8 controllers simultaneously. It also will support wireless stereo sound. It’s scheduled to be hitting store shelves this month for $24.99. You can also pick it up in a bundle with an Xbox One controller for $79.99.

Source: Xbox Addict & Xbox Wire

Image: Xbox Wire

Pokkén Tournament Controller Announced For Nintendo Switch

Pokkén Tournament Controller

Hori’s Pokkén Tournament controller has been announced for Nintendo Switch. You may remember that Hori had released a similar controller for the Wii U version of the game. It was previously announced that the Wii U version controllers will work on the Switch version, but if you’d rather have the Switch one, you can pre-order one at Amazon by clicking here. The controller is essentially the same as the Wii U one except it’s black and features the Pokkén Tournament DX logo. It’s currently set to be released on September 22nd, the same day as the game.

Source: Nintendo Enthusiast & Amazon

Image: Amazon

Pokémon Mobile Accessories Announced

Pokémon Mobile Accessories

Pokémon mobile accessories have been announced by Anker. The company is well known for its line of extended life battery packs and now they are seemingly trying to cash in on the Pokémon craze. Though one might wonder why they didn’t release these last year when Pokémon GO fever was in full swing. These mobile accessories are officially licensed though and if you’re interested you can check out photos below. So far there are portable batteries, iPhone 7 cases, and a Bluetooth speaker. And the battery packs also include a themed carrying pouch to go along with it.

The Team Instinct, Valor, and Mystic batteries are priced at 2,980円 (~$26.68). The Pikachu & Charizard batteries are slightly cheaper at 2,480円 (~$22.20). The Bluetooth speaker is 4,980円 (~$44.58). The iPhone cases are 1,980円 (~$17.73). It’s unknown as of yet if any of these will come to the West.

Source: Nintendo Life & Inside Games

Images: Nintendo Life & Inside Games

The Power Glove

The Power Glove

Welcome to another edition of Retro Rewind. This week we’re talking about the Power Glove. The NES accessory is arguably more infamous than famous given its reputation for  lackluster play control. But at the same time it was easily featured quite prominently in the 1989 cult-classic The Wizard. So what’s the real story? Was it really that bad? Or was it actually a good product? Well like most things in life, the truth probably lies somewhere in between.

If you’ve never used the Power Glove (it was officially licensed, but Nintendo didn’t make it. It was made by Abrams/Gentile Entertainment (AGE) & Mattel), basically the concept was to utilize a somewhat more primitive form of motion controls to play your NES games. Unfortunately it generally was viewed as more of a cool gadget than a functional controller. Only two games were ever released that had special Power Glove only features, Super Glove Ball & Bad Street Brawler. Though you could use the device with other games through its built-in keypad. The codes you entered basically remapped the existing controls for a game to functions of the Power Glove. It also featured a full NES controller in addition to the keypad.

The Power Glove was a good idea, just executed poorly. According to the Wikipedia page, it was “based on the patented technology of the VPL Dataglove…The Dataglove can detect yaw, pitch and roll, uses fiberoptic sensors to detect finger flexure, and has a resolution of 256 positions (8 bits) per finger for four fingers, the Power Glove can only detect roll, and uses sensors coated with conductive ink yielding a resolution of four positions (2 bits) per finger for four fingers.”

Basically this meant that the Power Glove had far less functionality than the technology was capable of. This was likely done as a cost-saving measure. The Power Glove originally retailed for $75 which would be nearly $150 in today’s money. Had they used the full features of the Dataglove, the price may have been double what it was, or perhaps even more. This obviously would’ve put it out of reach for most families.

As for actual gameplay, you were far more likely to crash your car or fall into a pit than have any success at playing games with the Power Glove. This is far different from what is seen in The Wizard for eample, where Lucas is able to easily win a race in Rad Racer without crashing once.

It’s kind of sad to look back on and think about what could’ve been. In retrospect the Power Glove was ahead of its time in a lot of ways. The Wii Remote itself wasn’t even true one-to-one motion when first released, and that was over 20 years later. But hey at least we have videos like the ones below to enjoy for all of their cheesiness and so bad it’s good quality.

If for some reason you’d like to purchase the Power Glove for yourself, you can find them on Amazon or eBay at these links.

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Source: Wikipediamacjoshy, ingpanda101

Image: Player Attack

The Game Boy Worm Light

Do you remember the Game Boy Worm Light? Chances are if you were playing video games in the early 1990’s, you probably do. You may have even owned one at one point in time. But why? What was this accessory’s purpose? Are they even worthwhile these days? Find out in this edition of Accessory Focus.

So for those of you who might not know, before the Game Boy Advance SP (technically the Game Boy Light was the first backlit Nintendo handheld, but it was never released outside of Japan), Nintendo handhelds were not lighted. That means if you wanted to see the screen, you had to have an external light source of some kind. A lamp, street light (when traveling at night in a car), overhead light, the sun, moon, etc. This limitation of the hardware could make playing games difficult at times. If you were someone who liked to take your Game Boy outside to play, really sunny days meant you had to deal with constant glare on the screen which as anyone who’s used a cell phone outdoors on a sunny day knows, it’s very challenging to see the screen much at all.

That is where accessories like the Game Boy Worm Light come into play. Several manufacturers had their own take on a Game Boy light source product. Nyko had the Worm Light which we’ve been talking about in this article. Vic Tokai had a product called Light Boy which you can see below. This particular accessory not only provided light but also magnified the screen. I think there were other manufacturers who had magnification accessories too and perhaps other lights.

As you can see, giving players a way to view their games in low light/no light conditions was a pretty good way to make some money in the Game Boy days. It was a clear need that Nintendo didn’t account for in the design of the hardware (likely as a cost-saving measure) and thus third parties came up with solutions to the problem. These accessories can still be viable today. The Worm Light can be purchased from eBay or the like for $4-10 each. The Light Boy meanwhile, is quite a bit more at ~$45+.  Conversely if you prefer an all-in-one solution, you can find Game Boy systems that have been modded with backlights for around $125-150 on eBay. Clearly the Worm Light is the cheapest option. You could also use a DIY approach, repurposing book lights and similar items for the same function on a Game Boy. Though depending on the kind you were to use, these might require some method of adhering the light to the system.

Of course you could always just play your original Game Boy games on the Super Game Boy accessory for the SNES or on a Game Boy Advance SP. The former would be on a TV while the latter is the first system that is Game Boy compatible to feature a built-in backlight.

Here’s some links to lights and pre-modded systems on Amazon & eBay.

Worm Light – Amazon | eBay

Light Boy – Amazon | eBay

Pre-Modded Backlit Original Game Boy – Amazon | eBay (Note: Amazon link is for a backlight kit, I was unable to find a pre-modded system on Amazon.)

Game Boy Light (NTSC-J/Japan Only) – Amazon | eBay

Images: Amazon (1 & 2), DDRGame, & Wikipedia

A Nintendo Switch Keyboard, The Peripheral You Didn’t Know You Needed

Here’s a new Nintendo Switch keyboard, a peripheral you didn’t know you needed. Well need might be a bit of a stretch, seeing as how there are little to no games or apps currently available on Switch to take advantage of such a device. But Dragon Quest X will be coming to the console, later this Fall, well in Japan at least, so I guess the manufacturer is getting a head start on things.

This Nintendo Switch keyboard is from a company called Cyber Gadget and unlike the one made by Hori, this keyboard allows you to attach your Joy-Con just like you would on the Switch itself. Unfortunately it doesn’t come with any Joy-Con but at least it’s light, as Cyber Gadget’s keyboard weighs in at just 250 grams (almost 9 ounces). Both keyboards appear to be only for Japan for now, but who knows, maybe they will make an appearance stateside if Square Enix brings DQX to the West?

Here’s the Hori keyboard, so you can compare with the Cyber Gadget one above.

Source: Kotaku UK & Cyber Gadget

Images: Kotaku UK, Cyber Gadget, & Hori

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