The rumors had been circulating for weeks. Would Nintendo, which has experienced so much success with its family-friendly Wii, finally enter the next generation of console gaming and bring back the hardcore gamer? The answer is “We think so.” At the Electronic Entertainment Expo, Nintendo unveiled the Wii U, their first 1080p HD console which will be released sometime between April 1 and December 31, 2012. Final specs weren’t released, nor were any close-to-finished games or a price point. The focus, instead, was on the brand new controller.

Half iPad, half Nintendo DS, the WiiU controller has a full 6.2 inch touch screen as well as a camera, all the buttons of a normal console controller, and offers unprecedented interaction between your TV and the console. Read more after the break. Read More »


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There’s a great flash-based web game making the rounds this week called Famous Objects From Classic Movies. The mechanic is simple: you’ll see a minimalist silhouette of an iconic image or prop related to a movie, and in a little hangman-style text box you need to fill in the name of the film.

The game isn’t wildly difficult, though it throws a few curve balls, like an image of a tiger for The Hangover. Some of those curves are pretty clever, though, especially for truly classic films. I loved the one used for Breathless. Many of you will be able to get through a couple dozen without taking a hit, but it’s worth a few minutes just to scan through all the images, and you’re bound to be stumped eventually.

Play the game here. [via Badass Digest]

Netflix Watch Instantly Coming to Nintendo 3DS

As if the ability to play games and videos with glasses-free 3D, didn’t already make the Nintendo 3DS a desirable piece of tech, they’ve just announced another major perk. Coming this summer, the 3DS will be compatible with Netflix Watch Instantly, allowing users to watch feature length movies and television shows in the palm of their hand. No, they won’t be in 3D, but you will be able to watch movie trailers in 3D. The system itself will be released on March 27 and the Netflix update will become available over the summer. Read the press release and more after the jump. Read More »

Not only is 3D driving movie ticket prices through the roof, it’s driving manufacturers to make very unnecessary products. A few months back we showed you a whole bunch of different TRON: Legacy themed 3D glasses and at this year’s New York Toy Fair, Hasbro announced they’ve partnered with Real-D to create Autobot Cine-Mask 3D glasses so kids can watch Transformers: Dark of the Moon in 3D looking like Bumblebee or Optimus Prime. See high-res photos of each mask after the jump. Read More »

The next evolution in 3D is coming home on March 27. The Nintendo 3DS, the world’s first glasses-free 3D video game system, has officially been announced. It’ll cost $249.99 and feature about 30 titles in the first few months of launch. The system will also be compatible with 3D movies. Read the full press release and our impressions of the system after the jump. Read More »

Ennio Morricone Now Composing Ringtones for LG

When film fans hear the word “composer,” we immediately think of a film composer. Maybe our minds even drift to some of our favorite scores by the likes of John Williams, Bernard Herrmann, Hans Zimmer or Jerry Goldsmith. When that happens, it’s easy to forget that a composer can write music for things other than movies.

So in an age where almost everyone’s life is run through their cell phone, it makes almost perfect sense that a great film composer is going to the digital medium. Ennio Morricone, the legendary Italian composer who has written scores for hundreds of films including Cinema Paradiso, The Good The Bad and The Ugly as well as The Untouchables, has signed a deal with LG to not only write brand new music for ringtones on their upcoming smart phones, but allow those phones to exclusively play some of his most famous themes. Read more about this deal after the jump. Read More »

Cool Posts From Around the Web:

Okay, this is so frigging cool. Parker Brothers Choppers in Florida have made ten working, life size Light Cycles just like the ones in TRON: Legacy. They don’t leave a trail of light or anything like that, and it doesn’t look like they can actually turn, but they’re tangible and not on The Grid so that’s good enough for us. Oh, and you can buy one if you have $55,000 to spare.

Please note the photo above is not of the actual bike. You’ll have to hit the jump to see a video of these babies in action as well as read all their vital statistics. Read More »

The most interesting thing about the Microsoft Kinect video game add-on is definitely not the games or anything officially released thus far — it is the hacks that the hacking community has been able to turn out thus far (and this is just the beginning). One of the hacks allows you to wield a lightsaber in real time, a task which usually takes hours of rotoscoping in a post production software program. Hit the jump to see a video demonstration. Who knows what practical uses this may have (likely none) or if we might see such action a future Star Wars video game (my guess is not). If only the Star Wars kid had access to such technology…
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Luke Skywalker fought one. So did a bunch of Jedi Younglings. And though Master Replicas did create a really nice prop replica, now, for only a fraction of the cost, you can build your very own Star Wars Jedi Training Remote. The best part is, unlike the Master Replicas one, yours can actually float. Check out the do-it-yourself video, as well some history on the device, seen in Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones as well as Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope, after the jump. Read More »