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Gaming Gadget Gift Guide

November 29, 2007

By John Powell - G4 Canada

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Having a hardcore gamer on your holiday shopping list can be tricky especially if you are not a video game fanatic yourself. No need to fret.
Below sorted by platform are some practical gifts for the gamer in your life.

 

Nintendo Wii

1. Wii Controller Gloves (Vizu - $5.95, Nintendo - $8.95)
There are many makes and brands but Wii controller gloves are really ideal especially since many of the games on the Wii are lively and
active. Gloves will also allow you to hold onto the slick controllers so you don’t have one of those unfortunate accidents.

2. Wii Sports Kit (I-Con - $19.49, Intec - $29.99)
To be used along with any Wii sports title, the interchangeable Wiimote extensions for golf, baseball, tennis and sword-fighting really do
improve the experience by adding that extra dose of realism.

Wii Zapper3. Wii Wireless Sensor Bar (ASiD Tech - $28.99, NYKO Technologies - $14.99)
Everything else was wireless. Why wasn’t the sensor bar? No matter, for a price you can make your entire Wii console wireless by replacing the existing sensor bar with one of these.

4. Wii Zapper with Link's Crossbow Training (Nintendo - $24.99)
The Wii Zapper is a gun peripheral that improves aiming with the Wii controllers. The Wiimote and nunchuck fit right into the Zapper. The set comes with the Link’s Crossbow Training game.

5. CTA Digital Infrared Laser Magnum Gun (CTA Digital - $19.99)
Another Wii gun peripheral but this one resembles a handgun unlike the Zapper which is more of a rifle. The Magnum Gun features an infrared laser beam beneath the barrel to allow for pinpoint accuracy.

 

 

DS HeadsetNintendo DS

1. Nintendo DS Headset (Nintendo - $19.99)
DS users can chat online with each other as long as they have registered each other's friend code. It also works with any game that uses voice recognition such as Pokémon Diamond and Pokémon Pearl, Nintendogs and Metroid Prime Hunters.

2. Datel Action Replay DS (Datel - $28.99)
The easy to use game enhancer contains downloadable and updatable Nintendo DS codes to open all manner of cheats to grant players infinite lives, infinite weapons…etc.

 

 

PS3 Eye CameraPlayStation 3

1. Playstation 3 Eye Camera (Sony Computer Entertainment - $44.99)
Expanding the gaming and communication options of the PS3, the Eye Camera comes with editing software, which allows users to save, edit and add effects to photos, video and audio clips.

2. PlayStation 3 Headsets (Logitech - $24.99, Mad Catz - $37.99)
It is what every PS3 owner needs especially for online play since the original system does not come with one. The Logitech headset and microphone plugs into one of the USB ports while the Mad Catz headset is wireless with bluetooth technology, hence the price difference.

G4 - Canada3. Playstation 3 Cordless MediaBoard Keyboard (Logitech - $46.99)
Sending text messages, scrolling through menus and editing information was never easier.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sony PSP

1. Sony PSP PlayGear Pocket (Logitech - $18.99)
A great protective case to guard a PSP from the wear and tear of portable gaming.

2. PSP Action Replay (Intec - $42.99)
Like the DS version, the PSP Action Replay lets you unlock various cheat codes.

 

 

XBOX 360 Text Input DeviceXbox 360

1. Text Input Device (Microsoft - $30.55)
The Input Device allows users to chat on Xbox LIVE with ease. It attaches directly to the Xbox 360 controller.

2. Wireless Headset Communicator (Microsoft - $69.99)
Replaces the limiting and at times annoying wired Xbox 360 headset.

3. HD DVD Drive (Microsoft - $199.99)
Enjoy HD DVD movies on your Xbox 360 with this add-on. Includes King Kong HD DVD movie and a nifty remote control.


 
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