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#1 daroga

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Posted 08 October 2006 - 02:21 AM

http://www.engadget....up-and-endcaps/

I'm curious to find out how those controller gloves fit the controller. If they're like most generic silicon-esque cases for iPods, etc, I think I'll stay away. But maybe they'll be kinda nice and be a nice way to protect and distinguish the Wii controllers.

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#2 Strell

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Posted 08 October 2006 - 02:25 AM

Dog tags and lapel pins?

I am fucking sold, bitches.


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Posted 08 October 2006 - 02:48 AM

I might chop one game out of my Wii budget to afford a couple of those items.

Definitely a yes on one of the controller glove sets and the dog tag / lapel pin.

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Posted 08 October 2006 - 02:55 AM

By the way daroga, thanks for the link! Forgot to say that in my first post. Great stuff. Just feeding the excitement. :)

Oh, and here's a comment from the comments section:

Los @ Oct 7th 2006 9:14PM

Hey my pics made it on.

Just FYI, you can't see it in the pics. The green controller glove with the 2 retro looking ones has a Zelda Triforce Logo embossed between the large A button hole and the 3 button set below it. The red has the Mario "M" on it, in the same spot.

I really am having to stifle my klepto thumb working on them.


Sounds nice. :D

#5 botticus

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Posted 08 October 2006 - 02:56 AM

Very interesting look at the costs. I'm curious if CompUSA gets less of a markup than some of the other retailers, given that I never see anything worthwhile gaming related at their stores.

Controller gloves look like a pretty slick way to differentiate controllers, if nothing else.

Looks like my fear of places like Best Buy and whatnot not bothering to push the Wii on people is unfounded. Much better markup (albeit still tiny) on the console than the others.

#6 GizmoGC

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Posted 08 October 2006 - 04:01 AM

Looks cool. What are thr dog tags for? To wear?

#7 Sgt. Baker

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Posted 08 October 2006 - 04:08 AM

Are those....are those stands for wiimotes!?

That's sweet if they are.

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Posted 08 October 2006 - 04:09 AM

I thought VC Points were supposed to be $20, not $25.
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#9 botticus

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Posted 08 October 2006 - 04:15 AM

I thought VC Points were supposed to be $20, not $25.

This is CompUSA we're talking about, who according to their website, still charges $145 for the blue DS. Also possible that would be for a 2500 point card.

Are those....are those stands for wiimotes!?

That's sweet if they are.

Which picture are you looking at?

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Posted 08 October 2006 - 04:24 AM

This is CompUSA we're talking about, who according to their website, still charges $145 for the blue DS. Also possible that would be for a 2500 point card.

Which picture are you looking at?

4th shelf down. Lower shelf.

EDIT: 4th picture down. Sorry.

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Posted 08 October 2006 - 05:10 AM

How on earth do the VC cards cost $17 to make?
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Posted 08 October 2006 - 05:17 AM

This is CompUSA we're talking about, who according to their website, still charges $145 for the blue DS. Also possible that would be for a 2500 point card.

I had no idea they do that. I've never bought anything videogame related from CompUSA. I guess I have a good reason to continue to stay away.

How on earth do the VC cards cost $17 to make?

It's not how much they cost to make, it's how much Nintendo makes stores buy them for. I'm sure wholesale price of MS points are around $17. After all, if the wholesale price of 2000 Nintendo points were $10, they would only make $2.50 on $5 VC games.
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#13 ratzombie

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Posted 08 October 2006 - 06:29 AM

Those Wii glove things are awesome, I really like the green colored one. ;)

#14 MusicNoteLess

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Posted 08 October 2006 - 06:36 AM

Anyone willing to bet someone is gonna break street date?

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Posted 08 October 2006 - 06:43 AM

Anyone willing to bet someone is gonna break street date?


I think it's possible. And CAGers will be the first to discover it!

#16 Zoglog

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Posted 08 October 2006 - 06:47 AM

wooo ipod style

#17 topnotch97

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Posted 08 October 2006 - 06:58 AM

wha? no Wii shirts?

#18 Liquid 2

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Posted 08 October 2006 - 08:19 AM

I like the contoller gloves, but I hate that they come in packs of three.

#19 io

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Posted 08 October 2006 - 08:39 AM

Well, what I find interesting is that people on CAG always claim retailers' cost for $50 games is $45 or $46, and thus they are making almost nothing on new games. $40 (or $41.22) isn't too bad. In particular, retailers will make a ton on the $40 Zelda's. Is this much lower than for PS2/GC/Xbox games, or has everyone been wrong all this time?

Oh, and I'm thinking the controller gloves will be a necessary purchase - anything that adds even slight protection for both the Wiimote and nearby spectators. My kids will inevitably throw them across the room several times. My youngest gets so excited playing SSBM that the Wavebird will often go flying out of his hands (he tends to jump around while playing). I can't imagine what he'll do when he's actually SUPPOSED to move the controller around like a maniac :rofl:.

Also, does anyone have any idea what the things in the second picture are (that look like DS/GBA cases)? Are they Wiimote storage bags? Hopefully EB and GR will get all these types of things in so I can use my hard-earned :lol: store credit on them (in particular the Wii points cards).

Edit - Never mind, I guess those are the "WII GPAK ORGANIZER&TRAVEL - 29.99 / 18.95". That one definitely seems overpriced, think I'll pass there... I guess those are for taking your Wiimote to your friend's house (since they store your avatar, etc). I'll play with my Wiimote in the privacy of my own home, thank you very much, so no need for that.

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Posted 08 October 2006 - 09:51 AM

Oh, and I'm thinking the controller gloves will be a necessary purchase - anything that adds even slight protection for both the Wiimote and nearby spectators. My kids will inevitably throw them across the room several times. My youngest gets so excited playing SSBM that the Wavebird will often go flying out of his hands (he tends to jump around while playing). I can't imagine what he'll do when he's actually SUPPOSED to move the controller around like a maniac :rofl:.

You get a wrist strap with the Wii for the remote so that you, or whoever else uses the remote, won't be able to accidentally throw it around.


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#21 Woltaire

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Posted 08 October 2006 - 10:24 AM

Wow! Those gloves look awesome! The colors remind me of candy for some reason.
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#22 botticus

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Posted 08 October 2006 - 02:49 PM

Also, does anyone have any idea what the things in the second picture are (that look like DS/GBA cases)? Are they Wiimote storage bags? Hopefully EB and GR will get all these types of things in so I can use my hard-earned :lol: store credit on them (in particular the Wii points cards).

Edit - Never mind, I guess those are the "WII GPAK ORGANIZER&TRAVEL - 29.99 / 18.95". That one definitely seems overpriced, think I'll pass there... I guess those are for taking your Wiimote to your friend's house (since they store your avatar, etc). I'll play with my Wiimote in the privacy of my own home, thank you very much, so no need for that.

I think those are actually to port around your entire console, though I'm not completely sure.

#23 Guest_Apossum_*

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Posted 08 October 2006 - 03:01 PM

Dog tags and lapel pins?

I am fucking sold, bitches.



:lol: most random accessory ever

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Posted 08 October 2006 - 03:13 PM

Anyone willing to bet someone is gonna break street date?


I wouldn't be suprised to see them break the street date for games and accesories. Look at the 360 launch, games were available before the system was, about 2 weeks IIRC.

#25 jPoD

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Posted 08 October 2006 - 04:55 PM

Am I the only one who isnt enthralled by the 'gloves'? Have any of you ever used silicone? The shit is total dust-magnet. I'll find a better way of distinguishing my 'mote.
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Posted 08 October 2006 - 06:14 PM

Am I the only one who isnt enthralled by the 'gloves'? Have any of you ever used silicone? The shit is total dust-magnet. I'll find a better way of distinguishing my 'mote.



I'm with ya. seems like an attempt to get people to accessorize their Wii-motes like an Ipod.

#27 jPoD

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Posted 08 October 2006 - 06:18 PM

I'm with ya. seems like an attempt to get people to accessorize their Wii-motes like an Ipod.


You mean like a jPod? :P
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Posted 08 October 2006 - 07:01 PM

Wow, great photo shop job. I've seen these exact items for tool accesories at Ace Hardware...j/k :rofl: Great stuff OP, but I'm not to sure about the Wiimote condoms. Maybe if they are thin and give me a better grip, but I'm thinking they will be similar to the GBA condoms.
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#29 botticus

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Posted 08 October 2006 - 07:13 PM

Am I the only one who isnt enthralled by the 'gloves'? Have any of you ever used silicone? The shit is total dust-magnet. I'll find a better way of distinguishing my 'mote.

If you find a better way, let me know. In the meantime, sure I'll drop $10 on a three pack to keep first player and second player differentiated.

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Posted 08 October 2006 - 07:16 PM

Why are the points cards $24.99? Seems like a ripoff, I would have liked to have seen them be $19.99 like XBLM cards.

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