The new product lineup includes the Charging Station EX, Kama Charge Kit, and a competitor to Nintendo's own Wii Remote, the Wand.
Yesterday, Nyko officially debuted their new Wii devices at the 2009 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Nevada. Along with previously announced peripherals such as the Charge Station Quad and the Metal Pedal, The Wand, Charging Station EX, and The Kama Charge Kit were on display for the first time ever.
The Wand features many distinct differences from the Nintendo-made Wii Remote, like a distinctively shaped A button and D-Pad. Larger 1 and 2 buttons were also featured in order to allow for easier classic gaming when turned sideways. A rubber coated battery cover was added ensuring better grip, and the controller features Nyko's Trans-Port technology.
Trans-Port allows feedback of motion and vibration to be electrically transmitted between the remote and a "compatible attachment". While current Wii Remote peripherals generate feedback through triggers from pushing buttons, the Wand will implement electric signals allowing for data to be transmitted to the peripheral. One such potential attachment is a "pistol grip" which "electrically replicates key action buttons". The Nyko wand will be available for purchase in April 2009 at select retail stores.
Nyko's second product, the Charging Station EX is a two-port charging and storage device. An LED battery on the front of the device shows when a controller is charging and the charge level of the controller. The Charging Station EX releases in April 2009 and will be available at stores nationwide for an MSRP of $34.99.
Nyko's Kama Charge Kit, the final new product, is an all-in-one package that includes a charging and storage device, a Kama wireless controller (also redesigned due to the recent legal dispute), a rechargeable battery pack and a rubber battery pack cover. The charging station will be capable of charging Wii remotes as well as the Kama remote. The Kama Charge Kit will release in April of 2009 at retailers nationwide.
The original story included a sentence claiming that the Wand controller had been designed within the limits of the recent settlement between Nintendo and Nyko. This claim was inaccurate and has been removed.
CES 2009: Nyko Technologies Unveils Full CES Product Lineup
The Wand, Charge Station EX and Kama Charge Kit Make Their Debut
LOS ANGELES - Jan. 8, 2009
The premier videogame accessories manufacturer, Nyko Technologies®, today debuted its full lineup of new products at the Consumer Electronics Show 2009 in Las Vegas, Nevada. In addition to the previously announced Metal Pedal™ and Charge Station™ Quad, the following lineup of brand new videogame accessories for the Nintendo® Wii™ will be on display for an exclusive hands-on demo:
The Nyko Wand is the world's most advanced alternative to the Wii Remote™ and has been designed from the ground up for superior functionality, comfort, and value. The new controller maintains all of the control functions Wii gamers expect with full motion-sensing capability, pointer functionality, vibration feedback, and a built-in speaker, while offering a variety of new features.
The Wand contains Nyko's all-new Trans-Port™ technology, which enables control and vibration feedback to be electrically replicated on a compatible attachment accessory, providing for faster and more accurate input response. Current attachments made for the Wii Remote can only access buttons through use of mechanical triggers and provide no vibration feedback. One of the many potential uses of Trans-Port technology is a pistol grip that connects to the Wand and electrically replicates key action buttons, providing controls not currently accessible with attachments for the Wii Remote. In addition, enlarged 1 and 2 buttons make the Wand an exceptional choice for classic gaming control when turned sideways, complete with Nyko's signature rubberized battery cover to ensure maximum comfort and grip.
The Wand will be available at select retail stores nationwide in April, 2009.
Charge Station™ EX
The Charge Station EX is the latest iteration of North America's best-selling third party videogame accessory, the Charge Station™ for Wii. Also a 2-port Wii Remote charging and storage solution, the Charge Station EX adds LED battery level indicators to the front of the device and a new sleek look. Now users will be able to determine not only when a controller is charging but also the charge level of the battery based on the LED indicators.
The Charge Station™ EX will be available at stores nationwide in April, 2009 and will retail for an MSRP of $34.99.
Kama Charge Kit™
The Kama Charge Kit is an all-in-one charging solution for the Wii. The device simultaneously stores and charges both the Wii Remote™ and the Kama controllers in one convenient unit. Included with the Kama Charge Kit is a Kama Wireless Controller, a rechargeable battery pack, and a rubberized battery cover for both the Wii Remote and Kama controllers to allow for seamless drop-in charging.
The Kama Charge Kit will be available at stores nationwide in April, 2009.