Sunflex Europe showed off their new Wii Remote during E3 and today they’re releasing some of the first images of their new controller. This new version of the Wii Remote is 25% smaller than the standard model, comes with an eco-friendly mode that uses less battery power and uses an external sync button to connect to your Wii console.
I’m all about alternatives to the Wii Remote and third parties have been doing a pretty good job of getting interesting controllers out there for people who want some variety. While I wasn’t able to see these controllers in person at E3 they seem like they’ll be a good alternative for people with smaller hands or especially young kids.
One thing from these images I’m not keen on is the placement of the 1 and 2 buttons. They seem like they’re positioned very akwardly for playing games with the Wii Remote held sideways. I’d really like to get my hands on these controllers to see how they feel when playing a game.
Source: Sunflex Europe Press Release
Who hasn’t sat down with a game of Madden and thought, “You know what would make this game awesome? A football peripheral”. While that hasn’t been announced it was announced today that EA Sports has partnered with Sakar International Inc., Sunflex Europe and ACCESSORIES 4 TECHNOLOGY Ltd. to produce a line of peripherals for their EA Sports lineup.
The one product that was mentioned specifically in their press release was EA Sports Active and they will be launching a line of workout peripherals that will work in conjunction with that game.
“Each of these new partnerships offers EA SPORTS new ways to improve our consumers’ experience and deepen their connection to the fabric of sport,” said Glenn Chin, Vice President of Brand Marketing at EA SPORTS. “With our games, we always strive to deliver innovation, authenticity and fun. We see a tremendous opportunity with these partners to bring those qualities to life in unique and exciting new products for EA SPORTS.”
Details of EA SPORTS’ new licensing agreement include:
- Sakar International Inc., a producer of licensed products for leading consumer brands, will create Wii™ and Nintendo DS™ gaming accessories as well as youth electronics for EA SPORTS products for distribution in North America. Products will include new gaming controls and a full range of EA SPORTS-branded multi-media and computer accessories. The first items are expected to be released in spring 2010. (Announced today at the opening of the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas.)
- Sunflex Europe, known for its high tech gaming accessories, will bring EA SPORTS-branded peripherals to gamers across Europe in 2010. Sunflex Europe will provide more than 20 products already in production under the agreement.
- A4T will develop and produce a range of accessories for EA SPORTS titles for all platforms, including iPod®. A4T will have exclusive rights to distribute in the United Kingdom and Ireland
With that you can expect to see a lot of EA Sports branded products hitting the shelves in the next few months.
Source: Electronic Arts Press Release