We wanted to take a quick look at two accessories built exclusively for the Nintendo WII gaming console. Nyko, the Los Angeles based company that has supplied economic alternatives to console accessories for over a decade, has recently released a wireless controller to replace the Wii’s wired “nunchuck” controller. They have also delivered a solution to those that are tired of consistently buying batteries for their controller.  The Charge Station Quad is a charging dock and rechargeable battery pack system for up to 4 Wii remote controls. 

Priced at $49.99, the Nyko charge station can charge up to four Wii Remotes at a time.  The Charge Station comes with four NiMH rechargeable battery packs and four rubber Wii Remote battery covers.  The recharge solution comes at a perfect time for those of us who are tightening their belts and trying to lower household costs.  The installation of the Nyko rechargeable batteries into the Wii remote is a no-brainer.  


The video game console did record its best year since launching in November 2006, tallying up 3.55 million units. But its sales numbers - which were particularly disappointing during the important holiday season - fell short of chief rival the Xbox 360 and the market-leading Nintendo Wii. It all left analysts predicting a tough road for Sony. That explains why a lot is riding on today's launch of the highly anticipated shooter Killzone 2, a title that has been whetting gamers' appetites since 2005.

But many of the same problems that conspired to undercut sales for the PS3 last year remain. At a starting price of $400, the PS3 is the most expensive of the next-generation consoles. "Just when people were seeing PS3 games that they would want to buy the system for, the economy comes and kicks them in the butt," Miller said.


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