We almost all know Nyko as the developer of budget peripherals for our favorite consoles, right? Well, Nyko still featured more of these peripherals but also showed off some cool gadgets that really set them apart from the crowd this year. First off was Nyko’s PlayPad and PlayPad Plus for tegra enabled devices AND Bluetooth devices.
The cool thing I saw with these pads was the ability to work with hit sensitive games, allowing players to play games that required you to touch an enemy or an item to succeed in your task. The controller is small but is also not too small, to a point where it would just be uncomfortable. The device can also support keymapping, allowing players to use the controller on PCs and other devices by specifically mapping buttons to your needs. The standard PlayPad offers a mobile solution that is light weight and even has a nifty little case. The PlayPad Plus is for the much more committed gamer and features an ergonomic shape along with enhanced features.
The gem of Nyko’s show had to of been their brand new Free Fighter arcade fight stick. One of the coolest things about this fight stick, no wait, there is a shit ton of cool things about this fight stick. The fight stick is southpaw friendly, meaning you can swap the location of the arcade stick to allow for a more comfortable experience for lefties. Each button of the fight stick has the ability to be used with a macro and also an adjustable turbo feature. The macro system can be handy for the online player of for your at home use BUT can also be disabled so the fight stick is eligible for tournament play. The turbo operated differently than most turbos by using 3 different modes: Rapid fire, pulse and a user defined mode. Rapid fire is your traditional turbo but pulse is a much slower, cadenced turbo, great for those delayed moves. The final mode allows a player to set their own system for the turbo, the example I saw was by hitting the button quickly but then slowing down and then hitting the button again. The turbo can repeat the process exactly as you have, keeping your opponents off guard. The stick is made with Japanese Sanwa Denshi arcade parts and feels like a quality fight stick when it is in your hands. Another feature that I found awesome was the USB support so players could have latency free gaming when things get real serious.
The final thing I saw at Nyko’s E3 booth was the Power Grip Pro. We all know that the 3DS has the analog attachment, the Circle Pad Pro, and how awkward does that thing look? Nyko takes the standard analog attachment and adds improved functionality with the Power Grip Pro by giving the 3DS TRIPLE it’s battery life. Truth be told, if you are not playing any of the games that use the attachment, you should just get this for your 3DS for the simple fact that it is offers such a great battery upgrade and becomes an awesome case for it as well. It may look a little goofy with my blue 3DS but I think I will survive.