Adapter  Tagged Articles RSS Feed | GameSkinny.com Adapter  RSS Feed on GameSkinny.com https://www.gameskinny.com/ en Launch Media Network Gamer Gift Guide: Nintendo's Best Family-Friendly Gifts https://www.gameskinny.com/b8usm/gamer-gift-guide-nintendos-best-family-friendly-gifts https://www.gameskinny.com/b8usm/gamer-gift-guide-nintendos-best-family-friendly-gifts Tue, 24 Nov 2015 04:53:35 -0500 Joe DeClara

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3DS CitySlicker Carrying Case

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Rating: 5/5

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Price: $60

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Buy it: CitySlickers

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It’s never been a better time to play handheld games, but the dangers of travel and butterfingers are all the same. Grab this nifty leather case for the gamer in your life who can’t leave home without getting their Nintendo fix on the go. Also, for the Legend of Zelda fanatic, check out this Triforce-emblazoned carrying case from GameStop.

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What do you think of these deals? Will you be waiting outside Target for hours before grabbing your gifts, or will you be wrapped up at home with your snuggy waiting for Amazon flash sales? Let us know in the comments!

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Wii U GamePad Extended Battery

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Rating: 5/5

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Price: $40

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Buy it: Nintendo Store

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One major complaint about the Wii U is the stock GamePad’s battery life. Though being able to play Wii U games entirely on the controller, its 3 hour battery life can be a pain. With this high capacity battery, you’re more likely to get 5-7 hours of game time before having to go wired.

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Amiibo (Mario 30th Anniversary Amiibo Figure)

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Rating: NA

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Price: $13

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Buy it: Amazon

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Nintendo’s new line of toys has become something of a phenomenon since its launch exactly one year ago. These figures based on Nintendo characters not only look great, but can also be used in select Nintendo games with its toys-to-life functionality. Recently, this 8-bit Mario went out of stock, but is once again available for $13. Grab this for the old-school Mario fan in your life, and check out other Amiibo for games like Super Mario Maker, Mario Party 10 and Super Smash Bros.

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New Nintendo 3DS XL

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Rating: 5/5

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Price: $180

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Buy it: GameStop

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Nintendo’s handheld system has been out for a few years now, and has seen several iterations and many improvements. It has also established a robust library of excellent games, making now the best time to pick one up! With improved 3D graphics, excellent battery life, an eShop filled with classic Nintendo games available to download, and hundreds of amazing 3DS titles, the New Nintendo 3DS XL is a no-brainer for any Nintendo fan!

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Super Mario Maker

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Rating: 5/5

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Price: $53

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Buy it: Amazon

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Though plenty of kids look to video games for competition, more and more are looking to the medium to express their creativity. Super Mario Maker gives you the tools to create your own Mario levels! With an easy-to-learn tool template paired with the Wii U’s intuitive GamePad tablet, this simple level editor allows for endless entertainment and boundless creativity!

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Mario Kart 8

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Rating: 5/5

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Price: $45

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Buy it: Amazon

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Indisputably one of the best game franchises for couch co-op, Mario Kart 8 takes the best of the series and brings it all into one stunning amalgamation of cartoonish beauty and competitive fun! Nintendo games often don’t reduce in price, but this instant classic is now going for $45 on Amazon. If you have a Wii U, or plan on grabbing one, Mario Kart 8 is simply a must for all ages!

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Wii U Pro-Controller

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Rating: 4/5

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Price: $50

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Buy it: Amazon

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Unfortunately, the GameCube adapter is not compatible with any games besides Super Smash Bros. For all your Splatoon, Mario Kart, and Zelda: Wind Waker action, check out Nintendo’s Pro controller. This gamepad offers a more standardized controller experience for the modern gamer. Also, unlike the GameCube controller, the Pro plays wirelessly and comes with a rechargeable battery.

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Super Smash Bros. GameCube Adapter for Wii U

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Rating: 5/5

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Price: $20

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Buy it: Amazon

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Though made for the Wii U, Super Smash Bros. is best played on the controllers from Nintendo’s legacy system, the GameCube. Fortunately, the Big N has made this nifty adapter, so pro players can plug their old gamepads right into the Wii U. If you’re planning on grabbing this one, you might want to consider picking up some new Super Smash Bros. Classic GameCube controllers.

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Wii U Bundle 

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Rating: 5/5

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Price:  $250

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Buy it: Walmart

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Last week, Nintendo announced a special Wii U bundle for Black Friday. With the home gaming console comes this year’s popular family-friendly shooter, Splatoon. And the fighting game-phenomenon, there's Super Smash Bros. for Wii U. Though the bundle is currently available at Walmart for $280, you can save another $30 by waiting until Black Friday.

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The holidays are upon us, and so are the deals! This year, most retail stores and websites are getting a leg up on the shopping season with month-long Black Friday sales, while others are holding out for the actual day before rolling out the big savings. 

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Of all the video game systems, software, and gear out there, few bring the family together better than those from Nintendo. Whether you're an long-time fan of the Big N, or you're looking for something perfect for the little ones, this list has something for everyone hoping to unwrap some Nintendo goodies this year!

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Rock Band 4's complete setlist and adapter https://www.gameskinny.com/p4f8k/rock-band-4s-complete-setlist-and-adapter https://www.gameskinny.com/p4f8k/rock-band-4s-complete-setlist-and-adapter Tue, 15 Sep 2015 06:29:03 -0400 Courtney Gamache

Harmonix Music Systems announced today the full track list for music playable in Rock Band 4, set to release on October 6th, 2015. Among the news of the music included, Harmonix is also providing backwards compatibility with older Rock Band music instruments.

Music Playlists

Rock Band 4 music is branching out to range over many different genres in the 59 song playlist that was revealed today, and featured below:

  • .38 Special - "Caught Up In You"
  • 4 Non Blondes - "What’s Up?"
  • Aerosmith - "Toys in the Attic"
  • Arctic Monkeys - "Arabella"
  • Avenged Sevenfold - "Hail to the King"
  • Benjamin Booker - "Violent Shiver"
  • The Black Keys - "Fever"
  • Brad Paisley ft. Keith Urban - "Start A Band"
  • Brandi Carlile - "Mainstream Kid"
  • The Both - "Milwaukee"
  • Cake - "Short Skirt/Long Jacket"
  • The Cure - "Friday I'm In Love"
  • Dark Wheels - "V-Bomb"
  • Disturbed - "Prayer"
  • Dream Theater Metropolis - Part 1 - "The Miracle And The Sleeper"
  • Duck & Cover - "Knock 'Em Down"
  • Eddie Japan - "Albert"
  • Elvis Presley - "Suspicious Minds"
  • Fall Out Boy - "Centuries"
  • Fleetwood Mac - "You Make Loving Fun"
  • Foo Fighters - "The Feast and the Famine"
  • Gary Clark Jr. - "Ain’t Messin ‘Round"
  • Gin Blossoms - "Follow You Down"
  • Grouplove - "Tongue Tied"
  • Halestorm - "I Miss The Misery"
  • Heart - "Kick It Out"
  • Heaven’s Basement - "I Am Electric"
  • Imagine Dragons - "I Bet My Life"
  • Jack White - "Lazaretto"
  • Jeff Allen - "Recession"
  • Johnny Blazes and the Pretty Boys - "Cold Clear Light"
  • Judas Priest - "Halls Of Valhalla"
  • The Killers - "Somebody Told Me"
  • Lightning Bolt - "Dream Genie"
  • Little Big Town - "Little White Church"
  • Live - "All Over You"
  • Lucius - "Turn It Around"
  • Lynyrd Skynyrd - "That Smell"
  • Mark Ronson ft. Bruno Mars - "Uptown Funk"
  • The Mighty Mighty Bosstones - "The Impression That I Get"
  • The Outfield - "Your Love"
  • Ozzy Osbourne - "Miracle Man"
  • Tijuana Sweetheart - "Pistol Whipped"
  • Paramore - "Still Into You"
  • The Protomen - "Light Up The Night"
  • Queens of the Stone Age - "My God Is The Sun"
  • Rick Derringer - "Rock and Roll, Hoochie Koo"
  • Rush - "A Passage To Bangkok"
  • Scandal - "The Warrior"
  • Scorpions - "No One Like You"
  • Slydigs - "Light The Fuse"
  • Soul Remnants - "Dead Black (Heart of Ice)"
  • Soundgarden - "Superunknown"
  • Spin Doctors - "Little Miss Can’t Be Wrong"
  • St. Vincent - "Birth In Reverse"
  • System of a Down - "Spiders"
  • Van Halen - "Panama"
  • Van Morrison - "Brown Eyed Girl"
  • White Denim - "At Night In Dreams"
  • The Who - "The Seeker"

DLC Music

Although Rock Band 4 already comes with plenty of music, Harmonix is also providing over 4,000 songs available as downloadable content through their website. There are some featured artists among the long list of music, including:

  • Sublime
  • Blink-182
  • Lady Antebellum
  • Pixies
  • The Doors
  • Fall Out Boy
  • The White Stripes
  • Jimi Hendrix
  • Whitesnake

Rock Band 4 Adapter

While music is one of the most important aspects of Rock Band, being able to play on the instruments is also a huge factor; and ultimately the goal. Harmonix played it safe with Rock Band 4, offering an adapter that can connect older version instruments to the Xbox One and PS4 for compatibility with the new game. For more information regarding the adapter device, look to the article "Use old instruments with Rock Band 4 adapter for next-gen consoles, retails with game".

Are you happy with the playlist that Harmonix is providing with the game? Are there any songs you hope are available on the DLC? Share your thoughts below on the upcoming Rock Band 4 game!

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10 new rocking tracks for Rock Band 4 https://www.gameskinny.com/ts4kl/10-new-rocking-tracks-for-rock-band-4 https://www.gameskinny.com/ts4kl/10-new-rocking-tracks-for-rock-band-4 Thu, 27 Aug 2015 04:59:46 -0400 Courtney Gamache

The release date for Rock Band 4 is quickly approaching in October, so developers Harmonix have released 10 new song tracks that they're adding into Rock Band 4 to get the hype going.

Despite having the smallest budget for a Rock Band game, they're pushing out some amazing features including over 60 song tracks, an adapter for old-gen instruments, and even better graphics.The 10 new songs

Among the 10 new songs released for Rock Band 4, there are some classic 90s tracks that will hit you right in the nostalgia. Below is the full list of the 10 new music tracks added by Harmonix.

  1. "Caught Up In You" - .38 Special
  2. "Arabella" - Arctic Monkeys
  3. "Milwaukee" - The Both
  4. "Short Skirt/Long Jacket" - Cake
  5. "Little White Church" - Little Big Town
  6. "Turn It Around" - Lucius
  7. "The Impression That I Get" - The Mighty Mighty Bosstones
  8. "Light Up The Night" - The Protomen
  9. "Superunknown" - Soundgarden 
  10. "Pistol Whipped" - Tijuana Sweetheart

Using old instruments with Rock Band 4

Harominx is trying very hard to make the Rock Band fanbase a bit happier, so they've developed an adapter that lets the older generation guitars and drum sets from the Xbox 360 and PS3 work with Rock Band 4, on the Xbox One and PS4. The adapter will retail with the regular game for $59.99 on the PS4 and $79.99 for the Xbox One.

For more information regarding how the adapter works refer to the article "Use old instruments with with Rock Band 4 adapter for next-gen consoles, retails with game".

Is anyone super excited for the Rock Band 4 release on October 3rd for Xbox One and PS4? What songs would you like to play? Share your thoughts below!

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Use old instruments with Rock Band 4 adapter for next-gen consoles, retails with game https://www.gameskinny.com/xea72/use-old-instruments-with-rock-band-4-adapter-for-next-gen-consoles-retails-with-game https://www.gameskinny.com/xea72/use-old-instruments-with-rock-band-4-adapter-for-next-gen-consoles-retails-with-game Mon, 24 Aug 2015 10:48:36 -0400 Courtney Gamache

Developers at Harmonix Music Systems designed a new adapter for the next-gen consoles, Xbox One and PS4, that gives Rock Band 4 players the option to use old Rock Band instruments that have been gathering dust over the passing years.

The older instruments that were designed for the PS3 and Xbox 360, are being revamped by a simple instrument adapter that can change the situation and make them compatible with the new console systems. For the financially hard times that many people have been facing, this is a great way to save money and still play your favorite game.

Purchasing the Adapter

Harmonix has currently released the adapter for pre-purchase which comes with an edition of Rock Band 4 respectively for the PS4 and Xbox One. The prices differ slightly between the PS4 edition costing $59.99 and the Xbox One for $79.99, due to a conflict with Microsoft changing their wireless connections. 

"We worked closely with Microsoft to let players use their legacy Rock Band and third party guitars and drums on the Xbox One, as we all understood the value there,"

- Harmonix

Making the price influx by $20 gives Harmonix the ability to bundle in a peripheral called the Legacy Game Controller that makes a connection with the Xbox 360 instruments a possibility. The Legacy Game Controller will be sold separately from Rock Band 4, but the date and price is unconfirmed, but likely set at around $20.

"We don't currently support wired USB instruments."

The main difficulty between the Xbox 360 and Xbox One is that the new console doesn't support the USB instruments of old.

This pertains only to the guitars and drums since microphones have always been designed for USB connection. 

Sony Customers are lucky

To play Rock Band 4 on the PS4, the adapter isn't completely necessary if the players have the old USB modules from the PS3 edition. This is due to a major difference between the Xbox One and PS4 editions where the PS4 Rock Band 4 game fortunately supports both wired legacy and wireless peripherals. It isn't completely explained why the Xbox One and PS4 games are so different, but I expect it has something to do with the wireless connection that Microsoft has changed.

Harmonix released a chart that shows exactly what is compatible with Rock Band 4 so gamers don't make mistakes when purchasing items. Gotta love it when companies are straight forward with you on what works and what doesn't. 

 Instrument compatibility chart for Rock Band 4

Saving money where it matters

For some gamers, pinching pennies isn't a big deal for affording the new Rock Band 4 game and guitar bundle at $129.99. The complete band set of a guitar, microphone, drums, and game will retail at $249.99.

Whether or not people choose to use the adapter or buy a whole new set of Rock Band instruments, Rock band 4 releases on October 6th for the PS4 and Xbox One.

How do you feel about an adapter created for the compatibility? Does it make Rock Band 4 a bit more appealing? Share your opinions below!

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Microsoft Confirms Xbox One Headset... Kind Of https://www.gameskinny.com/fggy3/microsoft-confirms-xbox-one-headset-kind-of https://www.gameskinny.com/fggy3/microsoft-confirms-xbox-one-headset-kind-of Wed, 31 Jul 2013 11:59:18 -0400 Corey Kirk

Many gamers have wondered about the rumored lack of a headset included in the Xbox One.  Earlier this week, Microsoft said that the Xbox team was looking into the issue. It has been confirmed that the Xbox One will come with a headset…kind of. Yesterday on Twitter, Microsoft lead planner for the Xbox One Albert Penello said this,

This means that if you already own an Xbox 360 headset, the adapter will work with the Xbox One. However, you can be sure that the adapter will be a separate purchase. When asked about whether it will be included in launch bundles, Penello tweeted that it would be an accessory.

So while there is no official Xbox One headset as of yet, our old 360 ones will do for now. This is good news for gamers, but Microsoft needs to shed some light on an official Xbox One headset sooner rather than later.

So what do you think? Is making people pay for this adapter fair? Comment below!

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