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DS headset reaches exciting new levels of cheapness

We've been following the continual drop in price of the DS headset for a while. Every time it shows up on Amazon with a new price, we think "Wow, we should totally buy one! It's never going to be any cheaper than this!" But this time, it's cheap for real. Amazon is running out of the amount by which they could reduce the price.

Right now, the retailer is offering new Nintendo-brand DS headsets for just $5.68. You could get one for each ear, and carry on conversations with yourself as you play Metroid Prime: Hunters against yourself (although, yes, one would be on backwards)! Or you could save an extra one in case the first one gets all nasty from being in your ear! Or you could just not spend very much money and have a headset.

DS headset comfortably priced at Amazon

We always liked the headset Nintendo manufactured for the DS. In fact, if we weren't obligated to give the thing away, we would've been content on lying about its existence forever and holding on to the darn thing. But, then again, we'd probably lose this sweet gig we've got going now.

Anyhow, you all should know the peripheral has dropped in price on Amazon, only requiring the small sum of $7.34 of your Earth monies. That's pretty low, if you ask us, and a must-buy for anyone who enjoys playing Metroid Prime Hunters or Pokemon Diamond & Pearl on the regular. And, in checking out the price at other outlets like and Wal-Mart, we found the headset was priced much higher (around $15 and $20, respectively).

[Via Go Nintendo]

Amazon gives us a reason to be jolly

Amazon has put over two dozen Nintendo DS games on sale, some of them marked down as low as 50% of their original price! Some of the titles are trash, but there are more than a few that you should consider picking up. We've listed below the ones that stood out to us, but make sure to check out Amazon's page for the full selection of DS deals.
  • Front Mission - $24.99
  • Looney Tunes: Duck Amuck - $19.99
  • Master of Illusion - $19.99
  • Nintendo DS Headset - $9.99
  • Prism - $19.99
  • Spanish for Everyone - $14.99
Don't forget that orders totalling over $25 are eligible for the online shop's Free Super Saver Shipping. Joys be thine, frugal readers!

[Via CAG]

Official DS headset sale keeps your chatting cheap

Though we've featured online deals for DS headsets in the past, we've never seen Nintendo's official headset priced as low as it is right now at Amazon! The online shop has marked it down by more than 50%, selling the white accessory for only $6.99. That's even cheaper than a buffet dinner at Ponderosa Steakhouse! Admittedly, Ponderosa has some fried chicken wings that are to die for, but those delicious bits of white meat won't help you chat with your friends while playing Pokemon D/P or Planet Puzzle League... Or will they?

This deal ends today, or while stocks last, so put in your order while you can! Failing that, you could always just head to Ponderosa instead! We also suggest you try their dinner rolls.

[Via CAG]

Play-Asia's summer smoothie sale

For the next week, online shop Play-Asia will be selling all of its in-stock items at a 20% discount, excluding weekly specials or anything released in the past 30 days -- cross Jump Ultimate Stars and Doki Doki Majo Shinpan off of your to-buy list. All of the import retailer's eligible products have been marked with the smoothie icon shown on the right, so it's easy to spot which games are on sale. We've picked out several noteworthy bargains that you might want to consider:
  • Moero! Nekketsu Rhythm Damashii Osu! Tatakae! Ouendan 2 - $39.12
  • Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney Justice for All - $23.92
  • Naruto: Saikyo Ninja Daikesshu 4 - $15.92
  • Gyakuten Saiban 4 Limited Edition - $103.92
  • bit Generations: Orbital, Soundvoyager, Dialhex, Boundish, Digidrive - all $11.92
  • Urban Life Style Cases, White and Light Blue - $10.32
  • Headsets, Nintendo - $10.32, Dragon - $5.52
  • Play Stand DS Lite - $11.92
Though the sale doesn't end until next Friday, a lot of these items won't stay in-stock for long. Don't be that guy who has to leave a comment about missing out on a particular deal!

[Via CAG]

DS Daily: Voice chat

I have one.To date, only two ... well, okay, three ... games have utilized voice chat: Metroid Prime: Hunters and Pokemon Diamond/Pearl. It can only be done with those who have exchanged friend codes (wouldn't want to see those crazies, you know), but is it even adequate?

Our experiences with voice chat have been spotty at best. Unless the other user has a new DS headset ... highly unlikely ... the incoming audio can be very difficult to comprehend. Is this a feature you'd like to see implemented in more DS games, or do you think it's not even worth it? Is it even important to the gaming experience in general?

DS headsets thrown into ring, forced to fight to the death

Did you pick up a DS headset today along with your preorder of Pokémon Diamond/Pearl? What will you be using to take advantage of the online voice chat feature? Nintendo's official headset, Turtle Beach's Earforce D2, or Datel's Communicator? Or will you be slumming it with the handheld's built-in microphone?

If you're still in the market for a headset solution, Nintendo Gal has posted a comparison chart and her analysis on the three products. Testing their comfort, durability, sound output, and recording quality, she was able to determine which one deserves our hard-earned allowance money. There are even recording samples available that you can listen to and weigh in on yourself.

We're surprised that the Earforce D2 was judged as the best of the lot, but seeing that it's also the most expensive at $19.99 (Nintendo's headset is on sale for $9.99 at Amazon), it's good to know that you're not paying that premium for nothing. Turtle Beach's headset outclassed the official one in every category except recording quality, while Datel's Communicator was laughed out of the competition.

Nintendo DS headset pre-order sale at Amazon

With the US release of Pokemon Diamond and Pearl approaching -- both versions supporting VoIP communication before, during, and after battles -- we've given the idea of purchasing Nintendo's official DS headset some serious thought. Having a first-party alternative to the DS' less-than-exemplary microphone and speakers would be nice, but we're not thrilled about having to spend $14.99 to purchase one.

Amazon makes our decision an easy one, cutting the headset's pre-order price down to $9.99. How are we supposed to turn down a deal like that? If you add an item or two to your cart, you'll also be eligible for free shipping! Why not pick up one of the many DS games that the site has on sale? Check out the list of Amazon's $24.00 titles past the post break.

[Via CAG]

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A different headset solution for your DS

If the official Nintendo headset isn't to your liking, Turtle Beach offers its own solution with the Ear Force D2 headset. Retailing for $19.95 US, the headset is a little chunkier than it's official Nintendo cousin, however it looks as if in the long run the D2 could be a bit more comfortable. Not only that, but it comes in a few different colors (black, white and pink), allowing those of you with a need for matching colors to have the headset that goes with your DS Lite.

[Via Gadgetell]

Pokephone Diamond and Pearl

It's white.In the latest Nintendo press release regarding the upcoming guaranteed mega-hit Pokemon: Diamond and Pearl, Nintendo extols the virtues of Wi-Fi trading, an in-depth and sophisticated adventure, and zOMG awesome grafix. One point that Nintendo seems more than willing to drive home, however, is the fact that the pair of games will feature Wi-Fi voice-chat, as did Metroid Prime: Hunters in March 2006.

It's a nice feature, but the DS speakers and built-in microphone were hardly up to task of quality conversation; thus, Nintendo has decided to release its DS headset right along with it. Listed at a paltry $14.99 and shipping one day later than Pokemon D&P, it certainly looks like a decent pick-up for those interested in free hot-spot chatting. And can you imagine the trash-talking?

"Your Machop is more like your mom-chop, ohhhhh snap."

Umm ... in retrospect, we apologize for submitting you to that.

Nintendo headset pictured every which way to Sunday

When we first heard Nintendo was planning on releasing a headset for the DS, we totally asked Nintendo "what's the haps, man? What do you need a headset for?" Nintendo promptly responded by slapping us in the face with a thick manilla envelope. Inside said envelope, a large glossy print of the headset. First, we cried a little, then we wondered about the ways in which the headset could improve the performance of the DS, not asking Nintendo out of fear of another act of violence coming our way.

Over at Game Watch, you'll see the headset is photographed in revealing, contorting positions, both alone and physically hooked into DS Phat and Lite alike. Also, a shot of the headset resting on a person's ear makes it look much more comfortable than other headsets made by other gaming companies. Of course, we're just speculating not having touched this headset nor having had it rest upon our ear.

Sure, the obvious things such as chat in Metroid Prime Hunters come to mind, but where else is this headset actually essential? Follow the post after the break for all of the pictures of the headset from Game Watch.

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Nintendo headset revealed

Remember when we told you Nintendo was releasing a headset? Well, we finally have a picture of it to show you! Releasing for ¥1,200 (around $10 bucks US), the headset will be made available to the Japanese gaming public on September 14th.

No word as of yet on the availability of this headset at brick and mortar locations or if it will only be available online. For the price, this looks to be a very welcome addition to Metroid Prime Hunters fans.

Confirmed: Nintendo DS headset

Confirmed by the big N, this external microphone/earpiece (we'll just call it a headset) will be releasing to the Japanese gaming public come September 14th for roughly $10 American. Rumor has it that the headset is going to be utilized by the upcoming cash cow Pokemon Diamond/Pearl, which will allow for full voice chat. Personally, we'd like for it to release a bit earlier, say right around the time Starfox Command comes out. Now there's a game that could benefit from the use of a headset!

[Via Go Nintendo]

[Note: That is not an actual shot of what the final product will look like. If you have access to such top-secret pictures, please send them to us.]

[Double Note: That is, in fact, NOT my father, despite popular belief. He just plays him on the internet.]

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