While Xbox Live is perhaps the best online gaming service, the included Xbox headset, well, sucks. Take your online gaming experience to the next level with Ear Force X3 Wireless Headphones for Xbox 360 ($100; Sept. 2007). These lightweight shell-style headphones feature dynamic talkback technology to help you hear chat when the game gets louder, separate controls for game and chat volumes, a mic monitor to hear what you're saying, and more. [Thanks, Robbie]
Nintendo busted out three new Wii accessories during yesterday's E3 press event. First up is the Wii Zapper ($TBA; Fall 2007), an assault weapon-style unit that holds both the Wii remote and Nunchuck controller. It'll come packaged with "Nintendo-developed software," but will also work for games like Resident Evil: Umbrella Chronicles. Next, Nintendo showed off Wii Fit and the Wii Balance Board ($TBA; 2008). Together, they take fat-burning workouts to a whole new level Wii Sports could only hope for. The pressure-sensitive device works with the Wii Fit game to let you do aerobic, toning and balance activities. Finally, the big N debuted the Wii Wheel, a mini steering wheel housing for the Wii remote that will ship with the forthcoming online-enabled Mario Kart Wii ($TBA; 2008).
Relive the days of simpler gaming with the Hydra Console Game Development Kit ($200). This all-in-one package includes everything you need to start developing your own games for the included Propeller Powered Hydra Game console, and since it's designed with beginner programmers in mind, you won't need previous coding experience to have fun designing your own games. [via]