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Christmas Gadget Countdown Day 4: Gaming gadgetry
This Christmas everyone in the gaming world is talking about Nintendo's new Wii U. And that's about all most of them will be able to do well into 2013 as the first consignment to arrive in UK stores is long gone.
Yes, Nintendo did manage to beat the Xbox 720 and Sony PlayStation 4 to the market – but only just.
The good news, if you didn't manage to get your hands on a Wii U, is that few games specifically designed to use the new touchscreen gamepad are available yet. Call of Duty: Black Ops 2, Batman: Arkham City and FIFA 13 have been re-released as Wii U versions, but we're still awaiting some exciting, brand new games.
So we suggest you look elsewhere for gaming fun this Christmas. The PlayStation 3 and Xbox Kinect still have plenty of mileage in them, with good prices on the High Street, while the Nintendo DSI XL seems to be keeping the DS platform alive.
It's probably pointless listing the top games titles here – you'll either own them already, or have no idea what they are. Let's just say that the latest releases tend to cost £40-50 each, so if you need to stock up for Christmas it could quickly get expensive.
Of course, if you have a smartphone you have access to a huge library of the latest games anyway. But how about fusing your smartphone with a laser gun?
That's exactly what the AppTag does. Attach your iPhone or Android smartphone to the gun and either play against friends using the safe infra-red beam, or play solo using an “augmented reality” display on your phone which overlays opponents and game elements onto a video display of your actual surroundings.
This is a new US gadget that probably won't hit our shores in time for Christmas, but it's on my Christmas 2013 list! AppToyz AppBlaster does a similar job, and is currently available from a number of UK gadget stores.