Nyko PlayPad™ Controllers for Android™ Tablets and Smartphones Have Shipped to Retailers Nationwide
LOS ANGELES&GRAPEVINE, Texas– November, 6th 2012– GameStop (NYSE: GME), the leading retailer for all things gaming, and Nyko Technologies ®, the number one gaming peripherals manufacturer in the US, today announced a joint alliance to launch the ultimate in Android tablet and smart phone gaming controllers this Holiday in GameStop locations through the United States and Canada. Nyko will be the exclusive provider for 3 rd party Android controllers at GameStop and EB Games Canada this fall. GameStop and EB Games Canada is a launch partner for both the PlayPad and PlayPad Pro Android controllers for mobile devices. The PlayPad, and the GameStop exclusive - PlayPad Pro, are available today for a MSRP of $39.99 at locations throughout North America.
Blurring the line between mobile and console video gaming, the portable PlayPad controllers are being developed to support games optimized for NVIDIA Tegra mobile processors. Players will have a choice between the PlayPad Pro in black, offering the size and ergonomics of a full console controller, and the PlayPad in black or white, a smaller controller with its own portable carrying case that contains a fold-out viewing stand for your phone or tablet. The PlayPad controllers provide physical and familiar control options to facilitate a console-like experience while playing Android games.
“As we’ve watched mobile games evolve to console-quality levels, we’ve seen a need for more comfortable and familiar control options than touch screens alone can provide,” said Chris Arbogast, Director of Marketing for Nyko Technologies.“By working with the veterans at NVIDIA, we have been able to lead the charge in creating dedicated hardware that’s optimized for games running on the Tegra chipset. We look forward to bringing the PlayPad controllers to market with GameStop as our launch partner in this initiative.”
In addition, Playground, a free Android app developed by Nyko, is available today on the Google Play Store HERE and like Nyko’s tablet controllers, the app will not require rooting of the device. Playground provides backwards compatibility for its controllers with legacy tablet titles, including those that currently utilize keyboard mapping, touch controls and mouse support. Playground is an easy and intuitive way of customizing your game controller, creating game specific profiles and access to a library of ready-to-use popular game profiles.
More information about the PlayPad controllers and Playground can be found at www.NykoPlayground.com. At NykoPlayground.com users will be able to view tutorial videos on how to use, sync, and customize the controls on the PlayPad all through Playground. In addition, a searchable database of compatible games is being constantly updated allowing users to find the recommended PlayPad mode for full enjoyment of their favorite Android games.
About Nyko Technologies, Inc.
Award-winning Nyko Technologies designs, manufactures and markets innovative and high-quality accessory solutions to enhance the electronic entertainment experience. The company’s mission is to solve problems and improve user experience through products that are as thoughtfully designed as they are functional. Nyko specializes in interactive entertainment technologies for consumer electronics across a wide spectrum of platforms, and has been granted numerous patents for its innovations. Nyko’s best-selling products include the Wii Charge Station, Charge Base for Xbox 360, Perfect Shot for Wii, and Zoom for Kinect.
Founded in 1996 in Los Angeles, California, Nyko currently has 30 employees, and distributes its products through major North American retailers and worldwide partnerships. For more information, please visit www.nyko.com or call +1 888.444.6956.
About GameStop Corp.
GameStop Corp. (NYSE: GME), a Fortune 500 and S&P 500 company headquartered in Grapevine, Texas, is the world's largest multichannel video game retailer. GameStop's retail network and family of brands include 6,628 company-operated stores in 15 countries worldwide and online at www.GameStop.com. The network also includes: www.Kongregate.com, a leading browser-based game site; Game Informer [span style="font-size:7pt"]®[/span] magazine, the leading multi-platform video game publication; Spawn Labs, a streaming technology company; and a digital PC game distribution platform available at http://www.GameStop.com/PC.
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