updated 02:35 pm EDT, Thu July 12, 2007
Nyko Wii Party Station
Nyko used the E3 gaming summit in LA to provide an early look at its first truly social accessory, the Party Station for the Wii. Based on the assumption that the Nintendo console is an ideal hub for social events, the station combines both holders for four Wiimotes as well as several useful features and spaces for everything associated with its namesake parties: four LEDs help keep manual scoreboards for players over the course of several games, while a fan helps keep hands dry over longer sessions. A drawer at the bottom holds Wiimote accessories; a bowl at the top of the station and separate cupholders will even preserve the food and drinks for a social event, Nyko says.
While the device has yet to be formally announced and will see slight design improvements before its release, Nyko representatives hope to release the Party Station as a table-bound companion to the Wii in the near future at a relatively low price of $25. [via IGN]