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New Gear at E3 2012

Mad Catz: Wii U, Warhead and AV8R

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Mad Catz seems primed for the Wii U launch, which is pegged for "holiday 2012" right now. Most of the accessories are expected, but they're well-designed won't be an eye sore in your entertainment center. Both the Wii remotes and the tablet get their own wireless chargers, while the new Kunai headset should offer some competent sound and better voice than the tablet's onboard mic.

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The FPS Pro controller looks right at home when compared to the other high-end Mad Catz controllers for the PS3 and Xbox 360. The Wii U accessories weren't plugged into a console, so we can't speak to their functionality, but the chargers have an aluminum finish with straight, clean lines, while the headset's black and white scheme should fit in nicely with your white Wii and black HDTV.

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What's that? A working Warhead 7.1 headset? This beauty has been in the works for over a year, and it seems like release day is imminent now. I went ears-on with the Warhead, and while a booth tour is no place to do thorough testing, the wireless headset does sound good, initially. There was no chance to test the voice, sadly, but the preset toggling, battery swapping and sharp design make me optimistic.

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Last up is the AV8R, a flight stick that will be available for the PS3, Xbox 360 and PC. It was designed by the Saitek team, who've been doing flight stick for years, and its light weight, sturdy base and plethora of buttons should keep all but the most hardcore flight simulators happy. Mad Catz is paring the stick with a game called Damage, Inc., which puts you behind the stick in one of several dozen World War II planes in the skies over the Pacific.