While the 3DS already has some impressive little speakers crammed into its shell, I've learned over the years that any handheld can be made better with 3rd party accessories. Nyko has already jumped in with their desperately needed battery pack, and now Power A, the folks behind those adorable little Wii Remotes, are giving the 3DS an audio boost.
Their Stereo and Chat Headset
does what it the name implies--it offers full stereo sound and also happens to the the 3DS's first voice chat headset. This is probably a lot more comfortable (and less embarrassing) than shouting at the 3DS tiny microphone. While the original DS had a couple 3rd party chat headsets there weren't many games that used the functionality. Hopefully the 3DS gets a few more multiplayer chat-oriented titles than its predecessor.
Power A is also releasing a set of earbuds with the same abilities as the headset, in case you'd like to cut down on the bulk when traveling with your 3DS.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
POWER A Announces Performance Audio Accessories for Nintendo 3DS™
Portable Audio Accessory Line-Up Immerses Gamers into Their 3D Game Experience
Woodinville, WA - June 2, 2011 - POWER A today announced new audio-enhancing products for Nintendo 3DS™ owners. The officially licensed compact POWER A Stereo & Chat Headset will provide Nintendo 3DS gamers with stereo sound for games, music and video. Additionally, they can chat in-game with friends with crystal clarity. POWER A is also releasing a set of officially licensed Stereo & Chat Earbuds with the same functionality.
"POWER A is all about bringing innovative, quality, high-end accessories to gamers," said John Moore, vice president of product development and marketing, POWER A. "Our goal for these new audio accessories is to make the Nintendo 3DS sound experience as immersive as the amazing 3D graphics."
The POWER A collection of new audio accessories includes:
POWER A Stereo & Chat Earbuds for Nintendo 3DS (MSRP: $29.99)
Officially licensed by Nintendo
10mm oversized speaker drivers provide enhanced bass and dynamic detail across entire frequency range
Inline remote with one-click music button controls Nintendo 3DS
Inline microphone for game chat and video conference use
4mm flat anti-tangle cable
Includes three sets of silicone ear gels for a custom fit
Available in Aqua Blue and Cosmo Black
Available Summer 2011
POWER A Stereo & Chat Headset for Nintendo 3DS (MSRP: $29.99)
Officially licensed by Nintendo
Compact, stylish stereo headset features detachable mic boom
Adjustable headband for kids or adults
Nintendo 3DS compatible inline remote with one-click music control button
Folds flat for easy portability
Great sound quality for games, music and video
Available in Cosmo Black
Available in Fall 2011
About POWER A
POWER A creates reliable, high quality and innovative accessories that amplify consumers' experiences with the world's best technologies. This consumer products division of Seattle-based BDA, Inc. partners with some of the most popular consumer electronics companies in the world, including Nintendo of America Inc., Sony Computer Entertainment America LLC, Microsoft® and Apple®. Committed to producing the safest products possible, POWER A carefully monitors product development and quality assurance to exceed the testing requirements of its licensors. POWER A products are available at major retailers in North America, Europe, Australia and Latin America. To learn more about POWER A accessories, please visit www.PowerA.com. POWER A: Amplify Your Experience™.