The Wii gets some heavy duty instruments and the 360 gets a new drum kit from Logitech

by: John -
A few items from Logitech announced today should give Wii owners and 360 owners some new high quality instruments to play with. Seeing as Guitar Hero 5 and The Beatles: Rock Band were released this past week, these babies might just be what you need to rock out if you have the money to spend.

First up, the Wii gets that pretty awesome Wireless Guitar that the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 has to play with. I played the 360 version at E3 and it felt really solid and performed great too. The WiiMote sits in the back of the guitar and the buttons are separated unlike the Rock Band style of being flush up against each other. Also, it features a slider bar for use in Guitar Hero World Tour and Guitar Hero V. It will retail for $199.99.

The Xbox 360 and Wii both get the same style drums as you see below. The Wireless Drum Kit features three adjustable drum pads and two cymbal pads. When I tried out the set at E3, they were quiet and very nice looking up close. What's also nice is each piece and be moved individually to suit you better. I was also told it broke down for storage pretty easily too. The drum kit will be retailing for $229.99.

You can look for all these instruments to be on store shelves in October here in the US.

Logitech Unveils Premium Music Game Controllers for Wii
Logitech Wireless Guitar Controller, Logitech Wireless Drum Controller,
Licensed for Guitar Hero


FREMONT, Calif. – Sept. 9, 2009 – Expanding its line of premium music game controllers to Guitar Hero® gamers on Wii™, Logitech (SIX: LOGN) (NASDAQ: LOGI) today introduced the Logitech® Wireless Guitar Controller for Wii™ and the Logitech® Wireless Drum Controller for Wii™. Licensed by Activision Publishing, Inc. (NASDAQ:ATVI), both controllers feature the high-quality materials that you’d expect to see in real guitars and drums, and are designed to let you take advantage of all the latest features of Guitar Hero games including Guitar Hero® 5 and the soon-to-be released Band Hero™.

“Logitech’s premium guitar and drum controllers have made it easier for Guitar Hero gamers to get into the music with even more realism,” said Ruben Mookerjee, Logitech’s director of product marketing for gaming. “Now if you love to rock out on Wii, you’ve got the gear to match your level of commitment to the game.”

Logitech Wireless Guitar Controller for Wii
The Logitech Wireless Guitar Controller for Wii features a maple neck, rosewood fingerboard and metal frets. So you’ll look good while you shred, the new Wireless Guitar Controller presents a dazzling white finish with a glossy-black pick guard on a one-piece contoured wood body.
The noise dampening design of the strum bar and fret buttons minimizes audio distraction, and lets you focus in on the music. The guitar controller also incorporates a touch-sensitive slider on the fret board (located on the neck) to help you rack up the points by tapping notes.

Logitech Wireless Drum Controller for Wii
The Logitech Wireless Drum Controller for Wii features three fully adjustable drum pads and two cymbal pads. Each piece can be positioned to fit your reach and suit your style – and the quiet and responsive drum pads deliver a lively feel that won’t distract you from the music.

For better gameplay, the Logitech Wireless Drum Controller uses a recessed-rim design that helps make it easier to score points and avoid accidental rim shots. The kick pedal uses a stainless steel surface and an adjustable spring – providing a highly durable, responsive drumming experience.

When you’re ready to play, the Logitech Wireless Drum Controller sets up quickly and folds flat in seconds. You can start playing within minutes of opening the box and when the show is over, the set can be easily stowed away.

Both the Guitar Controller and Drum Controller are licensed for Wii so setup is a cinch – your Wii Remote™ snaps into the controllers, and both products feature an analog stick for navigating menus.

Pricing and Availability

The Logitech Wireless Guitar Controller for Wii and the Logitech Wireless Drum Controller for Wii are expected to be available in the U.S. and Europe in October for a retail price of $199.99 (U.S.) and $229.99 (U.S.) respectively.

About Logitech

Logitech is a world leader in personal peripherals, driving innovation in PC navigation, Internet communications, digital music, home-entertainment control, gaming and wireless devices. Founded in 1981, Logitech International is a Swiss public company listed on the SIX Swiss Exchange (LOGN) and on the Nasdaq Global Select Market (LOGI).

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Logitech Unveils Wireless Drum Controller for Xbox 360

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Logitech – Sept. 9, 2009 – Logitech (SIX: LOGN) (NASDAQ: LOGI) today announced the Logitech® Wireless Drum Controller for Xbox 360®. Licensed by Activision Publishing, Inc. (NASDAQ: ATVI), for the Guitar Hero® franchise, the Logitech Wireless Drum Controller features three fully adjustable drum pads and two cymbal pads. Each piece can be positioned to fit your reach and suit your style – and the quiet and responsive drum pads deliver a lively feel that won’t distract you from the music. For better gameplay, the premium drum controller uses a recessed-rim design that makes it easier to score points and avoid accidental rim shots. The kick pedal uses a stainless steel surface and an adjustable spring – providing a highly durable, responsive drumming experience. It’s also licensed for Xbox 360, so setup is a cinch. The Logitech Wireless Drum Controller for Xbox 360 is expected to be available in the U.S. in October and in Europe in September for a suggested retail price of $229.99 (U.S.). For more information about the Wireless Drum Controller for Xbox 360 visit http://blog.logitech.com/ or www.logitech.com.
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