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Nyko gunning for a CNET Best of CES award for its Wii controller.

LAS VEGAS - Jan. 9, 2009

The premier video game accessories manufacturer, Nyko Technologies® today announced that it has been selected by the editors at CNET ( www.cnet.com) as a finalist in this year’s “Best of CES” awards in the gaming category for its Wand wireless controller for the Nintendo® Wii™. Winners will be announced on Saturday, January 10, at 11:00 a.m. live on the CNET Stage in the South Hall upper lobby.

The “Best of CES” Awards, which are produced and judged by CNET, recognize the hottest products at the 2009 International CES in ten categories, plus a Best in Show and People's Voice award selected by the CNET online audience. CNET editors received and reviewed hundreds of entries.

The Nyko Wand is the world’s most advanced alternative to the Wii Remote™ and has been designed from the ground up for superior functionality, comfort, and value. The new controller maintains all of the control functions Wii players expect with full motion-sensing capability, pointer functionality, vibration feedback, and a built-in speaker, while offering a variety of new features.

The Wand contains Nyko’s all-new Trans-Port™ technology, which enables control and vibration feedback to be electrically replicated on a compatible attachment accessory, providing for faster and more accurate input response. Current attachments made for the Wii Remote can only access buttons through use of mechanical triggers and provide no vibration feedback. One of the many potential uses of Trans-Port technology is a pistol grip that connects to the Wand and electrically replicates key action buttons, providing controls not currently accessible with attachments for the Wii Remote.

The Wand will be available at select retail stores nationwide in April 2009.

“We are extremely honored to have a product nominated as a finalist for CNET's Best of CES Awards for the second year in a row," said Chris Arbogast, Director of Marketing at Nyko Technologies. "The Wand will create new opportunities for Wii players and its nomination for the award is a testament to our effort towards improving the overall playing experience."

As a finalist for a “Best of CES” award, Nyko’s Wand is also eligible to win a People's Voice Award. People at home actively following CNET's in-depth coverage of the 2009 International CES – from videos to editorial reports from the show floor – can participate by voting for their favorite product at http://www.cnet.com/best-of-ces. Voting is open to the public from Friday, January 9th at 10 a.m. and closes at 10 a.m. Pacific Time on Saturday, January 10th.

The ten categories include car tech; cell phones and smartphones; computers and hardware; digital photo and video; gaming; GPS; home audio; home video; MP3 and portable video players; and televisions. A video of the winners and finalists showcasing their technologies can be found at http://www.cnet.com/ces.

About Nyko Technologies, Inc.

Nyko Technologies® develops, manufactures and markets innovative peripherals to enhance the digital lifestyle. The company's mission is to deliver products that solve problems and improve user experience for work and play. Nyko specializes in interactive entertainment, computing, consumer electronics, as well as online and wireless technologies. The company has distribution through major U.S. and Canadian retailers, along with distributors worldwide. Founded in 1995, Nyko is headquartered in Los Angeles, Calif. Please go to www.nyko.com or call 1-888-444-6956 for more information.

Quinn Wageman, Account Executive, TriplePoint, on behalf of Nyko Technologies

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Chris Arbogast, Director of Marketing, Nyko Technologies

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