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Gamers Gift Guide 2011 #Nintendo based #VideoGames

Do you have a video game fan on your holiday shopping list? 
Check out our reviews of some of the latest Nintendo based video game releases for this holiday gift giving! (Click game titles for full info/review)
Wii Games

Cars 2

Alvin and The Chipmunks: Chipwrecked…Coming Soon


 NCIS


Rango…Coming Soon

Country Dance 2


Zumba 2…Coming Soon

Ready, Sett, Grover!…Coming Soon

Sing4: The Hits Edition…Coming Soon

Cartoon Network: Punch Time Explosion XL…Coming Soon

Drawsome Tablet…Coming Soon

DS Games
Cars 2 
 Phineas and Ferb: Across the Second Dimension

Pillow Pets

 Camping Mama

DaGaDar

Bakugan…Coming Soon

 Max & the Magic Marker…Coming Soon

Rango…Coming Soon

Spy Kids: All the Time In The World

 

Plants vs. Zombies

Peggle

Bookworm Adventures…Coming Soon

Bejeweled 3…Coming Soon

The Magic School Bus: Oceans…Coming Soon

I SPY Castle…Coming Soon

SpongeBob Surf & Skate Roadtrip...Coming Soon

Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town…Coming Soon

Wappy Dog…Coming Soon

3DS Games

DECA SPORTS EXTREME

 

Puzzler Mind Gym® 3D 

Cooking Mama 4

Frogger 3D

Centipede Infestation…Coming Soon

For other great gift ideas (and Giveaways) check out these gift guides:

Lindsay Blogs Holiday Gift Guide 2011

Puzzler Mind Gym® 3D Review

Puzzler Mind Gym® 3D

Platform: Nintendo 3DS™ system
Where: Available at retailers throughout North America
When: September 13, 2011
Price: $39.99

Details: Ubisoft® is pleased to announce that Puzzler Mind Gym® 3D for the Nintendo 3DS system is now available at retail outlets in North America. The game is rated E for Everyone by the ESRB.

Puzzler Mind Gym 3D offers a daily program of brain exercises and puzzles in 3D, designed to help make the most of your mind. Improve your capabilities in four categories you use every day – Visual, Memorization, Word-based, and Numerical puzzles abound.

Puzzler Mind Gym 3D is a 90-day program of enjoyable exercises for the mind, allowing players to flex their memory muscle before undertaking the daily Mind Gym Challenges set by Professor Ian Robertson: neuroscientist and world expert on cognitive rehabilitation.

Players can work through each session from start to finish, or choose from any of the 90 daily programs at any time by browsing their preferred game type. Each of the daily sessions features selectable icons representing the four individual game categories of Memory, Word, Visual, and Numerical and will offer four games that the player must complete in order to access the Mind Gym Challenge for that session.

KEY FEATURES Puzzler Mind Gym 3D is the first title to bring the hit brain trainer genre to the Nintendo 3DS, leveraging the platforms innovative 3D technology. Complete daily challenges of four puzzles and add them to your routine. Monitor your improvement as the tracker automatically records your progress. Get expert advice from Professor Ian Robertson as you play, providing you with useful tips on exercising the mind, both inside and outside the game. As you complete challenges, learn fun trivia about the different areas of the brain and their associated functions. New on-screen 3D brain models immerse you like never before.

My thoughts:
We have a TON of games in our house, but 95% of them are for the kids.  There are some kids games I enjoy playing but only a few I acquired because I wanted them for MYSELF.  But this was one of those titles that I wanted.  I am a smart person but I swear my mind started leaving me when I hit about 25 and I think I might have to tattoo my address on my forehead by the time I’m 40 if it continues to worsen.  I have NEVER been one to lose things but it has been happening more and more everyday.  So getting a game that would make me use my brain power in a way I haven’t in a long time sounded like a great idea.  When I began playing, initially I thought ‘psh this is too easy.” But no sooner did I think this than it began getting more challenging.  A few more levels and I had to put the game down for the night as my intelligence had been tested plenty for the night. This is not the kind of game you can mindlessly play while you watch TV (I play iPad games a lot like this)!  This will seriously get your brain going.  I haven’t yet come across anything that my kids aren’t qualified for (at least as much as I was) so it isn’t limited to adults! I just think it is a great game for those of us who don’t really get that sort of stimulation anymore since we aren’t in school. If your thinking muscle could use a little flexing, check this game out.  As for the 3D, I played for only about half the time in 3D as my brain was strained plenty in 2D!  

Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of this game for review purposes.  All opinions expressed are my own honest personal feedback.

Phineas and Ferb: Across the Second Dimension Video Game Review

Phineas and Ferb: Across the Second Dimension is a fun-filled game where Phineas, Ferb or Agent P battle evil enemy drones using gadgets and combat maneuvers while making their way through over 30 stages in order to defeat the evil Dr. D and his minions.

MSRP: $29.99
E for Everyone: Mild Cartoon Violence

Genre: Adventure
Publisher: Disney Interactive Studios
MSRP: $39.99
E10+ for Everyone 10+: Cartoon Violence

Phineas and Ferb: Across the 2nd Dimension– Trailer Video 

Game Review:

Our family checked out both versions of this game based off one of the boys favorite shows.   While we enjoyed both games, I think we all agree that the Wii version is worth the $10 extra dollars if you have to chose between the two.  The games are different so if you are a real Phineas and Ferb fan you may really enjoy both of them.  But being able to play it on a bigger screen AND being able to play with another player made the Wii version a little more fun.  The graphics in both are a little retro feeling.  But the variety in action makes these super fun.  This games feels very much like the LEGO series of games as you are have to complete tasks and find pieces to build things to be able to continue.  HOWEVER, we have played these games for literally hours upon hours and I can only remember one instance where my 7 year old was unable to find a piece he needed and began to get a little frustrated before I stepped in and helped in (confession: it still took me about 5 minutes to figure out too) but he is frustrated much more often with other games like this so I think the difficulty level is perfect on this game!

Disclosure: Our family received complimentary copies of this game for review purposes. However all opinions expressed are my own honest, personal feedback and I have not been compensated in any other way for this review.

DECA SPORTS EXTREME NOW AVAILABLE FOR NINTENDO 3DS™ SYSTEM

KONAMI Continues the DECA SPORTS Legacy With 10 Complete Sporting Events in 3D Available Today for Fans of the Hit Franchise to Enjoy

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. – Sept 13, 2011 – Konami Digital Entertainment, Inc. today announced DECA SPORTS EXTREME is now available for the Nintendo 3DS™ handheld system. DECA SPORTS, the hit sports compilation series that has sold over 4 million units worldwide, has arrived for the Nintendo 3DS with 10 complete sporting events entirely in 3D that will take sports to a whole new dimension!

Players will kick, shoot, and bounce as they make their way to the top of the leader boards in 10 complete sporting events in 3D including Soccer, Tennis, Basketball, Ice Hockey, Bowling, Snowball Fight, Sumo Wrestling, Snowmobile Racing, Blowguns, and Trampoline. This all-new handheld version includes several features never seen before in a DECA SPORTS game, like power-ups, where players will have to collect enough Power Stones during each event allowing them to unleash powerful bonuses. Some of the power-ups included in the game are a giant racket in tennis, a cannon dunk in basketball, and a rainbow shot in soccer. Players will also be able to unlock equipment in Champion Mode and customize their own team’s home court and training room in Customize Mode. With 4-player multi-player available through download play or wireless play, there is always an eager challenger waiting to take players on.

Deca Sports Extreme is rated E for Everyone by the ESRB and is available now for $39.99 on Nintendo 3DS.


Deca Sports Extreme was the first game I experienced on 3DS and I was impressed. There are some games that I didn’t think the 3D was too spectacular but others, like snowball fight, had me trying to peak around 3D barriers.  I appreciated the variety in difficulty of games because all though you win skill type points to award to your different team members to improve your team, some of the games seemed tougher to conquer in the beginning.  I think this will be a long time hit in our house because of the variety of games from sumo wrestling to soccer and basketball.  And my ever competitive boys can each create their own personalize team for bragging rights in competition!  Although this game is at the high end of my personal price range for DS games, it really does offer a ton of gaming choices within this one game which makes it better bargain than many others at it’s price point.

Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of this game for review purposes.

Cars 2: The Video Game on DS and Wii {Review}

Cars 2: The Video Game brings players inside the international training center CHROME (Command Headquarters for Recon Operations and Motorized Espionage), where they choose from more than 20 different characters and train to become world class spies. As part of their international training, they will participate in simulated hazardous missions using high-tech gadgets to evade and slow down adversaries.

Genre: Racing Action
MSRP: $49.99
E10+ for Everyone 10+: Cartoon Violence
  • Published by: Disney Interactive Studios
  • Number of Players: 1-4
  • MSRP: $29.99
  • E for Everyone

Review: As long time fans of Cars, our family was excited to see Cars 2 the movie.  Personally I didn’t enjoy the second movie nearly as much as the first one, but my older boys disagreed.  And I have to say, the sequel definitely lent itself to some video game fun.  My 7 year old is a big fan of the DS version of Cars 2: The Video Game.  While my youngest and I both thoroughly enjoyed the Wii version.  Although there is some definite racing elements to this game this is no where near your plain ole race car game.  If you haven’t seen the new movie, you will likely be surprised by the feel of these games as this isn’t the laid back pace of Radiator Springs from the original Cars movie but a fast paced, action packed spy thriller.  While I understand the E10+ rating because of the ‘violence’ I really think that this game is easily for 3 and up if your kids are experienced at the controller.  This is one my new favorite family games for our Wii!

And I have watched my son play on DS, and was surprised that it really is a very different game which has become a regular favorite for him also.
Disclosure: Our family received complimentary copies of both of these games for review purposes. I was not compensated for a positive review, all opinions expressed are my own  honest, personal feedback.

Just Dance Summer Party for Wii Review

Since my older boys were little we’ve held ‘dance parties’ in our living room.  You know those times when they just need to wiggle and giggle? We crank the music and ‘dance’ around the living room.  But despite the many great versions of “Just Dance” that have been released, we’d never tried the games before. I always heard they were fun but I am simply NOT a dancer, I have no rhythm AT ALL.  But “Just Dance Summer Party” had such fun songs I decided I could give it a try.  I’m always on my kids about having fun and not worrying what other think of your abilities, so I figured I should put my dancing shoes where my mouth is. And I am so glad I did.  This game was SO much fun.  I was only able to get one dance out of my 8 year old and it was very half hearted but my lil man and I danced our butts off to about 8 rounds before I needed a break.  We danced to Firework, Maniac, Barbie Girl and Everybody Was Kung FU Fighting to name a few.  When I accidentally started Maniac (the song from Flashdance) I thought I might literally die right there on our living room floor but it was actually one of my favorite solo songs.  My score wasn’t super impressive but it was fun!  But my absolute favorite was Kung Fu Fighting, which is a duet that I did with my three year old.   His reactions to the moves was so priceless and it was actually my highest scoring round of all. 
After watching me miss many moves my oldest thought what I needed was a slower song, but I don’t know if it’s just me but the slower song was WAY harder for me.  Like I said I have no rythm so when the slower song counted more on correctly timed moves I was in trouble.  But it was a nice little break to let my heart rate slow down some.  
Overall I was really surprised by all the choices/options in a game that was ‘just’ about dancing.  It is really set up to be whatever you want it to be from an actual competitive game, to just a nonstop dance-athon.  You can play alone or with up to four people.  And I was surprised to find that we didn’t need the nun chuck.  
Although I can’t compare the music selection to any other version because this is the only one we have, I give this one two thumbs up.  My boys think I’m a total dork but I was SUPER excited to dance to an old favorite of mine Barbie Girl.  So much fun.  This game makes me want to have a girls night in at my house just so we can play this game!!
GAME INFO

Beat the heat this summer with Just Dance Summer Party, a limited edition SKU with over 20 new tracks, including hit songs from Katy Perry, Rihanna, and Estelle featuring Kanye West. Just Dance Summer Party is the answer to Just Dance 2 fans who don’t have the capability to download content.

Just Dance Summer Party is the perfect addition to the Just Dance collection, the world’s #1 best-selling dance game franchise.* Millions of families across the country are dancing and craving more!

Key Features

Kung Fu Fighting is a great interactive duet!

More Dance Hits – Just Dance to over 20 all-new tracks from the 80’s, 90’s, and today. With a variety of genres and hits from different eras, everyone will find something to dance to! Bust a move to today’s chart-toppers, like ”Pon de Replay” by Rihanna, “Firework” by Katy Perry, and “American Boy” by Kayne West, Estelle feat. Then enjoy classic hits and legendary songs, like “Born To Be Wild” by Steppenwolf, and “You Can’t Hurry Love” by The Supremes.

Throw the Hottest Party of the Summer – Just Dance Summer Party features even more sizzlin’ dance moves to choreographed by real experts in every style of music, including Rock, Pop, Hip Hop, R&B, Latin and more!

Dance Crew Face-Offs! – Create your own four-person crew and compete in dance-off contests against friends. Up to eight players can compete!

Dance Duets – Hilarious duets allow you to interact with your partner with 2-part choreographies!

Keep the Party Going Party Mode – lets you and your friends lose yourself in the music! No navigating through menus, no need to stop to select the next song… Just Dance 2 is a non-stop dance party!

Dance Your Booty Off – A workout in disguise, Just Dance Summer Party keeps you motivated as you burn calories! While dancing, turn on the Just Dance Sweat Meter and watch those calories disappear as you meet your preset daily or weekly objectives!

Too Shy to Dance…But Love to Sing? – All tracks provide song lyrics on-screen. So even if you don’t score points with your voice, you’re sure to score some with the crowd!

*Based on MOKA and NPD per unit sales

Buy Just Dance Summer Party here.

Barbie Girl includes some great Barbie inspired moves.

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