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Vtech V-Motion like the Wii?

Vtech – V.Motion Active Learning System The Vtech V Motion Active Learning System incorporates motion into a through-the-TV games console. Wireless motion-activated play through the included joystick and educational-style games are featured in this system that plugs into the TV. The system comes bundled with Action Mania software game. Additional games for the system (and if you need to buy an additional controller) are sold separately. Testers felt the system was very similar to the Vtech VSmile, but with a different controller. Unfortunately, they ended up opting out of the motion feature and instead simply used the controller, as it wasn’t always as responsive as we would have liked. I suppose it’s not exactly fair to compare the unit to the Nintendo Wii, which is very responsive, but it seems natural to do so, since we expect many families will look to the VMotion as a less-expensive alternative to the Wii. In this sense, there is no comparison–the Wii is much more user-friendly. There are not a lot of educational titles available for the Wii, but the game packaged with the VMotion doesn’t teach much to young kids at any rate. So, if you’re looking for a Wii-like console with an educational slant, the VMotion won’t completely satisfy. To buy the VMotion system: Vtech – V.Motion Active Learning...

Tag Reading System by Leap Frog – Review

LeapFrog® Tag Reading System Designed for children just heading out on the road to reading (beginning readers), the Tag Reader (which looks like a pen or stylus) is a touch-sensitive reading device that “reads” specially designed storybooks to children. Activities that encourage word recognition, other reading skills, and general learning experiences are also incorpororated. Currently, there are over 20 books and games designed for the Tag Reading system, some of which are classics like The Little Engine That Could, and others based on popular characters like SpongeBob SquarePants. The leanring activities are leveled and automatically adjust to a child’s responses. Downloadable content is available online and accessed using a USB key. The Tag Reading System includes a rather generic reading book, and the other storybooks are available separately. As such, you will need to factor the additional expense of books into the overall price of the product. (Kids will definitely need and want more storybooks). See for yourself: We like the leveling, interactivity, and concept of this product. Downfalls are overall price, if you factor in the purchase of additional storybooks, and only one user can be tracked at a time (kids can share the unit, but the leveling and reporting becomes mixed up that way). To buy this system: LeapFrog® Tag Reading System Also reviewed in the video above: LeapFrog® Leapster® 2 Learning Game System – Green More reviews on Edutaining...

Mario Kart Wii Secrets Revealed

Mario Kart Wii Secrets revealed by Robert Lawrence Want to know more about how to get the best out of Mario Kart, you will have to think beyond the basics. We are are going to take a closer look at some of the ways you can make your gaming experience more enjoyable and lots more fun with some cool strategy and tips on how to get the best out of Mario Kart. The strategy and skills that you will learn about Mario kart shown here will do one of two things: either it will reinforce what you know about Mario kart or it will teach you something fresh. Either way the outcome will be good. For those of you who are not familiar with the Mario game for the Nintendo Wii? It’s Mario kart . For some, this game is the bees knees of Nintendo, and others get a little bit confused by it. Get a head with some cool tips Fast Start When the countdown starts wait until the 2 fades away and then press and hold the 2 button. Remember the 2 must still be visible but fading, giving you a boost at the start of the race. Boost when recovering from a fall If and when you fall into something, such as water or falling from rainbow road, when you land, if you hit 2 at the moment you hit the ground, you get a temporary boost. How about a POW Block Immunity When you see the POW block on your screen and its about to hit you, just do the function you would normally use for a trick to create a shockwave for yourself to become immune to the spin out the POW block creates (Control panel on GCN controller, Shaking Wii wheel, etc.). This can be done on both bikes and carts. All though you don’t loose speed or spin out, you will still loose the items you were carrying. Time to Change Mii Racer weight class Go into the Mii Channel and change your Mii drivers weight, which will cause an in game impact causing you to change weight class and have different cars, great stuff!. Tip: Getting knocked off the course is never a good thing. It’s an agonizing wait as hoisted back into the race. As soon as you’re dropped onto the course floor the accelerator. If timed correctly (slam it as soon as you land), your kart or bike will receive a speed boost similar to the rocket start. This...

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