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Magnext – Magnetic Building Toys that Engage Young Children

Many kids love building toys, and their brains love them too! Magnext is a special magnetic construction toy that is safe, well-built, and innovative. There are a number of different Magnext sets available, including gravity-defying cars (the Spheron line), rollercoasters (the iCoaster set), and “special parts” sets that allow kids to build such things as submarines, jets, and a whole lot more. It’s best to start with a basic or starter set and then build upon it with a special parts set. If you know your child is going to be especially fond of the rollercoaster set (called the iCoaster), go for that set. It has plenty of nice features, and actually adds cool sounds to the creative mix. There is a girls’ Magnext set also available–it’s the same system, but with pastel colors. Recommended for kids ages 6 and up. Magnext...

How to Master Mario Kart Wii

Ever enjoyed the original Mario Kart for the Super Nintendo Entertainment System? The fun does not stop there.  Here are some tips and tricks to help you be the best you can be at Nintendo’s biggest racer yet: Mario Kart Wii. Drifting: When playing in Automatic mode, drifting is disabled. This means that your kart is more flexible to turn around corners, but you cannot do anything to gain that beloved mini boost. In Manual mode, turning around sharp corners is restricted, but the game gives you the choice to drift. Press and hold the correct drifting button while accelerating (depending on your choice of controls; see above). Your kart will turn around tight spots very easily. If you hold this combination long enough, you will perform a mini boost. The longer you hold, the longer this boost will be. Obtain Race Start Boost: During the counting, at the beginning of each race, you can rocket your way ahead of the competition with an intensive, initial boost. When the “Flying Cloud” has its hand at the top to make the third count, press and hold the gas. General Tips: Always place Fake Item Boxes next to legitimate ones; this will trick players and make them run into one. This is especially useful during online play. As you may already know, drag your items behind you to protect yourself against incoming shells (or other.) Please note that Fake Item Boxes do not protect you against shells. Because you have 12 players against you, the chances of being hit with random items have increased, often making the game frustrating. Try not to let go of your current item until you have obtained a new one. In other words, hold one behind you until you reach the next set of item boxes. If you let go of your ONLY item prematurely, you will have nothing to defend yourself before the next item box is reached. If you fall off a track, when the little cloudy guy lifts you back on, press the gas button just as you touch the ground, and this will give you a much-needed boost. With practice, it can be done! If left behind on a race, get right behind another racer to gain a major speed boost, as the racer ahead will absorb all the air and leave a “tunnel” free of any pressure. Controls: Controlling your character with the Wii Wheel: + Button: Pause Turn: Steer left or right Flick Up: Trick or Wheelie (Bike Only) 2...

Remember Freddi Fish, Spy Fox, and Pajama Sam?

Some of the most entertaining computer games for little kids from more than ten years ago, starring Freddi Fish, Pajama Sam, and Spy Fox, are being released by Majesco for the Nintendo Wii. The original Freddi Fish title, Freddi Fish: Kelp Seed Mystery, released in the 1990’s for computers is now available for the Wii. Players follow a story line in which they lead Freddi (I remember being surprised that Freddi was a girl!) and her sidekick, Luther, in search of missing kelp seeds. Kids need to listen to clues, collect items along the way that they will use to solve problems later, and play mini-games. If you’re expecting updated graphics and/or a new experience that takes advantage of the interactive features of the Nintendo Wii system, you’ll be disappointed. However, it’s a bit of a nostalgic blast from the past, and it’s good for children ages 4-7. Anyone older will “beat” the game far too quickly. Also available at the time of this post are Pajama Sam: Don’t Fear the Dark and Spy Fox: Dry Cereal. For more information, user reviews, or to buy: Freddi Fish: Kelp Seed Mystery, Pajama Sam in Don’t Fear the Dark, or Spy Fox in Dry...

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