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New Nintendo DSi

Due out on April 5, 2009 in the US, Nintendo’s latest handheld seems impressive. Nintendo pioneered hand-held entertainment in the 1980’s with the Game Boy video game system. There have been very successful incarnations (or iterations) over the years, and now Nintendo is releasing the Nintendo DSi handheld system. Priced at a manufacturers’ suggested retail price of $169.99, this new handheld features a sleek and slim design, the largest screen Nintendo handhelds have seen yet, a set of two cameras (external and internal, pointed at the user), an interactive voice recorder, and music player. Both the new sights and sounds features can be manipulated–photos can be taken using interactive lenses, and music or voice can be altered. The system will be released in black and matte blue versions. Similar to the Nintendo Wii’s Wiiware, the DSi platform will allow downloadable games and applications using Nintendo DSi Points. Of course, there will be the usual retail games designed specially for the system. Is it backwards compatible? In other words, will kids be able to play their current Nintendo DS games on the new DSi? The answer is “for the most part”. It will be able to play most DS games, according to Nintendo. The system will be launched along with the game, Rhythm Heaven, a unique musical game that has been quite popular in Japan since its release. For more information and/or to preorder: Nintendo...

The Playstation Portable (PSP) – What does it Offer?

The Playstation Portable or PSP is a popular handheld wireless device that comes with multiple capabilities. This clever system can be used to listen to music, listen to Internet radio, view photographs, and watch movies, news features, television, or videos. It offers easy access to the Internet through a wireless connection. With the PSP, it’s easy to connect to the Web for any number of activities. You can access RSS feeds, obtain your instant messages, make phone calls with Skype™ and more. The Playstation website also provides easy access to free demos, movie trailers, and screenshots. The PSP also offers access to a variety of free items downloadable from the Playstation website. This includes wallpaper, backgrounds, custom themes, and much more. All of these features allow you to personalize your PSP to portray your own personality. You can preset the background color to change automatically on a monthly basis or you can change it manually whenever you want. If you have a special photograph of digital image that you like, you can easily use it for your wallpaper. Plus, changing the look of you icons is simple with the PSP. Plus, the PSP can be used to connect to the Playstation website in order to download exclusive games. PSP game downloads provide everything avid gamers want- the information needed for game play, game trailers, game demos, and game audio. It is also possible to access your personal PS3™ System using your PSP device. Parents will discover that the PSP offers exceptional parental control through a variety of features so they never have to worry about what the kids are doing. This system comes with rating features for games and for movies. Plus, it provides hardware settings for that parents can preset what their children can access on the Web. It is also possible to implement a password in order to initiate Internet browsing, limiting what the children can do on the PSP without a parent’s permission. The Playstation website offers excellent support features that make it easy to use the PSP. Whether you are looking to download Skype or find out how to download games or access Internet radio, the website provides all you need to know. Certain additional equipment might be necessary such as headphones or remote controls. Why not take advantage of the wonders of today’s technology and get a PSP for yourself today? For more information, user reviews, or to buy: PSP 3000 See games for the Playstation Portable: Playstation Portable System & Games By Susan...

How does the Nintendo Wii Fit measure up?

Hardly a day goes by when we don’t hear about the problems of obesity–and childhood obesity–in the news. With obesity on the rise, more and more people are aware of the benefits of exercise. But what of video games designed to get kids moving? Is it just hype? Well, some are, no doubt. We tend to get all worked up when a video game gets children out of the typical stupor and onto their feet. But a lot of games inspire only a small amount of movement. Not so with the Nintendo Wii Fit, which completely focuses on working out, without turning the process into a tedious lesson. Getting enough exercise can be easier said than done. If your children tend to be sedentary and love video games, or if you are not a “going to the gym” type, the Nintendo Wii Fit for the Nintendo Wii gaming system can certainly get you and your family started on the road to fitness, or at the very least, fitness and health awareness. The Wii Fit offers an interactive workout and is designed to make exercise a fun activity that anyone in the family can enjoy, no matter their level of fitness.  It’s also highly interactive and educational: it guides you through designing a workout program, tracking your progress and learning proper technique. Interestingly, the game made our testers aware of the importance of balance. Using the Nintendo Wii Fit involves stepping  on its balance board, which reads body movements, measures weight and weight distribution, and the game offers feedback about these measures, as well as BMI and Wii “fitness age”. Players learn about their BMI, but do note that kids who are even slightly on the chubby side will find out that they are “at the risk of being obese” or worse. Players set fitness and weight goals, and the Wii Fit records progress as well as total hours and minutes of usage. The Nintendo Wii Fit is designed to be a fitness and educational tool, but it’s also designed to be pleasurable. Families perform aerobics, strength training, learn yoga moves, play balance games, and more. Weight measurements can be password-protected if desired. Scores in various activities are recorded and lists of top scores are provided. Players jog, play goalie, walk a tightrope, play with hula hoops, go skiing, learn and perform yoga poses, and a whole lot more. If you are ready to make fun and fitness a permanent part of your life, then getting a Nintendo Wii Fit...

Caring Corners Dollhouse Teaches Good Habits

The Caring Corners Mrs. GoodBee Interactive Dollhouse is a real little gem. It reminds kids that refrigerator doors should be closed, teeth have to be brushed, and so forth. Ringing the doorbell brings this clever fold-out dollhouse to life. There are 12 rooms in the Caring Corners dollhouse–six on each side–each with interesting details that inspire a young girl’s imagination. Parents will love the fact that the dollhouse is big enough for more than one child to play with, yet it also folds up neatly for easier storage and clean up. The dollhouse comes with an access code that kids can use to unlock a “good deeds garden” online–an activity that offers further playful lessons about responsibility. The toy requires batteries, and most families will want to purchase some of the additional accessory sets for it, so factor that into the total cost of the playset. Also, small parts make the dollhouse appropriate for children over 3. For more information, user reviews, or to buy: Caring Corners – Mrs. Goodbee Interactive...

Wow them with Kota My Triceratops Dinosaur

Do you have a young member of your family who is interested in all things dinosaurs? Chances are, yes! Extinct in reality but never in the imagination, dinosaurs continue to fascinate young and old alike. It’s no surprise that many young children gravitate towards dinosaur toys. This holiday season, young dinosaur enthusiasts can experience the closest thing to a real dinosaur they’ll ever entertain in their own homes–the Playskool Kota My Triceratops Dinosaur. Kota My Triceratops Dinosaur is enormous, life-like in its own way, and is fashioned after the Triceratops but with more personable and baby-like features. Children can actually sit on top of the Kota My Triceratops Dinosaur and take a ride! Standing at three feet tall, Kota My Triceratops Dinosaur comes to life and interacts with children by responding to a child’s voice and touch. Roars are realistic, his body parts move, and kids have a real blast. Kids marvel at the toy’s ability to move its horns, head, legs, and tail. They can also feed their gigantic new “pet”, and listen to four different songs designed to teach kids about dinosaurs and prehistoric times. It’s important to help advance your child’s learning in any way possible. If you can mix fun with education, it helps your child learn that much faster. That’s exactly what Kota My Triceratops Dinosaur is designed to do. It’s pricey, but is a great match for many young dinosaur lovers. If you’re going to invest in the toy, make sure you have room for it! Keep in mind that children should be under 60 pounds to ride on Kota, and last but not least, make sure you have 6 D batteries and a screwdriver on hand if you want to avoid disappointment on Christmas...

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