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Published on December 13th, 2010 | by Kyle Spencer, Editor

GAMINGtruth’s Holiday Gift Guide

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Holiday Gift Guide

XBOX 360:

The Hardware:

Xbox 360 4GB Console ($199.99)

    • Xbox 360 4GB S Console
    • Xbox 360 Black Wireless Controller
    • Xbox 360 Composite A/V cable (standard definition)
    • One Month Xbox LIVE Gold Membership
    • 1 year limited warranty on console

**ALSO AVAILABLE WITH KNIECT SENSORE for $299.99**

Xbox 360 250GB Holiday Bundle ($299.99)

    • Xbox 360 250GB S Console
    • Forza Motorsport 3 – rated “E” for Everyone
    • Alan Wake full game downloadable token – rated “M” for Mature
    • Xbox 360 Black Wireless Controller
    • Xbox 360 Headset
    • Xbox 360 Composite A/V cable (standard definition)
    • One Month Xbox LIVE Gold Membership
    • 1 year limited warranty on console

**ALSO AVAILABLE IN A KINECT BUNDLE for $399.99**

  • Black XB360 Console with 250GB built in hard drive
  • 5 USB ports in back of console
  • Wired Headset
  • 1 Black Wireless Controller
  • Xbox LIVE membership
  • 1Yr MFG Warranty
  • Composite Cable
  • A/V Cable
  • Kinect Sensore
  • Kinect Adventures rated “E” for Everyone

The Accessories:

Perhaps the biggest accessory the Microsoft will offer you this holiday season is the Kinect Sensor. With more than a million units sold, it’s sure to be at the top of everyone’s list this year. If you are looking for the sensor bundled with one of the new Xbox slim units, be sure to look at the hardware section directly above. **Note that the Kinect will work with older model Xbox 360’s. It just requires the use of the AC power supply, that does come with the sensor.**

XBOX 360 Kinect Sensor ($149.99)

  • Kinect Sensor
  • Power Supply Cable
  • Manual
  • Wi-fi Extension Cable

If you are picking up one of the new Xbox Slim systems and need to convert your data from an old hard drive to the new one you will need:

Xbox 360 Data Transfer Kit ($19.99)

Easily transfer all your data from the original Xbox 360 hard drive to the next. Compatible with Xbox 360 and Xbox 360 S* consoles, the Hard Drive Transfer Cable allows you to keep your saved data and game on.

  • Designed to transfer data from Xbox 360 hard drives to other Xbox 360 hard drives and/or Xbox 360 S hard drives.
  • Usable multiple times.
  • Does not transfer data from one Xbox 360 S hard drive to another Xbox 360 S hard drive.

Xbox 360 NEW D-Pad Wireless Controller w/ Charge cable and battery ($64.99)

Customize your control. With a D-pad that transforms from a plus to a disc, the new Wireless Controller provides ultimate precision, accuracy, and control for both directional as well as sweeping movements. This distinctively-designed controller features a special edition matte silver color with a unique and premium button design, and comes complete with a Play and Charge kit to keep the game going strong..

Xbox 360 Live Wireless Headset (49.99)

Use your Xbox 360 Wireless Headset

Turn your Xbox 360 Wireless Headset on and off

Press the power button to turn on your wireless headset. Press and then hold the power button to turn off your wireless headset. When you turn off your Xbox 360 console, your wireless headset automatically turns off.

The next time that you turn on your Xbox 360 console and turn on your Xbox 360 Wireless Headset, your Xbox 360 console and your wireless headset will still be wirelessly connected. The volume setting on your wireless headset will be at the same level at which you left it.

Adjust the volume level of your Xbox 360 Wireless Headset

To adjust the volume level of your wireless headset, press the volume-up button or press the volume-down button. Press and then hold either button to continuously raise or lower the volume.

To temporarily mute the microphone, briefly press the power button. To turn off the mute function, briefly press the power button. Two beeps confirm that the mute setting was changed.

Want to play online?

Microsoft offers a couple different choices for you in the form of Online Subscription cards, which can be activated through your XBOX 360.

12 Month Subscription card ($59.99)

A world of entertainment is yours with Xbox LIVE 12 Month Gold Membership. Enjoy instant HD movies and TV shows from Netflix or choose from 3,500 live and on-demand sporting events and highlights from ESPN on Xbox LIVE. Jump right in to online games with friends around the world. Plus, enjoy personalized music with a Zune Pass and Last.fm, update your status on Facebook and be part of what’s happening on Twitter – right on your TV. And Kinect makes your entertainment even more extraordinary. Imagine controlling movies and music with the wave of a hand or the sound of your voice, or chatting on your TV with Video Kinect. Upgrade today for more games, entertainment and fun.

** ALSO AVAILABLE in a 3 MONTH SUBSCRIPTION for $24.99 **

Microsoft points are also a good idea, since great games offer DLC. Fallout New Vegas, Halo Reach are just some of the new games that have DLC coming before Christmas. Lets look at your options:

Microsoft Marketplace Points (1600 for $19.99, 4000 for $49.99)

Xbox LIVE® brings a world of entertainment to you – 1600 Microsoft Points make it happen. Microsoft Points can be used to download thousands of Games and Add-ons. You can instantly stream HD movies and TV shows from Zune Video. Even customize your Avatar with the latest fashions, gear, props and much more on Xbox LIVE. Your key to a world of entertainment experiences, and your connection to more games, entertainment and fun.

Unlock a world of entertainment fun. Use Microsoft Points to:

  • Watch HD Movies and TV Shows
  • Download Games & Add-ons, like Songs, Maps, Levels and more
  • Customize Your Avatar with Fashions, Gear & Props

The Games:

Call of Duty: Black Ops

Activision’s biggest monster has just been released… See if Black Ops can over shadow what Infinity Ward built with the Modern Warfare franchise!

Assassins Creed: Brotherhood

Can Brotherhood Equal the Magic of what was started back in 2007? With multiplayer added to the mix, continue the story of Ezio and watch him reclaim ROME. This time he has a little help!

Need For Speed: Hot Pursuit

Can Criterion Games capture the excitement of what it used to feel like playing NFS? Take a look inside to see!

Halo Reach

Bungie say’s farewell to the most beloved franchise of the last two generations and we played through one of the best Halo games in the franchise. Remember Reach!

Fallout: New Vegas

Is New Vegas a whole new game or will it feel like a big expansion? Find out inside!

Rock Band 3

It’s been a couple years since Rock Band 2 released to Mass critical appeal. See if Rock Band 3′s intuitive new mechanics are a step up from its predecessors.

Vanquish

Fast and chaotic, Vanquish is an adrenaline-charge shooter that will leave you breathless. Hit the link to read our official review!

Fable III

We’re not philosophers. We just like to play videogames. We don’t know the first thing about free will vs. determinism, but we do know that it is your destiny to get Fable III, the latest installment of the franchise that allows you to forge your own adventure through the choices you make. Set five decades after the events in Fable II, the land of Albion has enjoyed the fruits of the industrial revolution, but the fate of the kingdom is in peril. As you are drawn into the revolution, you’ll find yourself in a position of power. Whether you use that power for personal gain or for the greater good is up to you; or is it?

    *Be the hero and forge your own destiny. Storytelling comes to life as “Fable III” puts you and your hero in the center of an epic journey that traces your rise from revolutionary to ruler and beyond, along with all the action, drama and humor. Interacting with the world of Albion has never been easier or more rewarding. The Expressions system offers an ingenious new Dynamic Touch feature that allows your hero to reach out and embrace a loved one, or exact retribution against those who have betrayed you. Your hero, your faithful canine companion and even your weapons now also evolve to extremes mirroring your morality and personal style of combat. The emotional connections players will develop in the world of “Fable III” will lead to some of the most memorable moments ever experienced in a game.

    *Where blockbuster action meets adventure. Your journey spans from the streets of a thriving and industrialized Albion to the surrounding battlefields. The pioneering one-button combat system allows players to easily combine different styles in their arsenal – hand-to-hand melee attacks, long-range precision shooting and wickedly catastrophic spells – to advance the one-button combat mechanic to a full scale, thrilling level that offers infinite ways to engage, experiment and compete.

    *Choice and consequence. A core tenet of the “Fable” franchise, players are presented with infinite choices and consequences that impact the world around them. Good or evil, loved or loathed, career versus family, or just you and your faithful canine companion – live the life you have always dreamed. More so than ever before, your choices lead to far more profound outcomes that impact your every being. Whether it’s deciding the outcome of minor squabbles or changing the direction of the entire kingdom, these key decisions will change the world forever.

Final Fantasy XIII

80 hours later, inside is my verdict on the next chapter of the Final Fantasy series.

Medal of Honor

How does EA’s latest shooter stand up to the standards of single and multiplayer FPSs? Hit the jump and find out!

Dance Central

How is Kinects Dance Central? Is it worth the time and effort or is it a FUN, And Tiring Party Game!

Sonic Free Riders

Hit the link to find out if Sonic Free Riders grabs first place or just runs into walls. Repeatedly.

Red Dead Redemption

Rockstar’s latest epic takes place in the wild west. Does it hold it’s own six-shooter in a duel, or is it a lily-livered varmint? Come inside to see!

Alan Wake

In this long-awaited exclusive Xbox 360 title, fill the shoes of one Alan Wake, a man who makes his living from the terror of others as a best-selling suspense novelist. Trapped in the deceptively peaceful Washington town of Bright Falls, where he came to escape the trauma of losing his fiancée, Alan must piece together a mystery to prevent himself from being trapped inside a nightmarish world forever. An intense psychological thriller from Remedy, the creators of Max Payne, Alan Wake raises the bar for future games, creating a true cinematic experience. Explore an expansive world filled with missions, unique puzzles, intense combat, and horrifying enemies. Dig into a twisting and multi-layered story filled with suspense, engaging characters, and shocking revelations.

    *Intense psychological thriller: Alan Wake delivers a deeply psychological and finely crafted plot that raises the bar for storytelling in video games. The riveting story of Alan Wake is propelled by a movie-like atmosphere, compelling situations, memorable characters, and real-time pacing. Remedy has a record of creating and developing games with unique cinematic presentation and exceptionally high production values.

    *Light as a combat element: As Wake journeys deeper into the mystery of Bright Falls, the shadows close in around him. When darkness descends, light becomes his only ally as he fights his way to daybreak. This poses a severe problem for Alan Wake since his enemies seemingly gain strength from the shadows, and before long, light itself becomes his greatest ally. Players must skillfully combine their use of light with more conventional weapons to stand a chance.

    *Realistic, interactive environment: Set in the town of Bright Falls, the hyper-detailed environments of the Pacific Northwest play an important role, as even the change in daylight and weather will profoundly affect the characters and enemies in Alan Wake. The game’s advanced rendering engine provides amazingly realistic environments that bring this world to detailed life – from the lush forest of evergreen trees to the quaint small-town buildings and streets. The world of Alan Wake is alive and real.

    *Episodic narrative: The mission-based structure of Alan Wake creates an episodic narrative similar to a deeply structured dramatic television series, such as Twin Peaks and X-Files. As the episodes progress, gameplay evolves to introduce new elements and characters, escalating the level of threat and action in the game.

Madden NFL 2011

Madden 2011. Simpler. Quicker. Deeper. If you did not check out this review before the hack, here is your chance check it out!

NCAA Football 2011

It’s summer time and that means FOOTBALL SEASON Is upon us again. NCAA Football is up first, so does this year’s iteration surpass years prior or does NCAA Football, again drop the ball?

Mass Effect 2

Two years after Commander Shepard repelled invading Reapers bent on the destruction of organic life, a mysterious new enemy has emerged. On the fringes of known space, something is silently abducting entire human colonies. Now Shepard must work with Cerberus, a ruthless organization devoted to human survival at any cost, to stop the most terrifying threat mankind has ever faced. To even attempt this perilous mission, Shepard must assemble the galaxy’s most elite team and command the most powerful ship ever built. Even then, they say it would be suicide. Commander Shepard intends to prove them wrong.

Mankind’s Future is At Stake

    *From the makers of Star Wars®: Knights of the Old Republic, Dragon Age: Origins, and Mass Effect comes the dark second installment in the thrilling Mass Effect Trilogy!

    *Command a unique team of amazing characters on a perilous mission in the most dangerous regions of space.

    *Players of the first Mass Effect can import save games to continue the story of their own Commander Shepard. New players will find a thrilling stand-alone adventure awaits them, a polished and action packed journey that surpasses the first game in nearly every possible way.

Intense Third Person Combat

    *Take cover, command an elite squad with ease, utilize 19 weapon classes including heavy weapons, and unleash deadly powers against your foes with an all new and improved combat system.

    *Increased intensity with precision shooter controls to let you control the action and overcome insurmountable odds.

    *Featuring a new location based damage system: target key weak points, and blast off limbs, ignite enemies, or cripple and disable enemy troops.

An Entire Galaxy to Explore

    *Travel the distant and deadly reaches of space to assemble your team for the mission at hand. A cast of amazing characters await discovery on a variety of dangerous, visually stunning worlds

    *Survey unique planets and embark on side missions to uncover more secrets in the Mass Effect universe.

Robust Character Customization

    *Choose a player class, customize your appearance, and tailor your own abilities and strengths. As you progress, so do Shepard’s abilities.

    *Control the conversation. Improved conversation system where you can take matters into your own hands – often with the liberal application of force.

NBA 2K11

Jordan is back, and for the first time in over a decade, is playable in a basketball game! See if NBA 2K11 retains it’s throne as the king of the hardwood!

Playstation 3

The Hardware:

Playstation 3 160 GB Model ($299.99)

The PS3 system is now slimmer and lighter than ever before. While the form factor may have changed, the PS3 system still comes with free access to the PlayStation®Network, built-in Wi-Fi, and hard disk drive storage for games, music, videos, and photos. Plus, the PS3 system is the only gaming console with a Blu-ray player to give you the best high-definition viewing experience on your television. With five times the capacity of standard DVDs, Blu-ray discs gives you more realistic and immersive gameplay that can only be possible on the PS3 system with games such as Gran Turismo® 5, Uncharted 2: Among Thieves, and MAG.

  • New slimmer, lighter PS3 system
  • 160GB HDD for storing games, music, videos, and photos
  • Streams thousands of movies and TV shows instantly from Netflix
  • Built-in Blu-ray player
  • Free* PlayStation®Network membership
  • Plays DVDs and CDs
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
  • HDMI output for 1080p resolution

*This product is NOT backwards compatible with Playstation 2 titles.

Playstation 3 320 GB Model ($349.99)

The PS3 system is now slimmer and lighter than ever before. While the form factor may have changed, the PS3 system still comes with free access to the PlayStation®Network, built-in Wi-Fi, and hard disk drive storage for games, music, videos, and photos. Plus, the PS3 system is the only gaming console with a Blu-ray player to give you the best high-definition viewing experience on your television. With five times the capacity of standard DVDs, Blu-ray discs gives you more realistic and immersive gameplay that can only be possible on the PS3 system with games such as Gran Turismo® 5, Uncharted 2: Among Thieves Game of the Year, and MAG.

  • New slimmer, lighter PS3 system
  • 320GB HDD for storing games, music, videos, and photos
  • Streams thousands of movies and TV shows instantly from Netflix
  • Built-in Blu-ray player with 3D capabilities
  • Free* PlayStation®Network membership
  • Plays DVDs and CDs
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
  • HDMI output for 1080p resolution

** ALSO AVAILABE IN A PLAYSTATION MOVE BUNDLE  FOR $399.99 **

  • PlayStation®3 system
  • PlayStation®Move motion controller (wireless)
  • PlayStation®Eye camera
  • Sports Champions™ Blu-ray game
  • PlayStation®Move game demos disc
  • AC Power Cord
  • AV Cable
  • USB Cable

The Accessories:

Sony is offering their own motion controller this holiday in the form of the “MOVE”.

MOVE Champions Bundle ($99.99)

PlayStation®Move is the world’s most accurate motion gaming experience. So whether you’re spiking a volleyball, shooting an arrow, or defending yourself in a gladiator dual, your every move is translated into the game with complete precision. With party games perfect for family game night, creative titles for kids, and astounding experiences for core gamers, PlayStation®Move will change the way you play. It’s the most immersive gaming experience ever, and it’s possible only on the PlayStation®3 system. Sports Champions will let you and your friends physically engage in an array of competitive sporting activities as you go head to head in six events. Use your motion controller as a racket in table tennis as you conduct high speed exchanges against your challenger; or ignite the arena as your motion controller becomes a sword and swing your arm forward to battle your opponent.

  • PlayStation Move motion controller
  • PlayStation Eye Camera
  • Sports Champions Blu-ray disc
  • Bundle saves you $29.98!

Playstation 3 Wireless Dualshock 3 Controller ($59.99)

**Available in Red, Black, Silver, Blue & Pink**

  • Pressure-sensitive buttons Feel the controller vibrate with each hit, crash or explosion.
  • SIXAXIS highly sensitive motion technology Your natural movements become part of the action. And the controller becomes a natural extension of your body. The SIXAXIS motion-sensing system allows users to maneuver the controller itself. With this system, sensors read when a player angles, tilts, thrusts, or pulls the controller, all in real-time and with high precision. And it’s available in both the SIXAXIS wireless controller and the DUALSHOCK®3 wireless controller.
  • Bluetooth® technology No wires. With the DUALSHOCK®3’s Bluetooth® technology you can play completely untethered.
  • Multiplayer gaming Connect up to seven wireless controllers at one once for serious multiplayer gaming.
  • Charging Charge the DUALSHOCK®3 with the PLAYSTATION®3 system using the controller’s USB cable. And you can even plug it in during gameplay, so you’ll never miss a beat.
  • Compatible games So many compatible games! Check game for compatibility

Playstation 3 Bluetooth Headset ($49.99)

Bluetooth Headset is the official headset for the PlayStation®3 system. It consists of many next-generation features that enhance the gaming experience. Built-in noise cancellation and dual microphone design helps filter ambient noise enabling the highest quality voice chat. Sleek looks make this a perfect headset for mobile phones.

  • Official headset for the PlayStation®3 system
  • Included advanced features for gaming
  • Built-in noise cancellation
  • Perfect headset for mobile phones
  • Proprietary High-Quality (HQ) mode delivers clear voice input to the PS3 system.
  • Exclusive in-game headset status indicator
  • Headset functions as a desktop microphone when plugged into the charging cradle
  • Easily accessible mic/muting button
  • Up to 6 hours of talk time

The Games:

Call of Duty: Black Ops

Activision’s biggest monster has just been released… See if Black Ops can over shadow what Infinity Ward built with the Modern Warfare franchise!

Assassins Creed: Brotherhood

Can Brotherhood Equal the Magic of what was started back in 2007? With multiplayer added to the mix, continue the story of Ezio and watch him reclaim ROME. This time he has a little help!

Need For Speed: Hot Pursuit

Can Criterion Games capture the excitement of what it used to feel like playing NFS? Take a look inside to see!

Fallout: New Vegas

Is New Vegas a whole new game or will it feel like a big expansion? Find out inside!

Rock Band 3

It’s been a couple years since Rock Band 2 released to Mass critical appeal. See if Rock Band 3′s intuitive new mechanics are a step up from its predecessors.

Vanquish

Fast and chaotic, Vanquish is an adrenaline-charge shooter that will leave you breathless. Hit the link to read our official review!

Gran Turismo 5

Sony’s most anticipated Racer has FINALLY arrived. How does it level up to other stellar racers this year?

Medal of Honor

How does EA’s latest shooter stand up to the standards of single and multiplayer FPSs? Hit the jump and find out!

Red Dead Redemption

Rockstar’s latest epic takes place in the wild west. Does it hold it’s own six-shooter in a duel, or is it a lily-livered varmint? Come inside to see!

God of War 3

Kratos is back with a vengance to lay to rest the moved beloved franchise in Sony’s history.

Final Fantasy XIII

80 hours later, inside is my verdict on the next chapter of the Final Fantasy series.

Heavy Rain

The story is intense and becomes one of QD’s greatest ventures to date.

Demon Souls

This hard -to beat Jap. RPG makes for a challenging PS3 exclusive title that will leave you satisfied level by level.

Madden NFL 2011

Madden 2011 Wii. Simpler. Quicker. Deeper. If you did not check out this review before the hack, here is your chance check it out!

NCAA Football 2011

It’s summer time and that means FOOTBALL SEASON Is upon us again. NCAA Football is up first, so does this year’s iteration surpass years prior or does NCAA Football, again drop the ball?

NBA 2K11

Jordan is back, and for the first time in over a decade, is playable in a basketball game! See if NBA 2K11 retains it’s throne as the king of the hardwood!

Nintendo Wii

The Hardware:

Nintendo Wii Bundle ($199.99)

**Available in Red, White & Black**

–Black & White Bundles

Wii Sports: Wii Sports offers five distinct sports experiences, each using the Wii Remote to provide a natural, intuitive and realistic feel. Players can use their own Mii caricatures in the game and play them against their friends’ Miis for a more personalized experience. As players improve, their Miis’ skill levels will increase, so that they can see exactly how much better they’ve become. Wii Sports Resort: Wii Sports Resort is a new collection of fun sports games that anyone can pick up and play.  This sequel to the popular Wii Sports makes use of the Wii MotionPlus accessory, which gives players the most responsive and realistic experience possible. The Wii MotionPlus accessory, which is included with Wii Sports Resort, plugs into the base of the Wii Remote controller and, combined with the accelerometer and sensor bar, provides an experience that gives players an even greater sense of immersion.

Wii Sports:

  • Tennis (1-4 players): Players grab the Wii Remote like a racket and swing – the game registers forehands, backhands, volleys, lobs, slices, spin and power depending on how fast the user swings and at what angle. Don’t worry about moving around the court to get to the ball – the game automatically moves players into position.
  • Baseball (1-2 players): Players grip the Wii Remote like a bat and swat fastballs out of the park, or fire a fastball over the plate with a flick of their wrist. Timing and bat speed will make all the difference between going yard and whiffing, so keep an eye on the ball and swing for the fences. In the two-player game, one player pitches and the other bats – all fielding and running is automatic, so that players can focus on the action.
  • Golf (1-4 players): Step up to the tee, hold the Wii Remote like a golf club and swing naturally to smack the ball onto the green. The harder players swing the club, the farther the ball will fly. Be careful, though – if players swing too hard, their ball will fly out of control, so they should be sure to take some practice swings before going for the pin. After reaching the green, line up putts carefully, practice the stroke and try to hole out.
  • Bowling (1-4 players): Players raise the Wii Remote in their hand just like a bowling ball, and then swing their arms to roll the ball. The speed of the swing and the angle at which they release the ball affects the ball’s spin, so it will take some practice to master control over the ball and knock down the pins.
  • Boxing (1-2 players): Using the Nunchuk controller as one glove and the Wii Remote as the other, players dodge, weave and punch their opponents. Players hold their hands high to guard their faces or low to block their torsos. They punch high to hit their opponents’ faces or low to get under their guard for a body blow. Swing both arms left or right to sidestep oncoming blows and move into position for a devastating knockout.

Wii Sports Resort:

  • Just as with Wii Sports, people will love competing against friends and family. As the competition heats up, Wii Sports Resort is as much fun to watch as it is to play. First-time players will find it easy to pick up a Wii Remote and jump into the action.
  • Wii Sports Resort takes place on a tropical island. A wide range of activities will keep players coming back for one more round. Some sample activities include Sword Play, Power Cruising (racing a water scooter) and Disc Dog, which involves accurately tossing a disc to a cute, Mii-like dog.

–Limited Edition Red Bundle

Red Wii Bundle: This limited-edition Wii hardware comes in beautiful red to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the original Super Mario Bros. game. The bundle includes New Super Mario Bros. Wii and a new red Wii Remote Plus controller, in addition to all the other included items, like Wii Sports and a red Nunchuk controller. It will be available while supplies last.

Size: About 8.5 inches long, 6 inches wide and less than 2 inches thick (157mm x 215.4mm x 44mm). Wii weighs 2.65 pounds.

What’s Included: One Wii Remote controller with a Wii Remote Jacket, one Nunchuk controller, Wii Sports (a collection of five games: baseball, tennis, golf, bowling and boxing), sensor bar, power cord, standard composite cable, stand.

Controls: Intuitive control for anyone using the physical motion of the Wii Remote, which resembles a television remote control. Up to four Wii Remote controllers can be connected at once using wireless Bluetooth technology. The wireless signal can be detected within 10 meters of the console. Both the Wii Remote and Nunchuk controllers include motion sensors. The Wii Remote controller also includes a speaker, rumble feature and expansion port, and can be used as a pointer within five meters of the screen. The Wii Remote controller has a power switch, + Control Pad, A, B, Minus, Home, 1 and 2 buttons. The Nunchuk controller includes an analog control stick and C and Z buttons.

The Look: Wii features a compact design that makes it a natural addition to any television setup. It can be displayed either vertically or horizontally.

Media: A single self-loading media bay plays single- or double-layered 12-centimeter optical discs for the Wii console, as well as 8-centimeter Nintendo GameCube discs.

Channels: The Wii Menu is the main gateway for a variety of easy-to-use, interactive multimedia, entertainment and communication functions.

Communication: If users have a broadband Internet connection, Wii can communicate with the Internet even when the power is turned off. The WiiConnect24 service can deliver a new surprise or game update, even if the console is idle. The Wii console can also communicate wirelessly with the Nintendo DS and Nintendo DSi systems.

WiiWare: Located in the Wii Shop Channel, the WiiWare downloadable game service lets Wii owners with a broadband Internet connection download new, creative games from a wide range of developers, from large publishers to indie shops. Wii Points are required for downloading software. Wii Points can be purchased in the Wii Shop Channel. A Nintendo Points Card can be purchased at retail locations and redeemed in full in either the Wii Shop Channel as Wii Points, or in the Nintendo DSi Shop as Nintendo DSi Points. They are not transferable and cannot be divided between the two systems.

Virtual Console: The Wii console has downloadable access to 20 years of fan-favorite titles originally released for Nintendo 64, the Super NES and the Nintendo Entertainment System. The Virtual Console section of the Wii Shop Channel also features a selection of games from the Sega Genesis, Sega Master System, NEOGEO, TurboGrafx16, TurboGrafx-CD and Commodore 64 consoles, as well as classic arcade versions of select games. Wii Points are required for downloading software. Wii Points can be purchased in the Wii Shop Channel. A Nintendo Points Card can be purchased at retail locations and redeemed in full in either the Wii Shop Channel as Wii Points, or in the Nintendo DSi Shop as Nintendo DSi Points. They are not transferable and cannot be divided between the two systems.

The Specs: The Wii console has 512 megabytes of internal flash memory, two USB 2.0 ports and built-in wired and wireless broadband Internet capability. A bay for an SD memory card (or High Capacity SD card – both sold separately) lets players expand the internal flash memory and launch downloaded games directly from the cards. Design is optimized with state-of-the-art processing technologies that minimize power consumption, keep the console quiet and compact, and enable the “sleepless” WiiConnect24 mode.

Parental Controls: Wii features easy-to-use parental controls that allow users to manage access to Wii game software based on the ESRB rating, restrict access to various channels, limit the ability of users to send and receive messages or prohibit the use of Wii Points in the Wii Shop Channel.

CPU: PowerPC CPU (code-named “Broadway”) jointly developed with and manufactured by IBM.

Graphics Processing Unit: Developed with ATI/AMD.

Region Encoding: Wii is region encoded, as is first-party software.

Other Features: Four ports for classic Nintendo GameCube controllers. Two slots for Nintendo GameCube Memory Cards. An AV Multi-output port for component, composite or S-video.

The Accessories:

Wii Remote Plus ($39.99)

**Available in White, Black, Blue & Pink**

The Wii Remote Plus controller combines the intuitive motion controls of the original Wii Remote with the precision technology of the Wii MotionPlus accessory, all built-in to a single unit. The Wii Remote Plus also packs a speaker, rumble feature, and external connector for other input devices, like the Nunchuk controller and the Classic Controller.

Wii Nunchuk ($19.99)

**Available in White& Black**

The Nunchuk is designed to work together with the Wii Remote on the Wii console. Contoured to fit perfectly in your hand, the Nunchuk adds extra buttons, an analog joystick, and additional motion-sensing control to expand the game play possibilities.

Contoured to perfectly fit a player’s hand, the Nunchuk builds on the simplicity of the Wii Remote and goes an extra step to meet the needs of gamers. The Nunchuk connects to the Wii Remote at its expansion port and is used in conjunction with the Wii Remote. The Nunchuk contains the same motion-sensing technology enabled in the Wii Remote but also includes an analog stick to assist in character movement. In several games, players will use the analog stick of the Nunchuk to move their characters and the Wii Remote to perform a specific action, whether that’s throwing a pass in football or aiming a ranged weapon in an action game. Along with the analog stick, the motion-sensing Nunchuk also contains two buttons positioned for quick access. Because the Wii Remote and Nunchuk are only relatively dependent on each other, players are free to hold them in whichever hand is most comfortable. The ambidextrous nature of the Wii controllers grants accessibility seldom seen in game controllers.

  • Motion Sensitive.
  • Built in analog stick.
  • Comfortable grip

The Games:

Call of Duty: Black Ops

Activision’s biggest monster has just been released… See if Black Ops can over shadow what Infinity Ward built with the Modern Warfare franchise!

New Super Mario Bros.

Developers at Nintendo have dreamed of creating a simultaneous multiplayer Super Mario Bros. game for decades. The Wii console finally makes that dream come true for everyone this holiday season. Now players can navigate the side-scrolling worlds alone as before or invite up to three others to join them at the same time on the same level at any point in the game for competitive and cooperative multiplayer fun. With the multiplayer mode, the newest installment of the most popular video game franchise is designed to bring yet another type of family entertainment into living rooms and engage groups of friends in fast-paced Super Mario Bros. fun.

  • New Super Mario Bros. Wii offers a combination of cooperation and competition. Players can pick each other up to save them from danger or toss them into it.
  • Mario, Luigi and two Toads are all playable characters, while many others from the Mushroom Kingdom make appearances throughout the game. Players can even ride different Yoshi characters and use their tongues to swallow enemies – or their fellow players.
  • In some areas, players use the motion abilities of the Wii Remote controller. The first player to reach a seesaw might make it tilt to help his or her character reach a higher platform – and then tilt it incorrectly just to mess with other players.
  • New items include the propeller suit, which will shoot players high into the sky with just a shake of the Wii Remote and Mario’s new ability to transform into Penguin Mario.
  • At the end of each stage during the simultaneous multiplayer mode, players are ranked based on their score, the coins collected and the number of enemies defeated.

Metroid: Other M

For decades, Samus Aran has been known as one of the first female protagonists in video games, and one of the most enigmatic. Having traded her haunted past for the solitary life of a bounty hunter, Samus finally tells her own tale in this revealing, personal story of her failings, her flaws and ultimately her motivation. Metroid: Other M is an unprecedented collaboration that blends the slick, action-packed production of the world-renowned Team Ninja development team with the game design talents of the creators of the original Metroid. Metroid: Other M is a dramatic new direction for a legendary franchise and a bold new blend between cinematics, storytelling and the best in interactive entertainment.

  • Metroid: Other M takes the best elements of 1st-person and 3rd-person gaming to create a seamless blend between gameplay, story-telling and dynamic cinematography, that feels like a movie the player can control.Players hold the Wii Remote controller sideways while navigating and battling in 3rd-person. However, at any moment, players can switch immediately to Wii Remote pointer controls to examine and explore the environments in 1st-person perspective.
  • Metroid fans know more about Samus’ suits and weapons than they do about what drives her. That’s about to change. The story begins immediately following the events of Super Metroid, when a baby Metroid gave its life to protect Samus. With voice acting and a rich story, players learn the engaging backstory of Samus as she weaves through an action-packed adventure aboard the Bottle Ship, a decommissioned space facility. As she hurtles into this new adventure, Samus will encounter her first mentor and Commanding Officer of the Galactic Federation, Adam Malkovich.
  • The development of Metroid: Other M is an exciting collaboration between Nintendo’s Yoshio Sakamoto and Team Ninja. Sakamoto was the director of Super Metroid in 1994. Team Ninja is the renowned action developer of Ninja Gaiden. Metroid: Other M pairs Sakamoto’s expert level design and exploratory focus of the classic Metroid series with Team Ninja’s signature stylish, no-holds-barred action.

Kirby’s Epic Yarn

Kirby’s first console platform game since the Nintendo 64 days introduces an amazing new look based on animated yarn and a world of cloth and textiles. The creative approach is woven directly into the game play and allows the ever-morphing Kirby to take on a variety of new forms. It’s a one-of-a-kind platformer that lets players explore high and low for hidden objects and fun adventure.

  • The look of the world is stunning, but it’s also interactive. Pulling on stray threads might reveal hidden areas. When Kirby literally goes behind the scenes, the virtual fabric warps and bends to show his location.
  • Thanks to his versatile yarn composition, Kirby can take on a variety of forms both in his common actions and when he transforms into powerful vehicles. When Kirby dashes, he zips around as a car. In water, he turns into a submarine. At times he can even transform into a massive robotic tank, a UFO and other vehicles.
  • Two players can play through the entire game together*.
  • Gems and collectible items are scattered throughout the environments for players to find.

Donkey Kong Country Returns

We don’t know anything about evolution, but we do know we’ve watched Donkey Kong evolve from a two-dimensional, 8-bit jumble of squares to a three-dimensional powerhouse. Whether you remember him from the old days or you’re just discovering him, you can’t help but love the big galoot. Donkey Kong Country Returns gives you the best of both jungles because it combines the side-scrolling fun of the original NES version with three-dimensional graphics and Wii motion control. An evil group of mind-controlling Tikis have forced the animals on Donkey Kong Island to steal Donkey Kong’s Banana Hoard, and you’ll need to help him get his bananas back.

  • Feel the power of Donkey Kong by shaking the Wii Remote and Nunchuk to perform Ground Pounds, Barrel Rolls. These moves can be used to destroy blocks, defeat enemies and reveal hidden areas. Donkey Kong also has the new ability to climb walls and ceilings.
  • Diddy Kong has a few new tricks of his own. He can use his Barrel Jet to hover high above the ground or defy gravity and fly across small chasms. He can also help Donkey Kong with this ability by hopping on to Donkey Kong’s back. In two player mode, a quick shake of the Wii Remote will give him the ability to fire his Peanut Popgun to assist Donkey Kong.
  • The levels in Donkey Kong Country Returns are beautifully rendered and creatively designed with lots of hidden items to discover. Try to collect all of K-O-N-G Letters and hidden Puzzle Pieces in each level to unlock something special.
  • In cooperative mode, players of different skill levels can play through the game together.

Monster Hunter Tri

Released in Japan on August 1st to critical acclaim and an initial shipment of over one million units, Monster Hunter Tri is coming to the West in early 2010. For the first time Western Wii owners will be able to join the hunt as one of Capcom’s leading franchises makes its debut on the system. One of the most strikingly beautiful titles ever developed for Nintendo’s Wii, Monster Hunter Tri depicts a living, breathing ecosystem where man co-exists with the fantastic beasts that roam both the dry land and the brand new sub-aqua environment – a first for the series. Living the life of a hunter need never be a solitary experience with the option of split-screen mode where two players can hunt co-operatively or form a team of up to four hunters via the game’s custom online Wi-Fi mode. Even solo players do not have to face Monster Hunter Tri’s challenging quests alone as they will be ably accompanied by Cha-Cha, an AI hunting partner whose skills will prove invaluable. Complementing the new creatures and quests that Monster Hunter Tri introduces to the series, hunters will also have the benefit of new weapons, armour sets and items, including an all new weapon class the SlashAxe and a Torch that not only illuminates the darkest cave but will fend off certain creatures to assist them as they embark on the most epic Monster Hunter adventure to date.

  • Graphics: Breathtaking graphics reveal one of the most beautiful games ever developed for Wii
  • Environments: Introduction of gorgeous new environments, including underwater and volcano present new gameplay mechanics and the ability to fight the fantastic beasts above and below the water.
  • Updated Ecosystem: A fully developed world finds man and monsters existing side by side in a living and breathing ecosystem where monsters not only interact with the hunter, but with each other as well.
  • Controls: Choose between three different control configurations using either Wii Remote and Nunchuck or Wii Classic controller to determine which best suits your style of play.
  • Online: Capcom’s proprietary online wi-fi mode allows up to four players to connect online with ease.
  • Enhanced Single Player Mode: Monster Hunter Tri’s introduction of an enhanced single player mode which eases players into the world of Monster Hunter delivering a series of quests that introduce game mechanics slowly.
  • Accessibility: Updated user interface makes it easy for players to select the right tool for the job via visual cues which aide in managing items for mining, gathering, carving, and more.

Mario Kart

Your favorite go-kart racing circuit is finally coming to the Wii. Just snap your Wii remote into the included steering wheel, and you’re ready to enjoy classic Mario racing circuits, as well as plenty of new ones, with your old friends Mario, Luigi, Princess Peach, Wario, Yoshi, Donkey Kong, Toad, Bowser and more. Pick up coins and Koopa shells along the way to increase your speed or blow your opponents off of the track.

Mario Kart Wii will include 16 new courses and 16 classic courses from previous Mario Kart games. For the first time ever, players have the option of racing with either karts or motorbikes. Players can also hit the road as their personalized Mii caricatures in addition to the handful of classic Nintendo characters found in the game. True to the series, the game features tons of racing, plenty of power-ups and oodles of objects for players to use to slow down other drivers. And 10 battle arenas will keep players busy between trips around the circuit.

The easy-to-use Wii Wheel will also be sold as a separate accessory, giving every driver in the household a chance to get behind his or her own wheel. And if veteran Mario Kart fans are afraid of getting smoked by rookie drivers using the Wii Wheel, they can rest assured that Nintendo has them covered. Mario Kart Wii supports four different control options: Wii Remote with or without the Wii Wheel, Wii Remote and Nunchuk controller combo, Classic Controller and even the Nintendo GameCube controller. So there’s bound to be a configuration that fits everyone’s style.

Mario Kart Wii launches with a new channel added to the Wii Menu to enhance game play: The Mario Kart Wii Channel. This new channel builds on the huge online community of Wii owners and lets players compete in tournaments, check worldwide rankings, see when their friends are playing and download ghost data.

Super Mario Galaxy 2

Mario Blasts Off for another Out-of-This-World Adventure In 2007, Super Mario Galaxy took the world of video games by storm. Now this first true Mario sequel in years re-energizes the franchise with new levels and new power-ups. Plus this time Mario gets to team up with his dinosaur buddy Yoshi, who adds new possibilities to the gravity-defying game play. It’s everything you love about the first game and more.

  • Mario collects stars as he travels from galaxy to galaxy. Every level is new, but the game retains the charm, sense of wonder and beauty in line with Mario’s history. Mario works his way through the various levels, sometimes upside-down, sometimes floating from place to place.
  • On some stages, Mario can find an egg, smash it open and hop onto the back of Yoshi. Yoshi can use his tongue to grab items and shoot them back at enemies, or to snag attach points and swing across chasms.
  • Yoshi has an interesting diet. When he eats a Dash Pepper, he gets so hot and frenzied he can run up steep inclines and vertical walls. When he eats a Blimp Fruit, he inflates like a balloon and floats to new heights.
  • New power-ups include a drill that Mario uses to tunnel through the planet’s surface all the way to the other side of a planet.
  • Skilled players will want to collect new Comet Metals, which will unlock harder levels with even more challenges.

Super Mario Allstars

The games included in the Super Mario All-Stars collection are Super Mario Bros., Super Mario Bros.: The Lost Levels, Super Mario Bros. 2 and Super Mario Bros. 3. Each game features the enhanced graphics and updated sound from the Super NES Super Mario All-Stars collection, and all four can be played on the Wii system using one of several controllers: the Wii Remote controller, Classic Controller, Classic Controller Pro or the Nintendo GameCube controller. Also included is a Super Mario History soundtrack CD, a compilation of memorable music from the Mario franchise. Containing classic theme songs and fun sound effects from the original Super Mario Bros. game all the way up to this year’s acclaimed Super Mario Galaxy 2 game, this special disc also marks the first official release of the “Super Mario Bros. Ground Theme,” widely recognized as one of the most famous pieces of video game music in history. Rounding out the Super Mario All-Stars collection is a 32-page Super Mario History booklet featuring interviews, behind-the-scenes details and rare concept art. Fans from every generation can enjoy firsthand insights into the beginnings of Mario, illustrated with candid photos and never-before-seen design sketches. Together with the game software and soundtrack, it’s the ultimate tribute to a unique game series.

Epic Mickey

Disney Epic Mickey is an action-adventure platforming game for the Wii console that sends Mickey Mouse on an epic journey of creativity and discovery. As Mickey, the player is propelled into Wasteland, an alternate world made up of Disney’s forgotten creative efforts, and is given the power to wield paint and paint thinner to dynamically change the world while determining Mickey’s path to becoming an epic hero.   Through the use of this unique paint and paint thinner, the key components of animation and Mickey’s tools for impacting his world, players will have the ability to shape how the story unfolds as they discover the concept of “Playstyle Matters” – an innovative style of gameplay created by Disney Interactive Studios’ Junction Point, led by industry luminary Warren Spector, where players creatively tackle different challenges in the world to explore all the possibilities and storylines – but with consequences for their chosen actions.

  • Use paint and paint thinner to change the world, interact with friends and enemies and solve challenges
  • Choose the best path to become an epic hero because “Playstyle Matters” and choices will change the outcome of the game
  • Explore and solve challenges in an alternate Disney world ruled by Oswald the Lucky Rabbit, Walt Disney’s first cartoon star
  • Travel between lands in Wasteland through classic platforming levels inspired by animated films and shorts
  • Experience an innovative mix of platforming, action-adventure and light role playing game elements
  • Collect over 75 virtual Disney pins in the game by completing specific challenges, quests and discovering hidden collectibles

Sonic Colors

The diabolical Dr. Eggman has hatched another plan for world domination! He has built an amazing interstellar amusement park, floating in space around Sonic’s home planet, bursting with incredible rides and attractions. However, all is not as it seems as Dr. Eggman has abducted an alien race called Wisps and is harnessing their colorful energy to fuel a sinister plot. However, before Dr. Eggman completes his evil plans, Sonic discovers his mysterious theme park in space. When he arrives, Sonic finds he is also able to use these alien powers and is ready to help! Sonic will need all his speed and skill as he faces this test, but, empowered by the alien energy, it’s a test he’ll pass with flying colors!

  • Non-stop high-speed action
  • Collect and engage the new power-ups derived from the colored energy of the Wisps!
  • Unique Color Power for Wii and Nintendo DS
  • Perfect blend of 3D & classic 2D perspectives on Wii, and solid 2D dual-screen gameplay on Nintendo DS!

Just Dance 2

Just Dance has got America dancing! The #1 Best Selling Music/Rhythm Game on the Nintendo Wii system is back to keep the party going with an all-star tracklist, the hottest dance moves of today, and a brand new beat for everyone to enjoy. So crank up the volume because it’s time to Just Dance 2!

  • Chart-Topping Singles: Over 45 new tracks from classic hits and legendary songs to today’s chart-toppers!
    • To name just a few: I Got you by James Brown, YMCA by The Village People, When I Grow Up by Pussycat Dolls, and Tik Tok by Ke$ha.
  • Real Moves: Like its predecessor, Just Dance 2 features iconic dance moves choreographed by real experts in every style of music, rock, pop, hip hop, R&B, and world!
  • All New Game Modes: All new modes deliver hours of multi-player fun!
    • Dance Off: Create your own dance crew and compete against others in a true dance off!
    • Party Mode: The party never stops in this mode as the music plays continuously
  • Just Sweat it Off: Just Dance 2 is a workout in disguise, keeping you energized and motivated as you dance the calories away! You can also keep an eye on your fitness with the Just Dance Sweat Meter and a calorie burn counter!

Michael Jackson’s The Experience

Get ready to rock your body to decades of iconic tracks by the King of Pop! This unique interactive experience will have you hitting all the moves as if you’ve danced right into Michael’s shoes! No artist in history has commanded the stage like Michael Jackson, the undisputed King of Pop. With over 800 million albums sold worldwide and 13 #1 singles in the U.S, there is no doubt that Michael Jackson’s music influenced pop culture as we know it today. Both his music and his moves were often emulated, but no one could really hold their own with the King of Pop…until now. With Michael Jackson The Experience, anyone can dance like Michael to legendary hits such as Beat It and Billie Jean while mastering the moves he made famous in iconic environments inspired by his most popular music videos and stage performances. Up to four can play with Wii Remotes, but at this party everyone can join the dance crew and groove with the King of Pop!

  • Party to his music, sing along with his unforgettable songs, and of course, master Michael’s legendary moves in his chart-topping original tracks, including Beat it and Billie Jean!
  • Got rhythm? Practice Michael’s moves in Video Training mode, then show off your skills and be the life of the party.
  • Up to four players can jump in and out of the spotlight in a variety of fun multiplayer modes. Battle one-on-one (or two-on-two) in Challenge mode, form your own dance crew, or be the star with your friends as your very own back-up dancers.
  • Select to display the lyrics on-screen, then sing along with all of Michael’s iconic tracks! 5. Expect all the fun, laughter and dancing spirit that has won over dancers of all kinds and ages with Just Dance!

Nintendo DS

The Hardware:

Nintendo DSi ($149.99)

**ALSO AVAILABLE IN PINK, BLUE, WHITE**

Nintendo is transforming the way people access, experience, create and share content with the new Nintendo DSi system, the third iteration of the world’s best-selling portable video game system.

Some features that will be built into the system and ready to enjoy upon purchase include the Nintendo DSi Camera, Nintendo DSi Sound and Nintendo DSi Shop. The most noticeable feature of the slim Nintendo DSi system is its two cameras – one camera is on the external body, and the second one points at the user when the device is flipped open. As the first truly interactive digital camera in a video game system with 10 different interactive “lenses” that can manipulate your photos, the Nintendo DSi Camera offers an easy way to take and share your photos with family and friends. The cameras also present people with unprecedented ways to interact with their games while giving developers a new tool to devise creative games and experiences. If the touch screen gave Nintendo DS a sense of feel and the microphone allowed it to hear, the two cameras give Nintendo DSi the sense of sight.Another enhanced feature is the Nintendo DSi Sound application, which serves as both an interactive voice recorder and music player that allows users to play with their music while they listen to it. Users can access different audio filters or control the pitch and speed of recorded voice or music files to alter voices or change the tempo of a song. The mic is located between the two screens when the device is flipped open, and there is also a stereo headphone output that lets users listen to music saved on an SD card, even with the screen shut.

In the world of software, Nintendo DSi will be the platform for the most relevant and fun on-the-go games and applications. The Nintendo DSiWare application will populate Nintendo DSi with software that can be downloaded using Nintendo DSi Points directly to the portable system, just as WiiWare has with Nintendo’s Wii console. Developers big and small are invited to create software that makes use of the properties and functions of the hardware. Nintendo DSiWare games and applications will be available at a range of values, starting at 200 points.

In addition to downloadable games, Nintendo DSi is able to play games made specifically for the system and sold at retail. The system can also play most Nintendo DS games, and will have access to a library of more than 850 titles originally made for that system.

NINTENDO DSI XL ($169.99)

** ALSO AVAILABLE IN MIDNIGHT BLUE & BRONZE**

**SPECIAL EDITION MARIO KART RED BUNDLE AVAILABLE FOR LIMITED TIME** ($179.99)

Nintendo is transforming the way people access, experience, create and share content with the new Nintendo DSi system, the third iteration of the world’s best-selling portable video game system.

DSi Features:

  • Snap photos with two cameras, and tweak them with ten interactive lenses
  • Record and play with your own sounds and music
  • Connects directly to existing wireless Internet connections. (Wireless broadband internet access required for online features.
  • Play existing Nintendo DS titles

DSi XL Features:

  • 93% larger screens
  • 3 pre-installed titles: Brain Age Express: Math, Brain Age Express: Arts & Letters & Photo Clock
  • Built in Internet browser
  • Full size, easy-to-hold stylus
  • Plus, all the functions of the original Nintendo DSi system
The Accessories:

DS Universal Hard case (DSi, DS, XL) ($14.99)
  • Hard shell case designed to carry any Nintendo handheld system and small enough to fit into any lifestyle bag.
  • Stores 6 games, 1 replacement stylus, and 1 touch stylus (not included).
DS Clean and Protect Packs (XL, DSi & Lite) ($9.99)
Each pack will contain 2 Screen protectors (Top Screen and Bottom Screen), 2 additional stylus, and cleaning cloth
The Games:

Sonic Colors

The diabolical Dr. Eggman has hatched another plan for world domination! He has built an amazing interstellar amusement park, floating in space around Sonic’s home planet, bursting with incredible rides and attractions. However, all is not as it seems as Dr. Eggman has abducted an alien race called Wisps and is harnessing their colorful energy to fuel a sinister plot. However, before Dr. Eggman completes his evil plans, Sonic discovers his mysterious theme park in space. When he arrives, Sonic finds he is also able to use these alien powers and is ready to help! Sonic will need all his speed and skill as he faces this test, but, empowered by the alien energy, it’s a test he’ll pass with flying colors!

New Super Mario Bros.

It’s been more than 20 years since Super Mario Bros. first arrived, and now Mario and Luigi are back in an all-new platformer for Nintendo DS. Boasting incredible 3D graphics to accompany classic 2D gameplay, this fast-paced adventure will have Mario fans cheering. New Super Mario Bros. features eight all-new worlds, each filled with extra levels, hidden paths, and secrets galore. It’s possible to complete the game without visiting every world, which means you’ll have to track down many alternate exits to visit every nook and cranny in the game.

  • Run, jump, and stomp your way through raging volcanoes, tropical islands, snowcapped peaks, and unimaginable challenges!
  • Grab a Mega Mushroom and grow to incredible proportions, or smash through your foes in a blue Koopa shell!
  • There are two multiplayer modes in New Super Mario Bros. — Mario vs. Luigi and Minigames. In Mario vs. Luigi mode, it’s brother vs. brother in a race for Stars. The goal of the game is to collect the Stars that appear throughout the stage at timed intervals. If your brother gets a Star first, don’t worry. Any time you damage your bro, he’ll drop one of his Stars and you can claim it for yourself. This mode is available for two players, and you only need one game card to play.
  • New Power Ups! You’ll find classic power-ups like the Super Mushroom and the Fire Flower in the game, and there are some all-new power-ups that let Mario explore the Mushroom Kingdom like never before.
  • New Moves! New Super Mario Bros. expands Mario’s arsenal of moves to include some very powerful advanced techniques. If you want to uncover every secret in the game, you’ll have to master them all.
  • The Minigames mode offers a wide variety of simple touch-screen activities. You can challenge them solo, or use them as the basis of a minigame tournament for up to four players. The minigames may be simple, but they’re surprisingly fun when you’re putting your skills to the test against your friends.
Professor Layton and the Unwound Future

Professor Layton Confronts the Puzzling Mysteries of Time Travel Professor Layton and his apprentice, Luke, receive a confounding letter – from Luke 10 years in the future. But the message inside is even more troubling: London of the future is in disarray, and the only person who can help set things right is Professor Layton.

  • More than 165 new puzzles weave seamlessly into the storyline. Players will be challenged with fun, brain-teasing logic puzzles and riddles, and even new types of puzzles.
  • This game features significantly more hand-drawn animated sequences and voice acting than the previous installment of the series.
  • Players who are still stumped with a puzzle after three subtle hints can select the new “superhint” option to point them toward a solution.
  • As with previous incarnations of the franchise, weekly downloadable puzzles* will be available after launch for a limited time.
Super Scribblenauts

In Super Scibblenauts, the follow up to the critically acclaimed Scribblenauts players now have the ability to write any object that comes to mind and modify it in any way they desire using adjectives to reach the specified goal in each level. Adjectives can change the color, size, elements, behaviors, and many other aspects of the object they are describing. Multiple adjectives can be combined together to produce incredibly creative objects, allowing the player’s imagination to run wild for a truly unique and individualistic experience.

  • Brand New Levels: Experience 120 brand new, in-depth levels that include task such as finding a cure for the plague, populating an office or identifying animals with shells.
  • All-New Adjectives System: Create a shy green polar bear or an angry zombie pear! 10,000+ adjectives reflect real life behaviors, personalities and characteristics when applied to objects.
  • Multi Layered Hints: Just can’t figure that puzzle out? Purchase more explicit hints at a decreasing Ollar cost over time.
  • Universal Feedback System: Visualize progress throughout each level! Relevant objects summoned get a thumb up, while irrelevant objects get a thumb down.
  • Updated Dictionary: Summon more than 800 all-new, customizable objects to solve puzzles and earn Starites.
  • New Control Schemes: Control Maxwell with the D-pad or with updated and more precise new Stylus controls! Weight, buoyancy, friction have all been reworked to make objects interact better to the player’s input and reflect any adjective that is applied to an object.
  • New Level Editor: Create both puzzle and action levels to build your very own custom playground. The unique new template system allows players to create all kinds of objectives for their levels with ease.
  • Innovative UI: An exciting new UI gives players more control over gameplay, with more detail on how to navigate through new levels in the game.
Sony PSP
The Hardware:
PSP Core Pack ($169.99)

The all-new PSP – with vibrant widescreen LCD screen and built-in microphone! Play thrilling games, movies, music, connect to the Internet, and more. With the best portable games, and a dazzling LCD screen, everywhere just got better!

Pack includes:

  • PSP-3000 system (Piano Black)
  • AC power cord
  • AC adaptor
  • Battery pack

Features:

  • Lighter, slimmer, black PSP
  • All-new vibrant widescreen LCD screen
  • Built-in microphone
  • Play on any TV using video out (cables sold separately)
  • Play games, movies, music and more
  • Everywhere just got better
**Also Available in a God of War: Ghost of Sparta Bundle for $199.99*

PSP-3000 System Play thrilling games, movies, music, connect to the Internet, talk to friends around the world with Skype with the built-in microphone and more. Step your game up.

God of War® Ghost of Sparta UMD® GameDiscover the origins of Kratos In his quest to rid himself of the nightmares that haunt him, Kratos must embark on a journey that will reveal the origins of lost worlds. Armed with the deadly chained Blades of Athena, he will have to overcome armies of mythological monsters, legions of undead soldiers, and amazingly dangerous and brutal landscapes throughout his merciless quest.

Features:

  • Lighter, slimmer, black PSP
  • All-new vibrant widescreen LCD screen
  • Built-in microphone
  • Play on any TV using video out (cables sold separately)
  • Play games, movies, music and more
  • Everywhere just got better
PSP Go ($199.99)
**Also Available in Silver**

Introducing the smallest and mightiest PSP system yet. Download the best digital games and movies directly to the 16GB built-in memory. Use built-in Bluetooth support to connect a wireless headset and utilize Skype to talk with friends. But best of all, show off content via the ultra-crisp 3.8 inch LCD screen. Go versatile, Go digital, Go anywhere.

Features:

  • 16GB built-in memory
  • Bluetooth support
  • Ultra-portable entertainment
  • All digital content – no disks required
  • Download games and movies directly from the PlayStation Network
  • Ultra-crisp 3.8″ LCD screen
  • Built-in microphone for Skype communication
  • Memory Stick Micro support for added memory
  • Access the PlayStation Network for free via Wi-Fi
  • Available in Piano Black and Pearl White

Contents:

  • PSP®go System
  • USB Cable
  • AC Adaptor

PlaysationNetwork Access:

  • Download the best portable games directly from the PlayStation®Network
  • Preview upcoming games with free playable demos
  • Rent or own hit movies and your favorite TV shows
  • Discover game add-on content to keep the action going
  • Access a wide range of digital services to support your PSP®go system
  • Sign up to PlayStation®Network for free
The Accessories:
PSP Road Gear Kit ($19.99)

Never leave home without your PSP again!

PSP on the Go Kit comes with:

  • System case
  • 2 Game/UMD cases
  • Head-phones
  • Car charger
  • Screen Protectors
  • The Games:
    Little Big Planet

    LittleBigPlanet’s critically acclaimed “PLAY, CREATE, SHARE” experience, makes its way to the PSP system with a completely new Sackboy adventure. PLAY through 35+ levels and collect prize bubbles, costumes, and “CREATE” materials. CREATE your own levels and challenges with the easy to use POP-IT tool. Once complete, SHARE your creations in ad-hoc mode or post them to the community pool in infrastructure mode. And… if you own both PSP and PS3 versions, unlock bonus content with LBP CROSS-TALK.

    • Experience a completely new LBP Adventure!
    • “Play” 35+ Action Packed Platforming Levels.
    • Use the Pop-It Tool to make your own PSP creations.
    • Share your creations via both Ad-hoc and Infrastructure Mode.
    Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker

    Stories tell of a legendary solider who once waged war against the world. His name was Naked Snake, a.k.a. Big Boss, and the truth behind this legend will finally be told. The era is the 1970’s . Big Boss had stationed his “Soldiers Without Borders” in Colombia, South America, where he was approached by visitors from Costa Rica, a “nation without a military.” In the wake of the Cuban Missile Crisis, as Latin America became a key to maintaining the power balance between East and West, Costa Rica had miraculously managed to maintain its peace and neutrality. However, in various regions of the country, a mysterious armed force seemed to be engaging in suspicious activities. Now, to preserve peace in this nation without a military, the “Soldiers Without Borders” move into action. In time, they would be known as the founders of “Outer Heaven.” Forge a new path and live the legend with METAL GEAR SOLID PEACE WALKER, the first official Hideo Kojima game on the PSP system.

    • The Latest Title in the METAL GEAR SOLID Series!: A true continuation of the ever-evolving franchise that stood the test of time and started the stealth action genre, PEACE WALKER is the first title on the PSP system in which mastermind Hideo Kojima has fully taken up the reigns to direct, write, and design the game himself.
    • Extensive Content for Massive Replay Value!: Arguably one of the deepest PSP games to be released as Kojima Productions pushes the boundaries of the platform to new levels while blending various game styles together in ways that will captivate and engross both veterans and newcomers to METAL GEAR.
    • Proven Gameplay, Story, and More: Fans of the series will enjoy the exhilaration of familiar stealth elements of previous MGS titles and will also be enticed by the new gameplay features making their debut in PEACE WALKER. Those expecting a typical stealth game will be blown away by the PEACE WALKER experience. This game is a blend of action RPG elements, RTS elements for a PSP experience like none other. Staying true to METAL GEAR form, the entire game experience is woven together by a gripping story which unfolds through the artwork of Yoji Shinkawa and acclaimed comic book artist, Ashley Wood.
    • Online Multiplayer Supported: PEACE WALKER provides up to 4-player CO-OPS (COperative-OPerationS) gameplay, which is a revolutionary first for the series that introduces the all-new CO-OP Ring and “Snake Formation.” The CO-OP Ring allows gamers to interact and build their camaraderie through the sharing of items, equipment, and LIFE gauges during the heat of battle, while the “Snake Formation” lets one player take the lead so the others can focus on defense.
    God of War: Ghost of Sparta

    In his quest to rid himself of the nightmares that haunt him, Kratos must embark on a journey that will reveal the origins of lost worlds. Armed with the deadly chained Blades of Athena, he will have to overcome armies of mythological monsters, legions of undead soldiers, and amazingly dangerous and brutal landscapes throughout his merciless quest.

    • Enhanced melee combat system that allows a variety of finishing moves, air-to-air attacks and devastating grappling combos
    • Wield new deadly weapons such as the Spear and Shield and magical powers for more lethal attacks
    • Bigger and more diverse gameplay than Chains of Olympus. Larger bosses, double the enemies on-screen, more complex puzzles
    • Stunning visuals that have never been seen before on the PSP® system
    Gran Turismo

    The highly acclaimed Gran Turismo® makes its highly anticipated debut exclusively on the PSP® system, introducing the most ultra-realistic racing experience ever on a handheld. Buckle up as you prove your driving skills on 35 tracks and trade and share up to 800 stunning cars. With its unrivaled graphics, Gran Turismo continues to lead the pack on the PSP system.

    Key Features

    • Slick Visuals – Runs on a new graphics engine designed for the PSP® system that delivers stunning visuals at a crisp 60 frames per second.
    • Depth and Variety – Up to 800 licensed vehicles from international automakers by completing challenges, races, and sharing and trading with friends.
    • Hit the Road – Race on 35 licensed and fictional tracks, with 60 track layouts total.
    • Bragging Rights – Prove your driving skills against up to four friends in matches using Ad Hoc mode.
    Monster Hunter: Freedom Unite

    Japan’s most successful PSP title, Monster Hunter Portable 2nd G, is heading to the west. Renamed Monster Hunter Freedom Unite, this latest installment in the epic Monster Hunter series delivers over 500 hours of gameplay spanning some 400 missions. Using the Ad-Hoc connection players can adventure with up to three friends for a savaging multiplayer hunting party. From devising strategies to executing the attack, players will need to work together in order to hunt down the ferocious beasts and progress through the wide range of quests on offer. Players will be rewarded for their use of the deep fighting combat systems, encouraging them to seek out the more experienced hunters and team up in order to learn from their experience. Even in single player mode Hunters won’t be alone thanks to the introduction of the new AI feature, Felyne Comrades. Accompanying players on quests your furry ally will helping them battle monsters and gather extra resources. There are five new monsters to the game waiting to challenge gamers in battle. These include the Nargacuga, who inhabits the old forest and attacks at lightning speed, the Lavasioth, a lava-breathing reptile who hides in volcanic areas and the Hypnocatrice, a bird-like monster that wards off hunters with its unique ability to produce sleeping gas.

    • The biggest Monster Hunter title to date with over 500 hours of gameplay
    • Huge variety of character customisations including 1400 weapons and over 2000 armor sets
    • Players can form a team of up to 4 players through Ad-Hoc play and experience the social gaming phenomenon
    • Media Install option where players can save the game to a memory stick, allowing the game to load from the memory stick and UMD simultaneously for faster loading times
    • AI Felyne companion who will accompany players on quests and gather extra resources. With the felyne exchange’ feature players can share their companions with other players, transferring data using the PSP’s sleep mode.
    • Fans of the series can transfer their data from Monster Hunter Freedom 2

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