Skylander Spyro Adventures The Giants

Skylanders Spyro Adventures was a break out hit in video games for 2011. They’re back and bigger than ever for 2012 with Giants!

Skylanders Giants builds upon the breakthrough fundamentals of the first Skylanders game—merging the physical and virtual realms with an innovative line of cross-platform toy figures that have “brains,” which players everywhere can magically bring to life in the world of Skylands. The latest game a features variety of new characters, new challenges, a thrilling new story-driven adventure, and advanced integration across console, handheld, mobile and online:

  • Going Big: Skylanders Giants introduces eight new highly collectible figures that are more than twice the size of the main skylanders cast in both physical and virtual form. Their in-game powers and abilities reflect their colossal scale.
  • Bright Lights: Helping to further the real world magic of bringing toys to life, Skylanders Giants includes a set of characters that feature spectacular new light technology integrated into the toys, allowing the figure to light up when near or on the Portal of Power™. These characters have additional in-game benefits as well. Batteries are not required.
  • Brand New Skylanders: Eight new regular sized skylanders, each with their own unique powers, abilities, and personality, join the adventure alongside the Giants.
  • Forward Compatibility: Every beloved character from Skylanders Spyro’s Adventure is 100% compatible with Skylanders Giants, leveled-up stats and customizations intact.
  • Wider Worlds: Portal Masters will see all new arenas and more gameplay options in Battle Mode for exciting head-to-head play, as well as enhanced Elemental Zones, new Hero Challenges, and other features that encourage players to collect and level up every character.

Skylanders Giants also features closer integration with Skylanders Spyro’s UniverseTM, the large online world that allows Portal Masters around the world to greatly expand their Skylanders experience.

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Lego Video Game Guide

Lego Video Games are a kids favorite, and they’ll top many children’s wish lists this Christmas, so I thought I’d put together a Lego Video Games guide. Here are some of the most popular Lego video games.

Lego Rock Band just hit the stores November 3rd, and is available for the Wii, Nintendo DS, xBox360, and Playstation 3. Kids can personalize their own LEGO Rock Den, and decorate it to suit their own rock style.
Lego Rock Band WiiMy son’s favorites are the Lego Star Wars Video Games. I think we have the Lego Star Wars Complete Saga for the Nintendo DS, and for the Wii. It’s also available for Xbox360, and the Playstation3. LEGO Star Wars: The Complete Saga lets kids and their families to play through the events of all six Star Wars movies in one videogame for the first time ever. Players solve puzzles with creative thinking through the use of teamwork and unique building situations only possible in a LEGO galaxy far far away.
Lego Star Wars Complete Saga

With Lego BatMan video games children can play as Batman, Robin or more than 12 dastardly villains, master special super hero moves, and create and drive the Batmobile, Batboat and the Batwing.

Lego Bat Man

Lego Indiana Jones video games follows Dr. Jones escapades through the jungles of South America to the mountaintops of India. Kids and their families can build, battle and brawl their way through their favorite movie scenes, from Indy’s entanglements with snakes to his dashing boulder run.

Lego Indiana Jones video game

Please feel free to share your favorite Lego Video game.

Bakugan Games

Bakugan promises to top many kids Christmas wish lists this year, so I thought I’d put together a Bakugan game gift guide. There are several Bakugan games out there your kids can play, from Bakugan board games, to all out Bakugan Battle Brawls. Here are a few of my son’s Bakugan game favorites.

Bakugan video games

He of course loves to play the Bakugan DS Games whenever he gets the chance. His latest favorite is the new Bakugan Collector’s Edition with NAGA Collector Bakugan Ball, or the classic Bakugan Battle Brawlers which is also available for the Wii, Xbox 360, and Play Station.

Bakubowl Arena

If you’re looking for a more hands on Bakugan game there are several to choose from for battles and challenge play.

The Bakugan Bakubowl is a special arena where kids can engage in battle and even hold Bakugan tournaments with their friends. The arena has bumpers you can use as part of your game strategy. Each of the bumpers holds 6 of your favorite Bakugan and 6 playing cards.

bakugan board game

Are you a board game fan? Try the Bakugan Brawl Board Game , where players get to combine the critical thinking required in chess with the battle action of Bakugan.

bakugan attack card game

Or your Bakugan fan is just starting out they can play the classic Bakugan Attack Playing Card Game. That’s how my son got started. Once they get started they can add more Bakugan Cards to their collection for even more game action.

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Disney Jonas For Nintendo DS

I have a fun Nintendo DS game for all you Jonas Brothers fans out there, Disney Jonas for Ninendo DS and DSi will be released on November 10th.

Disney Jonas

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to live the Jonas Brothers life? You can find out in this new Disney game. Check out how how everyday life collides with the pop star world in the new Jonas video game for Nintendo DS.

You can be any one of the Jonas brothers. Players help the Jonas Brothers juggle school, friends, and their fans, and still have time for family and dinner, by striking the right cords and helping the Jonas brothers overcome obstacles in their way.

You can even outfit your Jonas Brother with stylish clothes for any event from school to a television appearance, or to rock out at one of 6 rock concerts.

I’m sure the new Disney Jonas video game will be on every Jonas Brother fan’s Christmas wish list this year!

Just Out~ Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days

Kingdom Hearts fans have been waiting quite a while for this video game to premiere. The new Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days hit stores on September 29th. Since then my son has been begging me to go buy it.

Kingdom hearts 358

The new Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days coverts the Kingdom Hearts missing chapter. The latest game covers the action that takes place between Kingdom Hearts and Kingdom Hearts 2. You can finally experience the missing chapter!

Kingdom Hearts 358 2 day

In Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days, to release Kairi’s heart so she cango with them, Sora turns the Keyblade on himself. What he doesn’t realize is doing so will also release his own heart. When he does this he creates Roxas (Sora’s Nobody), who has no memory. On the journey the truth about his existence Roxas joins the Organization, and begins to unlock secrets throughout the game.

Kingdom hearts mickey

In the game players can join together with additional players in DS multi-card play over a DS Wi-Fi connection to enjoy multi-player features. This allows players to team up with up to three other players and engage in mission play that is completely different from the story driven mode of the single player game.

Check out the Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Trailer:

The game also contains a new Panel System The panels help players equip and customize their character’s levels, items, magic, weapons, abilities, armor and accessories. The panels also help players progress through the game. Since certain items, like spells, which are needed to progress for can’t be used, to their full potential, until their panels are equipped.

Play the game to find out what the connection is between Roxas, Sora, and a new mystery fourteenth member of the Organization.

Mario and Luigi Bowser’s Inside Story

One of the games at the top of my son’s Christmas list this year is Mario & Luigi Bowser’s Inside Story for the Nintendo DS, or DSi. He’s a big Mario fan, so each time a new game comes up it hits his wish list.

Mario and Luigi Bowser's Inside StoryThe game has two different story lines. In one story line players are helping Bowser stop a villian from taking over his castle. In the other story line Mario and Luigi are tiny microbes helping Bowser from the inside.

Players can switch from one story line to the other while they’re playing the game, in both they are affecting Bowser’s outcome.

I think Mario & Luigi Bowser’s Inside Story will top many Mario or DS game fan’s Christmas lists this year.