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I'll be the first to admit that I was a little skeptical of the Nintendo Wii's ability to provide me with a good workout. But over the holidays, my niece challenged me to a few of the activities on her Wii Fit Plus With Balance Board, including juggling, skateboarding, and the balance game, Perfect 10. I'm embarrassed to say that not only was I out of breath for some of them, but I also... more
When it's 20 degrees outside, we often find tons of excuses for not venturing outside to get in a work out. But with the Wii Fit Plus Bundle, we now have no excuse for sitting on the couch. It comes with tons of exercise and balance games that are surprisingly effective for targeting specific muscle groups and for getting in a good cardio workout. You can choose from 20-, 30-, and 40-minute workouts, allowing... more
Maybe the heat of summer days is more likely to keep you indoors instead of outdoors. Don't give up on your exercise, though, just bring it inside with the Nintendo Wii Fit. Yoga, aerobics, stretching, whatever you're into, this little device makes it fun to get (or stay) in shape. You can even program in your current weight and other information to get your Body Mass Index before you start to see your progress... more
We wonder what Packers fans think of Brett Favre gracing the cover of Madden NFL 09, which hits stores next week (you can preorder it now). We also wonder if EA Sports will have to change the cover if Favre signs on with another team. Either way, the 20th installment in this popular football game franchise offers a new look and feel, ever-more authentic gameplay, and, according to GameSpot, "The game now molds itself... more
If your Nintendo Wii sits right in front of your TV, you don't need Nyko's wireless sensor bar. But if you've got your big screen TV mounted on the wall, or a complicated home theater set-up, it might come in handy. The $20 sensor bar gives you full Wii remote functionality up to 25 feet away, without having to deal with a tangled rat's nest of cords. It's easy to set up (no hardware... more
Carry your Nintendo Wii, games, remotes, and accessories around in style with this Brunswick bowling style bag made just for the Wii. The zippered bottom section has room for the console and A/V cable, while the rest of the bag has pockets designed for other Wii accessories, including a mesh pocket for the sensor bar. Everything is nicely padded to keep your gear safe from bumps and bruises. Complete the look with a pair... more
If you've ever watched American Idol and thought, "I can sing so much better than that person," this game's for you. Karaoke Revolution Presents: American Idol Encore lets you grab the included mic and show the world how it's done. Sing 40 hits from the '70s to today, as the game measures your pitch, the crowd boos and cheers, and Simon, Paula, and Randy critique your performance. You can also enter head-to-head online competitions... more
Get more out of your Wii games with the Nunchuk controller. It uses the same motion-sensing technology as the Wii remote. When you plug the Nunchuk into your Wii remote, the input device duo becomes your sword and shield to combat charging assailants, your defense against a brawny linebacker, and more. And in some games you can use the Nunchuk's analog stick to move your playable character while you throw a pass or aim... more
Store and charge your Wiimotes in the Nyko charge station. It comes with 2 NiMH batteries exclusively designed for Wiimotes, each of which provides up to 25 hours of play time. Just put your Wiimotes in the charging dock and 8 hours later they're fully recharged. More Wii accessories.
Shopping for a holiday gift for someone who already has a Nintendo Wii? Check out the Wii Zapper. It's an affordable ($20) accessory for use in shooting games. Just load your Wii remote and nunchuk into the Zapper and use the trigger to rapid-fire at all targets in your way. The Zapper comes with a game called Link's Crossbow Training that lets you test your marksmanship against skeletons and goblins. More Zapper-centric Wii games... more
It's the First Annual Mater-National Race Festival, hosted by Lightning McQueen's best friend, Mater. Explore Radiator Springs, play in the all-new Monster Mode, jump into the fast lane with 6 new international racing competitors, burn rubber on new tracks, and twist and turn your way through new mini-games like Ramone's Rhythmic Rumble and Fillmore's Fuel Frenzy.
Are you ready to rock? Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock has more than 70 songs, including some of our favorites ("Sabotage" by the Beastie Boys, "My Name is Jonas" by Weezer, and "Rock N Roll All Nite" by Kiss). The game features new venues, lighting effects, character moves, and authentic instruments, and lets you face off against Slash and other guitar icons. It works with the older controller, but you might want to... more
It doesn't come out for another 13 days, but Madden NFL 08 has already won multiple Best of E3 awards (from GameSpot, IGN, and the 36 major media outlets who decide the Game Critics Awards). An all-new read and react system helps you identify on-field strengths and weaknesses, so you can react quickly, create mismatches, and exploit your opponent's weaknesses. Other features include a new front-office mode, customizable stat summaries, and new Battle for... more
In the Ratatouille video game, you can relive the movie's most thrilling and hilarious moments as you assume the role of Remy, a young rat who dreams of becoming a great French chef, despite the obvious problem of being a rat! From the underground sewers to the bustling streets of Paris, players dash, glide, and slide through 6 action-packed, visually stunning worlds filled with dangerous enemies, intense heists, and perilous missions. Players can go... more
Get ready for the MLB All-Star game next week with The Bigs, an arcade style baseball game with power-ups and special effects, fast-paced gameplay, and larger-than-life players and ballparks. Features include a career mode, where your rookie goes from his first MLB game to the World Series, as well as mini-games that help you improve your skills, like Home Run Pinball. According to Gamespot, "anyone looking for a fun, arcade-style baseball game would do... more
Need another reason to buy the Nintendo Wii? Mario Party 8 comes out today. Use the Wii remote to row through a river race, punch a statue to pieces, drag and drop toppings in a cake-decorating competition, and more activities in a carnival setting. The game features dozens of new mini-games that draw upon the Wii Remote's motion, pointing, and button control in a variety of ways. More Wii games.
Venture into the world of Jack Sparrow and make the waters safe for piracy in Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End. With dynamic swordplay, interactive surroundings, and a plot that includes characters from the movie as well as some of history's most notorious pirates, the game will let you relive all your childhood swashbuckling fantasies. Shop for Pirates of the Caribbean action figures.
Help Shrek and his friends defend the kingdom of Far, Far Away against Prince Charming and his bumbling band of fairytale friends in the Shrek the Third video game. Suitable for players ages 10 and up, the game features 20 levels from the movie and beyond, each designed with signature Shrek humor, as well as a cast of all-new villains and multiplayer mini-games. Compare prices on Shrek toys.
Grab your deck and drop into the extreme speed of downhill racing in Tony Hawk's Downhill Jam, now available for GBA, PS2, Wii, and DS. From the rocky terrain of Machu Picchu to the streets of San Francisco, you will ride down the steepest hills in the world on a variety of skateboards, all of which have different attributes that affect gameplay. If you've got the Wii, you can control turns and more with... more
OK, not all of them, but Dance Dance Revolution is. West Virginia is putting the game in all 765 of its public schools because a recent study of overweight students ages 7 to 12 found that playing the game for 30 minutes a day halted weight gain and improved aerobic capacity and arterial function. It also improved students' self-confidence and made them more willing to try new activities.