Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Deal Digger: Hasbro Board Games Up To 50% Off

Looking to add a new game to your Family Game Night line-up? Then check out the great deals on games at ToysRUs.com.  

For a limited time only, ToysRUs.com is offering up to 50% off a wide range of popular games for the whole family. Games included in the sale are Scrabble Junior: Dora the Explorer Edition, Monopoly Here and Now World Edition, Trivial Pursuit Disney Edition and i-List Music Party just to name a few.

You can view the entire list and buy the games now at ToysRUs.com by clicking here

Monday, March 30, 2009

This Week's New Video Games

It looks like a great week for Nintendo gamers with several notable new releases due for the Wii and DS. Don't worry Xbox and PS players, you've got a few gems coming soon, which we will tell you all about next week.

Until then, here are our picks from this week's crop;

Backyard Baseball '10 (Wii, rated Everyone)
Combining all the elements of a realistic sports title with the thrilling action of a crazy arcade game, Backyard Baseball '10, is the ultimate kids' baseball experience with new fields, detailed graphics, precise game controls, and a beefed up MLB roster.

Bejeweled 2 Jewel Case Edition (Mac, rated Everyone)
The classic game of gem-swapping is now available for MAC gamers. Bejeweled 2 features four unique ways to play. Solve handcrafted brain teasers in puzzle mode while up against the clock or kick back, relax, and enjoy endless mode. With awe-inspiring planetary backdrops, explosive new gems, and dazzling special effects.

Dance Dance Revolution: Disney Grooves (Wii, rated Everyone)
Dance Dance Revolution features classic Disney characters and 40 Disney songs that we all know and love. Dance Dance Revolution: Disney Grooves combines the mega-popular Dance Dance Revolution dancing phenomenon with content that is cool and relevant with today's youth.

Don King Boxing (DS, Wii, rated Teen)
Don King Boxing is equal parts sports simulation and true boxing drama that takes place both inside and outside the ring. The action within the squared-circle accurately mimics the sport’s tactics and hard knocks by allowing players to create angles and openings using a full arsenal of true 3D motion captured movement and punch mechanics.

Fashion Studio: Paris Collection (DS, rated Everyone)
Open your own studio in the heart of Paris, the capital of high fashion. Now you can create complete high-end fashion designs – from couture gowns to accessories – and display them in your very own boutique. Whether you are designing for the store window or the Paris runway, you’ll mix colors, textures, and motifs to meet fashion challenges, expand your design house, and make your mark in the world of fashion.

Gardening Mama (DS, rated Everyone)
Gardening Mama transforms the DS stylus into a universal gardening tool that players will use to plant, nurture and harvest flowers, fruits and vegetables. Gamers can manage their garden through the seeding, blooming and maturation phases, and then produce items from the plants they've grown (i.e. grow strawberries to make jam or raise pumpkins and then carve a jack-`o-lantern).

Friday, March 27, 2009

Say It Ain't So, Joe?!

The new face of Cobra Commander has finally been revealed and I cried a little after seeing it. Unfortunately, they weren't tears of joy.

Based on the image from the Hasbro figure, this is what Cobra Commander is going to look like in this Summer's film adaptation of the popular comic book and cartoon.

I grew up with the comics and cartoons and had high hopes for this movie. Unfortunately, every thing I've seen so far has led me to think the movie is going to be a huge disappointment for all us Joe fans. I'll continue to hope for the best but totally expect the worst.

On the bright side, everything Hasbro has shown for this movie looks amazing. The Joe's base, The Pit, is one of the coolest action figure playsets I have ever seen. I just wish the movie was going to be more true to the 80s cartoon. I guess the same could have been said back in the 80s when GI Joe went from a 12-inch doll to the 3 3/4-inch figures that I grew up with.

What are your thoughts on the new Cobra Commander?

posted by Jeff

Thursday, March 26, 2009

An Early Look at Where The Wild Things Are

Check out the first trailer for the Spike Jonze film adaptation of Maurice Sendak's Where The Wild Things Are.

It looks like this is going to be a great movie. What do you think?

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Deal Digger: $10 Off Nintendo DS Games

In celebration of the release of Pokemon Platinum, Toys "R" Us is offering several great deals on Pokemon items and Nintendo DS games and accessories. Deals include a free Pokemon Single Booster pack of cards with the purchase of other card items and 30% off Pokemon Game accessories and $10 off a Nintendo DS game when you purchase a DS game at full price.

These deals are only good now through March 28. You can get all the details on these Pokemon deals online at ToysRUs.com by clicking here.

Monday, March 23, 2009

This Week's New Video Games

Here's a look at our top picks for this week's new video games.

Escape the Museum (Wii, rated Everyone)
After an earthquake hits the National Museum of History it's up to you to search through the museum for survivors, save priceless archaeological artifacts and escape the crumbling building. Players wander through a maze of obstacles with 12 different hunt and find areas and 25 action-packed adventure scenes.

Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: Echoes of Time (Wii, DS, rated Everyone 10+)
A triumphant return from a monster-infested forest marks the completion of the 16-year-old hero's coming-of-age ceremony, however, a new adventure is waiting at home. Echoes of Time is an innovative new concept in multiplayer gaming that enables Wii and DS users to play side by side for the first time in the fantasy-based, action RPG world of the Final Fantasy.

Guitar Hero: Metallica (Wii, PS3, Xbox 360, rated Teen)
Guitar Hero: Metallica will focus on the career and songs of Metallica. With 28 Metallica songs and 21 other songs that influenced the band

Monsters vs. Aliens (All platforms, rated Everyone10+)
Based on the movie, Monsters vs Aliens captures the fun and action of the movie. You'll get to choose among your favorite monsters from the movie as you use each of their distinct skills to battle alien robots and save the world.

WWE Legends of WrestleMania (PS3, Xbox360, rated Teen)
Experience the entertaining lives of 40 larger-than-life legends with WWE Legends' grapple-based fighting system. The game captures the high-energy action and drama seen in vintage WWE matches, while a historically accurate representation of past WWE telecasts will set the stage.

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Deal Digger: Motorola Headset for Xbox 360

HandHeldItems.com is currently selling the Motorola X205 Gaming Headset for Xbox 360 for $18.99. But wait, there's more! DealNews.com is giving us a code to bring that price down to $13.99. Just add the coupon code "motoxbox360live" to your cart at checkout.

Prodcut description from HandHeldItems.com:

"Experience football gaming like never before. The perfect accessory for serious football video gamers, the Motorola Gaming Headset X205 blends enhanced capabilities such as voice command technology to re-define play time."

Check it out now by clicking here.

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Time To Play Easter Egg Hunt

From now until the end of the month, March 30th at 11:55pm to be exact, TimetoPlayMag.com is hosting an Easter Egg Hunt. 12 Easter eggs are hidden throughout the Toy Category Pages and anyone who finds all 12, will be entered into a daily drawing to win a set of 4 "Hide 'em & Find 'em Eggs" from Technosource.

To participate, sign in to your Time To Play account when you visit the site then just click on any eggs you find scattered about the site. You only have to find the eggs once to be entered in the daily drawing every day.

Start your hunt now by clicking here.

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

I Can't Wait For July 2011!

Despite the fact that the second Transformers movie, Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, won't be in theaters for another three months (June 24th to be exact), Paramount has already announced the release date for the third Transformers movie and that date is July 1, 2011. As of now, Michael Bay (director of the first and second Transformers movies) has not been signed on to have anything to do with the third film. Neither have any of the actors, robots or writers for that matter.

Stay tuned for more info as it becomes available.

Posted by Jeff

Monday, March 16, 2009

This Week's New Video Game Releases

Parents, just because a game is available for Nintendo's DS does not mean that it's appropriate for kids. Case in point, this week's Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars. As with all Grand Theft games, this one is rated Mature for for blood, gore, drug references, sexual content, strong language, and violence. Despite that list of lasciviousness, this is a fun game but it is not for kids. Make sure to check the rating of any game, regardless of what game system it is for, before buying a game for kids.

Here are our picks for this week's best new games:

Crayola Colorful Journey (Wii, rated Everyone)
Turn your TV into a virtual coloring book when you join Filup, Violet, and Spot on a journey through Crayola Land. Players will explore this colorful world through challenges and obstacles that require the Wii Remote to solve.

Totally Spies! Totally Party (PS2, Wii, rated Everyone)
In Totally Spies! Totally Party, you can help Alex, Clover, and Sam (three Beverly Hills teens by day and secret agents by night) balance their sleuthing and homework assignments. The game consists mainly of mini-games played on 10 game boards and a showroom based on the daily life of the spies.

Scrabble (DS. PSP, rated Everyone)
Take on the challenge of becoming the great word wizard that you have always wanted to be with this update of Scrabble. In addition to the single player and wireless multi-player game modes, Scrabble includes training exercises that strengthen your vocabulary, pattern recognition, and point strategies that can be applied to the baord and digital games.

Hasbro Family Game Night (Xbox360, rated Everyone)
Join your host Mr. Potato Head for fun and games in Hasbro Family Game Night, a package that allows you to play classic games that you know and love, such as Connect Four, Battleship, Yahtzee, Boggle, Sorry! and Sorry! Sliders. Or get into your favorite games in a brand new way, with new games such as Connect 4 Power Chips, Boggle Portal Cubes, Reverse Yahtzee and Battleship Barrage!

Posted by Jeff

Thursday, March 12, 2009

New Star Trek Trailer

I've had my doubts about this movie but with each new bit of footage we are shown, it keeps getting better.

Here is the latest trailer for the Summer movie.

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Deal Digger: Barbie 50th Girl Souvenir Doll

In honor of Barbie's 50th birthday this week, Mattel has created an anniversary doll that is a remake of the original 1959 doll, re-designed for 2009. The Anniversary Barbie doll wears her classic ponytail and striped swimsuit in a two-piece style, and includes a "cell phone" and sunglasses!

The anniversary doll is being sold today at participating retailers for the 1959 price of $3. Supplies are going fast and are already out of stock on ToysRUs.com but you can sign up to receive an email from Toys R Us when the doll is back in stock. For more information and to sign up for the email, visit ToysRUs.com or click here for the exact page.

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

This Week's New Video Games

This is the week gamers have been waiting for as one of the most anticipated games of the year, Resident Evil 5, arrives in stores on the 13th. RE5 is rated Mature and definitely not for kids. That doesn't mean kids and families don't also have some great new games to choose from. Check out our list of our favorite games due in stores this week.

Animal Planet: Emergency Vets (DS, rated Everyone)
From the popular Animal Planet series Emergency Vets, play as an up-and-coming veterinarian that helps the other vets at the Alameda East Hospital perform veterinary procedures on a variety of different animals.

MySims Party (Wii, rated Everyone)
Up to 4 players can test their wits, quickness and skill in 50 mini-games, each hosted by a different MySim. Each of your friends and you can select a custom team of 4 characters to play the huge variety MySims Party has to offer.

My Pet Shop (DS, rated Everyone)
From the people who brought you Cooking Mama! Raise, train, and care for pets as you manage your own pet shop. Adventure into the wilderness in search of rare and unusual pets like pandas and penguins. Play minigames with your pets, and enter them in contests and competitions. Over 40 types of animals, with over 126 color and pattern variations to collect!

Trivial Pursuit (X360, rated Everyone)
The Trivial Pursuit video game from EA builds on the original gameplay with stunning visual presentation, new categories of questions, all-new never before seen questions, and the innovative Facts & Friends game mode. The quick-playing Facts & Friends mode adds a whole new social dynamic to the game that keeps everyone involved by encouraging players to guess whether their opponents will answer their questions correctly.

Thursday, March 05, 2009

From The Play Forum, New Options for Used Video Games

Yesterday our sister blog, The Play Forum, reported on two new options for your used video games.

Toys “R” Us is currently testing a new video game buy-back service that will allow you to trade in your used games for store credit. The repurchased games will then make up the store’s used game section, allowing shoppers to buy the games at highly discounted prices (as compared to new versions). In order for games to be accepted they must be in good condition, in the original cases, with covers and game manuals. Currently this test run is only available in New York City area stores and at present, there is no additional information as to if and when this service will arrive at other stores.

For everyone outside of the Toys “R” Us test zone, DonateGames.org is a new charity initiative where you can donate your used games for a tax-deductible receipt and give the charity games to sell to other gamers. DonateGames will then use the proceeds from the sold games to help people afflicted with orphan diseases, which are often fatal diseases that individually afflict only a small percentage of the population, but taken as a whole, are devastating to many victims and their families.

Currently the charity is only accepting game donations but the “Buy Games” option should be active when enough games have been donated. Non-gamers can also make a donation via a PayPal account. For more information or to make a donation, visit DonateGames.org

Finally, there is a rumor that Best Buy might be examining a buy-back policy also. Stay tuned for more info on that and the Toys “R” Us program as it becomes available.

Tuesday, March 03, 2009

Free Colossal Pokemon Download at Toys R Us

Starting this Sunday (March 8), Toys "R" Us will offer a free download of the Colossal Pokemon, Regigigas. To catch this Pokemon, just bring your Nintendo DS with either the Pokemon Diamond or Pokemon Pearl game into a Toys "R" Us store from March 8 through March 21. You will need to have the Pokedex in your game and you can't have more than two Wonder Cards.

Monday, March 02, 2009

This Week's New Video Game Releases

Chances are pretty good that the kids have completed or are getting bored playing the games they received over the holidays. So it's a good thing that the game makers have so many great options for us in stores this week.

Here is a look at our favorite games coming out this week.

Halo Wars (Xbox 360, rated Teen)
Halo Wars is sort of a prequel to the first Halo game. You will find yourself traveling back in time to an early period in which you will take part in events leading up to the first Halo title. Unlike the other Halo games, Halo Wars is not a first-person shooter. It's a strategy based game in which you build bases, lead armies and battle foes with a bird's eye view of the action.
In stores Tuesday, March 3

Imagine: Ice Champions (DS, rated Everyone)
Take on the role of a young figure skater who dreams of becoming a world champion! Learn moves and design routines as you train for competitions all over the world. Then skate your way to the Grand Championship Finals.
In stores Tuesday, March 3

Littlest Pet Shop Spring (DS, rated Everyone)
Littlest Pet Shop Spring bounces you right into the middle of all the fun in the Littlest Pet Shop world. Add to your Littlest Pet Shop video game collection with the fourth game for the Nintendo DS! With more mini-games, accessories, and playsets, the fun keeps on growing!
In stores Tuesday, March 3

Major League Baseball 2K9 (DS, Wii, PC, PS2, PS3, Xbox 360, rated Everyone)
Major League Baseball 2K9 captures animations such as batting stances, pitching windups, and signature swings. Game play enhancements include pitching, batting, fielding, and base running are user-friendly and enjoyable for both rookies and veterans. Major League Baseball 2K9 includes new commentary and presentation features.
In stores Tuesday, March 3

SBK: Superbike World Championship (PS2, PS3, PSP, Xbox 360, rated Everyone10+)
Fast and furious races,break-neck speeds and spectacular crashes are all aspects of Superbike Racing. It takes all the riders nerve to rocket through tight corners and avoid their speeding opponents with the slightest margins of error.
In stores Tuesday, March 3

Six Flags Fun Park (Wii, rated Everyone10+)
Take a stroll through a familiar world filled with your favorite amusement park games all re-imagined and within a colossal park environment that is sure to keep gamers challenged. Along the way, players will be able to explore the expansive park, customize their characters and play against friends and family with 40 mini games.
In stores Tuesday, March 3

Sonic & The Black Knight (Wii, rated Everyone10+)
Sonic’s storybook series continues in a fast-paced, sword-filled action adventure! In Sonic and the Black Knight, Sonic is drawn into the rich, colorful world of King Arthur’s Camelot by the granddaughter of the legendary wizard Merlin who asks him to harness the power of a sacred sword.
In stores Tuesday, March 3

SpongeBob vs. The Big One: Beach Party Cook-Off (DS, rated Everyone)
In SpongeBob vs. The Big One: Beach Party Cook-Off, Mr. Krabs has signed up to compete in the cooking contest that will determine who will cater Jack Kahuna Laguna`s Big Beach Party. Players will be tasked with assisting SpongeBob, Patrick and friends in running the Krusty Krab and training Plankton's cousins in the creation of the best deep-sea dishes.
In stores Tuesday, March 3