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    $149.99
    1. PlayStation 2 (new design)
    $34.88
    2. GBA Pokemon Emerald
    $69.99
    3. Leapster Multimedia Learning System:
    $24.99
    4. Star Wars Episode III: Darth Vader
    $149.99
    5. Nintendo DS
    $49.99
    6. Megaland Pop-Up Playset: Play
    $34.99
    7. Pokemon Emerald with Frontier
    $79.95
    8. Game Boy Advance SP - Cobalt
    $249.99
    9. Endless Adventures Tikes Town
    $44.95
    10. Forza Motorsport
    $149.99
    11. Bounce 'Round Deluxe Castle
    $9.99
    12. Mr. Potato Head Darth Tater
    $29.97
    13. Disney Princess Laptop
    $44.95
    14. Gran Turismo 4
    15. Sony PlayStation 2
    $79.88
    16. Game Boy Advance SP - Platinum
    $39.88
    17. XB Lego Star Wars
    $99.88
    18. Nintendo Gamecube Console - Limited
    $39.99
    19. Mini Micro Preschool Scooter
    $199.99
    20. Jump N Slide

    1. PlayStation 2 (new design)
    by Sony Computer Entertainment
    CD-ROM (29 October, 2004)
    -- our price: $149.99
    (price subject to change: see help)
    Asin: B00004SQPD
    Sales Rank: 1
    Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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    Features

    • Internal volume has been reduced by 75 percent
    • overall weight has been halved
    • thickness trimmed down to 2.8 cm (thickness of current model is 7.8 cm).
    • Size is almost as small as a hardcover book, making it easier to carry around and enjoy games and DVD videos anytime, anywhere.
    • Equipped with an integrated Ethernet port and modem port for online play.

    Reviews (156)

    5-0 out of 5 stars PS3's power puts it in the league of supercomputers
    The playstations are no longer just toys.The latest generation PS3 has processing power that puts it firmly in the league of supercomputers.
    PS3 can handle 2 teraflops of processing power(one teraflop=a trillion calculations per second).Prior to 2000,only three computers in the entire world had greater than 2 teraflops of computing power.Even upto 2003,there were only 29 supercomputers that would be faster than the PS3.Sony's PS3 is 35 times faster than its predecessor PS2.
    The new PS3 will be more than just one step forward for the gaming industry.With high performance graphics card in tow,and unbelievable polygon count,PS3 promises to deliver movie-quality
    images for majority of its games.PS3 also comes with a Blu-ray disc drive,the next generation of drives that can store upto 50 GB of information.PS3 is expected to launch in spring 2006.
    P.S.-The above info about PS3 was given here in the PS2 section since amazon does not have a link for PS3 as yet.Hope you found the info helpful.

    5-0 out of 5 stars I KNOW....
    I know HOW THE PS3 LOOKS LIKE THERE ARE 3 DIFFERENT COLORS! THE COLORS ARE SILVER,WHITE,AND BLACK. I KNOW HOW THE X-BOX 360 LOOKS LIKE AND NINTENDO REVOLUTION! ALSO THE NEW GAME BOY. GAME BOY MICRO! I KNOW HOW ALL THE NEW SYSTEMS THAT ARE COMING OUT LOOK LIKE!!!!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Good product which provides some different feeling.
    This is a good product.Why I say different feeling, because although it is another version of PS2, it is different because the loading of the games is quite faster than the old Playstation 2.So that I don't have to wait that long.Good product. ... Read more

    Subjects:  1. Video Games    2. PS2 (PSX2)    3. Sony Playstation (Play station) 2    4. Playstation2 (Play station2)    5. Console (ps2console playstation2console)    6. Controller   


    2. GBA Pokemon Emerald
    by Nintendo
    Video Game (01 May, 2005)
    -- our price: $34.88
    (price subject to change: see help)
    Asin: B0007D4MVI
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    Editorial Review

    Are you looking for a new Pokemon challenge? With a focus on continuing the story, Pokemon Emerald brings together elements and characters from Pokemon Ruby and Sapphire. Emerald is the third adventure to take place in the Hoenn region, and it features all new areas and exciting new plot twists.

    In Pokemon Emerald, your character is an aspiring Pokemon Trainer and new inhabitant of Littleroot Town. You'll enter the neighborhood amid a truckload of boxes, eager to explore your new environment. Eventually, you'll stumble upon a challenge that forces you to select from three Pokemon -- Torchic, Mudkip or Treecko. Once you decide, you can begin your quest to become the world's greatest Pokemon Trainer.

    If you've played the Ruby or Sapphire installments, you'll recognize many of the locations in Emerald. Although familiar, quite a lot has changed in Emerald. The most exciting addition is Battle Frontier. No matter how well you think you know Hoenn, you will always discover something entirely new. Plus, you may even encounter a new Gym Leader in your journeys.

    You are up against stiff competition in Emerald. Team Magma and Team Aqua once again look to disrupt the peaceful civility of Hoenn. Unlike Ruby and Sapphire, both gangs have set up camp in this adventure. That means you'll be facing double-the-evil, double-the-clever, scheming plans. To really spice things up, Emerald has added sightings of the rare Pokemon Rayquaza. The plot thickens!

    The Battle Frontier of Pokemon Emerald brings together seven battle facilities. Each area provides a unique battle experience. Special Trainers called Frontier Brains head each facility and they will test every aspect of your combat skills. Your victories will be memorialized in the form of Frontier Symbols, and you must defeat the Frontier Brain at each location several times in order to earn your awards.

    With new locations like Battle Dome, Battle Arena, Battle Factory, and Battle Pike, Pokemon Emerald will throw you awesome new twists and challenges. The new adventure in Hoenn is full of adventure and has plenty of opportunities to hone your battle skills. Just keep your composure, explore the island, and you can become the world's greatest Pokemon Trainer. ... Read more

    Features

    • For use on the GameBoy Advance or the GameBoy DS

    Reviews (16)

    4-0 out of 5 stars If you didn't get Ruby or Sapphire, this is a must-buy
    Pokemon 3.5 (Emerald Version.) An updated version of the third installment in the Game Boy Pokemon RPG series.

    Nintendo's Pokemon franchise became a massive success in its native Japan relatively quickly. Although it took the franchise a little longer to catch on in America, it finally did catch on, and when it did, it took the nation by storm. Pokemon games and products sold like crazy, despite the fact that the franchise was virtually unrecognized in America at its time of release. By 2003, the phemonenon was pretty much dead in America, but still, Nintendo went ahead and released the two latest adventures in the series, Ruby and Sapphire. Two years later, the revised Emerald version was released. Read on for my review.

    PROS:
    -THIS GAME GIVES YOU MORE OF THE SAME MONSTER CATCHING AND BATTLING ACTION THAT YOU HAVE GROWN TO LOVE IN THE FIRST AND SECOND GAMES. To put it simply, if you liked the first game, it's quite unlikely that you won't like this one.
    -THE GAME GRAPHICS ARE DRASTICALLY IMPROVED OVER THOSE OF THE PREDECESSOR TITLES. In this game, the graphics are not only improved, but the game is also optimized to make usage of the Game Boy Advance's thirty-two bit technology. It's nothing earth-shattering, but it's as good as a Game Boy Advance game like this can look! And YES, the Emerald version makes graphical improvements over Ruby and Sapphire. Nothing earth-shattering, but it's noticable.
    -IT'S NOT JUST A REHASH OF EARLIER GAMES. Although the game uses the same general formulas, the game is entirely new, and the world is much larger this time around. Even after you beat the game, there is still a ton of stuff to do, like capture all of the creatures in the game and train new monsters. The game even introduces the concept of two-on-two battles!
    -NINTENDO DESIGNED THIS GAME WITH PLAYER CONVENIENCE IN MIND. Remember how in the first games you had to go through all those menus just to use an item (like your bike or fishing pole?) Well, in this game, you can set the select button to use an item! This really comes in handy and speeds up the general flow of the game.
    -TONS OF NEW CREATURES AND ABILITIES. Many of the old Pokemon are gone, but there are tons of new ones! And some of the new ones are pretty damn cool. Needless to say, there are new legendary ones as well.
    -YOU CAN TRADE WITH POKEMON RUBY AND SAPPHIRE, AND FIRE RED AND LEAF GREEN . This is necessary to complete your Pokedex, since no one game has every creature.
    -THE GAME REUSES THE CONCEPT OF BREEDING POKEMON. If you get a male and a female Pokemon together at the Daycare center, they just might lay an egg! This concept is necessary to get many of the "baby" Pokemon in the game.
    -YOU CAN NOW GET GROUDON AND KYOGRE IN ONE GAME! BOTH of these creatures are now available in a single game, at level seventy each no less! And YES, Rayquaza is still available for catching (the cover should give that away), as are Latios and Latias.
    -BATTLE FRONTIER. This is the major addition to Emerald over the early Pokemon 3 releases, and it's a damn good addition to the game.

    CONS:
    -YOU CAN'T TRADE WITH THE OLDER GAMES (Game Boy Color and before)! This is a huge problem which is the major reason the game doesn't get a five-star rating in my book.
    -MANY OF THE PROBLEMS THE OLD GAMES HAD WERE NOT FIXED FOR THIS GAME. Examples of this include not being able to rename Pokemon you get in trades, not being able to unlearn HM moves on your own, and the general pace of the game moving too slow.
    -CONSIDERABLY MORE DIFFICULT THAN EARLIER GAMES. Chances are you're a gamer who is looking for a challenging portable RPG, but in many ways this game is TOO difficult. It seems that no matter how much you level up your monsters, it just doesn't seem to be enough in many places.
    -THE MYSTERY EVENT/EON TICKET CONCEPT IS FLAWED. Why, you ask? YOU NEED AN E-READER FOR THEM! And, to say the least, the E-Reader is a rip-off! Why didn't Nintendo find another way to incorporate these elements into the game?
    -WHY DOESN'T THIS GAME USE THE TIME OF DAY AND DAY OF THE WEEK SYSTEM THAT THE PREVIOUS GAMES USED? This was one of the best things about the previous games, and I am disappointed not to see it here.
    -WHY DO YOU HAVE TO PLAY THROUGH THE WHOLE GAME TO GET TO THE BATTLE FRONTIER!? This was a huge disappointment, since I've already essentially played through the game already in my older Ruby and Sapphire games.

    OVERALL:
    Pokemon 3 is a damn fine RPG, even if it doesn't quite top Pokemon 2. If you have a Game Boy Advance, this is an excellent game to add to your collection. A little word of advice - you can NOT get all of the Pokemon in one game, so if you get Ruby, you might want to make sure a friend owns or will buy Sapphire, or vice versa. Also, these games are compatible with the Fire Red and Leaf Green, you may want to get them too (or know someone who does.) Either way you look at it, Pokemon 3 is a damn good portable RPG. And if you're gonna get one version of it and don't already have Ruby or Sapphire, get Emerald.

    3-0 out of 5 stars Don't waste your money if you have Ruby/Sapphire
    Okay, it's fun.Can't deny that. And yes, there are a few new features.However, unfortunely it's mostly the same old Ruby/Sapphire game recycled.If this were a PC game, they would have released it as an add-on to the original for half the price, not as a whole new game.
    Save you money and wait for the next series to begin instead.

    5-0 out of 5 stars emerald
    hi bought this game last week and i finshed it today i put 4 stars because its like ruby and sapphier exept some places but over all it dezervs 5 starshint....for those who have this game and finshed it go to the safari zone and walk there u will notest that pokemons from silver and gold verion will be there exampel like milktank and todile and lots andlots of pokemon will be there (beating the elit 4 is requiered)

    sorry about my spelling iwas writing fast
    ... Read more

    Subjects:  1. Role Playing Games (Game, RPG, RPGs, CRPG, CRPGs)    2. Strategy (Strategic)    3. Video Games    4. Nintendo Game Boy Advance (Gameboy)    5. GBA    6. Action    7. Adventure   


    3. Leapster Multimedia Learning System: Silver
    by LeapFrog
    Toy (07 November, 2003)
    list price: $69.99 -- our price: $69.99
    (price subject to change: see help)
    Asin: B00009IM6O
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    Editorial Review

    Designed for children in preschool through second grade, and easily portable, the Leapster multimedia learning system offers educational games, reading exercises, art tools, and interactive videos in one electronic device. Atop an ergonomic silver body sits a 4-inch, 12-bit color backlit display protected by a blue rubber shield. Slide a Leapster cartridge into the slot, and learn letters, sounds, colors, shapes, numbers, and more, using the touch-screen stylus and multi-directional control pad. This unit comes with a bonus cartridge of six learning games; other Leapster cartridges are sold separately. Control knobs let you adjust volume and brightness; there's also a stereo headphone jack. Required are four AA batteries, not included. --Andy Boynton ... Read more

    Reviews (475)

    5-0 out of 5 stars The best toy of all time
    My parents gave this to my four-year-old for christmas with five games.She hasn't stopped playing with it yet and it's mid-May!We're going on a trip to Scotland this summer, so I bought her two more games to play on the plane.That should keep her going for the entire 8 hr. flight.She just loves it so much she plays it non stop.As for the battery life, I have only changed the batteries twice in all this time.I think it does really well for batteries.This is by far the best toy she owns because she's having fun and learning at the same time.It's like a cross between game boy advance and an educational computer game.Buy this toy.It's worth it.

    5-0 out of 5 stars BEST ITEMIN STORES TODAY
    I purchased this item for my son at Christmas, and he has played with it everyday since. My son is 9 years old and has Autism and he loves this item.

    1-0 out of 5 stars PIECE OF JUNK!!!
    I am so disappointed in Leapfrog!We purchased the pink leapster for my daughter for her birthday and it doesn't even work.I don't know how on earth this product made it past Leapfrog's quality assurance team... or should I say what quality assurance?

    Leapfrog cannot even warranty their product because they don't carry the pink ones. All they can do is send a replacement one in a different color. That didn't work with my 4 year old that wanted pink and got one for her birthday. So, we are having to pay double the shipping to return the defective product and pay the shipping for the new one.

    The most frustrating thing is that this isn't the first Leapfrog product we have had to return that was defective.We also had to return the letter magnets because they wouldn't recognize the correct letter.NOW THAT'S EDUCATIONAL.

    We won't be purchasing any more Leapfrog products because their quality assurance is sub-par. ... Read more

    Subjects:  1. Learning    2. Electronic Learning Aids (ELA)    3. Electronic    4. Math    5. Alphabet    6. Preschool   


    4. Star Wars Episode III: Darth Vader Voice Changer Helmet
    by Hasbro
    Toy (15 October, 2004)
    list price: $29.99 -- our price: $24.99
    (price subject to change: see help)
    Asin: B000231FSQ
    Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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    Editorial Review

    With just the donning of this helmet you too may command the powers of the Dark Side! Or, at least, you’ll take on the role of the most notorious scourge the Jedi have ever known: Darth Vader. Once you’ve put on this perfect replica of Vader’s trademark mask and chest plate you’ll find yourself in command of not just his tell-tale breathing and five actual movie quotes but also the ability to speak in Darth Vader’s menacing voice. The helmet itself is constructed of hard plastic and can be adjusted to comfortably fit children to young adults (though older adults may be unable to get the mask on). The attached chest plate lets you command the sound effects with just the touch of a button. This unit not only comes with full instructions but also batteries so you’re ready to go right out of the box. In no time you'll be striking fear into the hearts of do-gooders everywhere! --Chip Quinn ... Read more

    Reviews (43)

    2-0 out of 5 stars A good concept, but disappointing...
    Like most big "kids" who saw the original Star Wars in the theatre, I looked forward to this mask. I already have a non-functional plastic Vader mask, but this seemed to go several steps further.

    Just a warning for other adults who might want to buy this for nostalgia's sake: it may look big and claim to be adjustable, but it's really not sized for adults. The black top piece is too short and the masks looks too small when worn. The voice changer is truly useless...it's nothing more than a pitch changer that works on a slight delay. I doubt even James Earl Jones himself would sound good using this thing (well, okay, I take that back, but hopefully you see my point). The breathing is too fast and too short, and must be activated by you pressing a button on the control box (which, by the way, hangs too high in your chest and is not adjustable). That sort of ruins the effect if you're using this mask as part of a costume. I would have liked to see a switch that starts the breathing independantly and keeps playing it until you sto; it.

    The movie phrases are poorly edited and inconsistent in quality. This mask was a good idea, but it fell far short of its potential. I'm either going to return it or give it to my nephew.

    4-0 out of 5 stars good but not good
    It was weird and very not dureble it kept falling off my head. its still kool though.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Awesome, but not perfect.
    A friend of mine and i bougth the voice changer for his darth vader costume, and we think is really fun to use,the sounds are amazing.We are satisfied, the vision trough the eyes is very good, the are a lot of holes for breathing, it doesn't weigth that much so is easy to wear.
    But we have to be honest, there are some few flaws. First, as the toy ismade for kids, it doesn't cover the neck and back of an adult head.
    The security sistem of the top of the helmet is weak, so it has to be worn too carefully so it doesn't fall of.
    the front chest plate cannot be removed, it doesn't have a lock so you can take it of, and the strips are short. there is no way to enlarge them.
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    Subjects:  1. Action Figures    2. Movies    3. Collectible Action Figures   


    5. Nintendo DS
    by Nintendo
    Video Game (21 November, 2004)
    -- our price: $149.99
    (price subject to change: see help)
    Asin: B00064MUIA
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    Editorial Review

    In a surprising number of ways, the Nintendo DS is quite unlike any video game system that's come before. First, there's the two screens, one above and one below. The idea might seem like a gimmick -- the screens are far enough apart that you won't be able to see them as one long screen -- but the format works in a complementary way. Depending on the game, the DS serves action in one screen and details, maps, stats, or alternate views in the other. Switching your eyes between screens takes a little getting used to, but quickly becomes automatic, like checking a rear-view mirror while driving. Both screens are back-lit and a little larger than that of the Game Boy Advance SP, so they'll be easy to see in most conditions.

    Nintendo DS used with a stylus
    Players can control games using the touch-sensitive bottom screen of the DS.
    The bottom screen also functions as a PDA-style touchpad. It comes with a small stylus, as well as a stylus that attaches to your thumb. This touch screen might be both the best and worst feature of the DS. One one hand, it brings the freedom of PC-style mouse control into gaming, but using it also tends to block what's going on in that screen. For example, while playing the Metroid Prime: Hunters, you could use the left thumb pad to move, the left shoulder button to fire, and the touch screen to look and jump. As you track foes on the bottom-screen map, however, your view will be partially obscured by your own right thumb.

    The good news is that Nintendo has stressed a lot of comfort options, both in the operating system and in their games. Want to play Metroid without the touch-pad? Select a different control scheme in the game's option menu, which also includes configurations for lefties. You can even customize your DS to automatically play the inserted title or to start with the main menu, choose which screen to display your GBA games, to add a nickname for wireless play, and more.

    Nintendo DS used with a stylus
    Up to 16 players can connect wirelessly within a 100-foot radius.
    That's right, the DS is wireless-enabled. Say good-bye to that daisy-chain of network cables that was previously necessary for portable multiplayer gaming. Nintendo's proprietary wireless format has a radius rated at 30 to 100 feet depending on environmental interference with its signal. Surely, it's more than enough for friends to game from one end of the bus to the other. We experimented in a small, nearly empty parking lot and got great reception at the upper end of that rating. The DS network can handle up to 16 users, though you can expect the maximum number of players to vary from game to game.

    Also, unlike all but the earliest video game systems, the DS comes with a built-in application. It's called PictoChat, and it allows people to write and draw pictures in a chat-room format. Since it's built in to the DS operating system, you'll always be able to interact with other DS users.

    Nintendo DS used with a stylus
    The built-in program PictoChat lets you write and draw with others.
    But not all is new; Nintendo has re-invested some favorite features of older platforms into the DS. It's backward compatible to the Game Boy Advance, which means that older Game Boy and Game Boy Color games won't work in this machine but GBA games will run fine (sadly, the wireless feature doesn't extend to GBA games). Like the GBA SP, the DS is powered by a rechargeable lithium-ion battery that provides approximately 10 hours of play on a four-hour charge. Old timers might recognize the A/B/X/Y face buttons from the Super Nintendo controller, though they're not in the same positions. The standard headphone jack and wide-body comfort of the first GBA model is back, coupled this time with the SP's screen-saving clamshell design. In terms of its ability to display graphics and sound, the DS is a little better -- and a whole lot smaller -- than the Nintendo 64.

    Overall, the Nintendo DS represents a rather large leap in portable gaming. With some mystery shrouding the future abilities of its internal microphone (voice recognition) and its IEEE 802.11 wireless network, the DS may have left some surprises up its sleeve. --Porter B. Hall

    Pros:

    • Great design marries innovative new features with great features of old systems and lots of customizable options
    • Wireless up to 100 feet
    • Built-in PictoChat lets you write and draw pictures with up to 15 other DS users

    Cons:

    • Sometimes hard to see and use the touch screen at the same time
    • Wireless multiplayer feature won't work with GBA games
    • Can't connect to other wireless devices...yet
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    Reviews (570)

    5-0 out of 5 stars new vs old
    ever since the ds came out systems bine loosing money, psp then came out and now its a battle psp vs ds. in my eyes which sould be everyones nintendo has been out since the early 90s and playstation late 90s i trust oldies more they allways come bacl but do new stuff noooo.remember nintendos first hand held it stunk so does the psp. so dont get new gwt old. ps there comming out with pda on the ds not psp.

    1-0 out of 5 stars PSP vs. DS? PSP Takes It In 2 seconds. Why?
    GRAPHICS
    PSP: AMAZING GRAPHICS! WE ARE LOOKING AT A PS2 IN YOUR POCKET!
    Nintendo DS: I do not own one but some of my friends have them and I have played one, Nintendo DS, were looking at some what of a SNES in your pocket.
    VIDEO
    PSP: Plays videos at the quality, speed, and picture of a plasma screen!
    Nintendo DS: Dosn't even play them.
    MUSIC
    PSP: As good as an IPOD. The memory sticks cost less than an Ipod and have just as much storing space.
    Nintendo DS: Dosn't even play music.
    DURABILITY
    PSP: I have dropped mine 2 times, no problems, I have no dead pixels.
    Nintendo DS: Well, lets say if we go by the quality of it mabye 2-3 days of playing no more no less. :P
    DESIGN
    PSP: Sleek, sweet button and speaker placemet. 4.3 inch screen tops DS anyday.
    Nintendo DS: OOOO 2 screens! WHO CARES who wants to poke everything you see on the screen, and probably have it broken in a day or two because your jabbing it constantly!
    OVERALL
    Lets see the score ummm lets see.... 5-0 for PSP? WOW everybody says DS is better :O. Well who cares about a stupid litte plumber when they can have a decent game not about a plumber with his boyfriend Luigi! PSP gives you better selection of games better all around, so Nintendo, and kids out there your wasting your time with a dumb money grab. And as for Nintendo corp, give it up you guys suck! Sony is way better than you.Nintendo thinks they can add a little useless screen in there charge and extra 100$. I say boycott Nintendo they can't even compete! Mario and his boyfriend Luigi can go and cry with their stupid creators! I suggest go buy a PSP, and if you don't have money sell your DS its not worth owning!


    Too Bad It Dosn't Go Lower Than 1 Star! Negative 100000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000 Stars From the_truth


    PS: I would put more zero's but, theres no use wasting my fingers on a DS review

    PSS: I shouldent have even wrote this review its wasting time and finger strength, not to mention valubal website space that coul be used for more PSP praise

    Utter Dissapointment From the_truth

    1-0 out of 5 stars Superior To The PSP?!?
    I personally, do not see how anybody can possibly say that this is better than the PSP.The people who compare this to the PSP and try to make it sound better come up with very, very lame reasons such as that they want a pure gaming system.Well, movies or music would not hurt to have on a handheld, but either way, you could not buy the movies or memory cards to put music on.These people also say that they do not like sports games, what is what most of the games on the PSP are, then the game selection of PSP still bashes PSP.The PSP still has NFSU Rivals, Midnight Club 3: DUB Ediion, Wipeout Pure, Twisted Medal: Head On, Metal Gear Acid, Ridge Racer, Lummies, Tony Hawk and Grand Theft Auto (Coming This Summer) while on DS you get NFSU 2, Warioware Touched, Asphalt Urban GT, Ridge Racer, Super Mario 64 are the only games worth looking at for the DS.These Nintendo Fanboys also mention that the games for the DS are about $35 and are about $50 for the PSP.Well, you truly get a better deal with the PSP games.The PSP games hold 1.8 GIGs and are $50, meaning that you are paying less than $30 a GIG.The DS games are $35 and hold 1.1 GIGs so you are paying a a bit over $33 a GIG.This does not even go into the excellent graphic advantages or giant screen or better games of the PSP.The price of the unit is good because a DS, a portable DVD player, and an MP3 player is well over $250.The PSP also comes with a memory card that has enough memory to save all of the games you will get (it is 32 MB and the career mode of each game is about 2 MB, so it holds removable data of 16 games.)The movies are DVD quality but since the movies can not hold as much as a DVD there are no extras like deleted scenes.The movie selection coming by this summer is very good.The price of a memory stick is lower than the price of an MP3 player with equal memory.I know I said way too much about the PSP but I would get it if I were you.I have a DS and it is now collecting dust since I got PSP.So, I would not get DS and get a PSP.DS is a mediocre system while the PSP is a great system. ... Read more

    Subjects:  1. Video Games    2. Nintendo Game Boy Advance (Gameboy)    3. GBA    4. Consoles   


    6. Megaland Pop-Up Playset: Play Tents, Tunnels, and Balls
    by Playhut
    Toy
    list price: $99.99 -- our price: $49.99
    (price subject to change: see help)
    Asin: B0000206G9
    Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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    Editorial Review

    A landscape of tunnels and hiding dens can instantly beassembled in your yard or family room with this compact modular playstructure. One of the best features is the abundance of colorful balls(there are 50!). Pile them all into one cube and children canexperience the feel of a small-scale ball room like the ones incommercial play areas. When children tire of burrowing, crawling, andhiding, they can use the balls to shoot hoops into the built-in basket.The pop-up nylon play structure is easy to assemble, but be carefulwhile assembling--modules spring open quickly. The challenge is foldingit back into the carrying cases (no careless cramming--adults will haveto follow instructions carefully). Megaland works with other PlayHutstructures. The set includes one large hut with basket, one medium hut,one small block, two tunnels, two carrying bags, and 50balls. --Gail Hudson ... Read more

    Reviews (47)

    5-0 out of 5 stars A great indoor toy!
    We, like many of the other reviewers, had a blow-up ball pit that our 20 month old twin boys loved, but it developed a hole. We were going to buy another one until we saw this, and we are glad we bought this fun and durable tent

    Our playroom is a small spare bedroom, and its fairly large (couch, easle, table, closet, TOYS, toy box ect.) and this is a great toy for in there. It folds extremely easily and we store it under the couch. We are so greatful for that feature so that this toy doesnt have to take over our play area

    It is also very very fun. We keep up the excitement by trying new ways to connect it and our boys have a BLAST. Its fairly simple to connect, you just use the velcro. You can also use one piece separatly, like only a tunnel or only one of the tents. The tents are very "fun" colors, but they are nylon so theres a sort of filtration system, its not too stuffy. The material is also VERY durable, it holds up well against the constant abuse of two BOY toddlers...

    The tent is a very nice ball pit. Although like many other reviewers, I bought TWO additional 100 pack of balls as 50 isnt enough (one of the packages isnt even opened yet!) And when it comes time for clean up, we store the balls in a little plastic zip-up bag that our king sized comforter fits in. The balls do not come out of the tent, it is a little higher so they wont roll out. The balls are also like very soft, they are hollow plastic (like the balls at the McDonalds of BurgerKing play places) so they dont hurt if you get hit with one.

    The other activities, like the basket ball hoop and throwing game, are very fun for my boys, although I think they will apreciate it more as they grow older. They really enjoy sitting in it and crawling through the tunnels. Like many children they like having a "clubhouse", a place where they wont be bothered by parents. I have even found them naping in there on occasions!

    It can keep any aged child busy for hours, we have had the younges 20 month olds, and the oldest 8 year olds in here! Everyone finds SOMETHING about the house that they like. I find myself constantly taking out this toy for my boys to play with, but thats NOT a complaint, its so easy to do that I dont consider it a hassel at all

    I would recomend you buying this instead of a ball pit, or even instead of a playhouse if you wanted it for indoor use. This tent is great outdoors too (on the grass). I would recomend it to anyone seeing how much my twins love it.

    5-0 out of 5 stars A great little tent
    We have a very large basement that serves as a playroom for my 3 year old B/G twins, and my 8 month old B/B twins, and as an office for my husband. We have MANY things down there, a doll care center, toy strollers, cheap trikes/ride-ons (the ones that arent good for outside) a log cabin playhouse, tables a t.v, a LARGE closet and a wall unit. WEll this tent is GREAT. It has alot of activities (and we bought the 100 pack of balls, and an extra one too!). My kids love to hide in it and crawl through it. We love it because unlike the log cabin, this can be easily stored away in the walk in closet. My kids like to read in it and I think it serves a much different purpose than the house, this is more of a hiding feature, and tents and my kids love to pretend that they are in teh jungle and that the log canin is there home but they have to get through this set first. Its very cute and I would tell anyparent to buy one simply because kids love it, and its easy to store. Even if you dont have a large playroom, you can open this up in your living room, and take it down when they are done playing, its really easy! Thats what we do all the time! I also like that you can purchase cheep extentions to make a MONSTER tent (when the basement is cleared and we have children company, thats a big crowd pleaser!) even my eight month olds love it! BUY IT, ITS GREAT

    5-0 out of 5 stars DELIGHTFUL FUN!
    I am SO glad we decided to splurge on this ball tent set!We could not get our toddler to crawl through a long tunnel we already had; so I was not sure this would be a good buy, but we took that chance.He LOVES it and plays in it every day.He runs in to get to the balls.I have even climbed in there with him, but there's not much room to move for an adult!It takes up a lot of space, but I like that we can just set up the basketball/ball tent or any tent on its own when space is limited. The basketball hoop is a VERY fun addition.I love tossing the balls in there easily to show my little one how. What a great buy! ... Read more

    Subjects:  1. Activity    2. Outdoor Play    3. Tunnels    4. Playtents    5. Camping   


    7. Pokemon Emerald with Frontier Battle Tin
    by Nintendo
    Video Game (01 May, 2005)
    -- our price: $34.99
    (price subject to change: see help)
    Asin: B00085EVZC
    Sales Rank: 26
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    Reviews (16)

    4-0 out of 5 stars If you didn't get Ruby or Sapphire, this is a must-buy
    Pokemon 3.5 (Emerald Version.) An updated version of the third installment in the Game Boy Pokemon RPG series.

    Nintendo's Pokemon franchise became a massive success in its native Japan relatively quickly. Although it took the franchise a little longer to catch on in America, it finally did catch on, and when it did, it took the nation by storm. Pokemon games and products sold like crazy, despite the fact that the franchise was virtually unrecognized in America at its time of release. By 2003, the phemonenon was pretty much dead in America, but still, Nintendo went ahead and released the two latest adventures in the series, Ruby and Sapphire. Two years later, the revised Emerald version was released. Read on for my review.

    PROS:
    -THIS GAME GIVES YOU MORE OF THE SAME MONSTER CATCHING AND BATTLING ACTION THAT YOU HAVE GROWN TO LOVE IN THE FIRST AND SECOND GAMES. To put it simply, if you liked the first game, it's quite unlikely that you won't like this one.
    -THE GAME GRAPHICS ARE DRASTICALLY IMPROVED OVER THOSE OF THE PREDECESSOR TITLES. In this game, the graphics are not only improved, but the game is also optimized to make usage of the Game Boy Advance's thirty-two bit technology. It's nothing earth-shattering, but it's as good as a Game Boy Advance game like this can look! And YES, the Emerald version makes graphical improvements over Ruby and Sapphire. Nothing earth-shattering, but it's noticable.
    -IT'S NOT JUST A REHASH OF EARLIER GAMES. Although the game uses the same general formulas, the game is entirely new, and the world is much larger this time around. Even after you beat the game, there is still a ton of stuff to do, like capture all of the creatures in the game and train new monsters. The game even introduces the concept of two-on-two battles!
    -NINTENDO DESIGNED THIS GAME WITH PLAYER CONVENIENCE IN MIND. Remember how in the first games you had to go through all those menus just to use an item (like your bike or fishing pole?) Well, in this game, you can set the select button to use an item! This really comes in handy and speeds up the general flow of the game.
    -TONS OF NEW CREATURES AND ABILITIES. Many of the old Pokemon are gone, but there are tons of new ones! And some of the new ones are pretty damn cool. Needless to say, there are new legendary ones as well.
    -YOU CAN TRADE WITH POKEMON RUBY AND SAPPHIRE, AND FIRE RED AND LEAF GREEN . This is necessary to complete your Pokedex, since no one game has every creature.
    -THE GAME REUSES THE CONCEPT OF BREEDING POKEMON. If you get a male and a female Pokemon together at the Daycare center, they just might lay an egg! This concept is necessary to get many of the "baby" Pokemon in the game.
    -YOU CAN NOW GET GROUDON AND KYOGRE IN ONE GAME! BOTH of these creatures are now available in a single game, at level seventy each no less! And YES, Rayquaza is still available for catching (the cover should give that away), as are Latios and Latias.
    -BATTLE FRONTIER. This is the major addition to Emerald over the early Pokemon 3 releases, and it's a damn good addition to the game.

    CONS:
    -YOU CAN'T TRADE WITH THE OLDER GAMES (Game Boy Color and before)! This is a huge problem which is the major reason the game doesn't get a five-star rating in my book.
    -MANY OF THE PROBLEMS THE OLD GAMES HAD WERE NOT FIXED FOR THIS GAME. Examples of this include not being able to rename Pokemon you get in trades, not being able to unlearn HM moves on your own, and the general pace of the game moving too slow.
    -CONSIDERABLY MORE DIFFICULT THAN EARLIER GAMES. Chances are you're a gamer who is looking for a challenging portable RPG, but in many ways this game is TOO difficult. It seems that no matter how much you level up your monsters, it just doesn't seem to be enough in many places.
    -THE MYSTERY EVENT/EON TICKET CONCEPT IS FLAWED. Why, you ask? YOU NEED AN E-READER FOR THEM! And, to say the least, the E-Reader is a rip-off! Why didn't Nintendo find another way to incorporate these elements into the game?
    -WHY DOESN'T THIS GAME USE THE TIME OF DAY AND DAY OF THE WEEK SYSTEM THAT THE PREVIOUS GAMES USED? This was one of the best things about the previous games, and I am disappointed not to see it here.
    -WHY DO YOU HAVE TO PLAY THROUGH THE WHOLE GAME TO GET TO THE BATTLE FRONTIER!? This was a huge disappointment, since I've already essentially played through the game already in my older Ruby and Sapphire games.

    OVERALL:
    Pokemon 3 is a damn fine RPG, even if it doesn't quite top Pokemon 2. If you have a Game Boy Advance, this is an excellent game to add to your collection. A little word of advice - you can NOT get all of the Pokemon in one game, so if you get Ruby, you might want to make sure a friend owns or will buy Sapphire, or vice versa. Also, these games are compatible with the Fire Red and Leaf Green, you may want to get them too (or know someone who does.) Either way you look at it, Pokemon 3 is a damn good portable RPG. And if you're gonna get one version of it and don't already have Ruby or Sapphire, get Emerald.

    3-0 out of 5 stars Don't waste your money if you have Ruby/Sapphire
    Okay, it's fun.Can't deny that. And yes, there are a few new features.However, unfortunely it's mostly the same old Ruby/Sapphire game recycled.If this were a PC game, they would have released it as an add-on to the original for half the price, not as a whole new game.
    Save you money and wait for the next series to begin instead.

    5-0 out of 5 stars emerald
    hi bought this game last week and i finshed it today i put 4 stars because its like ruby and sapphier exept some places but over all it dezervs 5 starshint....for those who have this game and finshed it go to the safari zone and walk there u will notest that pokemons from silver and gold verion will be there exampel like milktank and todile and lots andlots of pokemon will be there (beating the elit 4 is requiered)

    sorry about my spelling iwas writing fast
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    8. Game Boy Advance SP - Cobalt
    by Nintendo
    Video Game
    -- our price: $79.95
    (price subject to change: see help)
    Asin: B0002TB4CW
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    Editorial Review

    Early Adopters Pick: March 2003. As theworld's smallest video-game platform, the Game Boy Advance SP is also the first to use a built-in rechargeable battery.

    Many decried the original Game Boy Advance's reflective LCD screen and its reliance on external light sources. The Game Boy Advance SP's main feature--optional backlighting--fixes this complaint nicely, but it's the wealth of other features that makes this system so surprisingly good.

    At first look, you might think the SP is a sleek travel alarm clock. When closed, it's just as tall and deep as the original GBA, but only half as wide. Due to its clamshell design, the screen is always protected from everyday scratches. A small button in the center of the console turns on the backlighting element for use in low-light situations, like in a moving car.

    Game Boy Advance angle diagram The SP comes with a well-designed power adapter that recharges a built-in battery; its prongs fold in for easier storage. Our informal tests found that it takes about four hours to fully charge (you can even play it while it's plugged in and charging), and the battery lasts about 11 hours with the backlighting constantly on--your results may vary. Using the backlighting less often will conserve battery power.

    Withseparately soldcables, you can connect the Game Boy Advance SP to other GBAsfor multiplayer gaming (above) or to theNintendo GameCube(below) to access secret levels, exchange data, or use other specialfeatures that vary from game to game.
    The quality of the backlighting is very good. It's bright and clear when looking directly at it, but degraded from other angles. This is only a problem for friends who are watching the screen from over your shoulder.

    But size, power, and affordability do not come without trade offs. There's no headphone jack here, though Nintendo promises an adapter. The system isn't very loud at its highest volume, and the sound can be turned down to socially acceptable levels. The L and R shoulder buttons are a fraction of the size they were on the GBA, and thus are harder to hit. Also, the reduced size of the SP is slightly less comfortable for adult hands than the GBA, but perhaps more comfortable for smaller hands. The cartridge port placement on the lower part of the console is fine for GBA games, since they are flush with the console body, but older Game Boy Color carts will stick out in a way that takes some getting used to.

    Open it up and the hinge will seek out a preferred, pre-set angle (about 150 degrees), though you can open it a bit wider or narrower for your own comfort. The hinge stands up well to lateral pressure, and over all, the SP seems just as rugged as its predecessor--which has proven to be very rugged, indeed. --Porter B. Hall

    Unit Specifications

    • CPU: 32-Bit ARM with embedded memory
    • Memory: 32 KB with 96 KB VRAM (in CPU), 256 KB WRAM (external of CPU)
    • Screen: 2.9-inch reflective TFT color LCD
    • Display Size: 1.6 by 2.4 inches (40.8 by 61.2 mm)
    • Resolution: 240 x 160 pixels in a wide-screen aspect ratio
    • Colors: 511 simultaneous colors from a palette of 32,768
    • Software: Fully compatible with Game Boy and Game Boy Color game paks
    • Light Source: Front light integrated with LCD
    • Size (closed): 3.3 by 3.23 by .96 inch
    • Weight: Approximately 5 ounces
    • Power Supply: Rechargeable lithium-ion battery
    • Battery Life: 10 hours continuous play with light on; 18 hours with light off; 3 hours recharging
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    Features

    • Screen: 2.9" Reflective TFT Color LCD
    • Display Size: 1.61" x 2.41"
    • Resolution: 240 x 160 pixels
    • Color: Simultaneously display more than 32,000 colors.
    • CPU: 32-bit RISC-CPU with embedded memory.

    Reviews (81)

    5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent Game System For The Money.
    I'm a 35 year old man and -- I admit it -- I bought this thing for myself.Once you've made the initial investment in the hardware, the games cartridges themselves are relatively inexpensive(...) making it a good system for the casual video-gamer (like me) or the serious hobbyist.

    Game cartridges are also within the monetary grasp of many older children's allowances, so a GameBoy Advance could be used to teach children discipline with money.In other words, buy your kid(s) the hardware (and at least one game) to start with and then let them purchase other software when their funds permit.And, of course, game cartridges make inexpensive presents when birthdays or holidays come around.

    As for me, game play is very enjoyableand I'm thoroughly impressed with the graphics considering the screen size and pixel depth available to the system. (Currently I'm playing my first two cartridges: Spider-Man 2 and Star Wars III: Revenge Of The Sith.)

    Overall, for young or old, the GameBoy Advance is a great system (even surpassing its gimmicky touch-screen sibling, the Nintendo DS).The only thing an adult player has to consider is that the majority of games are marketed mostly to those in their early teens and younger.Other than that, its excellent.To top it all off, a GameBoy Advance can also play movies and TV shows with GameBoy Advance Video cartridges.

    In short, if you're looking for an affordable expandable video game system, either for you or for your children, get this.

    5-0 out of 5 stars good stuff by carly goldman
    Once I saw this Item I said "mom can we buy this" she said "No" I really wanted this and just so you knowall kids love this ytoy so as a birthday present buy this toy for your child.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Poofy fluffy babey wabey cutesy wutesy rootsy tootsy GBASP!!
    LUV MI GB IT CYOOT! LUV IT! SMAL AN KONVENYENT SOOOOO SLIK! LUVLI AN BYOOTIPHOOL! CYOOT AN FLUFFY[K MAYBEE NT SOO MUTCH THT] BUT VERY SWEET AND SMELLY AND CUTE AND POOFY AND CONTUMACIOUS AND UTTERLY WONDERFUL AND CONTEMPORARY AND INTERESTING AND WARM AND FUZZY AND INVITING AND SPACIOUS! ... Read more

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    9. Endless Adventures Tikes Town Playhouse
    by Little Tikes
    Toy
    -- our price: $249.99
    (price subject to change: see help)
    Asin: B00030EPJE
    Sales Rank: 857
    Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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    Reviews (10)

    5-0 out of 5 stars WE LOVE IT!!!
    My MIL just bought this for our noq 21 month old sons two months ago, its terific! They love it and its by far the best house out there. WE use it every day and it holds up to much abuse, but we really bought it because it wasnt pink and frilly, a must with two BOYS

    Our sons are still a little young to climb all over our very large wooden swing set, and we wanted more for them to play with, this house is just soo awsome. Its a little large, so I dont suggest you purchasing it for indoor use (especially since every side had an activity so it wouldnt be as fun against a wall). It can fit both my boys in it and the weather doesnt do any damage... we plan on covering it with a tarp in the winter though... before our sons go inside we wipe it down with dissinfected wipes and get all the little bugs out for them, no biggy...

    Now for all the extras!!!

    SPORTS SIDE->
    * Basket ball hoop, now we dont have to buy a little one that will just tip over anyway (we have one inside) and our sons love to play with it (they are only in the 32nd percentile) so its a bit tough to make a basket on the highest setting, it can adjust to the top of the house, or to right abouve the soccer net, great for toddlers or older children!!!
    * The soccer net also doubles as a little window and our sons really love to peek in and out of it... its very durable and there is no ripping in it *yet*... but they like it when my husband shows them to kick the ball inside, and it keeps the air flow throughout the toy house nice and fresh...
    * The little number game is cute, my sons dont understand it yet, but for older family and friends its a big hit

    SUPERMARKET->
    * A little ATM machine, so adorable and my sons cant get enough of it... although the older kids have more imaginative play with that part of the house
    * The little window alot of the younger toddlers enjoy, its one of their favorite parts of the house, all little kids love opening and closing things, yet again older kids like to make this a McDonalds drive in window or something... great fun
    * The big window makes it easy to see how the boys are doing inside, and it also keeps it nice and fresh, not too moldy and stuffy like some of the other houses, we like the big window

    GAS STATION->
    * The tunnel is a big hit wiht the toddlers, they like to peek through it, its my sons favorite way to get in! The older kids like to chase through it and try to "fly" through...
    * The little pump is great for kettrikes and cozy coupes, my sons and the other toddlers like putting it into the cars gas tank, they think thats cute, but the older kids sometimes pretend its a hose or something, very cute imaginations
    * The little telephone is a big hit with everyone, they love pretending with it and I usually find it everywhere but the base, but hey thats no biggy
    * YEt again more ventalation with the window... I think thats why this house doesnt get too much mold or little bugs... theres just no really dark and damp spaces!

    SCHOOL HOUSE->
    * Theres not too much to this side of the house, and it doesnt really look like a school, but the younger kids like slaming the door
    * The older kids make it a barn and like to pretend its a stable door, very very imaginative
    * EVEN MORE VENTALATION AND ANOTHER SPOT TO SEE EVERYONE, TWO BIG WINDOWS AND A BARN-DOOR...

    This house is perfect for toddlers, and bigger kids (up to about 10-11ish) there are just endless possibilities for this house and everyone enjoys it... I always know theres something for EVERY one to have fun with outside... the perfect playhouse out there

    5-0 out of 5 stars Our boys love it
    My 15 month old twin boys (at the time) got this house for christmas! They are now 20 months, and since the weather got nicer, they REALY enjoy this house.

    * It is very big, and can hold about 4 kids in it
    * There is more than just a "house" to it
    * Its very durable and can withstand harsh weather
    * WE keep a tarp over it, so we dont get too many bugs and gross things in it
    * My boys love the little basket ball hoop, now we dont need to buy one separatly
    * The soccer net is adorable, but my boys love peeking through that
    * the little games on the outside of the house are just too great
    * Along with the wooden swingset, built in and kiddie pool, and the watertable, this is the "big" outdoor toy
    * The colors make it appropriate for boys and girls
    * It is VERY adorable, not too big or small
    * The price is a little steep, but we got a very good deal

    We love this house, its soo much more fun than the others, as its got much more to it, its pleasing to the eye and my twins love it, I wouldnt trade it in for anyother one, never

    5-0 out of 5 stars Worth the Money!
    We bought this for my son's 1st birthday. He loves to be outside and we figured this would hold him until we bought a larger swing set later on. I can't say enough about it. He loves walking in and out of the door, opening and closing the window and laughing at the dog through the soccer net. My husband crawls in and our son walks around looking in all the windows and laughs. At his little party, his friends (ages 9 mos. to 3 years) all enjoyed inspecting it and looking in and out of the windows. The three year old tried to get them all to play school. I'm confident he'll play with this for several years. And we set it up in about 30 minutes. It does help to have a second person to hold things while the screws are put in. ... Read more

    Subjects:  1. Outdoor Play    2. Pretend Play   


    10. Forza Motorsport
    by Microsoft
    Video Game (03 May, 2005)
    -- our price: $44.95
    (price subject to change: see help)
    Asin: B0006BK58U
    Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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    Editorial Review

    In Forza Motorsport, it's all about you and your car. With over 250 of the baddest racing machines imaginable, an infinite number of ways to customize them, and all the tools you need to tune them to perfection, you'll find yourself behind the wheel of the slickest vehicles on the planet.

    With Forza Motorsport, you'll be able to own cars from the world's most recognized manufacturers. Get behind the wheel of the Enzo Ferrari, Porsche 911, Ford GT, or the Audi R8, to name a few. The physics model of each car is based upon actual car data, so your driving feels like the real deal. Plus, Forza has taken meticulous steps to design each car's visuals according to exact specifications. Teams of artists have worked to reproduce the surface properties of materials in an ultra-realistic fashion -- the painted metal is shiny with gloss, the glass reflects light, and the car's rubber is rich with texture.

    You can trick out every car with real-world body parts, such as rims, wings, side skirts, bumpers, and hoods. At the advanced paint shop you can pimp your ride with phatty decals and classy custom paint schemes. But don't stop with looks alone -- Forza also lets you upgrade your car with suspension kits, turbochargers, superchargers, intercoolers, brakes, and racing slicks. It's your car, and Forza gives you the tools to make it your own.

    And once your ride is ready, you can immerse yourself in 17 different environments that deliver challenging tracks textured with accurate, photo-realistic graphics. Slip on your driving gloves, get behind the wheel, and rev your engine as you ready yourself for the world-famous Nring Nordschleife, the corkscrew turns of Laguna Seca, the urban jungle of New York City, or the lush Copacabana in Rio de Janeiro. Each location has been recreated with detail matching the attention given to the vehicles -- the total package of fast cars and exotic locales makes the racing experience of Forza Motorsport totally awesome.

    Take your powerful, new creation to cyberspace, and challenge the globe's toughest drivers on Xbox Live. Once you've built your vehicle and mastered all the driving nuances, you'll be ready to burn some serious rubber.

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    Features

    • Make every car yours: Collect models from more than 60 top car manufacturers, including Mazda, Nissan, Mercedes-Benz, Honda, Chevrolet, Ferrari, Porsche, BMW, and Dodge. Trick out sport compacts with real-world body kits, rims, spoilers, decals, side skirts, fender flares, and hood scoops. Add motorsport decals and team paint-schemes to supercars, GT racers, and exotics. Transform production cars into racetrack monsters.
    • Tune it up: Take your car to the garage and install alternative engines, suspension kits, bolt-on superchargers, brakes, rims, racing slicks, and more. Fine-tune gear ratios, fuel-mapping, forced-induction pressure, tire temperature and pressure, and ignition timing for the ultimate setup.
    • Experience the most technically advanced driving simulation on Xbox: Top automotive engineers teamed with experienced programmers to create an advanced physics engine for Forza Motorsport, designed to simulates authentic car performance. Cars incur damage and wear, which affects car performance. Advanced tire and suspension models respond to heat and pressure changes as well as weight transfer and aerodynamic load.
    • Drive in gorgeous track environments: From the famously challenging Nurburgring Nordschleife to the spectator-lined streets of Rio de Janeiro, race on meticulously designed tracks with an incredible sense of speed and realism.
    • Check out the revolutionary A.I. Drivatar technology: Train your own A.I. Drivatars to use the same racing techniques you do, so they can race for you in competitions or train new drivers on your team. Drivatar technology is the foundation of the human-like A.I. in Forza Motorsport.

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    3-0 out of 5 stars Decent...but overhyped
    I definetly looked forward to this game, but after 2 years of Project Gotham 2, I can't seem to accept what "seems" like a game that was created before PGR2.

    The graphics are by FAR a letdown. GT4 blows it away, and PGR2 is must crisper also.

    Game play is decent...sure its more realistic, harder to drive, turn, less acceleration, but it's NOT AS FUN!!

    If you are a GT4 fan, this may be for you. But if you want instant XBOX live racing with a more "fun' factor...then look to PGR2.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Get the Fanatec Speedster 3 ForceShock steering wheel
    If you have an extra $150 after buying this game, then I strongly recommend you also get Fanatec's Speedster 3 ForceShock steering wheel for Xbox.It was designed to work with Forza Motorsport, and it's the closest you'll get to a force feedback steering wheel on the Xbox.The Xbox doesn't offer true full-blown force feedback, but this wheel is pretty close.The wheel also works with other Xbox racing games, but Forza Motorsport has special code in it to work specifically with the Fanatec wheel to offer force feedback.

    Unfortunately, Amazon doesn't sell this wheel, so you'll have to get it from either Gamestop or Fry's.

    5-0 out of 5 stars A real beauty!!!
    I loved GT3 on the PS2. THe realness was fantastic, but it suffered one problem, after a while it just wasnt fun! As great and realistic as the game is it just wasnt as fun as Need for Speed - Hot Pursuit. Now comes Forza... hands down the BEST racing game I have played period! Adds the realism of Grand Tourismo with the fun factor of Need For Speed Underground.

    It's great that Forza has the option of using the left stick for periferral vision too.... but I wished it was smoother looking all the way around the car like you see when looking to the front right and left corners rather then the straight cuts you see when looking back and to the back corners.

    All in all a great racing game! ... Read more

    Subjects:  1. Video Games    2. Xbox (x box)    3. Microsoft    4. Action    5. Adventure    6. Racing    7. Flying   


    11. Bounce 'Round Deluxe Castle
    by SpinMaster
    Toy (28 October, 2003)
    list price: $199.99 -- our price: $149.99
    (price subject to change: see help)
    Asin: B0000A9Y1U
    Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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    Editorial Review

    Why should big bouncy high-energy fun be reserved for carnivals and outdoor festivals? Now you can have the excitement of the bouncy castle often seen at those public venues in your own backyard. This castle set inflates with minimal effort once you hook it up to the heavy duty fan that is included. The packaging claims that the castle can be fully mounted in 45 seconds and in our informal test we did have pretty speedy results. Once its set up, kids up to 83 pounds are ready to get in and bounce (total weight should not exceed 250 pounds) in the yellow, red, and blue castle set. The entrance ramp and safety netting around the sides make for nice touches as does the convenient storage bag. --Charlie Williams ... Read more

    Reviews (24)

    1-0 out of 5 stars Beware
    Ten months after purchasing this product, and with minimal use, our Bounce 'Round Deluxe Castle developed a four inch tear along a seam.Not to fear, according to a Spinmaster representitive, because a patch kit can be purchased for $8.90 and when applied correctly will repair the tear.One month (two uses) after properly applying the patch, the tear continued along the seam and is now a 12 inch tear.

    My biggest disappointment is with Spinmaster customer service.Because my purchase was outside of the limited 90 warranty they refused to do anything.I assured the representitive that I was not looking for something for nothing and I persisted to try to find some middle ground.If nothing else I would have considered purchasing a new jump house alone since I still have an operational motor.But I was told that Spinmaster could not (or would not) make that offer.

    In summary, your Bounce 'Round will be a wonderful product as long as it holds together.MY Bounce 'Round Castle is a waste of money.

    P.S.Anyone want to buy an extra motor?

    3-0 out of 5 stars Safety
    We purchased this item and while the kids (ages 3 and 6) loved it, we found it to be quite dangerous.It is very easy for the kids to bump into eachother when there are 3 or more children playing in it.We also found that the safety instructions advise you not to use an extension cord for the fan, but the cord provided was not long enough to offer a safe distance from other objects.We ended up returning this to the store.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Fabulous Energy Releaser / Fabulous Rainy Day Toy
    My kids (ages 1, 3, and 5) got this for Christmas and they love it...and all their friends love it.We put it in an unfinished area in our basement and they jump to their hearts content.It's durable, and helps them release some energy, especially on cold or rainy days! ... Read more

    Subjects:  1. Outdoor Play   


    12. Mr. Potato Head Darth Tater
    by Hasbro
    Toy
    list price: $9.99 -- our price: $9.99
    (price subject to change: see help)
    Asin: B00061I4U6
    Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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    Editorial Review

    Be it a long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away or right here at home in the 21st century, Mr. Potato Head never fails to reinvent himself. For generations this spectacular spud has wowed us all with his ability to keep up with the times. Now he throws us all for a loop once again to reveal that even he has a Dark Side, taking up the role of the most menacing movie villains of all times: Darth Vader. Donning the trademark black helmet, mask and cape, our favorite tuber wields the infamous red lightsaber to become his own Darth Tater. Of course you’ll still find all the classic accessories like the googly eyes, red nose, and silly tongue we’ve come to love but now with an added twist of Star Wars. As always, all the pieces still fit away inside his body for easy storage.--Chip Quinn ... Read more

    Reviews (25)

    5-0 out of 5 stars I LOVE DARTH TATER!
    This is the coolest thing ever!He sits on my desk and watches me with those glaring eyes.He sometimes uses the force to manipulate me.Someone please help me!You are my only hope!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Ways to enjoy Darth Tater
    Here are some ways to enjoy Darth Tater:

    Darth Tater Tots

    Au Gratin Darth Tater

    Mashed Darth Taters

    French Fried Darth Taters

    Darth Tater Pancakes

    With a shot or three of gin

    On a platter of raw veggies, with dip, and covered in sesame seeds

    Cut out his insides and fill it with watermelon balls

    With Darth Cheeseburgers and Darth Milkshakes

    Not at all--Darth Tater is a force to be reckoned with.Get it?Force.Ha!I kill me.(That one was written by ALF)

    5-0 out of 5 stars Luke - Use the Forks !!!
    I'd say I'm embarrassed to tell you how many stores I went to looking for this and how many trips it took me to said stores. But I'm not.

    Somewhere somone was saying "This is not the toy you want" .... but I ignored that Obi-Wan-ism and prevailed. Unfortunately I've been on the 'wait list' here @ amazon for months....and no luck (not their fault - Hasbro isn't saturating the market I guess). I refused to pay $20 and up on ebay for a less than $7 toy.

    But it's not a toy.It proudly sits on my desk at work for all to admire, "oooh and aaah" over and laugh about. And they do.

    I could care less about educational value or durability.It sits on my desk!!!!

    (and yes, I bought two!...one to keep in the original packaging.)
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    Subjects:  1. Action Figures    2. Movies    3. Collectible Action Figures   


    13. Disney Princess Laptop
    by LeapFrog
    Toy
    list price: $49.99 -- our price: $29.97
    (price subject to change: see help)
    Asin: B00009P7JA
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    Editorial Review

    LeapFrog is well known for their interactive learning toys and now they've paired with Disney for a princesses' tour of language and math. Cinderella and Belle will help guide your child through various learning activities, such as: letter hunt, spelling games, addition and subtraction games, and number find. Both Belle and Cinderella tell jokes, sing songs, and are generally encouraging with sweet and cheerful voices. If your child decides to stop playing and doesn't turn the laptop off, the princesses ask, "Would you like to play some more?" and if there is no answer, the computer shuts itself off. An LCD screen displays letters, numbers, and other pictures during all the activities. Moms and dads will be glad to note that there are two volumes and virtually no set-up. Requires 4 "AA" batteries (included). --Megan Sullivan ... Read more

    Reviews (33)

    4-0 out of 5 stars This is a good learning toy
    My daughter loves Disney Princesses and she wants to get on my computer sometimes but is still too young to do things herself,so I got her this and she loves it!! She has learned quite a few things from it also. It is very durable, I think you get your money's worth. It makes them feel so big!!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Great learning toy
    I bought this laptop for my daughter's 3rd Birthday.I think she has used it everyday since then.It really helps her learn her letters.She knows just about all of them now, after using it for about 3 months.I like that it is teaching her but she is having fun at the same time.She really enjoys playing with it.She says she is going to check her email when she uses it.There is a volume control, which is good.It also seems very durable.I haven't had any problems with it so far.I would definately recommend this toy for any little girl.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Great Toy
    I bought this based on reviews for my 2 year old and she loves it.It keeps her busy while I am on my computer and she is learning new things. It will be a little while till she is totally using this product but well worth the money - I recommend to all parents. ... Read more

    Subjects:  1. Learning    2. Electronic Learning Aids (ELA)    3. Electronic    4. Math    5. Alphabet    6. Preschool    7. Counting   


    14. Gran Turismo 4
    by Sony Computer Entertainment
    CD-ROM (22 February, 2005)
    list price: $49.99 -- our price: $44.95
    (price subject to change: see help)
    Asin: B0000A0MDV
    Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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    Editorial Review

    Are you searching for a driving game that offers more than just breakneck speed? Look no further than Gran Turismo 4. The most recent installment in this amazingly popular racing game brings realistic driving to a whole new level. With loads of new cars and a vastly improved physics engine, you'll be ready to tackle the roads in your favorite cars from the last century.

    The Cars
    Automotive history is at your fingertips with Gran Turismo 4. You can select from over 700 cars, dating back nearly a century to the 1915 Ford Model T Tourer. From the United Kingdom's AC to Sweden's Volvo, you'll can choose from practically every car manufactured since 1915.

    Beyond the list of cars, GT4 sports a new and vastly improved physics engine. Offering even greater realism than its predecessors, the GT4 engine has been meticulously designed to cover every inch and turn of your driving experience. Using physics to calculate weight, speed, friction, and a host of other nuances, every car delivers performance with its own unique, precise handling and feel.

    This game isn't just about the cars, though -- it's also about the competition. The advanced, lifelike drivers compete with fervor unmatched even by some of your video game buddies. Fueled by the latest advances in artificial intelligence, your digital rivals will react to your every move with behavior modeled after actual professional racers.

    It may take you weeks to test drive all 700 available cars, but with Gran 4 you'll never truly run out of "new" vehicles. This game is equipped with a multitude of options to customize your favorite cars. Brakes, shocks, and engine components can all be upgraded. You can stylize your car with wings, rims, and color, and you can even change your oil. In short, you can do whatever needs to be done to keep your car tuned and looking hot for the next big race.

    The Human Element
    Gran Turismo 4 brings something completely new to your gaming experience. In the stands you'll find spectators who comes to life in3D before your very eyes. They react with genuine human emotions to your every move, cheering as you pass, and snapping photographs as you cross the finish line. Your next pit stop will take place as if you were really there. You'll watch the process unfold in real-time as your crew rushes to change your tires and refuel your tank. But that's not all. With the new addition of convertibles, you are truly in the drivers seat. Your drivers will react with precise and fluid motions, and turn just as you would if you were behind the wheel. Gran Turismo has never looked so unbelievably real.

    The Courses
    Not only does GT4 bring you the rare opportunity to drive hundreds of cars, it also offers you a vast collection of actual racing locations. Rip through the exotic Costa di Malfi in Capri, burn rubber through the urban jungle of Hong Kong, or throw up some serious dust at the Grand Canyon -- no matter where you decide to race, you'll love driving any of the game's fourteen tracks. Feeling nostalgic? With Gran 4, you can even race on some of your old, favorite tracks from previous editions.

    LAN Play
    Compete against your buddies with the LAN play functionality of GT4. Connect up to three PlayStation 2 consoles and bring together up to six players in a racing frenzy that pits you against your friends. Each console will need a copy of Gran Turismo 4, the proper connecting cables, and all the standard gaming equipment. Once connected, you'll be ready for a life-like battle of driving abilities and mental toughness. With LAN play, the action has never been more intense or more realistic! ... Read more

    Features

    • Characteristics of the cars are realistically designed and calculated so that they handle to the real-life physics of that particular vehicle.
    • New technology blends real-time action with a photo-fixed background to immerse the player in real-life environments such as New York City, the Grand Canyon and others.
    • Players will have access to experience more than 500 authentic automobiles encompassing manufacturers from around the world, with a range from vintage to modern vehicles.
    • Gran Turismo 4 offers advanced opponent behavior to capture real-life racing and unpredictability of finishes.

    Reviews (157)

    4-0 out of 5 stars Great game, very time consuming and hard
    Hey first off, this game is a really good racing simulator.Graphics are much improved and there is a phenominal selection of cars to choose from.Overall the feel of the driving feels extremely real, but cars can very from the performance of past games (for example the RUF cars aren't very fast this time around).
    There is however a lot of downsides to this game.To start off, as a prior reviewer already stated, why in the world do you have to do rally racing on this to get your liscense?People don't buy the game to drive on a bunch of dirt, that would be Collin Macree Rally or some other rally game.
    Second, this game is extremely long compared to the others, I mean long.That is good and bad.Good becasue you'll probably not get bored playing this for a long time, bad becasue you'll go insane trying to get 100%!Another biggie is some of the endurance races even speeded up (3x's) take more than eight hours!If you can spend nine hours starring at a TV screen never leaving your house then go for it!If not then you are doomed to never complete the game.
    Forth problem is that the game if very very hard.At the higher levels goodluck winning, you'll spend forever practicing before you'll even be able to keep up.But with a lot, and I mean a lot of practice its possible.
    To conclude this is a really really fun game.If you liked the three prior to this then you will love this game, but probably find yourself a little frustrated with the length and difficulty.I been playing a couple months, and am about 90% complete so it is a doable game, if you have the time and paitence!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Best car game yet
    Don't listen to rockethead7 because he don't know what he's talking about. I rented GT4 for the first time last Thursday and I thought it was the best Gran Turismo yet. My first car was a 69' Chevy Camaro ss with a 427.(I think it was a 427) Then I raced in the Camaro races a whole bunch. I got the money for the Camaro by doing that data transfer thing from GT3 and got my A and B license and 100,000 dollars. It makes it a whole lot easier. Then I bought a Buick special, won a Chevelle, a Corvette Z06 racecar 1969, with the corvette I bought. I was really interested in getting this game because of the old cars on it. I played it and got more than I expected. It has the best old cars on it, like chevelles, camaros, corvettes, buick specials, 1915 ford model t, and a pontiac gto to name some of my favorites. Rockethead7 sucks. He don't like old cars, and old cars are the best.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Great game, Do NOT be fooled!!
    First of i would like to say that this is a tough game not super hard but hard at some points. i am about 30% complete in about a week and a half. The first thing that you need to do if you can is to get the 2 licenses from GT3 and 100,000 credits if you can. That is what i did. this way you can spend all that money on one car and let that car carry you on to more money and more cars. This game is amazing when accounting for the HUGE selection of cars. I would highly recomend this game to anyone. To me this is no doubt the best racing game for the PS2. ... Read more

    Subjects:  1. Video Games    2. PS2 (PSX2)    3. Sony Playstation (Play station) 2    4. Playstation2 (Play station2)    5. Action    6. Adventure    7. Racing    8. Flying   


    15. Sony PlayStation 2
    by Sony Computer Entertainment
    CD-ROM
    list price: $179.99
    Asin: B0000C7GHG
    Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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    Editorial Review

    The PlayStation2 is equipped with a 128-bit Emotion Engine processor that enables lightning-fast gameplay and impressive graphics power. The console builds on its home entertainment value by doubling as a DVD player and accommodating most of the original PlayStation's vast library of games. PS2 is known for its excellent selection of titles for the older gamer. ... Read more

    Features

    • Lightning-fast gameplay
    • Backward-compatible with PlayStation games
    • Includes console and 1 controller
    • Plays DVDs
    • 128-bit Emotion Engine processor

    Reviews (414)

    1-0 out of 5 stars Don't buy this!
    The playstation 2 console is a great machine for video games... until the warrenty runs out!After that it breaks down, has disk error and everything else.Save your money and buy the XBOX 360!!!!!

    5-0 out of 5 stars CRAAAAP mine broke
    one christsmas my family received a ps2(yr 2000)it broke for no reason x-mas 2003 its been a yr and a half since then any way after it broke i was crushed I have no clue wy but i abandonded
    sony and got a gc (booooo)big mistake i loved it at first for like 2 months but now it just sits there on my shelf (I cant find a good deal to sell the thing)but in the last yr i have been saving up my money i would have bought a ps2 by now but no
    I want my return to the loyalty of sony gaming to be big I am going towards a bigger prize im going to get the... the... the... ps3 yes you heard me the ps3 i would have gotten the psp but its games arent doing well i will give it a year before i buy it( the psp) but any way by all the money ill have by then
    i am going to get the ps3 one cotroller a memory card(if the rumor about a certain sony hardrive doesnt work out as planned)
    the best launch title(s) and the newest in the dynasty warriors series (that is my most favorite game when my ps2 broke i had all characters all secret weapons all forces all secrets all every thing) tip:sighn up for psm its the greatest tells you stuff way before it comes out (I knew of god of war 3 yrs before release and the psp and ps3 3 yrs ago) any way I hope to see you in socom 3( I know from psm) online or on 25 to life or the godfather wich has snoop dogg in it(snoop dogg in 1930's ?) anyway see you losers ive got ps3 cash to earn and and games to get.

    4-0 out of 5 stars PS2 is still the best all round game outthere
    Graphics ans sound x-box
    Games for the kids g-cube
    All aound game play PS2
    i agree the ps2 will be maul if not it's game titles , but come on don't make the mistake and have the most powerful systems and just don't have the variety of game to enjoy your system what IS the use having a game console with only two good games???????? Ps2 has great games , reasonable sound, and the graphic is bearable it,s actually not so bad i hope they do better for PS3
    I LOVE THE COMPETITION!!!!!!!!

    WE THE GAMERS ARE GETTING VALUE FOR MONEY BUY ANY GAME CONSOLE YOU LIKE IT DON'T REALLY MATTER BUT I STILL SAY PS2 IS FOR ANY AND EVERYONE .
    LATERZZZZ ... Read more

    Subjects:  1. Video Games    2. PS2 (PSX2)    3. Sony Playstation (Play station) 2    4. Playstation2 (Play station2)    5. Console (ps2console playstation2console)   


    16. Game Boy Advance SP - Platinum
    by Nintendo
    Video Game (23 March, 2003)
    -- our price: $79.88
    (price subject to change: see help)
    Asin: B0002TB4D6
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    Editorial Review

    Early Adopters Pick: March 2003. As theworld's smallest video-game platform, the Game Boy Advance SP is also the first to use a built-in rechargeable battery.

    Many decried the original Game Boy Advance's reflective LCD screen and its reliance on external light sources. The Game Boy Advance SP's main feature--optional backlighting--fixes this complaint nicely, but it's the wealth of other features that makes this system so surprisingly good.

    At first look, you might think the SP is a sleek travel alarm clock. When closed, it's just as tall and deep as the original GBA, but only half as wide. Due to its clamshell design, the screen is always protected from everyday scratches. A small button in the center of the console turns on the backlighting element for use in low-light situations, like in a moving car.

    Game Boy Advance angle diagram The SP comes with a well-designed power adapter that recharges a built-in battery; its prongs fold in for easier storage. Our informal tests found that it takes about four hours to fully charge (you can even play it while it's plugged in and charging), and the battery lasts about 11 hours with the backlighting constantly on--your results may vary. Using the backlighting less often will conserve battery power.

    Withseparately soldcables, you can connect the Game Boy Advance SP to other GBAsfor multiplayer gaming (above) or to theNintendo GameCube(below) to access secret levels, exchange data, or use other specialfeatures that vary from game to game.
    The quality of the backlighting is very good. It's bright and clear when looking directly at it, but degraded from other angles. This is only a problem for friends who are watching the screen from over your shoulder.

    But size, power, and affordability do not come without trade offs. There's no headphone jack here, though Nintendo promises an adapter. The system isn't very loud at its highest volume, and the sound can be turned down to socially acceptable levels. The L and R shoulder buttons are a fraction of the size they were on the GBA, and thus are harder to hit. Also, the reduced size of the SP is slightly less comfortable for adult hands than the GBA, but perhaps more comfortable for smaller hands. The cartridge port placement on the lower part of the console is fine for GBA games, since they are flush with the console body, but older Game Boy Color carts will stick out in a way that takes some getting used to.

    Open it up and the hinge will seek out a preferred, pre-set angle (about 150 degrees), though you can open it a bit wider or narrower for your own comfort. The hinge stands up well to lateral pressure, and over all, the SP seems just as rugged as its predecessor--which has proven to be very rugged, indeed. --Porter B. Hall

    Unit Specifications

    • CPU: 32-Bit ARM with embedded memory
    • Memory: 32 KB with 96 KB VRAM (in CPU), 256 KB WRAM (external of CPU)
    • Screen: 2.9-inch reflective TFT color LCD
    • Display Size: 1.6 by 2.4 inches (40.8 by 61.2 mm)
    • Resolution: 240 x 160 pixels in a wide-screen aspect ratio
    • Colors: 511 simultaneous colors from a palette of 32,768
    • Software: Fully compatible with Game Boy and Game Boy Color game paks
    • Light Source: Front light integrated with LCD
    • Size (closed): 3.3 by 3.23 by .96 inch
    • Weight: Approximately 5 ounces
    • Power Supply: Rechargeable lithium-ion battery
    • Battery Life: 10 hours continuous play with light on; 18 hours with light off; 3 hours recharging
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    Features

    • Screen: 2.9" Reflective TFT Color LCD
    • Display Size: 1.61" x 2.41"
    • Resolution: 240 x 160 pixels
    • Color: Simultaneously display more than 32,000 colors.
    • CPU: 32-bit RISC-CPU with embedded memory.

    Reviews (81)

    5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent Game System For The Money.
    I'm a 35 year old man and -- I admit it -- I bought this thing for myself.Once you've made the initial investment in the hardware, the games cartridges themselves are relatively inexpensive(...) making it a good system for the casual video-gamer (like me) or the serious hobbyist.

    Game cartridges are also within the monetary grasp of many older children's allowances, so a GameBoy Advance could be used to teach children discipline with money.In other words, buy your kid(s) the hardware (and at least one game) to start with and then let them purchase other software when their funds permit.And, of course, game cartridges make inexpensive presents when birthdays or holidays come around.

    As for me, game play is very enjoyableand I'm thoroughly impressed with the graphics considering the screen size and pixel depth available to the system. (Currently I'm playing my first two cartridges: Spider-Man 2 and Star Wars III: Revenge Of The Sith.)

    Overall, for young or old, the GameBoy Advance is a great system (even surpassing its gimmicky touch-screen sibling, the Nintendo DS).The only thing an adult player has to consider is that the majority of games are marketed mostly to those in their early teens and younger.Other than that, its excellent.To top it all off, a GameBoy Advance can also play movies and TV shows with GameBoy Advance Video cartridges.

    In short, if you're looking for an affordable expandable video game system, either for you or for your children, get this.

    5-0 out of 5 stars good stuff by carly goldman
    Once I saw this Item I said "mom can we buy this" she said "No" I really wanted this and just so you knowall kids love this ytoy so as a birthday present buy this toy for your child.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Poofy fluffy babey wabey cutesy wutesy rootsy tootsy GBASP!!
    LUV MI GB IT CYOOT! LUV IT! SMAL AN KONVENYENT SOOOOO SLIK! LUVLI AN BYOOTIPHOOL! CYOOT AN FLUFFY[K MAYBEE NT SOO MUTCH THT] BUT VERY SWEET AND SMELLY AND CUTE AND POOFY AND CONTUMACIOUS AND UTTERLY WONDERFUL AND CONTEMPORARY AND INTERESTING AND WARM AND FUZZY AND INVITING AND SPACIOUS! ... Read more

    Subjects:  1. Video Games    2. Nintendo Game Boy Advance (Gameboy)    3. GBA    4. Consoles   


    17. XB Lego Star Wars
    by Eidos Interactive
    Video Game (05 April, 2005)
    -- our price: $39.88
    (price subject to change: see help)
    Asin: B0007M226G
    Sales Rank: 61
    Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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    Features

    • Compete in action packed lightsaber duels against Darth Maul
    • Experience mind-blowing space battles in your starfighter
    • Use the Force to construct - accessing secret areas and overcoming obstacles - and play as many favorite characters such as Obi-Wan Kenobi, Anakin Skywalker, Yoda and more!

    Reviews (14)

    5-0 out of 5 stars Lego StarWars- an awesome game w/ many cheats
    The first few seconds i played this game, and i was hooked. Its title may make people think its a poser video game, but i say its the real deal. its also fun to beat up your partner, giving them less limbs and stuff. i rate it a 11 out of 10 because its just that good!
    Also, here are a few cheats to use at dexters diner
    ~Ki Adi Mundi = DP55MV
    ~Padm`e = 92UJ7D
    P.S. all the codes require lego Studs.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Revenge of the Bricks
    First a point of clarification: Lego Star Wars is not a game destined to go down in the annals of gaming history. It is not for the hardcore gamer. However, if you are a devoted fanboy of Star Wars, or Legos or Star Wars AND Legos, then this game will not disappoint.

    First I shall talk about the many ways this game is a fanboy's delight. There is something very odd, yet astoundingly cool about seeing the Star Wars universe transformed into Legos. Every aspect of the game is tied to the bricks. When enemies (and your character) die, they shatter into lego pieces. Jedi have to use the force to build and break pieces. Every ship, building and character is built from bricks. It all works flawlessly and, thanks to good graphics, looks good too. Also, transforming the Star Wars movie into Legos adds a quirky sense of humor to the (in some people's opinions) sometimes lacking movies. Familiar scenes are fun to see skewed as Lego reimaginations. There is no dialogue, so all the little Lego guys communicate through facial expression and sound effects, and it works surprisingly well.

    For the Star Wars fanboy, you are set, if anything by the sheer number of playable characters. You can unlock almost any Jedi that has been in the prequel, and tons of other characters that all look great and sometimes hilarious as Legos. I'm pretty sure this is the only Star Wars game that you can play as Darth Maul, Darth Vader and The Emperor, not to mention a Gronk Driod, three versions of Obi-Wan, Yoda and of course, R2-D2.

    Gameplay wise, Lego Star Wars is a bit more complex than its look would mandate. Combat is simple, but effective. The game also has a very simple RPG feel, as you have a party of different characters that you must switch to at different times to perform different tasks. This is no Final Fantasy or KOTOR by any stretch of the imagination, but you do need to be mindful of having the right characters with you at the right times. It adds something to a game that could be seen as too juvenile.

    That brings up a good point. Lego Star Wars is marketed as a kids game. This will scare away the hardcore gamers, which is probably a good idea and just what the makers wanted. Hard core gamers who are not Star Wars fans probably should keep looking for a deeper, more challenging game. I am not a kid (per se) but I was still able to find a lot of enjoyment in this game. The most "kid-like" quality is that it is short. In a rental period, you could unlock pretty much anything worth unlocking.

    The saving replay factor is that every single level has the chance for cooperative multiplayer, so its a great game to have on your shelf when friends come over. Because its controls are simple and the story is familiar to almost everyone, its a great game for people that don't usually play video games.

    All in all Lego Star Wars is a fun great game. Though its not for everyone, its for anyone that likes Star Wars, Legos and accessible gaming.

    5-0 out of 5 stars AWESOME!
    For PS2 this game was awesome!!!!i dont have any other platforms so i dont know about any others but i thought it was really cool, the graphics were avg. compared to most PS2 games and the concept of LEGO and star wars put together was just the icing on the cake. It is a clean game with no gore or blood or anything, so if your parents are like mine and are very strict about what games u can play then even they will let u play THIS game8-) -its a smiley ... Read more

    Subjects:  1. Star Wars (Starwars)    2. Video Games    3. Xbox (x box)    4. Microsoft    5. Action    6. Adventure   


    18. Nintendo Gamecube Console - Limited Edition Platinum
    by Nintendo
    Video Game
    list price: $149.99 -- our price: $99.88
    (price subject to change: see help)
    Asin: B00006IJJI
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    Editorial Review

    Though it looks like a toy, don't be fooled: the Nintendo GameCube is a powerful video game console that rightly deserves its place among the other next-generation game systems. In fact, its playful, appealing design and small size (the unit is a not-quite-cubed 6 inches) aren't the only features that set it apart from the others.

    For starters, Nintendo has quite clearly made this a game-only machine. It doesn't try to play your CD collection, run your movies, read your e-mail, or store your MP3 files. The company has concentrated its efforts on games. All the prelaunch titles we've seen play smoothly, with bright, fast graphics and great sound. Nintendo says its engineers have removed traditional bottlenecks that have, in the past, slowed down processing. New components designed by IBM and MoSys, as well as a large-capacity secondary memory cache, keep instructions moving through the system's microprocessor (MPU) at peak levels. In English: the GameCube is optimized to push speed up while pushing costs down; hence its position at the lower end of the price spectrum.

    The GameCube is the first Nintendo video game system to use a disc-based medium rather than cartridges for its games. Moving the software to disc media generally means lower development costs for the publishers, which, in turn, trickles down to the consumer not only in price, but also in availability and quality, as it's then easier to try out untested game ideas (Pikmin, anyone?). While most other systems likewise have their games stored on discs, the GameCube's 3-inch format is smaller than everyone else's, and is so designed to fit in a shirt pocket as much as to deter would-be software pirates.

    Of course, the main advantage of the GameCube is that it's the home field of one of the world's premier game designers: Nintendo. While powerhouses Electronic Arts and Sega make games for all systems (including this one), you can play Nintendo games only on a Nintendo system. And Nintendo, you might recall, has been hitting them out of the park since it started with Donkey Kong. In fact, here's a roll call of characters and series you won't find on the other consoles: Mario, Legend of Zelda, Perfect Dark, Metroid, Kirby, and, of course, Pokémon. A few names that the GameCube will share with the other guys: Madden, Tony Hawk, Sonic, Batman, and Star Wars.

    The system also comes with four built-in controller ports, so you can easily plug in extra controllers and let friends join in for the multiplayer games--it's even got a built-in handle so you can easily move it to a friend's house. It comes with two memory card slots for saving your progress through games, and there's the capacity for future expansion into the world of online gaming.

    In short, the GameCube isn't an all-in-one entertainment system, and neither is it the most powerful of the modern video game consoles. But for video game enthusiasts who want to stick with their favorite characters, its value cannot be beat. --Porter B. Hall

    Unit Specifications

    • MPU (Microprocessor Unit): 485 MHz custom IBM PowerPC Gekko
    • Graphics Processor: 162 MHz custom ATI/Nintendo Flipper
    • Texture-Read Bandwidth: 10.4 GB per second (peak)
    • Main Memory Bandwidth: 2.6 GB per second (peak)
    • Pixel Depth: 24-bit color, 24-bit Z buffer
    • Sound Processor: 81 MHz custom Macronix 16-bit DSP
    • Sound Performance: 64 simultaneous channels, ADPCM encoding
    • Polygon Performance: 6 to 12 million polygons per second (peak)
    • System Memory: 40 MB
    • Main Memory: 24 MB MoSys 1T-SRAM
    • Disc Drive: 128 ms CAV (Constant Angular Velocity) system
    • Data Transfer Speed: 16 Mbps to 25 Mbps
    • Media: 3-inch, 1.5 GB capacity disc
    • Controller Ports: Four
    • Memory Card Slots: Two
    • Audio-Video Output: Analog and digital
    • Dimensions: 4.3 by 5.9 by 6.3 inches (height by width by depth)
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Fanboys, get some perspective.
    Some of these reviews...Seriously.

    Just because you like one console, doesn't mean you have to hate the others. Play what all consoles have to offer, you don't have to be a fanboy to one system...

    Anyway, I bought my Gamecube on release, along with Smash Bros Melee. Now, I am a huge Nintendo fan, but I also own an Xbox so rest assured, I play games, not the consoles they come on. I don't care what game the console is on, it's the games that count.

    Whilst the 'Cubes selection of games isn't as vast as the PS2s, the quality is a lot higher. Games like Mario, Zelda, Metroid Prime, Smash Bros cannot be matched, and can only be bought for the Nintendo Gamecube. This is main reason to buy a 'Cube, Nintendo games. There are other fantastic games available only to the 'Cube too, like Tales of Symphonia, and Viewtiful Joe.

    If you are a casual gamer, get a PS2. The 'Cube has a lot of games for the more pro gamer; don't be fooled by the "child" like graphics, Nintendo games are all about gameplay.
    Still put off by the child like graphics? Check out Metroid Prime: Echoes and Resident Evil 4, exclusive to 'Cube.

    Finaly, anyone concerned about graphic power of Gamecube, it is much prettier graphically then the PS2. Resident Evil 4 has the best graphics of any console game made, even surpasing games of Xbox, which is more powerful.

    So, to sum up, the 'Cube is a powerful console, with a great selection of exclusive games and a controller that is confortable to hold. If you don't play games that often, you might be better with a PlayStation 2, but if you consider yourself a pro gamer, check out the Nintendo Gamecube.
    You won't regret it =)

    1-0 out of 5 stars this sucks!
    the gamecube sucks,theres a lot of stupid babie games.like mario or donkey kong! they should really call it the gaycube,theres no dvd players netheir.this is for retards who think e-rated games are cool.the gaycube disks are small so babies can hold them.nintendo keeps making kiddie games,always about gay mario or donkey kong.if you want to buy a console buy the xbox or the ps2.the xbox's graphics are very cool,and u can play cool games like halo2 or gta,and the xbox has xbox live,the ps2 is ok.the gamecube is gay

    5-0 out of 5 stars awesome
    people say it is full of kiddy games. it isn't. in fact its got the most crulest games in the world like re4. get it now ... Read more

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    19. Mini Micro Preschool Scooter
    by Huffy Sports
    Toy
    -- our price: $39.99
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    Asin: B00005B086
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    Editorial Review

    The three-wheel Preschool Scooter is a good solution for toddlers who,watching older siblings, have contracted a bad case of scooter envy. In front,two 4-inch urethane wheels are placed eight inches apart for stability; at theback, there's a 3-inch wheel and a "spoon" brake just like on those metal "bigkid" scooters. This vehicle is mostly plastic, but sturdy enough for the job,with comfortable foam grips. A cleverly designed "lean-and-steer" mechanism atthe front axle makes it significantly easier to control than some three- orfour-wheel toddler scooters. This one resists the tendency to tip over whengoing around corners. --Richard Farr ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars SUPER SCOOTER FOR THE LITTLE PEOPLE!
    We bought this scooter from Amazon (the ONLY place we could find it) last year for our 3rd child's 2nd bday.He rode it like a champ right out of the box!!It is extremely easy to learn to ride and far more stable than the scooters with turning handle bars and 2 wheels at the front.I think those tip over far too easily compared to this design.It is extremely light weight and easy for little ones to carry, move and maneuver.I have found the Mini-Micro to be very durable even though my 4 and 7 year-olds try to sneak turns on it.I first cringed at the price, but am SOO glad we made the purchase!I'd do it again in a heartbeat!Well worth the $$.Just be sure you buy this for a child that is well under the max weight limit so they get plenty of enjoyment out of it.We have 4 kids and this is one of the very best early preschool wheeled toys we've ever had!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Greatest Toy for Active Little Boys
    About 4 years ago I bought this for my little grandson who was about 2 years old. He rode it and rode it until he was too big. It then got passed down to his little brother at about the same age. He has SOARED on this little scooter and he thinks he is SO COOL and grown up! Now I am buying a new one for my third little grandson who is just turning a year old. He wants to ride like his brothers. The old one has lost its brake, but that doesn't stop my middle grandson - he just drags his toe on the ground to stop it. It is the GREATEST for little guys!!!!

    5-0 out of 5 stars This scooter is GREAT for a 3-4 year old
    We got this scooter for my son's 3rd birthday...he loves it..It seems to have more of a feeling of riding a skateboard because of the flexibility in the wheels.. Most scooters that I've seen have been hard to turn, are heavy and don't move very quickly.This scooter is flexible and moves and glides with the turn.It has really taught him good balance. My neice always loves riding it...so she is asking for it for her 4th birthday. ... Read more

    Subjects:  1. Preschool    2. Ride-Ons    3. Scooters   


    20. Jump N Slide
    by Little Tikes
    Toy (18 January, 2005)
    -- our price: $199.99
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    Asin: B0002AHVAA
    Sales Rank: 621
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    4-0 out of 5 stars My kids love it
    I have three children...ages 1,3 and 5 and they absolutely love this bounce house. I purchased this one after the Sponge Bob one we had for three years split at the seam. We love the slide feature especially for the one year old. The only few things I noticed compared to the other bouncer is that the sides are significantly lower than the previous house and I worry my 5 yr old could flip over. Also it does not get nearly as firm and like a previous writer I have noticed some air leaking out at the seams. Although I think they purposely do not want it to get as firm to prevent splitting as there is an air valve to tie on the bottom which the previous models did not have. All in all a good buy. Also the bag it comes with actually fits the house with some manipulation vs some of the other models. So you have to outweigh the firmness of the house (which is less) vs the slide feature (which my kids like to run up!!)

    5-0 out of 5 stars Good Night's Sleep
    Although I haven't had this very long, I've been impressed with its durability and usability.I had been concerned that my very active 5 & 3 year old boys might find be too much for this bouncer, or that the bouncer might be too small.However, I have now had 5 kids in there at the same time, 4 boys (2,3,4,5) and a 6 year old girl, and it's held up quite nicely.Even though this is a lot smaller than the full-size rental bouncers, the kids seem to be able to avoid each other if they want to. Of course, they usually prefer some form of tackling each other :-)

    Packing up and setting up are a breeze -- the whole thing takes me well under 10 minutes (1 minute to inflate, and about 5 to unroll the bouncer and stake it to the ground.)

    The bouncer for the most part seems pretty safe.The only thing that I found less than ideal is the back mesh stays together with a single velcro fastening.My kids quickly learned that they can get in and out this way, so it's not always fastened.The problem then is that sometimes they will jump against the mesh and fall out.This has yet to be a problem, but the parent in me always worries that they'll bounce out a little too hard one of these days.Still, that's probably not too much of a concern, since they'll likely get more bruised just jumping on top of each other.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Love it!
    I purchased the Little Tykes Jump and Slide for my daughters first birthday, it was such a success. Everyone loved it, including my husband who got in to jump with my daughter. ... Read more

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