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Nintendo New 3DS XL

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The new and improved Nintendo New 3DS XL takes handheld gaming to another level. One of the most recent improvements made on the gaming system is that the 3D images now stabilize according to where your face is located. Thanks to the new face-tracker, you don’t have to worry about seeing blurry images or distorted figures while you game in 3D because your viewing angle now adjusts accordingly.

Additional improvements can be found in the camera function. Photos taken in low-light environments will no longer come out dark but brighter and clear so you can share your photos in awesome quality. Speaking of sharing photos, transferring data has also been made more convenient. Gone are the days where you had to remove your micro SDHC cards and connect them to your computer. Now you can easily share data via a wireless network!

Besides all the adjustments made to the Nintendo 3DS, there are also new features. Despite its small stature, Nintendo has found ways to implement more buttons and controls on the Nintendo 3DS XL. Aside from the conventional Nintendo DS buttons, there is now a C-stick for camera rotation and two new left and right Z-buttons which are located between the left L and R buttons. And finally, for all the current and future amiibo lovers out there, Nintendo has added amiibo connectivity to the latest 3DS XL model so you can enjoy your amiibo on the go.

Your Nintendo 3DS XL can come in different awesome designs as well! Choose from a sleek black 3DS XL ($199.99) or even a vibrant red 3DS XL ($199.99.) If you’re looking for something a little more personalized, there is the specialized Nintendo New 3DS XL Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate Edition ($229.99) which includes an overall design of silver and grey with a dragon on the surface and a Legend of Zelda Nintendo New 3DS XL – Majora’s Mask ($199.99) which features a mostly gold and black design with the Majora’s Mask on the front. For the Legend of Zelda fans out there, there is even a Legend of Zelda 3DS XL Majora’s Mask Collector’s Bundle ($249.98) available which features a special Skull Kid figurine.

In Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate, as the game title indicates, the player takes on the role of a hunter who hunts monsters for equipment and spoils. You can take down the ferocious monsters in a variety of exciting ways such as aerial attacking from ledges and even jumping on the monster to deliver deadly blows. The combat system in the game is further enhanced by two new weapon classes – the Charge Blade and the Insect Glaive. There are over 100 different types of monsters that you can face in this new Monster Hunter series and you can hunt the monsters down in the new online coop mode.

In the action-adventure game The Legend of Zelda – Majora’s Mask, you control Link and your duty is to retrieve the stolen Majora’s Mask from the Skull Kid. Consumed by the mask’s evil power, the Skull Kid has set the moon to collide with the world in about three days and the only way to stop the moon from crashing is by releasing the four giants located in the four major regions of the game. Throughout Link’s journey to save the world, there will be dungeons filled with puzzles and enemies and these are completed and defeated by using Link’s arsenal of weapons which include his sword, bow and arrow, and bombs among other things.

Only the Monster Hunter 4 Nintendo New 3DS XL Ultimate Edition and the Legend of Zelda Nintendo New 3DS XL – Majora’s Mask Collector’s Bundle comes with its respective gaming titles. Otherwise the games are sold separately from the system.

If you’re interested in checking out the black and red colored Nintendo New 3DS XLs as well as the Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate Edition 3DS XL, click here.

If you’re interested in Legend of Zelda – Majora’s Mask Nintendo New 3DS XLs, check out our tracker here.

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Mario Party 10 Bundle

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Nintendo is back with another fun-filled party game for the Wii U! The Mario Party 10 bundle ($59.99) not only includes hours of excitement but it also comes with a Mario amiibo! The tenth installation of the Mario Party series features Mario, Luigi, Peach, Daisy, Yoshi, Wario, Waluigi, Toad, Toadette, Rosalina, and Donkey Kong as playable characters. Bowser is also a playable character but only in a special party mode. Following the footsteps of its predecessors, Mario Party 10 is packed with a variety of mini games and at least five different game boards to choose from in the Mario Party game mode. In Mario Party 10, there are two new party modes to choose from aside from the normal Mario Party and these modes are the Bowser Party and the amiibo party.

For those new to the Mario Party series, the regular Mario Party game mode allows up to four players. These players choose from a series of game boards and these game boards have their own unique themes and mechanics. The players take turns hitting a dice block (1-6) that determines how many steps they can take and stepping on certain game board spaces may trigger a mini-game event or give them power-ups. Winning a mini-game will reward you with Mini Stars which is needed to win this specific party mode. Mini Stars can also be found spread out across the board in random locations as well. The player with the most Mini Stars at the end of the board’s path is crowned as the winner.

The second game mode is called the Bowser Party and this mode allows up to five players. In this mode, one of the players can play as Bowser using the Wii GamePad while the other four players play as Mario and his friends on the Wii remotes. The players, including Bowser, are placed on a game board and the four players must move towards the end of the game board while avoiding Bowser. The player controlling Bowser gets to roll multiple dices (corresponding to the number of players) to move closer to Mario and his friends and if he reaches them, the five players will be placed in a mini game scenario. In the mini game, the Bowser player has to deplete all the health points of the four players while the four players dodge Bowser’s attacks. Bowser wins this mode if all the players’ health points are gone while the players win if they can make it to the end of the board’s path without losing all their health.

The last mode is the amiibo mode and this is where the Mario amiibo that comes with the bundle makes its debut. In the amiibo party mode, you get to use your amiibo as a game piece on a smaller board with mechanics similar to the Mario Party game mode. This mode is reminiscent of the older Mario Party games in that players collect coins to purchase stars.

Besides the Mario amiibo, the Luigi, Yoshi, Peach, Toad, and Bowser amiibos are also compatible with this game mode. These six amiibos are part of the Super Mario wave 1 amiibo series. The benefits of connecting any of these six amiibos to the Mario Party 10 game is that you will be allowed to play on the connected amiibo’s specially themed game board. Each game board is equipped with its own items and quirks. The Super Mario wave 1 amiibos are primarily compatible with Mario Party 10 but they also provide bonuses for games like Super Smash Bros. (except Toad) where you can customize and level your character and Mario Kart 8 (except Bowser and Toad) where you can get a special Mii racing costume based off the amiibo you connect to the Wii U.

If you are interested in checking out this Mario Party 10 Bundle pack, check out our tracker here!

 

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Nintendo Amiibo Wave 4

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Amiibo lovers, get ready to expand your amiibo collection! Coming this Spring 2015, Nintendo is releasing six new amiibos ($12.99) making this their fourth wave of releases.  In this up and coming amiibo series, expect to see Charizard from the Pokemon series, Lucina and Robin from the Fire Emblem series, Ness from the EarthBound series, Pac-Man from the Pac-Man series, and Wario from the Mario series.

If you haven’t already heard, amiibos are data-storing figurines that can connect to your Nintendo Wii U and Nintendo 3DS. Depending on the amiibo you have, it will unlock special features in a game that you wouldn’t normally experience. Similar to their already released counterparts, all of these amiibos are compatible with the Super Smash Bros. game for the Wii U, allowing you to level and customize the skills of your amiibo.

Because the amiibo is a fairly new product, there are only a few Nintendo titles that are compatible with them at the moment. Among these titles are Mario Kart 8, Hyrule Warriors, and Super Smash Bros. amiibo connectivity will also be available in the following upcoming games: Mario Party 10, Code Name S.T.E.A.M., Yoshi’s Woolly World, Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker, and Kirby and the Rainbow Curse. Currently, only the Robin and Lucina amiibos from this series will have special perks that allow them to become playable characters in the upcoming Nintendo 3DS game, Code Name S.T.E.A.M.

To keep tabs on this hot item, check out our tracker located here!

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Nintendo Amiibo Wave 3

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Currently one of the hottest trends in the gaming community is Nintendo’s amiibo ($12.99) figurines for the Wii U. Created to enhance the experience of Nintendo titles such as Super Smash Bros. and Mario Party 10, the amiibo series is currently on its third wave of releases (February 2015) with a fourth on the way (Spring 2015.)

The characters featured in the third series of the amiibo will include Shulk from the Xeno series, Ike from the Fire Emblem series, Sheik and Toon Link from the Zelda series, Lucario from the Pokemon series, Meta Knight and King Dedede from the Kirby series, Rosalina and Bowser from the Mario series, Mega Man from the Mega Man series, and Sonic from the Sonic series.

All the amiibos are compatible with the Super Smash Bros. Wii U game and with the amiibo connected, you can level and customize your amiibo to your own liking. However, not all amiibos are compatible with every Nintendo series. For Mario Kart 8, connecting the Toon Link amiibo will unlock a special racing costume for your Mii but not for the other third wave amiibos.

There are also Nintendo games where all amiibos are compatible but connecting a specific amiibo will bring a better reward. In the Wii U game, Hyrule Warriors, all connected amiibos will allow you to get a three-star or lower rated weapon once a day. However, connecting the Sheik amiibo allows you to get a three-star or higher rated weapon and connecting the Toon Link amiibo lets you use a special spinner weapon not found in the game otherwise.

To get in on the amiibo craze, check out our trackers here!

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LEGO Minecraft Sets

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Minecraft lovers, get ready to expand your LEGO Minecraft universe! Six new LEGO Minecraft play sets are now available for you to mix and match! These play sets include The Cave ($19.99), The Farm ($29.99), The First Night ($39.99), The Ender Dragon ($69.99), The Mine ($109.99), and the Crafting Box ($49.99).

In The Cave, join LEGO minifigure Steve on his journey to gather valuable ores so he can fight off the Creepers and survive another night in the Minecraft world. The Cave play set includes dangerous minifigures such as the spider and a zombie who are there to prevent Steve from gathering more minerals. Besides these dangerous creatures, Steve also has to worry about the lavafall which are the orange LEGO blocks so watch your step! In addition, the set comes with accessories such as TNT and a pickaxe to help with the ore gathering and also a treasure chest with bread in it.

If you are interested in The Cave Minecraft LEGO set, click here.

Similar to The Cave, The Mine includes minifigures such as the spider, skeleton, the zombie, and the Creeper. The mine is full of valuable minerals perfect for survival however, there are plenty of enemies lurking in the mine at the same time. This set includes a minetrack with a minecart where Steve can zoom past the hostile enemies after securing his ores. To get the ore, this set comes with a pickaxe to slowly pick the minerals and TNT to blow up the walls for shortcuts through the mine.

If you are interested in The Mine LEGO set, check it out here.

With the LEGO Minecraft The Farm play set, help Steve secure a stable food supply while battling off the menacing minifigure, the skeleton, who is armed with a bow. This play set contains two minifigures, the cow and the sheep, crops such as wheat and carrots, a storage chest, a shovel, a helmet, fences, and a table where Steve can craft items to fight off the skeleton.

If you are interested in The Farm play set, click here.

In The First Night, help Steve create a shelter before night hits! This play set features two minifigures which are the Creeper and the pig. The goal in this LEGO playset is to create a safe home for your livestock and yourself before the sun starts to set. Once night hits, beware of the Creeper! This set includes a fence, a bed, an oven, a crafting table, and a chest. Additional accessories that are included are a sword, a pickaxe, and an axe.

If you are interested in The First Night, you can track it here.

If you’re looking for a dangerous adventure, check out The Ender Dragon play set which features the deadly minifigure, the Ender Dragon. The Ender Dragon resides in the dimension known as the End where there is no return until the dragon egg is obtained. This play set includes three minifigures of the Endermen, accessories like the diamond weapon and diamond armor, and the sand island which is where the dragon egg to exit the dimension is located. The sand island has three obsidian pillars with regenerative crystals on top of them which is how the Ender Dragon is powered.

If you are interested in The Ender Dragon set, check out our tracker for it here.

The Minecraft Crafting Box is a LEGO set that provides the ultimate form of creativity because you can create your own Minecraft creation or you can use the LEGO pieces to expand other Minecraft play sets. Aside from LEGO building pieces, some additional accessories available in this set are the diamond pickaxe, the skeleton, the mooshroom, torches, TNT, and crops. This set comes with some picture examples of what you could build with the pieces in the Crafting Box as well as an awesome periodic Minecraft table poster!

If you are interested in The Crafting Box, click here.

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LEGO Santa’s Workshop

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For those who can’t wait for Christmas to arrive, LEGO has recently added Santa’s Workshop ($69.99, LEGO.com) to its LEGO Creator Winter Village Series! With Christmas rapidly approaching, Santa and his elves are going to need some help in order to make their Christmas deadline.

The Santa’s Workshop LEGO play-set includes a detailed Christmas workshop that has a festive exterior and interior. Inside Santa’s workshop there is a fireplace and a seat for Santa where he can read his Christmas letters from children all over the world. There is also a table for the elves to prepare the Christmas gifts for delivery. The exterior of the workshop consists of colorful Christmas lights that are hung across the top of the entrance, a big clock, white roofs to represent a snowy Christmas, and a sign that says “Santa’s Workshop.”

Aside from Santa’s workshop building, this LEGO play-set also includes a conveyor belt for the elves to start manufacturing their toys. After the elves are done producing and wrapping the presents, the gifts are loaded onto Santa’s red and golden sleigh which is pulled by four reindeer.

This set also includes a Santa Claus minifigure, a North Pole sign, a Christmas tree, a Mrs. Claus minifigure with some Christmas treats, four minifigures of elves, and a baby reindeer.

If you’re interested in getting this LEGO Santa’s Workshop play-set, click here!

 

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Nintendo amiibo

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Nintendo is introducing a new way to experience gaming through character figurines known as amiibo ($12.99). Players can connect their amiibo with compatible Wii U games so that their amiibo can interact with the game. To connect your amiibo to the game, all you have to do is hold the amiibo over the Wii U gamepad. The first set of amiibo that will come out are amiibos for the Super Smash Bros. game on the Wii U.

Among these amiibo are some of our favorite heroes and heroines such as Mario, Peach, and Yoshi from the Super Mario series, Pikachu from the Pokemon series, Samus Aran from the Metroid series, Marth from Fire Emblem, Link from the Legend of Zelda, Fox from Star Fox, Kirby, and Donkey Kong. However, we have some other familiar faces such as the Villager from Animal Crossing and the Wii Fit Trainer from the Wii Fit games.

An example of how these amiibos will work is that connecting the amiibos while playing Super Smash Bros. will allow you to fight against, fight with, or watch it fight against other characters. Your amiibo will be able to increase its attack and defense and also learn new fighting techniques and its leveling capabilities will be capped at level 50. All the changes that are made to the amiibo are then stored on the amiibo itself.

If you’re interested in checking out Nintendo’s new amiibo gaming experience, check out our tracker for the figures here!

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Hot Wheels Street Hawk Remote Control Flying Car

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Have you ever wondered about what a flying car would look like? Well now you don’t have to with Hot Wheels’ Street Hawk Remote Control Flying Car! The Hot Wheels Street Hawk Remote Control Flying Car has both ground and flying capabilities which are all controlled by a single remote control.

On the ground, the car moves with proportional steering and is powered by a LiPo 3.7V battery that can be charged through a USB cable or through the 2.4GHz transmitter. In the air, the Street Hawk can fly up to 200 feet or more which gives you a lot of room to try exciting aerial maneuvers! The Street Hawk is also very durable and lightweight which makes it easier to perform any aerial tricks.

With the Hot Wheels Street Hawk Remote Control Flying Car, kids can race each other on land, in the air, or a combination of both.

Batteries do not come with the Hot Wheels Street Hawk Remote Control Flying Car but you get an extra pair of propellers in case you lose them or damage them. This flying car comes in two different sets of colors, orange and blue or red and yellow.

If you’re interested in this cool Hot Wheels flying car, check out our tracker here!

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Dragon Age: Inquisition Inquisitor’s Edition

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The highly anticipated special edition sequel to the Dragon Age series will be arriving this fall! On November 18th, Dragon Age: Inquisition Inquisitor’s Edition ($169.99) will be available on Xbox 360, Xbox One, PC, PlayStation 3, and PlayStation 4. In this new Dragon Age game, the land of Thedas is full of chaos and disorder as war breaks out between the mages and the templars. Not only is there an impending war approaching but there appears to be some unknown forces controlling the chaos from behind the scenes. It is up to the player, who plays the role of the protagonist, the Inquisitor, to embark on a journey to stop the mayhem that is destroying Thedas. The player does this by making new allies and leading these allies through strategic victories. Similar to the style of the other Dragon Age games, the combat system will reflect real-time based combat but players will also have the opportunity to pause and strategize how they want their allies to proceed in battle.

Players have the ability to not only choose the race and gender of their Inquisitor but also a class for them. These classes are the warrior, the mage, and the rogue and of course, they all have their own unique set of skills and story content. Like the previous Dragon Age games, the decisions that the player makes will ultimately determine the way the game ends. Aside from the heavy decision making that players have to make, players can also explore the immersive world of Thedas which contains ten open world areas.

This Inquisition’s Edition comes with a detailed 8.5″ x 13.5″ x 14.5″ case that is wrapped in faux reptile skin. On the top of the case, there is a golden Inquisitor mark and the interior of the case is filled with red silk. As for some of the limited edition goodies, there is a 22″ x 32″ Cloth map of Thedas with four map markers, a 40-page Inquisitor’s journal, a quill and ink-pot, an Inquisitor’s badge, Orlesian coins, a six-piece lock tool set, a set of tarot cards with Dragon Age lore on it, and a limited edition steel case for the game.

The Inquisitor’s Edition not only comes with limited edition merchandise but also the Deluxe Edition of Dragon Age: Inquisition. The deluxe edition contains special mounts like the Bog Unicorn, the Red Hart Halla, and the Armored Mount, a digital soundtrack, and special gear such as the Inquisitor Armor and multi-class weapons.

If you’re interested in checking out the special edition of Dragon Age: Inquisition, click here!

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LEGO The Tumbler

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What do you do when there’s danger in Gotham City? Get to the Batmobile! Coming September 2014, LEGO will be releasing Batman’s Batmobile, The Tumbler ($199.99, Ages 16+), from The Dark Knight trilogy. Based on the actual Tumbler shown in the Batman movies, this vehicle features an awesome all black armored exterior with adjustable top wings and rubber tread tires so that Batman can navigate swiftly and smoothly without detection. Not only does the exterior of Batman’s Tumbler exude awesomeness but the interior of the Batmobile is also extremely detailed with various radars to track enemies and screens to dodge the Gotham City police. One screen in particular has the words “Intimidate” on it, showing that Batman is ready to take on the evil that lurks within Gotham City.

This LEGO playset comes with two minifigures: Batman and the Joker and also a fact sheet about the Tumbler that was used in the Dark Knight trilogy.

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