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America’s Test Kitchen: Let’s Get Cooking for Nintendo DS

Let's get cooking America’s Test Kitchen: Let’s Get Cooking for the Nintendo DS game systems is delicious -  with, easy-to-follow recipes that encourage cooks of any age or experience level to enjoy preparing a meal with friends and family.

America’s Test Kitchen,  widely recognized as a trusted brand for recipes that everyday cooks can easily master and enjoy, the Nintendo DS software provides cooking experts to take care of the trial-and-error of cooking for you.

With America’s Test Kitchen: Let’s Get Cooking, expert and novice chefs alike can select from 300 rigorously tested recipes – covering appetizers, desserts and everything in-between – and prepare them using interactive step-by-step instructions.

Users can browse the recipes in several ways, including by ingredients, difficulty or cooking time. A wide range of age-appropriate kitchen tasks means everyone in the household can get in on the action.

Both America’s Test Kitchen: Let’s Get Cooking and Nintendo DSi XL go on sale on March 28. The software is available at a suggested retail price of just $19.99.

For more information about America’s Test Kitchen: Let’s Get Cooking, visit www.atkgame.com


Wii game giveaway features Astro Boy, Ben 10 & Secret Saturdays

Our sincerest apologies. This contest has ended, was scheduled to end December 16.

Black Friday and Cyber Monday kicked off the present buying frenzy for the holiday season.  To show how much we love the gift of giving, we're offering a cute little bundle of Wii games for some good little gamer.

Restricted to residents of the US and Canada.  Please be 18 or older (or have your parent's permission to be here).

Good luck and happy holidays.

Enter to win the titles below:

FOR THE Wii

Astro Boy

If you are a fan of this old-school Japanese manga from the 50s, then Astro Boy: The Movie gives you the chance to be  Astro Boy. Use all his super powers- lasers, arm cannons, super strength, and flight- on the ultimate adventure to save Metro City. Harness his positive "blue" energy and embrace destiny.

The Secret Saturdays: Beasts of the Fifth Sun

Take control of Zak Saturday and his family the Saturdays, scientific explorers dedicated to discovering and protecting secret artifacts and mysterious creatures known as Cryptids. Fight against the dastardly V.V. Argost’s evil plot to control the Cryptids and rule the world. Don't expect this game to stick to the cartoon story line; it has its own twists and turns.

Ben 10 Alien Force: Vilgax Attacks

This fast-paced, 3D-action game is based on the hit television series ALIEN FORCE airing on Cartoon Network and offers all-new story content, multiple playable alien forms, and an unlimited combo system with puzzles and challenges that will engage players of all levels. No more earning aliens to blast. This version gives them to you from the get go.


Nintendo & Wii tops on the wish list Giveaway starts Dec. 1

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We should own stock in Nintendo.  It's a corny joke, I know, but by the time we get through with the wish list, our family will have done its part to boost the sagging economy.

Recently, we had the opportunity to review some of the great new games available for the Nintendo DS and DSi as well as the Wii (only $199 now).  What a blast!

Enter the Wii Game Giveaway beginn.ing Dec. 1

Tops on our must-have list:

FOR THE Wii

Astro Boy

If you are a fan of this old-school japanese manga from the 50s, then Astro Boy: The Movie gives you the chance to be  Astro Boy. Use all his super powers- lasers, arm cannons, super strength, and flight- on the ultimate adventure to save Metro City. Harness his positive "blue" energy and embrace destiny.

The Secret Saturdays: Beasts of the Fifth Sun

Take control of Zak Saturday and his family the Saturdays, scientific explorers dedicated to discovering and protecting secret artifacts and mysterious creatures known as Cryptids. Fight against the dastardly V.V. Argost’s evil plot to control the Cryptids and rule the world. Don't expect this game to stick to the cartoon story line; it has its own twists and turns.

Ben 10 Alien Force: Vilgax Attacks

This fast-paced, 3D-action game is based on the hit television series ALIEN FORCE airing on Cartoon Network and offers all-new story content, multiple playable alien forms, and an unlimited combo system with puzzles and challenges that will engage players of all levels. No more earning aliens to blast. This version gives them to you from the get go.

Game Party 3

Get your old school game on with  Game Party 3's pick-up-and-play game pack featuring Croquet, Bocce Ball , Racquetball and Mini Golf. Game Party 3 is perfect play for the family or for a crowd - up to four can play or in tournament mode up to 16. Don't miss Root Beer Tap.

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Rock the Hollywood scene with movie quizzes from anagrams to scene clips. Earn glitz and buy bling. It's all about who you know (and a little bit of what you know too).  Score big and be the star of Tinsel Town. Try a free demo and see why everyone is rushing the red carpet.

For DS

Style Savvy

Hours of retail therapy await the fashionista. Style Savvy, launching this holiday season, invites players to create a fashion-forward boutique, help customers in the game find their perfect style using 16 different brands and compete in glamorous runway contests. Let's go shopping!

Touchmaster 3

The DS favorite mini-games compilation redux.  Ultimate TouchMaster brings on on a new batch of puzzles from the MegaTouch series. With 20 games designed for quick touchscreen sessions, Ultimate TouchMaster is versatile family fun for hours.
       


Style Savvy: in the virtual and real world

These are definitely not orthopedics 

There are too many days where I feel like one of those little old ladies with the shapeless sweater and orthopedic shoes.

Just kidding!

I'm not there yet, but I - like many others - occasionally I find myself desperate for something really cute or sexy or trendy or just plain new to make me feel fashion fantastic.

Recently, I got a chance to test drive the syn Sofia-developed Style Savvy for the Nintendo DS and DSi. The game retails for $29.99.

For once, I got to shop until I dropped and someone else picked up the tab. Nothing like a little retail therapy to soothe the frugalista.

With 10,000 pieces that change as the seasons do as well as downloadable styles from designer Charlotte Ronson - pieces you can actually add to your real wardrobe - you'll never wonder what to wear again.

But before I got started playing this super-addictive game, I got a chance to speak with LA-based stylist and lifestyle expert, Alison Deyette. Deyette, who appears regularly on Today, The View, Tyra and more, gave me some great tips for my new favorite retail therapy game as well as a few I can use in the real world.

"Fashion is cyclical. Everything comes around again," she says, when I lament having tossed a great pair of Frye boots that now seem to be fashionable again - only this time at three times what I paid way back when. "Trendy items you toss. Good things you keep."

I vow to do just that when I go on another one of my mad de-cluttering rampages. I only hope I can follow through since it is so much easier to purge than sanely consider the long term possibilities, especially when space or rather lack of space is an issue.

Deyette's biggest tip for turning heads this holiday season is to shop for the bargains at discount shops like T.J. Maxx, Marshalls, Daffy's, Filene's and Loehmann's.  "I love the hunt," she says.

Other great places to pick up terrific style at budget prices are H&M, Banana Republic (even cheaper are GAP and Old Navy), Sears and JC Penney. 

She also recommends online shopping for deep discounts on sites like Bluefly.com, HauteLook.com, etc. There are loads more, specializing in everything from shoes (Zappos.com) to vintage (Kittygirlvintage.com)

Load on chunky bracelets, layer several strands of multi-length necklaces, opt for a bold bib necklace or pile on the dramatic cocktail rings.  Costume jewelry is a perfect wardrobe pick-me-up, Deyette adds.

It's cheap, it's dazzling and no one knows if it's real or if it's fake. Some great places to find these bargain jewelry pieces are Kohl's, Forever 21, and Target.

"I'm loving the belt," she says. "i"m a big fan of belts."  Everyone has a waist and it's time women started cinching it.

She suggests investing in a skinny patent leather belt, a wide braided belt and a wide stretch belt to belt over jackets, nip the waist on dresses, and draw attention to natural curves.

The big bold color for fall is purple, Deyette says, adding that bold is essential to pulling off a wardrobe update.  "Stay away from the safety of black...Choose colors. It gets you noticed when you walk into a room," she says.


Nintendo’s Style Savvy Hits the Fashion Week Runway with Charlotte Ronson

Nintendo and acclaimed designer Charlotte Ronson are putting an interactive twist on this year’s Fashion Week festivities in New York.

To celebrate the upcoming launch of Style Savvy, the new fashion game for the Nintendo DS and Nintendo DSi hand-held systems, Ronson and Nintendo will give attendees a sneak preview of the game at the Sept. 11 runway show after-party for Ronson’s hotly anticipated spring 2010 line.

Style Savvy, launching this holiday season, invites players to create a fashion-forward boutique, help customers in the game find their perfect style using 16 different brands and compete in glamorous runway contests.

Using Nintendo® Wi-Fi Connection and a broadband Internet connection, players can also connect wirelessly with friends to shop in their boutiques and join up for multiplayer runway shows.

Style Savvy transforms some of my fashions from the real world into a portable fashion experience that players can take with them anywhere,” Ronson said. “Now everyone can explore their creative instincts and become a fashion stylist.”

Later in the year, Style Savvy players will be able to access Charlotte Ronson Designer Downloads. Players will be able to download items from her fall 2009 line directly into the game.

Nintendo DSi entertains travelers of all ages

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All my life I've heard idle hands are the devil's workshop.  To that I say, "Hand that kid a Nintendo DSi please."

We log more than a few hours commuting each week and travel pretty regularly.  Having good reading material for our daily travels and holiday trips is essential, but sometimes you hanker for a little silliness.

From the newly released Starfy, the wildly popular Prince of Pufftop, to the addictively adorable Rhythm Heaven or just taking silly portraits (see the silliest above), the Nintendo DSi has been a peacemaker, lifesaver and goofy good time for us.

Put a smile into your daily commute or next vacation. The kids (big and small) will be happy and you will too.