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Winged Warriors Game Family-Friendly Game Ben 10 Ultimate Game Enchanting Cartoons Disney Princess Dolls Super Scribblenauts Jump-Start 3-D Learning Learning with Toys


Explore The World Of Winged Warriors

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(NAPSI)-When kids’ imaginations take flight this year, it will be on the wings of owls.

Owls are a hot topic thanks to the release of “Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole,” a 3-D animated movie based on the highly acclaimed New York Times best-selling children’s book series by author Kathryn Lasky.

Now, kids will also have a chance to get closer to the owls’ adventures in a new videogame, “Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole—The Videogame.” An engaging, thrilling aerial combat experience, the game builds on the world and characters established in both the film and books.

The story is based on the first three installments of the book series: The Capture, The Journey and The Rescue. In the books, Soren, a young owl, has heard the stories of the Guardians of Ga’Hoole, a band of winged warriors who fought to save all of owlkind from the evil Pure Ones.

Finding himself right in the line of fire by the wicked owls, Soren somehow escapes to the Great Tree, the sanctuary of the Guardians. A war rages between the two sides, and the brave Guardian owl Shard is tasked with bringing peace to the kingdom and saving Soren and the others from certain doom at the hands of the Pure Ones.

“Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole—The Videogame” puts the player in the role of Shard on his quest to restore harmony to the owl universe. The game delivers the story’s scenes, exploring the world of the animated film with full 360-degree flight in more than 25 levels across five unique worlds.

Rated “E10+” for kids 10 years and older, it’s an easy pick-up-and-play experience for younger players, but there are also deeper systems to engage older, more experienced players. “Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole—The Videogame” is a great way for the entire family to share in kids’ fascination with owls.

The videogame, which brings the beloved story to life, is published by WB Games.

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Batman Is Back In Family-Friendly Game

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(NAPSI)-Parents seeking a family-friendly videogame need look no further than the latest Batman™ title featuring the Caped Crusader™.

"Batman: The Brave and the Bold the Videogame™" is an episodic adventure based on the popular animated series, offering fun and interactive escapades on Wii and Nintendo DS. Aimed at Batman fans of all ages and their families, the interactive experience offers valuable lessons in teamwork and cooperation.

In Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment's "Batman: The Brave and the Bold the Videogame," fans can play as Batman, as well as characters from his powerful posse, including Green Lantern™, Robin™, Hawkman™ and Blue Beetle™. Players can also call on other friendly heroes such as The Flash™ and Aquaman™ to drop in and squash enemies.

Fighting Dastardly Villains

The game provides families with the opportunity to experience a true interactive adaptation of the cartoon classic, with quality 2-D animation, many of the show's voice-over cast as well as similar dialogue, humor and action. Just like the show, the game features different episodes that have Batman teaming up with another hero to battle notorious villains from the DC Universe™, including Catwoman™, Gorilla Grodd™ and Gentleman Ghost™.

Team-Focused Gameplay

With easy drop-in gameplay, family and friends can experience the thrill of being Batman or one of his most powerful allies as they battle their way to justice in a variety of locations, from Gotham City and strange alien planets, to mysterious laboratories and beyond.

"Batman: The Brave and the Bold the Videogame" encourages teamwork among family members with a two-player co-op mode, as well as the option to have other characters drop in to assist during battle.

Cool Gadgets

Fans will delight in Batman's iconic gadgets, including his Batarang, Jet Booster, belt sword and more, to complete missions. They can unlock and upgrade new gadgets and team up with new heroes as they fight their way to justice.

Interconnectivity

Players can unlock Bat-Mite™ as a playable character by linking the Nintendo DS version to the Wii version and controlling him using their Nintendo DS. Bat-Mite can be helpful or mischievous while fighting alongside the heroes, adding a new element of gameplay.

"Batman: The Brave and the Bold the Videogame" is rated "E10+" by the ESRB. For more information, please visit http://games.kidswb.com/officialsite/brave-and-the-bold-the-videogame.

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Ultimate Game Offers Fans A Chance To Save The World

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(NAPSI)-Parents frantically searching for the ultimate kids’ video game this holiday season can now relax as “Ben 10 Ultimate Alien™: Cosmic Destruction,” the new “Ben 10” game, offers more than the traditional stocking stuffer.

“Ben 10 Ultimate Alien: Cosmic Destruction” is based on “Ben 10: Ultimate Alien,” a continuation of the successful and Emmy-winning “Ben 10” original television series, which is backed by the Cartoon Network, Inc. and has been among the top 5 boys’ action brands for years.

The game integrates several advancements, such as 17 alien life-forms, a quick-switch feature to change aliens faster than ever, and an ancient alien artifact that must be recovered on an adventure that involves saving humanity from a cosmic storm and ultimate destruction as players visit iconic worldwide locales, including Paris, Tokyo, China and Rome.

A New Chapter in the “Ben 10” Saga

While the effects and music are 100 percent authentic and true to the television series, the game comes with a brand-new story created by one of the “Ben 10” show writers, Charlotte Fullerton.

In this game, players will yield the power of the all-new Ultimatrix, an upgraded Omnitrix, that transforms Ben into the most powerful, hyperevolved alien forms ever available in the entire series of “Ben 10” games. It allows Ben to unlock more powerful “ultimate” versions of the most popular alien heroes to annihilate enemies in battle.

New Aliens and Never-Before-Seen Villains

Players can play as the hero Ben Tennyson and up to 17 of his alien forms including many new aliens from the “Ben 10: Ultimate Alien” television series. These include Armodrillo, Water Hazard, AmpFibian, Terraspin and NRG. The special skills and abilities of these characters allow players to jackhammer through enemies, unleash devastating water blasts, emit explosive radiation beams and more. There are also a few never-before-seen villains that players will meet!

Player-Friendly Features and Upgrades

An all-new quick-switch feature allows players to quickly transform from alien to alien, making it possible to create powerful custom alien combos.

And, thanks to an all-new upgrade system, players can enhance their favorite alien character’s strength, speed, defense and special attacks by gaining experience from defeating enemies, collecting rare sumo slammer cards, and crushing cars, forklifts, furniture and various objects throughout each level.

In addition to the game making its first appearance on the PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system, next-gen console owners will receive their own exclusive aliens—an alien called Rath for the Xbox 360™ game and entertainment system from Microsoft, and an alien called Four Arms for the PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system.

The game is published by D3Publisher. To learn more about going ULTIMATE, visit Ben10theVideogame.com and d3publisher.us.

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Help Your Youngsters Enjoy Practicing Proper Etiquette

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(NAPSI)-Most parents understand the importance of their youngsters exhibiting the proper behavior at the table and social occasions—but not everyone knows how best to teach these things. Some fun tips from “Beauty and the Beast’s” friendly talking candelabra Lumiere may help:

How To Be The Proper Host

• Invitations. Mail is the most formal, but you can also e-mail or call your guests with the party information including time, place and what to wear, whether fancy or casual.

• Introductions. To make sure your guests are comfortable, introduce them to each other.

• Mind Your Manners. Remember, guests come first. Let them be the first to be served and the first in line to play a game.

• Check In. Make sure everyone is having fun and is involved ...that’s the host’s job. Look out for anyone sitting alone without someone to talk to or play with.

At The Table

• Good Posture. Even the gruff Beast appeared instantly more friendly when Belle encouraged proper posture at the table. Not only does sitting up straight let you see everyone and everything on the table, it also helps you digest food better.

• Neat Napkins. Even the most careful diner can’t always be tidy, so keep a napkin on your lap to catch anything that might fall.

• Passing Fancy. Passing dishes is a safe and courteous way to ensure everyone gets to enjoy a bit of everything. Be sure the person to whom you are passing a dish has a firm hold on it before you let go.

• Pleasing Words. Don’t forget to say “please” and “thank you” when passing dishes or when speaking with others during the dinner conversation.

• Make Your Excuses. At the end of the meal, ask to be excused before leaving the table.

An Animated Inspiration

One way to both reward and inspire these behaviors, many parents have found, is with the help of a beloved fairy tale. Disney’s Academy Award®−winning animated classic “Beauty and the Beast,” now available in a Blu-ray™ + DVD Combo Pack, makes practicing manners fun.

Set in and around a quaint French village during the late 18th century, the animated film follows the fantastic adventures of Belle, a bright and beautiful young woman who encounters a prince under the spell of an enchantress who has turned him into a beast and his servants into animated household objects inside the castle.

It is when this enchanted staff welcomes Belle to the castle with the lively musical number “Be Our Guest” that the most compelling inspiration for good manners occurs. Ultimately, as Belle continues to treat the Beast with her gentle, good manners, she sees beneath the Beast’s exterior and discovers the heart and soul of a human prince.

Learn More

For more information, visit disneydvd.disney.go.com.

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Gifts For Girls

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(NAPSI)-?There is a new “Friends & Fashion” lifestyle line of dolls that features girls’ favorite childhood characters with a sophisticated new look.

The Princess & Me brand was inspired by popular Disney Princess characters and features beautifully sculpted 18” scale dolls, doll fashions, accessories and even stunning dress-up for a slightly older fan, girls ages 5−8. Authentic details, new activities and high-end fabrics envelop girls in a royal world.

Now girls can dress their favorite Disney Princess dolls in sleepwear and ballet outfits in their signature colors and styles to bring their favorite princesses into their own world and adventures. The line resonates with girls who grew up loving all things princess and are now looking for new ways to relate to the characters as they get older. Moms love the idea that there are now products that will keep their girls’ interest in princess play longer.

Each doll wears a tiara and comes dressed in her signature ball gown. Included is an invitation for girls to become a member of the Disney Princess royal family and a small magazine with helpful princess lifestyle tips. Now available at Toys “R” Us stores nationwide and at Toysrus.com, Princess & Me is expected to be a top pick this holiday season.

For more information, visit www.disneyprincessandme.com or www.jakks.com.

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Create Anything…Solve Everything!
Words Come Alive In Innovative New Game

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(NAPSI)-What do you get when you conjure up a giant, floating, magnetic octopus and a fast, angry zombie car? A follow-up to a groundbreaking video game from Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment that lets puzzle aficionados find the “write” way to solve problems with creative solutions.

In Super Scribblenauts, an innovative new title for Nintendo DS/DSi, players help Maxwell, the in-game hero, acquire a “Starite” by solving puzzles in inventive ways. By modifying objects with an arsenal of adjectives, Super Scribblenauts provides kids ages 10 and up the opportunity to have fun while enhancing their vocabulary and creative expression.

Players can create any object that comes to mind and modify it in any way they desire. In one challenge, players embark on a science experiment to transform an innocent bystander into a beast. This could mean conjuring up “green,” “scaly,” “flying,” “fire-breathing” potions to alter appearance, behavior, even mood. With a library of more than 800 customizable objects and thousands of adjectives, players can produce incredibly creative objects, allowing imaginations to run wild for a truly unique and individualistic experience.

The sequel to last year’s bestselling game also improves on the original Scribblenauts with 120 brand-new, in-depth levels to challenge curious minds. When stumped, players can use hints to help them along the way.

Taking their creativity even further, players can design both puzzle and action levels to build their very own custom playground. Enhanced control schemes allow players to interact with their environments on a more realistic level. Super Scribblenauts players can also create their own levels in the game’s level editor, where they can add all kinds of objectives to levels with ease and share it with friends via Wi-Fi.

The critically acclaimed follow-up to last year’s top-selling game, Super Scribblenauts will charm, delight and entertain players of all ages 10 and up. Expand your vocabulary at www.scribblenauts.com.

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Jump-Starting Your Child's School Year Can Be Child's Play

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(NAPSI)-One proven way to get kids serious about learning is to make it fun.

That's a lesson software makers have taken to heart--and they are creating educational games that put young brains to work.

For example, a superpersonalized, wildly imaginative and really fun game that also teaches math, science, reading and critical thinking skills was created by JumpStart.com, the best-selling educational software developer.

Built with 3-D technology, the game takes kids' online gaming to a whole new level of engagement. The award-winning, adventure-based, 3-D virtual world combines learning and fun to maximize engagement and educational value.

While exploring a constantly changing animated world, game players must accomplish missions that require them to practice essential age-appropriate learning skills, including counting, colors and shape recognition for pre-K and kindergarten, all the way through grammar, vocabulary, math and science facts for older kids.

As kids learn to navigate in the "Virtual World" game, they build confidence about trying new things.

The games are based on national educational standards--meaning the skills that kids learn in the games will translate directly into success in the classroom.

JumpStart.com has been described as a groundbreaking evolution in children's learning games and the first learning game delivered in a browser with high-quality 3-D graphics and advanced game play. Kids 3 to 10 can use the site to interact, explore and learn.

In the more than 19 years of its existence, the game company has acquired about 30 million parents as fans. The company's Knowledge Adventure, JumpStart and Math Blaster brands have earned over 500 awards.

Also, the game designers know that kids learn and play differently--that's why there are different areas and games perfect for kids of all different learning styles.

For more information, go to www.JumpStart.com.

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Shower Expectant Mothers With Fun And Knowledge For Their Newborn!

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(NAPSI)-When buying clothes for baby showers, many gift givers like to offer a variety of sizes to get new moms through the first two years. The same principle holds true for baby toys. As you search for baby shower gifts this year, don’t be shy about bringing a gift the baby will use in a year or more as new moms will appreciate having toddler toys on hand. It is never too early to help moms start the learning process with their newborns either. Look for toys that combine the fun and interactivity with basic learning skills, bringing development value to the baby’s playtime. Also, if the new baby has an older brother or sister, bringing a gift for them is a nice, thoughtful touch and can be passed down to infants as they get older. Here are some suggestions to cover the first two years:

Six Months: As babies grow through their first six months, they are constantly exploring the world around them and its shapes, colors, textures and sounds. A gift that combines bath time fun with early learning is the Submarine Learning Boat that rewards babies with a playful squirt of water from the submarine’s spout when they correctly identify colors, shapes and sounds. Another bath time toy is the Musical Bubbles Octopus. With the switch of a button, infants are surrounded with bubbles for dancing, laughing and twirling in the tub. An additional benefit is that infants will enjoy these bath toys for years to come!

Twelve Months: Once babies inch toward the one-year mark, they are becoming increasingly mobile. Toys that encourage movement as babies begin standing and taking their first steps are perfect for this age group. The Counting Fun Elephant features an air fountain that distributes colorful balls through the air to teach babies sounds and colors. Eventually, the four piano keys will teach the infant the basics of numbers and counting. Another great gift idea is the Count & Learn School Bus. This toy moves with the infant as the doggy driver teaches simple counting. Four character balls with interactive sound effects are dropped into the bus and travel out the exit door. The side of the bus features four colorful press-to-sound piano keys.

Eighteen Months: As babies near eighteen months, their strength and balance improve as well as their motor skills and hand-eye coordination. The Musical Fun Choo Choo marries music and play as children take a whimsical ride complete with three instrument-playing characters, buttons and shapes. The light-up smokestack and pull cord create engaging train play. For longer-lasting fun, consider the 3-in-1 Learning Zebra Scooter, which converts from a ride-on to a push-and-scoot as your baby learns to walk. Lights and music entertain while infants learn colors, numbers and sounds.

All of these toys are created by VTech. Learn about VTech’s offerings for infants and children of all ages at www.vtechkids.com. Infant products and more information about children’s development and learning needs can be found at www.vtechkids.com/infant.

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