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Play Your Way To Fitness Help Kids Be More Active Fashion and Fantasy Pop Culture Yogi Bear Video Game Batteries Included Brain Power Improvers

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Play Your Way To Fitness

(NAPSI)-Who says getting fit can't be fun? Popular new fitness games turn staying fit into a fun challenge.

Here are ways to get in the game of staying in shape:

"Your Shape: Fitness Evolved"

The fitness game for Kinect on the Xbox 360 video game and entertainment system from Microsoft puts your body into the game for the ultimate experience. You control the game intuitively with your body to create your own personalized fitness experience.

Choose a personal trainer to help you meet your specific fitness goals, take a yoga or martial arts class or play fun, family-friendly minigames.

As you exercise, you receive specific feedback on your every move, thanks to the game's real-time precise tracking system. Plus, you interact with captivating visual effects that respond to your movement and impact. It's so much fun you may not notice how hard you're working until you see the results.

"Gold's Gym Dance Workout"

Developed in collaboration with fitness and dance experts, "Gold's Gym Dance Workout" is the first dance game specifically dedicated to fitness and weight loss.

You can have fun dancing to popular songs, learn new choreography and play minigames that will whip you into shape in no time.

The wide variety of dances includes popular Latin styles such as salsa, samba, rumba, cumbia, reggaeton and merengue. Plus, you can pump up your routine with boxing-inspired dance routines.

Getting fit has never been so much fun. These games can be found wherever games are sold or at www.ubi.com.

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Easy Steps To Help Your Kids Become More Active

(NAPSI)-Today's kids may not get enough exercise but there is an easy way to get them to move more: Get them interested in a game with all the right moves.

There are a few new games to choose from:

• The No. 1 selling music/ rhythm game on the Wii™ system from Nintendo, "Just Dance," now has a kids version with a selection of their favorite songs, crazy dances and all-new, kid-friendly gameplay.

"Just Dance Kids" features some of the biggest pop and hip-hop hits rerecorded by kids, including "One Time," "Naturally," "Holiday," "Surfin' USA" and many more.

Younger kids will enjoy their favorite TV shows, including "The Wiggles" and "YO GABBA GABBA!," plus there are some classic kids songs for even the youngest, such as "The Wheels on the Bus" and "The Alphabet Song."

• "Just Dance 2" answers the call with more songs, the hottest new moves, new co-op and competitive game modes, and an improved detection system. It's a great music game for the entire family.

Featuring an all-new track list, this version includes old-school favorites and today's hottest hits, spanning a wider selection of musical genres.

Players can bust a move to today's chart toppers, like "When I Grow Up" by The Pussycat Dolls, "A-Punk" by Vampire Weekend and "S.O.S." by Rihanna.

Then they can enjoy classic hits and legendary songs like "I Got You (I Feel Good)" by James Brown and "Proud Mary," performed by Ike and Tina Turner.

Want more songs? You can download from an expanding catalog of hits. The game includes moves choreographed by experts in every style of music, including rock, pop, hip-hop, R&B and Latin. These games can be found wherever games are sold or online at www.ubi.com.

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Presents Of Fashion And Fantasy

(NAPSI)-You can be known for having the gift of giving if you present presents that let the recipient be creative. A great way to do so is when you turn to craft and the imagination with the help of three new handheld games.

• "Style Lab Fashion Design." The innovative game-to-reality title lets players not only design their own fashions in the game, but wear them in real life. With this Nintendo™ DS game, you can develop your own distinct style of customized clothing and accessories, share them with friends via your own Web gallery, then wear your own unique fashions.

Players design T-shirts, hoodies, hats and bags using a variety of colors, tones, fonts and hundreds of images that can be resized, flipped and recolored to create a look that's all their own. Try on the designs on your in-game avatar and then order them from the Style Lab at www.stylelabgame.com/fashion.

• "Petz Fantasy Sunshine Magic" and "Moonlight Magic." The popular handheld pet-simulation game is introducing an all-nurturing experience. Players discover mysterious eggs that hatch into adorable fantasy creatures, each with its own personality, surprising reactions and magical powers.

Help them grow by caring for them, feeding them and teaching them their magical powers. Then dress them up in costumes and accessories and play minigames to guide them to shoot fireballs or ice bombs, and race through magic tunnels or fly through a magical sky. The Petz Fantasy games are the proud recipient of the prestigious 2010 National Parenting Publications Award (NAPPA).

These games for the Nintendo™ DS system are available at major retailers or at www.ubi.com.

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Get A Life! Create, Customize And Control Your Own Piece Of A Pop Culture Icon

(NAPSI)-You can be known for having the gift of giving if you present presents that let the recipient be creative. A great way to do so is when you turn to craft and the imagination with the help of three new handheld games.

• "Style Lab Fashion Design." The innovative game-to-reality title lets players not only design their own fashions in the game, but wear them in real life. With this Nintendo™ DS game, you can develop your own distinct style of customized clothing and accessories, share them with friends via your own Web gallery, then wear your own unique fashions.

Players design T-shirts, hoodies, hats and bags using a variety of colors, tones, fonts and hundreds of images that can be resized, flipped and recolored to create a look that's all their own. Try on the designs on your in-game avatar and then order them from the Style Lab at www.stylelabgame.com/fashion.

• "Petz Fantasy Sunshine Magic" and "Moonlight Magic." The popular handheld pet-simulation game is introducing an all-nurturing experience. Players discover mysterious eggs that hatch into adorable fantasy creatures, each with its own personality, surprising reactions and magical powers.

Help them grow by caring for them, feeding them and teaching them their magical powers. Then dress them up in costumes and accessories and play minigames to guide them to shoot fireballs or ice bombs, and race through magic tunnels or fly through a magical sky. The Petz Fantasy games are the proud recipient of the prestigious 2010 National Parenting Publications Award (NAPPA).

These games for the Nintendo™ DS system are available at major retailers or at www.ubi.com.

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Yogi Bear is back; saves Jellystone Park.

(NAPSI)-There's good news for video game fans who think they may be smarter than the average bear. The launch of "Yogi Bear: The Video Game," from D3Publisher and Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, will let players of all ages take on the role of the lovable bear as he tries to save Jellystone Park from shutting down forever.

The new game, which stars Dan Aykroyd as the voice of Yogi, is based on the upcoming Warner Bros. Pictures release "Yogi Bear," a live-action/computer animated adventure filmed in 3-D. Players taking on the Yogi role will discover and interact with an assortment of wild animals in multiple locales within the famous fictional park, including Lookout Mountain, Wilderness Trail, Jellystone Lake and Eagle Mountain.

As Yogi Bear, players will belly slide, sneak and navigate zip lines through the park to find endangered animals-all while nabbing the occasional "pic-a-nic" basket or two.

"Yogi Bear: The Video Game" on Wii features vibrant graphics and platform action as players move through different levels, collecting useful items and having fun while on their mission. In the Nintendo DS format, the items can be constructed to make gad?gets through minigames utilizing the touch screen that gives Yogi special abilities throughout the game.

However, they must be careful: Ranger Smith doesn't tolerate disturbance of his campers and keeps a watchful eye over the park. Luckily, Yogi Bear's trusty sidekick Boo Boo is there to join in on the antics and help him get through difficult challenges.

The characters Yogi Bear and Boo Boo made their television debut in 1958 as part of Hanna-Barbera's "The Huckleberry Hound Show," and soon became the stars of their own spin-off show in 1961. "Yogi Bear," the movie, is their latest adventure.

"Yogi Bear: The Video Game" is available from D3Publisher in both the Wii and Nintendo DS formats.

Players can learn more at www.YogiBearVideoGame.com.

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Batteries Included Make For Happier Holidays

(NAPSI)-Jump-start the excitement by remembering to provide batteries with your gift.

Heard about the latest gag gift? You put a set of batteries in a box with a little note: Gift not included.

Come to think of it, batteries around holiday time make a great gift, when so many toys and gadgets are given without any power source provided.

Even better, of course, is to give a wonderful toy or a high-tech instrument and to be thoughtful enough to also provide the batteries.

You can achieve rock star gift-giving status by doing your homework and supplying the right kind of batteries for the particular toy or gadget you are giving. Obviously, you want to find a battery that will last the longest. But know, too, that some instruments run better or provide the most power for the money depending on the category—lithium, alkaline or rechargeable.

Lithium batteries are recommended for instruments that require repeated and heavy use—such as digital cameras. Alkalines, which have a long shelf life, are great for flashlights that may go unused for quite a while but are indispensable. Rechargeables are also a good buy because over time they are the least expensive, and Energizer has options that can be recharged up to 600 times. Just remember to keep them charged and ready to go.

Whichever batteries you choose, know that you may be preventing a high level of frustration at holiday time. According to a survey of 1,059 parents, conducted in April 2010 by Impulse Research Corp., 60 percent of parents have had to cope with an upset child because a battery-powered toy or electronic device would not operate because of dead batteries. Kids aren't the only ones who get frustrated when a gadget isn't charged or batteries unexpectedly run out of juice. If you have missed a photo opportunity for this reason, you aren't alone.

So if you want to make the holidays happier, remember to provide the batteries…even when the gift is a gag.

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Brain Power Improvers

(NAPSI)-Studies suggest that exercise, mental and physical, can help improve cognitive function at any age. Even the brains of older adults can grow and develop by learning new skills.

Hobbies can be an excellent source of mental stimulation and creativity, and bring the added benefit of a sense of satisfaction when completing a project. By using your hands and brain in model railroading, flying a radio-controlled plane, getting involved with collectibles or enjoying games and puzzles, you can be exercising your brain, improving your memory and reducing stress.

Late-life memory loss is now being attributed to multiple causes: sedentary lifestyle, chronic stress and lack of intellectual engagement. Hobbies offer a great outlet for increased physical activity and dexterity, stress reduction and mental challenge.

An excellent place to explore all the benefits that hobbies have to offer is My Hobby Fun at www.myhobbyfun.com, where you'll also find links to nearby hobby shops.

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Give Some Fun For “Owl” Your Family Members

(NAPSI)-A great new way to give a hoot is with an animated adventure that's fun for the entire family. "Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole" is now available on Blu-ray combo pack, DVD and On Demand from Warner Bros.

Inspired by the wildly popular book series "Guardians of Ga'Hoole," the film follows two owls, Soren and Kludd, as they navigate the perilous outside world after falling from their tree-top home. When the two get snatched up by the sinister Pure Ones, Soren makes a daring escape and, with other young owls, soars across the sea to find the home of the legendary Guardians—Soren's only hope of defeating the Pure Ones and rescuing his older brother Kludd.

In honor of the beloved books that started it all, you can give your brain some exercise with the official Guardians' Owl Scour and find the hidden characters within:

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