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Nintendo 3DS XL for handheld gaming

My kids are gamers. They are addicted to their electronics. Between the 3 of them they have a smartphone, 2 iPods, 3 tablets, a laptop, 3 tvs, 4 gaming consoles and 3 handheld gaming devices. playing-3ds

The Nintendo 3DS XL™ is a great addition to anyone’s gaming collection. Nintendo has been on top of the market in handheld gaming for a long time starting with the Gameboy then the DS series. The Nintendo 3DS XL™ comes with fun features to keep kids of all ages entertained and occupied.

  • Circle pad for 360degrees of play movement
  • 3D cameras for photos and video
  • 3D viewing for a more unique gaming experience
  • amiibo compatible to increase interactive play with figures (sold separately)

The Nintendo 3DS XL™ is ready to play out of the box. It comes loaded with apps and features to stream videos, download games, connect online and be creative with music. Games can be purchased for as low as $9.99 depending on popularity, level of difficulty, character and age of game. We have a stash of Mario Bros. and Pokemon games going back a couple years. These are the games my kids love but there are so many other favorites. Animal Crossing was a HUGE hit on the Gamecube many years ago and now both of my girls have it for their DS device. Cooking games get a lot of attention not only on the DS but on the Wii also.nintendo-characters

I call the DS system the gateway gaming device. It’s a perfect size for little hands and easy to learn even for those out of touch with technology.  There isn’t a HUGE investment in money and size that comes with TV gaming consoles. And best of all it’s portable. Pricing for the 3DS XL starts at $199. If you keep your eyes peeled at specialty stores like Gamestop or Toys R Us you can find systems that include games, limited edition colors or designs or even bundles with carrying cases and accessories.Nintendo 3DS XL

The Nintendo 3DS XL™ is a great gift for the upcoming holidays as an upgrade to an existing device or to introduce someone to the world of gaming.

Nintendo of America provided me with a New Nintendo 3DS XL system and games for review. All opinions and thoughts are my own.

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Club Nintendo Free Pokémon Game Download Offer

During the month of March when you register a Nintendo 3DS, Nintendo 3DS XL or Nintendo 2DS system, plus one of six select Nintendo 3DS games via Club Nintendo you’ll receive a code to download either Pokémon X or Pokémon Y for FREE.Pokemon FREE download for Nintendo DS

The six participating games are

  • Mario Kart 7
  • Super Mario 3D Land
  • Animal Crossing: New Leaf
  • Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D
  • LEGO City Undercover: The Chase Begins
  • Yoshi’s New Island™

The system and game must be registered between March 1 and March 31 in order to take advantage of the promotion. Download codes for Pokémon X or Pokémon Y must be redeemed by May 31, 2014.

Visit the Club Nintendo program for more information regarding this promotion.

Nintendo 3DS Specs – Coming on 03/27/2011

Nintendo plans on launching its 3DS, the handheld video game system featuring 3-D technology with no glasses on March 27, 2011.  Thirty games will be available for the 3DS between the device’s launch and this June’s Electronic Entertainment Expo, the company says.

Shaun’s birthday is 3/31 and I think this would be a really cool gift for hime but I am having a hard time with the $249.99 price tag.  It seems like a lot of money for his age but probably worth it for the technology.

Below is a ton of information on the 3DS.

Nintendo 3DS Hardware Specs

Launch Date March 27, 2011

Price $249.99 MSRP*

Included in Hardware:    The following is included in the hardware set:

  • Nintendo 3DS system
  • Nintendo 3DS charging cradle
  • Nintendo 3DS AC adapter
  • Nintendo 3DS stylus
  • SD Memory Card (2GB)
  • AR Card(s) (view the cards using the outer cameras to play supported AR games)
  • Quick-Start Guide
  • Operations Manual (including warranty)

Characteristic Features:

  • 3D screen, enabling 3D view without the need for special glasses and the ability to adjust or turn off 3D effect with the 3D Depth Slider.
  • Stereo cameras that enable users to take 3D photos that can be viewed instantly on the 3D screen.
  • New input interfaces including the Circle Pad, motion sensor, gyro sensor SpotPass, a feature that lets Nintendo 3DS detect wireless hotspots or wireless LAN access points and obtain information, game data, free software, videos and so on for players even when the system is in sleep mode.**
  • StreetPass, a feature that lets Nintendo 3DS exchange data automatically with other Nintendo 3DS systems within range, even in sleep mode once this feature is activated by the user. Data for multiple games can be exchanged simultaneously.
  • Convenient features that users can access without stopping game play such as the HOME menu, Internet Brower, Notifications, etc.
  • Plenty of built-in software such as the Nintendo 3DS Camera, Nintendo 3DS Sound, Mii Maker, StreetPass, Mii Plaza, AR Games, Activity Log, Face Raiders, etc.
  • Nintendo eShop where users can view trailers, software rankings and purchase software.
  • System Transfer which enable users to transfer already purchased software from one Nintendo 3DS system to another. DSiWare purchased for the Nintendo DSi or the Nintendo DSi XL can also be transferred into a Nintendo 3DS system.***
  • Compatibility functions where both new software designed for Nintendo 3DS and most software for the Nintendo DS family of systems can be played.
  • Parental Controls which enable parents to restrict game content by ratings as well as use of specific wireless connectivity, 3D functionality, etc.****

Size (when closed):   2.9 inches high, 5.3 inches long, 0.8 inches deep.

Weight:   Approximately 8 ounces (including battery pack, stylus, SD memory card).

Upper Screen:   Wide-screen LCD display, enabling 3D view without the need for special glasses. Capable of displaying approximately 16.77 million colors. 3.53 inches display (3.02 inches wide, 1.81 inches high) with 800 x 240 pixel resolution. 400 pixels are allocated to each eye to enable 3D viewing.

Lower Screen:   LCD with a touch screen capable of displaying 16.77 million colors. 3.02 inches (2.42 inches wide, 1.81 inches high) with 320 x 240 pixel resolution.

Cameras:   One inner camera and two outer cameras. Resolutions are 640 x 480 for each camera. Lens are single focus and uses the CMOS capture element. The active pixel count is approximately 300,000 pixels.

Wireless Communication:   2.4 GHz. Enabling local wireless communication among multiple Nintendo 3DS systems for game play and StreetPass. Enabling access to the Internet through wireless LAN access points (supports IEEE802.11 b/g with the WPA™/WPA2™ security feature). Recommended distance of wireless communication is within 98.4 feet. This can be shorter depending on the enviromental situation. WPA and WPA2 are marks of the Wi-Fi Alliance. Input Controls Input controls are the following: A/B/X/Y Button, +Control Pad, L/R Button, START/SELECT Circle Pad (enabling 360-degree analog input) Touch screen Embedded microphone Camera Motion sensor Gyro sensor

Other Input Controls:   Other input controls are the following:

  • 3D Depth Slider (enabling smooth adjustment of the 3D level effect)
  • HOME (HOME button brings up the HOME menu)
  • Wireless switch (can disable wireless functionality even during game play)
  • POWER button

Connector: Connector includes:

  • Game Card slot
  • SD Card slot
  • Cradle connector
  • AC adapter connector
  • Audio jack (stereo output)

Sound:   Stereo speakers positioned to the left and right of the top screen (supports virtual surround sound).

Stylus:  Telescoping stylus (approximately 3.94 inches when fully extended).

Electric Power:  AC adaptor (WAP-002 [USA]). Nintendo 3DS Battery Pack (lithium ion battery) [CTR-003].

Charge Time: About 3.5 hours

Battery Duration:  When playing Nintendo 3DS software about 3-5 hours. When playing Nintendo DS software about 5-8 hours. Battery duration differs depending on the brightness setting of the screen. The information regarding battery duration is a rough standard. It can be shorter depending on what functions of the Nintendo 3DS system are used.

Game Card:  Nintendo 3DS Game Card. The size is approximately the same as Nintendo DS Game Card.

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Do You Understand Video Game Rating?

We have a Wii, Xbox and DS and we are always having discussions on game ratings and what we feel is appropriate for Shaun to play.  A few weeks ago I had the pleasure to speak with Entertainment Software Rating Board President Patricia Vance and GameStop video game expert Mike Dzura.  We spoke about game rating and where you could go if you needed more information.  We also touched on GameStop and how they have 2,500 games under $20 for this holiday season.  So if you have a little gamer on your holiday list this season check out my video interview.

This is a sponsored post but the opinions and descriptions presented belong solely to LookWhatMomFound…and Dad too! Your experiences and reactions may differ from ours.

Checkout Nintendo’s Awesome Red Holiday Bundles – Limited Time!

On November 7th Nintendo released the Limited Edition Red Nintendo DSi XL and the Limited Edition Red Wii™ Console system bundles to celebrate Super Mario Bros 25th anniversary.

Limited Edition Red Wii Console (MSRP $199.99)

What’s Included:

• Red Wii™ console
• New Super Mario Bros.™ Wii game disc
• Wii Sports™ game disc
• Red Wii Remote™ Plus controller
• Red Nunchuk™ controller

Limited Edition Red Nintendo DSi XL system (MSRP $179.99)

What’s Included:

• Red Nintendo DSi XL system featuring special artwork
• Mario Kart™ DS video game
• 3 pre-installed titles, plus built-in software
• A large stylus tailor-made for easy use

This is a Press Post that was provided by Nintendo.

Holiday Wishlist 2010 – New Carnival Games Giveaway

Carnival Games was one of the first games we purchased when we got our Wii 3 years ago. It’s also still the most played game in our house. This was the game that we ALL could and would play together because the concept was simple yet fun and there didn’t need to a huge gamer skill level. This meant mom could play.  Pure fun, no violence, no foul language, not warnings of any kind; a real family friendly game.

New Carnival Games for Wii takes the family-fun to new heights with all-new games and prizes, much-requested multiplayer action for every game and for the first time, full compatibility with the Wii MotionPlus controller accessory.
Wii Features:

  • Over 30 NEW games and attractions bring New Carnival Games to life with midway favorites like Pitch-A-Plate, Bottle Stand-Up, Fish Bowl Bounce, Tic Tac Toss, Gold Rush Alley Ball and Bumper Cars.
  • All-NEW MotionPlus™ capabilities allow for increased accuracy, enhanced game play and more precision than ever before!
  • 300 NEW Prizes and Wacky Wearables – No carnival is complete without great prizes like moon rocks, eye-bots and decoder rings and Wacky Wearables including a Walrus Mask, Dragonfly Wings and Rabbit Ears.
  • NEW Multiplayer 4 player action allows for cooperative play or head-to-head competition in every game. Now mom, dad, kids and grandma and grandpa can all play together Games like Lucky Toss, Gone Fishin’ and Speed Bingo!
  • DS features all- NEW games, prizes and DSi Camera support

In time for the holidays win your own New Carnival Games for Wii OR Nintendo DS (winners choice). Visit 2K Play and tell me what other family games you would like to play.

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  • Enter another Holiday Gift Guide Giveaway – let me know in a comment which one (one extra entry per giveaway you enter, just leave separate comments)

Your entries must follow the rules or they won’t be eligible for prizes. This contest ends 11:59 pm, Sunday, November 28, 2010. The winners will be emailed and will have 48 hours to claim their prize. This contest is open to US residents only. For complete rules please read our contest rules page.

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Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver Review

Shaun loves his DS and plays it daily so needless to say he was pretty excited when we received Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver for review.
Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver Version returns you to the scenic Johto region first introduced in the beloved original Pokémon Gold and Pokémon Silver games nearly a decade ago.  They have been enhanced for the Nintendo DS and Nintendo DSI with enhanced graphics and sound and now include a new touch screen feature as well as a ton of other surprises.  To be honest with you I know nothing about Pokémon but from watching Shaun play and react it looks like he does and it looks like he is happy with the new game play and features.


Another new feature of the Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver games are the brand-new Pokéwalker.  The Pokéwalker is a pedometer that you carry with you that lets you take Pokémon fun whereever you go.  You are able to transfer a Pokémon onto your Pokéwalker using an infrared connection between the Pokéwalker and your game card.  As you walk around with your Pokéwalker it will allow you to earn experience points  to gain a level.  The Pokéwalker has a clip to hook it on your belt, and a hole for attaching a strap so you can take it with us while on the go.  The Pokéwalker adds a whole new dimension of gaming allowing it to never get dull or boring.
Shaun has been playing Pokémon for a few years now and is really enjoying the Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver games.  If you are new to Pokémon or an old time player you need to check out these two games.    
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Super Mario Bros is 25 Years Old!

Twenty-five years ago today, Nintendo’s original Super Mario Bros.™ video game made its debut in Japan and changed the world of video games forever. Since then, Mario™ has become one of the most renowned and beloved video game characters around the globe.

Mario is all but synonymous with Nintendo. It’s difficult to think of one without thinking of the other. Super Mario Bros. contains a magical blend of characters, graphics, challenges, music and action that still captivates players today. The original game sold 40.24 million units worldwide, and remains one of the best-known, best-loved video games in the world. It popularized the side-scrolling format and established elements of the Mushroom Kingdom that are still used in today’s Mario games. Super Mario Bros. frequently appears on lists of the best games of all time.

“Stimulated by advancements in technologies, we have always enjoyed developing the Super Mario Bros. series,” said Nintendo designer and Mario creator Shigeru Miyamoto. “The Super Mario Bros. series has always taken advantage of the latest technologies and is the fruit of the creativity of a number of my hard-working friends working as a team.”

To celebrate the 25th anniversary of Super Mario Bros., fans can visit to see a special video that shows game-play footage from Super Mario Bros. all the way through Super Mario Galaxy™ 2
This is a press post that was provided by Nintendo of America.


Nintendo Announces A Price Drop!

Nintendo is dropping the suggested retail price of its Nintendo DSi™ and Nintendo DSi XL™ video game systems. Effective Sept. 12, the new suggested retail price of the Nintendo DSi system will be $149.99, while the new suggested retail price for the Nintendo DSi XL system will be $169.99. The Nintendo DS™ Lite model will remain at a suggested retail price of $129.99. The Nintendo DS family of video game systems is the best-selling in the history of the U.S. and worldwide. The new prices offer consumers tremendous value for their money while providing access to the best portable video game experiences possible.

“We know shoppers want to get the maximum value out of every dollar they spend,” said Cammie Dunaway, Nintendo of America’s executive vice president of Sales & Marketing. “Our new Nintendo DSi prices make it easier than ever for consumers to access the tremendous variety of games, applications and social tools on the Nintendo DSi and Nintendo DSi XL systems.”

The Nintendo DSi and Nintendo DSi XL systems offer consumers access to more than 1,300 packaged games and more than 200 downloadable games. Both systems feature two built-in cameras and photo- and sound-manipulation software that provide for a more social experience. Users can wirelessly upload photos to Facebook with the touch of a button (wireless broadband Internet access required). The Nintendo DSi XL system, which features a screen that is 93 percent larger than that of the Nintendo DS Lite, comes pre-loaded with software like Brain Age™ Express: Math, Brain Age Express: Arts & Letters, Flipnote Studio™, Photo Clock and the Nintendo DSi Browser.

Through the end of July, total Nintendo DS family hardware sales are more than 42.3 million in the United States alone, according to the NPD Group. Recent and upcoming software releases for the Nintendo DS family of systems include DRAGON QUEST® IX: Sentinels of the Starry Skies™ (now available), Professor Layton and the Unwound Future™ (Sept. 12), Pokémon™ Ranger: Guardian Signs (Oct. 4), Art Academy™ (Oct. 25), Mario vs. Donkey Kong™: Mini-Land Mayhem! (Nov. 14) and Golden Sun™: Dark Dawn (Nov. 29). 

Remember that Nintendo DSi features parental controls that let adults manage the content their children can access. For more information about this and other features, visit
This is a press post that was provided by Nintendo of America.