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    $314.29
    1. Sony Playstation Portable (PSP)
    $210.00
    2. PlayStation 2 (new design)
    $42.45 list($49.99)
    3. PS2 Star Wars Episode III: Revenge
    $38.95
    4. Star Wars Episode III: Revenge
    $32.00
    5. GBA Pokemon Emerald
    6. LEGO Mindstorms: Robotics Invention
    $88.65
    7. Game Boy Advance SP - Cobalt
    $150.00
    8. Nintendo DS
    $169.97 list($189.97)
    9. Playstation 2 Console with Jak
    $36.49
    10. PS2 Lego Star Wars
    $65.00
    11. Game Boy Advance SP - Platinum
    $44.29
    12. God of War
    $34.99
    13. Pokemon Emerald with Frontier
    $94.95 list($149.99)
    14. Nintendo Gamecube Console - Limited
    $49.99
    15. Gran Turismo 4
    $43.50
    16. PSP Need for Speed: Underground
    $39.99
    17. Baby's First Toys
    $43.17
    18. Forza Motorsport
    $49.99
    19. Crib CD Player with Light
    $40.00 list($49.99)
    20. Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas

    1. Sony Playstation Portable (PSP) Value Pack

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    Asin: B0007TFLLC
    Catlog: Video Games
    Publisher: Sony Computer Entertainment
    Sales Rank: 12
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    Product Description

    Universal Media Disc (UMD):The Universal Media Disc (UMD) is a newly developed compact, high-capacity optical disc, which is the storage device for the PSP (PlayStation Portable) handheld entertainment system.UMD is the next generation compact storage media, only 60mm in diameter but can store up to 1.8GB of digital datamore than three times the data held on a CD-ROM.A broad range of digital entertainment content such as game software, videos, movies and oth ... Read more

    Features

    • Sony PSP Specifications and Features:
    • Dimensions: Approximately 6.7 in (W) x .9 in (H) x 2.9 in (D)
    • Weight: .62 lbs (including battery)
    • CPU: Proprietary PSP CPU
    • Main Memory: 32MB

    2. PlayStation 2 (new design)

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    Asin: B00004SQPD
    Catlog: Video Games
    Publisher: Sony Computer Entertainment
    Sales Rank: 52
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    3. PS2 Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith
    list price: $49.99
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    Asin: B0007SL1ZI
    Catlog: Video Games
    Publisher: Lucasarts Entertainment
    Sales Rank: 1
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    Product Description

    The Star Wars Episode III video game features third-person character action gameplay that will deliver the ultimate Jedi action experience as Anakin Skywalker and Obi-Wan Kenobi join forces in fierce battles and heroic lightsaber duels until ones lust for power and the others devotion to duty leads to a final confirmation between good and e ... Read more

    Features

    • Third person action gameplay consisting of a series of lightsaber battles against a variety of uniquely challenging enemies including droids, humans and Jedi.
    • Live the most exciting moments from the movie and follow the films tragic conflict through the perspective of Anakin Skywalker and Obi-Wan Kenobi.
    • Master both the light and dark sides of the Force using dozens of different lightsaber attacks and upgradeable combos.
    • Devastating Force powers including Force stun, Sith Lightning and Jedi Mind Trick.
    • Battle in over 16 levels across four movie worlds including the planet Corusant, the sinkhole planet of Utapau and the volcano world of Mustafar.

    4. Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith

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    Asin: B0007SL202
    Catlog: Video Games
    Publisher: Lucasarts Entertainment
    Sales Rank: 2
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    Product Description

    The Star Wars Episode III video game features third-person character action gameplay that will deliver the ultimate Jedi action experience as Anakin Skywalker and Obi-Wan Kenobi join forces in fierce battles and heroic lightsaber duels until ones lust for power and the others devotion to duty leads to a final confirmation between good and e ... Read more

    Features

    • Third person action gameplay consisting of a series of lightsaber battles against a variety of uniquely challenging enemies including droids, humans and Jedi.
    • Live the most exciting moments from the movie and follow the films tragic conflict through the perspective of Anakin Skywalker and Obi-Wan Kenobi.
    • Master both the light and dark sides of the Force using dozens of different lightsaber attacks and upgradeable combos.
    • Devastating Force powers including Force stun, Sith Lightning and Jedi Mind Trick.
    • Battle in over 16 levels across four movie worlds including the planet Corusant, the sinkhole planet of Utapau and the volcano world of Mustafar.

    5. GBA Pokemon Emerald

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    Asin: B0007D4MVI
    Catlog: Video Games
    Publisher: Nintendo
    Sales Rank: 5
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    Product Description

    This title is now shipping and will not be received any earlier than the street date of 05/01/05.Emerald takes place over land and sea and pits you against the Team Aqua and Team Magma from Saphire and Ruby. This time around, Pokemon will show off their moves prior to battle, perhaps as a sort of taunt. Nintendo also added some new options to the game. A new Battle Frontier area has you play through seven big battles. The Battle Dome places you in a tour ... Read more

    Features

    • For use on the GameBoy Advance or the GameBoy DS

    6. LEGO Mindstorms: Robotics Invention System 2.0

    Asin: B00005NLID
    Catlog: Toy
    Manufacturer: LEGO Systems, Inc
    Sales Rank: 2590
    Average Customer Review: 4.56 out of 5 stars
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    Editorial Review

    Many high-tech toys start with a fun and fascinating idea only to make it frustratingly complicated in the execution. Leave it to LEGO to make a technologically advanced toy fun to play with. The enormous 718-piece LEGO Mindstorms Robotic Invention System lets you construct a variety of moving robot vehicles and then program them from your Windows 98- or Windows Me-compatible computer. The robots are all based around a bright yellow basic unit, which serves as the functional heart of whatever is being built. The brick receives commands from the computer via an infrared tower unit. The computer interface is incredibly user-friendly and intuitive. What's most impressive about the system, however, is the variety of robots that can be built. There are detailed instructions for each one, and since these are LEGOs, builders are free to come up with an endless variety. --John Moe ... Read more

    Reviews (55)

    5-0 out of 5 stars The Best Toy I have Played with in 40 Years
    This system is phenominal. We own version 1.5, purchased a year ago and we have not put it down. And trust me, this is not for kids only. I only wish there was something around like this when I was 12 - I was stuck with Robbbie the Robot replicas.
    When my son opened it for Christmas, we knew it would be a big hit. We have spend uncountless hours working on this together (quality, quality time) and the problem solving skills he has gained have put him in a position that he can now program a computer in Visual Basic at 12 years. (Not that this system teaches you VB, but it sure teaches you logic and structure, necessities for any program language)
    We have since bought all the expansion kits, a few books and have built robots capable of some unbelievable feats.
    Keep in mind that older Technic sets work well with these sets as well as many of the other Lego sets you have.
    I would recommend this set to anyone, especially those who longed for a real robot as a child, not a "flashing lights only" Robbie.

    Best think ever
    I have this toy for more then a yeat and it still is fun,i keep making stuff i even made a robotic hand, this is the best thing ever well what are you wating for buy it!!!

    Beware of software incompatibilty
    Unless you have Windows 98 or Windows ME, it may not work (who knows -- you may get lucky). I refuse to use either of these operating systems, which I consider wretched. The Mindstorm official FAQ says it was tested only on those 2 operating systems. For those who can get it to work, apparently it's a great product.

    Great Product, but IR Tower has problems w/certain computer
    Great Product - but like another reviewer, I had the same issues with the IR Tower and XP. Non of the Lego Support Documents were of much use, but using an older PC with Windows 98 did the trick.

    A MUST!!!!!
    I am an engineering student and we use these in our robotics lab. Adults with an interest in programming can use java or C to program, children can use the included software. The software is an easy to use visual drag and drop type software. I would recommend every parent to purchase this toy. It allows the kids to learn the basics of programming and see the immediate results when the program is downloaded to the robot. My 9 year old daughter never lost interest in my assignments. This is one of the best learning toys I have ever seen. I am planning on purchasing on for myself to use with my daughter (lots of little parts, messy children will need some supervision or most of the robot will be in the vacuum). Children between 7-12 will enjoy the product, with alot of assistance from parent, over 12 should have no trouble at all with it. Excellent for education, and a lot of fun for a parent - child activity. ... Read more


    7. Game Boy Advance SP - Cobalt

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    Asin: B0002TB4CW
    Catlog: Video Games
    Publisher: Nintendo
    Sales Rank: 130
    Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars
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    Amazon.com Review

    Early Adopters Pick: March 2003. As theworld's smallest video-game platform, the Game Boy Advance SP is also the first to use a built-in rechargeable battery.

    Many decried the original Game Boy Advance's reflective LCD screen and its reliance on external light sources. The Game Boy Advance SP's main feature--optional backlighting--fixes this complaint nicely, but it's the wealth of other features that makes this system so surprisingly good.

    At first look, you might think the SP is a sleek travel alarm clock. When closed, it's just as tall and deep as the original GBA, but only half as wide. Due to its clamshell design, the screen is always protected from everyday scratches. A small button in the center of the console turns on the backlighting element for use in low-light situations, like in a moving car.

    Game Boy Advance angle diagram The SP comes with a well-designed power adapter that recharges a built-in battery; its prongs fold in for easier storage. Our informal tests found that it takes about four hours to fully charge (you can even play it while it's plugged in and charging), and the battery lasts about 11 hours with the backlighting constantly on--your results may vary. Using the backlighting less often will conserve battery power.

    Withseparately soldcables, you can connect the Game Boy Advance SP to other GBAsfor multiplayer gaming (above) or to theNintendo GameCube(below) to access secret levels, exchange data, or use other specialfeatures that vary from game to game.
    The quality of the backlighting is very good. It's bright and clear when looking directly at it, but degraded from other angles. This is only a problem for friends who are watching the screen from over your shoulder.

    But size, power, and affordability do not come without trade offs. There's no headphone jack here, though Nintendo promises an adapter. The system isn't very loud at its highest volume, and the sound can be turned down to socially acceptable levels. The L and R shoulder buttons are a fraction of the size they were on the GBA, and thus are harder to hit. Also, the reduced size of the SP is slightly less comfortable for adult hands than the GBA, but perhaps more comfortable for smaller hands. The cartridge port placement on the lower part of the console is fine for GBA games, since they are flush with the console body, but older Game Boy Color carts will stick out in a way that takes some getting used to.

    Open it up and the hinge will seek out a preferred, pre-set angle (about 150 degrees), though you can open it a bit wider or narrower for your own comfort. The hinge stands up well to lateral pressure, and over all, the SP seems just as rugged as its predecessor--which has proven to be very rugged, indeed. --Porter B. Hall

    Unit Specifications

    • CPU: 32-Bit ARM with embedded memory
    • Memory: 32 KB with 96 KB VRAM (in CPU), 256 KB WRAM (external of CPU)
    • Screen: 2.9-inch reflective TFT color LCD
    • Display Size: 1.6 by 2.4 inches (40.8 by 61.2 mm)
    • Resolution: 240 x 160 pixels in a wide-screen aspect ratio
    • Colors: 511 simultaneous colors from a palette of 32,768
    • Software: Fully compatible with Game Boy and Game Boy Color game paks
    • Light Source: Front light integrated with LCD
    • Size (closed): 3.3 by 3.23 by .96 inch
    • Weight: Approximately 5 ounces
    • Power Supply: Rechargeable lithium-ion battery
    • Battery Life: 10 hours continuous play with light on; 18 hours with light off; 3 hours recharging
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    Features

    • CPU: 32-bit RISC-CPU with embedded memory.
    • Screen: 2.9" Reflective TFT Color LCD
    • Display Size: 1.61" x 2.41"
    • Resolution: 240 x 160 pixels
    • Color: Simultaneously display more than 32,000 colors.

    Reviews (35)

    5-0 out of 5 stars Gameboy Advance SP Review
    If you were thinking about buying an original Gameboy Advance I would highly reccomend reconsidering. I recently purchased the new GBA SP and was very impressed with the sleek design and great performance of this product. The visuals are very nice, and there are tons of great games out there available for the system. If you were concered about the small size don't worry my hands are fairly large, and holding the system was very comfortable.The Frontlit screen is probobly the most notealbe and anticipated new feature the system has to offer, I was able to play games in a room without any lighting whatsoever with ease, and with the new Lithium Ion battery being used as the power source you won't be needing to spend money on batteries for roughly 3 years; This feature will pay for itself over and over again. I have owned a good deal of handheld consoles and by far this this is the most innovative of them all, finally Nintendo Got it right! My only complaint was the lack of a built in headphone jack for private listening, so you'll have to pay a bit more for the headphone adapter if you plan on using headphones. Unfortunately it always seems to be bundled with something, other than being sold as a standalone item, But the good that this product has to offer greatly outweighs the bad, which makes it highly reccomendalbe. If you have been searching for a great handheld system your search is over, So what are you waiting for? There's no time like there present and these little handhelds are going fast, better get yours while they are still so abundant. ;)

    4-0 out of 5 stars Superb Portable Gaming Device
    I must say, Nintendo has done a damn good job with their Gameboy Advance SP. The only gameboy I had ever owned was the original. At first I didn't want anything to do with any more Gameboys. But after trading a bunch of games in at ebgames, I had about 80 bucks worth of credit and couldn't think of a damn thing to buy. On a whim, I bought a GBA and FF Tactics Advance.
    Well that didn't work out to well, as I was plagued by terrible shoulder/arm/back pains at having to sit in the most uncomfortable positions to get decent lighting.

    I therefore decided on getting a GBA SP for Christmas, and after some thorough playing I can safely say it's worth the money if you like the GBA's library or find yourself away from home often with nothing to do.

    The control is decent, some games such as Mario 3 get a little tough when you have to hold B and pump A, but Nintendo was nice enough to allow the R Shoulder button to act a substitute.
    The folding design allows the screen to remain safe from scratches and collects only minimal dust, and is great for fitting in the pocket.
    And the backlight can be turned on and off, and you'll want it off when playing in bright areas to reduce color washing.

    Thankfully, there aren't too many problems with this device.
    The only real problem I have is that it has no stickies or pads on the bottom when folded up to hold it to a surface. This is a bother because most of the surfaces in my house are smooth countertops, or tabletops or desktops, and the wooden ones are glossed. The last thing you want is to have this thing fall off the table and break, and with nothing to help keep it in place I get a little worried.

    Overall, nothing to be worried about. The best portable system for the cost.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Great portable game machine
    As a grown man, I sometimes hate to admit I'm still a gamer. I play Real-Time Simulations (Command & Conquer etc), flight simulators and shooters. I usually take my SP along when I want to play Chess Master on the plane, or a little bit of Top Gear GT. The backlit screen is awesome and the rechargable battery seems to work fine.

    Best thing ever made!!!
    I have this SP and I love it!I bring it almost everywhere I go and play Pokemon Silver. I play it in bed and with the backscreen light I have no problem seeing the screen. And, something that most people dont bring up, I like that it has a lever instead of a wheel for volume.The folding design is awesome,especially since it goes to daycare with me and there are alot of little kids that just take it off the table and drop it.I recommend this to all you major gamers out there.

    Best one yet
    The new game boy advance Sp is the best one yet! The design is perfect, including conviniatly placed buttons.

    PROS
    - A backlight (a light built into the screen - like a tv has so that you can see it in the dark with out turning on the lights) for at night play, in boring movies, on the airplane, or on long road trips.

    - the L and R buttons are convenientily placed

    - built in battery that is charged by connecting the gameboy to an in the wall outlet, or car outlet

    - while the battery is charging you can still play a game

    - you control wether you want the back light on or not

    - can play game boy, game boy color, and game boy advance games, as well as the new videos available

    - better than a video now player for videos, this screen is lighted like a tv screen, in color, and has a bigger screen

    Cons
    - there are none! ... Read more


    8. Nintendo DS

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    Asin: B00064MUIA
    Catlog: Video Games
    Publisher: Nintendo
    Sales Rank: 29
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    Amazon.com

    In a surprising number of ways, the Nintendo DS is quite unlike any video game system that's come before. First, there's the two screens, one above and one below. The idea might seem like a gimmick -- the screens are far enough apart that you won't be able to see them as one long screen -- but the format works in a complementary way. Depending on the game, the DS serves action in one screen and details, maps, stats, or alternate views in the other. Switching your eyes between screens takes a little getting used to, but quickly becomes automatic, like checking a rear-view mirror while driving. Both screens are back-lit and a little larger than that of the Game Boy Advance SP, so they'll be easy to see in most conditions.

    Nintendo DS used with a stylus
    Players can control games using the touch-sensitive bottom screen of the DS.
    The bottom screen also functions as a PDA-style touchpad. It comes with a small stylus, as well as a stylus that attaches to your thumb. This touch screen might be both the best and worst feature of the DS. One one hand, it brings the freedom of PC-style mouse control into gaming, but using it also tends to block what's going on in that screen. For example, while playing the Metroid Prime: Hunters, you could use the left thumb pad to move, the left shoulder button to fire, and the touch screen to look and jump. As you track foes on the bottom-screen map, however, your view will be partially obscured by your own right thumb.

    The good news is that Nintendo has stressed a lot of comfort options, both in the operating system and in their games. Want to play Metroid without the touch-pad? Select a different control scheme in the game's option menu, which also includes configurations for lefties. You can even customize your DS to automatically play the inserted title or to start with the main menu, choose which screen to display your GBA games, to add a nickname for wireless play, and more.

    Nintendo DS used with a stylus
    Up to 16 players can connect wirelessly within a 100-foot radius.
    That's right, the DS is wireless-enabled. Say good-bye to that daisy-chain of network cables that was previously necessary for portable multiplayer gaming. Nintendo's proprietary wireless format has a radius rated at 30 to 100 feet depending on environmental interference with its signal. Surely, it's more than enough for friends to game from one end of the bus to the other. We experimented in a small, nearly empty parking lot and got great reception at the upper end of that rating. The DS network can handle up to 16 users, though you can expect the maximum number of players to vary from game to game.

    Also, unlike all but the earliest video game systems, the DS comes with a built-in application. It's called PictoChat, and it allows people to write and draw pictures in a chat-room format. Since it's built in to the DS operating system, you'll always be able to interact with other DS users.

    Nintendo DS used with a stylus
    The built-in program PictoChat lets you write and draw with others.
    But not all is new; Nintendo has re-invested some favorite features of older platforms into the DS. It's backward compatible to the Game Boy Advance, which means that older Game Boy and Game Boy Color games won't work in this machine but GBA games will run fine (sadly, the wireless feature doesn't extend to GBA games). Like the GBA SP, the DS is powered by a rechargeable lithium-ion battery that provides approximately 10 hours of play on a four-hour charge. Old timers might recognize the A/B/X/Y face buttons from the Super Nintendo controller, though they're not in the same positions. The standard headphone jack and wide-body comfort of the first GBA model is back, coupled this time with the SP's screen-saving clamshell design. In terms of its ability to display graphics and sound, the DS is a little better -- and a whole lot smaller -- than the Nintendo 64.

    Overall, the Nintendo DS represents a rather large leap in portable gaming. With some mystery shrouding the future abilities of its internal microphone (voice recognition) and its IEEE 802.11 wireless network, the DS may have left some surprises up its sleeve. --Porter B. Hall

    Pros:

    • Great design marries innovative new features with great features of old systems and lots of customizable options
    • Wireless up to 100 feet
    • Built-in PictoChat lets you write and draw pictures with up to 15 other DS users

    Cons:

    • Sometimes hard to see and use the touch screen at the same time
    • Wireless multiplayer feature won't work with GBA games
    • Can't connect to other wireless devices...yet
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    9. Playstation 2 Console with Jak II (FREE) and Ratchet & Clank: Going Commando
    list price: $189.97
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    Asin: B000765NHC
    Catlog: Video Games
    Publisher: Sony Computer Entertainment
    Sales Rank: 137
    Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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    Reviews (2)

    5-0 out of 5 stars new ps2 awesome two award winning games awesome
    this new version of the ps2 is awesome smaller and thinner way better than the last it can fit some places the last coulndt so this ps2 is a great idea i have it, its perfect and maches my game room ,ha! sometimes i cant even see it!! jak 2 is a great game, for me its the game of 03-04 its really cool i have beaten it and ratchet and clanck:g.c. is a great game for all ages i love this set real satistfied and its not a waste of money youll like it trust me ,hope this was helpful

    5-0 out of 5 stars PS2 rules!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    The PS2 is slim and smaller,better desing than the old one.JakII and Ratchet and Clank:Going Commando the best PS2 Games.And buy Smackdown vs. Raw. ... Read more


    10. PS2 Lego Star Wars

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    Asin: B0007M2266
    Catlog: Video Games
    Publisher: Eidos Interactive
    Sales Rank: 4
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    Product Description

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    Reviews (39)

    4-0 out of 5 stars A big hit at our house
    At first we had trouble getting this disc to play but after doing some research, we did the "scotchtape trick" and we haven't had any problems since.

    Our kids LOVE this game - it's easy enough for our 4 year old and still exciting enough for our 10 year old.They like using the Force on objects and slapping silly moustaches on the Princess.They also enjoy changing characters in the Free Play mode.

    This game combines the excitement of Star Wars with the kid-friendliness of Legos and results in hours of good clean fun.

    4-0 out of 5 stars good game
    I think this is a good game, but it is way to short. I got the vader level in 5 hours and thats how long I played. It did have multyplayer though which made me play with freinds.The best part of the game is the humor and the amount of lego people you can be. like General Grivious and even a droideka. All in all it is beter than the movie game. So buy this one first.

    4-0 out of 5 stars A suprisingly excellent game
    Star Wars is one of the greatest movie sagas of all time.Period.You can't deny it.It's part of culture.So are those disturbingly fun Lego toys.So it's a good thing that someone in the videogame world decided to team these two enormously popular brand names together to create a suprisingly good game thats fun for all ages.

    As you probably guessed from the title, the star charachters in Lego Star Wars are those adorable little lego charachters, who look like thier counterparts from the movie.We have lots of the first trilogy charachters set here in lego form.Obi-wan, qui-gon, Watto, Sebulba, Count Dooku, Yoda, the battle droids, General grievious (cool!), and almost anyone else you can think of.Even kit fitso (the tentacled guy who smiled in the area battle in episode 2) is in here, in lego form.My favorite charachters?The wookies.They're just so damn cute and cuddly!

    The gameplay in Lego Star wars is incredibly simple.You can run, jump, attack, use the force, and thats it.Nothing to it.So simple a child can do it (which is the point!).I really have no complaints or issues here.

    Because this game is based on the first three movies in the star wars saga, you play through the biggest scenes from the movies.In episode 1, you escape the federation ship, leave Theed, podrace, return to Theed and fight Darth maul.Episode 2 (which is the shortest section of the game), has you going to Kamino, going through the droid factories, the arena, a gunship, and fighting Count Dooku.Episode 3 is the longest, putting you in many situations from the movie, including the explosive ending battle on Mustafar.

    There are many amazing moments within these levels.The big one on one fights are cool, and the scale of some of the battles is amazing (the Kashyyk beach landing comes to mind).One absaloutly amazing moment is the first level of episode 3, where you are piloting a space fighter in the middle of the biggest space battle in star wars history.Though it's a rail shooter (you go on a certian path while things happen around you), it's an incredible level, with things blowing up and fighters engaging one another.At one point you blow a seperatist ship in half!

    The graphics here are pretty good.Not too bad, not too good.They simply get the job done, but they look good at the same time.Some levels are amazing to look at, but i'll let you see them for yourself.

    The sound is equally good as well.John Williams brilliant musical score is present, and it's still as good as ever.The charachters don't talk, but they do squeak, groan, grunt, shout, or say other things (the droids say "roger roger" and "Uh-oh!".Jar Jar says "Ahh!" upon being blown up).

    There's almost no violence in this game, which makes it great for kids.When charachters are defeated, they simply explode into tiny lego pieces.If your charachter is destroyed, they simply come back in a few seconds.There are some lego limbs cut off (hands, legs, etc), but there is never any blood or screaming.Even when charachters die, they simply have little "X"'s for eyes.

    I also liked the games sense of humor.While I don't really want to give anything away, there were many moments where I was giggling like mad at a paticularly funny joke or gag.I love how the clone troopers just waddle away as they jog around a level.Rest assured that this is one game that doesn't take itself so seriously.

    When you finish the main part of the game, you can then get to work getting all the extras.By collecting studs (the game's version of currency), you can buy new charachters, cheats (such as the enormously expensive invincibility), and fun stuff (such as replacing lightsabers with broomsticks).Overall, there's quite a good amount of replay value here.And let's face it, unlocking new charachters adds to some pretty wacky "what if" combinations, such as Darth maul and Chewbacca teaming up to defeat Count Dooku in episode 3.

    Unfortunitly, there is one big problem with Lego Star Wars, which keeps it from getting a five star rating.It's simplicity.Whiel its simple gameplay is nice, it eventually makes it very repetative.You do the same things over and over and over again.No matter what charachters you play as, no matter what level, its all the same in the end.Because of this, i've found that the best way to play the game is in short bursts, maybe an hour or so.

    The game is also quite short.I completed all the levels in less then two hours on my first go!It's not a gigantic problem, but it is questionable.

    But aside from that, this is a really fun game that i'm definitly going to buy.Though it's a kids game, the fun and simplicity makes it a great game for all ages.Highly recommended.

    5-0 out of 5 stars BEST GAME EVER!!!
    THIS GAME AWSOME!!! IT IS THE BEST GAME I EVER PLAYED!! I think that this game was better than Lego Star Wars(I played Revenge of the Sith and Lego Star Wars)! So if you have a hard time decideing for Lego Star Wars and the Rvenge of the Sith game, I sujest the Revenge of the Sith game! And this game is not short.

    5-0 out of 5 stars LOVED IT
    My son and I love this game.It is our favorite.He's young, 3 1/2, but he can do most of the stuff after a bit of practice.We couldn't wait to get Darth Vader.I wish it didn't have to end.Hopefully LEGO will come out with another quality game like this.We're hooked!! ... Read more


    11. Game Boy Advance SP - Platinum

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    Asin: B0002TB4D6
    Catlog: Video Games
    Publisher: Nintendo
    Sales Rank: 5
    Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars
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    Amazon.com Review

    Early Adopters Pick: March 2003. As theworld's smallest video-game platform, the Game Boy Advance SP is also the first to use a built-in rechargeable battery.

    Many decried the original Game Boy Advance's reflective LCD screen and its reliance on external light sources. The Game Boy Advance SP's main feature--optional backlighting--fixes this complaint nicely, but it's the wealth of other features that makes this system so surprisingly good.

    At first look, you might think the SP is a sleek travel alarm clock. When closed, it's just as tall and deep as the original GBA, but only half as wide. Due to its clamshell design, the screen is always protected from everyday scratches. A small button in the center of the console turns on the backlighting element for use in low-light situations, like in a moving car.

    Game Boy Advance angle diagram The SP comes with a well-designed power adapter that recharges a built-in battery; its prongs fold in for easier storage. Our informal tests found that it takes about four hours to fully charge (you can even play it while it's plugged in and charging), and the battery lasts about 11 hours with the backlighting constantly on--your results may vary. Using the backlighting less often will conserve battery power.

    Withseparately soldcables, you can connect the Game Boy Advance SP to other GBAsfor multiplayer gaming (above) or to theNintendo GameCube(below) to access secret levels, exchange data, or use other specialfeatures that vary from game to game.
    The quality of the backlighting is very good. It's bright and clear when looking directly at it, but degraded from other angles. This is only a problem for friends who are watching the screen from over your shoulder.

    But size, power, and affordability do not come without trade offs. There's no headphone jack here, though Nintendo promises an adapter. The system isn't very loud at its highest volume, and the sound can be turned down to socially acceptable levels. The L and R shoulder buttons are a fraction of the size they were on the GBA, and thus are harder to hit. Also, the reduced size of the SP is slightly less comfortable for adult hands than the GBA, but perhaps more comfortable for smaller hands. The cartridge port placement on the lower part of the console is fine for GBA games, since they are flush with the console body, but older Game Boy Color carts will stick out in a way that takes some getting used to.

    Open it up and the hinge will seek out a preferred, pre-set angle (about 150 degrees), though you can open it a bit wider or narrower for your own comfort. The hinge stands up well to lateral pressure, and over all, the SP seems just as rugged as its predecessor--which has proven to be very rugged, indeed. --Porter B. Hall

    Unit Specifications

    • CPU: 32-Bit ARM with embedded memory
    • Memory: 32 KB with 96 KB VRAM (in CPU), 256 KB WRAM (external of CPU)
    • Screen: 2.9-inch reflective TFT color LCD
    • Display Size: 1.6 by 2.4 inches (40.8 by 61.2 mm)
    • Resolution: 240 x 160 pixels in a wide-screen aspect ratio
    • Colors: 511 simultaneous colors from a palette of 32,768
    • Software: Fully compatible with Game Boy and Game Boy Color game paks
    • Light Source: Front light integrated with LCD
    • Size (closed): 3.3 by 3.23 by .96 inch
    • Weight: Approximately 5 ounces
    • Power Supply: Rechargeable lithium-ion battery
    • Battery Life: 10 hours continuous play with light on; 18 hours with light off; 3 hours recharging
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    Features

    • CPU: 32-bit RISC-CPU with embedded memory.
    • Screen: 2.9" Reflective TFT Color LCD
    • Display Size: 1.61" x 2.41"
    • Resolution: 240 x 160 pixels
    • Color: Simultaneously display more than 32,000 colors.

    Reviews (35)

    5-0 out of 5 stars Gameboy Advance SP Review
    If you were thinking about buying an original Gameboy Advance I would highly reccomend reconsidering. I recently purchased the new GBA SP and was very impressed with the sleek design and great performance of this product. The visuals are very nice, and there are tons of great games out there available for the system. If you were concered about the small size don't worry my hands are fairly large, and holding the system was very comfortable.The Frontlit screen is probobly the most notealbe and anticipated new feature the system has to offer, I was able to play games in a room without any lighting whatsoever with ease, and with the new Lithium Ion battery being used as the power source you won't be needing to spend money on batteries for roughly 3 years; This feature will pay for itself over and over again. I have owned a good deal of handheld consoles and by far this this is the most innovative of them all, finally Nintendo Got it right! My only complaint was the lack of a built in headphone jack for private listening, so you'll have to pay a bit more for the headphone adapter if you plan on using headphones. Unfortunately it always seems to be bundled with something, other than being sold as a standalone item, But the good that this product has to offer greatly outweighs the bad, which makes it highly reccomendalbe. If you have been searching for a great handheld system your search is over, So what are you waiting for? There's no time like there present and these little handhelds are going fast, better get yours while they are still so abundant. ;)

    4-0 out of 5 stars Superb Portable Gaming Device
    I must say, Nintendo has done a damn good job with their Gameboy Advance SP. The only gameboy I had ever owned was the original. At first I didn't want anything to do with any more Gameboys. But after trading a bunch of games in at ebgames, I had about 80 bucks worth of credit and couldn't think of a damn thing to buy. On a whim, I bought a GBA and FF Tactics Advance.
    Well that didn't work out to well, as I was plagued by terrible shoulder/arm/back pains at having to sit in the most uncomfortable positions to get decent lighting.

    I therefore decided on getting a GBA SP for Christmas, and after some thorough playing I can safely say it's worth the money if you like the GBA's library or find yourself away from home often with nothing to do.

    The control is decent, some games such as Mario 3 get a little tough when you have to hold B and pump A, but Nintendo was nice enough to allow the R Shoulder button to act a substitute.
    The folding design allows the screen to remain safe from scratches and collects only minimal dust, and is great for fitting in the pocket.
    And the backlight can be turned on and off, and you'll want it off when playing in bright areas to reduce color washing.

    Thankfully, there aren't too many problems with this device.
    The only real problem I have is that it has no stickies or pads on the bottom when folded up to hold it to a surface. This is a bother because most of the surfaces in my house are smooth countertops, or tabletops or desktops, and the wooden ones are glossed. The last thing you want is to have this thing fall off the table and break, and with nothing to help keep it in place I get a little worried.

    Overall, nothing to be worried about. The best portable system for the cost.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Great portable game machine
    As a grown man, I sometimes hate to admit I'm still a gamer. I play Real-Time Simulations (Command & Conquer etc), flight simulators and shooters. I usually take my SP along when I want to play Chess Master on the plane, or a little bit of Top Gear GT. The backlit screen is awesome and the rechargable battery seems to work fine.

    Best thing ever made!!!
    I have this SP and I love it!I bring it almost everywhere I go and play Pokemon Silver. I play it in bed and with the backscreen light I have no problem seeing the screen. And, something that most people dont bring up, I like that it has a lever instead of a wheel for volume.The folding design is awesome,especially since it goes to daycare with me and there are alot of little kids that just take it off the table and drop it.I recommend this to all you major gamers out there.

    Best one yet
    The new game boy advance Sp is the best one yet! The design is perfect, including conviniatly placed buttons.

    PROS
    - A backlight (a light built into the screen - like a tv has so that you can see it in the dark with out turning on the lights) for at night play, in boring movies, on the airplane, or on long road trips.

    - the L and R buttons are convenientily placed

    - built in battery that is charged by connecting the gameboy to an in the wall outlet, or car outlet

    - while the battery is charging you can still play a game

    - you control wether you want the back light on or not

    - can play game boy, game boy color, and game boy advance games, as well as the new videos available

    - better than a video now player for videos, this screen is lighted like a tv screen, in color, and has a bigger screen

    Cons
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    12. God of War

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    Asin: B0002XL3BA
    Catlog: Video Games
    Publisher: Sony Computer Entertainment
    Sales Rank: 33
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    Product Description

    Kratos is an ex-Spartan soldier possessed by Ares, the God of War. Over time, he becomes the most vicious warrior in Ancient Greece to a point where he can't bare it anymore and sets out on a journey to kill Ares. However, the only way to destroy Ares is to find Pandora's Box, which is located in a temple that's perched upon a hill and guarded by traps, puzzles, enemies, etc. The story is told as a flashback of three weeks prior to where the opening movie starts and then sets the stage for the g ... Read more

    Features

    • GOD OF WAR introduces a brutal slice of life set in the mythological Greek era. Players can live according to their own nature. Even if it is by brute force.
    • Defining the next evolution in gaming, GOD OF WAR presents an explosive gameplay mix: raw melee combat fused with traps, stunts and story driven puzzles.
    • Huge collection of moves: players can swing on ropes, scale mountain cliffs, swim through rivers, slide down zip lines.
    • GOD OF WAR delivers an extensive combat system based on uniquely linking combos for a myriad of fighting moves. Take the combat in air, take out a number of enemies at once, and utilize "context sensitive moves" moves that in particular situations, allow you to grab, kick or throw an enemy.
    • Kratos' main weapons are two blades one attached to each arm by a long chain that wraps around his arm. This allows for both short-range and long-range attacks.

    Reviews (105)

    5-0 out of 5 stars "God of War" Indeed
    "God of War," complete with its intense, action-packed gameplay, amazing visuals and production values, a fascinating anti-hero, and one of the best stories ever to grace a video game, is easily among the best titles you'll play this year on the Playstation 2 - if not ever. Indeed, if the Playstation 3 were to launch tomorrow, there would be no better send-off for its predecessor than this.

    The game takes ancient Greece and its mythologies for an ingenious spin, transforming "Clash of the Titans" into a bleak, Robert E. Howard gloomfest complete with unrelenting violence and a mood that is downright oppressive. This is certainly not the Greek mythology you learned about back in grade school, and your guide through this austere world of scheming gods and defiant mortals is none other than Kratos, a shameless killer who delights in gushing red blood and being where battle is thickest. He certainly has a chip on his shoulder, and it may or may not have to do with his absent wife and child, and the god of war himself - Ares. The basic concept is revenge, a mortal in opposition to a deity and all the monsters you can shake a sword at, but the plotline that drives "God of War" is far more interesting than that, and is gradually unraveled in splendid fashion. Suffice it to say that both the setting and Kratos, the player character, are as imaginative as they come. This one, like a great movie, sucks you in and, once it has you, doesn't let go.

    With such an interesting story and world already established, the developers of "God of War" could have churned out a half-baked action-adventure and still been a step ahead of many of their peers, but thankfully, not content to do this, they made "God of War" the absolute best game of its kind. It's an out and out ass-kicker, reminiscent of the recent "Prince of Persia" games (particularly "Warrior Within" and its Mature rating) and 2002's "Rygar" redux, but with action forefront and devious traps falling in behind. Comparisons aside, "God of War" is its own game through and through - a rewarding combination of reflex and gray matter, with an emphasis on the former.

    Kratos takes on all comers with a set of short swords, each one lashed to a binding chain and seared into his tormented flesh. That is, at least, during the early portion of the game prior to the introduction of the Blade of Artemis (essentially a gigantic scimitar), but these weapons will, almost undoubtedly, be the ones with which you become most familiar, and given the lack of variety it's great that they prove to be so much fun. In conjunction with some very capable magical powers bestowed upon Kratos by the gods as the game proceeds, these default weapons are more than sufficient, with the aforementioned secondary sword stepping in as a mere bonus. Admittedly, combat in the game initially feels like something that will wear thin, but thanks to the game's upgrade options, which allow you to beef up your spells and weapons by conquering your enemies, new combos and deadlier effects can be attained and unleashed, keeping things fresh.

    Unlike most action-adventures of this type, "God of War" seems all but immune to the usual monotonies of this genre, and not only because of the aforementioned combos, spells, and upgrades. The game's levels can take most of the blame, as they are very well-designed, complete with new challenges at virtually every turn. Aesthetically, each one is diverse, even down to its color scheme. And while some settings are clearly more polished than others, even at their worst these graphics rival anything available on the PS2. At their best, on the other hand, they're astounding, rising in artistry above virtually anything ever committed to a console. That all of this is done on the aging hardware of the Playstation 2 makes it that much more amazing.

    The characters come off nearly as good as the environments. Kratos looks suitably imposing and mean, and the spin on Greek monsters and myths takes a decidedly horrific turn with the motley collection of centaurs, minotaurs, and harpies that stand in his way. Boss encounters are few and far between in the game, but of the three that exist each is memorable, challenging, and beautiful to look at. The same pervading sense of quality pretty much shines throughout "God of War."

    But of course nothing is perfect, and the same is true here. One level, set in Hades, goes above and beyond in terms of frustration, temporarily emphasizing platforming in a game that, before, had little to do with such antics. Likewise, some of the reflex-testing minigames required to take down the game's boss monsters, usually optionally associated with gory finishing moves on lesser beasts, can be difficult to pull off in time, and make for some needless aggravation. As an elective edge in combat they would have fared better, instead of being necessary to prevail. On the other hand, this concept is a novel one, and when it works it works beautifully - but it has its downsides, especially during the final confrontation with Ares.

    Some may find "God of War" to be too difficult, as it's certainly not a game that's easy to breeze through. I think, for the most part, however, that it strikes a fine balance. From beginning to end, "God of War" is truly epic in scope, like a big budget Hollywood adventure, complete with the finest production values available. The more you play, the harder it is to stop. This is action-adventure near its pinnacle, the game that was promised and finally delivered. "God of War" is a great game with a great main character in a great stylized setting. What more can be said of it?

    5-0 out of 5 stars Fantastic fun and nearly flawless
    First thing's first - this game has very graphic, bloody violence, and Kratos, your character, is on a nice-guy mission but is not a nice guy.He's not above wasting a good guy to get at a bad guy.So keep your youngun's away. :o)

    I had high hopes for this after reading the description, and boy, were they fullfilled.I hate to say *too* many good things about a game and come off sounding easily impressed, but God of War is very, very easy to say good things about.

    First and formost - the fighting.You do a lot of it and the battle engine was all but flawless.No slowdowns or snags no matter how many enemies flooded the screen, except for one or two specific situations.Even then it wasn't jarring.Your weapons (you start with two swords-on-chains, then soon get a more powerful single sword, and can switch between them at will) and the attack combinations are great fun and the really useful ones are easy to remember.Enemies (playing in "normal" Hero mode) are tough enough to keep you working but not so hard as to wear you down.I'm also in love with the Greek beasties used, like minotaurs and Satyrs.One mistake God of War *didn't* make that so, so, so many games do - kill and enemy and they're gone.Move on a ways and come back, and they're still gone.I hate perpetually re-spawning enemies, especially when I want to backtrack.Thank you, thank you, makers of GOW for making the dead stay dead.

    You also acquire various magic attacks which come in very handy at times, and they're upgradable along with your swords.Make sure you find the more obscure caches of red orbs to charge things up.

    Puzzles you must solve along the way (there are plenty of breaks from the carnage where you have to think things through) are usually solvable without resorting to a walk-through.Just do the usual and look around carefully.

    As others have mentioned, graphics are great and PS2 games have really improved here.There are lots of mechenizations that are nicely conceived and detailed, and the game keeps up with it all.

    Cut scenes are good and not too long, so you don't waste a lot of time watching movies when you could be playing.

    So what's bad?Well, I prefer camera control and the game uses it's own, so you often find yourself running at the camera without being able to see where you're going.But as fixed cameras go, this one is very good and almost never aggravates.

    The ending is a little anticlimactic, once you've defeated the final foe, but very fitting for the storyline.

    My biggest complaint is, once you finish the game, you unlock "God mode," the hardest setting.I don't know how anyone could possibly play this.I couldn't get past the very first fight (on a boat against a small hoard of swordsman), for crying out loud.Maybe I'm just lame, or there's something I don't know, but it was a disappointment.Oh well, the replay value on normal (I also did the easiest just for fun) is right up there.

    If you have any doubts, don't listen to them and get this game.It really is excellent.

    4-0 out of 5 stars An action game of Herculean proportions
    I've heard a lot of good things about God of War, so I made sure that I got a chance to play through it when I got my PS2 recently.After I finished this game, all I can say is...whoa.This is definitely one of the most brutal games that I have ever played through, and I say that in the most positive way possible.Quite simply, God of War is one of the best action games that I've played this year.

    God of War is set in ancient Greece and puts you in the role of Kratos, a seemingly unstoppable, hulking warrior.The game starts off with Kratos on the verge of suicide, and then flashes back to a few weeks prior to his suicide, recounting his quest to kill the Greek god of war, Ares.Personally, I really liked the dark persona of Kratos.He's a breath of fresh air from the many upright, "always do the right thing" heroes that plague many of today's (and yesterday's) video games.Man, I thought the Terminator was unrelenting, but this guy...yeeesh.Kratos doesn't care who you are, and if you get in his way, may the gods help you.

    The game itself is, in my opinion, similar to another PS2 game called Devil May Cry.However, God of War differentiates itself by setting the game in much larger environments, and having a much more refined fighting system.The gameplay in God of War is a whole lot of monster killing fun, thanks to the game's easy to learn combat.Kratos' primary weapon, a pair of very large knives attached to chains known as the "Blades of Chaos", allow you to perform cool "combo" moves and hit multiple enemies depending on the direction you push the analog stick.Also, depending on the situation and the enemy, when you bring a monster down to low life, you can pull off various "finishing" moves such as driving your blades through a Minotaur's throat.As the game progresses the Greek gods will grant you new powers, such as Medusa's stone gaze and Zeus' lightning, which you can upgrade to become even more powerful.God of War also contains some interesting puzzles as well, which is in contrast to how most of the game is like.In the end, God of War doesn't have the deepest gameplay in world, but it is fast, furious, and visceral fun that any action fan will like.

    One of the most impressive aspects of God of War is its graphics.I was surprised that the PS2, a five year old machine, could still produce graphics as detailed as the one in this game.The high resolution textures and lighting effects in this game can put many other X-Box and PC games to shame.The character model used for Kratos looks great.It is actually a fairly simple design, but he looks like a total badass nonetheless.The monster designs for the game's many enemies are flat out cool.My personal favourite is the design for the giant Minotaur boss, which looks like a robotic, walking bull in power armor.Finally, the cutscenes for this game are very well animated, reflecting the game's dark tone, and are filled with copious amounts of blood, gratuitous violence, and scantily clad women.

    On the sound front, I liked the selection of music that God of War provided, although admittedly it is a limited selection.The music is primarily orchestral in nature, and it does the job in conveying the game's mood.Also, I felt that the voice acting was, on the whole, pretty good.The actor who does Kratos' voice has a Vin Diesel-ish quality to him, which perfectly suits the character.

    The one real downfall of God of War is that it is fairly short.It took me only around nine hours to complete it (including restarting the game from checkpoints multiple times).But the game is a blast while it lasts.The fact is I love deep and complex video games, but sometimes I just want to play a game that lets me mash buttons until my enemies are beaten into a bloody pulp.God of War is this game.As such, if you are a fan of action games, you must give God of War a try.Kudos to the developers for making such a fine gaming experience.


    My ratings are:
    Graphics = 10/10
    Sound = 8/10
    Gameplay = 8/10
    Overall = 8.5/10

    1-0 out of 5 stars BEWARE god of war.......!
    I received an early demo copy of this game, and loved it. Couldn`t wait to get my hands on it.Three exchanged copies later, i`m left with a fifty dollar coaster. It seems the game won`t load in first gen ps2`s, so unless your willng to buy a new system just to play this game, STAY AWAY until sony either de-bugs the disk or is willing to refund your money(like that is going to happen).

    3-0 out of 5 stars "Meh" is probably the best way to describe it.
    God of War is a good game. The thing is, its not an excellent game. You'll have your moments where you laugh and have fun, but at no point did I just have a "wow" reaction. That's really what the game is- solid all the way through, but doesn't have any really great moments.

    Graphics are good in terms of scale and size of everything, but animations and character models look off. Music is memorable, at times.

    Overall, this game is very, very overrated. It is in no way a bad game, but just isn't as good as reviews say it is. I beat it, started to replay it, then stopped, realizing it just isnt very fun the second time through. After gathering dust on the shelf for about two months, I decided to sell it. It just isn't very captivating.
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    13. Pokemon Emerald with Frontier Battle Tin

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    Asin: B00085EVZC
    Catlog: Video Games
    Publisher: Nintendo
    Sales Rank: 49
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    Reviews (21)

    5-0 out of 5 stars This game..is awesome! Much better than Ruby and Sapphire!
    This game is much more funner and challenging. After you defeat the elite four, you can go to the Battle Frontier. The Battle Frontier is absolutley awesome! Over all, I will give this game a 9.3 outta 10! Thank you nintendo for making this game so much better! For those who don't have the game, you will love it! It's much more advanced than boring old Ruby or Sapphire. IT'S much more FUNNER! And it's only a measily little price of 35 bucks. That's a pretty good deal! So get the game today! It's AWESOME!!!!

    4-0 out of 5 stars Very Few Flaws
    This game, overall, was very good. I believe that even those who have Ruby or Sapphire would like this game. One reason is the new Battle Frontier. this leaves you a major challenge once the core of the game has been completed. There are also many plot changes that make this game, overall, a good buy.

    5-0 out of 5 stars cool
    well it might have the same plot, but still pretty damn good.its all around rayquaza though in this one.that kinda sucks cuz i wanted a sequel to do wit the latis.oh well.but i love the fact that they actually gave u a choice on latias or latios.oh and ray,gro, and ky are now all lvl.70.ray is at sky pillar all da time. gro will occor in,um ithink 6,yah probably 6 places called the terra cave.same thing with ky.except he is at the marine cave underwater. oh and now key to the regis.
    rock=left left down down then use rock smash
    ice=go inside then run around while touching the wall at all times
    steel=go in da middle and use flash

    oh and u have to check out the battle frontier and tents.the tents let u practice for the frontier.lol.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Pokemon Emerald
    You may not think that there is much feutures in pokemon emerald untill you have beaten the elite 4.There is a new area called the battle frontier... You can get both groudon and kyogre in the game and there is lots of new places and new things to do.I have pokemon sapphire and I do not think this game was a waste of money.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Great Game!!!!
    i haven't played this game yet but of wat my frind has told me it will be awsome!! there are 14 new badges to collect and other fetures.this game is like crystal,ruby, saphire,firered, and leafgreen all together!! you can catch johto kanto and hoenn pokemon in different places, like (after the elit 4) totodile in the safari zone and much much more.i wont spoil the game but this is a MUST HAVE for rpg pokemon players!! ... Read more


    14. Nintendo Gamecube Console - Limited Edition Platinum
    list price: $149.99
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    Asin: B00006IJJI
    Catlog: Video Games
    Publisher: Nintendo
    Sales Rank: 522
    Average Customer Review: 4.43 out of 5 stars
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    Amazon.com Review

    Though it looks like a toy, don't be fooled: the Nintendo GameCube is a powerful video game console that rightly deserves its place among the other next-generation game systems. In fact, its playful, appealing design and small size (the unit is a not-quite-cubed 6 inches) aren't the only features that set it apart from the others.

    For starters, Nintendo has quite clearly made this a game-only machine. It doesn't try to play your CD collection, run your movies, read your e-mail, or store your MP3 files. The company has concentrated its efforts on games. All the prelaunch titles we've seen play smoothly, with bright, fast graphics and great sound. Nintendo says its engineers have removed traditional bottlenecks that have, in the past, slowed down processing. New components designed by IBM and MoSys, as well as a large-capacity secondary memory cache, keep instructions moving through the system's microprocessor (MPU) at peak levels. In English: the GameCube is optimized to push speed up while pushing costs down; hence its position at the lower end of the price spectrum.

    The GameCube is the first Nintendo video game system to use a disc-based medium rather than cartridges for its games. Moving the software to disc media generally means lower development costs for the publishers, which, in turn, trickles down to the consumer not only in price, but also in availability and quality, as it's then easier to try out untested game ideas (Pikmin, anyone?). While most other systems likewise have their games stored on discs, the GameCube's 3-inch format is smaller than everyone else's, and is so designed to fit in a shirt pocket as much as to deter would-be software pirates.

    Of course, the main advantage of the GameCube is that it's the home field of one of the world's premier game designers: Nintendo. While powerhouses Electronic Arts and Sega make games for all systems (including this one), you can play Nintendo games only on a Nintendo system. And Nintendo, you might recall, has been hitting them out of the park since it started with Donkey Kong. In fact, here's a roll call of characters and series you won't find on the other consoles: Mario, Legend of Zelda, Perfect Dark, Metroid, Kirby, and, of course, Pokémon. A few names that the GameCube will share with the other guys: Madden, Tony Hawk, Sonic, Batman, and Star Wars.

    The system also comes with four built-in controller ports, so you can easily plug in extra controllers and let friends join in for the multiplayer games--it's even got a built-in handle so you can easily move it to a friend's house. It comes with two memory card slots for saving your progress through games, and there's the capacity for future expansion into the world of online gaming.

    In short, the GameCube isn't an all-in-one entertainment system, and neither is it the most powerful of the modern video game consoles. But for video game enthusiasts who want to stick with their favorite characters, its value cannot be beat. --Porter B. Hall

    Unit Specifications

    • MPU (Microprocessor Unit): 485 MHz custom IBM PowerPC Gekko
    • Graphics Processor: 162 MHz custom ATI/Nintendo Flipper
    • Texture-Read Bandwidth: 10.4 GB per second (peak)
    • Main Memory Bandwidth: 2.6 GB per second (peak)
    • Pixel Depth: 24-bit color, 24-bit Z buffer
    • Sound Processor: 81 MHz custom Macronix 16-bit DSP
    • Sound Performance: 64 simultaneous channels, ADPCM encoding
    • Polygon Performance: 6 to 12 million polygons per second (peak)
    • System Memory: 40 MB
    • Main Memory: 24 MB MoSys 1T-SRAM
    • Disc Drive: 128 ms CAV (Constant Angular Velocity) system
    • Data Transfer Speed: 16 Mbps to 25 Mbps
    • Media: 3-inch, 1.5 GB capacity disc
    • Controller Ports: Four
    • Memory Card Slots: Two
    • Audio-Video Output: Analog and digital
    • Dimensions: 4.3 by 5.9 by 6.3 inches (height by width by depth)
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    5-0 out of 5 stars One of Nintedo's Greatest Consoles
    The Nintendo GameCube is one of Nintendo's best systems to date. It doesn't try to have a ton of different accessories and other things like a DVD player and CD player like Sony did with the Playstation 2. Many say that they don't like the system for that reason. Who cares?! It's a video game system, for God's sake! It shouldn't be anything more. I'll leave it at that. Anyways, it's game are unique and memorable, and most are sequels to the greatest series of all time. Metroid, The Legend of Zelda, Super Mario, Super Smash Brothers, Sonic Adventures, and MANY MORE. This system also sports great music with it's games. The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker has a great soundtrack to support my theory.^^ The GameCube doesn't rely too much on RPG's, though those are it's strong points.^^; The controller isn't hard to use; none of it's buttons are on the back, and they're close together for easy use. The system holds much more memory than the N64, seeing as Nintendo has finally moved on to discs and not cartridges. If you like Nintendo, this system is for you. Even if you're not a Nintendo fan, get it anyway. You won't be dissapointed.^_^

    5-0 out of 5 stars A unique ride
    Consoles are bought for their exclusive games and the system's features. Halo, Xbox Live, and Knights of the Old Republic for XBox, and Grand Theft Auto: Vice City, Metal Gear Solid 2, and Final Fantasy X for Playstation 2. But people glaze their eyes over paying any attention to the purple box with a handle and I believe they miss out.

    Eternal Darkness, Metroid Prime, Super Mario Sunshine, Zelda: Wind Waker, Pikmin, and Super Monkey Ball 2 are 6 games that are about fun. Oddly enough, all but SMB2 are published by Nintendo. They understand what makes games fun to play with. ED offers mature gamers a deep story (disclaimer: its not as deep if the gamer doesn't ask questions or start looking up ancient history), and Pikmin offers a refreshingly new and charming strategic puzzle adventure.

    And if you like those, you'll be happy to know that every one (but ED) of those games has a known sequel in the works. If you like Metal Gear Solid, then a remake is hitting the cube this fall. If you like Resident Evil, Cube is your system. If you have fun memories of mario kart, you'll be ready to buy Mario Kart: Double Dash this year, along with the fastest futuristic racer, F-Zero. If you like RPGs, Final Fantasy Chronicles, Phantasy Star Online, Skies of Arcadia, Harvest Moon, Animal Crossing, and other very good RPGs are here or coming in a few months.

    Clearly there are a lot of exclusives for everyone. If you just want your Madden 2004, and Red Faction II, or Timesplitters 2, and Splinter Cell, then you can get those too. Check out the rest of gamecube's library: ..

    5-0 out of 5 stars gamecube kicks butt!!!
    well i have to say this was the first system i got (out of xbox and ps2) and ive had it for 2 years now. i have 21 games for it and theyre all brand new, but theyre wer such a low price. honestly, gamecube has the games with the best quality and the lowest prices. i mean, you can get a brand new game for only like 10 bucks! this syystem already brings memories. my very first game was super smash bros. melee. heres a list of games you should look for:

    1. Super Smash Brothers Melee (AWESOME GAME!!! MUSIC ROCKS!)
    2. Mario Paty 4 or 5 (i recommend 4 very fun family game)
    3. Animal Crossing (GREAT GAME SO MUCH TO DO NEVER GETS OLD)
    4. Harry Potter (ss, cos, or poa, either one is great!)
    5. Any of the Tony Hawk games (the music on #3 is the best! CKY ROCKS!!!)
    6. The legend of zelda, the wind waker (awesome graphics, music, and secrets! great game!)
    7. Harvest Moon, A wonderful Life (this game is....very very good. a must buy. the graphics are excellent!)
    8. Starfox adventures (amazing graphics! very good game!)
    9. The legend of zelda, mastor quest or collectors disc (these two games have what is probably the best n64 game ever created!)
    10. James Bond Games (I recomend Nightfire, it has the best levels!)
    11. Medal of Honor games (great war games! I recomend Frontline!)
    12. Sonic Adventure 2: Battle (I LOVE THIS GAME!! THE MUSIC ROCKS AND SONIC IS THE BEST GAME SERIES!!!)
    13. Sonic adventure DX: directors cut (Very good game! Music is good, too!)
    14. Sonic Mega Collection (WOW, this game brings back memories! Has over 10 classic SEGA games!)
    15. Godzilla: destroy all monsters melee (a good game to take out your anger on. smash the heck out of the monsters and cities!)
    16. Soul Calibur 2 (AMAZING GRAPHICS The best fighting game there is!)
    17. Spiderman (I think this is better than #2, better graphics! fun game!)
    18. Mario Kart: Double Dash ( Great racing game! classic characters!)

    These are only a small amount of all the great games to get!!! GAMECUBE WILL LIVE ON!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    thanks!

    Oh, one more thing! Nintendo was the first (besides atari) to come out with a gaming system! It has the most systems (besides SEGA) and lets face it: Nintendo knows games! it has the best sustems:

    Nintendo (NES)
    Super Nintendo (SNES)
    Gameboy
    Gameboy Pocket
    Gameboy Color
    Gameboy Advance
    Nintendo 64
    Gameboy Advance SP
    Nintendo Gamecube

    If you dont have a GC, I HIGHLY RECOMEND THIS GEM OF A GAME SYSTEM!!!! NINTENDO IS THE MOST SUCCEEDING GAME COMPANY IN THE WORLD!!!!!

    Best Console Of The 3 From good old Nintendo
    Nintendo Gamecube is a Awesome Console with some CONS explore all 3 but Gamecube is still the best.

    GAMECUBE

    Games 9/10 Best Games on any Console New exclusives Like RESIDENT EVIL METROID PRIME and much more!!! Not The most games but they are really good.

    Graphics 8/10 to some morons who said GC graphics suck if you look Closely they are almost as good as XBOX games are dark thats why the graphics are good GC are light but still good.

    Controller 7/10 in my opinion they are the best comfy and are easy to use however really bad vibrations.

    Internet 4/10 Better internet than PS2 however Very few online games has Mario cark double dash for internet and PHANTASY STAR ONLINE.

    PS2

    Graphics 4/10 Arent good Dreamcast graphics are almost as good as that Real Blurry and games are too dark to hide the graphics cant handle some games. Terrrible Graphics. ps2 Has good games like GTA and DDR and FIANL Fantasy Wait XBOX as GTA DDR AND FINAL FANTASY so games for ps2 are nothing.

    Games 5/10 biggest selection of games however Most of the games they have are terrible and are not worth buying. Even the best games like Wolfenstein and other good games look Terrible when on PS2

    Controller 9/10 Best Controller out there good at everything mostly fighting games.

    Internet 6/10 As quite alot of internet games really laggy and bad connection Cheap Adopter pretty good

    XBOX

    Games 7/10 has great games for 13+ of course xbox games are for older people Really good games

    Graphics 9/10 really good graphics nuff said

    Controller 4/10 Big Klunky Awkward Design Has alot of buttons

    Internet 10/10 has a HUGE selection of internet games has XBOX live worth the cost.

    OVERALL GC IS BEST GET IT

    5-0 out of 5 stars Don't forget the extra costs
    I recently decided between a Gamecube, a Playstation 2, and an Xbox. I was leaning toward PS2 since I already have a bunch of PS1 games, but that got me thinking; if a large part of a systems value is not only how good the games are, but also how MANY games you can play, doesn't it make sense to consider the cost of purchasing additional games?

    With this new consideration, I quickly chose Gamecube. Look, a major reason the decision between the three systems is so hard is because they are all good, and they all have their own unique advantages (which are hard to compare against each other when making decisions). Maybe Xbox graphics are the best, maybe PS2 lets me play games from PS1, but I was able to buy a used Gamecube (80), a used copy of NBA 2003 (15), a used copy of Tony Hawk Pro Skater 3 (9), and a new copy of Crazy Taxi (20) from Electronics Boutique. In the end, I paid only >> 4 << dollars more than getting a used PS2 with nothing.

    If you want a great system, you can pick Xbox, Playstation 2, or Gamecube. If you want a great system that you can play new games in all the time (without going broke), get the Gamecube. ... Read more


    15. Gran Turismo 4

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    Asin: B0000A0MDV
    Catlog: Video Games
    Publisher: Sony Computer Entertainment
    Sales Rank: 384
    Average Customer Review: 4.45 out of 5 stars
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    3-0 out of 5 stars Been playing GT4 Prologue for about a month!
    I seriously hope that Sony puts a lot more effort into their completed product. Mind you the graphics are superb, I don't think that anyone can deny that. Playing the game looks like watching the intro movie. The driving physics are improved from the previous game, to a point. My major complaint is that when any type of traction control is turned on all the cars seem to drive the same. A rear wheel drive car drives like a front and vice versa. All the cars oversteer with the computer aided driving control. This problem is exacerbated in the rally modes. Another issue is the camera angles. The incar and 1st out of car angles are fine. The farthest camera angle makes the car look completely two-dimensional. The car turns like it is on a pivot about eight feet behind the car; it sweeps across the screen versus steering.

    Don't get me wrong, I have had a blast playing this game and will be the first in line when a release date is set. Everything that is good about this game far outweighs the bad. But, nonetheless, the negative points are a direct correlation to how the game is played.

    I'll say one thing, the tracks are phenomenal, the rally track especially. It also looks like they may be adding Sears Point Raceway, now known as Infineon. I could be wrong; but based on some of the ending movies I was able to recognize some key landmarks.

    Can't wait to play the real thing, minus the Prologue bugs.

    4-0 out of 5 stars READ THIS I HAVE PLAYED IT!
    I got a chance to get behind the wheel at E3 this year, so for all die hard fans out there this review is for you! One huge difference in the game one sees off the bat is the graphics. With new elements such as weather effects(rain,snow, etc.) and much more pixels per square inch it can be hard to tell the difference between the simulator and reality. Yes indeed many more cars will be availible, but unlike the previous Gran Turismo games many more classic cars will be availible. I cannot say what cars exactly, but some new brands will be added as well that have not been availible before.

    Here is the kicker, Sony teamed up with Logitech for the ultimate driving wheel to accompany the game. Much like last GT3 with the Force feedback wheel, Logitech has gone up and beyond unlike anything before this. A brand new Steering Wheel with a 900 DEGREE TURNING RADIUS!!!! unlike previous wheels with only about 200 degrees you will actually have to work hard to control the car. More than one turn on the wheel to be at full turning point! The Wheel is set to accompany the games release sometime near the fourth quarter of 2003!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Posibly the most impressive looking racer to date
    Posibly the most impressive looking racer to date. If only other game making companies could apply as much effort into a game as Sony has done with GT4

    The hottest game to be unleashed
    GT3 was an awesome game, from the tune ups to the formula ones. I tried the prologue of GT4, and WHOA. The graphics were awesome, but it was only 80 % done in the prolugue.And for those supercars lovers, there wil be lamborghinis, ferarris, and the Mclaren F1 GTR. There will also be the real car physics (the acceleration, handling, and top speed), and the race tracks extremely detailed. This is a best buy

    4-0 out of 5 stars gt3 is great!
    gt3 is great but there is minimus choose out cars.
    the tracks are great.
    gt3 is so long here,
    when does gt4 comes.
    first december then juli
    come on
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    16. PSP Need for Speed: Underground Rivals

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    Asin: B0007U0GUW
    Catlog: Video Games
    Publisher: Electronic Arts
    Sales Rank: 53
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    Product Description

    Hit the neon streets of Need for Speed Underground Rivals in pursuit of total ownership of the tuner racing scene. In this first-ever Need for Speed title for the PSP handheld entertainment system, customize and build the ultimate tuner on four rims then take it into the underground world of street racing. With tons of tuning options, a variety of game modes, and the circuits most sought-after cars, Need for Speed Underground Rivals delivers an unrivalled tuner experience in the palm of your ... Read more

    Features

    • Build the Ultimate Tuner: Customize up to twenty high-performance tuner cars then hit the streets to see who rules the underground.
    • Exclusive PSP System Circuits: Accelerate to top speeds on ten visually distinct circuit tracks exclusive to the PSP system.
    • Eight Game Modes: Including Drift Attack, Nitrous Run, Rally Relay, and Car Spec.
    • Go for a SpinAnytime, Anywhere: Engage in two-player head-to-head battles via Wi-Fi or challenge up to four rivals on one PSP system device in Party Play.
    • Pocket TRAX: Listen to music or watch videos on the go with this exclusive new feature for the PSP system.

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Need for Speed: Underground Rivals......
    Need for Speed: Underground Rivals is everything you know and love about the Underground series but in portable form. Ditching the open city environment of Underground 2 in favor of racing like you did the first Underground, Need for Speed Underground Rivals delivers the goods of pure street racing and it does so in style. It should be mentioned, though, that certain elements of Underground 2 were also added to make this version of the Underground series a step above the console versions.Compete against rivals in 10 all-new tracks, and customize as well as compete against high-performance tuner cars from the U.S. and Japan. You'll be just as amazed with Rivals as you were when you first saw Need for Speed Underground on the PS2. The sense of speed is blistering. Control and handling is dead-on. And, the graphics are simply amazing(just check out the wet-slick streets you race on as well as the motion blur of the lights as you pass by or the sleek look of the cars you race in and tune up). Out of them all, this has to be my favorite thus far. The one thing I love most about Rivals is the riveting soundtrack you're listening to while you race. Loaded with lots of your favorite artists, it'll, definitely, keep the excitement going while you race...believe me.
    I've read reviews where people go on about how Ridge Racers is so much better a racing game on the PSP(only because it supports 8 players in multiplayer while Rivals supports 2). In my opinion, the only game to ever hold a candle to the Underground series is the Midnight Club series. Until the PSP version of Midnight Club comes out, Rivals will be the ultimate street racing champ in my book and my most favorite racing game of all. Besides, Ridge Racers is an entirely different type of racing game and should be judged on its' own merits(which it is, indeed, an awesome game itself).
    Street Racing fans and regular racing fans alike will love NFSU Rivals for what is....a classy street racer that will keep them occupied for weeks.



    4-0 out of 5 stars Great Street Racer
    While you may want to wait for Midnight Club PSP, (comes out 6/14), this game will appeal to a street racing fan or even maybe a casual racer.There are over 60 cars and graphics are very much like Juiced, a game for PS2.They have added 2 cars to this game and now have over 60 very different cars that you can fully customize.This game has a good career mode.One thing that was an improvement from NFSU2 on the consoles was all the extra driving around.For people who are new to NFS, in Underground 2, EA made you drive around the city to look for races mostly so they could show you all of the endorcements that the game got.Overall, this game is nearly identical to NFSU , but is in no way a port.

    3-0 out of 5 stars good but not good enough
    This is fun but the graphics are bad.They are the graphics you would expect from a ds (horible). its worth a rental but don't buy it.This is not nerly as good as everyone says.I think everyone who gave this a five must have rated it the first day befor the relize how quicly it gets old (It gets old very Quikly).I think they also did not consider the horible graphics when rating this.don't let the other revewers fool you.

    as a final statment the graphics are the worst graphics I have seen on any psp game so far.


    5-0 out of 5 stars Awesome Game for PSP
    I own MLB, Untold Legends, Need for Speed Rivals and Ridge Racer. Need for Speed is by far the best game I've played so far. Some say Ridge Racer is better but, NO WAY!!! The car mods is what does it. Their are so many mods to add to the car to make it faster and look better. The more you play the more mods you can get. It makes you not want to put the game down because you can't wait to see what the next mod will be. The graphics are awesome and also the sound. I've played this game for about 15 hours and there's so much more left. I highly recommend this game.
    P.S. MLB is great also. =)

    5-0 out of 5 stars Another Racer Is Born!
    I just played this game last nite with friends, and I REALLY LIKE IT!!!It's funny when all of a sudden your opponent races right over you and takes the lead...But it's a lot of fun...Now I'm gonna have to get this one too...Thanx guys for getting me hooked...You all know who you b... (TT and your wingman, GC.) ... Read more


    17. Baby's First Toys

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    Asin: B000067QZI
    Catlog: Toy
    Manufacturer: Sassy
    Sales Rank: 1241
    Average Customer Review: 4.75 out of 5 stars
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    In the bright, cheerful colors that Sassy has become famous for, this set of miscellaneous playthings and teethers is sure to capture baby's interest and attention. While the eye-catching colors and shapes, are sure to draw baby's eye, the toys in this set also come in a variety of textures and shapes, so that baby can investigate how each one feels in her hand and, inevitably, in her mouth. Soft, flexible rubber parts on many of the toys make them just right for a little playful gnawing when baby is teething, while other toys in the set come with smoother plastic parts that have been rounded off to prevent injury. --Chris Burns ... Read more

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    You get a lot for the price
    We bought this set for our then 1 month old son for Christmas. Now that he's almost 7 months old, he plays EXCLUSIVELY with these toys. They are adorable, fun, easy to grasp( the only exception are the theething toys, that are a little bit heavy with the water inside). I have to say though: the toys we got are a little different from the ones I see in the picture here, but I bet these are great too - Sassy makes great baby toys. For the price you pay there are so many of them, that I've decided to give them to my baby one at a time, according to his age. Some of them are still in the box. We use the links to attach toys to his stroller or crib. The set makes a great gift too, especially for multiple babies. I gave it to my cousin's twins: they can share and there's plenty for both of them. All around a good product, highly recommended.

    3-0 out of 5 stars warning for the babies who are theething
    the toys are cute and great for the baby to play with. the only drawback are the colorful teether toys. when the baby gets few teeth and bites the teether toys, the paint comes off!!!!!!!!!!!! unfortunately, all the teether toys had to be thrown away. babie's safety is more important!!!!

    3-0 out of 5 stars Best Gift Ever!
    We received this as a gift when my daughter was born. She's now one year old, and still plays with these toys. This was by far the best gift we received, and I am now buying it for friends' babies.

    3-0 out of 5 stars I'm a copy cat!
    My sister gave this toy to my newborn daughter. Now I consider it a must for friends' babies. I just ordered it for my friends twins. There are plenty to share, and 2 rubber duckies!

    5-0 out of 5 stars A Must-Have
    This set of toys is a definite 'must-have' for all babies! I cannot beleive the amount of use we have gotten out of these toys. It seems that everytime my 8-month-old daughter is reaching for one of her favorite toys, I realize it is something from this set. One word of caution--even though the octopus is supposed to be a bath toy, I would not use it as such. I believe the water gets trapped inside and gets moldy. It is a fun toy outside of the bath anyway. ... Read more


    18. Forza Motorsport

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    Asin: B0006BK58U
    Catlog: Video Games
    Publisher: Microsoft
    Sales Rank: 81
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    In Forza Motorsport, its all about you and your car. Over 230 of the sickest racing machines imaginable. Infinite ways to customize them. The tools to tune them to perfection. The power to take on the world on Xbox Live. And the chance to show the competition what the back of your car looks like. Because in this world, you are what you race. ... Read more

    Features

    • Make every car yours: Collect models from more than 60 top car manufacturers, including Mazda, Nissan, Mercedes-Benz, Honda, Chevrolet, Ferrari, Porsche, BMW, and Dodge. Trick out sport compacts with real-world body kits, rims, spoilers, decals, side skirts, fender flares, and hood scoops. Add motorsport decals and team paint-schemes to supercars, GT racers, and exotics. Transform production cars into racetrack monsters.
    • Tune it up: Take your car to the garage and install alternative engines, suspension kits, bolt-on superchargers, brakes, rims, racing slicks, and more. Fine-tune gear ratios, fuel-mapping, forced-induction pressure, tire temperature and pressure, and ignition timing for the ultimate setup.
    • Experience the most technically advanced driving simulation on Xbox: Top automotive engineers teamed with experienced programmers to create an advanced physics engine for Forza Motorsport, designed to simulates authentic car performance. Cars incur damage and wear, which affects car performance. Advanced tire and suspension models respond to heat and pressure changes as well as weight transfer and aerodynamic load.
    • Drive in gorgeous track environments: From the famously challenging Nurburgring Nordschleife to the spectator-lined streets of Rio de Janeiro, race on meticulously designed tracks with an incredible sense of speed and realism.
    • Check out the revolutionary A.I. Drivatar technology: Train your own A.I. Drivatars to use the same racing techniques you do, so they can race for you in competitions or train new drivers on your team. Drivatar technology is the foundation of the human-like A.I. in Forza Motorsport.

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Offically better than GT4
    I have no idea what the person below me was talking about that this is a bad game. But you know I'm cool with that everyone has their own opinion. Check this.

    Pros

    Amazing car customization and performance upgrades.
    Over two hundred cars.
    Amazing classes of cars.

    Cons
    It is extremely hot outside


    I'm already playing XBOX Live mabey we could play some time. See you at the finish line.

    "You are what you Race"
    -------Forza Motrosports

    1-0 out of 5 stars What a ripoff
    I am thinking if the other reviewers are Forza game designers and developers.

    Okay, here is an objective feedback:

    Pros:

    A LOTTTTTTTTTA CARS (Infact, the greatest collection of Cars that I have ever seen)

    Customizable parts and performance.

    A lot of options to tweak the behavior and handling of the car

    CONS:

    ...HORRIBLE HORRIBLE GAMEPLAY...

    If you have every played Project Gotham Racing 2 (PGR2) or Rallisport Challenge or Midtown Madness 3 or even NFS and appreciated the smooth, responsive handling of the cars, the fast gameplay and whizzing scenery around you, this game will be a LETDOWN.

    The cars are extremely sluggish, very very unresponsive and at 120 mph, the scenery floats by you at the same rate as 20 mph in rallisport challenge or PGR2.

    Rallisport and PGR2 are wayyyyyyyy better than this game. I think there is this whole hype factor surrounding this game that just makes us compulsive shoppers want to just go and get it. Do yourself a favor: TRY THE GAME before you buy it.

    I wish somebody had told me about it so that I could have not thrown $50 in this worthless game. My time is sort of precious and I am glad that I didnt waste more than 2 hours on this dump.

    Do yourself a favor and try this game from blockbuster or gamestop before throwing your hard earned money...

    5-0 out of 5 stars Quite Possibly The Best Racing Sim On Xbox.
    Ive been playing this game for days now & Ive lost alot of sleep because I cant get enough of it ,its a great game,but I will warn you it is a Racing simulator type game that does have a slight learning curve & it will be a harder game when you first play it,because the driving physics are based on real-world driving.I do like other games like Project Gothem2 but FORZA is a better simulation of Real-world driving.Forza playsalot like Grand Turismo.The vast amount of different cars you can buy & race in FORZA isamazing ,the most of any game to date. You can buy just about any real-life car that are in showrooms today and also some of the older cars from the early sixties all the way up through to 2005.The manufacturers are all represented here from ASIA,North America(USA),Germany,Italy,United Kingdom,Sweden,France,Korea,Spain.You could buy a 1991 Honda CRX SI and upgrade it to about 800 HP & race it against a Ferrari ENZO. You have a ton of different race series from Point to Point, Amateur, Professional, Championship series,& Long Endurance races which require pit-stops. Each race is limited to your cars category from D class, C class, B class, A class , S class, R class.Classes D through S have four subclasses ,with 1 being the highest rated & 4 being the lowest. Class R has three subclasses R-GT, R-GTS, & P1. You cars class will raise as you upgrade it & you can sell,& remove parts,adversly you can lower your cars class if you remove parts. There are also brand specific races like Impreza vs.Lancer, RX7 vs. Supra ,American Muscle event,Roadster Challenge,Club Mustang event,Light Weight Challenge,300 HP challenge,etc.etc.There's also FW drive event,AWD event,MR event & many more.The vast number of different class restricted races is mindboggling ,this game is HUGE! You can Upgrade your cars with a large amount of options including Intake Exaust,Fuel Ignition,Turbo Charger, Supercharger,Intercooler,& you can swap up to bigger engines ,say example you could put a b18c5 engine from an Integra type R into any Civic.Also you can upgrade your cars other parts like, Tires from Y-rated ,DOT,to Slicks,Brakes,Transmission,Clutch & Flywheel,Weight reduction,Suspension.You can also add body kit parts from Front & Rear bumpers,Side skirts,Roll Cage,Hood,Rims,Spoilers. You can custom paint your cars from about 80 different colors.You can add customDecals & Vinyls on your cars left side ,top side,front bumper,rear bumper,& wing & change the shape color of each Vinyl for a completly unlimited amount of custom options.You can move,size,spin,tilt,EACH vinyl & decal & layer them up to 100,you could easily spend hours alone on vinyl applications. You can FINETUNE your cars set-up from Front & Rear tire pressure,adjust each individual gear ratio,adjust degree of camber /toe/castor,adjust ride height front & rear, adjust spring tension from soft to firm,adjust Damping Bump & Rebound,Adjust AERO downforce on front bumper & spoiler/wing, adjust Differential accell & decel,adjust Braking balance & pressure & the E-brake slow/fast.You can then go test your adjustments on any track youve unlocked & while your on the track you can fine tune it as your driving a test run in the pause menu.You can then save your cars tune set-up & then load that set-up before any race to match the track your gonna race on.You also can get a Benchmark setting to see what your adjustments have done ,it will show you Acceleration 0-60mph time ,0-100mph time, Top Speed,Braking Distance In feet ,& Lateral G's. As you win races & championships you will get credits towards purchasing more cars or parts,Also sponsors will give you discounts on parts when you win races & championships.Car manufacturers will give you free cars for winning races,series,& championships.The graphics are pretty good in this game ,the only negative thing is the people look like cardboard cutouts,but its still looks pretty good alot of nice detail.The New York & Tokyo tracks are realy nice. The cars all look fantastic and after youve finished a race you can watch and/or save your replay which looks fantastic.The strongest part of this game is the racing gameplay which is outstanding! And I did notice a big difference in performance after you add parts to your car and/or fine tune it .Its a very realistic racing game that does have a learning curve to get used to ,but once you get familiar with the driving physics its realy fun. The developers did a great job with this game & it shows. FORZA is must own for any fan of Racing sims.

    3-0 out of 5 stars Decent...but overhyped
    I definetly looked forward to this game, but after 2 years of Project Gotham 2, I can't seem to accept what "seems" like a game that was created before PGR2.

    The graphics are by FAR a letdown. GT4 blows it away, and PGR2 is must crisper also.

    Game play is decent...sure its more realistic, harder to drive, turn, less acceleration, but it's NOT AS FUN!!

    If you are a GT4 fan, this may be for you. But if you want instant XBOX live racing with a more "fun' factor...then look to PGR2.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Get the Fanatec Speedster 3 ForceShock steering wheel
    If you have an extra $150 after buying this game, then I strongly recommend you also get Fanatec's Speedster 3 ForceShock steering wheel for Xbox.It was designed to work with Forza Motorsport, and it's the closest you'll get to a force feedback steering wheel on the Xbox.The Xbox doesn't offer true full-blown force feedback, but this wheel is pretty close.The wheel also works with other Xbox racing games, but Forza Motorsport has special code in it to work specifically with the Fanatec wheel to offer force feedback.

    Unfortunately, Amazon doesn't sell this wheel, so you'll have to get it from either Gamestop or Fry's. ... Read more


    19. Crib CD Player with Light

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    Asin: B000056J6T
    Catlog: Baby Product
    Manufacturer: The First Years
    Sales Rank: 74
    Average Customer Review: 2.35 out of 5 stars
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    Nothing soothes a baby into slumber like music. Now baby canhave a CD player right in the crib. This battery-operated CD playerattaches securely to a crib rail and also has a soft-glow night-lightthat can be turned on or off, making it easy to check on baby duringthe night. This small streamlined-looking unit has a child-resistantcover to keep control buttons out of reach of curious hands. Withstandard CD player controls, high-clarity speakers, and an automaticshutoff, this CD player makes it possible to play your favorite CDselections in the nursery--at bedtime, naptime, or anytime. This playermay also be used as a tabletop unit once baby outgrows the crib.Although this is a great product concept, many users have found that itis quite impractical, as the slightest brush against the CD player orbump in the crib causes the CD to skip. Requires two C batteries (notincluded). --Deb Oroszlan ... Read more

    Reviews (133)

    5-0 out of 5 stars LOVE IT!
    My baby loves music! So, I bought this CD player since it hangs on the crib and has automatic shut off. I've been using it for the past six months and love it. At first, it seemed the music was too quiet, but at night when the house is quiet for bedtime, it's the perfect level. The CD player hasn't skipped and I can push a button and it'll shut off in 15 mintues. It also has a night light that automatically shuts off. I use it every night with my baby and found that if I always use the 15 minute button, the batteries last pretty long. I have definitely used this CD player, changing CDs all the time. I would recommend it. It is rather expensive, but I've got my money from it.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Worth the price
    I don't know why some reviewers don't like this product. It's extremely convenient, and doesn't eat batteries at ALL. My daughter is four months' old, we use this every night, and still haven't had to change the batteries. The volume level is perfect for lulling her to sleep. I love that it fits right on the crib and doesn't have to be plugged in with cords dangling around. It's also safer than a regular CD player because it's impossible for the kids to get into. Turning on Mozart every night has become part of her bedtime ritual... I just press play, lay her down, and she goes right to sleep.

    1-0 out of 5 stars Doesn't fit on most cribs
    This would have been perfect providing it fit on most cris. I thought it was the most wonderful invention until trying to put it on the crib. I also took it to the store & tried it on 10 cribs to find it only fit 2!

    3-0 out of 5 stars Good concept, but won't work like it should
    I thought this was a marvel idea, as most everyone else thought. I even got it 50% off. No wonder. I do like that it attaches to the crib and it has a nightlight and can have a timer but the cons outweigh the pros.
    First off it does eat batteries quickly and changing the batteries is hard. Why do they make it so difficult to change batteries on baby toys? You ahve to unhook the light part then find(!) a screwdriver that fits the screw to unscrew it and then reassemble it all. There have been many a night when it would not work due to dead batteries and no screwdriver to be found or no batteries in the house.
    The most annoying thing is that the volume does not work. It is scratchy sounding like it has static in it. You have to find a certain millimeter area where the volume control will work. I did find that if I insert a small piece of cardboard under the dial it pushes it up and it will work correctly. I'm assuming mine is a lemon and I need to somehow exchange it.

    Also the volume never goes too loud. I would like it a little louder for when it is in our toddler's room on her chest of drawers. She can barely hear it. We also like to play fun, dance songs and can barely hear it.
    I think we are going to get a small cd player for her room that plugs in to save money on batteries and save our sanity.
    I wish this device had a place to plug it up.
    Good concept but doesn't work!

    1-0 out of 5 stars Lemon Law This One!
    Our first one stopped working in a few days after we brought the baby home. We exchanged it for a new one and that lasted one month before breaking. The light still works, but the CD portion is junk. DON't waste your money. Get a cheap boom box or alarm clock w/ cd player and plug it into the wall. ... Read more


    20. Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas
    list price: $49.99
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    Asin: B0001VGFK2
    Catlog: Video Games
    Publisher: Rockstar Games
    Sales Rank: 1
    Average Customer Review: 4.53 out of 5 stars
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    It may not be a splashy leap forward, but Rockstar Games' Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas in its own deep, dark way does just as much to move and revolutionize video games as its two predecessors, Grand Theft Auto III and Grand Theft Auto: Vice City. As in previous installments, here you play as a thug with problems you must steal and shoot your way out of, but the problems this time are disconcertingly more realistic. You play as Carl Johnson, known on the street as CJ, a likeable criminal type who has just returned to his hometown, Los Santos (a fictionalized Los Angeles), to find that his mother has been murdered and that the police have framed him for another murder. Reunions with his friends and a troubled relationship with his brother set off a sprawling, complex plot line, taking place at first in the immediate Los Santos area but eventually spilling into San Fierro (based on San Francisco) and Las Venturas (Las Vegas).

    CJ
    You play as Carl Johnson, known on the street as CJ.


    This is an honest effort to create an engaging story about sympathetic characters caught up in a brutal environment that is on par with a movie or novel.

    Gaming Gangsters

    Where Vice City took its cues, with tongue firmly in cheek, from the 1980s television series Miami Vice, San Andreas is a sincere homage to early 1990s innercity gangster films like Menace 2 Society and Boyz ‘N the Hood. This is an honest effort to create an engaging story about sympathetic characters caught up in a brutal environment that is on par with a movie or novel. If that effort hits a few flat notes (you would have to be totally desensitized not to wonder if it's OK to make entertainment out of driveby shootings), it may also mark the first step toward video games growing up.The first thing that fans of earlier GTA games will notice is the range of action is much wider now: Along with shooting, running, and driving, there's now swimming, eating, working out, shopping, and, yes, getting a haircut. All this means the game has a fairly steep learning curve. But, though the pick-up-and-play appeal of Grand Theft Auto III may be long gone, your access to the action becomes fairly transparent after a little practice. My only serious complaint is that, with the controller now crowded with such previously unheard-of functions like "Gang Active" and "Talk Positive," you can drive only with the left analog stick. A minor point, but it makes cars a lot more difficult to handle.

    Bikin’ it
    Bicycles take on a surprisingly central role.

    Vehicular Variety

    It would be hard to surpass the variety of automobiles available in earlier games, and San Andreas wisely does not for the most part try to compete on that score. Instead, it's bicycles of all things that steal the show. The bikes' speed and flexibility are perfect for many of the missions, and there is something about cruising through the streets and basketball courts on a BMX that just feels right. If you play far enough into the game, you will also be rewarded with the chance to fly a number of aircraft, and flying is something Rockstar makes a greater effort to get right this time (welcome news for anyone who struggled with the planes and ‘copters of the earlier games).


    Lackluster Graphics--but a Real Feel

    Graphics--never a huge priority for Rockstar--actually take a step backward from the luscious, tropical look of Vice City. Textures are rendered with only a cursory attention to detail, and contours are often blocky. It scarcely matters, though, because no matter how San Andreas looks, it feels real. This is due in no small part to voice work by an all-star cast including Samuel L. Jackson, Ice T, James Woods, Peter Fonda, and Outkast's Big Boy and a stellar soundtrack with tunes by Soundgarden, 2Pac, Public Enemy, and even a few country classics from the likes of Willie Nelson. But it's not just realistic, San Andreas is also vast, encompassing three big urban centers and huge swaths of rural land (complete with shotgun-toting farmers) between them. This vastness does mean, however, that there can be a lot of tedious driving to get to the missions, which, along with some awkward sequencing of the cut scenes (they are in places stacked one on top of the other), means that there is a bit too much downtime.But never mind the quibbles. Ladies and gentlemen, we have another classic on our hands. --David Stoesz

    Pros:

    • Astonishingly vast game space
    • Vivid character development
    • Complex, engaging plot
    • Enormous range of available actions

    Cons:

    • Occasionally awkward game design
    • You can no longer steer cars with the directional buttons
    • Steep learning curve

    What's Your Strategy?
    Get mission strategies and detailed maps to achieve every objective with the Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas Official Strategy Guide.

    ... Read more

    Features

    • The next chapter in the legendary Grand Theft Auto series
    • Set in Los Santos, San Andreas, plagued by gang violence, corruption, and drugs
    • Carl Johnson's mother has been murdered and family has fallen apart
    • Carl is framed for homicide by two corrupt cops
    • He must journey across San Andreas to take control of the streets

    Reviews (154)

    5-0 out of 5 stars PSM Stuff
    Alright heres the stuff i read in the official Playstation 2 magazine (some of the stuff you may already know but oh well):
    -The game is set in 90's San Andreas, which is a whole state that contains cities like Los Angelas, San Francisco, Las Vegas, and a bunch of country stuff in between like deserts, mountains, rivers, and lots and lots of interstate highways.
    - You are CJ who decides to come back to his old Los Santos gang called the Orange Grove Family after spending a couple of years in Liberty City...
    -YOU CAN: eat in restuarants (get fat), Work out in the gym and get buff( get too buff and you move slower), improve CJ's skills, get haircuts, ride a bicycle, wear lots of outfits, buy and build buildings (many more things to do with this than in Vice City), Gamble at casino's, break into houses and steal money, swim,dual wield mutliple guns, recruit your own gang to help you out, do 4 person drive by shootings.
    The improvements: -five to six times the size of Vice City, game comes on a rare dual layer dvd, no more loading between cities, new graphics engine with 35-50% more polygons on screen, longer view distance, more realistic relections, shadows, and animation; every character has a "brain", a bunch of more detailed indoor locations, more mini games, man hunt style gun targeting, better hand to hand combat, each weapon is detailed and has its own realistic experience, rag doll physics, wider range of vehicles with improved physics, and the vehicles get rusty and dirty over time.
    The average pedestrian in San Andreas will have up to six times more dialouge than in Vice City. Another thing is that the game will automatically adjust the level of difficulty if a player gets stuck on that impossible mission. However this doesnt mean you can fail and then it will be easy, the changes are supposed to practically invisible and very small. IF you get fat the insults will be pretty mean. You can ride a bicycle by pushing x real fast to go real fast. There is free aiming with any weapon. Also your rival gang are the Balla's and if you go in their territory you are dead meat. The cops provide a greater challenge and are very determined. I got all of this information from a very good magazine that is 100% Play Station 2 called PSM, I strongly recommend this magazine if you are interested in upcoming games and reviews on games. From what i read in the magazine this is going to be a great game and I am preordering it right now... you should too!

    This game is the best of them all!!!!!!!!
    The following features have been confirmed for GTA: San Andreas:
    • Tweaked Vice City
    • Entire state of San Andreas included, meaning three cities will be present in the game, each connected by countryside. Los Santos, a fictional Los Angeles, San Fierro, a rendition of San Francisco, and La Venturra, which is the Grand Theft Auto version of Las Vegas.
    • Larger map, which is much more interesting and "alive" than Vice City. Hills have been confirmed, and even a mountain is to be included.
    • Smog will be present in Los Santos to give it a "real life" feeling.
    • "Characters from the past" will return.
    • Ragdoll physics, aka "Impact Animation" similar to that seen in recent PC titles like Far Cry, Half Life 2 and Max Payne 2.
    • In La Venturra, set up a casino, or gamble in those owned by others.
    • Recruit gang members and perform four person drive by's. (Screenshot)
    • Pedal Bicycles (Screenshot)
    • House robberies will take place but require skill and planning.
    • Stamina Meter. Carl will have to consume food on his journey across San Andreas, and will gain weight if he eats too much. Gyms will be available to work out in.

    5-0 out of 5 stars The Best Game Ever!!
    This is by far the best game ever created!! I have Halo 2 and hasn't got anything compared to this. GTA SA is a must have so if you are still reading this review you must get up, go out and buy this game!!!

    5-0 out of 5 stars The Best!!
    GTA San Andreas and vice city are such an advancment for rockstar games and this is the best ever but remember how it all started with that birds eye veiw...<br /><br /> John Tushew

    5-0 out of 5 stars Initial impressions
    After a long wait I am now beggining to dig into this game.<br /> <br /> 1. Learning curve: Very unforgiving, the missions go from semi-simple to near impossible at the drop of a hat. Enemy AI is drastically improved, which means you will be spending alot of time in your nearby health facility. Another nice feature is due to gang placement you may not even make it out of the hospital parking lot alive.<br /> <br /> 2. Controls: simply amazing. weapon aiming is drastically improved, you can now actually aim a handgun with enough precision to hit the tiny little gas tank target allowing for 1 shot explosions which I have to say are very cool (just don't do this in sight of police) also control of vehicles improves as you use them more, which means you are less likely to fall off your bike after catching air.<br /> <br /> 3. Character developement: Want your character to be the buffest banger on the block? You better head to the gym and work off that Cluckin' big meal you just ate. Don't eat too much tho, CJ can and will throw up if you do. Does CJ tire easily on those on foot police chases? Hop on the treadmill or the stationary bike and build up your stamina. Even RPG's rarely give you this much control over your character.<br /> <br /> 4. Summary: Initial impressions very possitive, go get this. ... Read more


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