Top 10 Nintendo DS Lite Video Game Gifts For Christmas This 2008 – Get the Best Xmas Presents Now

Christmas is almost at your door, and if you haven’t done your shopping, then you might be in big trouble. To avoid the holiday rush, it’s best to check out lists of the best Christmas gifts first to guide you in your shopping. If you have kids to please this season (or even some adults), then one of the best gifts to give them would be none other than a Nintendo DS console and some games to match it. Below is the list. Check it out!

Top 10 Nintendo DS console & its video games Christmas gift for 2008:

1. Mario Kart DS – one of the most popular games of the Mario Series, Mario Kart is definitely going to give your kids, friends, or family a lot of fun times. They can battle with 4 karts in one go, or they can choose to race with 8 of their friends through Nintendo DS’ Wi-Fi connection.

2. Brain Age – for parents who want their kids to play something fun and educational at the same time, Brain Age is the perfect choice. With this game, kids would be able to learn more about numbers, art, literature, and other helpful things through fun activities and games.

3. New Super Mario Bros. – this list of the top 10 Nintendo DS console & its video games Christmas gift for 2008 will not be complete without the this time tested and much beloved game. Now your kids can enjoy what you once loved playing! With new power ups like the Mega Mushroom and new places to explore, this game is definitely a keeper.

4. Pokemon Ranger: Shadows of Almia – fun and challenging at the same time, this game will take your kids to explore Almia, a new region for this Pokemon game. There, they would battle it out with other Rangers to reach the top spot. With new Pokemon characters and new games and quests, expect your kids to spend hours of fun with this game.

5. Mystery Case Files: Millionheir – this game mixes fun with mystery, a game that also involves a lot of thinking and problem solving. It’s the perfect choice for kids who love nothing more than poke around and get their noses into things. For parents who want to enhance their kids’ mental abilities, this is a sure buy.

6. Brain Age 2: More Training Minutes in a Day! – coming in at number 6 in the list of the top 10 Nintendo DS console & its video games Christmas gifts for 2008 is this upgraded version of Brain Age. This time around, there will be more activities and games to play. At the same time, your brain’s progress can be tracked by the game itself. Isn’t that cool?

7. Chrono Trigger – this time traveling game is engrossing and fun. Join Crono in his search for Marle through the past, present, and future. Meet marvelous and fearsome creatures and battle with some of them. This one has adventure written all over it.

8. Kirby Super Star Ultra – this game offers a lot of adventures and a lot of challenging enemies to defeat, such as King Dedede and the Meta Knight. It also employs the touch pad as part of the controls for the game. Expect pristine and stunning graphics, plus the old game styles or modes of the first Kirby game!

9. Nintendo DS Lite Cobalt or Black – we’ll end this list of the Top 10 Nintendo DS console & its video games Christmas gift for 2008 with the two most wanted Nintendo DS consoles. The first is the Cobalt or Black console. Definitely one for the boys, this console also has a slot for Game Boy Advance games and at the same time, it has Wi-Fi which allows you to play with other people or even Nintendo DS owners around the world.

10. Nintendo DS Lite Metallic Rose – the streamlined design, the attractive color, and the astounding features would definitely have girls screaming over this new gadget. Who says only boys can play games?

How to Get Your Kids to Clean Their Own Room

Lots of parents hesitate buying their kids the toys and the stuff they want because they’re thinking of the mess that it is going to make. All the toys and junk end up on the bedroom floor. Now comes the age old battle of parents and kids and the argument of who’s going to clean up the mess. The yelling as well as the crying won’t stop unless someone yields. There are ways on how to make your kids clean their own room without resorting to an all out war:

First step is to try to turn it into a game.
Rather than relaying the instructions in the form of a command, turn it into a game. Kids are gravitated towards the challenges presented by a game. Playing and having fun are what’s important to kids. You can appeal to their better nature by transforming the mundane task of picking up their mess in a form of a game. You can take the extra step by giving out a reward in the end. This will make them work extra hard without them feeling the boring effort of tidying up their room.

Sing or put your commands into a rhyme.
Rather than ordering your kids around like a tyrant, they respond better if you do it with a smile and a little rhyme. Make it a light-hearted song and the rhythm will make them accept your commands more easily. Make up your own catchy tune and try to have your kids sing along too.

Count the toys.
For most kids counting is a bragging right. Give them an initial goal of counting 10 toys and putting them where they should be. Give them a reward for getting it right.

Turn it into a competition.
Nothing gets kids all fired up than a nice healthy competition. Time your kids in cleaning up their room and challenge them into beating that record. It’s better if there is a record present in the room, like a blackboard or a note in the fridge door. The physical manifestation of their achievements will be an added boost that will encourage them to beat their own records more.

Make cleaning up easy.
Put up colorful plastic bins for them to put their toys in. You can also coordinate this into a game. Put labels on the plastic bins. You will not only teach your kids how to classify objects, you will also make the whole ordeal of cleaning a lot easier and more enjoyable for them. If your kids don’t know how to read yet, you can put pictures on the plastic bins.

FPS – First Person Shooter Games

Among the biggest sellers in online PC games are FPS, or First Person Shooter, games.

Kids love ‘em. So do most Dads.

Many moms think the level of violence is too high and too graphic, so Dad and the kids play them when she is not looking.

FPS games are centered on you, the player, from your point of view. Armed with various handheld weapons, you might be called on to thwart the invasion of Earth by aliens or to stop a Nazi advance in WWII. As a player, you interact directly with the game environment from your own perspective.

FPS games evolved in the late 1990s as PCs became powerful enough to render the 3D graphics in real time. These are way beyond the arcade shooters from Space Invaders on up.

Several sub-genres of FPS have distinguished themselves:

* tactical – most have a military motif

* stealth – avoiding detection by opponents is a major element

* run and gun – among the most popular with multiple enemies and fast-paced action

* real-time strategy (RTS) – able to give commands to other units and control the strategy

* first person adventure (FPA) – free roaming adventure which takes one to the edge, like the controversial series Grand Theft Auto

Most FPS games take graphics to a new level of realism while exaggerating the attributes of the player. You now likely have muscles and strength that make Arnold look like a girlie-man.

Kids and adults alike love the frantic blasting of enemies within the context of heroic storylines.

While FPS games are demanding on your reflexes, they are also demanding on your PC. You will definitely have a need for speed, as well as a good graphics card and a decent set of speakers. The demands of gamers have pushed the PC industry to make better desktop computers for all.

The next big shift – with broadband Internet service now in millions of homes worldwide – will be the delivery of the latest FPS game to your PC via streaming download instead of CD. As more gamers accept online streaming delivery of the game itself, costs should come down over time as the game developers turn to online delivery and bypass the CD/DVD publishers and retailers in the supply chain.

For the game developers, online delivery of FPS games represents an opportunity to open up a new market of gamers who would be willing to try FPS online, but who never visit EB Games, the Electronics Boutique, or other game retailers in the mall.

For those who want to try/demo any number of FPS games, I recommend the Triton player. This streaming download allows you to begin play well before the entire download is completed. You can even demo recent releases like Prey from 3D Realms.

You can register free and download the player at:

As long as there are heroes and villains, and kids with vivid imaginations, there will be a place for FPS games when the aliens come calling.