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Nintendo DS 2007 Gift Guide

This holiday season presents gamers with various products for the “in-touch” Nintendo DS (all release dates subject to change).

The increasing “edutainment” libraries include Brain Age 2: More Training in Minutes a Day, Math Play and the Japanese title Professor Layton and the Curious Village which drops on December 3.

If that’s not enough learning for you, then the educational simulation game Animal Genius is based on the Leap Pad title of the same name.

My French/Life/Spanish/Word Coach titles (November 6) complement each other well while Spanish for Everyone offers another alternative on October 16.

Check your language skills with Spelling Challenges and More or test your eye sight with Flash Focus: Vision Training in Minutes a Day (October 15).

Take chess lessons from eight-time National Chess Champion Josh Waitzkin in Chessmaster: The Art of Learning (October 23). On October 17, Mah Jong Quest offers a reduced price and lots of tile tests.

Of course, this unique handheld can offer some very intriguing game titles like LifeSigns: Surgical Unit, Zoo Hospital (October 23), the Jam Sessions guitar simulator and Rhythm ‘n Notes (October 23) – piano and drums.

The popular Hannah Montana also gets the music treatment in HM: Music Jam (October 23), which also simulates several musical instruments.

Drawn to Life lets players sketch playable characters while the sequel Touch Detective 2 ½ features a female lead detective.

MySims provides lots of touching interface (even blowing) as the popular life simulation series stretches even further.

Harvest Moon Puzzle (October 1) focuses on fast produce-growing action while Neves (November 6) presents a wood-carved puzzler theme.

The sure shot hit Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass has more adventures for Link on October 1 while the sleeper hit Phoenix Wright Ace Attorney gets a sequel, PWAA: Trials and Tribulations on October 23.

Square Enix’s Front Mission has roots dating back to the Super Nintendo while the horror themed Dementium: The Ward hopes to break new ground.

EA Playground (October 22) offers several playground party games for all ages while the popular Mario Party DS offers a festivity option.

Star Wars fans (and LEGO fans) can find storylines from all six George Lucas films in LEGO Star Wars: The Complete Saga on November 6.

The spirit themed Final Fantasy XII: Revenant Wings continues another great series on November 21.

Race Driver: Create & Race boasts a track design mode and Wi-Fi connection capabilities while the customizable Homie Rollerz (November 30) brings a familiar “Pimp My Ride” theme to the small screen.

Kids can check out Looney Tunes: Duck Amuck (D…D…Daffy that is), Nancy Drew and the Deadly Secret of Olde World Park and Nicktoons: Attack of the Toybots (October 23).

More kid titles include Ed, Edd ‘n Eddy: Scam of the Century and Disney Princess: Magical Jewels (October 23).

Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games (November 20) will fuse familiar figures in the multi-sport genre hoping to pull in a good following into the official 2008 festivities in Beijing.

The breeding/store themed Fish Tycoon releases on October 16 while Build-A-Bear Workshop allows players to share their teddy bear creations.

On October 23, the Imagine series (Animal Doctor, Babyz, Fashion Designer, Figure Skater and Master Chef) offers simulation/tycoon-like gameplay while the mysterious Master of Illusion (renamed from Nintendo Magic) might have a surprising trick or two up their sleeves.

You can check game ratings at the ESRB's website. Enjoy!

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