Before diving into yet another huge game cache, consider hardware options like the new Nintendo DSi XL Red Bundle that includes Mario Kart plus pre-loaded DSiWare games – Brain Age Express: Math, Brain Age Express: Arts & Letters, and the personalized and practical Photo Clock.
Super Scribblenauts lets players conquer challenges by writing the word, now with adjectives and descriptors, to create an appearing object. Nanda’s Island (Dec. 14) has multiple solutions to each level while Games Around the World provide international environments, eight characters and special powers to beat rivals.
Mario vs Donkey Kong Mini-Land Mayhem! features a level editor with online sharing capabilities. The historical Noah’s Ark initiates the interactive Tap and Teach series, which features fun gameplay while nurturing skills in reading, spelling, music, coloring and eye-hand coordination.
Toy experiences expand with Nintendo DS games like Gormiti: The Lords of Nature!, Build-a-Bear Welcome to Hugsville and Silly Bandz, includes twelve video game-themed bands. ZhuZhu Pets: Kung Zhu features the fury hamsters in battle as ninjas and special force troops. Fans get even more furry fun with ZhuZhu Pets 2: Featuring the Wild Bunch.
Warner Brother cartoon favorites like the Tasmanian Devil and Marvin the Martian are featured in Galactic Taz Ball. Ivy the Kiwi? charms with children’s book type visuals and multiplayer options for up to four players. The pets do their best in varied challenges on Littlest Pet Shop 3: Biggest Stars, which has three distinct sets – Blue, Pink, and Purple Team.
Sports games include FIFA Soccer 11, the wrestling game TNA Impact! Cross the Line, Backyard Sports Football: Rookie Rush, Shawn Johnson Gymnastics, Backyard Sports Sandlot Sluggers, or enjoy several sports at once with Sports Collection.
The off road racing game ATV Kings feature 14 vehicle types and more than 35 races.
Action/collection staples include Pokemon Ranger: Guardian Signs and Bakugan Battle Brawlers Battle Trainer that includes three multiplayer game modes. Retro action game collection editions include Mega Man Zero Collection, and Atari’s Greatest Hits: Volume 1.
Role playing games include Lufia: Curse of the Sinistrals, Rune Factory 3: A Fantasy Harvest Moon, Dragon Quest IX: Sentinels of the Starry Skies, Etrian Odyssey III: The Drowned City, and Final Fantasy: The 4 Heroes of Light. Golden Sun: Dark Dawn (Nov. 29) continues the popular role-playing game series that fills both screens with adventurous challenges.
Music lovers can get Michael Jackson: The Experience (Nov. 23), Rock Band 3, or visit Beat City while food fanatics can bite into America’s Test Kitchen: Let’s Get Cooking or Chocolatier.
Learning can be fun with Jeopardy, Scripps Spelling Bee, Learn Math Advanced (Nov. 16), the Drawn to Life Collection (Nov. 23), and the popular Let’s Draw. Art Academy teaches players valuable painting and drawing techniques. The long awaited Photo World DSi (Dec. 7) lets players customize their own pictures with special effects.
Puzzle fans can try Logic Machines, Puzzle Quest 2, Picross 3D , Bejeweled Twist and the match three game Jewel Master Cradle of Athena.
Intrigue and problem solving permeate games like Hidden Objects – Mystery Stories, Midnight Mysteries: The Edgar Allan Poe Conspiracy, and Samantha Swift and the Hidden Roses of Athena, which combines puzzles and hidden object gameplay.
Fancy Nancy: Tea Party Time! features special DSi camera functions for personal sticker creation and inserting photos into the game.
Other games that include Nintendo DSi features are The Penguins of Madagascar, where players take pictures then can enjoy King Julien’s funny feedback. Players can compare pictures to win in Heathcliff: Frantic Foto Comic Edition.
Relive movies and TV shows with Alpha & Omega, Batman: The Brave and the Bold the Videogame, Ben 10 Cosmic Destruction, Disney Fairies: Tinker Bell and the Great Fairy Rescue, James Bond 007: GoldenEye, Grease, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1, Disney’s Tangled, James Bond 007: Blood Stone, Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole, The Lord of the Rings: Aragorn’s Quest, Megamind: The Blue Defender, Scooby-Doo! and the Spooky Swamp, Shutter Island (Nov. 15), and Spider-Man: Shattered Dimensions.
Other adaptations include Despicable Me: The Game: Minion Mayhem, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, TRON: Evolution (Dec. 7), Star Wars: The Force Unleashed II, Yogi Bear: The Video Game (Dec. 7), Dora’s Big Birthday Adventure, Diego’s Build & Rescue, Who Wants to Be a Millionaire, Deal or No Deal: Special Edition, Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader? Back to School and Sesame Street: Elmo’s A-to-Zoo Adventure.
Downloadable games on the Nintendo DSi include Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Minis March Again!, Littlest Pet Shop, MySims Camera, Scrabble Slam!, Sudoku, and Photo Dojo where players take posing people pictures to create their own martial arts battles.
Be thankful those gift cards can help with future game purchases like Plants Vs. Zombies (Jan. 4), Ghost Trick: Phantom Detective (Jan. 11), Playmobil Agents (Jan. 17), Chronicles Of Mystery: The Secret Tree of Life (Jan. 31), and Kingdom Hearts Re:coded (Jan. 11).