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Wii U and Nintendo Land

Tuesday, December 11th, 2012

Wii UIn our office’s epic ninja editor battle, Editorial Assistant Jordan used her lightning-quick gaming skills to defeat Contributing Editor Charlotte. That’s how it went down yesterday when our staff took a break to try out the new Wii U gaming system and Nintendo Land game.

I first wrote about the Wii U for the Tech Guide  in our December/January issue. I’ve always been a sucker for multi-player games (I would rather play with my three boys than alone, even if they do regularly whip me). The system’s tablet GamePad adds a new twist to multiplayer events by featuring for-that-player’s-eyes-only content. That’s key in games such as Luigi’s Ghost Mansion, a mad-cap chase in Nintendo Land. Wii U, Ages 5 and up, starting at $299. Nintendo Land, Ages 10 and up, $59.99.

For more video game and tech recommendations, see our Tech Guide.


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Welcome to Favorite Things

Tuesday, December 4th, 2012

Hello everyone and welcome to Favorite Things! I’m Ellen Harter Wall, the products editor at FamilyFun. Part of my job is to sort through the hundreds of new items we receive to find the best to share with you, both in the magazine and here on this site. It can be overwhelming, but I have a small army of testers, including my three boys and other staff members and their kids, who are more than happy to help.

I’ll be posting about the finds that pass the test: beautiful picture books, funny apps, great family games, sweet DVDs, and more. And I’ll also include the occasional classic, just to remind you of those family favorites that may have slipped your mind. Plus, watch for guest posts from other staff members!

Angry Birds Star Wars Jenga Death Star GameWhen I first saw the press release for the new Angry Birds Star Wars line of toys from Hasbro, I knew they would be a hit. Really, what child (or parent, for that matter), doesn’t want to fling a plastic Luke Skywalker Bird at a Stormtroooper Pig and blast apart the Death Star? I know I sure whooped louder than a Wookie when I did just that. My favorite has to be the Angry Birds Star Wars Jenga Death Star Game ($29.99), Ages 8 and up.

Be sure to check out our Toy of the Year (T.O.Y.) Awards for more holiday gift ideas, as well as our ToyHopper app , which has hundreds of FamilyFun recommended toys, games, DVDs, and more.

Over the months, I hope you’ll find plenty of kid-pleasing birthday gifts, toys that bust boredom, maybe a parent-sanity-saving thing or two, as well as inspiration for your next family movie night. Thanks for reading!

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