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Hey, everybody. I'm Juli Auclair and today on Parents TV we're gonna show you some of the video games that your kids are probably gonna be asking you for this holiday season. These are games that kids of any age can play really. There's even a few that you may wanna try your hand at. So now to pick the games we brought in some testers and some of our staff members try them out too like our senior producer Tara who had a whole lot of fun doing it. Too much fun? Okay so let's start with one of our favorites today. Active Life Outdoor Challenge and it's used with the Nintendo Wii comes with this mat that you put on the ground and just about anybody can play this game. As long as you can move around just a little bit and have some really fun games like Stomping on Moles and the 2-person Jump Rope Challenge that I actually did with my daughter. It's all about having fun, right? This is ready to be for everyone and goes for right around $60. Another great game that will get you off the couch too is the Wii Fit. Along with exercises you can do activities like skiing, hula hooping, and yoga and the whole family can create profiles to track their progress. The software and the balance board which is this right here, they're sold for together about $80. Now once you have the Wii Fit, there are a couple of really cool games that you can play with this balance board. One of those is Wii Music, and you can actually use the Wii remote which we have right here to play more than 60 instruments and you actually use this like you're playing the instrument and you playing the drums for the drum kick or the guitar, you play it like this, or the piano and I won't even try to do that one. Wii Music goes for about $50. Now one of the most popular music games, Guitar Hero, I'm sure you have heard about it a lot, it's back with a brand new version, Guitar Hero World Tour, and that comes in this gigantic box right here and the new version has a battle of the bands setting where you can go head-to-head against other players. The game is rated T for teens, but I think it should be G for grown-ups because my husband won't stop playing it at all. So if you're into a more traditional family experience though, you might wanna check out Hasbro Game Night. It's got some of your old favorites. Yahtzee, Boggle, Connect Four. I love Connect Four, and also Battleship. Now depending on the game, up to 4 people can play. It's available for the Wii and PlayStation 2. And there's also a brand new Monopoly video game and that version takes you outside of Atlantic City and it lets you play in locations all over the world and you can get this for just about any game system including the Xbox 360, PlayStation 2 and 3 and also the Wii. There are also a lot of games in-between and teen girls that are new out this season. One of them is called the Wii Cheer. It's right here and it's for the Nintendo Wii and the cheers are dances set to popular songs. To get points, you use the remote to follow the arm movements that you would see a cheerleader do and you watch that on the screen, and this is another game that you can play by yourself or you can compete against a friend, get a whole bunch of girlfriends together and play it. It'll be a lot of fun. Now if you like dancing, there's also Boogie Superstar and it's also for the Wii. This game is for a crowd that's maybe a little bit older, and you have to keep rhythm to the songs and do some dance moves. Also new for the holiday season is Imagine Fashion Designer New York for the Nintendo DS; that's right over here. Players can design their own patterns and clothes and even organize a photo shoot. Another big hit for the DS this holiday season is Mystery Case Files: MillionHeir and this is one of those games that appeals to all different age groups. This is one that I tried. We played around the office a little bit. It's so much fun trying it. It's like sort of an I Spy game. Now one of the cool things about this game is if you have 2 DS devices, you can actually play against each other using the DS's close range wireless connection. Mystery Case Files is rated E and goes for about 20 bucks. Another good game for younger children is a tie-in with the new DreamWorks movie Madagascar 2. Your kids can play as their favorite character and they can try to save the African savannah. It's very cute. This game is available for the PS2, PS3, Xbox 360, the Wii, and the Nintendo DS, and the price depends on which game system that you're buying it for. Now finally we have some educational video games that are out this holiday season. This first set is a video game version of the popular kid's trivia cards Brain Quest and it comes in different grade levels and it works with the Nintendo DS. Kids are actually quizzed in different academic areas like English, History, and Math, and each grade level will cost you about $30 and they'll learn a whole lot, so it's worth every penny. And finally Ubisoft makes the series of Coach games for the DS. These are aimed at teens and adults and they have different language lessons. It's a Word Coach to help improve your vocabulary and this game, the SAT Coach, great for your teenagers. They partnered with the Princeton Review for the program, and the SAT Coach costs just about $30. So we hope that you have gotten some great ideas for some family-friendly video games. We had a lot of fun playing them. We hope you do too, and we would love to hear about some of your favorite new video games this holiday season. You can email us at ideas@parents.tv, and we thank you for watching Parents TV. We'll see you soon. Perhaps move the car. Thank you very much. I'll be here all week.