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uDraw GameTablet Genre: Action Platforms: PS3, Xbox 360, (Credit: Handout)

uDraw GameTablet

Genre: Action
Platforms: PS3, Xbox 360, Wii
Rating: Everyone
Price: $79.99: PS3, Xbox 360; $69.99: Wii

If you have a creative type on your holiday list this year, THQ's uDraw GameTablet is the gift to get. The uDraw is a sleek tablet that adds an entire new level of game play to home consoles. It features a stylus for drawing and writing, motion controls, and it even has direct touch-screen control capabilities.

The uDraw GameTablet is packaged with uDraw Studio: Instant Artist. The game has 15 art lessons, as well as other activities where users can paint, draw, and color anything just about anything. Other games that take advantage of the the uDraw GameTablet capabilites are also available, including: Pictionary Ultimate Edition, Marvel Super Hero Squad, Disney Princesses, SpongeBob SquigglePants, The Penguins of Madagascar, Dood's Big Adventure and Kung Fu Panda 2.

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uDraw GameTablet Genre: Action Platforms: PS3, Xbox 360,
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uDraw GameTablet

Genre: Action
Platforms: PS3, Xbox 360, Wii
Rating: Everyone
Price: $79.99: PS3, Xbox 360; $69.99: Wii

If you have a creative type on your holiday list this year, THQ's uDraw GameTablet is the gift to get. The uDraw is a sleek tablet that adds an entire new level of game play to home consoles. It features a stylus for drawing and writing, motion controls, and it even has direct touch-screen control capabilities.

The uDraw GameTablet is packaged with uDraw Studio: Instant Artist. The game has 15 art lessons, as well as other activities where users can paint, draw, and color anything just about anything. Other games that take advantage of the the uDraw GameTablet capabilites are also available, including: Pictionary Ultimate Edition, Marvel Super Hero Squad, Disney Princesses, SpongeBob SquigglePants, The Penguins of Madagascar, Dood's Big Adventure and Kung Fu Panda 2.

Skylanders: Spyro's Adventure Genre: Action Platforms: PS3, Xbox
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Skylanders: Spyro's Adventure

Genre: Action
Platforms: PS3, Xbox 360, Wii, 3DS, MAC
Rating: Everyone
Price: $69.99

Skylanders: Spyro's Adventure bring toys to life in this innovative adventure game. Gamers collect action figures (there are 30 available) that can then be teleported directly into the game by placing them on a portal that comes with the starter pack. The game is also packaged with three figurines, each with their own unique abilities. Players level up their characters as they progress in the game which they can later take to a friend's house to join their adventure.

Disneyland Adventures Genre: Action Platforms: Xbox 360 Kinect
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Disneyland Adventures

Genre: Action
Platforms: Xbox 360 Kinect
Rating: Everyone
Price: $79.99

Take the family to Disneyland on the cheap with this immersive game that perfectly scales the entire Disneyland theme park in Southern California. Using the Kinect, visitors will be able to walk through the main gate and virtually explore nearly every inch of the real theme park. You'll also be able to go on rides like Splash Mountain and interact and take photos with your favorite Disney Characters, like Mickey, Cinderella, Tigger and Donald.

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The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword Genre: Action
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The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword

Genre: Action
Platforms: Wii
Rating: Everyone
Price: $49.99; $69.99 bundle, includes game, gold Wii Remote Plus controller and soundtrack

Celebrating its 25th anniversary this year, one of the most storied game franchises in history gets motion control gaming updates. With the Wii Remote Plus controller, experience the physicality, realism and immersion of full motion control allowing you to wield Link's sword.

Family Game Night 4 Genre: Action Platforms: Wii,
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Family Game Night 4

Genre: Action
Platforms: Wii, PS3, Xbox 360
Rating: Everyone
Price: $39.99

Enjoy a family game night with Family Game Night 4: The Game Show. The game provides an exciting new spin on some of your favorite Hasbro board games, including Connect 4 Basketball, Yahtzee Bowling, Scrabble Flash, Bop-It Boptagon and Sorry Sliders.

Wappy Dog Genre: Pet simulator Platforms: Nintendo DS
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Wappy Dog

Genre: Pet simulator
Platforms: Nintendo DS
Rating: Everyone
Price: $49.99

Wappy Dog for the Nintendo DS is a virtual pet simulator that has an actual toy counterpart that actively interacts with the gamer. Wappy moves his legs, head, eyes, his cheeks light up, and he makes high-pitched barks. Through the DS, kids can ask Wappy questions, feed him, and play mini games with him. If Wappy gets in a bad mood for being ignored, not being fed, or even for losing against his owner in the mini games, Wappy will refuse to do what he is being told to do.

Kirby's Return to Dream Land Genre: Action Platforms:
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Kirby's Return to Dream Land

Genre: Action
Platforms: Wii
Rating: Everyone
Price: $49.99

The newest Kirby adventure will satisfy both longtime Kirby fans and beginners alike. An alien spaceship crashes in the otherwise peaceful realm of Pop Star. The pieces of the ship are scattered throughout the land. Up to four players can join in the adventure at the same time.

Mario Kart 7 Genre: Racing Platforms: Nintendo 3DS
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Mario Kart 7

Genre: Racing
Platforms: Nintendo 3DS
Rating: Everyone
Price: $39.99

Mario Kart 7, the newest installment in the fan-favorite Mario Kart franchise, brings Mushroom Kingdom racing fun into glorious three-dimensions. For the first time, you will explore new competitive Kart possibilities, such as soaring through the skies or plunging to the depths of the sea.

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Pokemon Rumble Blast Genre: Adventure Platforms: Nintendo 3DS
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Pokemon Rumble Blast

Genre: Adventure
Platforms: Nintendo 3DS
Rating: Everyone
Price: $39.99

Pokemon Rumble Blast is an action-packed Pokemon adventure in three-dimensions. You will battle against waves of opposing wind-up-toy Pokemon.

Super Mario 3D Land Genre: Dance Platforms: Nintendo
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Super Mario 3D Land

Genre: Dance
Platforms: Nintendo 3DS
Rating: Everyone
Price: $39.99

Join Mario in a new, eye-popping adventure with 3-D visuals on the 3-DS without the need of 3D glasses. Jump, dash and hover your way through classic Mario enviroments, enemies, and adventures.

Dance Central 2 Genre: Dance Platforms: Xbox 360
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Dance Central 2

Genre: Dance
Platforms: Xbox 360 Kinect
Rating: Everyone
Price: $79.99

Join with friends and family or battle them in a dance-off with Dance Central 2 with the Xbox Kinect. Dance Central 2 features a soundtrack with more than 44 new dance hits and classics and an integrated music store, that allows gamers to download newer songs.

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