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Every Christmas there’s invariably a bountiful harvest of hot products hitting the shelves that become that year’s popular gifts. Well, this year is no different with some highly desirable creations that’d put a grin on the face of the most Grinch-like of Christmas grouches.
The Nintendo’s Wii video game system (pronounced “we”) is the revolutionary gaming platform from Nintendo. With its innovative dynamic controller, it brings an element of physical family fun to video games other consoles can’t quite match, which makes it a very hot Christmas gift for the whole family this year. $299.99.
The Xbox 360 Arcade console centers gaming and entertainment in a single package. The widest selection of highly-rated games are available for this popular platform, as well as downloadable movies, TV shows and music. It can also be used as a media extender for your PC. $199.99.
The Playstation 3 120GB System has wifi right out of the box, free online play, and an incorporated Blu-ray disc player to set this console apart from the Xbox 360. A little pricier at $299.99, though.
So what’s a hot Christmas gift for someone who already owns one of these gaming consoles?
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 is a first-person tactical shooter and the long-anticipated sequel to one of the most successful video games ever: Call of Duty: Modern Warfare. Like it’s predecessor, it drops players into a modern combat setting instead of the more traditional WWII backdrop of earlier games in the series. Available for the Xbox 360, Playstation 3 and PC. $59.99.
Assassin’s Creed II is a game set in Renaissance Italy. The player explores the world of a shadowy assassin ensnared in a web of intrigue, revenge and conspiracy. The player is free to roam where he will in this all-new open environment, doing whatever is required to complete his dangerous missions. Sequel to Assassin’s Creed. Available for the Xbox 360, Playstation 3, PC and Nintendo DS. $59.99.
The MOTOROKR T505 Bluetooth In-Car Speakerphone and Digital FM Transmitter enables you to connect a Bluetooth enabled phone to the stereo in your car with neither wires nor installation. $119.99.
The Flip UltraHD Camcorder combines camcorder simplicity with the power of HD video. Connects to your PC with a flip-out USB arm. $199.99.
The Zhu Zhu Pet Hamster is likely to become the hottest hard to find Christmas gift of 2009. Toy R Us have already restricted purchases to one per customer! Essentially, they are interactive pet hamsters without the mess and inconvenience of living animals. Prices vary – usually from $10 to $25, but have rocketed up to $40+ as we approach Christmas!
The 3rd Generation iPod touch 64GB is not only a media player, it’s also a great pocket computer and an innovative portable game player. $395.
The Twilight Saga: New Moon – The Movie Board Game: if you have a teenage daughter and you haven’t heard of this phenomenon, you really haven’t been paying attention. Make her Christmas by gifting her this hot board game based on the movies of the books. $14.99.
This is just a small selection of hot Christmas gifts for 2009. All prices are manufacturer’s recommended retail prices.