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Get your grubby mitts on a Pokemon mystery gift

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For those of you who picked up Pokemon Battle Revolution on the Wii, there's a special mystery gift awaiting you. Once you get the gift, which you can receive by solving a couple of click-happy puzzles set up by Nintendo, you can transfer it to your copy of Pokemon Diamond and/or Pearl on your DS. So what is the gift?

It's a mystery, how should we know? We'd like to find out, but in the fast-paced, life-and-death world of blogging, we don't have the time to solve the mysteries of Pokemon gifts. Be sure to let us know what it is when you find out, though!

The DS Life: I Still Know What You Did Last Unwrapping

The DS Life is a weekly feature in which we scour the known world for narrative images of Nintendo's handhelds and handheld gamers. If you have a photo and a story to match it with, send both to thedslife at dsfanboy dot com.

Look at this girl. She is totally freaking out about her new DS. Just totally - freaking - out. We couldn't care less that Christmas is long behind us, as is the entire 2007 year; we felt it our duty to show you this photo of a girl going absolutely banoodles as she unwraps her gift.

You've likely already deduced our intentions from the article image and title -- we're cashing in on last week's wildly popular installment of The DS Life with a hastily-put-together sequel. As is often the case with these repeat productions, we've done away with the charm of the original, replacing it with a bigger budget and an all new video cast!

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The DS Life: Unwrapping

The DS Life is a weekly feature in which we scour the known world for narrative images of Nintendo's handhelds and handheld gamers. If you have a photo and a story to match it with, send both to thedslife at dsfanboy dot com.

Provided they were on Santa's "Nice" list, hundreds of thousands of children (and adults, of course) woke up to find a dual-screened handheld under their tree yesterday. We like to imagine that these new DS owners held the system box high over their heads while The Legend of Zelda's "item fanfare" music played. We also like to picture them running to their computers shortly afterwards to load up and bookmark, as well.

Rather than spend too much time dwelling over what their reactions might have been like, why don't we take a look past the break for photos from ten different post-unwrapping scenes?

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DS leads UK gift-giving charge, no other systems in sight

What does the DS Lite have in common with a Spider-man Laptop, a Bladerunner Infrared Indoor Helicopter, and the High School Musical Dance Mat? They're all among the top ten most-desired gifts for kids this holiday season at UK electronics retailer Dixons. Don't look among the top ten for any other gaming system, either, not even the Wii -- the DS Lite is the only one that's made the cut. Clearly, kids across the pond have incredible taste.

All Mom wants for Mother's Day is a DS Lite

Chris Kohler's coverage of random stuff he sees while walking around in Japan continues with a note about Nintendo's latest DS advertising campaign. The sign says "Soon, it will be Mother's Day" next to a picture of a DS Lite playing Brain Age.

We can't help but think that if this campaign works, it'll lead to a lot of disappointed moms this Sunday. We're not saying moms don't want DS's (some may not, but most people do!) The problem is that it's still pretty much impossible to get a DS in Japan, with the apparent exception of whatever store this was. Why would Nintendo even advertise the DS?

Death Jr. and the preorder stylus of doom

Of all the preorder stylus bonuses we've seen, Death Jr. and the Science Fair of Doom's is easily the best. Konami has been encouraging gamers to reserve its 3D platformer with promises of a miniaturized scythe that doubles as a stylus. The preorder perk also comes with a plastic holder that clips the oversized pen to you DS Lite.

Though it makes for a great novelty item to enjoy with your game, the scythe also serves as a grim reminder that death is always close. Try as we might to avoid it, our end is always waiting, ready to steal our life's work -- or waste in some cases -- like a thief in the night. It doesn't seem like much of a bonus when you think about it like that, does it?

Death Jr. and the Science Fair of Doom won't appear on store shelves until May 22nd, but some online shops are already sending the preorder styli out. Head past the post break for CAG forumer Asgardian's photos of the Death Jr. stylus he received early.

[Via CAG]

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Letterman snags free DS and Brain Age

I want one!
Nintendo occasionally feels fit to send certain ailing minds a free Nintendo DS Lite and a copy of Brain Age, to shake off the rust. This time, however, they sent a perfectly functioning and quite hilarious mind the very same gift, commemorating the sixtieth birthday of none other than David Letterman. From what we know, he isn't much of a gamer, but perhaps Nintendo'll hit the marketing jackpot and make an addict of the man.

The jury is out ... and will most likely forever be out ... on whether Brain Age actually works or not, but hey, as long as we think it's working, good enough. Take a close-up look at the letter after the break (they even sent his mom one!).

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Wii Sports gift available in Animal Crossing

And the Wii-related gifts in Animal Crossing: Wild World just keep rolling in! This time it's a set of bowling pins to commemorate Wii Sports. We're just glad it wasn't, say, a replica of Mitch, the Mii who keeps popping up in our one-player Wii Sports games, complete with stringy hair and creepy mustache.

[Thanks, Roddie!]

Your Week in Nintendo - 11/6/06 - 11/12/06

Welcome to a new feature at DS Fanboy -- where we recap the stories you don't want to miss. Top stories are chosen based on relevance and reader support. For the week beginning Monday, November 6th and ending Sunday, November 12th, Your Week in Nintendo brings you:

5) Elite Beat Agents arrives
At last, the Elite Beat Agents are here to set things right. It's been one of the year's most anticipated titles, and now we can barely take time away from playing it ... unless, of course, we're talking about it.

4) Two great tastes
Just in time for the Wii launch, Nintendo drops a gift from Twilight Princess into Animal Crossing: Wild World, though it won't be revealed until the 17th.

3) The debate rages on
This time, it's not the fanboys arguing about the merits of the DS and the PSP -- it's Sony's Dave Karraker comparing the media hub that is the PSP to Nintendo's handheld gaming system. Who knew being about the games could be so wrong?

2) Things are looking good on the DS
New footage from Dragon Quest Monsters: Joker had fans stumped -- it looks so good, some mistook it for a Wii title! It's good to be reminded that it's not all about stylus-based fun with the DS. Nintendo's innovate handheld is powerful, too.

1) Apple v. Nintendo -- fight!
Our favorite handheld dukes it out with the MacBook Pro for the title of Time magazine's Gadget of the Year.

Zelda goodies in Animal Crossing

Much to the surprise of, well, just about every person we come in contact with on a regular basis, we still play Animal Crossing: Wild World. Perhaps we aren't alone though, because word on the street is that Nintendo is issuing out another free goody to celebrate the launch of some game called Zelda on the Wii. We're going to be keeping a close watch on this situation due to our continued support for the game and love of all things free.

For those who would like to join us, the time to log into Wi-Fi Connect is during the week of November 17th through the 24th. Upon connecting, players will receive the rare gift enclosed in a letter, which will be patiently awaiting them in their mailbox outside of the house. It's totally legit information, originating from the 210th volume of Nintendo Power magazine.

[Thanks to all that sent this in!]

Nintendo celebrates Star Fox in Animal Crossing

K-Man, whom you may remember from a previous Animal Crossing update, recently wrote in to us documenting his latest free gift from Nintendo. The fact that Nintendo would keep giving away free gifts in the game to keep players active in the game as well as one of its players constantly maintaining their town just reiterates how awesome a game this is. The latest gift given our by Nintendo is none other than an Arwing. The letter from Nintendo reads:

"Dear K-man,
Star Fox Command stats are live! We were going to give you Slippy, but take this instead!

Congrats on the free gift K-Man and all you other readers out there should make sure you let us know how your town is doing. We're always watching, always listening...

[Additional thanks to Reeve, who tipped us off, yet failed to include pictures.]

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