Nintendo launched their official Gift Center today. The page is designed to help you select a number of games and pieces of hardware to put on your gift list. It then creates an email post card that it sends out to a friend telling them what you want. Here's the odd thing though, it's only for the DS and of the 25 games listed more than half are from last year. Here's a break down of the games from this year that Nintendo thinks are worth buying:Kirby Super Star Ultra Mystery Case Files: MillionHeir Pokémon Ranger: Shadows of Almia Club Penguin: Elite Penguin Force MySims Kingdom Kung Fu Panda: Legendary Warriors Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa Video Game High School Musical 3: Senior Year Drawn To Life: SpongeBob SquarePants Edition Star Wars The Clone Wars: Jedi Alliance Guitar Hero On Tour: Decades Disney's Bolt Looking through that list of titles from this year, I see a lot of movie and television adaptions and exactly four games I would recommend to my friends. I could let this pass, heck even feed a flamewar by saying that there were no good games for the DS this year, but that's simply not true. Look at our gift guide. There were plenty of options. Where's Chrono Trigger, Metal Slug 7, Castlevania: Order of Ecclesia, VGA-nominated The World Ends With You? This is the sort of list I'd make for the DS if I worked for Sony, not Nintendo. What gives? Gift Center
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