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Singstar 80s Edition for PS2 February 1, 2008

Singstar 80s Edition for PS2 $49.99 Free Shipping Buy Here

SingStar 80’s Bundle Includes 2 Microphones

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Product Features

  • Comes with two quality microphones
  • Broad range of songs by your favorite 80’s artists, from Madonna, REM, Billy Joel, Kim Wilde, Duran Duran and more
  • Real music videos attend the songs
  • Multiple gameplay modes
  • Record your performances on memory card
Product Description
Here’s your chance to sing with your favorite musicians! SingStar is an innovative, sophisticated and captivating social experience that can turn anyone into an instant singing sensation! Two custom, high quality microphones are included, allowing would-be musicians to really get into their performances. With microphones in hand, players perform along with chart-topping artists as song lyrics and the original music video play on-screen. Thirty hit songs from a broad range of music genres are included, ensuring there is something for all tastes. And with a variety of gameplay modes, including Solo, Pass-the-Mic, Battle, and Duet, SingStar can turn a normal get-together into a rocking party! So crank up the volume, break out the stage lights, get ready to turn friends into raving fans and prove you are a rock star with SingStar!

Includes:

  • Billy Joel: Uptown Girl
  • Billy Ocean: Caribbean Queen (No More Love on the Run)
  • Blondie: Heart of Glass
  • Culture Club: Do You Really Want to Hurt Me
  • Cyndi Lauper: Time After Time
  • Dead or Alive: You Spin Me Round
  • Dexy s Midnight Runners: Come on Eileen
  • Duran Duran: Rio
  • Erasure: Respect
  • Europe: The Final Countdown
  • Flock of Seagulls: I Ran (So Far Away)
  • Foreigner: I Want to Know What Love Is
  • Kim Wilde: Kids in America
  • Madness: Our House
  • Madonna: Material Girl
  • Men at Work: Who Can It Be Now
  • Nena: 99 Red Balloons
  • R.E.M.: Stand
  • Run DMC: It s Tricky
  • Simple Minds
  • And more

Game Reviews

I must say I usually suck badly at karaoke games, but I bought this for a female friend, and she loved it. What usually frustrates me is I don’t keep up with the latest pop songs, so I bumble my way through them and tend to lose, but everyone from my 30-something generation knows the words to these pop classics. It even has 2 of my favorites from that decade, Thompson Twins & Simple Minds. It was also great seeing their videos again, back when MTV used to actually play videos! A great party game, and you know what goes great with party games.

Unlike Country music and earlier pop versions this loop has the artists on screen from their original music televsion productions, which means the scorekeeping and venues backdrops, etc are not part of the mix. Music however, is OK, and if got it straight, may be a duplicate or two from the earlier versions.

Fun for all ages. My husband and 13 year-old son has been playing this every night since Christmas. The bundle includes quality microphones and we were able to hook it up to our surround system. The songs get old after awhile, so we have since bought the Amped game to get 30 more songs.

 

Singstar Rocks for PS2

Singstar Rocks for PS2 $44.79 Buy Here

Singstar Rocks Bundle with microphones

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Product Features

  • The only singing game that incorporates actual songs and videos from chart topping artists
  • Includes two custom, high-quality microphones and the SingStar USB converter
  • Multiple gameplay modes, including Solo, Freestyle, Pass the Mic, Battle and Duet, create a highly interactive social experience
  • Choose from a track list of 30 songs across a variety of hit artists and genres including rock/alternative, pop, hip hop/R&B and legendary favorites
  • SingStar technology recognizes pitch, tone and rhythm to accurately score performances

Here’s your chance to sing with your favorite musicians! SingStar is an innovative, sophisticated and captivating social experience that can turn anyone into an instant singing sensation! Two custom, high quality microphones are included, allowing would-be musicians to really get into their performances. With microphones in hand, players perform along with chart-topping artists as song lyrics and the original music video play on-screen. 30 hit songs from a broad range of music genres are included, ensuring there is something for all tastes. And with a variety of gameplay modes, including Solo, Pass-the-Mic, Battle, and Duet, SingStar can turn a normal get-together into a rocking party! So crank up the volume, break out the stage lights, get ready to turn friends into raving fans and prove you are a rock star with SingStar!

Product Description
Singstar Rocks gives you the chance to become an instant singing sensation! Two custom, high quality microphones are included, allowing would-be musicians to reallyget into their performances. With microphones in hand, players perform along with chart-topping artists as song lyrics and the original music video play on-screen. 30 hit songs from a broad range of music genres are included, ensuring there is something for all tastes. And with a variety of gameplay modes, including Solo, Pass-the-Mic, Battle, and Duet, SingStar can turn a normal get-together into a rocking party. So crank up the volume, break out the stage lights, get ready to turn friends into raving fans and prove you are a rock star with SingStar! Record your favorite performances onto Memory Card for future playback. Customize and enhance playback with numerous audio effects Features a sophisticated, high-quality game interface, similar to mainstream music channels Multiple difficulty levels and selectable song lengths provide customized gameplay for all-ages and musical abilities Includes EyeToy USB camera compatibility – players can snap photos and also see themselves singingin place of the artist’s video

Game Reviews

My wife absolutely loves karaoke (and singing in general). Going to a bar, singing karaoke and watching tipsy bar patrons attempt karaoke is a common event for my wife and I so naturally a karaoke game belongs in our house. The choices are somewhat limited, it’s either Karaoke Revolution or Singstar Rocks. For our first karaoke game I went against the odds and purchased Singstar Rocks. Part of me wishes that I would have picked Karaoke Revolution, however. Before digging into the game mechanics lets see what you get. First I must say that the packaging is very attractive. You get two surprisingly good quality microphones with this game. Typically you would expect cheap, plasticy mics – but not here. The mics feel very solid and durable which was a nice surprise. Also in the package is a USB adapter that allows you to plug both microphones into one USB port. The microphones for this game are proprietary, so there is little chance that these mics will work with any other karaoke games that may come out. These mics will not work with Karaoke Revolution games. The other USB port is left open in case you have the Eye Toy. We don’t have this peripheral at this time so little will be said about this. In it’s core Singstar plays as follows: You pick a song (or medley) and sing it as you would if you were actually singing karaoke. The words to the song are displayed on the bottom of the screen. In real-time the words are highlighted, much like a real karaoke machine. Above the words are horizontal bars that show the target pitch you need to be at. As you sing your pitch is highlighted either above, below, or right on the target pitch. The more you can stay on the target pitch – the higher the score you will get. There are three difficulty levels – easy, medium and hard. The main difference in the difficulty levels is how sensitive the game is to your pitch. So for example if your pitch slightly fluctuates then easy mode is much more forgiving then hard mode. This game will definitely train you to become a better singer. There are a total of 30 tracks in this game. Both my wife and I believe that the song list could have been stronger, but that will not affect this review because that is an opinion. Below is a complete list of all of the tracks.

Gwen Stefani – Cool
Fall Out Boy – Dance, Dance
The Killers – Somebody Told Me
Coldplay – Speed Of Sound
KT Tunstall – Black Horse And The Cherry Tree
Aretha Franklin – Respect
Elton John – Rocket Man
Marvin Gaye – I Heard It Through The Grapevine
The Cure – Friday I’m in Love
0.D.J. Jazzy Jeff and The Fresh Prince – Summertime
The White Stripes – Blue Orchid
Naked Eyes – (There’s) Always Something There To Remind Me
B52s – Love Shack
Dusty Springfield – Son Of A Preacher Man
Joss Stone – Super Duper Love (Are You Diggin On Me?)
Blur – Song 2
Gloria Gaynor – I Will Survive
Jet – Are You Gonna Be My Girl?
Hole – Celebrity Skin
Thin Lizzy – The Boys Are Back in Town
Scissor Sisters – Take Your Mama
The Rolling Stones – Paint It, Black
Bloc Party – Banquet
The Police – Every Breath You Take
The Offspring – Self-Esteem
Lynyrd Skynyrd – Sweet Home Alabama
Keane – Everybody’s Changing
Scorpions – Wind Of Change
Good Charlotte – Girls & Boys
The Hives – Hate To Say I Told You So

As you can see, some of the songs like Sweet Home Alabama, I Will Survive, Black Horse and the Cherry Tree along with a few others are must haves (well, they are very popular amongst the crowds we sing with anyways). You can form your own opinion about this track list though. We enjoy about 70% of these songs. The interface for this game is pretty slick. Menus are easy to navigate. While singing the songs you get to watch the bands videos in the background. From what I read if you opt to use the Eye Toy then you get to watch yourself on screen with trippy visual effects… I can’t comment much on this though because we don’t own the Eye Toy. With a decent song list, slick interface and good quality hardware it seems that this game is the perfect karaoke package… but it’s just not. This game is definitely geared more towards multi-player rather then single player which is a bit disappointing. Of coarse games like this really shine in multi-player modes, but for the karaoke lovers like my wife it would have been nice to see more single player modes as we don’t always have a group of karaoke singers at our house. The biggest disappointment for us is that there is absolutely no career like mode in this game. All 30 songs are available to you right off the bat so there is nothing to unlock. If you are playing in single player then you will spend most of your time simply singing the songs and achieving the highest score possible. Although the game does keep track of your highest scores, the scoring system doesn’t really provide much insight into how well you really did. You may get a score of 4,500 on Sweet Home Alabama but when you’re viewing your highest scores what does that really mean? How good did you actually do on that song? Did you nail 50% of the song or 90%? Who knows. The single player mode feels more like a practice mode. Even a very simple career mode would have really made this game better. Well, enough griping about the single player mode. The multi-player mode is where this game tends to shine the most. There are modes such as duet, battle and a mode where you pass the mic. In duet you simply sing the song together and achieve the highest score possible. In battle mode you sing against each other and see who can achieve the highest score. Pass the mic is probably the best mode for larger groups because you play in two teams (up to 4 players per team, so a total of 8 players) and the teams battle against each other. In this mode you play a few mini-games of sorts. One of them throws medleys at you to keep you guessing, another is a test of who can reach 5000 points the quickest and also there is another that forces you to stay in the “good” zone to keep playing. The variation pass the mic really keeps the game fresh and fun for all who enjoy singing karaoke. I do have one major complaint about multi-player. Players do not have their own difficulty levels. This is really too bad because good singers will beat the lesser skilled singers every time – hands down. For example my wife is actually quite the singer. She likes to play on hard mode because easy mode is just too simple for her skill level. Lesser singers such as myself are forced to play hard mode (or she is forced to play easy mode) and she will beat me every time. There is absolutely no chance that I will defeat my wife in battle mode. It would have been much better if each player could set their difficultly level to provide some sort of handicap for the lesser skilled singers such as myself. One other complaint is that you can’t adjust the volume of your mic. This is too bad because it’s quite hard to hear yourself through the game. The options are very limited. With all the gripes aside this is a fun game, especially when played in groups. The single-player mode was quite disappointing (which hurt the overall score the most) but if you’re looking for a good karaoke game to play in groups then this is a decent choice but don’t rule out your other options.

As a fan of the Karaoke Revolution (K.R.) series, I purchased this game hoping to have something to keep me until the next release. I found myself disappointed with the lack of “game play”. It did not hold my attention for long. This game seems to assume that you’ve played others in the series.

CONS: There are no songs to unlock; the thirty listed are all you ever get.
I found it a bit more difficult to play than K.R.. There is no real-time pitch information for those who aren’t spot-on which means if you aren’t familiar with a song, there is little hope of scoring well until you become familiar. (I was able to sing songs I’d never heard before with K.R. and score in the platinum range)
The easy level seemed to be a bit more picky than K.R.’s easy level.
Occasionally the game throws you for a loop by forcing you to sing the harmony in addition to lead.
There is no tutorial or training mode to help you learn how to play and what all of the markings on the screen mean (you can read the manual but even that doesn’t appear to explain much).
There is no microphone setup to adjust the input volume (although you can play with the volume that is output).
The ability to effectively mute the original singer appears to be missing.

PROS: The actual artist sings each song as opposed to re-recorded (albeit easier) versions of your favorite tunes.
If a video of the song is available, it is included behind. If one isn’t, they’ve made video collages about the band and song to keep your interest.
You can playback your performance and even add sound effects to it like robot and reverb (there are four different ones I believe). These performances can even be saved to the memory card.
The microphones work on my Apple Macbook.

This would be a great game, had Konami already not released five (six when the American Idol one comes out) better Karaoke games for the PS2. You would think that when releasing this game in 2006, Sony would look at its competition and make it equal or better. They did not. I apologize that so much of the review is comparing it to the Karaoke Revolution series, but it’s a natural comparison, and unfortunate for Singstar Rocks, as SR is by far an inferior product. I have a lot of the same complaints as others. There are no unlockables. Even though KR’s strange costumes are seldom used in our household, it’s nice to see things being unlocked as you sing more and better. Singstar Rocks does not do this. The big thing is with the PS2 having two standard USB ports, why they would utilize the mini to USB adapter. This renders the mics useless to the KR games. If they’re worried about being able to use an EyeToy simultaneously to two mics, maybe they should have included a USB mini hub instead. It infuriates me that with all the decent USB mics on the market that Sony again would go proprietary (of sorts). Another complaint is the lack of adjustments. In song, KR (dating back to the original) allows you to adjust the vocals, mic and music. Singstar Rocks has only a master volume that doesn’t see to do much. It’s also unfortunate that Sony stuck with only Sony artists, as they are missing out on a ton of others. The song selection is very random due to this and a couple are very strange selections to have on a sing along disc. There are multiple songs on here that do not make a lot of sense. Of all the Rolling Stones catalog, why would Forty Licks’ “Paint it Black” be the one to appear. Lame! In a vacuum, the game is fun, but its song selection, lack of options and its proprietary options all make it fall extremely short to any of the other Karaoke Revolution. Don’t waste your time with this one. Get *any* of the KR series over this one.

Good family fun. Everyone liked the game and had fun participating. Although we played with adjusting volume it was often a bit difficult to hear your own voice especially in playback function. Teenager was disappointed in song selections, and I was somewhat. For “Rocks” there didn’t seem to be that many rock songs. Also would be nice if there were a larger number of song selections or at least the ability to earn more songs.

Singstar is a hit in the house. My kids love it as does my girlfriend. Easy to use and set up and is great for entertaining guests. Must have the microphones included in the package, the Logitic microphones will not work that come with American Idol or High School Musical Karaoke games.

 

Pokemon Diamond Nintendo DS

 Pokemon Diamond Nintendo DS $33.99 Free Shipping Buy Here

Pokemon Diamond by Nintendo

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Product Features

  • Worldwide battles and trading using WiFi.
  • Real-time clock feature changes the time of day based on the DS clock. The Pokemon you can catch vary based on the region and the time of day. Also, certain Pokemon moves’ power changes based on time.
  • More elaborate Pokemon Contests. Players can use the accessories and dress up their Pokemon. Players make “Poffin” out of Berries to raise their Pokemon’s contest stats.
  • New dual-type Pokemon, new/altered moves, and new special abilities add to the already deep strategy of Pokemon battling.
  • 3-D enviornments and updated graphics.

Pokemon Diamond is a traditional Pokemon RPG that takes place in a region called Sinnoh.

In the Sinnoh region, there are two Pokemon that symbolize the region. They appear in the Sinnoh reigon’s myths and old folklore. One is called Dialga, and is said to have the power to control time. The other is called Palkia, who is said to have the ability to distort space. The sinister organization called Team Galaxy is trying to rule the region by utilizing these two Pokemon’s power. During your adventure to complete your Pokedex and become the Champion, these two Pokemon, and Team Galaxy, will intertwine into the story and lead you on a fantastic journey across the Sinnoh region.

When you set off on your travels, you’ll be able to play as either a boy or girl Trainer. You will also utilize the DS’s dual slots to transfer Pokemon from the GBA Pokemon games and be able to link up with Pokemon Ranger to access more special content. Pokemon fans have caught glimpses of Mime Jr., Lucario, Munchlax and Weavile in Pokemon movies, and these Pokemon will be debuting in this adventure.

Product Description
Pokémon Diamond takes you into the new Sinnoh region, where two unique Pokemon are symbols. The Dialga and Palkia appear in myths and old folklore;legends say they can control space and time. The sinister organization called Team Galaxy is trying to rule the region by capturing and training thes Pokemon. During your adventure to complete your Pokedex and become Champion, these Pokemon&Team Galaxy will intertwine into the story and lead you on a fantastic journey across the Sinnoh region.

Game Reviews

After countless spin offs the real deal is here: Pokemon Diamond and Pearl. The Pokemon craze has been around for years. Ever since the Red and Blue versions hit way back, Pokemon has been huge. It’s tried and true formula has worked for over ten years, and it’s pretty apparent that the formula isn’t going to die now. Pokemon Diamond and Pearl are a lot like the Pokemon games that preceded it, but they’ve really thrown in some good touches here. Still, most players who’ve been playing since the Gameboy days, or even as recent as the GBA days will still get a “been there, done that,” feeling. Still, the game is good, addictive and it will keep you busy for hours on end. As I said, Pokemon Diamond and Pearl have a “been there, done that” kind of feel. You begin as a rookie trainer in a village, and under some circumstances, you are asked by a professor to go and collect Pokemon data using a Pokedex. On your journey your goal is to collect as many Pokemon as you can and train them to take on other trainers, and to get all the badges from the games various gym leaders, while you’ve got a rival who is out doing to same thing to prove he’s better than you. In addition, there’s an evil organization called Team Galactic that has plans for a new world order and to do that they need all the Pokemon they can get. If all this sounds familiar, that’s because it is! It’s the exact same formula that worked for the original Pokemon games on the Gameboy, the games on the Gameboy Color and Gameboy Advance. The story, of course, is simple and charming, but where Pokemon has always managed to shine most is it’s fantastic and addictive gameplay. Pokemon is actually really strategic and in-depth. That is to say, it requires a lot of thought, and believe me, some of these battles (especially against the new Pokemon that are introduced in this version) require a lot of your skill. Battles are turn based, where you select a command and then watch a round of combat. There’s a paper/rock/scissors effect here, however. Each and every Pokemon has a type, and some of the attacks they use reflect its type. This makes up what deals massive damage, what deals no damage and what deals just normal damage. Grass may be strong against water, for example but grass is also weak against fire, but in turn, fire is weak versus water. This effect plays through with seventeen and different types, and there is no best type because every type has a weakness. It’s because of this element that Pokemon is so much fun to play. Just trying to construct the perfect team will take you more than a day, and with over 100 new creatures to collect, you can form endless amounts of teams. Just catching all the Pokemon alone will keep you busy for well over 50 hours. To add to the effect you’ll face several other trainers as well, and you never know what they’ll throw at you. Your strongest Pokemon may very well become your weakest in certain battles just because of its type. The battle system itself is made even simplar by the touch screen. Where as before you were scrolling through menus, battling can simply be done by touching the different options on screen. It makes battling a lot faster, especially because the icons are pretty big. Luckily, there’s never really a point where you have to use the touch screen if you don’t want to, and battling can still be done the old fashioned way if you so choose. As with Ruby and Sapphire there are also moments of two on two battles. Usually they come with either two trainers taking you on at a time, and you’ll send out the two Pokemon in your top roster, or you’ll be with another trainer who will send out his or her Pokemon with yours. It adds to the strategic feel of the game, but the moments of two on two battles are pretty few and far between. In your journey you’ll also receive a nifty watch that works based off the time of your internal clock. This means that much like Gold and Silver, it’ll switch between day and night. Some Pokemon come out only in the early morning, others come out late at night. Some Pokemon only come out on certain days. Either way, those itching to catch each and every Pokemon will enjoy this aspect of it. As I said before, Pokemon Diamond and Pearl have added some new things. The most important new thing however, is how much easier it is to trade Pokemon and battle with your friends. Using Wi-fi on the DS is far better than the various link cables or having to go out and buy the wireless adapter for the GBA. You can battle with people all across the world, and do other things as well, such as trade with them. Of course, in order to enjoy the full benefits of this you’ll need the friend code to do it, and sometimes. In order to get the full experience of the online gaming world in Pokemon, you’ll need to register friend codes. If you don’t you can’t enjoy some of the better perks, like being able to talk to a friend using the microphone of your DS as you battle. Still, the combat is enhanced greatly when playing online. If you don’t want to play online you can easily connect to another DS and battle it out that way with your friend simply sitting in the room. Pokemon Diamond and Pearl are also full of little secret goodies. There are the legendary Pokemon, Pokemon contests, and of course, even after you’ve finished the main story there’s more to be done. You can transfer Pokemon from your GBA versions by sticking it into the GBA slot of the DS. No matter how you slice it, Pokemon can easily keep you busy longer than several RPGs combined I wish I could say the graphics and sound are absolutely amazing, but they’re really not. For as much fun as this game is, it’s certainly not the best as far as graphics go. The same goes for the sound as well. Pokemon has never really been a game you go after for eye-candy, though. There are some moments where some 3D effects come out, but not very many. The sprites are more or less the same sprites they’ve been using since the Red and Blue versions. Ideally, the game doesn’t look all that much of a step up from Ruby and Sapphire, and they were not fantastic looking games either. It’s really colorful, but the DS is capable of so much more than this. Likewise, in battle is still as horrible as ever. Fun to do it, but the Pokemon still only flinch to attack, and there aren’t a lot of animations going on, and we’re still looking over the Pokemon’s shoulder. Essentially, the combat engine hasn’t changed since the series first outing in 1998. There are some move animations that look really good, but aside from that it’s hard to look passed the simple fact that the game’s combat engine hasn’t really evolved since the original games came out way back in 1998. This isn’t the original Gameboy, this is the Nintendo DS. The sound is also no exception. A lot of it sounds really tinny. There are some tunes that definitely sound Pokemon like, but again, it’s using old technology on a system capable of a lot more. Most of the sound effects such as the Pokemon’s cries are ripped straight from–you guessed it–the original Gameboy versions released in 1998. That’s not to say all the tunes sound bad, it’s just to say that a lot of what you’re going to hear is recycled. Despite the games graphics and sound, Pokemon Diamond and Pearl are still excellent games. There’s a lot more depth here than people think, and a lot of stuff to keep you busy for a long time to come. Even those who are tired of the same simplistic plot and formula will find something great here.

Pros:

+Simple, yet addictive gameplay
+Deep, strategic combat system
+Touch screen controls make battling easier
+Wi-fi connection works well
+Over 100 new Pokemon join the roster
+Simple storyline that anyone can understand
+Being able to battle trainers all across the globe and being able to trade with them is fantastic
+Game can keep you busy for hours with all there is to do, easily over 80 hours worth of gameplay

Cons:

-You can still only save one file
-Graphics and sound are horribly outdated
-The formula works, but there are bound to be gamers out there who are sick of the same old storyline 

Pokemon Pearl and Diamond.INTRODUCTION:
The Pokemon franchise has always been a mixed bag. While it spawned numerous disasters, like an annoying cartoon and frequent controversies, it also resulted in a sweet card game and some of the greatest portable RPGs the world has ever known. Any Pokemon game that has stuck to the traditional formula has been a true winner. From the series infancy right up to the recent Game Boy Advance titles, this is the RPG series that has never failed to please. With each new entry in the series (as far as the “traditional” RPGs of the series go), there have been enough improvements to keep fans interested, but enough sticking to the classic formula so as to not alienate long time fans. Read on for my review of the Nintendo DS entries in the series, Diamond and Pearl.
OVERVIEW:
Pokemon Diamond and Pearl were released in Japan in the latter half of 2006. The American release followed in Spring of 2007. The game adds over a hundred new Pokemon to the roster, as well as a whole new world to explore, and Nintendo WFC compatibility.

REVIEW:
Pokemon Diamond and Pearl are more or less what people expected them to be, and that’s a good thing. Nintendo took its flagship franchise, and stayed true to the classic formula, but took excellent advantage of what the DS is capable of (in most respects.) What results is one of the finest titles both in the Pokemon franchise and for the DS.

-THE GOOD-

-CLASSIC POKEMON GAMEPLAY. This is true blue original-style Pokemon gaming, not one of those misadventures that made people tilt their heads in confusion. If you’ve played any of the other games in the series (the REAL series, not the departures from the classic RPG formula), and you found them appealing, you’ll fall in love with this new entry instantly.
-OVER A HUNDRED NEW SPECIES. You’d think after a decade with this franchise, Nintendo would be either fresh out of new ideas for Pokemon or scraping the bottom of the barrel for new ideas. Neither is true. Nintendo keeps things fresh, with several awesome new species, and even some new pre-evolved forms and evolutions for the old ones. Not to mention there are a ton of new legendaries in town.
-NINTENDO WFC COMPATIBILITY. I really had my doubts about Nintendo being able to use this well in a Pokemon game, but for the most part they succeed well. All trading with friends locally is done wireless in a Union Room (like what you did in Fire Red and Leaf Green for the Game Boy Advance with wireless adaptors.) You can even trade online with gamers all around the world! The online trade system is an awesome addition to this series.
-INVOLVING. This game grows on you. Any fan of the Pokemon series will tell you that the RPGs are addicting, and there is definitely more to them than meets the eye. Beneath the cute characters and happy music is an in-depth game that requires well-planned strategies to win. This isn’t just a kids game. Get started with it, and it will take over your whole life.
-TWO VERSIONS. As with all Pokemon games, there are multiple versions of the game – Diamond and Pearl. Each game is the same, except for the different versions of Pokemon in each game. You can buy one version and a friend can buy the other, and this is a good way to get everything the game has to offer.
-TONS OF REPLAY VALUE. With the over one hundred new species added here, the total number of Pokemon now approaches five hundred. With that many, you’ll never get tired of hunting. And even if you catch them all, you can always try training different species and participating in the Pokemon contests. There’s always something to do.
-LOTS OF CUSTOMIZING YOUR MONSTERS. This has always been a feature I’ve loved about this series. You can arrange the moves of your Pokemon to your liking, and thus customize them to suit your own fighting style. A similar-specie monster own by you and your friend, at the exact same level, may have totally different attacks!
-NEW UNDERGROUND MODE. This is a nice little extra addition to the series. Though by no means required, it’s a great feature and can help you get some rare items.
-COMPATIBLE WITH THE GAME BOY ADVANCE RPGS. You can use them to import your old monsters once you get the National Pokedex, and even have them in your DS’s GBA slot to make some rarer Pokemon appear in the wild! A nice incentive to have one of the older games.

-THE BAD-

-THERE ARE SOME PROBLEMS IN THIS SERIES I DON’T THINK NINTENDO WILL EVER FIX. Pokemon CAN NOT forget HM-taught moves on their own! This gets extremely annoying when your Pokemon wants to learn a new move, and you can’t get rid of the one annoying once-obligatory move you want to trash the most. Likewise, you can’t change the nicknames of Pokemon gotten in trades. This gets annoying when trading online with Japanese gamers who give their creatures nicknames consisting of Japanese characters us Americans will never understand. There are other little flaws but I won’t nitpick.
-IMPORTING YOUR OLD GBA MONSTERS IS A GREAT FEATURE, BUT YOU HAVE TO ACCOMPLISH TOO MUCH BEFORE YOU CAN DO IT! You have to beat the Gym Leaders, Elite Four AND complete the regional Pokedex before you can do this. Fortunately, you only have to SEE all the Pokemon to complete the dex, but this doesn’t make this any less annoying. Eager trainers who want to get their old monsters into the game right away are going to be annoying. I understand Nintendo wanting to make gamers work for this, but this is just too much. The feature should have been made available earlier in the game.
-HORRIBLY OUTDATED GRAPHICS. The Game Boy Advance games in the series are graphically superior to these! The graphics are often pixelated, and the attempt at three dimensions will cause confusion at times, as some paths will become difficult to see. You actually have to play the game to know what I mean.
-WHEN TRADING ONLINE, YOU CAN NOT TRADE FOR A POKEMON UNLESS YOU HAVE SEEN IT BEFORE IN YOUR GAME! This is absolute bull! If you’re thinking about filling out your Pokedex through online trading, forget it. I don’t know what Nintendo was thinking when they came up with this asinine idea.
-YOU CAN ONLY HAVE ONE POKEMON UP FOR TRADE AT A TIME ONLINE. This pretty much speaks for itself.
-IF THE DS HAS SO MANY BUTTONS, WHY CAN YOU ONLY REGISTER AN ITEM TO ONE BUTTON? It gets annoying having to decide between having a fishing rod or a bike on the register button, as I use both a ton and most gamers will too. Would it have killed Nintendo to make the L and R buttons register buttons too? They don’t get used much at all.

OVERALL:
Despite the obvious flaws, this is a great game. All Nintendo DS owners will be doing themselves a favor adding Pokemon Pearl and/or Diamond to their collections.

EDITION NOTES:
At the time I write this, the game is brand new. You should have no trouble finding a copy in any game store.

Pokemon Diamond is a good step up from the other pokemon games. I have been a fan of pokemon since the old red, blue, and yellow versions for gameboy. This game makes them look like glitched up things of the past. Here’s my opinionated scoop on the bad and the good of this game, in that order.The Bad:1. Same old thing. What I mean by this is, although the story has it’s differences from other games, it’s still basically the same idea. You get to pick your first pokemon from: Turtwig (a grass type), Chimchar (a fire type), and Piplup (a water type). Once you pick your first pokemon in a setup somewhat similar to the Ruby, Sapphire, and Emerald versions, you are off on a journey to basically be both the ultimate trainer, and the contest master. You will meet a new, psychotic evil team, who has the wrong ideas about the pokemon world and such. There is also the same goal of beating the elite four, and the return of that tedious training you must do to get past the gym leaders. All I am saying, is this game will probably be a newer experience to those who are just getting to know pokemon.

2. It seems like the Pokemon company are starting to get low on ideas. First off, long time pokemon gamers may notice they haven’t introduced as many new pokemon as they did in Gold, Silver, and Crystal. What’s more, they even started intertwining old pokemon into the new games, just giving them different index numbers. Of course, it’s hard not to include the old pokemon when many of the new ones are either pre-evolutionary forms, or even evolved forms of them. Cute and cool, but may not cut the mustard. Now don’t get me wrong, there are some cool new pokemon (Piplup, for example, has become very popular among pokemon fans). All I am saying is, the game designers seem to be digging in the bottom of the barrel.

3. The secret base system just isn’t as good. Now, I love the Underground! The prospect of digging for fossils, heart scales, and other rare items appeals to me; but who here has played the Ruby, Sapphire, and Emerald versions? In those versions, you can have secret bases in trees, in rock walls, and even in bushes, in any desirable route. This game, not so much. You have to have to create your base somewhere in the Underground. Now, that may not be too bad for some, as you can create it wherever you want, provided you have the drilling tool. BUT WHY DO THE STUPID ROCKS HAVE TO BE THERE?! This is what really stinks; you can’t move the rocks unless you capture someone elses flag. I think in order to do that, you have to have Wi-Fi connection, and infiltrate somebody else’s base to get their flag. I have dial-up (because high speed can get expensive), and have heard Wi-Fi will not work with it, so I’m out of luck. I’m stuck with the dumb unmovable rocks (that are always in the way), in a base that looks like everyone elses (except maybe with different decorations), that lacks variety in landscaping.

4. The Poketch (Another awkward name, but it stands for pokemon watch) could use a bit more work. It’s good if you only have a few things you can access from it. However, when you get more things, you basically have to start tapping the screen like crazy to get what you want. All I’m saying is a quick selection feature would have been nice.

5. Another annoying rival. Long time pokemon gamers will know the type. Pesky, bothering you at the wrong times, always beats you to the gymleaders even if it seems impossible that he did so, picks the starter that beats yours in type and boasts about it, and is supposedly a long time “friend” of yours. Yeah, very irritating.

6. Getting the national pokedex is a bit of a pain. Until you get it, you cannot rely on help from stronger pokemon in a couple of the older versions either.

The Good:

1. Waaay more life-like! This game is the most three dimensional of the pokemon hand-held games I have ever seen! This makes it more life-like in some areas, as it makes you feel you’re actually on the ground rather than in a hot air ballon, or something in the air, looking down on everything.

2. Time is more realistic. This could also weave in with more life-like. Rather than change instantly from day to night or vice versa at six, like in Gold Silver, and Crystal, or not at all (like the other pokemon games), Pokemon Diamond actually has day phases. There is morning, afternoon, dusk, evening, and even late night! Gameplay is good no matter what time you play! The game also acknowledges days of the week (example: Drifloon comes to the windworks factory on Friday), though maybe that isn’t used as much as it was in Gold, Silver, and Crystal. All the same, it is a better and well-developed system.

3. They brought back the night guards! It brings back fond memories of Gold, Silver, and Crystal, to have police men who will only fight you at night…

4. The gyms are better than ever! Maybe a tad harder than I like, but the traps and stuff don’t have a deja vu feel to them. It’s a totally new experience!

5. The Underground is awesome! I enjoy digging up rare items and spheres! The only thing I wish to warn is: don’t dig to many spheres in the ground! The older spheres will start disappearing if you bury too many spheres.

6. The contests have come back with a vengance! Do you know those old contests in Ruby, Sapphire, and Emerald? You feed your pokemon pokeblocks in hopes the audience will like how it looks, then you try to outshine the others with moves in a period of four turns on a single judge. Well, that kind of contest is now the thing of the past! First off, instead of pokeblocks, players must feed their pokemon a food called poffin. It’s made of berrys still, but in a different way that uses the stylus. It’s like you cook your pokemon’s food now. Then there’s the dancing, the accessory and poffin accented physical appeal, and rather than one, THREE judges you can appeal to! Contests are now more difficult, fun, and entertaining!

7. More trainer card features! You can actually sign your name in your own handwriting using the stylus on the back of your trainer’s card! You can also shine your badges, which do get dull! I thought these were interesting and entertaining tidbits of the game.

8. The poketch is cool! Yes, I complained about it not having a quick select feature in the bad; but regardless, this thing is still very cool and useful in the game! Hidden item? Throw away the item finder and use your dowsing app! Forgot where you plant a berry? Find the locations of pickable berrys with the berry finding app (that may not be what it’s really called). Chances are, if there’s a feature you want your poketch to do, you will find it eventually.

9. The new pokemon are cool. There aren’t really enough new ones, and the ideas seem to be a bit… lacking in a couple of areas; but still, the new abilities, moves, and pokemon make for new and exciting gameplay.

10. I believe there are a lot of legendaries. This means more rare pokemon for you (and a good deal of them are cute!)

11. This game is more “people friendly”. Quite often, you will team up with a character in the game who will heal your pokemon after each battle, and offer his or her pokemon for assistance in double battling format. This is a great opportunity to learn to work with the pokemon that are not yours. The only drawback, is that you will meet two wild pokemon at once. If there is one you want, you can’t catch it until you defeat the other pokemon. In addition, your “partner” will attack every turn not knowing to let up. On these facts, it is better to try and catch pokemon alone.

12. Animations are included, and there are many good details. This time there are differences between male and female pokemon other than the symbol. These differences are slight and difficult to tell, but it is good attention to detail. On top of that, pokemon animations are included (example: Starly flaps its wings when you see it). Another new good detail is being able to tell how much a pokemon weighs against yourself.

13. Taking care of berries is easier and more realistic! Don’t recall when you last watered that berry in Ruby, Sapphire, or Emerald? Well, now you can tell! The soil actually changes to a light color when the berry plant hasn’t been watered, so you know when to water it! The only challenge that remains is being able to water it several times a day. So, that about raps it up. Overall, this is an awesome game beyond belief! If you want hours of entertainment, love pokemon, or even just enjoy playing videogames in general, then this is one of the best games you can buy out there.

I bought this for my 9 year old son. Also bought the Pearl edition for my 7 year old daughter. They share a Nintendo DS and are constantly fighting to use it. Each session has to be time-limited, and they act like they’re going through withdrawls when they are not playing. But they have to “earn” playing time through chores and good behavior, which balances out all that fun. They enjoy talking strategy and comparing the Pokemon they’ve caught or battled. They’ve also made it clear that they can trade their Pokemon with each other if they BOTH have a DS. Hmmm. Anyway, if you don’t mind your kids being addicted to a good, clean, non-violent video game (like we were), this appears to be the ultimate for now.

First of all, I’ve been playing Pokemon video games since their inception of Red/Blue/Yellow (back in the day), and this game is really no different for the overall concept. Catch Pokemon, raise them, form your team, catch more Pokemon, etc. Rinse, repeat. That is the worst thing about this game, is that it’s virtually the SAME as it was during Pokemon Blue’s debut. However, this would be my only complaint. The game is graphically superior to all other hand held Pokemon’s to date. I find myself once again hooked to this deviously-titled game, and can’t seem to put it down to play my other neglected DS games. My breakdown of this title is below:Pros:
Pokemon!
Graphically beautiful
Sound quality is excellent
VERY addictive gameplay
New Pokemon to catch and train
New mini games to keep you occupied for days
Wireless functionality to battle your friends (and enemies)
Cons:
Same old, same old Pokemon you remember from it’s earlier incarnations

I gave this game high marks (5 stars), as it might be the same old game in different clothing, but why change a good thing? If you like Pokemon, you’ll definetely want to get either Diamond or Pearl for your DS. Well worth the wait, and definetely will strain your DS’s battery.

 

FS One R/C Flight Simulator January 31, 2008

FS One R/C Flight Simulator $160.00 Buy Here

FS One with Mode 2 Controller
Hangar 9 FS One Flight Simulator  Mode 2 Control

Watch this Simulator in Action

Product Features

  • Highly Accurate Flight Models and Aerodynamics
  • Realistic Ground Handling
  • Realistic Damage Modeling
  • More Than 25 Different Flying Sites
  • State-of-the-Art Graphics

With FS One you get more than photorealistic fields, gorgeous skies and realistic looking aircraft. You get incredibly advanced aerodynamic modeling that simulates every possible aspect of real-world flight.

FS One Precision RC Flight Simulator includes:
• TacCon controller
• 4 Installation CDs
• FS One USB interface
• JR and HiTec/Futaba adapter cords
• Color-coded key command card
• “Quick Start” guide

Highly Accurate Flight Models and Aerodynamics
• Airplane flight models developed by renowned aerodynamicist, Michael Selig, PhD
• Realistic simulations of RC’s most popular airplanes, helis, sailplanes, jets and park flyers
• Extensive high-alpha (high angle of attack) “post stall” effects

High-fidelity aerodynamic modeling that accurately depicts the effects encountered during 3D maneuvers, such as:
• Hovers
• Walls
• Knife Edge/Knife Edge Spins
• Harriers
• Elevators
• Spins
• Blenders
• Parachutes
• Waterfalls
• Torque Rolls
• Rolling Harriers
• Lomchevaks
• Realistic stalls, including tip stalls
• Engine/propeller torque and gyroscopic effects
• Ground effect and propwash effects
• User-definable wind, thermal, and turbulence effects

Realistic Ground Handling
• Grass and pavement surfaces modeled to produce different effects on handling
• Aircraft can cartwheel and tumble

Realistic Damage Modeling
• Effects of impact with ground and other objects modeled
• Airplane parts can break off when damaged

More Than 25 Different Flying Sites
• Both photopanoramic and 3D flying sites • 5 3D sites
• 20+ photorealistic panoramic sites

State-of-the-Art Graphics
• Highly detailed, photorealistic 3D aircraft models
• Movable control surfaces, rotating wheels, flexing gear, etc.
• Exceptionally realistic fields created using satellite and aerial photography
• Reflective aircraft surfaces
• User selectable photorealistic skyscapes
• Sun lens-flare effects
• Smoke and exhaust effects

Extensive 3D Flying Field Viewing Options
• Pilot on ground
• Chase view
• Full zoom in/out, move in/out features
• Padlock to target/objects
• Lag and lock cameras
• Freeze camera with tracking

Sailplane Features
• Hand launch
• HiStart (bungee line)
• Winch
• Tow plane (tow up the sailplane)
• Variometer support
• Thermal soaring
• Slope soaring
• Dynamic soaring

Training
• Flight training modules and tips by world-class RC pilots

Flight Recorder
• Save your greatest FS One moments and share them
• Multiple aircraft playback support
• Fly with recorded aircraft
• Extensive video playback controls

Joystick/Transmitter Interface
• Interface works with most industry transmitters
• TacCon™ controller that simulates 7-channel transmitter
• Transmitter interface for use with real transmitters of up to 8 channels
• Keyboard support provided for additional aircraft controls
• Support for standard game joysticks included
• Built-in two-pilot support, useful for towing sailplanes and pylon racing

Gaming Features
• Bomb Drop – Hit aerial or ground targets with bombs or bottle rockets
• Pylon Racing – Go head-to-head against another pilot in two-player mode, race against the clock or race recordings of your best laps.

• Highly Accurate Flight Models and Aerodynamics
Realistic Ground Handling
Realistic Damage Modeling
More Than 25 Different Flying Sites
State-of-the-Art Graphics
Extensive 3D Flying Field Viewing Options
Flight Recorder
Mode 2 Controller• Included Airplanes:
HobbyZone® Aerobird Xtreme™
Hangar 9® Alpha™ 40 (Trainer)
E-flite® Ascent™ Park Glider
BVM Bobcat XL
Hangar 9 Cessna 182 Skylane
Hangar 9 F4U Corsair 60
Hangar 9 Edge 540 33%
HobbyZone Firebird Commander
Hangar 9 FuntanaS™ 3D 40
Hangar 9 FuntanaS 3D 90
ParkZone® J-3 Cub
ParkZone Slo-V™
BVM MiG-15
Hangar 9 P-51 150
Piper Pawnee
ParkZone F-27B Stryker™
Swift
SwiftE
Hangar 9 T-34 Mentor 40
Hangar 9 AT-6 Texan 60
E-flite Tribute 3D Profile
Hangar 9 Twist™ 3D 40
E-flite Ultimate 3D Profile
Hangar 9 Ultimate TOC 46%
Hangar 9 Ultra Stick™ Lite 120
Tracon
TraconE
TraconE-DS
TraconK2
TraconK2EIncluded Helicopters:
E-flite Blade™ CP Micro Heli
E-flite Blade CP w/Training Gear
E-flite Blade CX Coaxial Micro Heli
E-flite Blade CX w/Training Gear
JR® Voyager™ E 3D
JR Voyager E CCPM Heli
JR Voyager 50
JR Voyager 50 (Trainer)
Bell Long Ranger
JR Vigor™
FS One Jet Copter SX
Product Description
FS One Precision RC Flight Simulator includes:
• TacCon controller
• 4 Installation CDs
• FS One USB interface
• JR and HiTec/Futaba (**round plug) adapter cords
• Color-coded key command card
• “Quick Start” guide
  ** Using Futaba transmitters with the micro plug will require HANS3030 (sold separately). Airtronics adapter (HANS3020) also available.
Highly Accurate Flight Models and Aerodynamics
• Airplane flight models developed by renowned aerodynamicist, Michael Selig, PhD
• Realistic simulations of RC’s most popular airplanes, helis, sailplanes,
jets and park flyers
• Extensive high-alpha (high angle of attack) “post stall” effectsHigh-fidelity aerodynamic modeling that accurately depicts the effects encountered during 3D maneuvers, such as:
• Hovers
• Walls
• Knife Edge/Knife Edge Spins
• Harriers
• Elevators
• Spins
• Blenders
• Parachutes
• Waterfalls
• Torque Rolls
• Rolling Harriers
• Lomchevaks
• Realistic stalls, including tip stalls
• Engine/propeller torque and gyroscopic effects
• Ground effect and propwash effects
• User-definable wind, thermal, and turbulence effects

Realistic Ground Handling
• Grass and pavement surfaces modeled to produce different effects on handling
• Aircraft can cartwheel and tumble

Realistic Damage Modeling
• Effects of impact with ground and other objects modeled
• Airplane parts can break off when damaged

More Than 25 Different Flying Sites
• Both

Product Reviews

I own both the Blade CP and CX helis, and was hoping to get some winter training on my pc with fsone. fsone will help some but not as much as I hoped. The fsone simulation of the cx is bad. the sim has far to much power and far to much control authority, the sim is capable of 90deg banks from hover, also the control is much to smooth and continuous. These issues can be somewhat addressed in the controller setup section of fsone but the user should not have to configure the stock controller to make the sim fly like the real thing especially on the most basic of helis. I have much less flight time with the CP but my impression is that the sim is not quite right, at times it feels far to stable. and again a bit smooth. Controller calibration is painful at best, it is very easy to mess up and the only ‘error message’ is an aircraft that does not fly properly. I have played a bit with the fixed wing sims but never flown real RC hardware, but I am very failure with fixed wing ac simulation. I would say the fixed wing sims are acceptable, and better than the rotorcraft. Documentation and help files are poor. If you think graphics, guis, load times and special effects matter think about why you would buy a sim in the first place. will only say they are acceptable. I have not tired alternatives to fsone but would suggest finding a hobby store where you can compare before buying. If someone writes a counter to my review please check what other reviews they have written, you may find that they are a very positive person.

 

Action Figure Display Case

Action Figure Display Case $7.99 Buy Here

Round Plastic Action Figure Display Cases

for Star Wars or other Action Figures

These round display cases are made from clear soft PVC just like most toy packaging.

The interior dimensions are 2 3/8″ x 4 5/8″. They are 2-piece cases – a cylinder with one open end and a lid.  The case can be displayed with the lid at the top or at the bottom.

They work great for all kinds of 3″ to 4 1/2″ action figures and other toys. Some figures that fit are: Star Wars (vintage and newer), G.I. Joe (vintage and newer), Glamour Gals, Mego Action Heroes, Super Powers, Batman, Indiana Jones and PEZ.

 

Breville Juice Fountain Juice Extractor

Breville Juice Fountain Juice Extractor $291.99 Free Shipping Buy Here

Breville 800JEXL Juice Fountain Elite 1000-Watt Juice Extractor

Watch the Juicer Video Martha Stewart Green Juice Recipe

Product Features

  • 1000-watt juicer with 2 speed controls, high (13,000 RPM) and low (6,500 RPM)
  • Die-cast steel housing; stainless-steel micromesh filter; titanium-plated cutting disk
  • Circular 3-inch feed tube accommodates whole fruits and vegetables
  • Pulp container, juicing pitcher, and manual/recipe book included; dishwasher-safe parts
  • Measures 8 by 9 by 19 inches; 1-year warranty

The Breville 800JEXL Juice Fountain Elite with 1000 watts is super efficient. This model has an Italian made electronic motor that increases power under yield to maintain filter revolutions. It has two speeds for soft and hard fruits and a three inch feed tube which minimizes preparation and feeding time. Beautifully designed stainless die cast steel housing and motor body makes it a work of art on the countertop.

Product Description
A powerful 1000 watts drive this top-of-the-line Juice Fountain Elite Juicer. Designed to commercial standards, it features a die-cast metal base and extra large stainless feed chute so you can insert whole fruits and vegetables, cutting operating time considerably. Two electronic speed controls let you juice hard and soft foods, while a micro mesh filter basket catches the pulp. A large pulp container lets you continue juicing longer before emptying. Holds a generous one liter. When you’re done, the unit cleans up effortlessly. Best of all, you save time and money spent on pricey juice bars.

We just bought this juicer on Amazon, using the $25 discount and the free shipping. Made it the best price on the internet when we bought it first of December 2005. Before commenting on the juicer, let me tell you what we used before this juicer arrived. We have a top of the line Green Power juicer. If you know juicers, you know this is one of the best. We’ve been juicing with it on a daily basis for 10 years and it is still going strong. It has a high juice yield (dry pulp), can juice grasses and greens efficiently (wheatgrass, parsley, spinach etc.), and low temperatures and rpm minimize oxidation so juice lasts a long time. Other advantages are claimed, but these are the biggest for us. A well-known downside to twin-screw type juicers like the Green Power is that it takes quite a bit of force to push items like carrots into the juicer, because there is no cutting blade action, just the gripping/squeezing action of the twin screws. Frankly, after 10 years of pushing hard on this thing, we’ve gotten tired of it, even though it makes great juice. We also don’t like the 1.5″ square opening which requires us to cut up apples and large carrots before feeding them. Cleanup isn’t too bad, but not great either. I decided to buy a juicer that would make good juice in reasonably high yields but with emphasis on speed and ease of use. My intent was that this juicer would complement but not replace the Green Power. Well, after doing a lot of research and reading the reviews here and elsewhere, I decided to buy the Breville 800JEXL Juice Fountain Elite. The most attractive claims for this juicer were the fast juicing speed, relatively easy cleanup, and the widemouth (3″ round) opening. The stainless steel exterior was also a plus, as the Green Power’s white plastic parts became stained long ago (vegetable juices can do that!). The biggest concern with this juicer was the limited warranty period (1-3 years) compared to other juicers in its class (which go as high as 15 years). Phone discussion with a vendor indicated concerns about the lifetime of the motor, though his experience was not with the Elite, which has a new, more powerful motor. I also had some concerns about how efficiently it would extract juice compared to our Green Power, how it would work on spinach and other leafy vegetables, and whether the juice would stay fresh as long. Though I’d have preferred a better warranty, I decided the features were attractive enough to try it. It is a lot of money to throw away if it fails just after the warranty. But if the ease of juicing was as good as claimed, it would almost be worth it! The new juicer arrived a few days ago. It was simple to put together. The instructions were clearly written. After washing the parts in the dishwasher (yes, they are dishwasher proof), my wife and I proceeded to make one of our standards, carrot-apple-celery. Boy, were we blown away! This juicer met our expectations and more! Our apples were large, so we had to quarter them despite the 3″ opening. However, in the Green Power we have to cut them into 9 pieces, requiring 4 knife cuts instead of 2 for the Juice Fountain. The apples fed into the juicer easily and very rapidly. Apples feed into the Green Power without too much force, but can be hard to feed because of the pulp they generate (you make apple sauce in the screw feed area and it backs up the chute). We usually use Granny Smiths to minimize that problem on the Green Power, but the Juice Fountain had no problem at all, so I tried some Galas and they also fed in beautifully. In the Green Power, you have to alternate carrots with soft fruits to avoid stalling the screw conveying action; there was no such need with the Juice Fountain. For ease of feeding pulp-producing or juicy fruits and vegetables, I give the Juice Fountain an “A+” compared to the Green Power a “C”. We then fed in the celery. In the Green Power, celery strings wrap around the end of the screws and plug the end plug. The cutting/centrifugal juicing mechanism of the Juice Fountain eliminates such issues completely. The celery fed in very easily and produced plenty of juice. In the Green Power, celery that is small or somewhat old (limp) can be hard to feed into the chute since the stalks don’t feed into the screw that easily and the plastic crammer tends to jam them in the chute rather than push them into the screws. In the Juice Fountain, celery of all sizes, including tips and leaves, fed in easily. For ease of handling fibrous vegetables or long, flexible vegetables, I give the Juice Fountain an A+ and the Green Power a B. Already by this time I knew the Juice Fountain really does make juice fast! I couldn’t wait to try the carrots. We put them in whole (minus the cut off tops) and for smaller ones, in bunches of 2 or 3. They just zipped into the juicer! The instruction manual says that juice yield is higher if you feed them slowly, so we didn’t push the limits of feed speed, but suffice it to say, it was MUCH faster than the Green Power, on the order of just a few seconds. Furthermore, there was almost no force required to push the carrots in, a welcome change from the 2-handed, “lean your body weight into it” effort required on the Green Power. What a delight this was! For speed of juicing, we give the Juice Fountain an A+ and the Green Power a C. For ease of feeding, we give the Juice Fountain an A+ and the Green Power a D. We were having so much fun we grabbed more carrots and shoved them in, and then disaster happened! With the juicer still outputting juice, the juice container (pitcher) overflowed and bright orange carrot juice poured out over the countertops and down the face of our painted white cabinets, staining them orange. We were having so much fun juicing, and it was happening so quickly compared to the Green Power, that we didn’t realize how much juice we had made in so short a time! Had we been using the Green Power, we’d just be getting started. Oh well. We hit the well-marked red STOP button on the front of the juicer, then sponged up the mess, using 409 cleaner to get the orange stains off the cabinets. The stainless steel Juice Fountain Elite cleaned up easily. We emptied the pitcher and then finished our juicing, making mental note to remember how rapidly this thing produces juice and to not exceed the pitcher’s MAX level marking in the future. What about noise during juicing? Many have suggested that the Juice Fountain is noisy. My wife and I didn’t find it so at all. We have a flour mill that sounds like a jet plane! We have a Vitamix blender that makes a racket (on highest speed). By comparison, this juicer is quiet. Not as quiet as the Green Power, but not at all annoying. For noise, we’d give the Juice Fountain a B and the Green Power an A, with a Vitamix blender a D and our grain mill an F (requiring ear plugs). Now for the taste test. The defrother on the pitcher seems to work OK. The juice was excellent, not oxidized tasting in comparison to juice from the Green Power. In fact, maybe it was my imagination, but I think it tasted fresher. The Green Power may use lower speed and incorporate less air, but because it takes so long to make the juice, by the time you are finished, the first part of the batch may be 20 minutes old. With the Juice Fountain, it may be just a couple minutes old. For taste, I give the Juice Fountain an A+, the Green Power an A. We dislike pulp in our vegetable juices. With the Green Power, the amount of pulp in the juice is not bad, but we still have to strain it through a wire screen strainer to get pulp-free juice. With carrot-Granny Smith apple-celery, a quart of juice will leave at least 2-3 tablespoons of pulp in the strainer. By contrast, the Juice Fountain juice was virtually pulp-free. We didn’t bother straining it, there was so little. This is great, since wire screens tend to plug and back-up, and are a pain to keep clean. Yet another time saver for both juice production and clean-up! For pulp-free juice, Juice Fountain merits an A+ and Green Power gets a B. OK. What about juicing efficiency? I don’t have any hard numbers on this, but the pulp felt about as dry as that from the Green Power. That suggests that the efficiency was similar. The Green Power is claimed to have one of the highest extraction efficiencies of any juicer on the market, short of the Walker or other press-type juicers. That seems to be a fair claim. However, actual practice may vary. The dryness of pulp in the Green Power is controlled by how far you screw in the end plug, which creates back pressure and controls the pulp flow rate. If you screw it all the way in, you get very dry pulp. However, the juicer feeds poorly, and if you have anything like apples you’ll just backup the pulp into the chute and the screw won’t be able to generate enough pumping pressure to overcome the backpressure of the plug. Thus, in practice, we kept the end plug of our Green Power screwed out about a half turn. This resulted in better screw feed action but somewhat wetter pulp. Some Green Power users will push the pulp through a second time to get higher yields, but we didn’t bother. By comparison, the Juice Fountain seems to make pulp of similar dryness to what we were getting on the Green Power, but without having to mess with optimum end plug settings, screw backups, or feeding pulp through a second time. Thus, I give both Green Power and Juice Fountain an A for efficiency, but the Juice Fountain gets there more easily. Perhaps in the future I’ll do a more quantitative comparison. Cleanup was a breeze. I just rinsed all the top parts off and put them in a drying rack or the dishwasher. The wire mesh and cutting blades were easily cleaned with the supplied brush. I found cleanup easier and faster than with the Green Power. The Green Power has mostly plastic parts, and these are stained with vegetable juice stains which don’t disappear with any of the manufacturer’s recommended treatments. I anticipate no such problems from the Juice Fountain’s stainless steel parts. The plastic on the Juice Fountain is not in places where stains are expected to build up (the pulp container or pitcher). The elimination of wire screen straining further eased cleanup. For ease and speed of cleanup, I give the Juice Fountain an “A” and the Green Power a “B”. A few comments on durability. One drawback of many product reviews on Amazon is the limited experience of reviewers with the equipment. Don’t you just love those reviews that read, “I just bought Product XYZ and used it for a week and it is fabulous!!!”? I wish we had more reviews from longterm users. Thus, I wasn’t going to write a review on this juicer until I’d used it at least for several months. However, I was so impressed by this juicer I just had to write now! I felt like I already had enough hard facts to compare with a top-of-the-line competitor that some of you would appreciate reading my comparisons. Nevertheless, the big question on this machine is the limited warranty. I’m hoping that durability won’t prove to be the Achille’s heel of this machine. Discussions with vendors suggest that the motor is the critical part that may fail, so I’ll be watching it, hoping that it outlasts the warranty, and that the new, more powerful motor in the Elite will prove durable. Warranties aren’t everything, though. The Green Power had a 5 year warranty. The motor is robust and going strong after 10 years of almost daily use. However, the plastic parts on the Green Power seem inadequately designed for the high stresses placed on them in an extrusion device. We saw stress-cracking of the front piece within the first few years (which we eventually had to replace when the cracks propagated to the failure point). Stress-cracking is also visible in the main screw housing. Other plastic failures include partial separation of the feed crammer halves (so that pulp gets stuck inside the hollow crammer), chipping of the hopper tray so that it doesn’t seat snugly, breakage of the plastic cross-piece on the base that the pitcher tray fits over, and stress-fracture leading to failure of one of the plastic knurled knobs used to tighten the chamber assembly. By contrast, the Juice Fountain’s stainless steel bowl assembly shouldn’t fail unless I severely dent it. The wire screen/cutting assembly will probably need periodic replacement, I’m guessing. The housing lid and feed chute are plastic (looks like polycarbonate) and may eventually chip if dropped, but look stronger than the highly mineral filled plastic of the Green Power. The pitcher is plastic, which some people would not like as much as the glass of the Green Power, but at least it won’t break as easily (we had to replace our Green Power pitcher once). If you prefer glass, you could use a glass container instead on the Juice Fountain without a problem except increase risk of splashing and no defoamer. Overall, I think the housing of the Juice Fountain will hold up very well compared to the Green Power. Thus, the only big question mark for me is the motor, and I am hoping that the short warranty is not a reflection of issues in that department. Stay tuned. The other issue is the ability to juice grasses and leafy greens. I am planning to keep the Green Power because I don’t expect this juicer to do a great job on those. We often don’t include those in our juices, however, so it will be worth it to have this extra juicer for the many times when we don’t need the other capabilities. I expect it to juice spinach OK, but probably not with as good an efficiency. However, I will withhold comments until I can do quantitative tests, which I may report later. CONCLUSION– I love this juicer. It is every bit as fast as the manufacturer claims. It is easy to use and clean up. It makes great tasting juice at high yields. It compares very favorably with a more expensive, top-of-the-line Green Power juicer. The biggest concern is the limited warranty, but I’m having so much fun with this juicer that I would probably buy another one even if it failed just after the warranty period. The above comparisons are somewhat “apples vs. oranges”. It might be more fair to compare this to other centrifugal juicers. Some of the advantages in ease-of-use would pertain to other centrifugal juicers when compared to the Green Power. But I think the 3″ mouth, the high rpm, and the stainless steel housing are worth considering. I can’t compare to other centrifugal juicers, but the Juice Fountain does compare very well with the top notch Green Power juicer. This juicer saves so much time and effort, I will probably suffer any juicing inefficiencies that may arise with spinach and such rather than bother with the Green Power. I’ll probably put the Green Power on a high shelf and pull it down only when doing grasses, which I rarely use. Sorry about the length of this review, but hopefully you’ll find the comparisons helpful.

I used an Omega 1000 for 7 years. The Omega would often get out of balance (you have to stop juicing, disassemble, clean and start over), has a small feed chute and at times would “spray” some juice from the spout. The Breville 800 has the following great features Big feed chute. You can process 3 regular size carrots at once or three medium apples or oranges (stacked in the feed chute). No cutting needed. The chute is 3″ in Dia and 7″ tall.Disassembles quickly. No screws. Fits easily in the dishwasher.The pitcher included has a spout opening, so there’s no overspray. Additionally, the lid is made to separate the foam from the juice.Never gets out of balance because it’s and ejection style juicer. It still does a great job of extracting the majority of juice with the high rpm motor. Last, it looks very nice on the counter with the stainless steel construction.

I just bought this juicer from Amazon and I can make a liter of juice in about a minute. The large chute means I can toss everything in whole and with the 1000 Watt motor this can juice a bag of carrots, several apples and an entire stalk of lettuce put in whole in seconds with the shredder spinning at 13,000 rpm. I bought this for home and it would be fantastic for a health food restaurant of juice bar. For the fantastic quality and rugged construction you are get far more for your money than any other juicer on the market. It’s worth a lot more than I paid for it and this juicer deserves more than 5 stars (far far superior to my top of the line all stainless ACME juicer). I make juice every morning and there is nothing so easy and fast to use.


 

 

Champion Household Juicer

 Champion Household Juicer $214.79 Buy Here

Champion Household Juicer 2000 PLUS G5 NG 853S  WHITE MODEL

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Product Description
Champion Household Juicer 2000 PLUS G5-NG-853S Features & SpecificationsChampion Household Juicer 2000 PLUS G5-NG-853S – WHITE MODEL The Champion Juicer comes inBlack,Silver,Almond andWhiteThe Champion Household 2000+ is a veteran to the juicing market. Champion has been around for over 20 years and we have clients who still rave about their juicer. This is build of a powerful 1/3 horespower heavy duty GE motor. The large 1.75″ diameter feeding tube allows it to take in larger vegetables without cutting them. The floating cutter is designed to separate the juice from the pulp all in one continuous operation with little to no intermittent cleaning. The blades are made of tempered stainless steel that are cast into the cutter for strength and years of use. They never separate or rust!The Champion is also a very versatile machine and can juice all types of fruits and vegetables, but cannot juice wheatgrass. If you are looking for a wheatgrass juicer that can also do fruits and vegetables, 877MyJuicer.com recommends theLexen Electric Healthy Juicer.The Champion household is great for those juicing once to a few times a day. If you are needing more than that, we suggest theChampion Commercial (G5-PG-710). Generally juicing over 12 ounces a day constitutes the upgrade to the commercial juicer.Features:Juices all types of fruits and vegetablesMakes nut butters, frozen fruit sorbets, baby foods, ice creams, sherbets, purees, salsa, muesli and more!All parts are FDA approvedAttachments Included:Tamper / Food PusherInstruction manual with recipesSpecifications: Model2000+Weight26 PoundsDimensionsDepth:17″Width:7″Height:10″Voltage120 V / AC / 60HzFeed Tube1.75″ Round Feed TubeMotor540 Watts 1/3 HPExtraction MethodSingle Gear MasticatingWarranty10 Years on Motor and Parts (except cutter blade)What is the difference between the Champion Household 2000+ and the Champion Commercial G5-PG710? There are a few main differences to the Champion Commercial (G5-PG-710)

Product Reviews

This is possibly the best juicer on the market. I have owned mine for twenty-seven (27) years! I have never had a problem with it, and it has aided me in improving my health. I beg to differ with the other reviewer, as I juice wheatgrass fairly often, with no trouble.

This is the only juicer I’ve used, so I don’t speak from experience with other brands. Nevertheless, I am very satisfied with this juicer. It is easy to assemble and simple to use. The clean-up is the only negative aspect, but you’ll find that with any juicer (I believe). I recommend it.

I’ve owned this juicer for 8 years, and have never had a problem. Of course, I only juice apples, oranges, carrots, grapefruit, ginger, and beets, so I do not know how stuff like spinach, broccoli, wheatgrass, and the sort turn out. Clean-up involves brushing off 5 parts, which takes about one minute. Just buy a nylon bristle brush, make sure to use only warm water (never hot so as not to mis-shape the pieces), and clean immediately after use. To give you an idea of how economical this machine is, and juicing in general: yesterday, i bought an 18 pound bag of Texas Rio Red grapefruit for $6. There were 21 grapefruit, large and very juicy. I used 4 this morning to make three large beer mug-size glasses. That is 29 cents times 4, for a total of $1.20, approximately. $1.20 divided by 3 glasses is 40 cents. Very good compared to $3 or $4 at a juice shop, where they are normally adding apple juice from concentrate or ice. I just hope mine goes 27 years like the other reviewer’s.

 

 
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