Don't Want the Wii Rain Check? Go Retro

If wrapping up a rain check for a Nintendo Wii and placing it under your tree just won't satisfy the gamer in your house, why not consider going retro?

Sony has introduced a new version of its PlayStation 2 for the holidays to take advantage of the continued popularity of the older gaming machine, while Nintendo has paired up a Metallic-colored DS Lite with its puppy-training software Nintendogs to create a special edition bundle for the holidays.

Sony's limited-edition SingStar PlayStation2 Pack includes a Ceramic White PlayStation 2 computer entertainment system, SingStar Pop, the second release in the karaoke franchise, and two microphones for some rockin' fun.

Looks like Sony put the PS2 on a diet as well. The new version is about half the weight and size of the original, making it easy to set up and portable enough to carry to a friend's house. The advantage here is there are already more than 1,400 titles available to choose from for the PS2.

And while Sony's PS2 might not be the biggest-selling gaming console anymore, it is by far the most-played console in the United States, according to the latest Nielsen numbers.

The company has sold more than 120 million PlayStation 2s worldwide since the console was introduced seven years ago. That's more Wiis than Nintendo can even dream of making right now.

Nintendo has, however, made lots of DSs — 4.5 million in 2007 alone.

To keep it fresh and exciting, it's introduced a Limited Edition DS hand-held gaming bundle for the holidays ($149). It consists of a metallic, rose-colored DS Lite game system and the Nintendogs: Best Friends game, which features the six most popular breeds chosen from the three current Nintendogs editions: Labrador retriever, golden retriever, German shepherd, beagle, Yorkshire terrier and miniature dachshund.

Apparently, these puppies are just too cute to resist. Even the most hardened non-gamer will find it difficult not to pet these pooches on the touch screen or use the microphone to talk to them and teach them tricks.

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