Tweens and Teens Reveal Their Holiday Video Game Wish Lists

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Guitar Hero, Mario Party DS, Super Mario Galaxy, My Sims and Halo 3 Among Most-Wanted Games for 8-17 Year-Olds; Nintendo Wii and Sony PS3 Among

     Most-Coveted Game Systems

    WILSONVILLE, Ore., Sept. 17 /-/ -- Video games and game systems will continue to be hot holiday gifts this year, with more than 80 percent of tweens and teens expecting to ask for a video game title, game console or handheld system, according to a recent survey by Game Crazy, a video game specialty retailer. Game Crazy went straight to the source to find out the video game gifts that will make kids happiest during the holidays. The survey found that, across all ages and genders, Guitar Hero, Mario Party DS, Super Mario Galaxy, My Sims and Halo 3 are some of the most-wanted video game titles. The Nintendo Wii and Sony PS3 will also continue to be hot sellers.

    Most-Wanted Games (8-17 Year-Old Boys and Girls)

    -- Guitar Hero (Rated T)

    -- Mario Party DS (Rating Pending)

    -- Super Mario Galaxy (Rating Pending)

    -- My Sims (Rated E)

    -- Halo 3 (Rated M)

    Girls

    -- 8-10 Years-Old:

     -- Nintendogs (Rated E)

     -- Mario Party DS (Rating Pending)

     -- My Sims (Rated E)

     -- Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games (Rating Pending)

     -- Guitar Hero (Rated T)

    -- 11-13 Years-Old:

     -- My Sims (Rated E)

     -- Mario Party DS (Rating Pending)

     -- Nintendogs (Rated E)

     -- Super Mario Galaxy (Rating Pending)

     -- Guitar Hero (Rated T)

    -- 14-17 Years-Old:

     -- Guitar Hero (Rated T)

     -- My Sims (Rated E)

     -- Mario Party DS (Rating Pending)

     -- Super Mario Galaxy (Rating Pending)

     -- Halo 3 (Rated M)

    Boys

    -- 8-10 Years-Old:

     -- Super Mario Galaxy (Rating Pending)

     -- Pokemon Battle Revolution (Rated E)

     -- Mario Party DS (Rating Pending)

     -- Transformers (Rated E10+ or T)

     -- Mario Strikers Charged (Rated E10+)

    -- 11-13 Years-Old:

     -- Guitar Hero (Rated T)

     -- Halo 3 (Rated M)

     -- Madden 08 (Rated E)

     -- Need for Speed: Prostreet (Rating Pending)

     -- Tony Hawk's Proving Ground (Rated E10+ or T)

    -- 14-17 Years-Old:

     -- Halo 3 (Rated M)

     -- Guitar Hero (Rated T)

     -- Madden 08 (Rated E)

     -- Super Mario Galaxy (Rating Pending)

     -- Need for Speed: Prostreet (Rating Pending)

    Most-Wanted Video Game Systems:

    Girls

     -- 8-10 Years-Old: Nintendo Wii, Nintendo DS, Sony PS3

     -- 11-13 Years-Old: Nintendo Wii, Nintendo DS, Sony PS3

     -- 14-17 Years-Old: Nintendo Wii, Sony PS3, XBOX 360

    Boys

     -- 8-10 Years-Old: Nintendo Wii, Sony PS3, XBOX 360

     -- 11-13 Years-Old: Nintendo Wii, Sony PS3, XBOX 360

     -- 14-17 Years-Old: Sony PS3, XBOX 360, Nintendo Wii

    SURVEY METHODOLOGY

    The Game Crazy survey was conducted online August 17-20, 2007, by Weekly Reader Research. 1,000 U.S. male and female participants, ages 8-17, were recruited from Weekly Reader Research's INSIDERS survey research community. Random sampling procedures were employed to ensure the respondents accurately reflect the nation's 42.7 million 8-17 year olds in terms of age, race/ethnicity, gender and census region. The margin of error is +/- 3.2 percent at the 95 percent confidence interval.

    About Game Crazy

    Game Crazy(R) (http://www.gamecrazy.com) is the nation's second largest specialty game retailer with more than 600 locations across the country. Hollywood Entertainment of Wilsonville, Oregon was acquired in 2005 by Movie Gallery, Inc. and operates Game Crazy. Movie Gallery, Inc. is the second largest North American home entertainment specialty retailer with more than 4,000 stores located in all 50 U.S. states and Canada.

     Contact:

     Cone Inc.

     Jen Newberg or Mike Wood

     617-939-8359 or 617-939-8391

     jnewberg@coneinc.com or mwood@coneinc.com
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