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They keystone of this suite is the company's existing 'Petz' series, which lets gamers take care of virtual pets ala Nintendo's hugely popular 'Nintendogs' series. 'Petz' currently includes domestic animals like 'Dogz,' 'Catz,' 'Horsez,' and even 'Hamsterz,' but more are coming. The company hopes to add wild animals like dolphins (dolphinz?) and tigers (tigerz?) to the mix, giving gamers a taste of something a little more exotic.
Ubi also has a suite of "Imagine" games coming out for the Nintendo DS aimed at girls aged 8-14 that will let them get a (limited) feel for what it's like to be a fashion designer, chef, animal doctor, or even figure skater.
Finally there's another new franchise called 'My Coach.' These games take their inspiration from Nintendo's successful 'Brain Age' franchise, purporting to improve your smarts, but focusing on specific areas. The first will be a series of 'My Word Coach' games available initially in English, Spanish, and French for Nintendo's DS and Wii. These games will help you to boost your vocabulary through a series of games and challenges, including some surprisingly fun multiplayer ones.
Coming later will be 'My Life Coach,' described as "your own personal Dr. Phil." Details are scarce on that one, but here's hoping they come up with a better description than that before launch, because we can't think of anyone more likely to scare away gamers.
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