The Nintendo Wii is definitely the best games console for kids. But what are the best (and worst) games for children to play on it. Lots of the reviews I read focussed on serious game players but I have three primary school children (aged 9 to 6) and here are the games we love the best:
A fantastically designed game. With amazing graphics very catchy sound and options to race on your own, with friends in the room or people all around the world. It comes with a wii wheel – which is basically a plastic wheel casing for the wii remote. You can play with up to four players on screen at any one time. You don’t need to buy an extra wheel as with a bit of practice you can use a normal wii remote on its own – alternatively you can use the wii remote with nunchuk. You need quite a big screen to be able to play four player as the screen divides into four – but it is a great game nonetheless. With motorbikes and lots of extra characters and vehicles to unlock there is lots of replay value even after you have unlocked all 32 beautiful circuits. It is a great game for the whole family to play together. This was my favourite game on the Nintendo DS – so not only is this great fun for the kids its a great game for Mum and Dad too! It is £34.98 on amazon – and they have stock at the moment.
This is an amazingly addictive game. You can play as a vast range of characters – from Sonic to Mario to Pokemon to the cast of Final Fantasy. Up to four players can play at the same time and you can use throws, punches, kicks and special attacks to try and fight against your opponents. The backgrounds are amazing and take their cues from video games new and old – my favourites are from the Game and Watches of the 80s. There are lots of characters, objects, soundtracks and special moves to collect so there’s lots to reward you for keeping on coming back and playing again. You don’t have to have a numchuck to play this game but it is definitely easier if you have.
2. My Sims
My 7 year old daughter loves this game. It has all the sociability of animal crossing but with the additional creativity and fun of its own. You create towns and villages, desigining and decorating houses, building your own furniture and then you go and make friends. My daughter made a fridge, decorated her own room and went prospecting for “essences” and was “being nice” to random people she met in her world not long after getting the game. With bright graphics and lots to explore this is a great game for kids who like being creative rather than competitive.
3. Mario Strikers Charged Football
This is a very addictive high speed football game featuring all your favourtie characters from the Mario universe. You can play on your own, with a friend against computer generated teams or against your friends. You do need two num-chuks for multi-player mode. The genius of the game is that it keeps the action simple so passing , tackling and shooting is very easy – but there are also extra items to pick up, and special moves that add to the fun. So you can be playing a game and suddenly Mario goes super size or the Mole burrows under the goal keeper and shoots. I think this is a great soccer game for younger children and adults too – if you want realism go and buy FIFA 09. You can pick this gem of a game for a bargain on amazon at the moment…
We had this game on the PC and it is excellent. Levels are beautifully constructed and though it is aimed at children rather than adults – I must admit I loved playing this game. It’s particularly good to have the ability for two players to work collaboratively on missions so you get to be Obi Wan while your son is Luke Skywalker – you can drop in and out of this mode – so it works great as a one player game too. This is fantastic series of games – you might want to look at Lego Indiana Jones, Lego Batman.
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Another great addition to the Lego video games franchise. In this highly addictive game you get to play as Batman, Robin, The Joker, the Penguin or the Riddler. There are lots of missions to complete, vehicles to drive – including the Batmobile, the Batwing and the Batboat. As is now standard on the Lego games you can play collaboratively so my son and I can be batman and robin as we seek to overthrow the evil Joker on one of his fiendish plots. It is possible to finish the story mode over several hours but there are lots of other challenges to the game on top. It’s an excellent game to enjoy with the kids.
frog racing;(jolt the wii remote upside down to race frogs up a hill)
asteroid shooting; (aim the wii remote at the screen like a laser pointer to shoot asteroids)
basketball shooting: (aim and shoot)
submarine game:(steer a submarine around an underwater landscape)
The games makes full use of the the wii remote’s flexibility. This is a fun game to have out as entertainment at a birthday party.With some great bright colours and funky music this game is a real hit in our household. A couple of the mini games need more than one nunchuk controller. Its reduced to £21.98 on amazon.
I was a little dubious about this game in the beginning, I thought it was a cheap tie-in to 2008 Olympics. It turns out to be a good multi-player game. The relay races are a family favourite – my kids seem to leave me way behind – it’s not a bad work out for the arms ! My personal favourite is the unlockable Dream Ping Pong game – which has many of the elements of the Tennis game in Wii Sports but with added bonuses like the fact that each character has a special move. Great family fun.
Again the main game is not the main attraction but the 40 mini games. There are scores of games including: spin steel survival ( you have to spin a ball on a chain to knock people off towers); mine kart racing, they can take a little time to get used to but it will keep the kids coming back from more. We used this game at a birthday party to entertain 4 children as there is a race mode that means the four children compete over multiple mini games for an overall competition – including a pirate themed progress chart which went down well.Amazingly amazon are selling this for the absolute steal of: £12.99 (reduced from £39.99)
This is a great football simulation game with lots of fun features for kids and adults to enjoy together. You can choose from hundreds of football teams to play – our family favourite is the duel between Arsenal and Liverpool (which Liverpool win regularly ofcourse ;o) ). You can play up to 4 players at a time – you can play with or without nunchucks and you can chose an easy to pick up “all play” version or a the “advanced control” which is harder to pick up but eventually more rewarding. It’s fun playing on the same team with your children against the computer or some friends. If you are kids are smaller there are some great party games which include table football and more impressively the 8 a side FOOTII game which is a lot easier to play and you can use your Miis which makes it all the more fun as you can make teams up of people like Chewbacca and Indiana Jones! This is a great fun game that will have you addicted in no time.
A great way to buy an wii extra controller and get some fun games too. ( A wii controller costs £25 anyway so you are only paying £4 for this game.) My kids really like playing the table tennis, cow racing, tank shooting and the fishing game. Great for primary school aged children who want to play a quick game with their siblings or mates. All the game are two player – no four player games sadly.The following mini games come with wii play:
- Play an updated version of the NES classic, Duck Hunt
- Table Tennis
- Laser Hockey
- Wii Billiards
- Fishing game
- Wii Pose
- Find Mii game