Video games are topping Christmas lists this year. Before you go shopping for those video games check the ratings, on the bottom left hand side of the video package is a black and white rating. Make sure your children fall into the age range listed on the box. As a gamer myself, I know those ratings are very accurate (I’ve been slightly traumatized myself from some of the things I’ve seen in mature video games.) We’re definitely no longer in the age of innocent video games with plumbers hopping merrily on enemies to save their princess.
I did the work for you, I found the top 10 video games that are popular and age-appropriate this season and included Amazon affiliate links, just click on the link or pictures to find more information or purchase the games. Most of these games are so fun that I even enjoy playing them. They’re great to play with the whole family, you could even have a fun Christmas morning family video game tournament with these games! Here are my picks for the Top 10 Video Games for Kids Holiday 2013.
First up are the video games that are rated E for everyone, that means the whole family can play!
Top E Rated Video Games
Duck Tales Remastered
This game is extremely inexpensive and it’s so much fun. It’s the brand new remastered game based on the Duck Tales cartoon from the 80′s. When we turned this game AJ and I lovingly sang the theme song (talk about nostalgia) then enjoyed jumping through the levels and visiting different parts of the Duck Tales world. Aliceana even enjoyed watching us play. It’s really quite a fun and simple game for the entire family. I highly recommend it. It’s available for PS3, Xbox 360, and Wii U.
Super Mario 3D World
This game is for the newly launched Wii U. This is the first multiplayer platformer set in a 3D world, which means the whole family can play at once! Enjoy the classic world of Mario with a modern twist with this game.
Just Dance Kids 2014
This version of the popular Just Dance series is geared towards children. This game is perfect for kids, you can create playlists so your little ones can play their favorite songs without having to ask for help in between. It includes 30 songs that kids already know and love, and fun colorful graphics on screen that are sure to add to the entertainment as your kids have fun performing their favorite dance moves. Available for Wii, Wii U, and Xbox Kinect.
Madden NFL 25
Is your family NFL obsessed? Then this 25 anniversary edition of Madden is the game for you! This Madden game has stunning graphics and more fine-tune moments to help the game come to life. Available for PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, and Xbox One.
Are your kids a little older? If your kids are in the 10+ range, you’ll have a lot of family fun with these games.
Top Video Games for Ages 10+
Adventure Time: Explore the Dungeon Because I DON’T KNOW!
This is currently my favorite video game. We’re big Adventure Time fans in our house, and we love this “dungeon crawler” style game. In this game you explore dungeons and collect items, slaying monsters along the way. You get to level up your characters, and you get to choose from your favorite characters in the game (as you progress you can even unlock new characters.) Each character has it’s own set of powers. I just can’t get enough of this game, it’s so fun to play as Finn and Jake or one of their friends. Available for PS3, Xbox 360, Wii U, and Nintendo 3DS.
Ben 10 Omniverse 2
Play as your favorite Ben 10 characters and defeat aliens in this race against the clock game. You can unlock new areas in this game, and even play cooperatively. If you have a Ben 10 fan in your house this is definitely the game for you! Available for Playstation 3, Xbox 360, Wii, Wii U, and Nintendo 3DS.
Lego has done it again, another great video game for kids (and adults, I love these Lego games they’re a blast.) This version features 100 of your kids favorite Marvel super heroes. Save the world as your favorite super heroes, defeating the worst of the worst villains. Do I have to say any more? Just go pick up a copy.
Just Dance 2014
This version of Just Dance features current chart topping songs. This game is fun for the entire family, and it can be a fun source of exercise (especially for those days when it’s too cold to play outside.) This is a great party game too, it’s so fun seeing your friends bust a move to current pop songs. I love playing this game on the Kinect, it’s also available for PS3, PS4, Wii, and Wii U.
Skylanders Swap Force
All the fun of the original Skylanders, but with so much more to offer. Your Skylanders interactive figures can now be swapped, swap out a different characters head and you now have a whole new Skylander with different powers. This is such a great family friendly game that you can play with up to two characters.
Disney Infinity is another game with interactive figures, the base that comes with can activate up to three characters at a time. Explore the worlds of your favorite Disney characters with this game. Play with a friend (or sibling) in this 2 player co-op game. This is sure to please the whole family and provide hours upon hours of fun.
That wraps up this gift guide. What kind of video games are you planning on buying your kids this year?