Top E rated video games for kids 2010

Note: This list is from Christmas 2010 – for my list of top E rated video games for kids for Christmas 2012 click here. And for my list of top E rated video games for kids for Christmas 2011 click here!

There’s only 46 days left until Christmas, according to eBay’s new countdown-to-Christmas clock – time to get cracking on holiday shopping plans.  Here are my latest lists on the top selling and top rated video games that are appropriate for kids – all with an ESRB rating of E or E 10+.

 Top selling E rated video games

  1. Kinect Adventures, with Kinect Sensor, xbox
  2. Kinect Sports, xbox (rated 7.5)
  3. Just Dance 2, wii (only rated 7)
  4. Your Shape Fitness Evolved, xbox
  5. Kinectimals, xbox (rated 7.5)
  6. Wii Party, wii
  7. Kirby’s Epic Yarn, wii
  8. New Super Mario Bros, wii
  9. Mario Kart Wii with Wii Wheel, wii
  10. Mario Kart, DS
  11. Super Mario Galaxy 2, wii
  12. FIFI Soccer, PS3
  13. Wii Fit Plus with Balance Board, wii
  14. Just Dance, wii
  15. Super Scribblenauts, DS
  16. Let’s Draw!, DS
  17. New Super Mario Bros, DS
  18. Wii Sports Resort, wii
  19. Need for Speed Hot Pursuit, PS3 / xbox
  20. Professor Layton and the Unwound Future, DS

 Top selling E rated video games – PREORDERS

  1. Super Mario All-Stars: 25th Anniversary Limited Edition, wii (release date 12/12/10)
  2. Donkey Kong Country Returns, wii (release date 11/21/10)
  3. Gran Turismo 5, PS3 (release date 12/31/10)
  4. Disney Epic Mickey, wii (release date 11/30/10)
  5. Zumba Fitness, wii (release date 11/16/10)

 Top selling video game consoles and accessories

  1. xbox 360 Live 40000 Points
  2. Kinect Sensor with Kinect Adventures, xbox
  3. Xbox 360 250GB Console with Kinect
  4. Wii Hardware Bundle, Red (with New Super Mario Bros and Wii Sports)
  5. Nintendo DSi XL Red Bundle with Mario Kart
  6. Xbox 360 4GB Console with Kinect
  7. Wii hardware Bundle, Black (with Wii Sports and Wii Sports Resort)
  8. Playstation 3 Move Starter Bundle (with Sports Champions)
  9. Wii Fit Plus with Balance Board, wii
  10. Playstation 3 160 GB

Top rated video games (Top E rated games)

Rated 10

Super Mario Galaxy 2, wii

Rated 9.0

FIFA Soccer 11, PS3 / xbox (released 9/30/10)
NHL Hockey 11, xbox (released 9/7/2010)
Sid Meier’s Civilization V, PC (released 9/21/10)

Rated 8.5

Alice in Wonderland, DS
Bit. Trip Runner, wii ware
Dark Void Zero, DS
Dragon Quest IX:  Sentinels of the Starry Skies, DS
Kirby’s Epic Yarn, wii (released 10/17/10)
Legend of Zelda: Spirit Tracks, DS
Might & Magic: Clash of Heroes, DS
New Super Mario Bros, wii
Picross 3D, DS
Pinball FX 2, xbox (released 10/27/10)
Plants vs. Zombies, xbox
Professor Layton and the Unwound Future, DS
Tales of Monkey Island, PS3
Tiger Woods PGA Tour 11, wii / xbox / PS3

Rated 8.0

Blur, PC
LEGO Harry Potter:  years 1-4, DS / PSP / PC / xbox / PS3 / wii
Madden NFL 11, xbox / PS3
ModNation Racers, PS3 / xbox / PS3
Monkey Island 2 Special Edition:  LeChucks’s Revenge, PS3 / xbox / PC
NBA 2K11, xbox / PS3 (released 10/5/10)
NCAA Football 11, xbox / PS3
NHL Slapshot, wii
Pro Evolution Soccer 2011, xbox / PS3 (released 10/19/10)
Puzzle Quest 2, DS /PC / xbox
Rocket Knight, PS3 / xbox
Snoopy Flying Ace, xbox
Space Invaders Infinity Gene, xbox / PS3 (released 9/15/10)
Swords & Soldiers, PS3 (released 9/28/10)
Tumble, PS3 download (released 9/14/10)
WarioWare D.I.Y., DS
Wii Party, wii (10/3/10)

Top DS games

  1. Mario Kart
  2. Super Scribblenauts, DS (rated only a 6.5)
  3. Let’s Draw!
  4. Dragon Quest IX:  Sentinels of the Starry Skies
  5. Final Fantasy: The 4 Heroes of Light, DS (released 10/5/10)
  6. New Super Mario Bros, DS
  7. Professor Layton and the Unwound Future (released 9/12/10)
  8. Legend of Zelda: Spirit Tracks
  9. Mario vs. Donkey  Kong Mini-Land Mayhem!
  10. Pokemon Ranger:  Guardian Signs

Top Nintendo DSi units

Nintendo DSi XL Red Bundle with Mario Kart
Nintendo DSi XL Midnight Blue
Nintendo DSi Pink
Nintendo DSi XL Burgundy

Kinect

The biggest news in gaming right now is Kinect, Microsoft’s motion and sound sensitive, controller-free device for the Xbox 360.  Nintendo Wii and Playstation Move both require a controller in your hands, but with the Kinect, YOU are the controller.  For info on Kinect, check out my post here.  The other big Xbox news is Call of Duty: Black Ops, but as that’s rated M, it’s not a game my kids are allowed to play.

New and Upcoming Releases

There are an amazing number of good games just released, or scheduled to be released for the holiday season, with ESRB ratings of E or E 10+.  Games that I’m excited about include:

Wii Party, wii
Always need more good multiplayer games for our wii.  Wii party offers 70+ games, for 1 – 4 players.  Says Kaio on Amazon.com reviews:

“I’m very impressed with the programming, thought and imagination that went into this. Wii has taken the potentially boring concept of party games and created something quite wonderful, not to mention fun.”

Kirby’s Epic Yarn, wii

We’re long time Kirby fans, and with an 8.5 rating, and the unique game artwork, this is a must-buy for our Christmas list.

Super Mario Galaxy 2, wii

Rated a rare “10”, I’ve had my eye on this game since it was released earlier this year.  Another definite Christmas list item for us.

Super Mario All-Stars: 25th Anniversary Limited Edition, wii (release date 12/12/10)
It’s been 25 years for Nintendo’s Mario, and oh, the joy.  Check out this in-depth interview at USA Today with Shigeru Miyamoto, the creator of Mario.  He wasn’t originally a plumber, didyaknow?

Donkey Kong Country Returns, wii (release date 11/21/10)
It’s been too long since we’ve seen an epic Donkey Kong title.  Check out a gameplay video here.  I’m ashamed to say we’ve never quite been able to finish Donkey Kong 64 – I just can’t seem to fly straight with Diddy’s rockets…

Might & Magic: Clash of Heroes, DS
Rated 8.5, I’m worried I’m missing out by not getting this game, which was awarded a Best of E3 2009 nomination for Best DS Strategy Game, and ranked as the 4th best Nintendo DS game released in 2009.

LEGO Harry Potter:  years 1-4, DS / PSP / PC / xbox / PS3 / wii
Lego.  Harry Potter.  Need I say more?

Love Pokemon?
PokePark Wii:  Pikachu’s Adventure, wii

Play as Pikachu, meet other Pokemon and explore the PokePark; only rated 5.5 on Gamespot, but getting lots of positive reviews on Amazon.  Game does require a LOT of reading, so if your little one is new to reading, this may not be the game for you.

Then there’s also Pokemon Ranger:  Guardian Signs, DS.  This is the third installment in the Pokémon Ranger series.

Sonic Colors, wii / DS (release date 11/16/10)

SONIC!  We are huge Sonic fans, and I think this game is on ALL the kids Christmas lists.  Sonic Colors is a 3D and 2D game, with colored energy powered Wisps.  Dr. Eggman opens an amusement park in space.  Sonic and Tails discover Eggman is kidnapping aliens know as Wisps to harness their energy.  Sonic must save the day.

According to Wikipedia, “Sonic Colors was nominated for Best Platformer Game at GameTrailers  E3 2010 awards”, and “also nominated by IGN for Best Wii game, Best DS game and Best Platformer for their E3 2010 awards”, and “Nintendo Power gave the Wii version of Sonic Colors 9 out of 10, praising the game as “an unequivocal success”, and gave the DS version 7.5 out of 10, criticising the game’s short length.”

I only wish it had a chao garden.  Please, please, please SEGA.  Give us a chao garden.  We haven’t had one since Sonic Adventure 2 Battle.  Please?

Nintendo 3DS (release date March 2011)

Real 3D graphics, no glasses required.  Backward compatible with Nintendo DS and DSi, the long anticipated Nintendo handheld 3DS is coming.  Just not by Christmas.

According to Engadget,

“Nintendo just announced a February 26 ship date in Japan for ¥25,000 (about $298). It’ll then land in the US and Europe in March for an undisclosed amount. Launch colors are aqua blue or cosmo black.”

Legend of Zelda:  Skyward Sword, wii – release date early 2011
Like 20 Christmases rolled into one.  Check out my post here.

Resources

My list of top esrb rated E / E 10+ video games for kids from September 2010 can be found here.

For help with games – www.gamefaqs.com

For in-depth reviews, ratings, previews, and release dates – www.gamespot.com
(Note: unless specified, all ratings are from www.gamespot.com.)

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