Top E rated video games for kids

Our video game loving family has a large number of birthdays in July, so I’ve been doing a bit of research into what are the top selling and top rated video games, especially games that are appropriate for kids – all with an ESRB rating of E or E 10+.

Top selling E rated video games:

  1. Super Mario Galaxy 2, wii
  2. New Super Mario Bros, wii
  3. Just Dance, wii
  4. Lego Harry Potter:  Years 1-4, wii
  5. Madden NFL 11, Xbox 360/PS3
  6. Mario Kart wii, with wii wheel
  7. WipeOut wii
  8. Dragon Quest IX:  Sentinel of the Starry Skies, DS
  9. Mario Kart DS
  10. Wii Sports Resort

Top selling video game consoles and accessories:

  1. Xbox 360 1600 points
  2. Microsoft’s Kinect Sensor with Kinect Adventures, for Xbox 360 (scheduled for release on 11/4/10, price $150; also Kinect Sports and Kinectimals are due for release on 11/4)
  3. Xbox 360, 250 GB
  4. Playstation 3, 120 GB
  5. Wii, with Sports Resort, black
  6. Wii Fit Plus, with balance board

Top rated games:

  1. Super Mario Galaxy 2, wii (released 5/23/10) – rated a 10!
  2. Dragon Quest IX:  Sentinel of the Starry Skies, DS (released 7/11/10) – rated 8.5
  3. Tales of Monkey Island, PS3 (released 6/15/10) – rated 8.5
  4. Tiger Woods PGA Tour 11, wii/Xbox 360/PS3 (released 6/8/10) – rated 8.5
  5. Bit. Trip Runner, wii Ware (released  5/17/10) – rated 8.5
  6. Picross 3D, DS (released 5/3/10) – rated 8.5
  7. 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa, Xbox 360/PS3 (released 4/27/10) – rated 8.5
  8. Alice in Wonderland, DS (released 3/2/10) – rated 8.5
  9. Puzzle Quest 2, DS (released 6/30/10) – rated 8.0
  10. LEGO Harry Potter:   Years 1-4, PS3/PSP/Xbox 360/DS/wii (released 6/29/10) – rated 8.0

If you’re looking to purchase a videogame for your child, I’m hoping these lists will give you a place to start.  A couple of things to keep in mind when you’re buying videogames for kids:

  • What game systems/consoles do they have?
  • Does the game require reading?  Does the level of reading required to play the game match your child’s ability level?
  • What type of game does your child typically enjoy?
  • Are there particular characters your child likes to play?  (For example, we are mainly a Nintendo family, and love Link/Zelda, Mario, and Sonic.)

Also, the ESRB rating system is not perfect – it would be a good idea for you to initially check out the game with your child.  For example, Super Smash Bros Melee is rated T, but is perfectly appropriate for ages 4 and up.  And we had to return a Spiderman game rated E, due to inappropriate language.  Seriously!

If your child is stuck in a game, and doesn’t know what to do to get to the next level, or complete a quest, check out the FAQs at one of my favorite sites – www.gamefaqs.com.  GameFAQs was purchased a while ago by www.gamespot.com, which is a great place to get information on video games for any platform, including:  ratings, reviews, previews, and release dates.  (Note:  My lists are based on topselling stats from Amazon.com, and top rated stats from gamespot.com.)

3 of our kids are now playing Dragon Quest IX:  Sentinel of the Starry Skies, and if I can get them to stop playing for a minute, we’ll get a review written and posted.  They’ve been playing for 4 days straight (within their allocated “electronics time”), so it must be good!

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