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Top E rated video games for kids – 2012

Today is Cyber Monday, and there’s only 28 days left until Christmas! Time to get cracking on holiday shopping. While the older crowd is playing Call of Duty: Black Ops II, Halo 4 and Assassin’s Creed III, you need some ideas for games for kids 10 and under.

The hottest video game item right now is the new Nintendo Wii U, just released on 11/18. The Wii U Basic/White has a retail price of $299.99, while the Wii U Deluxe/Black’s retail price is $349.99. I’m looking to buy one for our family for Christmas, but they are sold out everywhere – online and in stores. Checked eBay this morning, and the average selling price of a new Wii U deluxe is $900! One actually sold on 11/22 for $12,700!  Insanity. Again. The same thing as when the original Wii was released – everyone snapped them up to sell on eBay, and none were available to buy and wrap up for Christmas. I’ve got the phone numbers of 5 local stores on hand, and am hoping to get lucky and find one at retail price before 12/24. *crosses fingers* (For week of 11/8, Nintendo sold 400,000+ Wii U’s, 300,00 Wii’s, 275,000 DS’s, and 275,000 3DS’s.)

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+. Everything is sorted by console, to make it easier for you.

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Top E rated video games for kids 2011

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

Only 33 days until Christmas!  While the Mature crowd is playing Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim and Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3, you need some ideas for kids’ games.

Here’s my latest list on the top selling and top rated video games that are appropriate for kids – all with an ESRB rating of E or E 10+. Everything is sorted by console, to make it easier for you.

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Top E rated video games for kids

I’m a bit overdue, but 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+.  This time I sorted by console, to make it easier for you.

Top selling E rated video games

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Top 10 best free online games

Looking for some quick, fun, and free online games to play in your free time over the holidays?  First, make sure you have active virus protection on your PC.  Second, these games are all FREE, so be prepared for annoying ads.  Third, you’ll have to wait a few seconds for each game to load.  The kids have given me their list of favorites, and the votes are in! 

Top 10 best online games:

  1. Flea 2.5
  2. Hedgehog Launch
  3. 1 Button Bob
  4. SuperStacker 2
  5. Red Remover
  6. Panda’s Big Adventure
  7. Fancy Pants Adventure World 2
  8. Arcuz (also here)
  9. Shopping Cart Hero 2
  10. Escaping the Prison

Honorable Mentions:

Nano Ninja
Nitrome (pixel art based games:  Sky Serpent, Toxic, Final Ninja)
Crush the Castle
Snail Bob
Red Code

Gateway 2
Impossible Quiz
Line Rider
(also here)
Vector Tower Defense and Vector Tower Defense 2

Got any favorite, free online games appropriate for kids?  List ‘em in the comments, and we’ll be sure to check ‘em out.  Enjoy!

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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+.

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What’s Hot: Toys for holiday season 2010

Like it or not, the holiday shopping season is upon us.  Latest reports say that times may be tough, but shoppers will be buying toys and clothes for kids this holiday season, and only a few things for themselves.  They’ll also be looking for a good value and lower priced items.  Says Lisa Harnisch, Toys R Us VP, there are continued concerns about the economy, but toys for kids are “the last thing they [parents and caregivers] will cut from their budgets”.

Our family is no exception.  While we are fortunate to have income coming in, we’re watching every penny, nickel, and dime.  Christmas in the past usually meant a wii, Nintendo DSi, or iPod, along with a bunch of toys.  Last year, and this year, we are spending much less. 

Every gift has to count – it’s a delicate balance between bringing joy to your child’s heart, and not overtaxing your wallet.  Since we’ll be buying less toys overall, getting the “right” toy – one your child is wishing for, and that you can afford – is important.

With that in mind, and to give you a few ideas, here’s a look at the top and bestselling toys lists from Toys R Us, eBayAmazon, and CNNMoney.

Toys R Us Fabulous 15 – best new toys of the holiday 2010 season:

  1. Calico Critters Luxury Townhouse
  2. Cuponk
  3. Disney Princess & Me dolls
  4. Toys Story 3 Imaginext Tri County Landfill
  5. Fast Land Wild Fire RC
  6. Fisher Price Imaginext Bigfoot Monster
  7. Leapster Explorer
  8. Loopz
  9. Lego Minotaurus
  10. Monster High dolls
  11. Nerf Stampede
  12. Pillow Pets
  13. Sing-a-ma-jigs!
  14. Squinkies Cupcake Surpise! Bake Shop
  15. TOMY Tomica Hypercity Mega Station Set

Toys R Us Holiday Hot Toys List 2010 – by age group:

Baby’s First Christmas

  1. Go Baby Go™ Stride-to-Ride™ Dino from Fisher-Price®
  2. Ocean Wonders™ Deep Blue Sea™ Table from Fisher-Price®

13 months to 2 years

  1. 1-2-3 Large Zoo from Playmobil®
  2. Disney Dance Star Mickey from Fisher-Price®
  3. Lil’ Zoomers™ Spinnin’ Sounds Speedway™ from Fisher-Price®
  4. Ladybug Smart Trike

2 to 4 years

  1. Baby Alive Bouncin’ Babbles from Hasbro®
  2. Calico Critters Luxury Townhouse from International Playthings
  3. Disney-Pixar® “Toy Story 3” Imaginext™ Tri-County Landfill from Fisher-Price®
  4. Geotrax™ Transportation System Christmas in Toy Town RC Set from Fisher-Price®
  5. Imaginext™ Bigfoot the Monster from Fisher-Price®
  6. Lalaloopsy™ from MGA Entertainment®
  7. Pillow Pets™ from Ontel Products Corp.
  8. Small Schoolhouse from Playmobil®
  9. Sing-a-ma-jigs!™ from Mattel®
  10. Squinkies™ Cupcake Surprise! Bake Shop from blip® toys
  11. Thomas & Friends® Thomas’ Mountain Adventure by MEGA Bloks ®
  12. Tomica Hypercity Mega Station Set from TOMY®

5 to 7 years

  1. Disney-Pixar® “Toy Story 3” U-COMMAND Buzz Lightyear from Thinkway®
  2. Disney® Princess & Me™ dolls from JAKKS Pacific®
  3. Fan’s Choice City Public Transport from LEGO® Systems, Inc.
  4. Fast Lane® Wild Fire RC from Toys”R”Us®
  5. Leapster Explorer™ from LeapFrog®
  6. Loopz™ from Mattel®
  7. Monster High™ Cleo DeNile™ and Deuce Gorgon™ doll set from Mattel®
  8. Magic Orbeez Maker from Maya Group
  9. Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back AT-AT™ in vintage packaging from Hasbro®

8 – 11 years

  1. Air Hogs® Pocket Copter™ from Spin Master™
  2. CSI Junior Investigator Kit from Toys”R”Us®
  3. Cuponk™ from Hasbro® Games
  4. Ground Force® Drifter from Razor®
  5. Minotaurus from LEGO® Systems, Inc.
  6. NERF N-Strike™ Stampede ECS™ from Hasbro®

Big Kids

  1. Kinect for Xbox 360 from Microsoft®  
  2. PlayStation® Move Bundle with Sports Champions™ from Sony PlayStation®
  3. SCRABBLE FLASH from Hasbro® Games

eBay, Most Popular Searches, Toys:

  1. Transformers
  2. Lego
  3. Lego Star Wars
  4. Star Wars
  5. Nerf
  6. Wonder Woman invisible jet (a Comic Con 2010 inside joke)
  7. Hot wheels
  8. Predator
  9. Power Wheels
  10. Bakugan

Amazon bestselling toys:

  1. Vulli Sophie the Giraffe Teether
  2. Disney’s Toy Story Buzz Lightyear inflatable Jet Pack
  3. Baby Einstein Take Along Tunes
  4. Syma R/C Helicopter
  5. Bananagrams
  6. Uncle Milton Moon In My Room
  7. Baby Einstein Bendy Ball
  8. Playskool Alphie
  9. Fisher Price Sesame Street Silly Sounds Remote
  10. Fisher Price Brilliant Basics Baby’s First Blocks
  11. Multi Voice Changer by Toysmith
  12. Lego Ultimate Building Set – 6166
  13. Melissa & Doug Deluxe Standing Easel
  14. Stomp Rocket Jr. Glow Kit
  15. Alex Toys Friends 4 Ever Bracelet Making Kit
  16. Lego Hogwarts game – 3862
  17. LeapFrog Learn & Groove Musical Table
  18. LeapFrog Scribble and Write
  19. Buddy Bands
  20. Silly Bandz (sea creatures, princess, pets)
  21. Loopz Game
  22. Lego Harry Potter Hogwarts Castle – 4842
  23. Melissa & Doug See & Spell
  24. Qwirkle Board Game
  25. Lego Hagrid’s Hut – 4738
  26. Nerf N-Strike Stampede
  27. Scrabble Flash Cubes
  28. Uncle Milton Rainbow in My Room
  29. Lego Quidditch match – 4737
  30. Fisher-Price Sing-A-Ma-Jigs, Pink
  31. Melissa & Doug Wooden Shape Sorting Clock
  32. LeapFrog Leapster 2 Learning Game System
  33. Squinkies Cupcake Surprise Bakeshop
  34. Lego City Advent Calendar – 2824
  35. Settlers of Catan Board Game
  36. Lego Creationary Game – 3844
  37. Bakugan Dragonoid Colossus
  38. Yookidoo Flow ‘N’Fill Spout
  39. Squinkies Bubble Pack, Series 1

CNNMoney – Hottest toys of 2010:

  1. Air Hogs MotoFrenzy
  2. Hot Wheels Stealth Rides
  3. Paper Jamz
  4. Nerf N-Strike Stampede Blaster
  5. Sing-A-Ma-Jigs
  6. Monster High dolls
  7. Disney Princess & Me dolls
  8. Loopz game
  9. Scrabble Flash game
  10. Leapster Explorer
  11. V. Reader
  12. Real Construction
  13. Lego games
  14. Squinkies
  15. Zoobles
  16. Tonka Chuck & Friends Chuck’s Stunt Park

There you have it – lots of great gift ideas, lots of price ranges, and lots of boy or girl targeted items to choose from.  Start your planning!

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P.S.  In the next week or so, I’ll be updating my What’s Hot:  E rated video games for kids list.  One recently released game sure to make the list is Kirby’s Epic Yarn – here’s a teaser:

 

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Top E rated video games for kids

Here’s my latest list on 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. Sid Meier’s Civilization V, PC
  2. Club Penguin: Elite Penguin Force Collector’s Edition Bundle, DS
  3. Professor Layton and the Unwound Future, DS
  4. New Super Mario Bros, wii
  5. New Super Mario Bros, DS
  6. Madden NFL 11, PS3, Xbox
  7. Just Dance, wii
  8. Kingdom Hearts: Birth by Sleep, PSP
  9. WipeOut, wii
  10. Lego Rock Band, Xbox

Top selling video game consoles and accessories:

  1. Xbox 360 250GB Halo Reach Console Bundle
  2. Kinect Sensor with Kinect Adventures
  3. Playstation Move Starter Bundle
  4. Playstation Move Controller
  5. Playstation Move Navigation Controller
  6. Xbox 360 Live 1600 Points
  7. PlayStation 3 160GB
  8. Xbox 360 250GB Console
  9. Wii Sports Resort Console Bundle, Black
  10. Xbox 360 12 Month Live Gold Card

Top rated games:

  1. Super Mario Galaxy 2, wii (released 5/23/10) – 10
  2. NHL 11, PS3/Xbox (released 9/7/10) – 9.0
  3. Plants vs. Zombies, Xbox (released 9/8/10) – 8.5
  4. Professor Layton and the Unwound Future, DS (released 9/12/10) – 8.5
  5. Metroid: Other M, wii (released 8/31/10) – 8.5
  6. Dragon Quest IX: Sentinels of the Starry Skies (released 7/11/10) – 8.5
  7. Tales of Monkey Island, PS3 (released 6/15/10) – 8.5
  8. Tiger Woods PGA Tour 11, wii/Xbox 360/PS3 (released 6/8/10) – 8.5
  9. Bit. Trip Runner, wii Ware (released  5/17/10) – 8.5
  10. Picross 3D, DS (released 5/3/10) – 8.5

Most gamers are probably playing Halo:Reach, which was just released, but my kids are still too young to be playing M rated games.  There are some good E rated games just released, most notably, Professor Layton and the Unwound Future and Metroid: Other M.  If you don’t have an Xbox or an iPod Touch, you can also check out Plants vs. Zombies online, at Popcap games.  Our review of Dragon Quest IX: Sentinels of the Starry Skies is here.

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.)

My last list, from July 2010 can be found here.

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