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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.

Ratings are in parenthesis after the game title – for example Super Mario Galaxy 2 (10) – was rated 10. Read the rest of this entry »

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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 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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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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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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