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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

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 –  GameFAQs was purchased a while ago by, 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, and top rated stats from

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!