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Lil Gift Guide: 11 New Video Games For Kids

Nov 29 2012 - 3:16am

Want to delight the little gamer [1] in your life? Fill her stocking with one of the following 11 just-released video games. From Mickey's newest adventure to a Lego-tastic take on The Lord of the Rings, from a game designed to get him dancing to Disney tunes to one that will let her work on her wizarding skills, these games are sure to please long after the tree comes down!

Wonderbook: Book of Spells

Exclusively for the PlayStation 3, Wonderbook: Book of Spells [2] ($40) takes you inside the wondrous world created by J.K. Rowling as a new student at Hogwarts. Learn spells, pick your favorite Hogwarts house, and wander the halls of the magical school — a must for younger Potter fans.

Kinect Sesame Street TV

Experience the world of Sesame Street alongside Big Bird, Grover, Cookie Monster, and Elmo with Kinect Sesame Street TV [3] ($30) for Xbox 360. Children can interact with their favorite Sesame Street characters, helping them with tasks and playing and learning together.

Nickelodeon Dance 2

Nickelodeon Dance 2 [4] ($40) features even more Nick Jr. songs from Team Umizoomi, Bubble Guppies, Dora, the Fresh Beat Band, and the Backyardigans. Designed for preschoolers, the game features a cool freeze dance mode that requires players to stand perfectly still for extended periods, a hard task for toddlers!

Disney Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two

Designed by acclaimed game-maker Warren Spector, Disney Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two [5] ($50) is a fantastic game that allows kids to play as Mickey Mouse and Oswald the Lucky Rabbit. Follow the pair to Wasteland, home to scrapped characters and theme-park rides. Players restore the world by painting in gaps and erasing obstacles with paint thinner.

Nintendo Land

Designed for the new Wii U, Nintendo Land [6] ($60) features 12 different games based on old favorite Wii characters, all of which showcase the awesome ways the Wii U's tablet controllers change traditional game-play. Players team up to avoid or find friends in games based on Legend of Zelda, Animal Crossing, Donkey Kong, Luigi's Mansion, and more.

Skylanders Giants

Just in time for the holidays, the new Skylanders Giants [7] ($87), which works with existing Skylanders figures, introduces new characters including the powerful Giants. Cooperative game-play and real-life action figures add up to some serious fun.

Scibblenauts Unlimited

The sequel to the original, Scibblenauts Unlimited [8] ($60) lets players tap out nouns to conjure objects and creatures, then modify them with adjectives to change their characteristics. The wonderfully imaginative game forces kids to use serious brain power to solve more than 120 puzzles — a great game for kids and parents to play together!

New Super Mario Bros. 2

A sequel to the 2006 Nintendo [9] DS release, New Super Mario Bros. 2 [10] ($40) challenges players to rescue Princess Peach from the latest kidnapping by Bowser and to collect masses of Nintendo gold coins on the journey (more than a million coins are available throughout the game's 80-plus stages).

Just Dance: Disney Party

If your family loves Radio Disney, then your kids will go crazy for the new Just Dance: Disney Party [11] ($45), which allows the whole family to get in on the fun. A mix of 25 songs, ranging from classic Disney tunes to music from Disney Channel's original shows, offers something for everyone.

Lego Lord of the Rings

The world of the Frodo, Aragon, and Gandalf comes alive in Lego Lord of the Rings [12] ($50). Kids can explore all of Middle-earth, experience battles with Orcs and other scary creatures, wield magical powers, and collect and use weapons and magical items, including Elven rope, swords, and bows.

Sonic All-Stars Racing Transformed

The just-released Sonic All-Stars Racing Transformed [13] ($30) lets more than 20 all-star Sega characters race in unique vehicles that transform into cars, boats, and planes, all the better to take advantage of the changing terrains in 16 dynamic courses.


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