K.N. asks from San Jose, CA on March 23, 2009
Looking for Wii Game Ideas, Family with Younger Kids
My husband got a second hand Wii system for Christams, for the family. After reading some other posts, I have a question. I have a 4 year old daughter and 6 year old son. My son likes some of the Wii games, but my daughter doesn't really get into them - when she is trying to learn something, she gets frustrated and big brother tries to help and ends up taking over. My son also gets frustrated when he doesn't know how to do certain things, and I'm not usually much help! What are some of the easier games to introduce for younger kids? This is new to all of us, and I never really got much into video/computer games as a child. I would like some specific ideas of games that are family friendly, not easily frustrating, short learning curve...
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Thanks for all the responses - now I need time to go through everything. I didn't mention that we already have the lego Indiana Jones and Star Wars and the Disney Princess one. I think my daughter and I need to try out some of the games ourselves, without big brother around, so that he doesn't feel the need to try to "help", or get frustrated waiting for us to figure it out. Since it was second hand, I'll have to check what else actually came with it and the web sites look good also. You are all amazing! Both for the shared knowledge and the fact that you take the time to share it with us. Thanks to all of you who took time to respond, I sure that I am not the only parent who would like to share the Wii with their kids, to make it a positive experience for all.
J.B. answers from Sacramento on March 24, 2009
I want to suggest the disney princess game as well. It's pretty simple and even I enjoyed playing it!
M.W. answers from Sacramento on March 24, 2009
My kids have a game called outdoor challenge, they love it. its about $55 but it comes with the game and a mat for them to play on. they have all sorts of games to play that get them up and moving, jump rope, log jumping, mine cart racing to name a few. It's fun as they are exercising while playing.
hope you find some games
N.P. answers from Modesto on March 24, 2009
My boys used to get soooooooo frustrated when struggling to learn an new video game. Gosh, I had almost forgotten!
First of all, when I sensed the frustration I had to remind them that these games are supposed to fun, and if it's too frustrating that we need to take a break for 30 minutes until we feel better. They usually calmed down right away after they learned that I was serious :O) Especially boys have this trouble :O)
Now for the games. The driving games are the most difficult to control for us, only my 12 year old has it mastered. My 6 year old still learning and mastering. And me....well, let's just say that I'm always driving off cliffs....I'm terrible!
I think "Wii Play" or "Wii Playground" would be good for your age kids. They are reasonable in price, too. And, we absolutey love to play Rock Band as a family...that game was from Santa this past Christmas :O) It's pricey, but maybe by Christmas your kids will be ready. Santa brought an extra Guitar so the kids wouldn't fight over it. It's a fun system!
I also heard that "Wii Music" and "Wii Dance" was fun for the girls.
Hope this info helps. Have fun!
S.E. answers from San Francisco on March 24, 2009
A friend sent us a wii this week. My 7 yr old wanted to play, so I suggested she read the manual and put it together. She did. She wanted to play the games. She decided trial and error was better than reading the manual. She likes the TRAINING portion of SPORTS because you do all the sports for short bits of time and practice.
T.K. answers from San Francisco on March 24, 2009
We received the Wii as a gift to my son for Christmas, we enjoy playing the Wii Play games which include many different types of games like fishing, bowling, hockey, tennis and things like that. Also if you spend a few more bucks ($25 or so) to get the device which allows you to connect online they have a very large selection of other nintendo games old and new which offer different age appropriate games. You simply order Wii points (equivelent to dollars) and each game is downloaded right onto your unit. We found this to be much more conveinent and simple to do (instead of purchasing one game at a time at game store outlets). We also give our son the privaledge to play for one hour each night as a reward for a good day (chores, homework, playing nicely and so on) he is 6 too and our daughter is 3, she doesn't really play much; I think girls tend to just have less of a drive to play videogames anyway...our neice isn't into it much either and she is 8! As a family it can be really fun...my daughter and I will be a team against Daddy & her brother which helps her out too! Hope that helps!
K.L. answers from Merced on March 24, 2009
you'll love the Carnival Themepark & Carnival Golf, it is so much fun for all ages. Everyone makes their own character up. It's a great game for the family. Have fun!
S.B. answers from San Francisco on March 24, 2009
Hi K., Wii is alot of fun for everyone. We have had it now for a few years and the kids love it. My kids are older, but my niece is 8, but she has it it for 3years now. Did you get the sport game that came with it? Bowling is pretty simple. Here are a few other suggestions, Boom Blox, Carnival games, Game Party, Mario party, and even Big Brain Acadamy. We play Smarty Pants as a family as well as Hasbro game night, but your daughter might stil be too young for that. They do have the virtual pet games as well as some princess games that could be just for her. Good luck and have fun.
A.F. answers from Sacramento on March 24, 2009
We have two boys, ages 5 and 8. The 8 year old is OBSESSED with the Wii. We have had to cut back on some of the games because of it. However, there are some family friendly games that the whole family likes to play. Tiger Woods Golf is our favorite. Other favorites are the tennis and boxing on the wii sports game. The 5 year old likes all of these, but anything other than that he just wants to watch his brother. They get frustrated when playing with just each other, but when we play as a family we are able to help the younger one and put out the fire before it starts. As for little girls, not sure what she would find interest in. We have other friends with little girls and they like the tennis game as well. Check craigslist for used games, or Game Stop. Good luck!
A.D. answers from Redding on March 24, 2009
My 6 year old likes Wii Fit for the yoga and skiing exercises..
My 2 year old does the bowling and golf. He isn't real precise but he feels good about being in the game..
The whole family will play kind of like a game night just using the wii. It is great for building self esteem. Everybody claps and says good job. Even our 16 year old son will hang out with us when we all play.
M.N. answers from San Francisco on March 24, 2009
I'm not big on gaming systems BUT we love the Wii. The boys (5 and 8) have special interest games (Lego Star Wars) that they really enjoy and then we have the basic Sports that came with the system and Outdoor Challenge--they both enjoy those games as well and it keeps them active. (I played tennis for an hour or better one day and my right tri-cep? bi-cep? sorry, I taught English! :)) was sore for a few days.) You really can get a work out going. Speaking of, we got the Wii Fit and though it's not hard-core exercise it certainly gets you going. The balance games are a big hit with both boys--if they want to play the Wii before school that's what they get to play.
My oldest will get frustrated, too, and we just ask if it's time to stop playing. That usually settles him down and he thinks about what he needs to do to make it work.
Have fun! M.