You know as technology advances forward – as consoles and high end gaming rigs become more expensive, we tend to forget it was kids that jump started the whole gaming era now replaced by teens and grown men. And because of that, games have taken on more adult oriented themes with each generation.

My buddy who has two 9 year olds asked me if there were any games appropriate for them. He’s worried the games of this generation are too violent and wishes for the Marios and Pac-Mans of yesteryear. So did this year’s E3 have anything to show for the kids? Yes, yes it did. I’m glad publishers didn’t forget sometimes we all like to put the guns down and just fly, collect stars, dance, and explore. Here are my picks of upcoming games for the kid in you.

Super Mario Galaxy for Wii
The plumber with the overalls that never quits is back and this time it’s the true successor to Mario 64. Mario is in space, leaping and flying to different worlds looking for stars and of course – to save the Princess. Nostaligic and something new for everyone.

PaRappa the Rapper for PSP
Considered to be the first rhythm game from the 3D generation of gaming but ironically it has a 2D look. The original PaRapper on the PS1 became a runaway hit but completely sat out the PS2 era. Fortunately the game is back with all new rhythms and beats for the PSP. Rapping in the palm of your hands.

Beautiful Katamari for Xbox 360 and Wii
Katamari is one of the weirdest games ever created and has reached cult status. The objective? Just roll a ball as big as you can before the timer runs out. It’s addictive fun with funshine graphics and trippy songs.

LittleBigPlanet for PS3
This could be the game that puts the PS3 back on the map. Ragdoll physics and some of the most crisp graphics make for a game that’s visually engadging. Look deeper and find the cooperative gameplay and custom level creators highly addictive. Design a level, play it with friends, then share it with other across the Playstation Network. It’s all about being creative.

The Simpsons Game for all consoles
Who doesn’t like the Simpsons? This time the family knows it’s in a video game and needs your help to save Springfield. Take control of each character’s unique abilities in a world so accurately created, you’d think you’re watching the cartoon.

Rayman Raving Rabbids 2 for Wii
BAWHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH! Enough said.

Viva Pinata Party Animals for Xbox 360
One part Pokeman and one part Harvest Moon. Lure pinata animals into your plot and raise them, watch them grow, fight, and this time play mini games!

Boogie for Wii
Karaoke meets rhythm game. Use the Wii controller to make Boogie dance. Sing into the mic to entertain your family and friends. Awesome party game.

Endless Ocean for Wii
A game with no end objective. No damsels in distress. No villain to stop. No strategy required. It’s all about exploring the vast oceans. Meet up online with friends and swim together to the furthest depths of the ocean. Discover creatures you never knew existed. It’s a non-game game anyone can enjoy.

Zack & Wiki Quest for Barbaros Treasure for Wii
The click & point adventure genre is back! Made possible by the Wii-mote, Zack & Wiki need your help to solve complex puzzle elements to find Treasure. Definitely one of the best upcoming games for the Nintendo Wii. Pirates and cell shaded graphics FTW!

deBlob for Wii
Are you an artist just waiting to express yourself? deBlob may just be your outlet. You play a, well . . . blob who can change colors to paint a colorless world. It’s odd, intriguing, and definitely looks unique.

NiGHTS for Wii
In a world made up of dreams, a Jester soars high above the clouds to save it. Use the Wii-mote to induce amazing aerial acrobatics not possible on other systems. Originally a Sega Saturn game, NiGHTS is sure to bring back memories when games were magical and plain fun.

L.T.

I'm an ex fashion designer turned Art Director for a interactive design agency in Los Angeles. I also moonlight as a blogger here and a few other places if you look for the intials L.T. or Electro^Plankton.

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2 Comments »

  1. That’s a pretty comprehensive list you got there Long. Unfortunately (for my bank balance) I’m looking forward to a good percentage of them too. In particular Mario Galaxies and Beautiful Katamari.

  2. Yes great round up L.T.

    I’m also looking forward to Mario Galaxies and Rayman Raving Rabbids 2

    However… Bugger the kids, i love these sorts of games the most. I grew up on the Commodore 64, and these fun and simplistic games are to me the most addictive.

    Games where you have a million weapons, advanced controls for everything that require a diploma to operate the game to it’s fullest extent really don’t grab me like this list here.

    Thanks for the Clips and write up.
    🙂