The hot item for video game-loving families right now is Switch, Nintendo’s new hybrid console that connects to a TV but can also be unplugged and played anywhere—and by more than one kid at a time. It’s an excellent system. However, the hardware is so popular that it’s been hard to come by in stores. Should you happen to spy a Switch for sale, grab it before it disappears, lest you find yourself frantically scrambling around online, where you’ll likely pay a premium. If, on the other hand, your family already has its preferred console, then a couple of new games will be the key to holiday cheer. And this year, there’s plenty of age-appropriate fare to choose from.
Just Dance 2018
A staple of the holiday season, Just Dance games deliver dependable fun and a good little workout to boot. All players have to do is watch the performers onscreen and mimic their movements to score points. The game is perfect for entertaining big groups of friends or nudging kids to stay active while stuck indoors on frigid afternoons. This year’s edition delivers more of the same great kaleidoscopic music videos for which the franchise is beloved, plus a starting roster of 40 modern and classic pop songs, including Lady Gaga’s “John Wayne,” Jamiroquai’s “Automaton” and kid favourite “24K Magic” by Bruno Mars.
Switch, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One, Wii, Wii U
Rated E10+, $60, bestbuy.ca