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7 hottest new video games for kids

Check out the coolest new video games just in time for the holidays.

7 hottest new video games for kids

Video games 2015

Lego Dimensions

The hotly anticipated Lego Dimensions is a toys-to-life game that adds a fresh aspect to the popular Lego series. Dimensions includes creative real-life brick building using the provided pieces, though you can add in some of your own as well. Characters in the starter pack include Wyldstyle, Gandalf, Batman and the Batmobile from The Lego Movie. Other friends, like The Doctor from Doctor Who, the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man from Ghostbusters and Bart Simpson, can also join in the fun (additional packs cost between $15 and $30). Even grown-ups will be laughing at the quirky mash-ups of pop culture faves in this fun game. PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One and Wii U.
Rated E 10+, $110 (for starter pack), toysrus.ca

7 hottest new video games for kids

Skylanders Superchargers

The latest Skylanders game adds vehicles for the characters to race, fly and dive with on their quests to defeat the evil Kaos. There’s even a head-to-head racing mode for playing with a friend. Skylander figures from previous years are compatible with the supercharger vehicles and can be part of the action. You will need land, air and water vehicles, along with their matching characters, to unlock most of the content (the starter pack comes with a car and two Skylander characters). An abundance of fart jokes and typical kid humour will have your family laughing along with the characters. PS3, PS4, PC, Xbox 360 and Wii U. Rated E 10+, From $85 (for starter pack), bestbuy.ca

7 hottest new video games for kids

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Just Dance 2016

This popular dance game used to be available only for Xbox Kinect, but now it can be played on a wider range of consoles—all you have to do is buy the game, download the app onto your smartphone and dance the night away to this year’s hottest tunes. So if your kids (or you!) want to finally learn the moves to “Uptown Funk” or rock out to Lady Gaga’s “Born This Way,” this is the game to try. Just Dance Disney Party 2 is another version of the game that features songs from the Disney Channel’s most popular tween shows, like Austin & Ally and Teen Beach 2PS4, Xbox One and Wii U. Rated E 10+, $50, ebgames.ca

 

7 hottest new video games for kids

Yoshi's Woolly World

Super Mario’s adorable green dinosaur pal Yoshi may be even cuter as a woolly creature negotiating his fabric world. Your kid can team up with a friend in story mode, or play on her own to make sure Yoshi’s universe doesn’t turn into a tangled ball of yarn. This game doesn’t have any scary elements, and the challenges increase in difficulty the further you go. Wii U. Rated E, $65, Nintendo.ca

7 hottest new video games for kids

Tearaway Unfolded

This Playstation exclusive game from the same company that created the whimsical LittleBigPlanet will give you a whole new appreciation for the term “paper trail.” Accompany Atoi the messenger through a charming paper universe as he tries to deliver a top-secret message. Along the way, you have to solve puzzles and save the world. PS4. Rated E, From $40, bestbuy.ca

7 hottest new video games for kids

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Super Mario Maker

Fans of the little mustachioed plumber get the controls in this creative game. Players design their own levels for Mario to jump, run and toss his fireballs through on his way to save the princess. Players can share their creations with friends and download other people’s designs as well. Amiibos (Nintendo’s toy-to-life figures) can increase gameplay but aren’t required… Wii U. Rated E, $70, bestbuy.ca

7 hottest new video games for kids

Disney Infinity 3.0 Edition Starter Pack: Star Wars

If your kid has ever longed to wield the power of a Star Wars lightsaber, then Disney Infinity will be on your must-buy list. This year, characters from all the stories in the Star Wars universe can be purchased, including the new heroes from The Force Awakens. The 3.0 starter pack includes Anakin and Ahsoka Tano, though expanded kits with more characters are available. If you own a previous version of Disney Infinity, you can download 3.0 online and use it with any of the new playsets —including one that features Joy, Sadness, Disgust, Fear and Anger from Inside Out. The Toy Box section of the game is all about free play—you can create your own worlds, where all your favourite characters from Marvel, Disney and Pixar can join in on quests of your own making. PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One and Wii U. Rated E 10+, From $75 (for starter pack), walmart.ca

7 hottest new video games for kids
This article was originally published on Nov 30, 2015

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