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Age appropriate Wii games for 7 year old?

post #1 of 42
Thread Starter 
We finally got Wii for the holidays. (fit plus and balance board) The adults are having a great time with it. Our almost 7 year old find it fun sometimes, frustrating other times. He gets unhappy if he can't match or top the adult score.

He is very advanced with reading, math, etc... but emotionally still an almost 7 year old. We need some age appropriate non violent games. If they use the balance board, even better, as we never intended to have a "sit-down" video game system.

What we are considering:
Wii Play (mixed reviews)
Wii Lego ???
Endless Ocean

ideas?
post #2 of 42
I know you're not looking for sit down games, but A Boy and his Blob is really good. Our bright 5 year old likes the mental challenge. It's about figuring things out as you go. No rush or fast paced music. It's very sweet and makes the young player have to problem solve.
post #3 of 42
Wii Play is fun but it has it's limits...I personally love the cow racing!

Lego...I assume you are meaning like Lego Star Wars or Lego Indiana Jones? Those are fun and my kids like to play them but I wouldn't put them in the non-violent category.

MarioKart is the most fun game in my opinion. I think it's easier for kids to play it with standard controllers rather than the Wiimotes.

I haven't done any of the games with the balance board but my mom nannys 8 yr old twin girls and they like the Mario vs. Sonic Olympic Games.
post #4 of 42
our boys got a wii this Christmas as well. To be honest I didnt think it was going to be as much fun. We have bought several of the sports games(besides the one it comes with) so we know have a few different sports like ping pong and archery and they seem to be pretty mellow as in no violence and definately no language issues. My boys are sports enthusiasts so they really like it. I've heard good things about the lego ones.
post #5 of 42
My 7 year old finds it impossible to play any Wii game sitting down

We don't have the balance board, but DS1's favorite game is Mario Kart. It's a racing game. It easily meets my standards of age-appropriate, and is super colorful and fun and addictive. Fortunately for him, I am terrible at video games, so he can beat me easily.
post #6 of 42
Wii Sports Resort is the favorite in our house. My kids work up a sweat playing it and never sit down.
post #7 of 42
Thread Starter 
ANyone try Endless Ocean?

I really wish Lego still made non-violent games. We have Lego Loco (PC based) but it runs best on win 95 or Win 98 ... which we no longer have.
post #8 of 42
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Originally Posted by MtBikeLover View Post
Wii Sports Resort is the favorite in our house. My kids work up a sweat playing it and never sit down.
Yep, I asked for it for my B'day back in October and we have not quit playing it ever since. The bowling is so much better than regular wii sports!

All kids around here, ds included LOVE the lego games - star wars, indiana jones. But they are the kind of games where you sit and play, most definately not up and moving.
post #9 of 42
I'll second A Boy and His Blob and Wii Sports Resort. Mario Kart is also still a hit here after two years (DS is 6-1/2). We do have Lego Star Wars and Lego Indy, but they definitely include guns and violence.
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post #10 of 42
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Originally Posted by SleeplessMommy View Post
ANyone try Endless Ocean?
it wasn't a big hit here. My kids find it slow moving and dull.

Mario cart is my kids very, very favorite. I highly recommend buying two steering wheels for side by side racing fun. This is Wii game that gets played the most at our house and that they never get tired of.

Both my kids beat me every.single.time.
post #11 of 42
As already mentioned, Endless Ocean is awesome! (but I love scuba diving and it is slow, but the best part is it teaches you the proper names of fish and sea mammals and ocean birds)

World of Zoo and the Mario Kart games have been popular with my nephew.
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post #13 of 42
My seven year old likes singing along with Beatles rock band (a gift *I* got for xmas, ). There are other singing types of games with songs he might recognize more readily, though . . .

My son got Rampant Rabbids (?) for xmas, and my daughter can play it and thinks it's funny. There's lots of potty humor in it, and the opportunity for lots of movement.
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post #15 of 42
Is Wii Sports Resort good enough to spend the extra money on the wii motion plus things for all the controllers?
post #16 of 42
mainly as I am thinking about getting DS a Wii for his 6th bday. (DP is totally opposed but I think DS would LOVE it). Is 6yo too young? The car & ocean games sounds like something he would love. It absolutely can't be violent though as he will "act it out". What other games would you recommend for younger kids? What is the balance board about?

ETA- does anyone have the bowling game?
post #17 of 42
Santa sure seems to have been busy building Wii systems this year! We got one too.

Outdoor Challenge has been a ton of fun to play. It includes an exercise mat (kind of like dance dance revolution) and includes games such as rollerskating, mountain boarding, log jumping, minecart racing, jumprope, sprint. It's super active and in addition to the multi-player direct challenge, also includes a team function where you have to work together to complete the course. Our 7 year old loves it!
post #18 of 42
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Originally Posted by LDSmomma View Post
Is Wii Sports Resort good enough to spend the extra money on the wii motion plus things for all the controllers?
Sports Resort is so much fun. Much better than the sports games that come with the Wii. If you like those games, you will love Sports Resort.
post #19 of 42
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Originally Posted by treegardner View Post
Sports Resort is so much fun. Much better than the sports games that come with the Wii. If you like those games, you will love Sports Resort.
Yep it's worth every penny (and the extra sensor you have to buy ) We actually don't even play the regular wii sports anymore.
post #20 of 42
Animal Crossing is extremely popular amongst so many kids that we know.
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