Ni Hao, Kai-Lan: Super Game Day

Game review by
Christopher Healy, Common Sense Media
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Sweet, easy mini-games are well designed for preschoolers.

Parents say

age 3+
Based on 3 reviews

Kids say

age 11+
Based on 1 review

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this game.

Positive Messages

The characters go out of their way to voice positive reinforcement to kids who are playing. At the end of a game, a child's character may make comments such as, "That was hard, but I did good," or "I did my best."

Positive Role Models & Representations

The characters encourage one another and are all good sports, win or lose. While there are several male characters, Kai-Lan is the only female in the game.

Ease of Play

The challenge level of this game is near perfect for preschoolers (the intended audience). In games such as badminton, players don't need to make their characters run after the birdie -- running is automatic, so players need only swing their Wii remotes when the birdie cues them to with a glow. In a water balloon toss, players don't need to aim at targets -- they will automatically hit one if they make the "throw" motion when the object glows their color.

Violence & Scariness

Water balloons are thrown at inanimate objects.

Language
Consumerism

The game comes packaged with a code coupon for a free one-month subscription to a Nickelodeon online service. The instruction booklet also has three pages of ads for other Nickelodon video games.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this sweet-hearted collection of mini games is a near perfect entry point for very young children who've never played video games before. There is absolutely nothing objectionable about the characters or their behavior. And the controls -- one simple motion for most of the mini-games -- could not be easier to pick up. Many of the games are also designed for active play. Parents of easily distracted children should also be aware that there are only twelve mini games to choose from, only a few minutes long each.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 3 year old Written byCobaltDragon February 3, 2010

A variety of fun games for younger kids

My son just turned three and I was very, very hesitant to buy him a video game. He's never played one before, and we generally watch very little TV and onl... Continue reading
Parent of a 4 year old Written byasears87 April 22, 2010
Kid, 11 years old July 15, 2012

What's it about?

In NI HAO, KAI-LAN: SUPER GAME DAY, Kai-Lan and her animal friends (the cast of the Nick Jr cartoon) celebrate the fictional holiday of Super Game Day by playing together in a series of competitions, many of which are monitored by Kai-Lan's grandfather, Yeh-Yeh. Games include rowing a dragon boat, popping bubbles, blocking soccer balls, participating in a parade, flying a kite, and performing a Simon-Says-style dance, among others.

Is it any good?

Audience age for Ni Hao, Kai-Lan: Super Game Day probably maxes out around six, but for younger children, there's a lot to love here. The graphics are bright and colorful, the characters cute and friendly. The games have lots of kid appeal (butterflies and bubbles always work for that) and all have easy enough controls that "I can't make it work!" frustrations should be at a minimum. Many of the controls are designed with pantomime movments (swinging a net, waving a fan, paddling with an oar, marching with a parade float), which gives the entire game a "let's play pretend" feel. Super Game Day's only negative is the small number of mini-games to choose from. For preschoolers, twelve games may be plenty, but it still would have been nice to have more content. There could be more characters, too -- especially girls, as Kai-Lan herself is the only female in the game. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about why it's important to spend fun playtime with loved ones. How can playing together help a family?

  • Families can also talk about good sportsmanship. How can someone be a good winner and a good loser?

Game details

  • Platforms: Nintendo Wii
  • Price: $39.99
  • Available online? Not available online
  • Developer: 2K Play
  • Release date: November 3, 2009
  • Genre: Mini-games
  • ESRB rating: E for (No Descriptors)

For kids who love preschool games

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