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Ni Hao, Kai-Lan: Super Game Day

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Sweet, easy mini-games are well designed for preschoolers.

What parents need to know

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

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
Not applicable
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.

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.

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?

QUALITY

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. 

Families can talk 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)

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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 only PBS, nothing commercial. The one exception is Ni Hao Kai Lan. My son is Vietnamese and there are very few Asian characters in kid's TV/games. So, I bought this game for him and we've played it four times so far...and, he loves it. I limit it to twice a week for 15 minutes per session. The game has a variety of mini-games, some Asian themed, some not. My son especially likes the Bubble Pop, Butterfly Catch, Dragon Parade, and Balloon Toss games. He needs a little help with controlling the characters, but is picking up the hand-eye coordination needed quickly. My six year old niece was over this past week and she enjoyed the game quite a bit, too. So, I'm pretty sure he'll enjoy this game for a few years to come, which is nice.
Parent of a 6 year old Written bymadsmooney1214 September 20, 2012

ni hao kai lan super game day

playing together help a family? Families can also talk about good sportsmanship. How can someone be a good winner and a good loser?
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Too much violence
Too much consumerism
Easy to play/use
Safety and privacy concerns
Kid, 11 years old July 15, 2012

I Think Is Fun! Like The Other Kids That I Always Wanted But Its For Babies :-( So I Tell Mom Not To Say Babies To Me It Makes Me Upset -_-

Well It Had A Trampoline Teleport That Let's You Go To A Next Map :-)
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models

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