Starter Games for Parents to Play with Kids

It can be loads of fun to play video games with your kids or teens. Here's a great set of starter games with themes and topics you'll both enjoy. Even if you're shy about your gaming skills, go ahead and try. And be sure to read one gamer's triumphant firsthand account about her journey to acceptance!

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Excellent example of educational interactive television.
Platforms: Xbox 360
(2012)
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Health and fitness are the focus in this cute, active game.
Platforms: Nintendo DS, Nintendo DSi, Nintendo Wii
(2011)
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Engaging and funny interactive adventures are pure joy.
Platforms: Xbox 360
(2011)
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Excellent pet simulator combines animal care and adventure.
Platforms: PlayStation Vita
(2014)
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Hodgepodge of physical Kinect games makes families giggle.
Platforms: Xbox 360
(2012)
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Fun family racer lets kids upload sweet moves to YouTube.
Platforms: Nintendo Wii U
(2014)
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Charming, melodic, and genre-bending game for kids, adults.
Platforms: Facebook, PlayStation Vita, Windows, iPhone, iPod
(2014)
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Lots of group fun encapsulated in 80+ mini-games.
Platforms: Nintendo Wii U
(2013)
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Lead Kinect launch game is accessible fun for all ages.
Platforms: Xbox 360
(2010)
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Family-friendly fantasy tees up fun with appealing mascots.
Platforms: Nintendo 3DS
(2014)
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Fun platformer rewards perseverance, offers good co-op play.
Platforms: Nintendo 3DS
(2012)
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Fantastic platform adventure is fun for the whole family.
Platforms: Nintendo Wii U
(2013)
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Thinking games become a party activity on the Wii.
Platforms: Nintendo Wii
(2007)
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Imaginative PSP platformer is fun and lets you be creative.
Platforms: PSP
(2009)
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Fun, family-friendly mini-games open the door to Wii U.
Platforms: Nintendo Wii U
(2012)
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Puzzle series' Wii U debut delivers great mind-benders.
Platforms: Nintendo Wii U
(2014)
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Fast (too fast?), exciting chapter in this hedgehog story.
Platforms: Nintendo Wii
(2010)
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Quirky sim engages kids in a virtual doll soap opera.
Platforms: Nintendo 3DS
(2014)
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Five sports games get Wii U athletes on their feet.
Platforms: Nintendo Wii U
(2014)
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Fun, imaginative, safe adventure set in a plastic world.
Platforms: Nintendo Wii U
(2013)
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Deep, detailed baseball game among best for sports fans.
Platforms: PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita
(2014)
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Beautiful adventure less a game than interactive poetry.
Platforms: PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4
(2012)
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Dance to today's and yesterday's songs for fun and fitness.
Platforms: Nintendo Wii, Nintendo Wii U, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One
(2013)
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Disney characters star in fight-filled role-playing game.
Platforms: Nintendo 3DS
(2012)
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Vast world, fun superhero characters that finally talk!
Platforms: Nintendo 3DS, Nintendo DS, Nintendo Wii, PlayStation 3, PlayStation Vita, Windows, Xbox 360
(2012)
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Toy figurines become characters in exciting action game.
Platforms: Nintendo 3DS, Nintendo Wii, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360
(2011)
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Value-priced trilogy of PS2 games, now for the PS3.
Platforms: PlayStation 3
(2010)
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Compelling story with strong role models, loss, and battles.
Platforms: PlayStation 3
(2013)
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Comedic, cartoonish shooter should be OK for younger teens.
Platforms: Windows, Xbox 360, Xbox One
(2014)
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Superb puzzler is a smart treat for kids and their parents.
Platforms: Nintendo 3DS
(2012)
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Fun trivia game has questions suitable for teens and adults.
Platforms: PlayStation 3
(2009)
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Artful RPG has mild violence but good ethics.
Platforms: Xbox 360
(2008)
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Clever spin on trivia games sports a little dirty humor.
Platforms: Nintendo DS, Nintendo DSi, Nintendo Wii, PlayStation 3, Windows, Xbox 360
(2011)
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