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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Kinect Sesame Street TV Game Poster Image
Excellent example of educational interactive television.
Platforms: Xbox 360
(2012)
(2012)
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Sesame Street: Ready, Set, Grover! Game Poster Image
Health and fitness are the focus in this cute, active game.
Platforms: Nintendo DS, Nintendo DSi, Nintendo Wii
(2011)
(2011)
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Sesame Street: Once Upon a Monster Game Poster Image
Engaging and funny interactive adventures are pure joy.
Platforms: Xbox 360
(2011)
(2011)
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PlayStation Vita Pets Game Poster Image
Excellent pet simulator combines animal care and adventure.
Platforms: PlayStation Vita
(2014)
(2014)
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Happy Action Theater Game Poster Image
Hodgepodge of physical Kinect games makes families giggle.
Platforms: Xbox 360
(2012)
(2012)
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Mario Kart 8 Game Poster Image
Fun family racer lets kids upload sweet moves to YouTube.
Platforms: Nintendo Wii U
(2014)
(2014)
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My Singing Monsters Game Poster Image
Charming, melodic, and genre-bending game for kids, adults.
Platforms: Facebook, PlayStation Vita, Windows, iPhone, iPod
(2014)
(2014)
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Wii Party U Game Poster Image
Lots of group fun encapsulated in 80+ mini-games.
Platforms: Nintendo Wii U
(2013)
(2013)
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Kinect Adventures Game Poster Image
Lead Kinect launch game is accessible fun for all ages.
Platforms: Xbox 360
(2010)
(2010)
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Mario Golf: World Tour Game Poster Image
Family-friendly fantasy tees up fun with appealing mascots.
Platforms: Nintendo 3DS
(2014)
(2014)
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New Super Mario Bros. 2 Game Poster Image
Fun platformer rewards perseverance, offers good co-op play.
Platforms: Nintendo 3DS
(2012)
(2012)
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Super Mario 3D World Game Poster Image
Fantastic platform adventure is fun for the whole family.
Platforms: Nintendo Wii U
(2013)
(2013)
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Big Brain Academy: Wii Degree Game Poster Image
Thinking games become a party activity on the Wii.
Platforms: Nintendo Wii
(2007)
(2007)
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LittleBigPlanet (PSP) Game Poster Image
Imaginative PSP platformer is fun and lets you be creative.
Platforms: PSP
(2009)
(2009)
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Nintendo Land Game Poster Image
Fun, family-friendly mini-games open the door to Wii U.
Platforms: Nintendo Wii U
(2012)
(2012)
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Pushmo World Game Poster Image
Puzzle series' Wii U debut delivers great mind-benders.
Platforms: Nintendo Wii U
(2014)
(2014)
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Sonic Colors Game Poster Image
Fast (too fast?), exciting chapter in this hedgehog story.
Platforms: Nintendo Wii
(2010)
(2010)
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Tomodachi Life Game Poster Image
Quirky sim engages kids in a virtual doll soap opera.
Platforms: Nintendo 3DS
(2014)
(2014)
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Wii Sports Club Game Poster Image
Five sports games get Wii U athletes on their feet.
Platforms: Nintendo Wii U
(2014)
(2014)
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LEGO City Undercover Game Poster Image
Fun, imaginative, safe adventure set in a plastic world.
Platforms: Nintendo Wii U
(2013)
(2013)
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MLB 14: The Show Game Poster Image
Deep, detailed baseball game among best for sports fans.
Platforms: PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita
(2014)
(2014)
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Journey Game Poster Image
Beautiful adventure less a game than interactive poetry.
Platforms: PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4
(2012)
(2012)
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Just Dance 2014 Game Poster Image
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)
(2013)
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Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance Game Poster Image
Disney characters star in fight-filled role-playing game.
Platforms: Nintendo 3DS
(2012)
(2012)
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LEGO Batman 2: DC Super Heroes Game Poster Image
Vast world, fun superhero characters that finally talk!
Platforms: Nintendo 3DS, Nintendo DS, Nintendo Wii, PlayStation 3, PlayStation Vita, Windows, Xbox 360
(2012)
(2012)
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Skylanders Spyro's Adventure Game Poster Image
Toy figurines become characters in exciting action game.
Platforms: Nintendo 3DS, Nintendo Wii, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360
(2011)
(2011)
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The Sly Collection Game Poster Image
Value-priced trilogy of PS2 games, now for the PS3.
Platforms: PlayStation 3
(2010)
(2010)
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Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch Game Poster Image
Compelling story with strong role models, loss, and battles.
Platforms: PlayStation 3
(2013)
(2013)
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Plants vs Zombies: Garden Warfare Game Poster Image
Comedic, cartoonish shooter should be OK for younger teens.
Platforms: Windows, Xbox 360, Xbox One
(2014)
(2014)
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Professor Layton and the Miracle Mask Game Poster Image
Superb puzzler is a smart treat for kids and their parents.
Platforms: Nintendo 3DS
(2012)
(2012)
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Buzz! Quiz World Game Poster Image
Fun trivia game has questions suitable for teens and adults.
Platforms: PlayStation 3
(2009)
(2009)
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Tales of Vesperia Game Poster Image
Artful RPG has mild violence but good ethics.
Platforms: Xbox 360
(2008)
(2008)
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You Don't Know Jack Game Poster Image
Clever spin on trivia games sports a little dirty humor.
Platforms: Nintendo DS, Nintendo DSi, Nintendo Wii, PlayStation 3, Windows, Xbox 360
(2011)
(2011)
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