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The Best Kids' Video Games of the Decade (2010–2019)

It's hard to imagine how far gaming has come in the past 10 years. With the rise of livestreaming, esports, and VR, the video game landscape in 2019 is very different from what it was in 2010. To celebrate 10 years of incredible games, we've selected our 10 favorites for kids. We put them here in order by age rating. Each of the games on this list defined its genre and created a lasting impact that influenced many of the games that followed. While some have complicated legacies (we're looking at you, Fortnite!), all of these picks have inspired a new generation of gamers. To see more of the most affecting media in recent history, check out the Best Kids' Apps of the Decade and the Best Kids' Movies of the Decade.

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Super Mario Maker 2 Game Poster Image
Fun, accessible editing tools expose kids to game design.
Platforms: Nintendo Switch
(2019)
(2019)
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Minecraft Game Poster Image
Sandbox-style game with open online play fosters creativity.
Platforms: Linux, Mac, Nintendo Switch, Nintendo Wii U, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita, Windows, Xbox 360, Xbox One
(2011)
(2011)
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Nintendo Labo Toy-Con Variety Kit Game Poster Image
Unique making experience melds crafting with video games.
Platforms: Nintendo Switch
(2018)
(2018)
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The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild Game Poster Image
Vast adventure with some combat rewards logical thinking.
Platforms: Nintendo Switch, Nintendo Wii U
(2017)
(2017)
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Portal 2 Game Poster Image
Inventive and enjoyable spatial puzzler with mild violence.
Platforms: Mac, PlayStation 3, Windows, Xbox 360
(2011)
(2011)
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Sid Meier’s Civilization VI Game Poster Image
Amazing world simulation can teach players about history.
Platforms: Windows
(2016)
(2016)
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Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Game Poster Image
Cartoonish brawler is largest one yet, and incredibly fun.
Platforms: Nintendo Switch
(2018)
(2018)
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Fortnite Game Poster Image
Battle it out or use strategy in fantastic action game.
Platforms: Mac, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Windows, Xbox One
(2017)
(2017)
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StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty Game Poster Image
Exceptional strategy sequel with some mature themes.
Platforms: Mac, Windows
(2010)
(2010)
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Overwatch Game Poster Image
Fantastic, frantic shooter with some violence, open chat.
Platforms: Mac, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Windows, Xbox One
(2019)
(2019)
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