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The Best Kid-Friendly Video Games of 2008

--(Business Wire)-- Nov 25, 2008 By Mike Bruno, Parents.com Contributor

We played until our fingers ached, but it was all worth it -- we found five of the best kid-friendly video games (no violence or mature themes here). Whatever your kid's age or interest, you'll find the perfect gift for this holiday season.

We Ski We Ski- Wii

    Age: 5+
    Finally, a second game that uses the Balance Board you bought to use on Wii. We Ski uses the device to navigate the game's snow-covered mountain playground.

    Why We Like It
    “We Ski does an admirable job mimicking the arm movements (pull the numchuk and remote toward your body to tuck poles and increase speed) and balance techniques you actually use on the slopes,” says Bruno contributor, for Parents.com. “Plus, it supports up to four players with a split-screen multiplayer mode.”
    Buy on Wii

Kung Fu Panda Kung Fu Panda- Wii, Nintendo DS, Xbox 360, PS3, PS2

    Age: 6-12
    Po, the imaginative young panda from the computer-animated movie, takes you along on his daydream journey in which he is a kung fu warrior wielding "mad skills."

    Why We Like It
    A fighting game without violence, if you can believe it. Detailed graphics aptly reproduce the fanciful world that was so beautifully rendered in the film. And the Jack Black imitator is pretty spot on, too.
    Buy on Wii  Buy on Nintendo DS
    Buy on Xbox 360  Buy on PS3  Buy on PS2


LEGO Indiana Jones LEGO Indiana Jones: The Original Adventures- Wii, Nintendo DS, PS2, PS3, Xbox 360

    Age: 10+
    Our favorite archaeologist -- in LEGO form! -- runs through adventures from the first three Indy movies.

    Why We Like It
    Once you've racked your brain figuring out the decently challenging puzzles, you're rewarded with humorous asides from the movies, like a cocky Dr. Jones reaching back for his fedora, nearly being crushed by a giant stone door in the process.
    Buy on Wii  Buy on Nintendo DS
    Buy on Xbox 360  Buy on PS3  Buy on PS2

Guitar Hero on Tour Guitar Hero on Tour- Nintendo DS

    Age: 10+
    The Guitar Hero franchise hits Nintendo's portable DS console without sacrificing too much of the fun game play that made the original game.

    What We Like About It
    The appeal is definitely in part the novelty of a shrunken-down Guitar Hero you can pull out of your pocket. The hand-sized strap-on Guitar Grip controller slips right into the DS console, enabling you engage in the same challenging rock-alongs as the original.
    Buy on Nintendo DS

NCAA Football 2009 NCAA Football 2009- Xbox 360, PS3, PS2, Wii, PSP

Age: 7+
Just like fans of real-life football, there are gamers who insist EA Sports' college pigskin game is superior to their pro-football Madden franchise.

What We Like About It
In addition to some very cool additions to game play, '09 has also made some nice tweaks to the Dynasty mode, including an ability to enter a dynasty online and compete with up to 12 other players for the same pool of prospective students for over 60 seasons.
Buy on Wii  Buy on Xbox 360
Buy on PS3  Buy on PS2  Buy on PSP

For more helpful tips on picking the right video game for your kids this holiday season, visit Parents.com.


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