By Lisa - Homeschooling Mom
best Wii games for girls ages 8-12 years List Updated November 2011
These are the games we have been renting and buying and playing with homeschool kids. I asked the girls to list the ones they would recommend and ones they wouldn’t bother with again.
What Are the Best Nintendo Wii games for Girls?
It is bit of a challenge finding video games that girls like to play and are worth the big bucks video games now cost. I work really hard talking with other moms and spending time with kids asking them what they like and whats hot right now. Video games can be the great unifier- something boys /girls and different ages can play and enjoy.
One of the reason we got a Wii was because the games were aimed at families and kids. The Wii has a lot more games for kids and families while they PlayStation 3 has a very high cool factor- PS# games tend to be more adult or slanted towards boys.
I do find a difference between girl Wii games and boy Wii games- they really do like different things- tho the boys will play almost any video game and girls are quite choosy. I find they lean toward the create/build/nurture type of games and avoid fighting video games all together.This is NOT always the case and I know different kids like wide range of stuff. I am not labeling or being gender bias ion this- I am generalizing.
Best Wii Games For Girls (8,9,10,11,12+ years)
Just Dance 3 is VERY active! Learn new dance moves, compete against friends and have a GREAT time with this game! A perfect slumber party video game for girls and one that both younger and older girls will enjoy. Personally, I think this is one of the best Wii games for girls ages 8-12 .
Bit.Trip Complete is a collection of fun puzzle games. Good play value for both girls and boys.
More Good Wii Games for Girls
Rubik’s World This just came out and I am addicted. I love anything to do with Puzzles. ( Who can forget my Lost Weekend of Insanaquarium 2003?) Lots of play value for whole family and good Wii game to buy for girls.
I like any of the Cooking Mama games. They are fun, challenging , physical and great for multiplayer. One nice thing about these games is that a wide range of ages can play. Its hard to find games that suit everyone’s skill level and this is a good game for kids ages 6- adult-very popular and one of the best Wii games for girls ages 8-12.
Some of the better Cooking Mama titles for Wii to get are:
Cooking Mama: Cook Off for Wii This one is more fun than it sounds. You “prepare” food and cook/bake it. Points are given on how fast and how much an technique. This is good because two players can play at once and not overly competitive. My younger son can also play. We have also had teenage boys here that have really liked so this has a wide appeal.
Cooking Mama World Kitchen is also a good bet for a Wii game for girls of all ages.
Mystery Case Files: The Malgrave Incident gets top marks for trying to be different. ” Something is afoot at the abandoned resort on Malgrave Island and it is up to you to be the detective and solve the mystery. Point the Wii Remote and with the push of a button, explore the island’s lush environments and test your wits against the puzzles and obstacles blocking your path in your search for cleverly hidden objects” Check this out. An excellent Wii game for teenage girls.
Super Smash Bros. Brawl is very fun and is a Wii game that appeals to both girls and boys. Basically it a game that pits all the Nintendo characters against each other.There is a lot of play value here and the game hold the value for trade-ins.
Super Mario Galaxy for Wii HUGE hit here. Another player can “jump” in and help. Another Wii game that appeals across all age levels and girls and boys alike.
Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess Hands down one of the best games on Wii. If you don’t have it highly recommend. I would recommend this as one of the best Wii games for teenage girls in the 10,11,12,13 and 14 years old range.Requires good reading skills and problem solving ability.
Mario Party 8 for Wii A good one- if you are going to buy a game this is good investment has has a long term play value. Good for whole family- 4 players can play at once and games move quickly. My daughter and I play this one a lot together ;-).. perfect for sleep overs. Solid choice if you are looking to buy a good Wii game for a girl or girls.
Trauma Center: New Blood for Wii This is perfect for 2 kids- it is a “co-operative” game and they don’t compete. Sounds more gruesome than it really is. Excellent Wii game for older girls int he 11,12 and 13 year old range. Also good for boys AND girls.
The Sims 2 Pets Very big. Girls will play for hours with this. Boys don’t seem to enjoy the Sims 2 stuff as much. I think girls like the making and creating of characters angle of the game. This is also a good wii game for older teenage girls.
Wii Play with Wii Remote I recommend this because you get the Wii game pack AND remote for about the same cost of a remote. You can play fishing, Pool(which for some reason the kids love), Ping Pong, etc
Other Wii Stuff To Get
Wii Remotes: If in your budget and you have kids- you will be happy to have more remotes. Some games up to 4 people can play at a time and you can play as whole family or with more kids.
Wii Nunchuk Controller The Wii game console come with one and the only time we have really “needed” another was in boxing. They are cheap- 15.00 so make a good stocking stuffer but don’t worry about getting more.
Wii Chargeable remote packs For some bizarre reason- Wii remotes use batteries! It has not been a big deal in our house- but I HATE throwing out batteries. You can by a rechargeable battery and charger pack ( they come in sets of 2) for not that much money- about 16.00 for two. I really don’t know why Nintendo did this.
What Wii Games Do You Recommend for Girls 8-12 years old?
Please submit them. Also any video games you’d like to review – Send to me and I will post.
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