Video game wishlist for children: Crash Bandicoot, Spongebob and more

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Got a little one who wants to play video games, but you don’t know where to start? Have no fear - we’ve rounded up video games perfectly suitable for kids. 

Keep in mind, the number of games for a younger audience depends on the console. For example, Nintendo is big on creating family friendly games with big titles like Super Mario and Legend of Zelda. However, that doesn’t mean that PlayStation and Xbox systems don’t have their own kid friendly games. Each console has some good offerings.

Below we’ve highlighted the most incredible games for kids, in our opinion.

Nintendo

Animal Crossing New Horizon

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Animal Crossing: New Horizons is a game where cute little animal neighbours move in with you. It’s a stress-free island where you modify and decorate however you want. Plus, it offers the option to co-op play with a parent, where you can catch bugs or go fishing together.

Rated: E for Everyone

Crash Bandicoot 4

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Crash Bandicoot is a must-have for any new young gamer. In this new adventure, Crash teams up with his sister to recover the powerful Quantum Masks to prevent Doctor Neo Cortex and Nefarious Tropy from taking over the multiverse. This would be the perfect present for someone looking for whacky gameplay and an easy-to-follow story plot.

Rated: E10+ for Everyone 10 and up

Any Mario game

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Nintendo has an endless library of Mario games that are suitable for everyone. Mario wears a multitude of hats, whether it's a fighter, a racecar driver or made of paper. You can never go wrong with a Mario game. Plus, with the new movie slated to come out next year, it’s a perfect time to explore the Mushroom Kingdom. 

Rated E for Everyone 

Yoshi’s Crafted World

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Yoshi’s Crafted World is perfect for kids! It’s adorable and offers the option to turn on Mellow Mode, which gives Yoshi wings to fly safely through the levels (Easy peasy, Yoshi squeezy). The story is straightforward, Bowser Jr has stolen unique gems, and Yoshi must adventure through different levels to get them back. Plus, with co-op capabilities, the game offers excellent bonding time between siblings and parents. 

Rated E for Everyone

Pokemon Legends: Arceus

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Pokemon Legends: Arceus is a reboot of the beloved Pokemon franchise. Instead of battling to become a Pokemon Champion, you capture and study the wild Pokemon in a world where people still fear the inhabiting creatures. It has open-world mechanics that genuinely allows you to explore and meet new Pokemon while you finally catch them all.

Rated E for Everyone

Playstation

Sackboy: A Big Adventure

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In this platformer, you control Sackboy as he explores multiple worlds and tries to save his Sackpeole from the evil Vex. This is the latest instalment of the Little Big Planet series, and it's a great game for kids who enjoy Super Mario Bros. The gameplay is simple and not too complicated compared to other platformers in the market. 

Rated E for Everyone

LEGO Marvel Superheroes

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Got a Marvel fan? LEGO Marvel Super Heroes is a game where you can play as your favourite characters as you try to stop Loki and other Marvel villains from creating a superweapon capable of destroying the LEGO world. This is an excellent gateway to all the LEGO video games that offer fun combats, epic battle scenes and a unique story using the famous small bricks. 

Rated: E10+ for Everyone 10 and up

Sonic Colours Ultimate

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Sonic Colors Ultimate is a remaster of the original 2010 game. It follows Sonic as he tries to stop Doctor Eggman from enslaving a friendly alien race and taking over the world. The gameplay is similar to other Sonic games where you must collect rings and defeat enemies (plus egg Eggman). Sonic Colours is a Sonic classic and great for any child looking to play more video games. 

Rated E for Everyone

Spongebob Squarepants: Battle for Bikini Bottom Rehydrated

Spongebob Squarepants: Battle for Bikini Bottom Rehydrated
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Are you ready kids? Spongebob Squarepants: Battle for Bikini Bottom Rehydrated is back! The yellow sponge living in a pineapple undersea got its cult classic game remastered for a new school of fish to experience. Play as Spongebob as he karate chops Plankton's evil scheme to steal the Krabby Patty Secret Formula. This wacky tale is a must-play for any Spongebob fan.

Rated E for Everyone

Minecraft

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What kid doesn’t love Minecraft? Well, why not buy it for your favourite console and give the joy of crafting, exploring and creation? 

Rated: E10+ for Everyone 10 and up

Xbox

Spyro Reignited Trilogy

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This Spyro adventure includes the three original games for the price of one. Travel across different lands to restore peace to the world and vanish enemies. Younger kids will love to run around like a little dragon and bonk their heads on all the enemies. With loads of hours of gameplay, Spyro is sure to be a hit (heh).

Rated: E10+ for Everyone 10 and up

LEGO Star Wars: Skywalker Saga

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Got a Star Wars fan? Get them this LEGO-themed action adventure game to follow the path of the Jedi. Play as all the Skywalkers and their friends to save the galaxy from evil. Fun fact, it also got nominated for Best Family Game in the Games Awards 2022. 

Rated: E10+ for Everyone 10 and up

New Super Lucky Tale

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The New Super Lucky Tale is a platform game where you travel across different worlds in the Book of Ages to stop the evil cat Jinx from stealing the magical book. This game is excellent for those who enjoyed Crash Bandicoot or Banko-Kazooie. 

Rated E for Everyone

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