Top Picks – Video Games for Tweens


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Updated 1.27.08 (see below for new info about Super Smash Bros Brawl)!!

As summer winds down and we find that our kids have played way more video games than we allow during the school year, our family decided to put together a list of games that we love to play.

We’re hoping this will help readers who are a bit overwhelmed by the myriad choices. If you want to buy a gift for someone and have no idea what to get, maybe our list will narrow down your options.


Here it is!

The first annual Top Video Games for Tweens (on 4 platforms).



(I know, it’s not the PS3. Sorry, I can’t speak to the PS3 because our family went for the Wii, not the PS3. And a lot of people agreed with us, y’know…)

Kingdom Hearts 2

Kingdom Hearts 1

Note: Both of the Kingdom Hearts titles may be hard to find. They’re a bit obscure but well worth it. I had never heard of them until a game store employee recommended them. I was initially skeptical because they were out of the mainstream, but my kids absolutely loved them both! These would be good for kids who have most of the well known titles, but you may have to get them started. Once they see what the game is all about, they’ll likely be hooked.


–Katamari Damacy

We Love Katamari

Sing Star Pop

Karaoke Revolution: American Idol


NINTENDO GAMECUBE: (perhaps soon to be obsolete?!)

Luigi’s Mansion

(this is an older game, but is now a classic)

Paper Mario

The Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker

Lego Star Wars II: The Original Trilogy

Super Monkey Ball 2

Super Smash Bros Melee

(Note: this game can be hard to find, because it’s an older game, but most boys love it)

Updated note: On December 20, Target had about a dozen copies of Super Smash Bros Melee.


Nintendo DS - Drawn to Life


–UPDATE!! New top pick title for DS: Drawn to Life

New Super Mario Bros

Kirby Squeak Squad

Dragon Quest Rocket Slime

Rocket Slime - DS


and finally, the top picks for


–UPDATE!! New top pick for Wii: Super Mario Galaxy

UPDATE: New top pick for Wii: Guitar Hero 3

NBA Live ‘08

Madden NFL ‘08

Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess


UPDATE!! –– Here are some recently released titles on NINTENDO’s Wii:

Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games (Nov 6 for 49.99)

Lego Star Wars: The Complete Saga (Nov 6 for 49.99)

Super Mario Galaxy* (Nov 12 for 49.99)

Super Mario Galaxy

Check out this video!

You just have to play this Mario game.

It’s great!! It’s a far cry from Pong!! I love playing it and even love just watching my kids play it! In fact, I think any parent who doesn’t usually play video games should try this one. What’s not to like? C’mon…find that inner child and have some fun! If there’s only one video game you try, make it this one!

Okay, well, at least watch this video:

UPDATE!!! *See my recent post where I review this title, Super Mario Galaxy, on BMG Mom’s Reviews.

and, then, of course, the title that’s supposed to knock our socks off:

Super Smash Bros. Brawl (newsflash – this title now expected to be released February 10, 2008!! — for 49.99)

Super Smash Bros Brawl - Wii

UPDATE (1.27.08): Watch a great interview (with a little preview) by Koda from KidConfidence by clicking here.

Thank you and for this early cover art!


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One response to “Top Picks – Video Games for Tweens

  1. To whom it may concern,

    I am a Game Director / Producer for (Artificial Mind & Movement) located in Montreal, Quebec.

    The “Femmes du cinéma, de la télévision
    et des nouveaux médias (FCTNM)” in Montreal will be offering a mini-conference entitled “Marketing to Tweens” in May 2008
    and have asked that I be one of the panelists.

    They will have content producers from the video games industry (myself – from:, television and
    magazines on the panel to discuss how they go about creating content for the tween market.

    Please see our Website: – we develop video games for the film industry and we are located in Montreal.

    I would like stats … ideally to show how the age range for tweens has changed over the years; that kids are getting ‘savvy’ at an earlier age .. how technology has played a major role in this influence – hence why I am looking to get
    ‘Tween” Statistics and information.

    I grew up with Pong .. and would like to show the transition of what tweens are exposed to over time. Ideally to show how the age range of tweens has also changed (they have become more mature at an earlier age).

    Please let me know if you have any information I could refer to as part of my presentation.

    Thank you!