Nintendo Wii

Rayman Raving Rabbids

While this game may not necessarily lend itself to young ones, it was a definite hit with my little one.
This is essentially a mini-game extravaganza. My little one loved it, the variety of the games prevented the boredom factor from really kicking in, even with the constant attention you have to pay to the trials you are required to complete to unlock the various jukebox songs and costume changes.

The variety allows you to spend a bit a time on the game but the crunch time allows for you to spend a few minutes at a time with your family.

Nintendo DS

New Super Mario Bros.

The beauty of the Nintendo DS system (as well as the Sony PSP) is that you can turn shut down the system without turning off the game. This makes the New Super Mario Bros. a great game to play.

The graphics are tuned up for the newer system but the gameplay is pretty much the same NES setup. In throwing in a series of mini-games to keep you entertained beyond the regular platform leaping and secrets chasing you have quite a bit of replayability here.

My son enjoys this game immensely. He especially enjoys the mini-games.

Regular gameplay provides a moment for either my wife or myself to play a few levels while our son watches cradled in our arms. The best part is if we have less that exceptional play he’s still entertained, and that’s all that matters.

This is the first post and it won’t say much.

I’m a father of a 3 year old at this point in time and my son has been playing with a game console or PC game of one sort or the other as early as 18 months old.

He’s played with the Sony PSP, Nintendo DS and Nintendo Wii (which you probably know can play GameCube games), so he has had some constant accessibility to one game system or another.

My approach here is thus: As a father of a young child I don’t have much time to play games although as a gamer I like to spend time playing along with my wife and my desire to have our son play games that can entertain and educate as much as possible. I will give comments and thoughts on games that we play and if they fit our 5 minute lives.

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