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Nourish Youthful Ambition In 7-12 Year-Olds on Nintendo Wii U

As children get older, they develop stronger ideas of what they want to play. Friends at school and YouTube stars create popular gaming fads for the latest titles. These are a lot of fun, but children’s choices can end up being narrowed down to big-budget or on-trend games. The games suggested here go beyond the usual suspects. While offering age-appropriate alternatives to older-rated games, they are still exuberant, intriguing and create raucous gaming fun that fires the imagination of children aged 7 to 12 years old.

This list includes 24 games from the last 30 years, with 338 likes. They come from a range of different genres and play-styles and are all good games if you want to nourish youthful ambition.

DetailsList Details

PEGI Ratings: PEGI 3 to PEGI 12
ESRB Ratings: ESRB EVERYONE to ESRB TEEN
Australian Ratings: G to PG
Genres: Action, Adventure, Creative, Fighting, Narrative, Open World, Physically Active, Platform, Puzzle, Racing, Rhythm, Role-Playing, Shooting, Simulation, Sports, Strategy and Turn-Based
Total Likes: 338
 

 

Terraria

Content Rating: PEGI 12

Skill Rating: 8-14 year-olds

Release Date: 25/11/2013, updated in 2019

Platforms: 3DS and 2DS, Amazon Fire, Android, Mac, PC, PS Vita, PS3, PS4, Stadia, Switch, Wii U, Xbox 360, Xbox One and iOS

Genres: Action, Adventure, Fighting, Platform, Shooting, Simulation and Strategy

Accessibility: 23 features

Developer: Terraria Logic (@Terraria_Logic)

Players: You can play with 4 players in the same room and up to 8 players online

Terraria looks like a 2D, lesser, version of Minecraft. However, this is a game every bit as complex and creative as the better-known block building game. To the world-crafting and survival it adds hundreds of items to collect, characters to defeat and...

Minecraft

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Skill Rating: 6-16 year-olds

Release Date: 23/11/2017, updated in 2019

Platforms: 3DS and 2DS, Amazon Fire, Android, Mac, PC, PS Vita, PS3, PS4, Wii U, Xbox 360, Xbox One and iOS

Genres: Action, Creative, Fighting, Open World, Platform and Shooting

Accessibility: 36 features

Developer: Mojang (@Mojang)

Players: You can play with 4 players in the same room and up to 16 players online

Although Minecraft – where players place blocks to build structures, sculpt the landscape and create adventures – is the best-selling game of all time, some of the best aspects of it are little known. Along with the exploration, building and...

Pikmin 3

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 6+ year-olds

Release Date: 26/10/2013, updated in 2020

Platforms: Switch and Wii U

Genres: Action, Fighting, Simulation and Strategy

Accessibility: 3 features

Developer: Monolith Soft (@MonolithSoft)

Players: You can play with 2 players in the same room

Pikmin 3 Deluxe is the latest in a series of puzzle games where you direct hordes of titular plant-like creatures to navigate garden locations. Different colour Pikmins have different abilities so the challenge is to get enough of the right ones to...

Splatoon 3 (Series)

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Skill Rating: 8-14 year-olds

Release Date: 21/07/2017

Platforms: Switch and Wii U

Genres: Action and Shooting

Accessibility: 24 features

Developer: Nintendo (@Nintendo)

Players: You can play with 8 players in the same room and up to 8 players online

Splatoon on the Wii U, Splatoon 2 and Splatoon 3 on the Switch are games where you shoot ink rather than bullets in this deeply skilled combat game. As well as taking out opponents, teams work together to cover the arena with their colour of ink. This...

Paper Mario: The Origami King (Series)

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Skill Rating: 12+ year-olds

Release Date: 11/08/2000, updated in 2020

Platforms: 3DS and 2DS, DS, GameCube, Switch, Wii and Wii U

Genres: Action, Fighting, Role-Playing and Turn-Based

Accessibility: 1 feature

Developer: Nintendo (@Nintendo)

Players: This is a single player game

Paper Mario is a role-play game featuring Mario and other Nintendo characters. Although cute and cartoon-like in appearance, these games are known for the quality of writing and the well balanced and enjoyable turn-based combat.

Sonic the Hedgehog (Series)

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Release Date: 23/06/1991, updated in 2017

Platforms: 3DS and 2DS, Android, DS, GameCube, Mac, PC, PS Vita, PS2, PS3, PS4, Switch, Wii, Wii U, Xbox 360, Xbox One and iOS

Genres: Action and Platform

Accessibility: 3 features

Developer: Sonic hedgehog (@Sonic_hedgehog)

Players: This is a single player game

Sonic the Hedgehog is a series of games staring an athletic blue hedgehog who runs, jumps and bounces his way around platform levels. Created as Sega's answer to Mario, Sonic is now on all modern video game platforms.

Super Mario Maker (Series)

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Release Date: 10/09/2015

Platforms: 3DS and 2DS, Switch and Wii U

Genres: Action, Creative and Platform

Accessibility: 2 features

Developer: Nintendo (@Nintendo)

Players: You can play with 4 players in the same room and up to 4 players online

Super Mario Maker is a game-making system. It’s simpler than tools like Dreams or Roblox, but still offers a huge array of ways to create running and jumping platform games that can then be shared online. You can play hundreds of games that other...

Skyblock

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Skill Rating: 10-14 year-olds

Release Date: 01/01/2011, updated in 2020

Platforms: Android, Mac, PC, PS4, Switch, Wii U, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S and iOS

Genres: Creative, Fighting, Platform and Strategy

Accessibility: 32 features

Developer: Sky Block Server (@SkyBlockServer)

Players: This is a single player game. You can play with up to 5 players online

Skyblock is a game played on Minecraft servers where you start on a bare island floating in the sky and must gather resources to thrive and reach other players. It's the Minecraft equivalent to being washed up on a desert island and is hugely popular....

Yoshi's Wooly World

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 4-14 year-olds

Release Date: 25/06/2015, updated in 2017

Platforms: 3DS and 2DS and Wii U

Genres: Action, Adventure, Creative and Platform

Accessibility: 15 features

Developer: Gbit Good Feel (@Gbit_GoodFeel)

Players: You can play with 2 players in the same room

Yoshi's Woolly World is a platform game of knitted yarn. You explore, jump and run your way around, solving puzzles and collecting items to complete each stage.

Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker (Series)

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 6-14 year-olds

Release Date: 13/11/2014, updated in 2018

Platforms: 3DS and 2DS, Switch and Wii U

Genres: Action, Platform and Puzzle

Developer: Nintendo (@Nintendo)

Players: You can play with 2 players in the same room

Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker is a running, exploring, puzzle game where you guide the Toad character to save Todette from the villain Wingo and retrieve the Power Stars on each level. You navigate puzzles and obstacles, fighting enemies to reach the...

Costume Quest (Series)

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Skill Rating: 10-14 year-olds

Release Date: 19/10/2010, updated in 2011

Platforms: Android, Mac, PC, PS3, PS4, Wii U, Xbox 360, Xbox One and iOS

Genres: Action, Adventure, Narrative, Role-Playing and Turn-Based

Accessibility: 13 features

Developer: Double Fine (@DoubleFine)

Players: This is a single player game

Costume Quest is an adventure game where you play a trick-or-treating child when they encounter a monster that kidnaps your sibling. You travel the neighbourhood collecting items for your costume, candy and fellow children as companions in order to face...

WarioWare: Get It Together (Series)

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Skill Rating: 8-16 year-olds

Release Date: 27/07/2018, updated in 2021

Platforms: 3DS and 2DS, DS, Wii and Wii U

Genres: Action and Puzzle

Developer: Nintendo (@Nintendo)

Players: You can play with 5 players in the same room

WarioWare: Get It Together is the latest in the mini-game series. Games don’t get any sillier than the WarioWare series. Each of its mini-games presents a basic yet peculiar challenge for the player. A simple scene appears on the screen with a...

Mario Tennis Aces (Series)

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 6-12 year-olds

Release Date: 28/08/2000, updated in 2018

Platforms: 3DS and 2DS, GameCube, Switch, Wii and Wii U

Genres: Action, Physically Active and Sports

Accessibility: 18 features

Developer: Nintendo (@Nintendo)

Players: You can play with 4 players in the same room and up to 4 players online

Mario Tennis Aces is the latest in the series of tennis game. These games recreate a relatively traditional game of tennis, although you play as Nintendo characters who each have special moves and powers.

Wii Party

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 6+ year-olds

Release Date: 08/07/2010

Platforms: Wii and Wii U

Genres: Action, Platform, Puzzle and Racing

Developer: Nintendo (@Nintendo)

Players: You can play with 4 players in the same room

Wii Party is a party game that offers a variety of challenges that each use the Wii Remote motion controls. These 80 mini game challenges are organised through three sections of the game: Party Games, House Party Games, and Pair Games.

Game & Wario

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Release Date: 28/06/2013

Platforms: Wii U

Genres: Action, Puzzle and Rhythm

Developer: Nintendo (@Nintendo)

Players: You can play with 5 players in the same room

Game & Wario is a series of small games designed for families to enjoy. Like NintendoLand it shows off the different sorts of game you can play on the Wii U not possible on other systems. Because of this the quality and depth...

Typoman

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Release Date: 19/11/2015, updated in 2017

Platforms: Android, PC, PS4, Switch, Wii U, Xbox One and iOS

Genres: Adventure, Platform and Puzzle

Developer: Brain Seed Fcty (@BrainSeed_Fcty)

Players: This is a single player game

Typoman is a running, jumping puzzle game where you use letters and words to solve puzzles and progress. You play as a character made of letters in a hostile land with evil creatures. As this unusual character, you make your way through the world...

World of Goo

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 7-11 year-olds

Release Date: 13/10/2008, updated in 2017

Platforms: Android, Mac, PC, Switch, Wii, Wii U and iOS

Genres: Puzzle and Simulation

Accessibility: 14 features

Developer: Tomorrow Corp (@TomorrowCorp)

Players: You can play with 4 players in the same room

World of Goo is a puzzle game where you use balls of goo to create bridges that span increasingly large chasms and obstacles. The game simulates real-world physics to determine if structures are strong enough and when they collapse. This means that...

Donkey Kong Country Returns

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 6+ year-olds

Release Date: 21/11/2010, updated in 2013

Platforms: 3DS and 2DS, Wii and Wii U

Genres: Adventure, Platform and Puzzle

Accessibility: 17 features

Developer: Retro Studios (@RetroStudios)

Players: You can play with 2 players in the same room

Donkey Kong Country Returns is a running, jumping and bashing game where you play Donkey Kong and other characters trying to reclaim their island from the Tiki Tak Tribe. It's a return to the side-on platforming of the classic Donkey Kong 64 in 1999.

Draw a Stickman: Epic 3 (Series)

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

Release Date: 03/12/2013, updated in 2020

Platforms: Android, PC, PS4, Switch, Wii U, Xbox One and iOS

Genres: Action, Adventure, Creative, Fighting, Open World, Platform and Puzzle

Accessibility: 10 features

Developer: Hitcents (@Hitcents)

Players: This is a single player game

Draw a Stickman: Epic 3 s Epic 3 is the latest game in the series, and you are on a mission to save your friends who have been scattered throughout the world by an earthquake. Work out the puzzles so you can progress through the game.

Extreme Exorcism

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Release Date: 12/10/2015

Platforms: PC, PS3, PS4, Wii U and Xbox One

Genres: Action and Platform

Developer: Ripstone Games (@RipstoneGames)

Players: You can play with 4 players in the same room

Extreme Exorcism is a running, jumping and fighting game set in a series of haunted locations. The graphics are retro but the gameplay has a novel twist. Each enemy ghost you hunt mimics your moves on previous lives.

F1 Race Stars

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 8-14 year-olds

Release Date: 13/11/2012, updated in 2014

Platforms: PS3, Wii U, Xbox 360, Xbox One and iOS

Genres: Action and Racing

Developer: Codemasters (@Codemasters)

Players: You can play with 4 players in the same room and up to 12 players online

F1 Race Stars is a racing game loosely based on the 2012 Formula One season. The tracks may have loops, jumps and short-cuts and the drivers may look a little stylised but the kart-style racing is actually pretty convincing.

PixelJunk Monsters (Series)

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Skill Rating: 7+ year-olds

Release Date: 24/01/2008, updated in 2018

Platforms: Mac, PC, PS Vita, PS3, PS4, PSP, Switch and Wii U

Genres: Fighting, Puzzle and Strategy

Developer: Pixel Junk News (@PixelJunkNews)

Players: You can play with 2 players in the same room and up to 4 players online

Pixel Junk Monsters is strategy game where you build defensive towers to defeat a linear march of enemies before they reach your base and kill your creatures.

Grand Slam Tennis (Series)

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Release Date: 08/06/2009, updated in 2009

Platforms: Wii and Wii U

Genres: Simulation and Sports

Accessibility: 6 features

Developer: EA (@EA)

Players: You can play with 4 players in the same room

Grand Slam Tennis is a tennis game. You choose one of the 23 real tennis players or create your own. You can play either singles or doubles. Unlike other tennis games, this focuses on hitting the ball with a gesture via the Wii Remote. This extends the...

Kirby and the Rainbow Curse

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 7-12 year-olds

Release Date: 20/02/2015

Platforms: Wii U

Genres: Action, Adventure, Creative and Platform

Accessibility: 6 features

Developer: Nintendo (@Nintendo)

Players: You can play with 4 players in the same room

Kirby and the Rainbow Curse is a rolling, dashing and jumping game where you draw rainbow ropes for Kirby to follow. You journey through the clay world on a mission to restore the colour that has been drained by a mysterious force. You are guided along...

Taming Gaming Book Written by parents for parents, the database complements the in-depth discussion about video game addiction, violence, spending and online safety in the Taming Gaming book. We are an editorially independent, free resource without adverts that is supported by partnerships.

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