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Nourish Youthful Ambition In 7-12 Year-Olds on Nintendo DS

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 15 games from the last 35 years, with 136 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 EVERYONE 10+
Australian Ratings: G to M
Genres: Action, Adventure, Creative, Fighting, Narrative, Open World, Physically Active, Platform, Puzzle, Racing, Role-Playing, Simulation, Strategy and Turn-Based
Total Likes: 136
 

 

Style Boutique / Savvy Style (Series)

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 6-11 year-olds

Release Date: 23/10/2008, updated in 2017

Platforms: 3DS and 2DS and DS

Genres: Puzzle, Role-Playing, Simulation and Strategy

Developer: Nintendo (@Nintendo)

Players: You can play this with 4 players online

Style Boutique (Style Savvy) is a role play game where you play a fashion shop owner. You work on the style of your fashion collection as well as your own clothes, make up and so on.

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.

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.

Spyro Reignited Trilogy

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Skill Rating: 7-12 year-olds

Release Date: 03/09/2018

Platforms: DS, GameCube, PC, PS2, PS4, Switch, Wii and Xbox One

Genres: Action and Platform

Accessibility: 20 features

Developer: Toys For Bob (@ToysForBob)

Players: This is a single player game

Spyro Reignited Trilogy is a running, jumping, bashing and exploring game. It’s a re-release of the classic platform games featuring the purple dragon, Spyro. The attraction is the well designed levels, collecting and exploration. It’s an amiable...

Crash Bandicoot (Series)

Content Rating: PEGI 12

Skill Rating: 12+ year-olds

Release Date: 09/11/1996, updated in 2020

Platforms: DS, GameCube, PC, PS2, PS3, PS4, PS5, Switch, Wii, Xbox, Xbox 360, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S and iOS

Genres: Action, Adventure and Platform

Accessibility: 20 features

Developer: Toys For Bob (@ToysForBob)

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

Crash Bandicoot 4: It's About Time is the latest game in the Crash Bandicoot series, where you play a genetically enhanced bandicoot called Crash and run, jump and bash your way through levels while avoiding hazards.

Toy Story 3

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Skill Rating: 6-12 year-olds

Release Date: 30/09/2010

Platforms: DS, PC, PS2, PS3, PSP, Wii and Xbox 360

Genres: Narrative, Open World and Platform

Developer: Asobo Studio (@AsoboStudio)

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

Toy Story 3 (Toy Story 3: The Video Game) is a running, jumping and exploration game from the developers who went on to make Disney Infinity. It is loosely based on the film and features the voice cast from the film.

Dirt (Series)

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Release Date: 01/01/2007, updated in 2020

Platforms: DS, PS2, PS3, PS4, PS5, Stadia, Wii, Xbox, Xbox 360, Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S

Genres: Action, Adventure and Racing

Accessibility: 29 features

Developer: Codemasters (@Codemasters)

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

Dirt 5 is the latest game in a series of the extreme sports racing game. Like Forza Horizon or the older MotorStorm games, the series focuses on exuberance and party atmosphere rather than just...

Big Brain Academy: Brain vs. Brain (Series)

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 8-11 year-olds

Release Date: 05/06/2006, updated in 2021

Platforms: DS, Switch and Wii

Genres: Puzzle

Developer: Nintendo (@Nintendo)

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

Big Brain Academy is a puzzle game designed to test and improve your mental capacity and well being. You are presented with an assortment of challenges designed to measure how smart your brain is. The focus is on fun rather than learning, and the Big...

Pokémon Mystery Dungeon (Series)

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Release Date: 17/11/2005, updated in 2020

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

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

Developer: Spike Chunsoft e (@SpikeChunsoft_e)

Players: This is a single player game

Pokémon Mystery Dungeon is a series of fighting games where you control different cartoon creatures as they make their way through randomly-generated dungeons, defeating enemies and adding them to your team. It's a simple roguelike game where you take...

Super Monkey Ball (Series)

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

Release Date: 23/06/2001, updated in 2021

Platforms: 3DS and 2DS, Android, DS, PS Vita, PS4, PS5, Switch, Wii, Xbox, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S and iOS

Genres: Physically Active, Platform and Puzzle

Developer: Super Monkey Ball (@SuperMonkeyBall)

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

Super Monkey Ball is a rolling and balancing game where you tilt platforms to control the path of a hamster ball containing a monkey. The peculiar premise is matched with accurate challenging gameplay and some great multiplayer modes (like Monkey...

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...

Bubble Bobble

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 8-14 year-olds

Release Date: 01/10/1986, updated in 2016

Platforms: 3DS and 2DS, DS, PS4, Switch, Xbox 360, Xbox One and iOS

Genres: Action, Platform and Puzzle

Developer: Taito (@Taito)

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

Bubble Bobble is a running and jumping game where you control a small dragon that can blow and jump on bubbles. It rose to popularity in the arcades when released in 1986. In each of the 100 levels you and another player defeat each enemy by trapping...

Clubhouse Games (Series)

Content Rating: PEGI 12

Release Date: 29/09/2006, updated in 2020

Platforms: DS and Switch

Genres: Action, Platform, Puzzle and Turn-Based

Developer: Clubhouse (@Clubhouse)

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

Clubhouse Games, is a series that offers classic board and card games in one large bundle. It's not only great value but introduces children to a wide range of real-world games to play with the family.

De Blob 2 (Series)

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Release Date: 26/09/2008, updated in 2011

Platforms: DS, PC, PS3, PS4, Switch, Wii, Xbox 360, Xbox One and iOS

Genres: Action, Creative, Platform and Puzzle

Accessibility: 1 feature

Developer: Blit Works (@BlitWorks)

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

De Blob is a platform-puzzle game where you explore cartoon-style urban landscapes to recolour the city. You play a sponge-like creature that can collect coloured paint and take it to different locations to turn the buildings and landscape features to...

Sonic Colours Ultimate

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Release Date: 07/09/2021

Platforms: DS, PS4, Switch, Wii and Xbox One

Genres: Action and Platform

Developer: Sega (@Sega)

Players: This is a single player game

Sonic Colors is a running, jumping and grinding game where you play the iconic blue hedgehog, Sonic. Dr. Eggman has built a giant amusement park that he's powering with a captured alien race. You use Sonic's lightning speed to free the aliens through...

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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