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Super Mario Maker (Series)

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

Genres: Action, Creative and Platform

Duration: Between half an hour and 1 hour to play a round.

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

Costs: Purchase cost.

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...


Runbow

Platforms: Nintendo 2DS/3DS, Nintendo Switch, Nintendo Wii U, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Fighting and Racing

Duration: Between 5 minutes and 10 minutes to play a round.

Players: You can play with 8 players in the same room and up to 9 players online.

Costs: Purchase cost. In-game purchases.

Runbow is an unusual racing game where each player controls a coloured figure who must run and jump their way through the platform levels ahead of their opponents who are trying to do the same thing.


Animal Crossing (Series)

Platforms: GameCube, Nintendo 2DS/3DS, Nintendo DS, Nintendo Switch and Nintendo Wii

Genres: Open World and Simulation

Duration: Between half an hour and 45 minutes to play a round.

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

Costs: Purchase cost. In-game purchases.

You live on a small island teeming with life. Insects, fish, trees, vegetation and fossils are represented with cute cartoon visuals. Rather than the scale or grandeur of other game worlds, it’s the interconnected minutiae of this diorama that makes...


Sonic Mania (Series)

Platforms: Android, GameCube, Mac, Nintendo 2DS/3DS, Nintendo DS, Nintendo Switch, Nintendo Wii, Nintendo Wii U, PC, PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita, Xbox 360, Xbox One and iOS

Genres: Action and Platform

Duration: Between 9 hours and 12 hours to complete.

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Purchase cost.

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.


FIFA (Series)

Platforms: Android, Mac, Nintendo 2DS/3DS, Nintendo DS, Nintendo Switch, Nintendo Wii, Nintendo Wii U, PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita, Xbox, Xbox 360, Xbox One and iOS

Genres: Action, Simulation and Sports

Duration: Between 10 minutes and half an hour to complete.

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

Costs: Free-to-start. In-game 'loot box' purchases.

FIFA is one of the two main football video games (the other being Pro Evolution). Each year it's released with improved visuals, more realistic physics and enhanced competitive play. For those that follow the game closely and play it a lot, it offers a...


Mario Kart (Series)

Platforms: GameCube, Nintendo 2DS/3DS, Nintendo DS, Nintendo Switch and iOS

Genres: Action and Racing

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

Costs: Free-to-start. Season pass and in-game purchases.

Mario Kart is a go-kart racing game on Nintendo systems. You race against other Nintendo characters around different circuits, picking up power ups, attacks and speed boosts. It is frantic and chaotic, but still requires skills to do well at.


Pac-Man Vs.

Platforms: GameCube, Nintendo 2DS/3DS, Nintendo DS, Nintendo Switch and Nintendo Wii

Genres: Platform and Strategy

Duration: Between 5 minutes and 10 minutes to complete.

Players: You can play with 4 players in the same room, but you can’t play it online.

Costs: Purchase cost.

Pac-Man Vs. is a version of Pac Man adapted for multiple players. One player controls Pac-Man and tries to eat the pellets, while the others control the ghosts to try to catch him. Each team scores points in different ways, and the first team to hit the...


Pikmin 3 Deluxe (Series)

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

Genres: Action, Fighting, Simulation and Strategy

Duration: Between 14 hours and 17 hours to complete.

Players: You can play with 2 players in the same room, but you can’t play it online.

Costs: Free-to-start. In-game purchases.

Pikmin is 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 destroy obstacles, avoid...


Yoshi's Wooly World

Platforms: Nintendo 2DS/3DS and Nintendo Wii U

Genres: Action, Adventure and Platform

Duration: Between 12 hours and 18 hours to complete.

Players: You can play with 2 players in the same room, but you can’t play it online.

Costs: Purchase cost. In-game purchases.

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


Sonic Racing (Series)

Platforms: Android, Mac, Nintendo 2DS/3DS, Nintendo Switch, Nintendo Wii, Nintendo Wii U, PC, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One and iOS

Genres: Racing

Duration: Between 5 minutes and 10 minutes to play a round.

Players: You can play with 5 players in the same room and up to 12 players online.

Costs: Purchase cost.

Team Sonic Racing is the latest kart racing game in a series featuring Sonic the Hedgehog and other Sega characters. Like Mario Kart, you control one of 15 characters in races using fantasy sports cars, while performing tricks,...


Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker (Series)

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

Genres: Action, Platform and Puzzle

Duration: Between 11 hours and 12 hours to complete.

Players: You can play with 2 players in the same room, but you can’t play it online.

Costs: Purchase cost. In-game purchases.

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...


Professor Layton

Platforms: Android, Nintendo 2DS/3DS, Nintendo DS, Nintendo Switch and iOS

Genres: Adventure, Narrative, Puzzle and Turn-Based

Duration: Between 12 hours and 30 hours to complete.

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Purchase cost.

Professor Layton is a puzzle-game series. In different locations, you must solve brainteasers with maths, logic, maze-solving and lateral-thinking skills to move the story on.


Lego (Series)

Platforms: Android, GameCube, Mac, Nintendo 2DS/3DS, Nintendo DS, Nintendo Switch, Nintendo Wii, Nintendo Wii U, PC, PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, PlayStation Portable, PlayStation Vita, Xbox, Xbox 360, Xbox One and iOS

Genres: Action, Adventure, Fighting and Open World

Duration: Between 10 hours and 15 hours to complete.

Players: You can play with 2 players in the same room, but you can’t play it online.

Costs: Purchase cost. Season pass and in-game purchases.

The combination of Lego, a popular film franchise and a video game is a rich recipe for gaming fun. The series of Lego games has developed since the first release on Nintendo DS. Not only do these games offer a chance to explore, destroy and fight in a...


Minecraft

Platforms: Android, Mac, Nintendo 2DS/3DS, Nintendo Wii U, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita, Xbox 360, Xbox One and iOS

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

Duration: Between 5 minutes and 10 minutes to play a round.

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

Costs: Purchase cost. In-game purchases.

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...


Paper Mario: The Origami King (Series)

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

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

Duration: Between 25 hours and 30 hours to complete.

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Purchase cost.

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.


Skylanders (Series)

Platforms: Nintendo 2DS/3DS, Nintendo Wii, Nintendo Wii U, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One and iOS

Genres: Action, Adventure, Fighting, Racing and Shooting

Duration: Between 8 hours and 20 hours to complete.

Players: You can play with 2 players in the same room, but you can’t play it online.

Costs: Purchase cost. In-game purchases.

Skylanders uses toy figures to unlock characters and save progress. It is no longer manufactured but can be found second-hand quite cheaply and is a lot of fun for young players, particularly when played in cooperative two-player mode.


Steamworld Dig (Series)

Platforms: Mac, Nintendo 2DS/3DS, PC, PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita

Genres: Action, Fighting, Platform, Puzzle and Role-Playing

Duration: Between 7 hours and 12 hours to complete.

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Purchase cost.

The SteamWorld Dig series are action platform games where you play steam-powered robots trying to recover their lost civilisation. The two games in the series draws on classics like Dig Dug, Rick Dangerous, Repton and Boulderdash.


Luigi's Mansion

Platforms: GameCube, Nintendo 2DS/3DS and Nintendo Switch

Genres: Action, Adventure and Puzzle

Duration: Between 14 hours and 20 hours to complete.

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

Costs: Purchase cost. In-game purchases.

The three Luigi’s Mansion (Nintendo 3DS, Nintendo Gamecube or Nintendo Switch) games each challenge you to investigate a haunted mansion. As longstanding Nintendo character Luigi, you play a ghostbuster to capture various mischievous ghouls. The...


Advance Wars (Series)

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

Genres: Action, Shooting, Strategy and Turn-Based

Duration: Between 14 hours and 20 hours to complete.

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Purchase cost.

Advance Wars is a strategy war game where you control different units on a small map made of squares. Each unit has different abilities and must be used carefully and strategically to win. Each player takes it in turns to make their move, meaning there...


Bomberman (Series)

Platforms: Android, Mac, Nintendo 2DS/3DS, Nintendo DS, Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Stadia, Xbox, Xbox 360, Xbox One and iOS

Genres: Action and Fighting

Duration: Between 5 minutes and 15 minutes to play a round.

Players: You can play with 8 players in the same room, but you can’t play it online.

Costs: Purchase cost.

Bomberman is the spiritual ancestor to last-player-standing battles like Fortnite and Apex Legends, but here you all play on the same screen and have the same bomb weapon. There are lots of versions, but in all of them you battle with up to eight...


Steamworld Heist

Platforms: Nintendo 2DS/3DS, Nintendo Wii U, PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita

Genres: Action, Platform, Role-Playing, Shooting and Turn-Based

Duration: Between 14 hours and 20 hours to complete.

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Purchase cost. In-game purchases.

Steam-powered robots fighting for space supremacy sounds like the script for a 1950s B-movie. As in those matinee hits, the point here isn’t realism but interesting characters. Like the related games (SteamWorld Dig and SteamWorld Quest), SteamWorld...


WarioWare (Series)

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

Genres: Action, Platform, Puzzle, Rhythm and Shooting

Duration: Between 5 minutes and 15 minutes to play a round.

Players: You can play with 5 players in the same room, but you can’t play it online.

Costs: Purchase cost.

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 one-word clue about what to do. In the few seconds of the countdown you...


Myst

Platforms: Android, Mac, Nintendo 2DS/3DS, Nintendo DS, PC, PlayStation Portable and iOS

Genres: Adventure, Narrative and Puzzle

Duration: Between 6 hours and 10 hours to complete.

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Purchase cost.

Myst is a classic video game graphic adventure. Published in 1983, and sellig over six million copies, it pre-dates many modern adventure games and created a new genre for gaming. Exploring by clicking in the world to move, you use a special book to...


Lego City: Undercover

Platforms: Nintendo 2DS/3DS, Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Adventure, Fighting, Narrative, Open World and Shooting

Duration: Between 16 hours and 22 hours to complete.

Players: You can play with 2 players in the same room, but you can’t play it online.

Costs: Purchase cost.

Lego City Undercover offers an open world to explore. While most Lego games have an open-world element in at least some areas, this one keeps play open throughout so that children can enjoy exploring at their own pace.


Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games (Series)

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

Genres: Action, Physically Active and Sports

Duration: Between 2 minutes and 10 minutes to play a round.

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

Costs: Free-to-start.

Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games is a series of simple competitive sports games featuring characters from Nintendo and Sega. Each game in the series is themed around a different Olympic year and location.


Rayman Origins

Platforms: Nintendo 2DS/3DS, Nintendo Wii, PC, PlayStation 3, PlayStation Vita and Xbox 360

Genres: Action, Adventure and Platform

Duration: Between 10 hours and 16 hours to complete.

Players: You can play with 4 players in the same room, but you can’t play it online.

Costs: Purchase cost.

Rayman Origins is platform game where you run, jump, swing and attack your way through fantasy cartoon levels. It stands out because of the strong characters and variety of different enemies ranging in difficulty.


Shovel Knight: Treasure Trove (Series)

Platforms: Nintendo 2DS/3DS, Nintendo Switch, Nintendo Wii U, PC, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Fighting and Platform

Duration: Between 6 hours and 11 hours to complete.

Players: You can play with 4 players in the same room, but you can’t play it online.

Costs: Purchase cost. In-game purchases.

Shovel Knight: Treasure Trove is a retro-style platform game where you play as a Knight who's primary weapon is a shovel. It can either be used to attack enemies head-on, dig up treasure, or aim below while jumping to bounce on enemies. You can get...


Rhythm Thief and The Emperor's Treasure

Platforms: Nintendo 2DS/3DS and iOS

Genres: Narrative, Puzzle and Rhythm

Duration: Between 8 hours and 12 hours to complete.

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Purchase cost.

Rhythm Thief & the Emperor’s Treasure is a more substantial story told with cartoons interwoven with rhythm-action challenges. You play an 18-year-old boy with a secret identity as an art-thief. He’s searching for his father and, in order to find...


Another World

Platforms: Android, Nintendo 2DS/3DS, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox One and iOS

Genres: Action, Adventure, Fighting, Narrative and Platform

Duration: Between 3 hours and 4 hours to complete.

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Purchase cost.

Another World (Out of This World in North America) is a retro cinematic running, jumping and shooting game about a young scientist who, as a result of a failed experiment finds himself on a dangerous alien world where he is forced to fight for his...


Terraria

Platforms: Android, Mac, Nintendo 2DS/3DS, Nintendo Switch, Nintendo Wii U, PC, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita, Xbox 360, Xbox One and iOS

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

Duration: Between 50 hours and 80 hours to complete.

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

Costs: Purchase cost.

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...


Phoenix Wright Ace Attorney (Series)

Platforms: Android, Nintendo 2DS/3DS, Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One and iOS

Genres: Adventure, Puzzle and Role-Playing

Duration: Between 17 hours and 26 hours to complete.

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Free-to-start. In-game purchases.

Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney is a courtroom murder mystery series where you piece together clues to challenge testimonies and uncover the truth. It’s like a visual novel, although you must interact with characters and evidence to progress.


Xenoblade Chronicles (Series)

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

Genres: Action, Adventure, Fighting, Narrative, Open World and Simulation

Duration: Between 70 hours and 100 hours to complete.

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Purchase cost.

Xenoblade Chronicles is a series of open-world role-play games. They take place on the frozen bodies of two warring titans, the Bionis and the Mechonis. In the first game, during an attack on his colony, protagonist Shulk discovers his ability to wield...


Scribblenauts (Series)

Platforms: Android, Nintendo 2DS/3DS, Nintendo DS, Nintendo Switch, Nintendo Wii U, PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One and iOS

Genres: Action, Creative, Puzzle and Simulation

Duration: Between 5 minutes and 10 minutes to play a round.

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Purchase cost.

Scribblenauts is a series of puzzle games where you solve by typing the names of everyday objects so they appear in the game and let you progress. What's surprising is the sheer number of items included in the game. This means you can solve problems in...


Zero Escape (Series)

Platforms: Nintendo 2DS/3DS, Nintendo DS, PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita and iOS

Genres: Action, Narrative, Puzzle and Role-Playing

Duration: Between 15 hours and 17 hours to complete.

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Purchase cost.

Zero Escape, is a series of adventure games that follows a group of nine individuals, who are kidnapped and held captive by a person who goes by the name "Zero", and are forced to play a game of life and death in order to escape.