Best Nintendo Wii Games for Girls List Updated December 2009
These are the games we have been renting and buying and playing with homeschool kids. I asked the girls to list the ones they would recommend and ones they wouldn’t bother with again.
What Are the Best Nintendo Wii games for Girls?
It is bit of a challenge finding video games that girls like to play and are worth the big bucks video game now cost. I work really hard talking with other moms and spending time with kids asking them what they like and whats hot right now. Video games can be the great unifier- something boys /girls and different ages can play and enjoy.
( Note originally written Nov 2007, we know have now have both Wii and PlayStation 3)
Last year I was super mom when weWe decided to get a Nintendo Wii console for kids for Christmas. They have been IMPOSSIBLE to find and as Christmas was getting closer I thought better to snatch up when we found one then to wait… The Wii has a lot more games for kids and families while they PlayStation 3 had a very high cool factor- but the games tend to be more adult or slanted to boys.
So- We bought the Nintendo Wii. I do find a difference between girl Wii games and boy Wii games- they really do like different things- thou the boys will play almost any video game and girls are quite choosy. I find they lean toward the create/build/nurture type of games and avoid fighting video games all together.This is NOT always the case and I know different kids like wide range of stuff. I am not labelling or being gender bias ion this- I am generalizing.
Best Wii Games For Girls (8-12 years)
Rock Band is not cheap. It cost about 170.00. It comes with game disc, drums, guitar and microphone. Having said that, Rock band was one of the best play value games we have ever bought. It never gets old. The kids love it. Singing with mike is great for learning to read any mastering drums is a hand eye co-ordination feat that I still have not mastered.
This is truly a MUST have game families.
Also check out Guitar Hero World Tour – Band Kit This is Guitar Her brands vesion of Rock Band. You wil lspur quite debate on which is better. Given the choice, i would probably lean toward this one- Rock Band 2 is not coming out until January 2009 and the Rock Band for Wii has been out for a while. They both cost about the same, tho this one has symbols on its drums and but more functionality in the game play. If you have to choose- get this one. I know lots of people who have both. I cannot imagine having that many guitars, drums sets , etc but to each his own!
Just released in Rock Band 2 with more soundtracks, is backward compatible and drum set is expanded to use cymbals, etc. If you have not bought yet I would probably get this version and then just buy the original Rock Band Software ONLY disc
Order Up! we bought this and LOVE it. It is fresh on the heels of the Cooking Mama phenomenon. Don;t turn your nose up on this- much better than it sounds. Unlike Cooking Mama, you also are in charge of managing your own restaurant. If you like Diner Dash you will love this Wii game.
Cooking Mama World Kitchen is released Nov. 18 and I am sure will be huge seller. a great idea for Christmas. This series is fun for whole family- boys included.
WII Dance Dance Revolution is SOOO fun. we love it. You may be familiar with this from the arcade version. It is not for the feint of heart- you have ti MOVE with this one. Girls can pay with this for hours- I have noticed the boys have an equally fun time playing it as well. You use a dance pad and watch the screen where it tell you what dance “moves” to make. It si a lot harder than it sounds. I good Wii game any girl.
Rubik’s World This just came out and I am addicted. I love anything to do wiht Puzzles. ( Who can forget my Lost Weekend of Insanaquarium 2003?) , Lots of play value for whole family.
Cooking Mama: Cook Off for Wii This one is more fun than it sounds. You “prepare” food and cook/bake it. Points are given on how fast and how much an technique. This is good because two players can play at once and not overly competitive. My younger son (4) can also play. We have also had teenage boys here that have really liked so this has a wide appeal.
Super Smash Bros. Brawl is very fun and is a Wii game that appeals to both girls and boys. Basically it a game that pits all the Nintendo characters against each other.There is a lot of play value here and the game hold the value for trade-ins.
Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games is a BLAST! We have had so much fun with it. You are basically at the Olympics and swim, run, throw javelin, fence, etc as your favorite Mario character or Mii. We play this mostly as a family and laugh alot. It is hilarious to so my 4 year old get all sweaty when he does a swimming relay. My daughter (10) and I love to play this with each other… and my Husband happy to watch all the insanity. Highly recommend.
Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock Bundle If you find this for Wii- buy it- it is impossible to get anywhere.
Super Mario Galaxy for Wii HUGE hit here. Another player can “jump” in and help. Another Wii game that appeals across all age levels and girls and boys alike.
Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess Hands down one of the best games on Wii. If you don’t have it highly recommend.
Mario Party 8 for Wii A good one- if you are going to buy a game this is good investment has has a long term play value. Good for whole family- 4 players can play at once and games move quickly. My daughter and I play this one a lot together ;-).. perfect for sleep overs.
Wii Remotes: If in your budget and you have kids- you will be happy to have more remotes. Some games up to 4 people can play at a time and you can play as whole family or with more kids.
Trauma Center: New Blood for Wii This is perfect for 2 kids- it is a “co-operative” game and they don’t compete.
High School Musical: Sing It Bundle with Microphone For the high school Musical lover. ( most girls under 13 fit this category.) This has a good Karaoke twist to it.
The Sims 2 Pets Very big. Girls will play for hours with this. Boys don’t seem to enjoy the Sims 2 stuff as much. I think girls like the making and creating of characters angle of the game.
Wii Play with Wii Remote I recommend this because you get the Wii game pack AND remote for about the same cost of a remote. You can play fishing, Pool(which for some reason the kids love), Ping Pong, etc
Dance Dance Revolution Hottest Party Bundle You be favorite Aunt for sure if you get this! Comes with “dance pad” etc . Like the dance revolution you see in arcades. Kids get QUITE the workout. Boys also like alot. Moms … not so much .. I prefer not to get sweaty when I play video games :-)
Wii Wario Ware: Smooth Moves Very Very fun! A fast paced turn based game that is VERY active.
Other Wii Stuff To Get
Wii Nunchuk Controller The Wii game console come with one and the only time we have really “needed” another was in boxing. They are cheap- 15.00 so make a good stocking stuffer but don’t worry about getting more.
Wii Chargeable remote packs For some bizarre reason- Wii remotes use batteries! It has not been a big deal in our house- but I HATE throwing out batteries. You can by a rechargeable battery and charger pack ( they come in sets of 2) for not that much money- about 16.00 for two. I really don’t know why Nintendo did this.
Games that flopped:
Rapala Tournament Fishing We just couldn’t get into it- and graphics were awful.
Maybe its us- but we were sure we “needed” the Wii Sport Pack that turns your remote into a baseball bat, tennis racket, etc and it turned out to be more of pain than anything… I suppose you could get two of them instead of switching remotes back and forth- also if you have any kids of a :skin” on remote you have to take off. We just never use so i would save 20.00 and get a game or another Nunchuk instead.
I will try and update as We Try New Games.