Casual gaming or playing low pressure video games the whole family can enjoy is becoming a favorite way to spend time for families across the country. Since many families present a group of many different ages and a wide variety of skill level, choosing a video game that evens the playing field is important to keep the enjoyment level at a highpoint. As far as specific systems goes, the Nintendo Wii is generally the console of choice for casual gamers and family gaming events due to the simple gesture based control system many games offer. However, the Wii also builds on these simple “pick up and play controls” to introduce few other control systems just to keep things interesting. Here is a look at five of the best family games for the Nintendo Wii:
The original Wii Sports is packaged with the Nintendo Wii and is likely one of the most played video games ever. The simple sports game shows what is possible with the console, and the simple motion based controls can easily appeal to casual gamers of any age. Even better the sports included are easy to follow and not crowded with rules. Players can enjoy baseball, bowling, tennis and boxing from the comfort of their living room, and even set up their own private family league.
There are a two titles in the Boom Blox line up (the original and Boom Blox Bash Party), but they both feature the same basic principle: the player tosses a ball at blocks on the screen trying to score points. While it sounds easy, and it is, the Boom Blox titles change things up just enough to keep things interesting. Players can find themselves armed with a bowling ball or rubber ball to toss at a tower, or find blocks made of different colors that react differently when hit. Boom Blox can keep the entire family entertained for more than a few Wednesday nights.
Lego Harry Potter Years 1 To 4
Lego Harry Potter is just the latest entry in a series that has proven success with family gamers. Lego Harry Potter Years 1-4 features a number of different levels based on the first four books/movies featuring the most famous boy wizard in the world. While the game supports two players simultaneously on the screen, just about everyone in the room will have an opinion on how to solve the puzzles that are presented during the game. This results in a massively fun environment as everyone works together toward a common goal. The control system is uncomplicated, and the Harry Potter world has some compelling characters that appeal to everyone.
Super Mario Galaxy 2
Fans of the Nintendo Wii should almost always check out the Mario titles because they offer some of the best experiences not just on the Wii, but in the entire realm of video games. The premise of the game is simple, use Mario’s unique jumping skills to reach different stars placed in different spots throughout a virtual world. While that sounds easy enough to do, the levels of the game present a ton of challenge to accommodate a wide range of skills. Passing the controller around or using the limited two player feature of the game can entertain just about every age group on family game night, and may even cause several other family game nights to pop up during the week.
New Super Mario Bros. Wii
Anyone who played the original Super Mario Bros. on the original NES, or Nintendo Entertainment System, will love New Super Mario Bros. Wii. The concept remains the same, jump to the end of the level and save Princess Peach who has been kidnapped by Bowser. The big twist in this game is that up to four players can appear on screen at the same time. Parents and kids can work together to complete tasks and find hidden levels and other goodies, which means literally hours of fun. New Super Mario Bros. Wii brings back simplistic game controls that many parents are already familiar with, and introduces kids the massive world that is Mario, but more importantly it keeps everyone in the house together having a whole lot of fun.
Casual games and casual gaming has come a long way over the past few years. Introducing the Nintendo Wii into a house is a surefire way to get the whole family involved in a bunch of different activities that everyone can enjoy, even the grandparents may want to get in on the action! Picking up a few titles that change things up from month to month can get everyone talking and laughing, and is a surefire way to really open up the conversation and kick the fun into high gear.
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