Top Family-Friendly Wii Games in 2011 BY STEVE COOPER
10 Wii games in 2011 that are appropriate for the entire family.
If your TV is on a constant loop of Disney movies, this is the game to get a variety of action that includes all your favorite characters…well sort of. The characters in this game can suit up in more than 40 different Disney and Pixar costumes as the explore six different worlds while collecting coins, solving puzzles and defeating enemies.
This is more than a game. You get, of course, a copy of Skylanders Spyro's Adventure, plus three figurines that actually sync with the game through a peripheral. In addition to that you also get a character poster, trading cards, a sticker sheet, web codes and more. Have we mentioned how awesome this game is as you battle with or against your friends and family?
Nintendo has a long history of serving up great characters that we fall in love with, from Mario to Link. Kirby is no different. In the latest installment, Kirby travels around retrieving parts of a spaceship to help aliens return to their home planet. Making this a great family game, up to four players can jump in and out of the game at any time.
Madden is back and this year the classic franchise brings over 100 new tackle animations, including 40 gang tackles. Also new to this year's version are new player equipment, helmet stickers, pylon and ball physics, player degradation system that affects uniforms and helmets based on weather and field surface, 3D grass, new player specific animations and more.
What can we say? This is the year of the sequel and franchise. The word sword is in the title of this latest Link adventure for a reason. More than any other version of Zelda, Wii MotionPlus technology provides the most realistic sword combat of any Zelda game capturing every angle of every slice. New puzzles and obstacles deliver yet another winner.
Get your dance on. Just Dance 3 features 40 new tracks, new game modes including, dance crew, smart shuffle, flash mob, and dance mash-up. If you're new to the Just Dance franchise, this game has you mimic dance moves on the screen with the Wii-mote in your hand and provides scores according to how accurate and on the beat you are. There's also a cardio trainer for counting calories.
We finally get to wrap up the last years of school for the Hogwarts students. There are over 24 new story events to play with 16 different lessons to learn and over 80 characters to unlock! Family members can drop in and out of game play to help defeat the Dark Lord in these final three years.
If you're looking for laughs out of the whole family, you'll want to grab Rayman Origins. There are over 100 characters, epic boss fights, and slapstick adventure through 12 unique worlds and over 60 levels. Like any good family game, you can play solo or have up to three family members join.
We've already touted the fun of football, now let's talk futbol. FIFA 12 includes over 500 licensed teams from over 30 leagues. You can 5 on 5 street matches and make up your own rules. You can be the manager of your own franchise, achieve over 100 new awards and much, much more.
What family doesn't want to vacation on Kawawii island? This imaginary destination features four resorts and allows up to four players to compete in over 100 activities. This game can use the Wii Motion Plus, Wii Zapper Light Gun, and the Wii Balance Board. Ride jet skis, play beach volleyball, hang glide, fish, surf, scuba dive, sky dive, horseback ride and more.