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May 26, 2009

Game Diary - May 26, 2009: Games A Five-Year-Old Likes

Filed under: Totilo Game Diary — stephentotilo @ 9:00 am


I spent much of my Memorial Day weekend gaming with my five-year-old niece. Her request! Here’s what worked and what didn’t.Games That Worked

“The Piano Game” - Wii Music was a delight for a little girl who wanted to shake her hands to play the piano, ring bells, or best/worst of all be a cheerleader who shouts the percussion part of Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star.

Wii Fit’s ski jump was fun but hard to time for one of us.

Banjo Kazooie: Nuts & Bolts - Too hard to play on her own, but a delight to direct the creation of a big-wheeled boat that has a frog on its fender. Just be sure to paint it all purple. Also, the game’s witch is funny to talk to.

Flower - The game she was best able to play by herself.

Wii Sports‘ Tennis and Golf . Of course.

Punch-Out!! - Multiplayer was a hit. And she was somehow able to turn into Giga Mac every single fight. And knock me out. (Until I figured out her pattern, naturally.)

DSi Camera - This thing is a gigle-generating machine, once she was into the photo-editing part of it.

Games That Didn’t Work

Super Metroid - Hey, she saw it on my Wii menu and asked to try it. She liked that she could run in the snow (actually, the rain).

Boom Blox Bash Party - The big surprise. The concept was perfect for her. But games that require pointing the Wii remote at the screen don’t work for little, shaky hands.

Rayman Raving Rabbids - See Boom Blox.


  1. “Figured out her pattern” haha! Also :O at the last two choices!

    I do the same with my 3 year old cousin (from when he was 2!) He is one super kid! He can play PC games like Spiderman and Harry potter using Keyboard without even looking at it! I gotta make a video of him sometime soon!

    Comment by Reeteshinator — May 26, 2009 @ 9:57 am

  2. Damn, and I was going to pick up Boom Blox this weekend too. May put off picking it up since I read this review :D haha

    It’s good to get a kids point of view on games. With PS3/Xboxes, you sometimes forget that video games started off as a kids toys (Pac Man, Donkey Kong, Frogger).
    And look at what we have done to it.

    Also, while the DS camera has been mentioned Totilo. Perhaps you can get a word over to Nintendo (you can say it’s your idea).
    Any chance that Nintendo can update the DSi camera to include a “GameBoy Camera filter.” I think that could be a fun little addition.
    Plus that camera had loads of mini games on it so they could perhaps re-release them on WiiWare.
    If you could attach a sticker-printer then we might as well be back in 1998.

    Comment by Robbie — May 26, 2009 @ 10:27 am

  3. My 6 year-old nephew adores Lego Star Wars.

    SMG, on the other hand, is theoretically liked due to experience with NSMB. In the end, traversal through tricky 3D worlds leads to boredom within minutes.

    It is heartening to hear love for Punch-Out. I am going through the NES and SNES games for the first time, and they are really fun.

    Bald Bull is a meanie, though.

    Comment by GohanGVO — May 26, 2009 @ 2:51 pm

  4. Kate had a great time and I hear she kicked your ass in boxing. She said “Uncle Stephen can’t turn into a monster boxer like I can”. Under things that didn’t work, I didn’t see the swing?

    Comment by Allen Wigington — May 28, 2009 @ 9:53 am

  5. My soon play so much too pc games lol

    Comment by rafael ascanio — September 5, 2009 @ 2:40 am

  6. It is quite difficult for to wii game downloads, I also care about how to burn wii downloadss.I am learning to play wii games now, its is so interesting.

    Comment by cavado28 — September 18, 2009 @ 9:36 pm

  7. i love my Nintendo wii, i almost use it everyday because i am a video game addict. love the nice features.;`.

    Comment by Melanie Long — May 12, 2010 @ 1:26 pm

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