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.