Games I play with my son

A Listmania! list by Yevgen Ostroukhov (Foster City, CA)
The list author says: "I have a son of 4 and I really think that it is unhealthy to prohibit him from gaming altogether. I am trying to pick best cooperative experiences so I could help him and teach him to work as a part of the team.

All these games can be played in a chunks up to 30 mins a day (it's his video game limit)."
New Super Mario Bros. Wii
1.  New Super Mario Bros. Wii by Nintendo
The list author says:
  "This is absolutely the best cooperative game for our scenario - you can help each other (i.e. carry), you can avoid life loss in a multiplayer game (you can hide in a bubble and drift back to other player) and my wife sometimes joins us in our sessions.

The bad thing is difficulty - my son got discouraged once we got to the last world."
$25.99   Used & New from: $14.49
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,909 customer reviews) | 63 customer discussions

PixelJunk Shooter [Online Game Code]
2.  PixelJunk Shooter [Online Game Code] by Sony
The list author says:
  "Surprise hit. I'm really looking forward for second game. Cooperative mode is supported on all levels, including boss ones. My son loves it.

Note: review trailers/screenshots before buying. There are monsters in the game that may scare a child (though my son was not scared)"
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4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews) | 2 customer discussions

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PixelJunk Shooter 2  [Online Game Code]
3.  PixelJunk Shooter 2 [Online Game Code] by SCEA
The list author says:
  "More of the same. In this case - not a bad thing.

Bonus for older gamers there's now online competitive multiplayer. Too bad you don't have competitive mode on the single console."
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4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)

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Mario Kart Wii with Wii Wheel
4.  Mario Kart Wii with Wii Wheel by Nintendo
The list author says:
  "Great racing game. You can play as a team if you don't want to compete."
$48.80   Used & New from: $27.49
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,326 customer reviews) | 111 customer discussions

Little Big Planet 2
5.  Little Big Planet 2 by Sony Computer Entertainment
The list author says:
  "This is a game that will keep you occupied for a long time. It offers a very diverse experience and - best of all - allows players to build new levels and exchange them. You can play most levels either competitively or cooperatively and you can find levels of varying difficulty."
$16.99   Used & New from: $8.99
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (248 customer reviews) | 47 customer discussions

Wii Party
6.  Wii Party by Nintendo
The list author says:
  "Great collection of minigames. It has following game modes:
1 vs 1
1+1 coop
4-player competition
3 vs. 1

The most disappointing thing is AI opponent. You can't play with just 3 players - you need to add 4th player even though majority of 4-player games don't really require third player."
$39.96   Used & New from: $22.81
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (468 customer reviews) | 7 customer discussions

Kirby's Epic Yarn
7.  Kirby's Epic Yarn by Nintendo
The list author says:
  "Pros. (compared to NSMB):
1. It is much easier. You cannot "die" - you will only loose some treasure (like in Sonic)
2. Is targeting a younger audience - Kirby and his parter can turn in a lot of "fun things"
3. Everything is made of yarn = no violence.

Cons:
1. Not a game I would play alone - too easy and not as slick as NSMB.
2. No support for the 3rd player"
$17.49   Used & New from: $8.49
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (457 customer reviews) | 10 customer discussions

Mario Sports Mix
8.  Mario Sports Mix by Nintendo
The list author says:
  "This is not a game worth buying if everybody is over 6 years old. It still is a great asset to teach smaller children rules and tactics of hockey, basketball, dodgeball and volley ball. Up to 4 players can play together (I believe they all may play for a one team - I have only 3 players to try)"
$80.00   Used & New from: $19.48
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (79 customer reviews) | 3 customer discussions

Donkey Kong Country Returns
9.  Donkey Kong Country Returns by Nintendo
The list author says:
  "Great cooperative experience. Note: game is pretty tough so I suppose my son will quit after few more levels (he hates to always fail).
The greatest thing in this game is that my son at last feels like second player has superior capabilities (Diddy Kong has a jet pack and a banana gun)"
$29.65   Used & New from: $16.49
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (745 customer reviews) | 25 customer discussions

Ratchet & Clank: All 4 One - Complete Product
10.  Ratchet & Clank: All 4 One - Complete Product 
The list author says:
  "Nice game though the save points are rather sparse - we had to play for 33 mins to reach the first save point."
Used & New from: $10.87
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews) | 1 customer discussion

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Super Smash Bros. Brawl
11.  Super Smash Bros. Brawl by Nintendo
The list author says:
  "He loves it. It can be played with up to 4 players. Though this game is now hidden from my son - I think it is too aggressive. My son becomes wild even if we spend 15 mins playing this games."
$29.99   Used & New from: $16.50
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,078 customer reviews) | 160 customer discussions

Wii Play
12.  Wii Play by Nintendo
The list author says:
  "This is a set of decent competitive multiplayer games."
$19.89   Used & New from: $1.88
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (447 customer reviews) | 2 customer discussions

Super Mario Galaxy 2
13.  Super Mario Galaxy 2 by Nintendo
The list author says:
  "This game has a coop mode when second player will be able to help Mario by picking the crystals, fighting the enemies, holding moving platform, etc.

Though, over time my son felt he was not involved in a game enough. Playing as a Mario is too hard for him."
$39.70   Used & New from: $22.88
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (602 customer reviews) | 47 customer discussions

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Last updated: 10/22/11
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