The new digital-minded generation need not be completely reliant on touch screens and consoles with buttons; there exists a popular medium that merges physical activity with computer amusements.
Released in November 2006, the Nintendo Wii was intended for a much wider demographic. Its novelty was apparent as it allows gamers to physically interact with their character through a handheld console and a remote detector. Even while Sony released its Playstation Move in September 2010, the Nintento Wii is for now still the more popular choice in the Philippines for motion control family gaming, despite its competitor’s edge in high definition graphics and advanced software.
According to Datablitz, Metro Manila’s leading distributor of original gaming software, a brand new Wii game would cost anywhere from P995-P2200. On online markets, second hand games can go as low as P500-P1800.
Remember though to always practice “responsible gameplay”: restrict your tot’s playtime, maintain a three- to ten-foot distance between player and screen, keep your console strapped snugly, and be aware of your surroundings (a player might hit another player or an object). Check all four and you’re good to go.
Here are our top five picks for the young ones:
1.Super Mario Bros Wii
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Yes, the classic game you grew up with on your Family Computer or your SNES comes back for your children! As wholesome as it was a generation ago, this game promises the same good ol’ Mario and Luigi antics and characters. The player still gets to rescue Princess Peach from the evil Bowser and his Koopa Kids using the Wii remote alone, or the Nunchuck attachment to control your character of choice. Super Mario takes us back to the days of non-ambiguity, where the good guys actually look like good guys, and the bad guys are in for quite a ruckus, giving children a nice colorful glimpse of another world while somehow instilling the value of wrong versus right. Photo by Dekuwa via flickr creative commons