IGN's Family Game Buyer's Guide

Kids are a different breed of gamer. Gaming veterans may be cynical and jaded about licensed products that appear to be cheap movie cash-ins or "shallow" fare that doesn't offer enough depth and challenge to satiate them. But the kids are often cool with a game simply because it is based on a cartoon, and many clichés and mechanics they may be tired of have yet to be experienced by the younger generation. Of course, even though their standards may be lower, that doesn't mean they don't deserve quality software.

IGN has compiled a list of surefire winners for the youngster on your holiday shopping list. They tried to pick titles that will appeal not only to novice gamers, but that their parents can enjoy playing alongside them. The Wii library is flooded with piss poor products, so allow IGN to guide you towards a few diamonds in the rough.

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