The holiday season is upon us again! It’s that magical time of year when lights go up on the trees, we sing ‘Jingle Bells‘ as we drive to the Mall, and Adam eats so much Gingerbread that he makes himself sick. It’s also the time of year when kids around the world are dreaming about all of the amazing video games that they’ll be wishing to get for Hanukkah, Christmas or Kwanzaa. But finding just the right game for your child can be tricky with so many choices! That’s where we come in!
The Mega Dads Holiday Family Gift Guide is the key to find just the right video game for your little gamers. We’ve scoured the isles of Target and Wal-Mart and searched the far corners of the Nintendo eShop and Xbox Live to find the absolute best games for the entire family. We’ve also put together some other helpful hints to make sure your holidays go off without a hitch. So sit back and check out our definitive list of festive family favorites!
Rating: E for Everyone Platform: Nintendo 3DS, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Xbox One
If you have young children in your home than there’s a pretty good chance that you’re familiar with Chase, Marshall, Skye, and the rest of the team from Adventure Bay. Your kids will have a blast as they make their way through 16 missions set across 8 locations your kids will no doubt know and love like Jake’s Mountain and Farmer Yumi’s Farm. Honestly, if your kids love Paw Patrol there’s not much else you need to know. You’ll be the coolest mom or dad on the block when they unwrap this adventure.
Rating: E 10+ Platform: PlayStation 4, Xbox One
This collection remakes the classic platforming games from the 90’s and early 2000’s in a beautiful new package that will appeal to both adults who grew up with these games and kids looking for something new. Bright and colorful levels loaded with fun characters and tons of collectibles to hunt down, this package gives you a lot of bang for your buck with 3 full games that will have your family scorching sheep well into the new year.
Rating: E for Everyone Platform: Nintendo Switch
The first major Pokemon game to appear on the Nintendo Switch, this entry is a simplified take on the series which still manages to appeal to both young fans and older players who have been catching Pokemon for years. It features both local and online play so everyone can play together and it also connects with the wildly popular mobile game Pokemon Go. If you or your kids have spent your time hunting Hypno or chasing Charmander, this game is guaranteed to be a big hit.
Rating: E for Everyone Platform: Windows PC, PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, Xbox One
There’s a lot to love about Overcooked! 2. First there’s the fact that you can play with up to 4 players on a single screen (or online) which makes for some fun family game nights. It’s also pretty easy to pick up on with a simple control layout and graphical icons to help players know what they’re supposed to be doing next. Beware though, the difficulty can ramp up pretty quickly and things can get pretty intense if your sous chefs aren’t pulling their weight in the kitchen. It’s definitely one of the most fun couch co-op games available and kids and parents both will have a blast.
Rating: Teen Platform: PlayStation 4
For the older kids in the family, you simply won’t go wrong with Spider-Man. Swinging around New York City is just about the most fun thing you’ll ever do in a video game, and the controls are simple enough that you can even pass the controllers to the youngsters to swing around the rooftops. We only recommend this for older kids though as there’s plenty of gun play and the story can get pretty intense at times. If they’re mature enough though it’s one of the best games of 2018 (and one that you’ll definitely want to play too).
Rating: E 10+ Platform: PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, Xbox One
The Toys to Life genre (Skylanders, Disney Infinity) may not be as popular as it used to be, but Starlink is evolving things smartly by making the additional toys completely optional. With or without them, you’ll be customizing your ships and blasting your way around the universe. A unique cast of characters and interesting story will keep you busy throughout the campaign, and as a special bonus Nintendo Switch owners get some cool, additional Star Fox themed content!
Rating: E for Everyone Platform: Nintendo Switch
The great thing about Nintendo Labo is that you’re giving your kids a video game and an art project at the same time. Players assemble various cardboard contraptions that you then insert your Nintendo Switch into to create everything from a fishing pole to a piano. The games themselves are a tad on the simple side and won’t hold their interest as long as other games, but the fun you’ll have building is what makes this imaginative series so special.
More Games For The Entire Family
- FORZA HORIZON 4 (Windows PC, Xbox One) E for Everyone
- DONUT COUNTY (PlayStation 4) E for Everyone
- DETECTIVE PIKACHU (Nintendo 3DS) E for Everyone
- MARIO TENNIS ACES (Nintendo Switch) E for Everyone
- JUST DANCE 2019 (PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, Wii U, Wii, Xbox One, Xbox 360) E for Everyone
- SUPER MARIO PARTY (Nintendo Switch) E for Everyone
- LEGO DC SUPER-VILLIANS (Windows PC, PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, Xbox One) E 10+
- SUPER SMASH BROS ULTIMATE (Nintendo Switch) E 10+
- MINECRAFT (Windows PC, PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, Xbox One, Nintendo 3DS) E for Everyone
- CAPTAIN TOAD: TREASURE TRACKER (Nintendo Switch, 3DS) E for Everyone
Gift Giving Pro Tips
- If you’re giving a gaming console this holiday it might be a good idea to hook it up and get all of the system updates out of the way before wrapping it. The same goes for the games themselves. Most modern games need to be installed first and depending on your internet that could take a couple of hours! If your kids are going to want to play right away, you best get ahead of the game and start installing early.
- If you’re looking for a gift for a gamer but don’t know (or can’t decide) exactly what to get them, don’t guess… gift card! Not all games are created equal and it’s a bummer when they get something they don’t want. Also, there are a lot of amazing games that are digital only so they’ll have plenty to choose from when they spend their digital bucks.
- Video games aren’t the only things that will make the gamers in your house happy this year. Stores like Target and GameStop have stocked up on gifts and collectables that will put a smile on any gamers face. Everything from puzzles, books, Amiibo, and action figures. There are loads of options out there for awesome stocking stuffers.