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These first two games are relatively old, but they are great games to share with your family. Take a look below and see what Seamus T., 9 years old, has to say about them. We have published them as he submitted them to us with only minor edits. I have to say it was pretty impressive for a kid in elementary school.

Mario Kart Wii

This racing game holds the common theme of racing, but takes it to a new level with the “Mario characters” theme.

The variety of courses are appreciable to many. The ability to unlock new karts and  characters put goals and excitement into the game.

Mario kart is a game where you race with a character of your choice (You start out with 12) in a kart or bike of your choice in a stadium of your choice (you start out with 16) you are scored by the number of points you earn in the three lap race (or 3 if you don’t change the lap number in the settings) you do a team race where everybody’s points on a team are added up from the four races  or you can play solo where it adds up all your scores from the four races.

You can also play in battles coin or balloon coin where you collect coins on special battle courses and use power-ups to steal other peoples or the same thing with balloons except you start out with 3 balloons and you can’t find them lying around the course these are both team only modes.

The next mode is time trials in which you race around a course alone with no power ups (except for three speed boosts you start out with) you can win characters in time trials do a trial in 16 courses (the number you start out with and half of all the courses you have to win the other half in grand prixs) and you get a character do 32 (all of them together).

This should be the first buy for Wii beginners. It (Mario Kart) is liked by 5 to 70 year olds and even my dad likes it and he doesn’t like video games very much. (Editor’s Note: Knowing Seamus’s Dad like I do this is HIGH praise.)



Super Smash Bros Brawl

Super Smash Bros is a game built on many levels of adjustable rules, such as CPU levels (a player controlled by the computer that can help you on your team or fight as a opponent), rules, and even how you can win. This freedom is enjoyable to most players.The main feature of the game is the “Brawl Free for All,” in which you play a “deathmatch” with friends on multiplayer or just CPUs if you’re playing solo. Other modes include adventure mode (a leveled game), stadium  (challenging your records on several minigames such as target smash and multi man brawl) and events (small games with goals such as to knock-out someone in a specified time limit) and many more.

This game is good for people ages 7 and up, especially if you’re into video games since it takes characters from other games and puts them into one game. This game is good, but it does have a bit of violence in it. There’s no gore or blood, but there are so many moves for each character that the battling seem slightly over the top.


  • A variety of ways to change the rules to your liking
  • Many different modes for playing, such as adventure mode, event mode, etc.
  • Dozens of playable characters


  • No flaws. It’s perfect.

         “This game honestly rocks!!!”      




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By Stephen Duetzmann

Editor in Chief Founder/EiC EngagedFamilyGaming.com Blogger, Podcaster, Video Host RE: games that families can play together. Editor@engagedfamilygaming.com

2 thoughts on “A Youthful Perspective: Mario Kart Wii and Super Smash Bros. Brawl!”
  1. Actually a great idea, we like to play Bomberman with our 2, trying to keep the fun factor high while teaching them basic co-operation . Must admit that I dont like them playing too much but at the same time as a family activity I think its great when all can be involved.

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