I have a 5 year old son, and he loves to play video games. He started off playing Angry Birds on my Kindle Fire, and it was a love affair from there.
He has played games on the Wii, and on Nintendo 64! His favorite game system is the Wii U though. He loves the touch screen control pad and he often plays it as if it were a handheld system like his 3DS.
1. Mario Party 10
The latest in a long series of a virtual “board game.” Unlike the older games which were all a race to the finish line, Mario Party 10 puts all the players in one car. Every step you roll your whole team moves with you.
There are not mini-games after every player goes, you have to land on special mini-game spaces. I don’t like that, but my son doesn’t do well with the mini-games so he hates to play them. His favorite part of Mario Party 10 is what makes this version of Mario Party the most special.
In this one you get to be BOWSER. That’s right, you can choose to play as the good team, OR as the bad guy. And my son likes to be the bad guy.
2. Lego Jurassic World
Like most 5 year old boys, my son loves legos, and he loves dinosaurs. So Lego Jurassic World is pretty much a win/win for him.
In this one you can chose to play two games. If you choose one path you get gameplay based on the original Jurassic Park movies. If you go the other way then you get to play a game based on the newest movie, Jurassic World.
He thinks it is fun to customize his dinosaurs, and thinks it is fun to play as a dinosaur. That’s right, in this game you don’t just get to be the people, you get to be the dino’s too! I have to say even I enjoy getting to be Blue, and the other Velociraptors.
3. Super Mario 3D World
When you think of Nintendo, you think of Mario, so it should not be a surprise that another game my 5 year old loves is another Mario game.
In Super Mario 3D World you are trying to defeat Bowser, the same as always, but you get to explore a whole new world. There are plenty of old friends and enemys though.
You get to choose who you want your character to be. You can be Mario, Luigi, Peach or Toad to start, and unlock other characters as you play.
My son calls this one “Kitty Cat” Mario, because Mario has a new power. In Super Mario 3D World, Mario (or his allys) don a cat suit, and then they can claw their enemy, or climb the wall to reach high places!
4. Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze
My son has never seen any other Donkey Kong game than Donkey Kong 64, so the game play of Donkey Kong Country Tropical Freeze was a little different for him.
Honestly the game play for this one is a little bit harder for him than other games (its even hard for ME most of the time), and a lot of times he will ask me to play for him, but he loves to watch me play this game. He will watch as long as I’m willing to play.
When he does play he likes to play the early boards, and collect coins that he will spend in the shop for extra men. He currently has the maximum amount of men he can have, which is better off than I am. And though DK can pair up with Diddy, Dixie or Cranky Kong in this one, my son likes “the girl” best because “she can fly.”
5. Duck Tales
Now, Duck Tales is a cartoon when from when I was a little girl, so my son has never seen it. The Duck Tales game is also from when I was a little girl, but it has been updated and re-released for newer systems, including the Wii U.
The game play is meant for younger players so its very easy for a 5 year old to play.
In it you are Scrooge McDuck, and you are going after treasures for your collection. Your Weapon is your cane that you can use for a Pogo stick and bounce off the bad guys heads.
My son played this game so much that it became the first game that he beat ON HIS OWN. That’s right, he doesn’t even have to have mommy play it for him.
Of course, when I set it up I put it on the “easy” setting, but you can choose to play it on a harder level if you want to play as a grown up.