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Great 2011 video games for families

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FamilyFriendlyVideoGames.com, along with GamerPops.com, GamePeople.co.uk and MrsVideoGame.com, have chosen what they collectively believe are 2011's ten best (in alphabetical order)  video games for families for this Holiday season.

  • Camping Mama - Nintendo DS - ESRB: E - With minigames that combine elements of camping, crafting and cooking, Camping Mama lets kids enjoy the great outdoors from the warmth of indoors. Great for ages 7 and up.
  • Disneyland Adventures - Xbox 360 Kinect - ESRB: Rating Pending - Disneyland Adventures provides a fun, easy way to interact with familiar Disney characters and playworlds, from Main Street to Sleeping Beauty's Castle, letting families live the Disneyland experience via Microsoft's Xbox Kinect camera system. Great for ages 4 and up.
  • Everybody Dance - PS3 Move - ESRB: T - This all-new dance game for PlayStation Move is able to bring together the best of other popular dance titles, as well as add cool new features like a 20-player tournament or a Dance Party mode where you can simply set the time limit and have the game generate a playlist for you. Great for middle-schoolers and up.
  • Just Dance 3 - Wii, Xbox 360 Kinect, PS3 Move - ESRB: E10+ - The franchise that put dancing games back on the map is coming back for more in Holiday 2011, and this time up to four players will each have their own routines to perform.  With a forgiving scoring system, Just Dance 3 looks to remain the best choice for families who are looking to let young preschoolers play along, as long as you are mindful of a couple songs with potentially questionable lyrics. Great for all ages.
  • Mario Kart 3DS - Nintendo 3DS - ESRB: Rating Pending - The ultimate competitive racing game that's able to be enjoyed by all ages and skill levels. With new items and customizable carts, you may need to make sure to buy a copy of Mario Kart for every family member with a 3DS.  Great for ages 7 and up.
  • Rayman Origins - PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 - E 10+ - With a beautiful art style and a unique sense-of-humor, Rayman Origins lets up to four players work together to complete levels, allowing them to jump in and out of the action whenever they like.  Great for ages 10 and up.
  • Sesame Street Once Upon A Monster - Xbox 360 Kinect - ESRB Rating - E - A sort of interactive storybook, Sesame Street Once Upon A Monster follows Cookie Monster and Elmo through various adventures, using full-body Kinect controls to help progress the story.  Big, exaggerated motions will be necessary for preschoolers and parents as they giggle their way through Once Upon A Monster.  Great for ages 3 to 6.
  • Skylanders Spyro's Adventure - PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Nintendo Wii, Nintendo 3DS - ESRB Rating - E10+ - This cool blending of real-life toys with video games requires players to place collectible figures on the game's "Portal of Power" in order to appear onscreen.  But once they do, they can be transferred to any friend's game as well, regardless of the system.  For ages 10 and up.
  • Sonic Generations - PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Nintendo 3DS - ESRB: E - One of the greatest easy-to-play games is back, combining 3D elements from recent Sonic games with classic side-scrolling gameplay from Sonic games of yesteryear.  The speedy blue hedgehog is as easy as ever to play and enjoy for kids of all ages.  Great for ages 7 and up.
  • Twister Mania - Xbox 360 Kinect - ESRB: E  - Players will use their bodies to fit inside onscreen shapes to make them disappear from puzzles, or challenge other teams to match the shapes that they can make.  Great for ages 5 and up.

- List and descriptions compiled by FamilyFriendlyVideoGames.com, along with GamerPops.com, GamePeople.co.uk and MrsVideoGame.com.

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