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Best Video Games of 2012

Kinect Sesame Street TV
Kinect Sesame Street TV

TV time just got a lot more interactive! This game encourages preschoolers to hop off the couch and take part in the show by helping with educational tasks that engage both the mind and the body. Bonus: For older kids, check out Kinect Nat Geo TV. (3 years+, $30 for Kinect for Xbox 360)

 
Skylanders Giants
Skylanders Giants

The innovative starter kit comes with the game and a collectible action figure that also stores game info so your kid can pick up where he left off at a friend's house. (9 years+, $75 for Wii, Xbox 360 and PS3)

 
LittleBigPlanet Karting
LittleBigPlanet Karting

Racing games finally get creative! Players can customize tracks—and even the rules—before taking on their friends in this addition to the popular franchise. (7 years+, $60 for PS3)

 
Disney Epic Mickey 2 / Epic Mickey Power of Illusion
Disney Epic Mickey 2 / Epic Mickey Power of Illusion

The mouse is about to take over your house again. The visually stunning games will suck your kids (and you) into the world of Disney. (7 years+, $40 for Nintendo 3DS, $50 for Wii, and $60 for Xbox 360 and PS3)

 
LEGO Batman 2: DC Super Heroes
LEGO Batman 2: DC Super Heroes

Bad guys, beware! Your kid can protect the city as the Dark Knight, the Man of Steel, and other legendary characters. (8 years+, $30 and up for all gaming systems)

 
Kinect Rush: A Disney Pixar Adventure
Kinect Rush: A Disney Pixar Adventure

Your family can star with the characters from Toy Story 3, The Incredibles, and many more smash movies. It lets your kids scan themselves into the game and then team up with some of their Pixar favorites for a variety of amusing challenges. (5 years+, $50 for Kinect for Xbox 360)

 
New Super Mario Bros. U
New Super Mario Bros. U

This classic game is getting new life on the new Wii U system. Using the touch-screen controller pad, you can help your kids solve levels—or throw even more obstacles onto their path. (6 years+, $60 for Will U)

 
Scribblenauts Unlimited
Scribblenauts Unlimited

One of our favorite kids' apps of all time, this unique game is coming to the Wii U—and it's bigger and better. Players solve challenges with the power of their imaginations. (10 years+, $60)

 
Art Academy: Lessons for Everyone!
Art Academy: Lessons for Everyone!

Learn to draw like a pro with tips, tricks, and even tidbits of art history. Vince, the in-game tutor, will walk you through more than 30 fun exercises that teach techniques for painting, drawing in pencil, and pastels. (8 years+, $30 for Nintendo 3DS)

 
Nickelodeon Dance 2
Nickelodeon Dance 2

Get off the couch! Your preschooler will have a blast busting a move and singing along with Dora, Team Umizoomi, and other Nick Jr. faves in this silly sequel. (4 years+, $40 for Wii and Kinect for Xbox 360)