Christmas is coming up and the year is drawing to a close. Are you confused about what games are new, and which have been out for awhile? Or maybe you’re looking for the perfect game for your little one’s Christmas list. Here are some of the best video games that released in 2016 for PS4, Xbox One, Nintendo WiiU and 3DS, and PC.

Game ESRB ratings were mostly ignored for this list, and instead the focus was on what your kids will actually have fun with. Parents should always use their discretion and personal beliefs when choosing the right video games for their children.

Ages 3 and up

Kirby: Planet Robobot

Release date: June 10, 2016
Where to buy: http://amzn.to/2ccQ6qn
What system: Nintendo 3DS
ESRB Rating: E for Everyone

Kirby: Planet Robobot is a fun, action platforming game. The robot suit is really fun and adds some different gameplay to the Kirby series. There’s also a free demo on the Nintendo E-Shop.

Disney Art Academy

Release date: May 13, 2016
Where to buy: http://amzn.to/2ccQ6qn
What system: Nintendo 3DS
ESRB Rating: E for Everyone

Learn to draw your favourite Disney characters with this Disney touch screen game. Some reading is required in the tutorials but little ones will still have fun since there’s no way to fail. Just help them through the tutorials at the start.

Mario & Sonic at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games

Release date: June 24, 2016
Where to buy: http://amzn.to/2ccQ6qn
What system: Nintendo 3DS, WiiU
ESRB Rating: E10+ Everyone 10+ with Mild Cartoon Violence

Relive the Olympics all winter long with your favourite characters Mario and Sonic. Kids can complete solo or with friends in various Olympic sports. Mario, Sonic, and all their crews are playable.

Lego Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Release date: June 28, 2016
Where to buy: http://amzn.to/2ccQ6qn
What system: Xbox 360, Xbox One, Playstation 3, Playstation 4, Nintendo Wii U, Nintendo 3DS, Playstation Vita
ESRB Rating: E10+

The Lego Star Wars games are a great child friendly solution to Star Wars obsessed kids. The Force Awakens is no different. With 2 player co op, 2 kids, or one with a parent can team up to complete the game or kids can play solo. You can die as many times as you want with very little repercussions (unless you’re trying to collect everything) which makes it a great solution for beginner gamers.

Lego Marvel’s Avengers

Release date: January 26, 2016
Where to buy: http://amzn.to/2ccQ6qn
What system: Xbox 360, Xbox One, Playstation 3, Playstation 4, Nintendo Wii U, Nintendo 3DS, Playstation Vita
ESRB Rating: E10+

Like Lego Star Wars, Lego Marvel’s Avengers is a great first game for your budding gamers. It also features 2 player or single player modes and ALL, and I mean all, of your favourite Marvel superheroes.

Sonic Boom: Fire & Ice

Release date: September 27, 2016
Where to buy: http://amzn.to/2ccQ6qn
What system: Nintendo 3DS
ESRB Rating: E for Everyone

The latest in the Sonic games, Sonic Boom: Fire & Ice has kids playing through side scrolling levels and taking advantage of some new ice and fire themed puzzles. There are also mini games. A great new title, especially for fans of the cartoon!

Skylanders Imaginators

Release date: October 16, 2016
Where to buy: http://amzn.to/2ccQ6qn
What system: Xbox 360, Xbox One, Playstation 3, Playstation 4, Nintendo Wii U
ESRB Rating: E10+

Another title in the ever popular Skylanders series, this one has the players creating their own Skylanders like never before. You can expect the co-op, child friendly combat and puzzles that the other games feature just with some new tweaks. Make sure to pick up some extra accessories with this one!

Mario Party: Star Rush

Release date: November 4, 2016
Where to buy: http://amzn.to/2ccQ6qn
What system: Nintendo 3DS
ESRB Rating: RP (Rating Pending) [Probably E]

A new Mario Party game! Kids can play single player or challenge their friends in up to 4 player multiplayer. One advantage of this game is single cartridge download play. That way up to 4 players can use the same copy of the game to play together. Great for car trips as a family!

Ages 8 and up

The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess HD

Release date: March 4, 2016
Where to buy: http://amzn.to/2ccQ6qn
What system: Nintendo Wii U
ESRB Rating: T for Teen

This is a HD remake of the Gamecube/Wii title of the same name. Play as Link and go on a quest to save Hyrule. The game involves reading, some complex puzzles, and killing moderately scary monsters. The game will have your tweens and up thinking about what they have to do next and figuring things out, which is great.

Terraria

Release date: June 28, 2016
Where to buy: http://amzn.to/2ccQ6qn
What system: Nintendo Wii U
ESRB Rating: T for Teen

This game may remind kids of Minecraft, but it’s not the same at all. Much more difficult, 2 dimensional, and with less extra features it still brings a lot of uniqueness to the table. Incredibly popular and highly reviewed, it’s the next logical step for your maturing Minecraft fan.

Ratchet & Clank

Release date: April 12, 2016
Where to buy: http://amzn.to/2ccQ6qn
What system: Playstation 4
ESRB Rating: E10+

Even if your kid didn’t check out the movie this summer, Ratchet & Clank is still a unique return to form of the classic games in the same series. If you played them it will bring back nostalgia (and references) and your kids will have fun shooting bad guys or making them dance under disco ball.

Dragon Quest Builders

Release date: October 11, 2016
Where to buy: http://amzn.to/2ccQ6qn
What system: Playstation 4, PS Vita
ESRB Rating: E10+

Long awaited (after playing the Japanese version) in our house, Dragon Quest Builders is a side game to the popular Dragon Quest RPG series. Aimed at kids, you complete quests to build your blocky town and eventually travel the world. Reading is required and Minecraft fans will feel right at home with the construction system. Lots to do, even more to see, and perfect for kids who are still too young for full blown RPGs.

Disney Magical World 2

Release date: October 14, 2016
Where to buy: http://amzn.to/2ccQ6qn
What system: Nintendo 3DS
ESRB Rating: E for Everyone

The main reason this is in the 8+ section is due to the heavy amount of reading. Play as a custom character and adventure through Disney’s Magic Kingdom completing quests for your favourite Disney characters.

Pokemon Sun

Release date: November 18, 2016
Where to buy: http://amzn.to/2ccQ6qn
What system: Nintendo 3DS
ESRB Rating: RP (Rating Pending)

Pokemon Sun and Moon are the latest titles in the always popular (maybe more so with Pokemon Go) series. Play as a Pokemon trainer and go out on your journey to catch them all. These games feature a new story, new areas, and of course, new Pokemon. Heavy reading is required.

Pokemon Moon

Release date: November 18, 2016
Where to buy: http://amzn.to/2ccQ6qn
What system: Nintendo 3DS
ESRB Rating: RP (Rating Pending)

The difference between the two titles is: 1. The legendary Pokemon that can be caught (featured on the cover) and 2. There will be some exclusive Pokemon to each game. All exclusive Pokemon can be acquired by trading with friends but there is only one legendary per game.