The Best New Kids Video Games For Christmas 2016

It’s that time of year when the elves are super busy up at the North Pole, getting ready for Christmas. So if your little one is asking for a shiny new game console this year, or Santa always brings a new video game to your house, then here are The Best New Kids Video Games for Christmas 2016.

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As expected, FIFA17 is better than ever, offering an enhanced game play experience in terms of the way players move and interact on the pitch, giving players more control, and more lifelike graphics.

New also is the chance to experience off the pitch environments like locker room, tunnel, manager’s office and team plane. And for the first time, players can now experience the Premier League on and off the pitch in The Journey of Alex Hunter, where the player must make choices that affect the team.

Age: 3+yrs
Available on: PS4, PS3, Xbox 360, Xbox One.

Why Buy:

The FIFA games are always popular with soccer fans and if your kids haven’t yet gotten their hands on the 2017 version of the game, then this will definitely be a winner on Christmas day.

Just Dance 2017

Just Dance 2017 will be released at the end of October, in plenty of time for Santa’s little helpers to be organised! The 2017 game will bring you over 40 new tracks, six game modes, updated content all year long and access to 200+ songs through Just Dance Unlimited!

Age: 3+ yrs
Available on: PS4, PS3, Xbox 360, Xbox One, Wii, Wii U.

Why Buy:

Just Dance is a great video game for all the family – everyone will enjoy busting out their best moves to the new releases and old classics.

Skylanders Imaginators


The ever popular Skylanders are back for Christmas 2016 with the exciting new Imaginators game. Skylanders Imaginators gives kids the power to create and customise Skylanders on a Creation Crystal, and bring them to life for the first time in an all-new adventure with a compelling storyline, puzzles, battles, and a new lineup of heroes and villains. Plus the character toys from previous Skylander games are all still supported also

Age: 7+ yrs
Available on: PS4, PS3, Xbox 360, Xbox One, Wii, Wii U.

Why Buy:

What fan would not be thrilled at being able to create their own Skylander? If your kids have enjoyed the previous games of Skylanders then they are going to love this version!

Pokémon Sun & Pokémon Moon

Pokémon fans will be thrilled at the arrival of the latest installment of the game, Pokémon Sun and Moon, which is set to hit stores at the end of November, just in time for Christmas.

Game play is similar to previous versions with characters battling, but In Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon, players will be able to choose between the newly discovered Grass- and Flying-type Pokémon Rowlet, Fire-type Litten, and Water-type Popplio, which inhabit the lush islands of the Alola region.

Age: 3+ yrs
Available on: Nintendo 3DS

Why Buy:

With scores of new Pokémon to catch, fans will definitely want to see Pokémon Sun or Pokémon Moon under the tree this Christmas morning.

Plants vs Zombies Garden Warfare 2


Released earlier this year, Plants vs Zombies Garden Warfare 2 continues to delight as the battle for suburbia grows to crazy new heights. In this hilarious, action-packed shooter, zombie leader Dr. Zomboss has strengthened his horde and rebuilt suburbia as a zombie utopia. But hope remains, because for the first time the plants are taking the offensive in an all-out attack to reclaim their turf.

Now you can play as the plants in the all-new 24-player Herbal Assault mode, or choose your side in 4-player co-op or Solo Play!

Age: 7+ yrs
Available on: PS4, PS3, Xbox 360, Xbox One, PC Edition

Why Buy:

There’s plenty of modes and customisation options that will keep young players entertained for hours.

Forza Horizon 3


Forza Horizon released at the end of September, and is set in a massive open world in Australia. There are over 350 fully customisable vehicles to choose from, and new to this version is that the player is in control of the Horizon Festival – so you get to create new races, challenge your mates and make the festival a success. Lots of fun new driving game play also like danger sign jumps and racing against a fleet of speedboats

Age: 3+ yrs
Available on: XBox One

Why Buy:

The chance to customise your own vehicle, right down to license plate and horn, and drive to the sound of your own music choice, will appeal to young and old car-racing fans.

Sonic Boom: Fire & Ice


The loveable turbo charged hedgehog is back in the latest version of Sonic Boom: Fire & Ice with more exhilarating speed and adventures.

There are fire and ice elements throughout game play, enabling new abilities to play out in special character moves and interactions with environments. The game also features the triumphant return of Sonic, Tails, Knuckles, Amy and Sticks and players can change easily between characters. New to this version is the ability to run through the game at top speed, or take your time with deeper exploration and puzzle play.

Age: 3+ yrs
Available on: Nintendo 3DS

Why Buy:

On release since the end of September, there’s plenty of exploring, challenges and mini-game options to keep young Sonic fans entertained.

Yo-Kai Watch


Yo-Kai Watch, the hugely successful Japanese game, was finally released earlier this year in Europe.

The game is about hundreds of sometimes cute, sometimes spooky, and usually mischievous Yo-kai that inhabit our world – they cannot be seen by the human eye, but they are everywhere. As you explore the world, use your Yo-kai Watch to find them, befriend them, and turn them into a team to battle other Yo-kai. Each Yo-kai has its own unique skills and strengths – learn how to use them to battle evil and help people.

Yo-Kai Watch 2 has just been released in the US, with lots more Yo-Kai to befriend and battle.

Age: 7+ yrs
Available on: Nintendo 3DS

Why Buy:

If your kids like Pokemon, then they will love the Yo-Kai Watch game. They can even get their own wearable Yo-Kai Watch which can recognise over 100 different Yo-kai medals and help them discover mischievous Yo-kai in the world around them.

LEGO Dimensions & New Level Packs


LEGO Dimensions, the interactive gaming experience, was a big hit last year with kids everywhere as players journey through unexpected worlds and team-up with unlikely allies on the quest to defeat the evil Lord Vortech.

LEGO Dimensions still continues to be popular for 2016 with the release, or upcoming release, of some new level packs, which contain a whole new mission-based game level, along with a minifigure, a vehicle and a gadget to build and use in-game.

Choose from Ghostbusters, Mission Impossible, Adventure Time, A-Team and Harry Potter currently, or Fantastic Beasts, Gremlins and Sonic The Hedgehog at the end of November.

Age: 7+ yrs
Available on: PS4, PS3, XBox 360, XBox One, Wii U.

Why Buy:

LEGO Dimensions is a fantastic interactive gaming experience for young fans, and the new level packs for 2016 offer enhanced gaming opportunities for those who already have the original game.

LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens


Players can relive the epic action from the blockbuster film in a way that only LEGO can offer, featuring all of the story lines from Star Wars: The Force Awakens, retold through the clever and witty LEGO lens. The game will also feature exclusive playable content that takes players on adventures between Star Wars: Episode VI: Return of the Jedi and Star Wars: The Force Awakens, providing additional insight about the latest movie and its characters.

Experience the thrill of high-speed, action-packed flight game play like never before, including arena-based battles and dogfights in space, and Enemy fighters can now build using LEGO bricks to support their fellow Stormtroopers, taking the fight to the Resistance with the power of LEGO.

Age : 7+ yrs
Available on: PS4, PS3, XBox 360, XBox One, Wii U, PSVita, Nintendo 3DS.

Why Buy:

Released earlier this year, if your kids have not yet gotten their hands on this game, then this is sure to be a winner on Christmas day.

Mario Party Star Rush


Mario Party Star Rush brings a new approach to Mario Party, with quicker play and simultaneous turns. Team up with Mario, Peach, Donkey Kong, and more in the most perfectly portable Mario Party game to date. Players can get together with friends for some fast-paced fun, with tons of new mini games, boss levels and power-ups to help you speed past your mates. Out early October, just in time for a Mario Party Christmas!

Age: 3+ yrs
Available on: Nintendo 3DS

Why Buy:

Mario is always a winner with kids, and this latest version won’t disappoint on Christmas morning.

Trackmania: Turbo


With more than 21 Million players over 5 continents, Trackmania is the perfect matchbox car fantasy on a grand scale, where everything is about the irresistible pursuit of the perfect racing time. And it’s now available for newer generation consoles. With Trackmania Turbo discover the ultimate time attack racing experience with over 200 head-spinning tracks, set in 4 beautiful environments, each with their own gameplay style.

You’ll be immersed in the arcade racing universe of Trackmania Turbo thanks to its next-gen graphics, a new art direction based on racing culture elements, and its “easy to learn, hard to master” gameplay. There’s also a track building toolbox allowing players to be able to design an infinite number of outlandish tracks

Age: 3+ yrs
Available on: PS4, XBox One, PC.

Why Buy:

Lots of fun for players of all ages.


minecraft for xbox

Okay, so we know Minecraft has been around for years, but if your kids haven’t yet discovered this great block building game, or you are buying a game console for the first time this year, then it is definitely worth considering for Christmas 2016.

Explore randomly-generated worlds and build amazing things from the simplest of homes to the grandest of castles. Play in Creative Mode with unlimited resources or mine deep into the world in Survival Mode, crafting weapons and armour to fend off the dangerous mobs. The possibilities are endless.

Age: 7+yrs
Available on: PS4, PS3, XBox 360, XBox One, Wii U, PSVita, PC. Pocket Edition available on mobile devices.

Why Buy:

Why not? It offers endless opportunities and consistently updates to provide new features.

Over to you! Have you any other games on Santa lists for Christmas 2016 that we haven’t mentioned? Let us know in the comments below.


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Jennifer, our Editor, has 1 son and admits to munching a Cadbury’s Turkish Delight now and again.