Fun for All

Classic video game favorites get a new spin, released right in time for the holidays

Dec 06, 2012 | By Cameron Keady; Stephanie Kraus; Kelli Plasket


Disney Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two


Disney Interactive

Nintendo Wii/Wii U, Xbox360, PS3, PC

Rated E

Fans know that Walt Disney’s first cartoon star was Oswald the Lucky Rabbit, before he created Mickey Mouse. Now gamers can play as Oswald for the first time ever. Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two, the sequel to 2009’s Epic Mickey, returns Mickey Mouse and Oswald to Wasteland, an alternate world filled with 80 years of forgotten Disney characters and theme park attractions for a co-operative adventure. Take on different challenges using Mickey’s magical paintbrush to paint and remove color and Oswald’s powerful remote control to control electricity. You will learn what the “power of two” brings to this whimsical game franchise.  ($59.99 for Xbox 360/PS3/Wii U, $49.99 for Wii, $39.99 for PC) –Kelli Plasket


F1 Race Stars


CodeMaster Racing

Xbox360, PlayStation 3, PC (Steam)

Rated E

F1 Race Stars is a new arcade racing game featuring Formula One cars, teams and circuits. It is available for Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and PC (Steam). The game features a range of game modes including four-player challenges, time trial events and online multiplayer races. Buckle up and start your engines! ($39.99 Xbox 360, $39.99 PlayStation 3, $44.99 PC) –Cameron Keady


Scribblenauts Unlimited


Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment

Nintendo Wii U/3DS, PC

Rated E10+

Scribblenauts Unlimited challenges players to imagine anything and bring it to life. Accept the challenge, and you’ll be amazed at how far you can go in this endlessly creative puzzle game. To start, you’ll play as Maxwell, the game’s hero, who must collect Starites by using his magical notepad to summon objects that will solve problems and help people and things in need. See a cat stuck in a tree? Type in the word “ladder” and it will appear on screen for you to climb. Find a robot with a broken leg? Summon an engineer—or maybe a crutch. Nearly any non-proper noun you can imagine can appear with the tap of a few keys. Once you have an object, you can edit it by adding adjectives. The effects can be hilarious: A potter (a person who makes pottery) can become a bearded “hairy potter.”

Get really creative, and you may find hidden gems. Type in “keyboard cat” to see a cartoon version of the YouTube’s famous keyboard-playing cat. If you’re playing the Wii U version, the game allows you to summon characters and objects from Zelda and Super Mario. In Scribblenauts Unlimited, the choices are endless. –Kelli Plasket


Skylanders Giants



Nintendo Wii U, Wii, 3DS, Xbox360, Playstation 3

Rated E10+

Last year, Activision and game developer Toys for Bob brought toys to life with Skylanders Spyro's Adventure. The video game’s "interaction figures" let you physically chose which character you want to play by selecting a toy and placing it on the "Portal of Power." This year, the Skylanders are back and bigger than ever in Skylanders Giants. The new game introduces 16 new characters, including eight Giant Skylanders, which are twice the size of regular Skylanders and have super-sized abilities. The game also introduces LightCore Skylanders, which glow while on the portal. Plus, any of your favorite characters from Skylanders Spyro's Adventure can join you on your journey. 

The Starter Pack ($74.99) includes the game, a portal and three Skylanders, including one Giant, the large and powerful Tree Rex. Already own a portal? The Portal Owners Pack ($59.99) includes the game disc and Tree Rex. Additional Skylanders can be purchased separately ($9.99-14.99). –Kelli Plasket


Just Dance: Disney



Nintendo Wii, Kinect for Xbox 360

Rated E

Keep the beat with the new Just Dance: Disney Party. Family and friends can dance to 25 songs from both classic Disney Movies and Disney Channel’s most popular current shows. The game has tunes from Jungle Book, Beauty and the Beast, Cinderella, the Muppets , Peter Pan and more. Or, choose a song from Disney Channel shows including Shake It Up, Phineas and Ferb, Jessie and Hannah Montana.  On the Kinect for Xbox 360, sensors track movements without the need for a controller. Just use your body to grove to the beats! ($29.99) –Stephanie Kraus


Nickelodeon Dance 2


2K Play

Nintendo Wii, Kinect for Xbox 360

Rated E

The dance party’s bigger than ever in Nickelodeon Dance 2. Dance and sing alongside 20 Nickelodeon characters using the on-screen lyrics and dance choreography.  Join new characters from Team Umizoomi and Bubble Guppies as well as returning favorites from Dora the Explorer and The Fresh Beat Band. Use the enhanced “workout” section to exercise or use the “Freeze Dance” mode to keep you on your toes. Friends and families can play together on Wii and Kinect for Xbox 360. ($39.99) –Stephanie Kraus