Rated I for Immature

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The weirdo-in-law gave my wife a Wii console for her birthday last summer. We have the Wii Sports that came with the system and LEGO Batman (the Little Princess bought it with her own money). For the holidays, I’m thinking about getting a game or two for the kids (really, the games are for the kids, not dad). I have never bought a video game before and I didn’t even know they had ratings like E for Everyone, T for Teen, and M for Mature (is there an I for Immature?).

According to an email I received recently, dads and moms can also get rating summaries about a game’s rating on the ESRB site, the ESRB mobile website, or via the free ESRB iPhone app. Rating summaries offer a little more information about the aspects of the game that led to the rating it was assigned. You can see some of the extra information below:

Super Hero SquadSuper Hero Squad

Amazon Info
Rating: Everyone 10+

ESRB Rating Summary
Rating: Everyone 10+
Content descriptors: Cartoon Violence
Rating summary: This is an action adventure game in which players guide a group of stylized, “cartoony” Marvel Comics characters through bright and colorful levels. In “Adventure” mode, players engage in fast-paced hand-to-hand combat against villains, creatures, and henchmen who disappear when defeated. In “Battle” mode, players fight other Marvel characters in one-on-one, arena-based brawls. Realistic punching and kicking sounds, grunts, and occasional laser gun fire can be heard throughout the game.

Bakugan Battle BrawlersBakugan Battle Brawlers

Amazon Info
Rating: Everyone 10+

ESRB Rating Summary
Rating: Everyone (not sure why this is different from Amazon)
Content descriptors: Fantasy Violence
Rating summary: This is a strategy game in which players battle evil forces by using special cards and matching on-screen cues. Players enter “Bakugan Battles” by tossing cards onto a grid to release their cards’ special powers. Players watch brief animations that include humanoids slashing at enemies, robots shooting lasers from their hand cannons, dragons clawing at enemies, and other magic/light attacks. Creatures sometimes fall on their backs with a thud or collapse to their knees when they sustain a final blow.

Marvel Ultimate Alliance 2Marvel Ultimate Alliance 2

Amazon Info
Rating: Teen

ESRB Rating Summary
Rating: Teen
Content descriptors: Mild Language, Violence
Rating summary: This is an action game featuring characters and events from the Marvel Comics series. Players select a superhero and run through cities to eliminate hordes of villains and thugs. Players mostly employ hand-to-hand combat (e.g., punches and kicks) and superpowers (e.g., ice beams and lightning strikes) to defeat enemies, while villains often use machine guns, flamethrowers, or projectiles to harm players. During one sequence, the player can take over a machine gun turret and attack enemies on the ground. Frequent gunfire, explosions, and cries of pain highlight the frenetic combat. Some expletives (e.g., “dammit” and “hell”) appear in the dialogue.

If you or your kids have played the Wii games above, please feel free to provide feedback.

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6 thoughts on “Rated I for Immature

  1. My son and I have played Ultimate Alliance for the 360. It was pretty dang cool. It’s a roleplaying type game where you can pick and choose your team.. You have health and stamina and power stats.

    The storyline is cool because it deals with heroes fighting other heroes and is based off the Civil War storyline from comics a couple years ago. I missed out on that too.

    Haven’t played the others, but would go for the Super Hero Squad because I’m a dork.
    .-= Eric´s last blog ..Christmas Book Giveaway =-.

  2. Missed this before. Get Boom Blox or Boom Blox Bash Party. You’ll probably thing the same thing I did – “It looks like Jenga. Seriously?” However, it’s a blast to play with the kids or with other adults, doesn’t require extra controllers to play with more people, and it’s a lot of fun whipping virtual balls at little block animal-people figures (oh, and the blocks, too).

    You can get both for a reasonable price now and this is one of the games I recommend to people looking for a decent Wii game. When our kid was 4 she could play this with no major problems except a little coaching at first so it might even be a pretty good fit in your home.

    I haven’t played any of the games above so can’t comment on those.

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