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Sophia, who turns twelve this week, opted out of a themed birthday party this year. I suppose it’s a rite of tween/teen passage, but it does make me a little sad. She’s celebrating by inviting her three best friends over to play video games on our Wii U.
After I got over my initial sadness about how she’s too old for a themed party, I was thrilled. This is going to be the easiest birthday party I’ve ever planned. (Except maybe the Chuck E. Cheese one.) Even my to-do list for the party is short. Yes, “bake a cake” is more complicated than that, but it was the only thing Sophia requested for this party.
I’m setting out the food, clearing space in our living room, and hiding out in my office until it’s time for cake. That’s how teen birthday parties work, right?
Can I pause here to say how awesome it is that my daughter and her three girlfriends are gamers! When I was that age, my male cousins never gave me a chance to play on their Super NES. Now we have all sorts of Nintendo devices. Take that, boy cousins!
6 Video Games for a Tween Party
I asked Sophia what games she planned on pulling out for her party. She considers these the best video games for a tween party.
Note: While most of these games are for the Wii U game system, some are also available for other consoles.
Obviously, Just Dance 2018 (Wii U, Switch, Xbox, Playstation) is on this list. It’s perfect for a party because up to 6 players can join. We own almost every version of this franchise, including the kids version. My kids have become very discerning when it comes to dancing games. After spending all weekend testing out the 2018 version, they give it two thumbs up. Once again Ubisoft has curated a diverse playlist of songs to get your blood pumping. Here’s a trailer that gives a sampling of the songs:
Like previous versions, the more you play and stars you earn mean unlocking new features. This includes new avatars, skins, different versions/choreography of songs, and more. Both kids were especially excited to unlock a 90 day trial of Just Dance Unlimited, a streaming service which gives them access to over 300 songs. While some of these songs are from past versions of the game, there will be new tracks added. Everyone who buys the game will receive a 90-day trial. Just Dance Unlimited is $4.99 a month, $9.99 for 3 months, or $29.99 for a year.
Super Smash Bros (Wii U) is one that is in constant rotation in our home. Sophia loves it because she gets can battle with her favorite Pokemon characters or the super awesome female characters from Legend of Zelda. Super Smash Bros allows up to 8 players to fight head to head in various settings. You can even design custom playing arenas.
Rayman Legends (Wii U, X Box, Playstation) is platformer game for up to 4 players (5 on Wii U). Players have to use their creativity to work together to solve puzzles and beat the bad guys. There’s also challenges that require timing and rhythm to beat maps set to music.
If you’re looking for immature, crazy bunny-type creatures in a virtual board game, then check out Rabbids Land (Wii U). Up to four players can navigate the game with their very own, very silly Rabbid. After rolling the die, players may be asked to complete challenges or compete against their fellow players for trophies.
Racing couldn’t be more fun with Mario Kart 8 (Wii U). I play this game with the kids and love all the ways I can customize my cart. Players can learn how to do tricks, drive on the walls and through water, and perform mid-air tricks. You can play up to 4 players with Mario Kart 8.
Mario Party 10 (Wii U) is also a board game style video game, but with plenty of twists and turns for up to 5 players. There’s minigames that put you head to head with your friends as you try to cross the finish line first. This version has Bowser Party mode which allows you to take the role of bad guy Bowser and mess up your friends’ games.
There’s more we could list, but it’s only 3 hour birthday party. I’m not sure how many games 4 tween girls can get through in one afternoon, but I’ll let you know when I find out.
Does your tween like to play video games with their friends?