Why Is It So Hard To Make Video Games For Kids?Mark Serrels3/20/17 7:30pmFiled to: opinionlittlebigplanet 3littlebigplanetmariosuper marionintendokotaku coredadtaku35716EditPromoteShare to KinjaToggle Conversation toolsGo to permalink“Daddy? DADDY!” I look up from my laptop. This video game was supposed to give me a precious 15 minute respite from the endless drudgery of parenthood. What the hell’s gone wrong now?Advertisement“DADDY WHAT I DO?“WHAT I DOOOOOO?”AdvertisementIt must be really hard to make a good video game for kids.I know this because to date, I have only played one good console game made for kids.That game is Super Mario 3D World on the Wii U.SponsoredSuper Mario 3D World. I’ll never forget introducing it to my 3-year-old. In the beginning it was frustrating as hell. He couldn’t do anything, kept throwing himself off the edge, shrieking like a deranged hyena. I walked away then. It hurt to watch. I made myself a nice cup of tea.A couple of weeks later, sipping a different cup of tea, my son had mastered the game with literally zero input from me, his father who writes about video games for a living. I still have no idea how he did it.Actually that’s an exaggeration. I have a rough idea how he did it. He did it because Super Mario 3D World might be the only perfect console video game made for pre-school children.