This isn't a game, not really. But it's a great little application for the DSi, allowing you to quickly sketch and show off your illustrations and animations. It also encourages children to draw and think about basic story sequences. A big plus in my book.

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New Super Mario Bros. Wii

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Fun to play alone and "delightfully" challenging to play with a rambunctious 8-year-old. This could have easily made the top of the list if it weren't for Tristan's penchant for grabbing me and tossing me off ledges at exactly the wrong moment... often.

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The Beatles: Rock Band

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Tristan has long been a Rock Band fiend. He can't get enough of the game. It's the reason he hums bad 80s music everywhere we go and the inspiration behind nearly two years now of classical guitar lessons.

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Even more, I love the impact the games have always had on his musical palate. So Trish and I, both big Beatles fans, were delighted when this game hit the house.

Tristan went from humming "Living on a Prayer" to learning the words to "I Am the Walrus."

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Look for more special-category awards from the rest of the Kotaku team throughout the week.