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Published on February 25th, 2015 | by Laura Giunta

5 Upcoming Children’s Games to Look Out for in 2015

Wondering what kind of children’s games are up and coming for 2015?  Here are some kid-friendly titles to keep an eye out for over the next year.

Majora's-Mask

1.) The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask

Platform: 3DS

ESRB Rating: Everyone 10+

Publisher: Nintendo

Genre: Action Adventure

Majora’s Mask Announcement Trailer

This highly-anticipated remake of the critically-acclaimed Nintendo 64 game originally released in 2000 is scheduled for release in 2015. Featuring a more sophisticated and complex storyline than 2013’s A Link Between Worlds for the 3DS (Rated: Everyone), Majora’s Mask will likely be more akin to 2011’s 3DS remake of Ocarina of Time (Rated: Everyone 10+) in style and tone, making it more suitable for older children. Librarians should be on the lookout for Majora’s Mask in 2015 to add to their children’s game collections and introduce a whole new generation to this classic game.

 

tearaway

2.) Tearaway Unfolded

Platform: PS4

ESRB Rating: Rating Pending

Publisher: Sony Computer Entertainment

Genre: Platformer

Tearaway Unfolded Gamescon 2014 Trailer

The 2013 award-winning Vita game is getting a 2015 release on the PS4. From the creators of the LittleBigPlanet series, the game is similarly innovative, in which players embark on an adventure through a papery world. While the PS4 edition has yet to be rated, it is likely it will be family-friendly as the original Tearaway was rated “Everyone.” As the Vita is more of a niche handheld, adding this new, enhanced PS4 version to your library’s collection is a good way to introduce children to this inspired game.

 

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3.) Mario Party 10

Platform: Wii U

ESRB Rating: Rating Pending

Publisher: Nintendo

Genre: Party

Mario Party 10 E3 2014 Trailer

The first entry of Mario Party for the Wii U, Mario Party 10, like its namesake indicates, is a party game scheduled for release sometime in 2015. In the game, up to four players move along a virtual game board and play mini-games along the way. Unique to the tenth installment, a fifth player can also control Bowser using the WiiU GamePad. The game, like many of the recent and upcoming Wii U games made by Nintendo, supports the use of Amiibo figurines. Like the past Mario Party games, this is a game best played with friends or in groups, making it a good future selection for libraries looking for a game to use during programs.

 

Story-of-Seasons

4.) Story of Seasons

Platform: 3DS

ESRB Rating: Rating Pending

Publisher: XSEED Games, Marvelous AQL

Genre: Life Simulation

Story of Seasons E3 2014 Trailer

Story of Seasons has a bit of a complicated history. Developed by Marvelous AQL as the latest entry in the popular life/farming simulation series Harvest Moon, Story of Seasons is intended to be the latest entry in the series. However, because publisher Natsume currently owns the intellectual property rights for the name “Harvest Moon” in North America, the name of the game was altered. Whereas the 2014 release of Natsume’s Harvest Moon: The Lost Valley 3D for the 3DS (Rated: Everyone) received negative reviews due to the limited content and gameplay, Story of Seasons is expected to be more similar to the generally well-received Harvest Moon: A New Beginning for the 3DS (Rated: Everyone) in terms of the amount of substance and features within the game. The rating is currently listed as pending, but as past Harvest Moon games have been rated “Everyone,” it safe to assume that this entry should likely be one for all-ages, too.

 

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5.) Yoshi’s Woolly World

Platform: Wii U

ESRB Rating: Rating Pending

Publisher: Nintendo

Genre: Platformer

Yoshi’s Wooly World E3 2014 Trailer

While 2014 saw the release of Yoshi’s New Island for the 3DS (Rated: Everyone), 2015 will feature Yoshi in a whole new game, entitled Yoshi’s Woolly World. Like 2010’s Kirby’s Epic Yarn for the Wii (Rated: Everyone), the setting of Yoshi’s new game is made up entirely of cloth, yarn, and fabric. The game will also support the use of amiibo figures and a Yoshi figure has already been released. While the rating is listed as pending, the last Yoshi outing was rated Everyone, so it is likely this new game will have a similar rating.

 

Other Notable Children’s Games

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About the Author

Laura Giunta is a children’s librarian at Garden City Public Library. She is the Chair of the Nassau County Library Association’s Pop Culture Committee, which she helped found in June 2014; the committee is currently helping to organize the first annual Long Island Libraries and Pop Culture Conference, scheduled to be held at St. John’s University in April 2015. An avid fan of gaming, comics, and anime, she organized and moderated the panel “Beyond Harry Potter and Percy Jackson: Great Middle Grade and Tween Fantasy Books” at New York Comic Con 2013 and served as a speaker on the panel “Why Should I Let My Child Read Comics?” at New York Comic Con 2014. She is also the Recording Secretary for the Nassau County Library Association, a member of the New York Library Association’s Pop Culture Round Table, and a book reviewer for School Library Journal. She graduated from Hofstra University with a Bachelor’s Degree in English and from St. John’s University with a Master’s Degree in Library Science. She has been working at Garden City Public Library for the last five years.



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