Top 5 Motion Games for Holiday Family Play (With Marilyn McKenna)

Posted by | December 12, 2014 | Feature, Opinion | 2 Comments

What does your family do together during those holiday get-togethers? Besides eat? My family might take a walk around the neighborhood, put a puzzle together, or play a board game. But in recent years we’ve added video games to pre- and post-dinner rituals. There’s usually a little Mario Kart or Mario Party, and sometimes we try other games. This year, I hope to get everyone up off the couch with some of these motion games. Here are our Top 5. And thanks to fitness expert Marilyn McKenna for helping us test three of these.

1. Disney Fantasia: Music Evolved—Xbox Exclusive


Platforms: Xbox One, Xbox 360 (Kinect required)
ESRB Rating: E10+
Content Descriptor(s): Lyrics

Disney Fantasia: Music Evolved lets you be a musical conductor. You must reproduce various gestures in time to the music in order to earn points and unlock even more music. When you really get into it, it definitely gets your heart rate up. Lots of different kinds of music are included, from classical hits like “Eine Kleine Nacht Musik” to classical rock like Queens’ “Bohemian Rhapsody” to modern hits, like Lorde’s “Royals.”

2.  Dance Central Spotlight—Xbox Exclusive

Platforms:  Xbox One, Xbox 360 (Kinect required)
ESRB Rating: E10+
Content Descriptor(s): Lyrics

Dance Central Spotlight has 10 songs included in its base price, and you can get additional songs for $1.99 each. This lets you pay only for the songs you like. There are different routines for each song that you can unlock. Some focus on cardio and strength; others focus on different dance styles. You can also create your own fitness routines by length.

3. Just Dance 2015—PlayStation, Xbox, Wii

Platforms: PlayStation 3 & 4 (Move required), Xbox One, Xbox 360 (Kinect required), Wii and Wii U
ESRB Rating: E10+
Content Descriptor(s): Lyrics

Just Dance is upbeat and happy and it doesn’t take itself too seriously. Up to five players can play at once, so it’s great for big family groups. Workout mode sets a number of minutes or number of songs.

4. Tiger Woods PGA Tour 14—PlayStation, Xbox 360

Platforms: Playstation 3 (Move required), Xbox 360 (Kinect required)
ESRB Rating: E
Content Descriptors: None

My dad loves to play golf with his grandson, both outside on their local course and inside on the Kinect-equipped Xbox. In Tiger Woods PGA Tour 14, you can go back in time and play as—or against—golf legends like Arnold Palmer. You can also try playing on legendary courses and in legendary tournaments.

5. Wii Sports Club—Nintendo Wii U Exclusive


Platforms: Wii U
ESRB Rating: E
Content Descriptors: None

Like PGA Tour games, Wii Sports Club is just terrific for multi-generational play. Older folks will enjoy familiar games and movements in the virtual bowling, golf, baseball, boxing, and tennis games.

Linda Breneman

About Linda Breneman

Linda learned to play video games as a way to connect with her teenaged kids, and then she learned to love video games for their own sake. At Pixelkin she wrangles the business & management side of things, writes posts as often as she can, reaches out on the social media, and does the occasional panel or talk. She lives in Seattle, where she writes, studies, plays video games, spends time with her family, consumes vast quantities of science fiction, and looks after her small cockapoo. She loves to hear from people out there. You can read more about her at her website, Linda Breneman.com or her family foundation's website, ludusproject.org.