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Be careful with Rock Band though. Some of the lyrics are not really what I would call "kid-friendly" I've played it a few times with my kids (6 and 5) and I really have to monitor which songs get played.
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Be careful with Rock Band though. Some of the lyrics are not really what I would call "kid-friendly" I've played it a few times with my kids (6 and 5) and I really have to monitor which songs get played.
The Beatles should be fine, though
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Be careful with Rock Band though. Some of the lyrics are not really what I would call "kid-friendly" I've played it a few times with my kids (6 and 5) and I really have to monitor which songs get played.
We got Band Hero for our kids. Really my wife and 3 daughters (23, 21 and 14). I was playing with them doing the singing and found a couple songs from the 70's and was singing along and all the sudden noticed the words were wrong. They had been edited. I think one of the songs was American Pie, and the changed the line 'whiskey and rye'.

There were a couple of other ones that they changed as well. Pretty Woman?? Couldn't tell you about most of them cause I didn't know them.
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They changed "whiskey and rye"?

That's weird. I don't care. I'll teach my kids the real words.

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I'd second Mario Kart. I haven't played it on Wii, but I played the SNES one when I was about 7 as well as the N64 when it came out. Always a fun game regardless of age.
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Sounds good. I'm also looking into buying some of the "classic" Nintendo games from my childhood... if they don't like Super Mario Bros, I can always just play it myself.

...or Zelda... trying to remember the other games I had.
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I heard about the Whiskey and Rye change. That's silly. That's like MTV bleeping out any references to guns.

Still, it's more than just language, sometimes it's just the nature of the song itself. Like "You Oughta Know" by Alanis. Try explaining scratching nails down someones back. Or Man in the Box, talking about sewing one's eyes shut (not to mention the lyric "Jesus Christ/deny your maker")

I dunno, maybe I'm more sensitive about it. I just know that my kids pick up A LOT that they see, and I'd hate for them to copy something inappropriate at the wrong time. That's why I'm extra careful. I have thought about BAnd Hero and Lego Rock Band though.
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The Beatles should be fine, though
I wonder what is the most controversial topic that would come out of a Beatles song.
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From "I am the Walrus"
"Yellow mother custard dripping from a dead dog's eye, Crabalocker priestess, pornographic fishwife. Boy, you've been a naughty girl, you let your knickers down"

No dirty words, but I don't want to have an explanation other that "it's just a silly song with silly words" at this point. It goes by fast enough that our 5 yr old hasn't asked any questions... yet.
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Animal crossing was a favorite of my kids when they were younger. I don't get the point of it at all, it's really bizarre mind bending stuff, but the kids loved it. It's a little cartoony type town populated by animals. You're an animal and you wander around randomly running into people who'll ask you to do favors for them, or you catch fish, or go to the store and buy things for your house. And it tracks time, so if I remember, it'l do stuff at Christmas and Halloween sort of thing. I couldn't stand the game, it drove me nuts because there's just no objective at all. But it was my kids all time fave.

The new mario game is awesome, but your kids may be a bit young. The best part of that game though is that it works like the orig mario games - which I mastered back sometime 20 years ago on the original NES. So the old man gets some traction in that game instead of having his butt handed to him like all the other games.
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