Skylanders: Spyros Adventure | Wii, PS3, Xbox 360, PC, 3DS 1 of 10
In this clever twist on the classic hero’s adventure, kids set plastic monster figures (three are included, with 29 more sold separately) on a glowing wireless base to literally bring the toys to life on-screen. All 32 figures are compatible across game systems, so if your friend has a Wii and you have a PS3, you can still compete.
Get it from Amazon, $69.99 »
Wappy Dog with Toy for Nintendo DS 2 of 10
We’ve seen plenty of robotic pets and played our share of pet-simulation games. Wappy Dog, however, is the first full-sized robot dog that we raise and nurture using the Nintendo DS controls. Game progress gets saved to the toy, so you can walk Wappy Dog in the real world after feeding and training it in the virtual one.
Get it from Amazon, $49.99 »
Zoobles! Spring to Life with Zoobles Toy for Nintendo DS 3 of 10
Based on the Zoobles line of roly-poly toy pets, this Nintendo DS adventure includes a limited-edition toy that enables kids to bridge real-world play with on-screen fun. While you can play the game without it, the toy unlocks exclusive goodies inside the six magical worlds that your in-game Zoobles explore.
Get it from Toys ‘R’ Us, $29.99 »
Squinkies 2: Adventure Mall Surprize! Bundle for Nintendo DS 4 of 10
Kids enamored of the squat, squishy Squinkies toys will delight in playing with their favorite characters on-screen. The game sets you in a mall, where you collect trinkets and interact with more than 600 Squinkies — not counting, of course, the limited-edition (although not actually playable in the game) toys that come with it.
Get it from Toys ‘R’ Us, $29.99 »
Lalaloopsy Bundle for Nintendo DS 5 of 10
Based on the adorable, super-accessorized rag dolls of the same name, Lalaloopsy lets kids interact with the dolls and their pets in a series of fun, simple challenges. The included mini-Lalaloopsy doesn’t actually add features to the game, but we guarantee it’ll add plenty of appeal for your kids.
Get it from Best Buy, $29.99 »
FunGoPlay Annual Membership and Sports Gear 6 of 10
FunGoPlay bridges online gaming with the real world by granting virtual prizes (new gear for your avatar, for instance) when you complete physical challenges, to encourage playing off-screen as well as on. A one-year membership gets you an electronically enhanced soccer ball and flying disk, which sync with your account to unlock rewards when you play with them.
Get it from FunGoPlay, $59.95 for one year »
Moshi Monsters: Moshling Zoo for Nintendo DS 7 of 10
Besides being a mega-popular line of collectible figures, Moshi Monsters is also a website where kids play games and unlock goodies using codes from the toys. This DS game includes challenges that unlock even more items at MoshiMonsters.com, but we like that it follows a unique storyline that doesn’t require online play to enjoy.
Get it from Amazon, $29.99 »
Monster High Ghoul Spirit for Wii and Nintendo DS 8 of 10
Forget merely role-playing with Monster High dolls. In this Wii and DS adaptation, kids actually create monster avatars and enroll in the school. The game includes all the assignments, after-school activities and tween drama you’d expect, but when you need to get away, there’s also a huge, haunted campus to explore.
Get it from Amazon, $39.99 »
Beyblade: Metal Masters with Limited-Edition Battle Top 9 of 10
The Japanese animated series-turned-global toy phenomenon, Beyblade hits Nintendo DS for the holidays complete with an exclusive top we’d normally have to scour eBay to acquire. Although the top can’t actually be used in the game, kids can battle their friends using the console’s wireless connection or face off against 37 characters from the series.
Get it from Amazon, $34.96 »