We gave my son (nine and a half) a Wii for Christmas. He's had it for three months now, playing it under strict restrictions (Wiikends only, for example). We have some Wii games and some GameCube games, and here's a list of some titles and how they get rated by him and his cousin. If he slates your favourite game, well, remember that he's telling it like he finds it, not as one would like it to be.
|Wii Sports:||Very Good|
|Super Monkey Ball Banana Blitz:||Challenging|
|Monster 4x4 World Circuit:||Best Game Ever|
|Tony Hawk's Downhill Jam:||Awsome|
|Sonic and the Secret Rings:||Challenging & exciting|
|GT Pro Series:||Too hard to handle the cars on turns|
|Rayman Raving Rabbids:||Raving fun !!|
|Creature from the Krusty Krab:||True to SpongeBob|
|Spyro: A Hero's Tail:||Fun and Exciting|
|A Series of Unfortunate Events:||Challenging, fun, & true to movie|
|F1 2002:||Very very hard indeed, but very realistic. Good lessons|
|Nicktoons Battle for Volcano Island||Good clean fun !|
I don't know if it's more by luck or by good judgement (I suspect mainly the former !) but we've ended up with a set of games that he and pretty much all his friends like.
The novelty of playing "unattached" certainly helped to start off with, but hasn't diminished in any way so far. The kids also play with the various system parts, like making Miis, and perusing the shop and, sometimes, going online. This latter I have made a "with daddy only" activity, and they respect that - they know what I do for a living and that I know (I hope) more than they do !
In sum, I was apprehensive getting a game machine for my son, having nightmares over whether he'd be up all night playing on the thing, but so far I've had no problems. Now if you ask me again in another 6 months things may be different, but only time can tell.