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Jonathan Weinberg Technology Journalist GB
If your kids got a games console or gaming handheld for Christmas then they’ve probably already finished the games you bought them with it.

Now that's good news for them but bad news for you, because it means you'll need to shell out yet again on some new titles for them to play.

The early part of the year is often a bit dry for gaming releases but there are certainly some hits for children on the horizon. Here’s six to watch out for…
1. PAC-MAN and the Ghostly Adventures
The ghost-munching yellow hero is back on March 7 with a new game across all the major formats. He’s even got a new cartoon show, currently screening on Disney XD. It’s sure to have Pac-Man chomping at the hearts of youngsters, in the same way he ate his way to favour with their parents and grandparents.
2. Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze
If you own a WiiU - a console that has not performed to Nintendo’s expectations - then this is the first big kids’ release of the year for it. Out on February 21, it sees DK go ape against the Vikings, who have taken over his country.
3. The LEGO Movie Videogame
Due out next month on a range of machines, the latest in a long line of titles themed on the building bricks takes an ordinary LEGO man and turns him into a movie hero, destined to save the world. Along the way he - and you - will meet a host of different movie characters such as Gandalf and Superman.
4. Mario Kart 8
The classic Nintendo racer zooms onto the WiiU for the first time and it’s always going to be a mega hit. There’s no precise release date other than it’ll be out this year but it’s sure to have plenty of exciting tracks to drive around, all your favourite Nintendo characters and lots of obstacles to avoid knocking you off the road.
5. The Sims 4
Not due out until the Autumn, this is the latest in a long-line of the mega-successful life simulation games. And as well as creating your own Sims and towns and environments, you’ll be able to share them with the gaming world plus download the creations of others too. It’s sure to keep the children busy for hours.
6. Dr Kawashima’s Devilish Brain Training
It’s been a while since Dr Kawashima appeared in a game after the success of his original Brain Training titles for the Nintendo DS. So this new effort is sure to be popular when it comes out on the 3DS. It will feature lots of mind-bending puzzles to get kids young and old thinking. It’s out towards the end of 2014.

Which big game are your kids most looking forward to? Tell us in the comments below!

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