There are games to get your videogame-ignorant family members hooked that don't have "brain" in the title, believe it or not. We run down the best...
Let's face it, neither of Nintendo's "brain games" are really all that great, so while all those other sites are on vacation Modojo compiled the top nine handheld games to test out on your grandma over the holidays. Start her out on one of these, and before you know it you'll be fighting to get your copy of Trauma Center or Ultimate Ghosts 'n Goblins back. We promise.
Ok, we don't promise, but it could happen. Enjoy!
Mario Tennis: Power Tour
How can tennis not appeal to everyone out there? I once knew a guy who hated the sport with an unbridled passion and wouldn't even bother to watch a match, and yet he picked up Mario Tennis for the GBA and got hooked for hours on end with lobs and aces. Sometimes it's just simply putting a sport back into perspective and adding some neat extras that can draw in the most unlikeliest of audiences. - Robert Falcon
This puzzle game is simple enough not to scare off the easily intimidated. Match three colors? Easy. Use the stylus instead of buttons? Easy. Unless grandma is completely blind, she should be able to last at least ten seconds in a round. The addition of different planets with their own gravity adds to the game's replayability. The fact that there's no 2 player versus mode means she won't be put off by a bratty little grandchild kicking her butt. -Louise Yang
Sega Genesis Collection
How do you introduce someone to gaming who isn't ready for the next level? Simple- introduce them to something from the past. Sega Genesis Collection is an ideal classic collection that anyone can find comfort in, thanks to a broad selection of games and a handful of excellent extras. I still can't get enough of Space Fury. -Robert Falcon
I never thought I'd see that day when 10 year-old girls would be toting around Nintendo portables, but apparently, it's here. Play the game for a couple of minutes and it's no mystery that this game has been so popular among casual and new gamers...who doesn't love playing virtual fetch with those little sausage dogs? - Eugene Kim
The simplicity of play in this title makes it ideal for anyone. Only two buttons for control. Roll left, or roll right! Press both to Jump. Hey, it's so simple even my Mom can play it. The simple visuals also help, it's so easy to see whats going on. You can tell whats gonna be bad for you and whats gonna be of help. It's gaming by numbers! Kinda... - Philip Jones
Pheonix Wright: Ace Attorney
This one might be a little bit of a stretch - some of the puzzles might be a little too abstract and frustrating for new gamers. Still, my mother has literally read every murder/mystery book at our city library - she cleaned them out, and at this point can predict just about any twist ending a mile away. But what about a mystery that the reader helps unfold, and ultimately solve? Now there's something she hasn't experienced before. -Justin Davis
Animal Crossing: Wold World
This simple sandbox game is the kind of portable experience that everyone can enjoy, regardless of age or gender. Improve your house, become a fossil collector, a master bug catcher, a top-class fisherman, or just hang out with your fellow townsfolk. The controls are easy to figure out, whether using the stylus or the d-pad, and I can say from experience that a girlfriend who doesn't usually play games may change her mind when you add her to your town and hand her the DS for a little bit... you just may not get it back. - Ryan Morgan
Wario Ware: Twisted
No complicated control schemes to learn here, just tilt your 'boy around. Even the menus at the start are selected by tilting around. There are plenty of minigames to keep you interested for ages. The game has a lovely, whacky sense of humour that should bring a smile to anybodys face. Fun! In a strange shaped cartridge. -Philip Jones
Luxor: The Wrath of Set
Instead of going all out with ridiculous extras and a theme that goes way off the mark, Mumbo Jumbo keeps things incredibly simple and addictive with Luxor, a twist on the old puzzle formula of Zuma. Shoot balls, eliminate balls from playfield, and shoot more balls. Sounds easy, but it isn't. Really. -Robert Falcon