November 18, 2015 19:47 ET

Video Games & Gadgets for the Whole Family

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwired - Nov 18, 2015) - James Oppenheim, Technology Editor shares the hottest, family-friendly new gifting trends for 2015.

Video games don't have to be ultra-violent! At the holidays, leave the gore at the door. Guitar Hero Live uses filmed action footage to make you feel like a rock star. Using the incredible power of next-gen platforms you'll actually see how the crowd responds to your playing. With free music channels and premium content there's always new songs to play. The game's all-new guitar has three rows with two buttons each, which makes for a more realistic playing experience.

Skylanders Superchargers is a great game to play with your kids. You power up the video game with action figures that make for creative play, on-screen and off. This year there are vehicles for gaming on land, sea and sky. There are gorgeous worlds to explore, races to be won, and even a digital card game that hones critical thinking. 

For more family fun try Just Dance 2016. It gets everyone off the couch and dancing with over forty tunes including hits like Uptown Funk and All About That Bass. Depending on your platform, up to six people can play at the same time; all they need is their smartphone, and the free App, no extra accessories needed. Play against your friends, or online; it will even track how many calories you're burning!

Anki Overdrive is the 21st century's answer to slot cars! There are no slots so you can change lanes at will. You control the rechargeable, wireless racers using your smartphone or tablet. The track snaps together fast and can be arranged in eight different shapes, plus there are extra pieces you can get that add jumps and other stunts! Race against up to three other players, or play against the AI. Each car has its own personality and improves the more you win!

And, of course, there will be lots of picture taking and sharing this holiday season -- accessing and sharing those photos and videos can be a pain. With the Connect Wireless Stick from SanDisk, music, photos and HD videos can all be stored on the unique USB device. Just put it in your bag or pocket, and watch, listen, and share your files, wirelessly on your PC, tablet, or smartphone.

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