As summer officially starts on June 21st and you start planning your vacation by either taking a trip or just staying at home relaxing, some of us will probably spend time at home playing the latest top rated video games. Stimulus Technologies has done the research and found the hottest console and PC games to try out.

Mario Kart 8 for Nintendo Wii U
Rated E (Everyone)

Mario Kart 8Since the release of Mario Kart 8 in May 30th, sales on the Wii U have increased over 90 percent. The new HD version has 32 courses, with two Rainbow Roads, and there are 16 main characters with 14 characters that can be unlocked. Along with 26 different vehicles, from karts to bikes, the game displays twisting U-turns, blistering sense of speed, skillful track designs, tournaments and beautiful graphics. Mario Kart 8 stays in lead for racing games and hours of entertainment. Rated E, everyone, is recommended for ages 6 and older.

Rated M (Mature)

TitanfallWith a four out of five start rating on most critics’ websites, Titanfall is one of most anticipated FPS (first person shooter) games. The game was created by the developers of “Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2”. Players are amazed at everything that is happening on the screen at any given time. Instead of battling in the streets of empty cities, Titanfall has players fighting along soldiers, piloting massive mechanics, and shooting at enemy players. The battles go by fast, which keeps gamers starting the game every time. Rated M, mature, is recommended for ages 17 and older.

Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft
Rated T (Teen)

HearthStoneBlizzard Entertainment released Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft in March 2014, a free to play online card game. The creators of “World of Warcraft” took the Warcraft universe into a game of 30 cards with the end goal of burning through your opponent’s cards before you lose your health cards. The different card types include weapons, spells and minions. The high-end graphics are sure to keep you entertained through the match. Rated T, teen, is recommended for ages 13 and older.

Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze
Rated E (Everyone)

Donkey Kong: Tropical FreezeCreated by Retro Studios, Donkey Kong Country Tropical Freeze is one of the most challenging Donkey Kong versions yet, with its amazing graphics and landscapes, the two-dimensional game is strategically designed to keep players pushing to get to the next level without giving up. The game is full of tense sequences, hard to find secrets and collectibles which will require you to play each level multiple times. The game is displayed on a side-scrolling screen and switches to an angled view for certain aspects of gameplay. Rated, E, everyone, is recommended for ages 6 and older.

Don’t forget to step outside once in a while for fresh air!