Yet another PS3 Move vs. X360 Kinect question. Won't someone think of the children?

My wife has decided that she wants to buy a games console for the girls (the oldest is six (almost seven), the middle one is five. The youngest doesn't really count yet, being only 10 months old). The two girls that count for this decision are both very much into girly things - Disney, princesses, lots of pink, that kind of stuff. The younger of the two loves music and dancing, albeit in a very lazy pick-me-up-and-dance-with-me kind of way. I need some advice, since I have zero experience with either Move or Kinect. Which would be better for kids that age? Some points I need to keep in mind:

  • Which console has more (and better quality) kid-friendly games available?
  • What system (Move vs. Kinect) is just more fun to play around with?
  • Which console has better exclusives - both kid-friendly and slightly more hardcore? I'm a PC gamer at heart, and probably always will be, but if I have a console in the house I might as well get some use out of it too!

My wife asked on her facebook page, and most of her friends seem to lean towards PS3. Personally, I have no pony in this race, though I like that the PS3 will do both Bluray and HDMI out of the box. Also, I'm a huge fan of the Uncharted games, and I have copies of both 1 and 2 back in Europe - but buying a console just for one game series is kind of silly. As an addendum to that, is the PS3 region locked? Could I get the folks back home to send me the games I own and will they play on an American PS3?

I know that there is a lot of love for the Xbox 360 here. The PS3 is villified for its many updates, for instance, but that is not a problem for me. I'm slightly OCD about keeping my systems up to date, so I check quite frequently for updates anyway, be it on my PC, PSP, or Android phone. Are there any other major problems I need to be aware of in either system?

Please, GWJer hivemind, help me. Do it for the children!

Get a Wii U. It's the system that will actually accomplish what you are trying to do.

My daughter is 15, and the Gamecube and Wii served her very well as she grew up. I had an Xbox, too, but it was clearly for me and not her. If had to go with just one during that time, it would have been Nintendo's.

I would not buy a PS3 or 360 with the motion controls as a key deciding factor. The Kinect is probably the more fun, but neither really has titles that justify it.

But Wii U will have loads of family friendly games that are actually great franchises. Your kids deserve their time with Mario, Zelda, and the like. And with the new Pro controller in addition to the touchscreen, the Wii U will do the hardcore games you want, too.

The Kinect would be a better choice, but I say that with some hesitation as it still suffers from a bit of proof of concept issues. Meaning the games aren't very good. But for kids, there's a lot to like.

The PS3 isn't region locked. You'll probably find more exclusives on the PS3 than on the 360 at this point, but most stuff has been out for both and pc.

Wii U would definitely be a good choice since you have all the Wii games to choose from. Dance Central is a better game than Just Dance, but with young kids it probably doesn't matter.

+1 on WiiU. My youngest was 7 when we got a Wii and he still plays it. The older two have "graduated" to the 360 (with Kinect), but my 15-year-old daughter still plays the Wii a bit, esp. the motion games. Everything we have gotten on the 360 for Kinect was played for a short while and relegated to the bin o' old games. This includes Dance Central 1 & 2.

Kinect. Pixar Rush, Nat Geo TV, Sesame Street - all great titles with fun and easy controls. Throw in Dance Central, Kinect Adventures, and Kinect Sports for the adults and I think it is a winner. And as an all-around entertainment device it mops the floor with the Wii U.