The minimum age for the Leapster TV and L-max products is 4. For your 3 year old I would recommend Vtech's V.Smile TV Learning System, which is appropriate for 3+. In addition, the V.Smile offers 2 player modes in most games while the Leapster TV does not. If you have not already purchased the L-Max for your 5-year old then you should consider the Vtech's V.Smile Interactive Learning Handheld Game, which is the equivalent of the L-Max for a 5 year old. Both systems can share the same cartridges as well.
Hi. I have both handheld versions, which I love both. Though I do have to say that my vpocket is doing something funky, and that disappoints me because neither systems get used enough to be in poor shape. I really take care of them. I was looking to by the vflash, but read some terrible reviews, and then again, they just did a toy review toy special on TV and gave it a thumbs way up high from all the kids and teachers who played with it for over 2 months, kids were engaged just watching other kids play - and of course, teachers loved it because of the educational value. I think looking for kick butt graphics and the like is hopeless in the educational department. Between my two handheld versions, I would call them close to equal, with Leapster being ahead.
Hi I don't know if my answer will still help you but here goes. The graphics on the handheld are much better in my opinion. My kids have both the lmax and the leapster tv, they prefer the lmax. And yes all games can be played on both the leapster tv and l-max. Hope this helps.
My four year old grandson received an L-max Leapster for Christmas. It also
came with tv cables. He can play the portable game by himself or take turns playing with his friends. He can plug the game into the TV to see it bigger and play it easier with his friends.
I bought the power adapter pretty cheap. However, there is a bundle pack that includes the adapter. I think the adapter is the way to go because you can use it with the tv leapster as well as the handheld.
Actually, you are incorrect. ALL Leapster games play on ALL Leapster products. In response to the original poster, Leapster is handheld only, Leapster L-Max is both portable and tv-play, and Leapster TV is tv-only. So for the best of both worlds, get the L-Max. V-Smile has HORRIBLE reviews as a totally defective product that doesn't last, whereas Leapster is VERY durable and takes lots of abuse with no problems. I say stick with Leap Frog.