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VTech V.Smile V-Motion Active Learning System

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  • Wireless, motion activated joystick is also righty or lefty adaptable
  • 100% compatible with the entire V.Smile Smartridge library
  • Web connect features allow for bonus game play downloads
  • Includes sports title
  • V.Link sold separately
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CHOKING HAZARD -- Small parts. Not for children under 3 yrs.

Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 16 x 13 inches ; 4.2 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 4.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S. and to APO/FPO addresses. For APO/FPO shipments, please check with the manufacturer regarding warranty and support issues.
  • Origin: China
  • ASIN: B00160240M
  • Item model number: 80-078841
  • Manufacturer recommended age: 36 months - 7 years
  • Batteries 4 AA batteries required. (included)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #69,592 in Toys & Games (See Top 100 in Toys & Games)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (86 customer reviews)
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Product Description

Vtech V.Smile 80-078841 Electronic Learning Game 80-078841 Learning Toys

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Keep kids moving, learning, and having fun with the award-winning V.Motion Active Learning System from Vtech. This educational gaming system is designed to keep kids aged three to seven amused and motivated for hours at a time. They will have plenty of fun using the wireless controller to practice hand eye coordination, solve puzzles, and win races.

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The Good: Educational gaming system encourages creativity and problem solving

The Bad: No option to use non-battery power with the console

In a Nutshell: This unique game system promotes active play and makes learning fun

At a Glance

Ages: 3 to 7
Requires: 4 AA batteries and 3 AAA batteries (included); TV; PC to use V-link features


Includes everything you need to get started with healthy, educational fun.

Included "Action Mania" Smartridge features six types of games . View larger.
Easy to Setup and Control
Getting ready for your child's first game is easy. Simply insert the included AA batteries into the game console and the included AAA batteries into the controller. Then connect the console to your TV using the include A/V cable, slide a Smartridge cartridge into the game slot, and you're ready to go.

For each game, there are two control options. Kids can pick to use the joystick as a directional controller, or they can pick to use the motion of the controller itself. This means that tipping the controller left, right, forward, or backward inspires a corresponding motion on screen, letting kids get up and move around instead of staying stationary in front of the TV.

This is extra fun when your on-screen character is doing something fast-paced, like racing down a bobsled course. On the flip side, games that require more nuanced controls are often easier to navigate using the joystick. There's even a switch that lets you decide which way is "up," so the controller can be customized to accommodate right and left handed players.

Lots of Ways to Play Educational Games
It's easy to see why this system won the National Parenting Center's Seal of Approval and the Creative Child Seal of Excellence. A variety of age-appropriate games teach concepts like numbers, letters, and shapes for younger children and let older children work on skills like counting, vocabulary, and matching.

These games feature popular characters like Dora the Explorer, Spiderman, Kung Fu Panda, and Scooby Doo, and they include features that range from races to puzzles to sing-alongs. When kids want to play with a friend or a sibling, there's a two-player mode. And a switch on the bottom of the controller lets you ensure that signals aren't being crossed if the second player comes with his or her own controller.

The included "Action Mania" Smartridge means that your child will have six distinct types of games to choose from right away. One option is to engage in a bobsled race where passing through gates requires answering questions related to counting or more advanced topics like understanding greater than and less than. Another option involves using the controller to balance on a ball and select healthy foods, like pineapple, and avoid "unhealthy" snacks, like sweets. The third game is situated on a tennis court and does an especially good job promoting the development of hand eye coordination.

Club VTech lets parents and kids connect online and participate in a family-centered learning community. The included USB V-link device makes it easy to move data from your home computer to your Active Learning System. Web connect features allow for bonus gameplay downloads that keep kids excited about this learning system, and parents have access to educational advice and special promotional offers.

Overall, the whole Vtech experience is designed to promote interaction and healthy lifestyle choices while making learning fun. Our one minor complaint is the fact that the console uses battery power instead of having a wall adapter, which would eliminate the disappointment of batteries dying in the middle of a game. But if you don't have a convenient outlet, or you want to use the same console on several different TVs, this feature can actually be a bonus.

What's in the Box
Console, controller, wrist strap, 4 AA batteries, 3 AAA batteries, Smartridge, V-link, and user's manual.

Customer Reviews

I've tried batteries and the power adapter and it's all no good.
T. Leech
The graphics are for kids, the learning is phonics, letters, numbers, colors, shapes...afterall the game is for preschoolers.
A. Moore
The controler 'motion' does not work, and we have gone to only using the joystick.
Bethany J

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

35 of 38 people found the following review helpful By Jalen's Mommy on December 29, 2008
I purchased this system for my 3 year old. With that in mind, I did not expect Playstation 3 graphics, so am satisfied with the quality in graphics. The quality did not suffer any more on my 42" LCD than a smaller tv as some have complained about. Bottom line: if you are looking for high quality graphics comparable to PS3, look elsewhere.

The functionality is fantastic. It works for both righties and lefties. You have the option of joystick or motion capabilities with each vmotion game. My child does not have any delays with motion detection as some have complained about. It's functionality is much like any wireless remote.

As far as educational value is concerned, I am very pleased. This does not replace a teacher and only supplements your child's education. With that in mind, there is a plethora of learning content which varies from shapes, letter, number and color identification, math, logic, etc depending on each game. The games are broken up into 3 categories: 3-5, 4-6 and 6-8 years old. There is overlapping, by that I mean my son can play and enjoy the 4-6 age category despite being only 3 years old. It all depends on their educational level and with enough supervision and proper guidance your child will not be limited to a particular category. I advise that the first time your child plays a game you walk him through it. The best part of all is that all the smartridges are compatible with the vmotion. All vsmile games and accessories work on this system, expanding your library of gaming options. Most games also have a difficulty option giving you the ability to choose easy or difficult, so as they progress, it can become more challenging. This is also great for households with younger and older children.
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89 of 103 people found the following review helpful By BruinBear on August 7, 2008
I bought this for my 6 year old son, really excited that now he could have his own "wii" and might actually learn something while playing it. However, the motion controller is really hard to use - it's not very intuitive, and even I can't seem to get it to direct the characters on screen. On most of the games you can choose whether to play with motion or the joystick, and after a few times of trying to use the motion, he now only plays with the joystick because it was so frustrating. Needless to say, this product is not going to get your kids off the couch and moving while they're playing games.

Additionally, I'm not really sure where the educational content is in this product - there's a little bit scattered here and there (i.e. letters, words) but to be honest, he's not really learning much. Most of the games are more like traditional video games - it's almost like they just threw in some letters so they could call it "educational". Our next door neighbors have the Leapster and their mom has told me how much her boys have learned in terms of math and spelling, so I really thought this system would help my son in the same way (definitely not).

I tried to use the v link thing too - they say it's supposed to let me see his progress online. It's pretty weak - it's pretty hard to figure out the relative value of what they're telling me, and it's not really anything more than what I can pick up just by watching him play.

My sister just bought the new Leapster 2 for her daughter and she's already raving about it - plus it has this learning path thing online that tells her actual details about what her daughter is playing - even down to what questions she got wrong. Now that is cool.

My recommendation - buy a Leapster 2 if you want education or a Wii if you want motion - but don't waste your money on this.
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Paul Leonardo on May 6, 2009
I was dumb enough to buy this twice for my son because he loved it. Both times in about a month, the console would not power up anymore. I have since searched the internet & found that 1000's of people are having the same problem. Vtech should listen to there customers & fix this flaw in the console system.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By S. jackson on December 27, 2008
Just another piece of junk that needs batteries. Not only does the controller take batteries (understandable) but the console does too! I guess I would be spending a fortune on batteries if my 4 year old actually enjoyed playing it. The conroller is very frustrating and difficult to control, not only that, it's big and clumsy. She typically ends up getting mad and giving up...and so do I.

The games are so uneducational that it's offensive. Kids are smart...these games should be too.

Don't think about putting this system on the big screen in your family room. The picture quality is so poor and distorted, it's hard to make out the characters. I'm sure it would be fine on a small TV...maybe 19" at most.

I would never recommend this product or the games for it to anyone...EVER!
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on July 23, 2008
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I BOUGHT THIS FOR MY 5 & 7 YR OLD. THEY BOTH LOVE IT. MY 5YR OLD HAS BARELY GOTTEN INTO VIDEO GAMES HE HAS ADHD, AND HE LOVES PLAYING WITH THE GAMES.
VERY SIMPLE TO USE. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED. I HAVE TO SAY I CAN'T GET THE V.LINK TO WORK IT SEEMS IT IS STILL NOT OPERATIONAL INT THEIR WEBSITE.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Ben Wright on January 4, 2010
I got this for my three year old since he was so interested in my Xbox. He loves the games, sometimes I play with him and they're pretty fun. They're fairly educational... you learn shapes, numbers, letters, and puzzle solving; great preschool and kindergarten stuff. My problem is with the system itself. You're kids won't mind, but the thing is very poorly designed. The "motion" controller is nothing more than a gimmick... it doesn't work very well, and frankly the games are more fun and intuitive when you use the joystick (luckily the games let you choose which control you want to use). Also the thing plays regular Vsmile games which is nice because they are cheaper and don't use the useless motion control. The second really dumb thing about this is that the entire console is battery powered. My son played it on and off all day the day after Christmas and the batteries were dead. You MUST buy the Vtech 9 volt adapter unless you have an endless supply of batteries. The third thing I don't like is that the AV cable is integrated into the machine. That means if the cable is damaged you have to buy a whole new Vsmile. The fourth thing I don't like is that the games a really hard to get in and out. It would be really easy for a small child to break the cartridge pushing and pulling to change games. And fifth, the graphics are "blurry". The games look as good as old Genesis or Super Nintendo games, except the pixels all bleed together making the images very blurry unless you're sitting ten feet away or so. Like I said, all those things might bug you as a parent, but your kids won't care... it's good, quality educational entertainment.
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