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Nintendo 3DS for a 5 year old?

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Initial post: Nov 21, 2012 11:45:16 AM PST
Rockhardly says:
Thinking about getting a 3DS for my 5 year old.

Dad's a gamer - but he really hasn't shown much interest in it (until recently). I bought him Disney Universe on our PS3 about 6-8 months ago, but he had trouble understanding how the controller moves the dude on screen, etc. - he would start to get it, then get bored and want to do something else.

Recently, he seems to be getting into watching me play MoP - so I'm not sure if he's getting into gaming or not.

I'm thinking he's going to treat this like he did Star Wars - about a year ago, I tried to get him into Star Wars, and he did not like it at all. Then, all of the sudden, he was Dath Maulin' himself all over the place, wanted to be Vader for Halloween, asking me detailed questions about why Luke is good, why Annakin turned bad, etc., etc.

So - he might be ready for a 3DS. Then again, he may toss it aside.

Any experience out there with the 3DS and kids around 4-5?

Posted on Nov 21, 2012 11:46:27 AM PST
5 seems a little old for a 3DS, I heard it was for babies.

For real though, I think there are a load of games on the 3DS that would be perfect for him.

Posted on Nov 21, 2012 11:48:17 AM PST
Oskar2525 says:
Well, my 6 year old nephew beat Skyward Sword when he was 5, and currently loves his 3DS and is playing Ocarina of Time on it, so I would say go for it.

Posted on Nov 21, 2012 11:49:32 AM PST
Classic Game Girl gave a 3DS to her son who was younger than 5 at the time. She has had no problems finding engaging content for him.

Posted on Nov 21, 2012 11:51:27 AM PST
Rockhardly says:
I remember there was concerns about the 3D messing with kids' eyes if they were younger than a certain age?

Did I imagine that story, or is there an minimum age where you shouldn't let them use the 3D thingy so they don't turn their brains into turnips? If so, can it be disabled by parents (in a way other than me ripping the 3D switch off the side like a caveman)?

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 21, 2012 11:52:56 AM PST
Oskar2525 says:
Well, it made poor little Gohan bleed from his eyes and eventually he went blind. But that is the only case I have heard reported.

Posted on Nov 21, 2012 11:53:03 AM PST
Rockhardly says:
Awesome - thanks for the replies.

I think I'm going to get him one.

So - dad can play the Vita, and he can play his 3DS. Not sure what my wife is going to do while we're doing this. Maybe she can play with the dog - that is until they come out with a canine-friendly console.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 21, 2012 11:53:37 AM PST
Rockhardly says:
I don't mind eye-bleeding. He can always find work as a Bond villain with that.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 21, 2012 11:53:57 AM PST
Oskar2525 says:
She can make you both sandwiches!

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 21, 2012 11:55:01 AM PST
CGG said she disabled the 3D effect on her son's 3DS to be safe. I'm not sure if there is any substantive evidence that the 3D effect hurts a child's eyes but you may want to take it safe. This article may be of interest to you:

Posted on Nov 21, 2012 11:56:28 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Nov 21, 2012 11:58:21 AM PST
My son is five, and he loves his 3DS (got it when they first came out and he was four). I just use the parental settings to keep the 3DS off at all times for him at this age. There are tons of DS games that are age-appropriate and an increasing number of 3DS games as well.

I would recommend screen protectors and 3DS NERF Armor though. :)

Edit: Btw, we also use a stylus leash so that he doesn't constantly lose his stylus.

Posted on Nov 21, 2012 11:59:58 AM PST
saskamazon says:
just get nerf or crystal armor for the unit, so in case of a drop it is unharmed .... my son has had his for more than a year & before that a DS ... lots of great games .... the eshop is great for affordable smaller games as well. the little videos for it are often cute & child friendly ... great gift, especially as he will use it more & more .... they really like the photo taking .... he's soon to turn 8 & loves all his video game stuff .... you could enjoy Skylanders console co-op .... another good one.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 21, 2012 12:02:41 PM PST
D_Strasse says:
I recently let my 4 and 6 year have at my old DS Lite and my experience is they can play it and like it but don't treat it with the delicacy a more expensive piece of electronics needs. The 6yo isn't so bad but the 4yo is much worse.

I would prolly go for a reconditioned/used DS, or even a new DS before dropping for a 3DS. My $0.02.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 21, 2012 12:02:55 PM PST
Fiddle the bean.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 21, 2012 12:03:44 PM PST
I think you can get brand new DSi's for $80 a lot of places this year.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 21, 2012 12:05:15 PM PST
D_Strasse says:
That's reasonable IMHO.

Posted on Nov 21, 2012 12:06:57 PM PST
Benpachi says:
My mental capacity and gaming skills are akin to that of a 5 year old, I enjoy my 3DS.

Posted on Nov 21, 2012 12:33:42 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Nov 21, 2012 12:34:55 PM PST
Flores. says:
Nintendo's handhelds are the perfect babysitters IMO.
They prevent me from losing my mind on long trips. I'd rather hear gold coins jingling in the backseat than a thousand "are we there yet?"s.

Posted on Nov 21, 2012 1:01:28 PM PST
Rockhardly says:
Wait a second - I can't buy this thing. I'm a Sony fanboi!! I'll make the Vita sales numbers look bad if I do this.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 21, 2012 1:04:31 PM PST
Oskar2525 says:
Damn dood, that is quite the conundrum.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 21, 2012 1:16:28 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Nov 21, 2012 1:16:38 PM PST
Rockhardly says:
I'll offer them $20 extra to log it as a sale for a Vita.

That'll help me sleep at night.
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