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VTech V.Smile TV Learning System

2.6 out of 5 stars 123 customer reviews
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  • The console connects directly to your home TV -- no additional equipment required
  • A whole library of your childs favorite characters
  • The innovative joystick adjusts to accommodate both right-handed and left-handed users
  • A second joystick can be connected for two-player game play
  • Not compatible with V.Motion Software
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Product Description

Product Description

Turn game time into brain time with the new V.Smile TV Learning System. This learning tool combines TV and video games with learning to create an engaging and educational experience for preschoolers. Simply plug the console into your TV, pop in a Smartridge and let the gaming adventures begin. Your little one will enjoy both modes of play that V.Smile has to offer: adventure mode for a realistic gaming experience and learning fun mode for unique educational games. It includes a joystick that is adaptable for right or left-hand play, as well as the V.Smile console. The joystick is easy to use and features a chunky enter key, so little hands can guide their games with ease. There's even a built-in storage compartment where you can hide up to six V.Smile games. UL listed. Requires 4 "AA" batteries (not included) or can be run by a 9V adapter (not included). Smartridges sold separately.

Limit one per household.


Educational video gaming just got smarter! Through our V.Smile TV Learning System, your child will learn math, spelling, logic and more while Turning Game Time Into Brain Time! The V.Smile TV Learning System is a brilliant breakthrough in TV gaming that combines a video game platform and educational content with a system that plugs directly into your television! This award-winning system plays Smartridges that are made especially for three to seven year olds, and features popular characters like Dora, Spiderman, Thomas and Shrek. Your child will love joining familiar friends on exciting adventures that guide them through age-appropriate skill levels and developmental activities. Each Smartridge includes four to five additional learning zone games that focus on specific skills needed in school. Two different game levels let children advance the curriculum and game speeds as they progress. The V.Smile system includes a jumbo joystick designed for both left-handed and right-handed users, four flashing buttons, and an oversized enter button created specifically for a preschooler’s active hands and mind.

With an included A/V adapter, the V.Smile game system hooks up directly to televisions.

Innovative joystick controller adjusts to accommodate both right- and left-handed users.

Each Smartridge includes four or five additional learning zone games aimed at improving specific scholastic skills.

Product Information

Product Dimensions 4.8 x 13.1 x 16.1 inches
Item Weight 4.5 pounds
Shipping Weight 5.5 pounds
Domestic 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.
International Shipping This item is not eligible for international shipping. Learn More
Item model number 80-075200
Manufacturer recommended age 36 months - 7 years
Batteries 4 AA batteries required.
Best Sellers Rank #196,932 in Toys & Games (See Top 100 in Toys & Games)
#1,270 in Toys & Games > Learning & Education > Basic & Life Skills Toys
#3,176 in Toys & Games > Preschool > Pre-Kindergarten Toys > Learning
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2.6 out of 5 stars 123 customer reviews

2.6 out of 5 stars
Discontinued by manufacturer Yes

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By Dr. James Austin on January 28, 2008
Electronics are evolving into pretty much every area of life, and that includes Early Learning. Apart from PC software, and stand-alone toys, a new approach follows the `games console' line: a console that you can hook up to your television so your little one can play games that will teach him or her counting, the alphabet, and the basic reading/writing/'rithmetic. Whether this approach actually `works', in terms of teaching children the basics, remains to be seen - it's too early for any useful research evidence.

Two of the front-runners in this evolution are the V.Smile from VTech, and the Clickstart `First Computer' from Leapfrog. Both are fairly cheap plastic battery-powered consoles pitched at 3- to 6/8-year-olds; both come with initial free software, and have a range of additional software available as cartridges, mostly themed on popular cartoon/comic characters (Disney, Thomas the Tank Engine, Superman etc). Unable to decide which (if either) of these might be helpful for our three-year-old boy, we decided to buy both and try them out. This is what we found.

The V.Smile is slightly more expensive (AU$119 for the console, plus AU$40 per software cartridge). It seems like the better machine in a lot of respects. There is a much wider range of software (about 30 cartridges available), catering from 3-to-5-year-olds up to 6-to-8-year-olds. It looks better engineered: sound output can be in stereo; there is a built-in compartment for storing your cartridges; there is a microphone (which we haven't used yet); and, although battery-powered (4 x AA), you can also run it off the mains - though, somewhat annoyingly, you have to buy a separate AC adapter.
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I purchased two V-Smile units for my grandchildren at Christmas in 2007, plus several games. Since then I also added a hand-held unit for them to use on long plane or car rides.

If only this toy would keep working!!! We have had SO MANY PROBLEMS with power. The adapter units have to be manipulated over and over to get power to the units. Then the games will just quit playing.

I have written to V-Tech and explained the problems and told them of my grandchildren's frustrations when the unit or game quits working.

Although it was great fun, it didn't last. No more money will go into this product.

Antelope, CA
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Overall, my son (just shy of 4) is very pleased with this product. He has been enjoying it ever since it came out of the box today.

Just a warning to purchasers: As of right now and at the time of my purchase, the product description on Amazon says: "Includes 1 Smartridge, joystick, microphone holder, A/V adaptor, and manual" and "3 C batteries required".

It states clearly on the package that arrived that there is no A/V adapter included and it actually takes 4 AA batteries, not 3 C batteries. Fortunately, I had some AA batteries available here at home. But, I'm still stuck with the package of 12 C batteries I ordered at the same time.

I've been back and forth with Amazon customer service all day about this issue and, hopefully, they will correct the description so other purchasers won't be disappointed.
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I have gone through two vsmile consoles and one vsmile pocket. They have all broken down and stopped working within two months despite new batteries and and an adapter (which only worked once). In fact the vsmile pocket had only been played a few times and it stopped working within four weeks. The temptation is to buy another one because you bought the games. Well I am here to tell you, DON'T DO IT. It is money down the drain. Cut your ties and move on. It is a BIG waste of money.
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We've had ours for almost 2 years, and for a while we had the same problems with it as a lot of the other reviewers. We were doing some spring cleaning this year and decided to give it one more try before tossing it. I plugged it in and got the same thing - nothing. Well, I hate being defeated by dumb gadgets, so I started looking it over. It powered up and ran the boot screens with no cartridge inserted, so I assumed the hardware was more or less okay. I then picked up one of the cartridges and slid back the plastic piece covering the contacts. The contacts were *filthy*. I looked at a couple more and they were all the same, so I got some cotton swabs and rubbing alcohol, and cleaned the contacts front and back. The swab was nearly black with grime when I was finished. I let it dry (~15 seconds), put it in the system, and bingo! It fired right up. I cleaned the other games and they all worked as well. It's been working perfectly ever since, and whenever a game won't run, we just give it a quick cleaning and it's back in business. It hasn't failed us once.

I don't know what kind of cheap alloy they make those contacts from, but it clearly tarnishes pretty quickly, and I'm sure little fingers poking around don't help, either. It may not fix every problem, but it's a cheap, quick experiment to try. Give it a shot before throwing out the whole package in frustration, like I almost did.

Oh yeah - My kids (5 and 3) really enjoy this system, and there are some good learning games available. I'm happy I could get it running again. I hope this might help somebody else with theirs.
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