If your kids like to play video games in their free time it can be a challenge to know which one is best for your kid, and which one is best for them. Depending on the age of your child you are going to want either a Nintendo 3DS XL or the Nintendo 2DS handheld game system, but of course figuring out which one is the best one to go with can be tricky.
For the younger kids we suggest the Nintendo 2DS, anyone under the age of 7 we feel this one is the best option for multiple reasons:
- Smaller distance for buttons on the device that make it easier for little hands to use
- No 3D option – for younger kids this option is best for their eyes
- Doesn’t fold shut. This means there is no hinge for the younger kids to accidentally bend to far and break.
- Easy to navigate menu. The menu on the Nintendo 2DS was easier for my 6 year old to navigate then when she tried on the Nintendo 3DS
- Plays all Nintendo 3DS games but in 2D format
For kids ages 8 and up we recommend the Nintendo 3DS, we feel this is the best option for the following reasons:
- More options. As kids get older they want more options and you can change between 3D and non 3D with the Nintendo 3DS which gives kids the option for which play setting the like better.
- Camera- my kids like many kids enjoy taking photos and they love being able to take photos with their Nintendo 3DS
- Awesome graphics. As kids get older they appreciate things like graphics in their games and the systems they are playing them on.
- Folds shut, which if your kids are like mine they like being able to shut the game and have the top open on their handheld. Neither of my older 2 kids could tell me exactly why they liked being able to flip it open but they do.
- Kids are more mature and know how to take care of their belonging better and the Nintendo 3DS is easier to break then the Nintendo 2DS.
- Online activity. If you allow your kids to go online they can do so on the Nintendo 3DS
When choosing the best Nintendo handheld game system that is right for your kids it is important to get one that is suitable for them. Playing games can be fun and as parents making sure the time they do spend playing games is enjoyable instead of frustrating them because they are using the wrong handheld system for their age.
Disclaimer: We are a part of the Nintendo Kids Reviewers team. All opinions are 100% my own.