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Nintendo DS Games for Kids Part I

Updated on March 12, 2012
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Nintendo DS Games for Kids

Ladies and Gentlemen, let me introduce to you my video-game-addicted daughter, Lex. Her gaming experience involves the Nintendo DS, the XBox 360, and the Nintendo Wii. She began playing video games at age 4 and has had her hands glued to a controller ever since. While I do my best to purchase games that will teach her some sort of reading, math, or thinking skills, she prefers to play fast-paced, role-playing, adventure games. Her favorite place to hang out is the Video Game Exchange a block from her home and you may be able to catch glimpses of her between the hours of 3:30 pm and 7:30 pm.

OK, seriously now. My daughter's excessive game playing has placed me in the perfect position to review various games for the Nintendo DS, her favorite system because it is portable. As a side note, I want to mention my daughter was reading at age 4 and has been in her school's gifted programs since the middle of first grade. The games she plays may be better suited for a child a bit older than 7. I will attempt to place suitable age ranges for each game, but please use your own judgement. All of the following games work for Nintendo DS, Nintendo DSi, and Nintendo 3DS. For more game reviews please visit the second page in this set at Nintendo DS Games for Kids Part II

DS Game Review

Disney, Petz, and Sims DS games are a-plenty at any video game store and at my house. The following list contains games my daughter owns by each brand.

DISNEY

Finding Nemo- This game is appropriate for minimal readers and ages 5 and up. There are various mini-games in Finding Nemo. You can build your own fish tank or roll your bagged fish across a street and into the ocean. My daughter loved this game when she was 6 years old. She left it in her DS for a few weeks, which is a great indicator of how much fun the game truly is.

Madagascar - This game is also appropriate for minimal readers and ages 5 and up. In Madagascar you can explore different levels that have different goals. Each level lets you be a different character from the movie. Again, this game was a big hit and I even found myself playing it.

Pirates of the Caribbean - At World's End - This DS game is better for advanced readers and ages 9 and up. This game proved to be a little too advanced for my daughter at first. But with a little coaching and help along the way she did great. It is actually my game, but I needed her help to beat it! It has mild violence because you use a sword to protect yourself from bad pirates and pirate zombies.

Petz DS Games

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All of the Petz DS games require minimal reading and are suitable for ages 5 and up. They are all also very cute. Of the ones my daughter owns, Catz and Dogz are the most popular in my house. My 7 year old and my 4 year old both play the games and love them. Petz Catz and Petz Dogz are very interactive and let you decorate rooms, dress your pets, and accomplish small goals. The other Petz games quickly lost my daughter's attention because there wasn't much opportunity for interacting with the game. Other titles we own and that are available are Petz Bunnyz, Petz Hamsterz 2 Life, Petz Horsez, and Petz Wild Animals - Tigerz

Sims DS Games

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Sims 2 Castaway- This game requires some advanced reading skills and is better suited for children ages 9 and up. In the game, your character is lost on a remote island and you must explore to find goodies to help you survive. You can make friends along the way and learn how to sew new clothes, go spear fishing, and paint with squished bugs. My daughter enjoyed the game and still has yet to beat it. That is a plus for me because she'll keep playing it longer and I'll get my money's worth out of it.

Sims 2 Pets - This game requires moderate reading skills but can still be played once the child learns the symptoms of the illnesses. I would recommend this game for children ages 6 and up. In Sims 2 Pets you get to run a pet care center. You can build your business up from the ground and buy bigger houses and offices, achieve different ranks to earn more and buy more, and treat patients (animals) for all sorts of illnesses. This is a fun game that never runs out of possibilities or patients.

Assorted DS Games

Other games my daughter owns that do not fit into a brand category are listed below in alphabetical order with age recommendations and short descriptions.

Animal Crossing - Wild World - Animal Crossing requires a lot of reading and may be better for kids ages 7 and up. This is a fun role playing game where you are the main character and you move into a new town. You can make new friends, learn new tricks for surviving in the town, and decorate your house. Sadly, your friends move out quickly. Good news, you get to make more friends again when your old friend is replaced. My daughter was addicted to this game for about 4 months before she would play anything else. Although it was cheaper for me not to have to buy a new game, it was a little crazy how much she loved it.

Charlotte's Web - This game, again, requires some reading skills. I would recommend it for children ages 7 and up. It is loaded with mini-games once you complete various levels within the full game. You get to play Wilbur the pig and use clues and chats with barn friends to achieve goals. My daughter has had the game for almost a year now and still plays it regularly.

Cooking Mama - This game ‘helps' you learn to cook by telling you what ingredients to add, mix, slice, dice, and cook. I would recommend it for ages 5 and up. However, it is a very slow moving game and may not keep a young child's interest for long. My daughter played it for a day and hasn't looked at it since.

Final Fantasy Fables - Chocobo Tales - I recommend this game for children ages 8 and up. It is a ‘play' on Final Fantasy and has a ton of levels, a ton of mini-games, lots of reading, and lots of cards. The cards follow the lines of Pokémon and let you do battle. My daughter loves this game more than any other game so far.

Imagine Teacher - I recommend this DS game for children ages 7 and up. It requires a lot of reading and part of the game is grading homework papers of your students. You get to be the teacher and make lesson plans, teach the pupils, grade their papers, and teach them art. It is a fun game but can be completed quickly.

My Little Pony - Pinky Pie's Party - I recommend this game for ages 4 - 6. It is very easy, requires no reading if you have the volume turned up, and is a no-lose game. I bought it for my daughter this last grading period for good grades and we were both disappointed when she solved the entire game in an hour.

Nintendogs - I recommend this DS game for ages 4 and up. When I say ‘up' that includes adults too. My daughter and I both have a copy and it is a wonderfully fun time. We can take our dogs onto each other's screens to visit and play together. We can also enter our own dogs in competitions, take them for walks, or give them baths. My 4 year old just started playing it on my DS and she loves it too. She has been begging for her own copy for a week now.

Paws and Claws Pet Vet - This game requires advanced reading and I would recommend it for ages 9 and up. In the game you run a vet office and you advertise, treat pets, build your office more, treat pets more, and so on. I was actually addicted to this game for a while. But once I finally handed it over to my daughter she never let go again. She has been playing it steadily for the past 8 months.

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Other DS Games

Scooby-Doo, Who's Watching Who?- This game requires minimal reading. Even though there are parts to read, they are not necessary for successful game play. I would recommend this game for children ages 5 and up. In the game you get to play Scooby-doo and wander through spooky levels trying to get Scooby Snacks and trying to solve the overall mystery. The levels are not overly difficult and the graphics are great.

Sonic Rush - I would recommend Sonic Rush to children ages 5 and up. Reading is not necessary and as long as you go fast, you can beat the level in most cases. There are gold coins to collect, loops to fly around, and hills to rocket up. This game is the ultimate in fast-paced adventures. My daughter once dated Sonic, that's how much she loves the game. (Kids and their imaginations, huh?)

Spore Creatures- This game requires some reading but total understanding is not necessary to have fun with the levels. In the game, you are a creature who has to evolve to survive different planets to try to save your best pal Oogie from an alien invader. This game is a lot of fun and can be played over and over again once it is beat. My daughter has had Spore Creatures on the brain since we bought the game. She even talks about evolving now.

Strawberry Shortcake - Strawberryland Games - This game requires minimal reading and I would recommend it for ages 6 and up. In the game you play Strawberry Shortcake traveling different booths at a fair. Each booth has a mini-game and you can earn tickets to redeem at other booths. The game is very cute and very entertaining for a young girl.

Zoo Tycoon - This game requires moderate reading and reasoning skills. I would recommend it for children ages 8 and up. You get to build a zoo from the ground up in this game. You fill it with animals, fill it with guests, make money, and improve the park. My daughter and I both love this game and we each have our own copy because we kept fighting over it.

Zoo Tycoon on DS Lite
Zoo Tycoon on DS Lite | Source

I did not include all the games my daughter has played, just all the ones I could actually find. If you have a question about a specific game not listed, drop me a comment and I will let you know whether or not either of my daughters have played it.

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Latest DS Games Update

Due to the holiday season, my daughters and I have gotten even more Nintendo DS games, yes! So let the reviews begin...

Disney Friends- This game requires quite a bit of reading. I would recommend it for children ages 9 through 12. In the game you are designated as guardian to the 4 Disney characters Stitch, Simba, Pooh, and Dory from Finding Nemo. Each character has different mini-games and tasks to complete. The characters and their different levels must be unlocked by completing tasks. It is a cute game but it has not held my daughter's interest like I thought it would. It is slower paced and she is not interested in all the reading.

My Sims - Again, this game requires quite a bit of reading. I would recommend it for children ages 8 and up or advanced younger readers. This game follows the model of Animal Crossing except you are a newcomer to a resort island and you have to get it up and going. You interact with tourists, play multiple mini-games, and develop the island. Personally, I am addicted to this game and so is my 7 year old. The more you develop the island, the more items and areas you are able to interact with and the more mini-games you find.

Brain Age 2- This game is for advanced readers who are interested in challenging their minds and improving critical thinking skills. I would recommend it for children ages 10 up to adults. In the game you are challenged to improve your brain power by playing piano songs, memorizing numbers, completing math facts, and unscrambling words. It even includes a large set of Sudoku puzzles and a game called Virus Buster that mimics Doctor Mario's take of Tetris. My 7 year old enjoys playing it but can get frustrated at times when she doesn't perform as well as she thinks she should.

Imagine Rock Star - This game requires moderate reading, but it is not necessary for complete game play. I would recommend it for ages 6 and up. In the game you are a member of a new rock band that is trying to get gigs and buy new equipment and clothing at the local mall. You can choose between lead guitar, bass guitar, drums, and keyboard. The game has three levels of easy, medium, and hard and you gain access to new playing venues and items as you progress in the game. At first my 7 year old was discouraged because the lead guitar is very difficult to play even on the easy setting. As she is trying the different instruments she is enjoying the game more because they are easier to play.

Stay tuned for more updates, we are continually adding to our collection.

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DSi

The same daughter mentioned above is quite a bit older now and still loves her DS. However, she also loves her DSi. She can play all her regular DS games in the DSi plus now she can browse online. She also takes photographs with the DSi and stretches and distorts them into all kinds of funny images. We won't be buying the 3DS because of the information we read about the 3D damaging her eyesight.

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      ArleEni64 4 years ago

      You know you can use parental controls on the 3DS and disable the 3D, right?

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      Sondra 5 years ago from Neverland

      Thanks Fred :)

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      fred 5 years ago

      i love it

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      Sondra 5 years ago from Neverland

      Hi becky! I would recommend anything with reading that you know will keep your nephew's attention. I have a kid who isnt that interested in reading so I got her Barbie and Tinkerbell games that force her to read to play. This way she is still getting in her 20 minutes of reading a night without the fight. When you have a struggling reader I feel its just important to get them to read no matter if it IS a video game. Best of luck to your little fella!!

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      becky 5 years ago

      what game would you recommend to help with reading? my nephew just switched schools and they are a year ahead the one he just left. and since he loves his DS we were wondering if there are any games out there to help him read? any suggestions? please and thanks :)

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      Sondra 5 years ago from Neverland

      Hi Julie, Im so glad your daughter has more games to play now! As for the boys...well, maybe she will share hahaha Thanks for stopping in and reading. It reminds me to update my games list!! Take care and happy gaming :)

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      Julie 5 years ago

      Thank you so much. I have two boys ages 8 and 9 along with a 5 yr old daughter. I keep buying games that I am told are age appropriate for her only to find that she needs to know how to read to play them. The boys game collection is quickly increasing while she is stuck with the one game she can play....until now. She and I both thank you. The boys, not so much :)

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      Sondra 5 years ago from Neverland

      Thank you Ladybird! I truly appreciate it.

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      Ladybird33 5 years ago from Fabulous USA

      This is so useful, thank you

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      Sondra 5 years ago from Neverland

      Videogameviking, Thanks for reading! My daughter really did help me with this article too :) We need to update it...she's gotten several new games...we better get on the ball!!

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      videogameviking 5 years ago from California

      Thanks for the informative article, it's always helpful to see things through the eyes of a child. It helps us to see what they find fun, and that's always important.

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      Sondra 6 years ago from Neverland

      Thanks william :) I need to update this and add more recent games. Now I have something to work towards.

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      william.fischer29 6 years ago

      Cool games perfect for kids.Thanks for the ideas.

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      Sondra 6 years ago from Neverland

      Hi Ubanichijioke! I love playing video games with my kids and seeing their happiness when they master a game. I also love to use the games as distractions on long car rides, at doctor appointments, and in places where the kids have to sit quietly for a while.

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      Alexander Thandi Ubani 6 years ago from Lagos

      I ve always loved video games and it is my dream to play some fantastic games with my kids when i marry and give birth. Thanks for the review

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      Sondra 6 years ago from Neverland

      Thank you for taking the time to read this and for leaving such a nice comment! :)

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      Allen Rowe 6 years ago

      Good site and post. Thank you.

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      RalphGreene 6 years ago

      Great article, and thanks for sharing.

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      Alicia (mother of 2) 6 years ago

      Hello, thank you, you gave me quite a bit of insight on quite a few interesting games. My son just turned 3 but is very advanced for his age and I'm planning on getting him a Nintendo 3DS but keeping the 3D part turned off until he is over the age of 6, for I heard the 3D part ruins young childrens vision.

      I also heard the Nintendo DSi freezes from plenty of people every time you turn it on and that it is easily breakable, is this true? I'm also wondering how easily breakable the new Nintendo 3DS is..

      Again, thank you for your game insight, it has made me think about which games I will end up getting for my 3 year old son.

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      Stranger 6 years ago

      um ok its a little weird for a 9 year old to be here but i like games like gta..... ya i know my next door neighbors think my parents arent taking care of me ._. Let her try GTA : China Town Wars and she will SURELY love that!!! ( im a girl )

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      candace 6 years ago

      I'm getting my almost 5 year old a DS for her birthday and found this site was very useful. thankyou so much. : )

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      Mel 6 years ago

      Hi all I'm looking at getting my son a Ds for his 4th bday a few questions... Which one do I get Ds dsi dsi xl what's the differences? Will he actually know how to play at such a young age? & last what games would suit him? Thanks ladies Mel from WA Australia :)

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      jessi 6 years ago

      My son is five and got a DS for christmas - thanks for this list, it's helped tons.

      Games he likes:

      Crayola Treasure Adventures; Finding Nemo; Miss Spider's Sunny Patch Friends (Harvest something); Paint by DS; Smart Boy's Gameroom; Mario Party DS

      He plays mahjong on my pogo account, so i'm thinking i'll try one of those next :-)

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      Leah 6 years ago

      Hi..

      any-one know of any games that would suit a 4 year old...My little boy broke his leg New Years EVE he has started to play with my DS, but I only have mind games which are FAR to hard...

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      enirehtac 6 years ago

      Another game good for no good readers in niho kilan: new year celebration it is rated c for children.

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      Dhiren vyas 6 years ago

      oww....now m eager to play all this games ...

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      Mesha 6 years ago

      Hi....wondering if you know about any Yo Gabba Gabba ds games.....

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      duncan 6 years ago

      you have a really awesome collection of games.my little kids will surely enjoy them

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      LT 6 years ago

      That's great stuff! Thanks

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      Mona 6 years ago

      I was so glad to find this site : )

      I got my 6 year old the XL for Christmas and had NO

      clue on what games to get... She is in the upper 1st grade and reads so this helped me a lot...

      Thank you so much

      Mona

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      zoha 6 years ago

      Should i get my 12 yr old a nitendo ds or a wii?

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      jandelange 7 years ago

      there are only ds games for childers;)

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      Mom 4 & 6 7 years ago

      Thanks for the great information on the games. Hard to find things for my 4 year old. This gave me a couple of great ideas!

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      Kymac 7 years ago

      pt

      I got the XL for my 3 yr old and she's loving it, besides I think I perfer the larger screen, since that is the only difference I can see.

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      chrisbrits 7 years ago

      Awsome read. Very informative. Have a look at http://www.dsivideogames.com. Tell me what you think

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      pt 7 years ago

      Help! Do I get my 5 year old grandson the DS, DS lite or the DS XL?

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      Stacy Garver 7 years ago

      Hey all! I have to add the LEGO line of games, Lego Star Wars, Batman, Indiana Jones, and Harry Potter. My son is now 9 years old and has been playing them for 3 years! He still loves them all and is now wanting the Harry Potter one. They do have some reading but it is really more of a story than directions. These are great games that he has gotten a lot of play time out of! I would recommend them for boys around the age of 7.

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      Red Wii Console 7 years ago

      I love DS games but wont be long now until the 3DS is out and everyone is working out the best games for that! :-)

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      kim 7 years ago

      Thank you! I am going to buy my son his first DS for his birthday (just turned 6) and need to buy some games. I feel like you are steering me in the right direction!!

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      Terri 7 years ago

      Thanks to everyone for the reviews. My 6 year old daughter has a dsi and we just bought one for my 4 year old. It's so hard to know which games are the good ones since there are so many out there - now I have a list that I can pick and choose from. Awesome awesome site. Our favorite games for any age are the Cookin Mama and Gardening Mama games. They are fantastic!

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      PERSONADA 7 years ago

      OMG!!! this helped a lot!!!! thanks to all these types of games, but also I can't seem to find somethings for my 13 year old sister, so I can't really say much though, great for 4 and up...

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      PippaD 7 years ago

      Brilliant reviews. Want to get some games for my 6 year old to keep him amused on a plane, this has helped my decide.

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      Benny Ruo 7 years ago

      Nitendo games D5 an absolutely amazing game that make my kid spend a lot of time without disturbing me

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      Benny Ruo 7 years ago

      Nitendo games D5 an absolutely amazing game that make my kid spend a lot of time without disturbing me

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      Claire 7 years ago

      Hi, we've been looking for some games that my 2 year old can play (we need to keep her entertained on a flight)on my partners DS. We've come accross a pocoyo game which she LOVES! also got nintendogs, which she loves stroking and playing with the dogs, but it keeps fogetting it's name so have to keep re-recording it! i'll be looking for some of the ones you've mentioned. thanks for the help!

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      cmpteki 7 years ago

      Great Article! I hope it gets updated from time to time. I just bought my 4yr old daughter a DS and these reviews are going to make my life much easier when it comes to game selection. We bought her a couple of Dora titles (Snow Princess and Saves the Mermaid) which were great, but she completed them two or three times in the space of an hour. I have this list printed and am off to my local used game shop!

      Thanks!

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      Danny 7 years ago

      Thankls for this article, it will help me choose games for my 5 year old daughter.

      Will you be updating this article.

      Thanks

      Danny

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      madeline Oscar 7 years ago

      Really helped me to give suggestion to my 6 Year Old Friend about some Good Nintendo Games.

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      Arona 7 years ago

      This is great. I have just started buying DS games for my 5 year old and have been having difficulty determining the level of reading ability required for each game. Your info is very useful!

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      Julianne 7 years ago

      Thank goodness for your site. I am in in Australia and have been having trouble finding games for my 5 yr daughter that does not require lots of reading. We have noted all the above recomendations and will be out serching for them. I would like to recomend the game carnival games. All instructions are read out loud and my daughter loves it as well as me. Once again thanks for this helpful site:-)

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      Hector Herrera 7 years ago from Dominican Republic

      This is an interesting alternative. Good job.

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      dohm 7 years ago

      My not quite 5 year old loves to play cooking mama3. it does not require much reading to play and once she was shown how to complete the tasks she can play it all by herself. Her older sister keeps hiding her DS so the little one can't play it while she is at school. They also like world of zoo on the Wii and they do make it for the DS also. again, with a little direction, my 4+ year old can play by herself.

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      frankie 7 years ago

      its cool

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      bob 7 years ago

      I'm looking for good but cheap games

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      Maribel 7 years ago

      These reviews were so helpful!!! Thank you so much!!!

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      Joanna 7 years ago

      Thanks for continuing to update this page! I have a 3 year old son who has taken over my pink DS lite as his own! His favorite games are the Smart Boys Treehouse games and Shaun the Sheep, but I am looking for something slightly less annoying! haha. He likes Dora and Diego, so maybe I'll get him one of those. Thanks for your recommendations.

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      Sondra 7 years ago from Neverland

      Hi Christal :) Pretty much all the games that are based off Nick Jr. have the characters reading the directions, except Spongebob. My 5 yo daughter loves her Dora Saves the Mermaids. It reads to her exactly what to do for each section. Pinky Pies Party also reads everything for you and can even be set up for "no-lose" play. Good luck finding some games for your little sis!

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      christal 7 years ago

      hey.well im not a parent but my little sister(age 5) got my ds for christmas sence i got a psp and well she has been wanting a game for it. she cannot read and wants a game that the charecters will talk when giving directions.she loves tv shows like spongebobl, jonas,dora,diego,magie and the feroususe beast,yo gabba gabba,ect. mostly shows that air on nick jr.

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      Sondra 7 years ago from Neverland

      Hi Nathan - thanks for stopping by :) Sadly, I dont really know what you can get for a 3 yo boy. I didnt let each of my kids play the ds until they were 4/almost 5. Thats not to say your little brother wont be able to play any games though. He just may need some help along the way with reading directions. The Diego game, Backyardigans and stuff mentioned in a comment above yours would be closer to his age than many other games. Good luck!

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      Nathan 7 years ago

      My 3 year old brother is getting a ds lite for christmas and we dont know much games to get him. what do you suggest? weve got him animal genius and spyro but what else?

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      Sondra 7 years ago from Neverland

      Hi Joan and thanks for stopping by.

      Sorry most of my games seem geared towards little girls...I have three of them and no sons, so its all I know! :) The Sonic Rush mentioned above is a great game for boys and nonreaders. He may also like Go Diego Go Safari Rescue if he's into that show. Its made for preschool aged kids and uses the same gadgets in the game as used in the show. The Backyardigans is another preschool-aimed DS game that would be fitting for both boys and girls that arent yet reading.

      I hope that helps some! Thanks for the post

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      joan 7 years ago

      I am getting my 5 year old grandson a ds lite. Most of your suggested games seem to be for girls. What would you suggest for a boy. He isn't reading yet.

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      mariana 7 years ago

      this is a great way to find things out, I was crazily trying to find games for my 4 years old girl that didn't require any reading so I was glad I bumped in to this page...thanks Ardie...keep posting...

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      jROB  7 years ago

      I am a parent of a 14 yo boy who has been a gamer since birth it seems. When my 6 yo daughter showed some interest in it I gave her one of his old DSlites and a Littlest pet shop game. She loves it even wants another pet shop game. I see alot of comments on here about how much reading there is in the game, I would like to know are there anygames that focus on reading? or math?

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      Emy 8 years ago

      anyone have some faverite horse games for the ds? reading is no obstacle.

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      Tonya 8 years ago

      Thanks for all of the reviews! I recently bought my 4 year old a DS however she gets very frustrated with it because she can't read. I am very excited about getting her some of the games listed above but was also wondering if anyone knows if you have to read for the Backyardigans & Ni Hao, Kai-Lan: New Year's Celebration? This is a great site...I have been looking for something like this for about a month now! Keep the game reviews coming!!!

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      gmpoint 8 years ago

      this nintendo DS is great for girls too,as it is in pink

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      Kate 8 years ago

      Hi, I am writing from Australia and considering getting my soon to be five year old a ds for her birthday. Thanks for the info about appropriate games... let's just hope I can find them in Australia. Cheers.

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      mukesh chand gaur x 8 years ago

      MY DAUGHTER IS 2 YRS OLD SHE LIKES ALL OF THESE FUNNY TYPES OF GAMES LIKE PUZZULE ,HIDE & SEEK , RINGA RINGA ROSSY ETC WHEN I SEE MY DAUGHTER I FEEL VERY PROUDLY BCOZ SHE IS ONE OF THE DAUGHTER IN OUR FAMILY WHO DOING ALL OF THESE TYPES OF MIND POWERING GAME

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      Sondra 8 years ago from Neverland

      Hello Kerri and you are welcome! Isnt it funny how much the younger kids look up to what the bigger kids do? The only reason my 5 yo got a DS is because she was all over her big sisters, too :)

      Hi Krysten and thanks for stopping in :) I think Nintendogs is a great game for any age. Even though there is reading, it isnt necessary to understand all of the reading for play. You may have to help your daughter get the game started at first, but from there she will be able to take over on her own. One of my new personal faves is Spongebob Squarepants Drawn to Life. It does have reading but not too much and you get to draw your own character and different parts of the levels. All 3 of my daughters (now 4, 5 and 8) love Mario Party. Its especially fun when more than one person goes on DS Download to play the games on it at the same time. The My Little Pony game would probably be too easy and she may beat it in one night...not worth the money if you ask me. And I'd stay away from the Imagine Babyz...its horribly boring. It didnt even entertain my 3 yo. Good luck!

      (And thanks again for the compliment. I figured I'd get some bashing from someone somewhere when I started writing online. Its pretty much a given to me that I wont be able to please everyone all the time. And I refuse to bring myself to the level of some. One day I hope to write professionally and I'd hate to have my bad attitude plastered all over the internet!)

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      Krysten 8 years ago

      Lovely,

      It makes me sad that you have nothing better to do than crash a childs website. And Wendy, I think that you handled Lovely's comment with excellent taste and dignity! I appreciate your insight, and I'm sorry that there are people out there with so little class as to need to come on a sight like this and bad mouth it!

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      Krysten 8 years ago

      Hi My name is Krysten. My daughter is turning 6 this week and she wants a DS. She is an ok reader for her age and grade (1st grade)... Please give me a hint as to a few games you think would be good for her. I did get her some fashion dress up game that she likes to do.

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      Kerri  8 years ago

      So, I just wanted to say Thanks a million. I have a 4 yr old who is all over my 8 yr olds DSi. I am thinking that Christmas would be a good time to invest in another one and was wondering what games are available for her level. You listed the need for reading on each game and that is a big factor for a 4 year old. Your reviews are short and to the point. Perfect for someone with little time!

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      Sondra 8 years ago from Neverland

      Hello again, Wendy. Its always nice to hear from you. I havent updated this page lately because the weather has been too beautiful this summer!

      Hello Lovely

      I appreciate your comment and your ability to bring an interesting point of view to the page. While I do also appreciate fighting games, gays, and lesbians - this page is reserved for younger children's game reviews. Thanks for stopping in and have a great day

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      Lovely 8 years ago

      I hate ALL those games! U and ur child have VERY bad taste in games! Wat i reccomend for all systems is FIGHTING games. Theyre really not that bad just shooting,killling and swearing... not that bad... o yea and u can be gay and lesnian

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      Wendy 8 years ago

      Just wanted to thank you again for these reviews! I'm needing to get my daughter a new game, she wanted one of the Sims ones, but it sounds like too much reading for her, she is 6 years old. I think I'll look into Imagine Rockstar!

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      Jodi 8 years ago

      Great info, thanks! We should get your 7 year old and my 8 year old together. My daughter doesn't meet very many female gamers, especailly at her age :)

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      viperswife 8 years ago

      With a lot of posters wanting games that do not require reading, I'm surprised no one has mentioned the Smart Girls/Boys games or the Build a Bear one. These are VERY easy. My dd was a young 4 when she got her DS, and those games she can easily do on her own.

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      Sondra 8 years ago from Neverland

      Hi melanie, I havent heard of the Peppa pig game yet. See...now I learned something from someone reading here :) The Pinky Pie Party game mentioned above would be really easy for your 2/3 year old to play. There is no reading and you cant lose. If you try multiple times, it gets easier and easier to ensure success. Happy playing!!

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      melanie 8 years ago

      Hi just read all the reviews, I've been looking for some games for younger ones as my 2 yr old wants to use the ds like her older sister, she loves the peppa pig game and plays it really well, so if there's anything similar to that kind of level, I'd love to hear about it for her, although saying that I love the peppa pig game too ha ha x

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      Sondra 8 years ago from Neverland

      Hi Chuk and thanks for stopping in :) Now I need to update this with information about the newest release...the DSi, which is super great. Im not too sure about the internet access for my little ones though...that makes me nervous. However, the new picture feature and changing up the pictures makes for great entertainment alone!

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      Chuk 8 years ago

      Thanks for all the reviews, very helpful.

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      Sondra 8 years ago from Neverland

      Hi Brandon :) I'll admit that this list is a compilation of my daughter's games and MINE! I am a big kid at heart too.

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      Brandon_C 8 years ago from Canada

      I guess I must be a big kid because I enjoy playing half of those games.

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      Sondra 8 years ago from Neverland

      Hi Wendy, my goodness, in two days! She's following in my daughter's footsteps :) Im glad she likes Nintendogs...its a cute game.

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      Wendy 8 years ago

      thank you so much! I look forward to your new reviews! the only game we could find was the My Little Pony, very easy for her to play! I need to look at it to see if there are anymore levels or anything though, she finished it in two days. I did it in an hour :)

      She is having a blast with her Nintendo Dogs though! I had to spend some time setting it up and figure it out. Now she can pretty much play with it on her own.

      I'm going to go back to the second hand game store often if I can to see if any of the other games become available.

      Thanks again!

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      Sondra 8 years ago from Neverland

      Hi Cris, its great to see you here ;) You'll have to give a review of the Iron Man once your nephew has more time to play it. I loved the movie, I bet the game is just as much fun!

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      Cris A 8 years ago from Manila, Philippines

      I wasn't able to get my nephew the kingdom hearts game, it's out of stock! so i settled, actually we settled, on getting Iron Man instead. Haven't asked him how's the game like. Just thought i'd tell you :D

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      Sondra 8 years ago from Neverland

      Hi Wendy, Some of the games I listed are a little older and are hard to find in the major retail chains like WalMart and Target. I use a video game store that sells new and used games to find my stuff. My update will come soon and I hope you had a great Christmas too :) Mine is almost over...I have one more set of late straggling relatives to see today. But so far it has been great!

      Hi Liz and thanks for stopping by. Nintendogs does require some reading, but it is still possible to play for nonreaders. My 4 year old loves to take the dogs for walks and give them baths and teach them tricks. But to do competitions and stuff, she needs some help. The Hamsterz Life required some reading too, but once you get the game set up for your daughter, she will be able to play with minimal to no reading. I have not played the Disney Princess game yet and I want to buy the Little Pet Shop one today or tomorrow...so I will get back to you on that one :) A real good one to try is the My Little Pony one mentioned in the article. It requires no reading, the pony talks the reading for you and it is cute as can be...with a no lose setting.

      mnm2cool, thank you for coming by! Sadly, I do not have a Nintendo Wii (I've been begging my husband for one for Christmas!). It looks like so much fun. Your daughter might like Spore Creatures. It isn't girly at all and is based on aliens that morph into whatever you make them. She may also like Legos Star Wars or Legos Indiana Jones. My 10 year old nephew has those and loves them. The bonus is that when you "kill" someone, theres no blood or gore. The lego pieces just break apart :) She may also like the Mario Kart DS where the characters race on numerous tracks or Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games. Again, my 10 year old nephew has both and plays them all the time :) I hope these suggestions help!

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      mnm2cool 8 years ago

      um i know nintendos requires a little bit of reading but i was wondering what game is good for a nine year old in wii or nintendo she is not a girly girl and she likes sporty stuff

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      Liz 8 years ago

      My daughter is 5 and received nintendo DS for Christmas. She cannot read and I was able to find her a few games, but I was wondering does Nintendogs, Hamsterz Life or if you know if Disney Princess game require any reading?Also, if Little pet shop games require reading? Thanks

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      Wendy 8 years ago

      Thank you so much! I will look for the sonic one, Sonic Rush. I looked online for some of the others you listed last night and they must not be available anymore. I'm going to check out the second hand game store nearby in a couple of days. I will watch this page for your update. Hope you had a Merry Christmas!

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      Sondra 8 years ago from Neverland

      Hi Wendy,

      I plan on updating this page once the chaos of Christmas dies down a little :) Please check back because my 4 year old (soon to be 5) got a new DS and some games, as did my older daughter. I will add them to this list once they have more time to play them and I get a good 'feel' for them. I do know my daughters love the Sonic Hedgehog games (not the newest one - the older ones) though and they don't require reading or coaching. As long as you go fast, you can win!

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      Wendy 8 years ago

      thanks for the reviews! My 5 1/2 year old daughter got a Nintendo DS for Christmas today and with it she got Tinkerbelle, Petz Horsez, and Nintendo Dogs. Tinkerbell and the Horse one require too much reading for her. I am searching for games that do not require reading, I wrote down the names of some you listed that don't require much reading and will check them out. If anyone knows of any others that a 5 1/2 year old girl might be able to play with minimal coaching, I would be so grateful!!

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      Simone 8 years ago

      I am not sure how old your Nephew butit is more on the teen side if he is under 8 I would not recommend it.

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      rudolph123 8 years ago

      how to get some mp4 games

      i want to download games for my mp5 player

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      Cris A 8 years ago from Manila, Philippines

      too bad! so i guess i'll be sending you my nephew's review then! hahaha thanks :D

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      Sondra 8 years ago from Neverland

      I wish I could, but I have not even heard of that one yet. I looked it up and it looks like it is due in the States any day now. I'll have to keep my eyes open for it.

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      Cris A 8 years ago from Manila, Philippines

      Glad I read this! My nephew is all over me asking me for Kingdom Hearts for Christmas. I plan on giving in but i'd appreciate it if you give me your 2 cents on this game :D