Best NDS games for Kids

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  1. xiaobao
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    well, my nds is for my lil bro. but lately, after he completed kirby squeak squad, there seems like there aint too much games for him..... er, any games? i would like to start. anyone? perhaps this can be stickied too? of course not with my single measly contribution

    kirby squeak squad [action side scroller]
    quickspot(and it's japanese counterpart) [Spot the difference]
    warioware [minigames compilation]
    sonic rush [side scroller]
    Bleach Ds the 2nd [fighting]
    Elite Beat Agents [music rhythm]
    Ouendan 1 & Ouendan 2 [music rhythm]
    Nodame Cantabile [music rhythm]
    Kekkaishi Ayakashi Kidan [side scroller action]
    Mario Kart [racing ]
    Cooking Mama [minigames]
    Danny Phantom [shooter]
     
  2. beautifulbeast

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    Good question. I was about to post asking the same question since my little cousin is coming soon and I would like to introduce him in the world of videogames (so he can be as nerdy as me when he grows up [​IMG]). I guess age play an important role in this kind of stuff: my cousin is 4.5 y/o and I was thinking to show him Kirby Power Paintbrush, since it looks really intuitive, the first levels are very easy and it's like, you know, painting.

    Over that age, I guess anything inspired on cartoons he sees on tv could be ok, maybe Nintendogs too, but I haven't tried that one yet.

    Any advice/experiences?
     
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    Some of the racing games (quadbikes and such) are pretty mindless entertainment although if you are attempting to instill taste then maybe not.

    Bomberman was pretty good when I was 7 or 8 and you are never too young for that.

    Platformers are a good bet as well, New Zealand story revolution

    You also have a whole world of 8bit era titles to choose from as well.

    Oh and tetris, probably one of the first GB games I ever played.
     
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    haha i saw some father buy some ds games at eb for his son - he blindy accepted the employees reccomendations which included (if i remember correctly) harry potter or some other dodgy games XD.

    Anyways, how olds you bro?
     
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    Zagreb
    Pac Pix
    Kirby's canvas course
    Tetris
    New Super Mario
    Warioware Touched
    MarioKart
     
  6. TheStump

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    Mine is 7(brother), i gave him my GBA SP and put a 1G flashcart in it, he complained about all the crap games on it(i put a whole bunch of Scooby Doo type games) so then i put Pokemon and digimon on it and havent heard a complaint yet.
    at least he has taste [​IMG]
     
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    To the OP - what is your age range? Like beautifulbeast said under your post, age is a little important in deciding what they can actually play, or if they're just there to mess around with the touch screen.

    I would say that anything with a lot of simple mini games, or something mindless (like above), I'll second Kirby's Canvas Curse and add that I stuck a bunch of my cousins on the cute mini games in Super Mario 64.
     
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    1. Mario Kart DS DS Nintendo 80 8.9 92.3%
    2. Advance Wars: Dual Strike DS Nintendo 62 8.7 90.5%
    3. New Super Mario Bros. DS Nintendo 80 8.8 88.8%
    4. Meteos DS Nintendo 69 8.4 88.7%
    5. Kirby: Canvas Curse DS Nintendo 64 8.4 87.6%
    6. Animal Crossing: Wild World DS Nintendo 71 8.6 86.6%
    7. Super Mario 64 DS DS Nintendo 79 8.6 86.5%
    8. Tetris DS DS Nintendo 61 8.4 86.4%
    9. Mario & Luigi: Partners in Time DS Nintendo 55 8.6 85.6%
    10. Tony Hawk's American Sk8land DS Activision 40 8.2 84.9%
    11. Nintendogs: Labrador and Friends DS Nintendo 81 8.3 84.6%
    12. Nintendogs: Chihuahua and Friends DS Nintendo 81 8.4 84.5%
    13. Nintendogs: Dachshund and Friends DS Nintendo 80 8.4 84.5%
    14. Sonic Rush DS Sega 59 8.5 83.2%
    15. Dragon Quest Heroes: Rocket Slime DS Square Enix 43 8.3 83.2%
    16. WarioWare: Touched! DS Nintendo 69 8.4 82.1%
    17. Yoshi's Island DS DS Nintendo 48 8.0 82.1%
    18. Clubhouse Games DS Nintendo 33 8.1 81.7%
    19. Nintendogs: Dalmatian and Friends DS Nintendo 9 8.3 81.7%
    20. Metroid Prime Pinball DS Nintendo 53 8.0 81.5%

    (All rated E. Last two numbers are average vote and average score.)
    (Nicked from gamerankings.com.)
    (Not all of these are age appropriate, obviously.)
     
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    Depending if they'd be able to play it or not, Magical Starsign is a very kid oriented game.

    Yoshi's Island DS would be another good one.
     
  10. Fieryshadowz

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    i watched one being persuaded to by Brain Age... i mean thats cool and all.. i play it sometimes.. but i dont think a child will get too into it.. i recommended FF:III to him...
     
  11. xiaobao
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    er, nah, not only for my bro peeps. er, well, let's set an age range aite? well, my bro is 7. so let's make it 4.5 - about 9? quality games that aint too complicated. *see above, he completed kirby squeak squad, hated power paintbrush... he likes bleach ds too... well, 1 more easy for children quality game up again. Bleach Ds the 2nd. FFIII c'mon, lets contribute...... FFIII 's difficulty knock the air out of my lvl 59 characters.... so i wonder what's that to a child....
     
  12. spokenrope

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    My little brother is 4 years old, and he loves playing New Super Mario Bros.

    I don't let him play when I go home anymore because he erased my save when I was only a handful of coins away from 100%, but that's beside the point.
     
  13. Shelleeson

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    i'm here....silly.
    LMAO well i can tell you from experience that
    mario kart ds
    sonic rush
    rayman raving rabbids
    final fantasy fables: chocobo chronicles
    are all going down a storm over here [​IMG] i want my ds back [​IMG]
     
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    old thread, but i needed it for some 5 year olds with a r4...

    DS #0520: Miss Spider - Harvest Time Hop and Fly (Europe)
    is good with no reading and basic gameplay...
     
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    Harvest Moon DS, he might like it, I didn't understand how to get seeds but oh well.

    Any of the FIFA games would be good, yes the graphics are kind of rubbish but it's still great game play [​IMG]

    Any Mario and Wario games too.

    Spiderman, Nintendogs, Need for Speed and Tony Hawks games.

    Your bro should like them.

    EDIT

    Damn the guy above posted and I didn't see it was an old thread.
     
  16. Leah

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    A great game that any kid is bound to enjoy has gotta be Cooking Mama! The interaction with the touch screen is brilliant. Pretty babyish to most adults (even tho I love it and I'm 21!) but no kid should go without playing it in my opinion! Also, Animal Crossing is pretty simple, (again tho, I'd recommend from 8+) and all kids are bound to love it I reckon:)

    Regards [​IMG]
     
  17. xiaobao
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    just updated my list. it came as a surprise to me as well...
     
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    chocobo tales seems like the perfect fit
     
  19. leetdude_007

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    My *almost* two-year-old nephew loves Electroplankton. It's not really a game, but it's filled with interactive sounds that have actual scales to them like an instrument. The mildly abstract visuals are great for any person, especially if you have a young one in the house.

    If the kid has better motor skills and higher attention span, consider almost any game in the market, with obvious exceptions of course! A lot of them are for kids. Tetris on the original GameBoy was apparently fun for me when I was five, although I don't remember playing it until I was six + 1/2. It's a semi-healthy addiction.

    As an experiment, try a Mario game of generation of console. It's fun to watch.