Best NDS games for Kids

Discussion in 'NDS - Console and Game Discussions' started by xiaobao, Apr 5, 2007.

  1. xiaobao

    xiaobao Member

    Jan 2, 2007
    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

    beautifulbeast GBAtemp Fan

    Mar 10, 2007
    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?
  3. FAST6191

    FAST6191 Techromancer

    pip Reporter
    Nov 21, 2005
    United Kingdom
    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.
  4. OSW

    OSW Wii King

    Former Staff
    Oct 30, 2006
    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?
  5. Veho

    Veho The man who cried "Ni".

    Former Staff
    Apr 4, 2006
    Pac Pix
    Kirby's canvas course
    New Super Mario
    Warioware Touched
  6. TheStump

    TheStump Got Wood?

    May 8, 2006
    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]
  7. Tenkaichi

    Tenkaichi GBAtemp Regular

    Nov 15, 2004
    United States
    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.
  8. archagon

    archagon GBAtemp Regular

    Jan 17, 2003
    United States
    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
    (Not all of these are age appropriate, obviously.)
  9. joesmokey

    joesmokey Member

    Nov 28, 2005
    United States
    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

    Fieryshadowz GBAtemp Fan

    Feb 27, 2007
    United States
    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

    xiaobao Member

    Jan 2, 2007
    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

    spokenrope c7

    May 26, 2006
    United States
    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

    Shelleeson GBAtemp Advanced Fan

    Jan 30, 2007
    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]
  14. lemdg

    lemdg Newbie

    Jun 14, 2006
    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...
  15. mcp2

    mcp2 GBAtemp Advanced Fan

    Jun 3, 2007
    UK blud dun kno
    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.


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

    Leah Advanced Member

    May 4, 2007
    England, UK
    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

    xiaobao Member

    Jan 2, 2007
    just updated my list. it came as a surprise to me as well...
  18. .TakaM

    .TakaM .II

    Oct 8, 2004
    New Zealand
    chocobo tales seems like the perfect fit
  19. leetdude_007

    leetdude_007 Official GBAtemp Assassin That Has Never Killed An

    Nov 25, 2006
    United States
    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.