Picking up a 3DS for my son, what game should I get with it?

#1 Posted by jozzy (2042 posts) -

My sons' birthdag is coming up in 2 weeks, and he really wants a 3DS. Now I am wondering what game to buy with it. We had a DS (it broke) and we still have the mario game -which he loved- so he can at least play that again. The new mario game comes out a couple of days after his birthday so he'll have to wait for that one (and mario kart).

I am afraid the zelda game (which looks like the best game out there currently) might be a bit hard for him, he is turning 6. Do you need to be able to read well to get anything out of that game, or can he get by with a little help from me now and then? The new Pokemon game might be something, but I saw less than favorable reviews for that one. Anything I missed that might be a good fit?

#2 Posted by Shaanyboi (1284 posts) -

For that age, I think Rayman might be the most appropriate route. Or Lego Star Wars: Clone Wars.

#3 Posted by yoshimitz707 (2451 posts) -

I beat Zelda when I was 6!

#4 Posted by SadPatrol (500 posts) -

He'll love pilotwings!!!

#5 Posted by LordAndrew (14426 posts) -

Is there a specific reason he wants a 3DS? Maybe he's already interested in a particular game.
@jozzy said:

The new Pokemon game might be something, but I saw less than favorable reviews for that one.

He's six. I doubt he evaluates games in the same way as reviewers do. If he likes Pokemon, or if you think he'd like Pokemon, don't let the reviews stop you.
#6 Posted by Afroman269 (7387 posts) -

Mario Kart and Mario 3D Land is coming out in mid November.

#7 Posted by Contro (2040 posts) -

Pilotwings is a good suggestion, it's visuals will gain his attention and the gameplay will improve his hand-eye coordination.

#8 Posted by GunstarRed (5115 posts) -

Star Fox maybe? I know when I was six I was into talking animals.

#9 Posted by JJOR64 (18955 posts) -

He might like Super Monkey Ball 3D. It's a simple and easy game, plus he might like the bonus modes in the game.

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#10 Posted by MikkaQ (10283 posts) -

I played Zelda games when I was 6. They're challenging but not impossible by any means. Kids intuit video games really well these days. Guess they just grow up with 'em.

@JJOR64 said:

He might like Super Monkey Ball 3D. It's a simple and easy game, plus he might like the bonus modes in the game.

Can't go wrong with these! Well you can, but a 6 year old wouldn't notice.

#11 Posted by Levius (1105 posts) -

If he can handle the Pokemon game i'm sure he could handle Zelda.

#12 Posted by jozzy (2042 posts) -

Thanks for all the tips! I showed him some footage of different games and he is most interested in Zelda, dont need more encouragement to get that one :)

Wll definately look into the mario games later but they release just a little too late for his bday.

#13 Posted by Apathylad (3066 posts) -

@Afroman269 said:

Mario Kart and Mario 3D Land is coming out in mid November.

Yeah, I'm holding out for this and Black Friday...assuming I have money then.

#14 Posted by FancySoapsMan (5816 posts) -

I think OoT is a good choice.

#15 Posted by Hizang (8532 posts) -

If you can wait for Super Mario Land 3D, if his birthday is before then buy Nintendogs or Lego Starwars.

#16 Posted by bartok (2466 posts) -

Depending how old he is Ghost Recon is a pretty solid turn based strategy game that is extremely easy for beginners to the genre to pick up.  You can also find it for about $20 since it was a launch title.

#17 Posted by LordXavierBritish (6320 posts) -

Skylanders.

#18 Posted by DarthOrange (3858 posts) -

I got my 6 year old brother a 3ds with cartoon network punch time explosion. he loved it. at that young age kids love just about any and all games, as long as they're not too hard. Pick something he seems interested in, or buy him a points card and let him download some classic mario / donkey kong games. I'm sure he will love whatever you get him.

#19 Posted by MariachiMacabre (7076 posts) -

@FancySoapsMan said:

I think OoT is a good choice.

This and the new Rayman game looks really fun and easy to grasp from what I've seen.

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