Nintendo DS games for ages 2-3 years? Recommendations please

I can’t imagine what other demographic this would be for.

That 12+ PEGI sticker suggests otherwise

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I’ve been thinking of getting one of those for a four year old, who has started some reading. So maybe DSXL might be better, but I was also wondering about the games

“Look daddy, the screen makes funny colors when I press”

I think it is doable. You can always play along with them and help them read. Over time they tend to understand the repetitiveness of games and figure out the buttons even if they can’t read. I would pull the trigger on the DSXL if you find a good Xmpas deal.

1st Playable focuses on games for young kids, although maybe not 3 years old:

(Disclaimer: my girlfriend’s sister owns the company.)

A DS for a 2-3 old?


Oh man, that’s so wrong…

Scribblenauts (or more recently Super Scribblenauts) is awesome for tandem parent/kid play, with the parents driving and the kids suggesting objects to type in.

WarioWare: Twisted was mentioned (but won’t work on the DSi XL), but WarioWare Touched would work. Some of the core game might be too hard, but it has a lot of unlockable ‘toys’ that the young’un might like.

Maybe Nintendogs?

My kids started playing DS at probably age 4 with “Miss Spider’s Hop and Fly.”

Some of the Littlest Petshop games and the Hello Kitty games are pretty easy, but 2-3 is probably almost too young even for most kid games.

Get them a game that will help them learn to speak Spanish and the one that will help them quit smoking, then by 6 they can get work as an anti-addiction specialist in LA.

The Leapster isn’t great, although I’m frankly not buying “too easy”. There’s lot of mediocre platformers with Diego or whatever that are if anything too hard. But they also aren’t very good.

Having had first hand experience with a bunch of DS games with a 2-3 year old, there really aren’t many great games for that age group. You get to 4 and 5 there are a lot of options, but 2-3 the stylus and d-pad are too tricky for the little ones to master.

iOS is really far and away the best handheld platform for young preschoolers. The touch screen is intuitive and there’s a genuinely good selection of games. The iPad is the best given the size, but the iPod touch works pretty well too.

(Full disclosure: I’m a developer of kid’s games, and have a pretty successful iOS game for preschool kids.)

They ended up making World of Zoo for DS? I had no idea THQ even continued with the DS version after they closed down the studio I was at (Helixe) where I was the lead programmer on it.

Literally made an account because of the comments.

Don’t let people with average children tell you how to handle your prodigy child.

My 3 year old has consistently loved mariokart since he was 2. I bought it for his 2nd birthday.

I stumbled upon this to look for other games to show him.

I bought a new 2ds for my 9 yr old so gave the old ds to my 1 yr old. He may not fully comprehend what’s going on in the game, but he just mostly likes pushing the buttons while playing a hamster game we have or just playing with the camera. I don’t see anything wrong with letting him play with it, even at this early of an age.

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These rude ass comments are probably coming from the same parents that let there 1 year old handle a iPhone 🤦🏻‍♀️🤦🏻‍♀️ I think In my opinion a mother of 3 that it’s not a bad idea to get a ds for a young kid if a 1 year old can manage a iPhone and iPad I think a ds is no walk in the park.

What do you mean?

I instaled to my boy the Bomberman and the Mario Kart and now I can’t remove him from the phone playing these two games.