Bookmark this: 10 awesome Nintendo 3DS games for kids (plus safety guidelines for parents)

February 27, 2015

Since being enlightened recently by the New Nintendo 3DS (ie emerging from under a rock) and playing on a handheld console for the first time in about 25 (okay, maybe 30) years, my list of “must buy” games is now competing with my shoe and makeup wishlist.

A question I’ve been asked, and which I’ve questioned too, is how “safe” are Nintendo games, and what can we do to monitor or restrict content. As much as I embrace tech and gaming, I’m not mad about my five-year-old playing killing games.

So, aside from the obvious starting point, of only buying games that are age-appropriate, there are other restrictions settings, useful to know about if you have a Nintendo 3DS, or are interested in getting one down the line.

Nintendo has the following tips:

You can tailor your child’s Nintendo 3DS or 2DS system to suit their age using flexible parental controls. You can switch off as few or as many features as you desire to suit you and your child: for a young child, you might choose to prevent access to many functions, while individual features can be disabled without locking down the entire system for an older child.

The parental controls enable you to restrict the use of Nintendo 3DS or 2DS software with unsuitable content, defined by their age rating. It is only possible to access software that has an age rating higher than the age defined with the Software Rating setting by entering the parental PIN code. You can also restrict the use of the internet browser, 3D images, online interaction, and the sharing of images, audio and video.

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And once you’re sorted with security, what games are most recommended for kids? Here are some of the best sellers, and the most favourited games:

Super Smash Bros (ages 7 to 12, depending on which game)


Pokemon Alpha Sapphire (age 8)



Fantasy Life (age 10)


Animal Crossing: New Leaf (age 8)

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Mario Kart 7 (age 6)


Tomodachi Life (age 8)


Yoshi’s New Island (age 7)



Scribblenauts Unlimited (age 10)



Pokemon Art Academy (age 7)




Super Mario 3D Land (age 7)






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