? re: handheld game systems

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? re: handheld game systems
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Thu, 06-26-2003 - 3:28pm
Hello....I was wondering if any of your 4 and 5 year olds have any of the hand held game systems like gameboy advance sp? If so, how do they like it? Did you, as a parent have or need to set time limits for playing? Is the system easy for beginners? I would also appreciate any other advice/comments that you might have.

I am just curious, because we have purchased a gameboy advance sp for my son for his 5th birthday(in Sept.). We bought it now because it was in stock after being sold out for a long time and we were afraid it would sell out again before his birthday. I know that he will like because he is always wanting to play the gamecube. Again, any comments or advice will be helpful. Thanks.

Joy

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Fri, 06-27-2003 - 12:03am
My 5 yo has gameboy advance. We got it for him for xmas this year. He loves it. His favorite games are the pokemon or Yu Gi Oh games. It seems like all he plays is the Pokemon Ruby Version. I do have to say that at first he had a hard time using the game but it didn't take him long to learn.

WE also have nintendo 64 and x-box and those are strictly off limits during school, only on the weekends and usually only allow them to play for a couple hours at most. With the Gameboy Advance, we allow them to play it any time we have to wait a while or on a long car ride. It's a lot easier to wait in a dr's office when they are distracted by the game, especially if that appointment isn't for them.

I found that my kids are more apt to be cranky and whiney when they play too much. So I try not to let them play too much. Although I do slip at times and let them but I only regret it after.

All in all, they don't seem to be mesmorized by it. I have a nephew and that's all he concentrates on if he is playing it. It's like he's lost in it and there is no pulling him away unless his parents step in. I am glad my kids are not so hooked on it.

Advice on games: I bought my kids the rugrats and winnie the poo games thinking they would be easy but they are not. You need to find too much to advance to the next level and then (with the rugrats anyway) you need a password to get to the next level. It was ok for my oldest son but for my 5 yo it was hard. I even had a hard time getting to each level. I try to get a game that doesn't require reading or advancing to the next level unless it's like super mario, those seem to be easier. But I can only tell you that the pokemon are pretty popular with my kids and that's all they seem to play even though they have a few others. I have an 8 yo and a 10 yo that help my 5 yo out so he can play them and understand what he's supposed to do.

Julie

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Sat, 06-28-2003 - 3:07pm
I don't really have much information for you. We have talked about that for our son but not until 2nd or 3rd grade as a "You've worked so hard in school" gift. I'll be reading responses to see other thoughts and opinions.

Janet =)

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Sun, 06-29-2003 - 7:58pm
Thanks for the input. We will keep in mind. Thanks for the advice in the games too.

Joy

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Sun, 06-29-2003 - 10:31pm
Hi, my five year old ds has a game boy advance, but at christmas when he got it, the SP version was not out yet, boy do I wish it had been. He loves his game boy, but because its not back lit can only play right under the light, guess I have to buy him one of those little lights. If your child can handle and computer and a game system he should be able to handle the game boy. Steer clear of games that require a lot of reading. ANY pokemon game requires a lot. My older ds has some and when my younger son plays it, he drives me nuts saying "whats this say, whats this say" every 2 mins. Go for games that are geared for preschool kids and you should be ok. My ds just got "Rugrats go Wild" and he really enjoys it.

Hope he has fun,

Leesa

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Mon, 06-30-2003 - 12:30pm
DD(9.5) has a Gameboy Advance and DS(4.7) plays it more than she does. However, he goes in spurts...one week he will play it alot but hten the next week it won't come out of the case. SO b/c of this we haven't had to limit the use of it!

Laura mom to Emily 9, Jordan 4 1/2 and Carys 8wks