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TOPIC: Games console for 6/7 year old

Games console for 6/7 year old 5 years 6 months ago #36329

Hi there,

My 6 year old son has become something of a gamer over the last year or so. He enjoys playing games on his mum's iPad - things like Temple Run, Sonic Dash, that Talking Cat (OK for 5 minutes but after 30 it grates a bit!).

We have been thinking recently about getting a games console for "the whole family" for xmas. I have been planning on doing some research but don't really know where to start. We want to get something that we can have control of - so handheld like DS we have decided is out - and that we can all share in sometimes. His grandparents who live close by have a Wii so i kind of thought that might be a waste of money.

It isn't important necessarily that it is bang up to date. I have heard X-box is good - is that the one which you can also use to make music? - but any advice from those in the know would be really appreciated...

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Re: Games console for 6/7 year old 5 years 6 months ago #36336

Hi Joe,

I would suggest the Wii or the new Wii U. You can't beat Nintendo for family friendly fun. Microsoft and Sony may have sewn up the serious gamer console market - but for the occasional user and all round family fun then I would opt for the Wii U .

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Re: Games console for 6/7 year old 5 years 6 months ago #36337

I read some where that everyone's second console was the Wii - that's cos it was so much fun.

I think for a 6/7 year old you can't go wrong.
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Re: Games console for 6/7 year old 5 years 6 months ago #36340

Do you mean you can't go wrong with a Wii or with whatever we get?

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Re: Games console for 6/7 year old 5 years 6 months ago #36345

sorry joe i meant with a wii.

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Re: Games console for 6/7 year old 5 years 6 months ago #36401

Cheers BFO and Gooner,

The Wii U looks interested but is it handheld - ie could be taken up and away into a bedroom. We were hoping to avoid that!

Any tips on others to get and what might have the most longevity - hopefully last even into teenagehood (or is that wishful thinking!?)

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Re: Games console for 6/7 year old 5 years 6 months ago #36428

For the family, the Will is perfect. There are tons of family games for it and you won't have the portability issues that you are concerned about. Bear in mind though, that it's no longer in production and therefore will have little support. Pretty much most of it's online functions have been withdrawn too, now that the Wii U is out.

The PS3 and Xbox are decent alternatives and both have parental locks from their menus, so you can control what level of content your child has access too. As both consoles are about to be replaced their successors, you should soon find excellent prices around, too.

N.D.

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Re: Games console for 6/7 year old 5 years 6 months ago #36529

The Wii U looks interested but is it handheld

No it's not. The main unit looks like the old Wii just not so square.

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Re: Games console for 6/7 year old 5 years 6 months ago #36705

It is partially handheld as the controller also acts as a tablet, enabling the user to wander off and watch tv on it or even carry on with a game.

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Re: Games console for 6/7 year old 5 years 6 months ago #36973

Cheers for all the advice. I am mulling it over. Only thing is there is Wii at his granny's house just round the corner, so at the moment i am thinking Xbox - is that crazy?

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Re: Games console for 6/7 year old 5 years 6 months ago #36994

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My two year old grandson is getting a tablet because he's always monopolising my IPad! My six year old grandson has a PS3 and a Wii... He never plays with the Wii it's all about the PS3....he does like his Nintendo 3ds and he also steals my IPad!

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Re: Games console for 6/7 year old 5 years 6 months ago #37002

Hi there NJ,

Cheers for the reply. I posted a reply earlier on today but it seems to have disappeared from the board!?

Anyway, nevermind - i just wanted to say thanks re tablet advice - my son kind of has one (via my wife!) so we are thinking maybe something different - partly to keep him off that! Do you - or anyone - know whether an Xbox would be a good investment? His 10 year old cousin recommends it. I seem to remember being told you can also make music on it which is something i would also love to do with my kids.

Any replies gratefully received!

Joe :)

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