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to ask you lot which DS to buy?

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bejeezus Mon 20-Jun-11 10:12:46

my dd1 wants a DS for her birthday. Not entirely sure what one is or does, but understand thta they are used for playing computer games. And some do other stuff too- like take photos?
they seem to range in price from £25 on Ebay to £150ish in shops.
dont have enough time or much inclination to look into the subject of 'DSs' in great detail
I'm pretty skint- what should i get her?

PrinceHumperdink Mon 20-Jun-11 10:54:02

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bejeezus Mon 20-Jun-11 11:22:26

thanks Prince

1 more question-i didnt really consider--what age are they appropriate for? she is 6-is that old enough? we dont have Wii/ Xbox/whatever so dont think she will turn into a gaming freak??

knittedbreast Mon 20-Jun-11 11:24:17

dont get one!!

PrinceHumperdink Mon 20-Jun-11 11:25:09

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bejeezus Mon 20-Jun-11 11:25:20

too young?

WhereYouLeftIt Mon 20-Jun-11 11:30:27

And there was me thinking from the title that Madonna had stopped by ...

bejeezus Mon 20-Jun-11 11:31:26

lol whereyouleft it!

PrinceHumperdink Mon 20-Jun-11 11:35:10

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knittedbreast Mon 20-Jun-11 11:44:39

i just dont like the idea of young kids playing on them, too easily hooked and very addictive

knittedbreast Mon 20-Jun-11 11:45:04

DS=Just say no kids!

chumpion Mon 20-Jun-11 11:53:59

There are lots of educational games, Superscribble naughts, brain training, Art academy etc. They are great for long journeys.
I would recommend the ds lite. You can also buy the R4 card which contains lots of games for a fraction of the price.

vmcd28 Mon 20-Jun-11 11:59:47

I Did It, Mum is a great game too

My ds1 got one for his 3rd or 4th bday, can't remember which. He had a phase where hr was huffy when he was asked to stop playing, but it works well when they know it's a reward to play it, not a god given right.

SoupDragon Mon 20-Jun-11 12:05:49

Personally, I'd go for a DSi (not the XL version). DD is 5 and I bought her one to replace the DSLite that broke (she'd had it a year and Game refused to accept my proof of purchase but that's another story grin) She has had so much fun with the camera bit and messing about with the photo editing stuff - all without reading the manual given she can't read well enough for that yet!

Hers was £90 from with no games (we had those already) and was cheaper than in the game stores.

cornflakegirl Mon 20-Jun-11 13:06:09

DS1 got a DSLite for his 5th birthday. DSLite is perfectly adequate at that age (although he hasn't tried a DSi, so I don't know how much extra fun that is).

I think even non-educational games can be educational. He's currently playing Lego Harry Potter which requires a reasonable amount of problem solving and relatively little of justing blasting enemies. As long as you ration it if you need to (we do need to) so that they're running around and playing sociably as well, I think they're fine.

Poogles Mon 20-Jun-11 13:16:07

I would recommend getting a reconditioned one (second hand but with a guarantee from Game or somewhere). It's cheaper than a new one amd you won't be so nervous when she has it.

By the time your DD is old enough to understand/appreciate all the gadget bits etc onthe new ones, there will have been another upgrade!

Seona1973 Mon 20-Jun-11 13:36:14

my 2 (age 4 and 7) have the DSi. DD also has an old DSlite that still gets used too.

crockydoodle Mon 20-Jun-11 13:47:54

I would get the dsi - my youngest aged 6 has had hers since christmas and it is brilliant for long journeys or dentists waiting rooms. It has extra features over the ds lite (ds lite is an older version) where you can record sounds and take pictures and do funny things to them. She has had so much entertainment out of this.
(We have had all versions of ds and gameboys over the years)
There is no reason why she should get addicted to it. It's not that difficult to take it off a 6 year old.
Asda are doing it for £85,default,pd.html?purl=hotukdeals

MCos Mon 20-Jun-11 16:27:07

I'd recommend DSi also.
My DDs have DS Lite with several years, and would prefer the DSi, as they have great fun with the camera feature when playing with their friends DSIs.

My DDs got their DSs 3 years ago when they were 4 and 6, and have had great fun with them. Occasionally, I have to insist they take a break from them, but generally they will play for a while and stop of their own accord.
Also, they will go phases where they use them a lot, and then other phases where they do not use them at all.
They are fantastic way to pass time on car or plane journeys, or in Dr/Dentist waiting room, or whenever you needs the kids to 'kill time'.
We've got fantastic values from our DSs.

Oh - and I use threat of taking away DS as a consequence for bad behaviour. Not a consequence that are not willing to incur, so just the threat of removing it is sufficient.

bejeezus Tue 21-Jun-11 11:00:54

thanks everyone.

4 say DSi, 4 say DS Lite

anyone want to cast the deciding vote?

BeerTricksPotter Tue 21-Jun-11 11:03:14

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SoupDragon Tue 21-Jun-11 11:55:56

I think the DSi will have more longevity. It won't be long before the DS Lite is seen as Old and thus Not Good, if it is not already.

MrsTwinks Tue 21-Jun-11 23:50:13

The dsi is more versatile as it's a newer model, has a few more functions and can connect to wifi. All of them will play the ds games.

Just to add, there's a health warning on the 3ds that states it can do permanent damage to the eyes if used by the under 7s so don't let anyone talk you into that x

Lonnie Wed 22-Jun-11 00:48:58

am I the only one thinking op were wanting to buy a DEAR SON from that title?

LordOfTheFlies Wed 22-Jun-11 01:07:38

Lonnie did you see the thread a while back where someone wanted to throw her DS down the stairs?

It was to break it and buy a new one- game not son!!!grin

I thought - Cor my son's a right little git but I wouldn't push him downstairs!.
Relief when I read the full thread!!

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