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  • Best Nintendo DS, DSi and 3DS Games for Boys (8-12)



    Updated June 2012

    List Best Nintendo 3DS Games for Boys

    I have been compiling list of what I think are best video games for kids for several years from a homeschooling mom’s perspective. Keep in mind that I am a big believer in the learning that comes from playing video games.
    The latest game console to come out it Nintendo 3DS. The newest Nintendo Platform, Nintendo 3DS Best Nintendo DS, DSi  and 3DS Games for Boys (8 12) plays both DS games and 3DS games however the older and still very popular Nintendo DS does NOT play Nintendo 3DS games.
    The Nintendo 3DS can play regular DS games but NOT gameboy games.

    list of what I think are the best value and game play for video games and in this case what I think are the best Nintendo 3DS games for boys 8-12.

    Hands down a must have game, New Super Mario Bros. 2 Best Nintendo DS, DSi  and 3DS Games for Boys (8 12) Great game play, excellent graphics and violence is an acceptable cartoon-ish level- none of the blood and gore that seems to permeate video games these days. This is a game kids love and wont make you queasy watching them play.

    Kingdom Hearts 3D  Best Nintendo DS, DSi  and 3DS Games for Boys (8 12) is jam packed with old and new Disney characters and in no one “baby-ish” older boys AND girls will love this Nintendo 3DS game.

    Rhythm Thief Best Nintendo DS, DSi  and 3DS Games for Boys (8 12)- I LOVE this 3DS game! Very hard to describe- part Broadway show/glee episode wrapped in mini games and puzzles. I love that music and dance is so heavily integrated into this popular 3DS video game. This is a great 3ds game that BOTH boys and girls love.

    Kid Icarus: Uprising Best Nintendo DS, DSi  and 3DS Games for Boys (8 12) had outstanding graphics- i was very impress. Story is puzzle based and has loads of characters from Greek mythology- which I love :-)

    Mario Kart 7 Best Nintendo DS, DSi  and 3DS Games for Boys (8 12) and Super Mario 3D Land Best Nintendo DS, DSi  and 3DS Games for Boys (8 12) is one of the best Nintendo 3DS games. Mario Kart brings the legacy of Mario Kart fun to 3D. You will not go wrong.

    Super Mario 3D Land Best Nintendo DS, DSi  and 3DS Games for Boys (8 12) is classic Mario updated with amazing 3D graphics. Not just a gimmick- the game is very well made.

    The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D Best Nintendo DS, DSi  and 3DS Games for Boys (8 12)
    is a must have as far as I’m concerned. *I* fell in love with Zelda games when I was in my 20′s playing on a Super Nintendo system.
    Zelda continues to entertain ( and frustrate! ) This latest game made for th e Nintendo 3DS system is not just gimmicky but a GREAT game.
    Boys tend to prefer this game over girls but as always depends on the child.

    I have had enough experience with Nintendo 3DS to make recommendations for games that have good play value for boys in the 8-12 year old range. I use this range because 8 is an age where most boys are able to read.

    What are the Best Nintendo 3DS Games for Boys 8-12 years old?

    More info on the Nintendo 3DS Best Nintendo DS, DSi  and 3DS Games for Boys (8 12)

    Rayman 3D Best Nintendo DS, DSi  and 3DS Games for Boys (8 12) is good solid fun. A single person adventure video featuring Rayman.

    Other Best Video Games for Kids Recommendations

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    Best Video Games for Boys Recommendations

    Best Nintendo DS and DSi Games for Boys 4-8 Years Old
    Best Nintendo DS and DSi Games for Boys
    Best Nintendo 3DS Games for Boys 8-12 years old
    Best Playstation 3 Games for Boys – Top Picks for Best PS3 Games for Boys

    Best Video Games for Girls Recommendations

    Best Nintendo DS and DSi Games for Girls ( 8-12 years old)
    Best Nintendo 3DS Games for Girls 8-12 years old
    Best Nintendo DS and DSi Games For Younger Girls 4-8 years old
    Best Wii Games For Girls
    Best Playstation 3 Games for Teenage Girls

    Best Nintendo DS and 3DS Games for Boys 8,9,10, 11, 12 years old

    I have been “polling” the 8-12+ year old boys in all our homeschool groups on their favorite Nintendo DS games and our house is a regular haunt for kids in general. For a video game to be of “good play value” it needs to be well designed well made and not gimmicky- not a video game you play with for an hour than toss aside. The video games I have listed here as the best Nintendo DS games for boys are designed well and have a LONG shelf life. The games are not tired and boring and hodl as much interest a month later as they did in the first day. Games that a wide range of kids can play are also a bonus i.e. e video games that both girls and boys enjoy playing.
    As I stated in my Nintendo DS Games for girls post- I am NOT gender biased – based on my observing and asking tons of kids what they like- girls really do like different video games than boys. Boys tend to like competitive games where they have an opponent or race against time or beat a “level” to get to the next one as well as role playing games and girls seem to gravitate towards video games that emphasize creating or nurturing. Not sure what the best Nintendo DS and 3DS games for boys are?

    Best Nintendo DS and DSi Games for Boys 8,9,10,11,12 +

    Updated October 2012

    New Super Mario Bros. Best Nintendo DS, DSi  and 3DS Games for Boys (8 12) is at top of my list with good reason- Fun, family friendly and GREAT play value. Girls will also like but boys LOVE. On of the best and most popular Nintendo DS games ever released.

    Mario Kart 7 Best Nintendo DS, DSi  and 3DS Games for Boys (8 12) just released on Dec 4th 2011 and I think this will be THE Nintendo game to get this Christmas. The poplar Mario Kart series continues to deliver excellence with every release. Can’t miss.

    Yay! Finally another Professor Layton DS game! Professor Layton and the Last Specter Best Nintendo DS, DSi  and 3DS Games for Boys (8 12) is just out. This is part of the excellent Professor Layton series-games based on logic, critial thinking and loaded with brain teasers.
    I can’t recommemd this series high enough. No violence, requires some reading and LOTS of problem solving and riddles. This is a great DS game for boys and girls and lots of play value. Would not hesitate to buy.

    Monster Tale Best Nintendo DS, DSi  and 3DS Games for Boys (8 12) combines the fun of nurturing and “training” your pet monster with action and exploration. An excellent Nintendo DS game for boys.

    What are the Best Nintendo DS Games for Boys?

    Kirby Mass Attack Best Nintendo DS, DSi  and 3DS Games for Boys (8 12) released last month has become a favourite. Younger boys will love the game and older boys may also enjoy – there is enough game play to satisfy experienced gamer.

    Super Scribblenauts is a puzzle based game. This is the newer and improved version of the crazy popular Scribblenauts. If you don’ have this game- get it- a must have.

    Good Puzzle Games for Nintendo DS

    Ghost Trick: Phantom Detective Best Nintendo DS, DSi  and 3DS Games for Boys (8 12)
    is just out and AMAZING. It an adventure game with lots of levels and puzzles to keep you busy. This is suitable for both boys and girls.

    Fossil Fighters Best Nintendo DS, DSi  and 3DS Games for Boys (8 12)
    How cool is this? Hammer away at old dinosaur bones with the Nintendo DS stylus. A GREAT, well designed and well thought out game with excellent play value. Can’t miss and well priced. This has become a classic and consistently highly rated video game

    Some more top Picks- Best Nintendo DSi and DS Games for Boys
    Mario & Luigi Bowser’s Inside Story Best Nintendo DS, DSi  and 3DS Games for Boys (8 12) is the most recent ” Mario Bros” release and an excellent game with plenty of play value. It was released in September 2009 and one of the best Nintendo DS games of the years. I think this is a must have for video game collection. Exceptionally well done and hugely hot with homschool boys in our circle.

    Picross 3D Best Nintendo DS, DSi  and 3DS Games for Boys (8 12)is a 3-d puzzle and logic based game that is WAY more fun that it sounds. Its based on the older pic cross game ( that was actually not that great- so dont get them confused!) . I actually enjoy playing this game myself and has alot of play value. Good game for both girls and boys.

    LEGO Harry Potter: Years 1-4 Best Nintendo DS, DSi  and 3DS Games for Boys (8 12)
    Another great game in the Lego series. Sure fire hit. Well designed and excellent game. My son who is 6 loves the game but requires reading and he needed bit of help at times.

    Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days Best Nintendo DS, DSi  and 3DS Games for Boys (8 12) Is a DS update on classic game. A role playing adventure game using Disney elements and characters. Perfect for 6-10 year olds and “younger” 12+ years olds who wouldn’t mind the Disney factor- this is not a “cute-sy” game in any way! A good fame for both girls and boys.

    Professor Layton and the Diabolical Box  Best Nintendo DS, DSi  and 3DS Games for Boys (8 12) Second part of the Professor Layton trilogy ( third not yet released) . I am HUGE fan of these. Probably my favourite video games for girl OR boy. These are critical thinking “puzzle” games reminiscent of the Mensa style brain teasers Omni magazine used to have to challenge lesser mortal’s Get this game- you will find yourself sneaking around trying to solve the puzzles yourself :-)

    Scribblenauts Best Nintendo DS, DSi  and 3DS Games for Boys (8 12)
    is hot game this Christmas. Another another puzzle solving game with bit of action and quite a bit of creative input from the player.

    Henry Hatsworth in the Puzzling AdventureThis is my new FAVOURITE game. I was a huge fan of Professor Layton and the Curious Village and Henry Hatsworth ranks right up there for me- and my kids. I think that this especially appeals to boys because their is more “action” along with puzzles.

    Let’s Draw! I have this one both “Best Nintendo DS and DSi Games for Girls ( 8-12 years old) ” and this one, “Best Nintendo DS games for Boys” lists.

    New This month is Puzzle Quest Galactrix spin on the amazing role playing game mixed with puzzles, original Puzzle Quest

    Big Bang Mini is is BEYOND cool! You create your own fireworks and then defend yourself against pirate snowmen (!) , fish skeletons and more. The graphics are excellent and even the soundtrack is good. The game is easy to learn and excellent gameplay. Any one I have let try LOVES it. Give it a whirl.

    Dragon Quest V: Hand of the Heavenly Bride Kids have fun taming monsters in this addictive . Tons of mini-games and play value- they do not get tired of it quickly.

    61RlSev7brL. SL160  Best Nintendo DS, DSi  and 3DS Games for Boys (8 12) Has outstanding play value.

    One of the hot games for DS right now is Mario & Luigi: Partners In Time. A great game for all ages.

    Long anticipated, Final Fantasy IV was released in August. This game is fabulous and gets rave reviews from homeschooling kids in or group and the neighborhood kids. Final Fantasy is a sure fire hit.

    An easy to play action strategy game ( action with puzzle games) Lock’s Quest. I like any kind of quest mixed with strategy game and this has excellent play value. Probably one of the best DS games released this year.

    If want to get a game you KNOW they will love, try Guitar Hero: On Tour it is popular Guitar Hero made for handheld. We have it and both boys and girls love it. It can also be played “against: other kids with the game and it has far more play value that I thought it would- I was pleasantly surprised.
    Th etaest release and second in the series is Guitar Hero on Tour Decades Bundle.

    Love this game- I used to play it as a board game in highschool . It is now available on DS, Sid Meier’s Civilization Revolution. This would be good for older kids and even teens and adults. I have played it and adore it. It used quite a bit of strategy. Think of it as RISK on steroids.

    I rarely say this- but this game really is a MUST have, Professor Layton and the Curious Village is original and fun. The game is a series of puzzles and brain teaser than is great for both boys and girls- moms too :-) Can’t recommend enough.

    Inexplicably, Trauma Center 2 DS is a very popular game. You work in the trauma center of a hospital and lead a team of doctors to try and save your patients. Who would have thought? Both boys and girls love it.

    The Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass is still going string. If your son likes any kind of role playing video games- he will be thrilled with this.

    One of my favourite new games this year, manage resources, care for critters, and combat destructive forces that threaten the ecology of Mana Forest- Eco Creatures: Save The Forest

    The World Ends With You is an anime-inspired game set in modern day Tokyo, from the team that made Kingdom Hearts.

    Mario Kart Very cool- can “race’ others from around the world with wireless feature.

    Very Popular are the new Pokemon’s- Pokemon Mystery Dungeon: Explorers of Time and Pokemon Mystery Dungeon: Explorers of Darkness

    Mario Party DS Another new release. This is good for both boys and girls and if you have more than two kids in your family with a DS- excellent choice.

    Luxor: Pharaoh’s Challenge This came out this week and we rented it. Not what I thought it would be- ton of puzzle games set in Ancient Egypt. Great for kids who like Brain Academy, etc. Another good for both boys and girls if kids share games.

    Yoshi’s Island DS Considered one of the best games for Nintendo DS. If you are just getting a DS or don’t have- highly recommend.

    New Super Mario Bros. Classic Mario Brothers stuff. One of the best games made and very popular. It has been out for a while. Both boys and girls like this one.

    Metroid Prime Hunters Very high cool factor – you can play with multiple players with wireless function.

    Pokemon Diamond Probably the most popular game ever made for Nintendo DS- along with Pokemon Pearl version ( below)

    Pokemon Pearl See above. If getting a new DS and need to get one or two games- make sure you include either this or the Pokeman Diamond version (above)

    Chibi-Robo: Park Patrol for Nintendo DS This is HIGHLY addictive!

    If you can think of some “must have” best Nintendo DS games for boys that aren’t here?? Let me know and I will add to the list :-)

    Nintendo DS Gaming Consoles for Boys:Nintendo 3DS – Cosmo Black

    Nintendo DS Lite Onyx Black

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    Hall of Fame: Most Popular Nintendo DS Games

    Best Video Games for Boys Recommendations

    Best Nintendo DS and DSi Games for Boys 4-8 Years Old
    Best Nintendo DS and DSi Games for Boys
    Best Nintendo 3DS Games for Boys 8-12 years old
    Best Playstation 3 Games for Boys – Top Picks for Best PS3 Games for Boys

    Best Video Games for Girls Recommendations

    Best Nintendo DS and DSi Games for Girls ( 8-12 years old)
    Best Nintendo 3DS Games for Girls 8-12 years old
    Best Nintendo DS and DSi Games For Younger Girls 4-8 years old
    Best Wii Games For Girls
    Best Playstation 3 Games for Teenage Girls