Technology sure is moving fast, or maybe I’m just getting older. Who remembers Pong? One of the first ever video tennis games with the two bars and a ball where you had to outscore your opponent. For those of you who are too young to remember you may have to look that one up.
Well now I’m really giving way my age, but really technology has come so far since then. Today gaming is as simple as handheld, and you can take anywhere.
Nintendo rules the market for handheld gaming, with their first attempt; The Gameboy released in 1989, and now with the Nintendo DS systems they continue to dominate the market.
Oh well enough history, I’m not really a gamer myself. Although I did own a Gameboy, and still have our Nintendo 64 console that hooks up to the television. My grandson and I play my favorite Space Invaders all of the time.
So I can only speak about the Nintendo DS handheld through my grandsons, as they both have one. And can play for hours. As long as they play in moderation and not all day long.
My opinion is; I think they learn hand eye coordination very quickly, and also I think it they learn problem solving skills.
I can say that Nintendo has excellent customer service, as my grandson dropped his game and broke it while still under the one-year warranty. We sent the game back and within a week had it fixed at no charge, and with a new one-year warranty.
I think these games make great gifts kids and adults alike. A word of caution, conversation is nonexistent while the kids are playing their games. In the case of an emergency when you do have to talk to them and it requires a response, there is a pause button.