Best value for kids and tweens
The Nintendo DSi consistently scores well in reviews thanks in large part to the strong collection of games available for the younger set. Experts say the Nintendo DSi is a great option for casual gamers, but serious game fanatics will find more challenging and adult-oriented titles if they opt for the Sony PlayStation Vita or the older but still available Sony PSP-3000 (*Est. $130). The DSi has access to more than 1,700 family-friendly games, including "Super Mario Brothers" and "Pokemon." However, the Nintendo DSi does not support GameBoy Advance titles, and it has a relatively short battery life of around four hours. Nintendo also offers the DSi XL (*Est. $170), which is nearly identical but has 4.2-inch displays. Because it's so similar, reviewers recommend sticking with the DSi unless you really want larger screens.
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