Our Top 8 Educational & Family Nintendo 3DS Games

Is there an ongoing battle in your home when it comes to studying verses gaming?

It’s important for kids to get outside, go on adventures with their friends and read a good book every day. But often times kids would rather be playing video games. How do parents strike that balance of chores, sports, family and video-relaxing time? Many parents allow their kids video games for a reward after they accomplish other tasks that day. Giving your kids games that are educational gives your child their desired video game time (of immediate gaming gratification) and your parental need to help them learn and grow. For all you parents who want to make your child’s video gaming time more productive, we’re sharing our eight favorite educational and family games for Nintendo 3DS.

Listed here are Our Top 8 Educational & Family Nintendo 3DS Games!

1: Nikoli’s Pencil Puzzle


The world famous puzzle maker Nikoli has created many puzzles to engage your mind on the Nintendo 3DS! This is the perfect puzzle game for you and your kids to solve together! Offering a variety of games at several difficulty levels, Nikoli’s Pencil Puzzle will provide you with fan-favorite puzzles that are accessible right at your fingertips! There are over 600 puzzles spread across 5 entertaining games such as Sudoku, Bridges, Boxes, Museum, and an exclusive 3D puzzle created just for the Nintendo 3DS.

2: Pokémon Art Academy


Young aspiring artists will enjoy the heart of this game. The game starts when you enroll in the Pokémon Art Academy to learn how to draw Pokémon, mentored by Professor Andy. Players are taught the basics of art, from simple shapes and coloring to more complex methods like shading and blending. With each new lesson they are introduced to various tools they will use to create their art.

3: Animal Crossing: New Leaf


This game is fun for both kids and parents. Animal Crossing New Leaf is the continuation of the Animal Crossing series by Nintendo.  The game lets you play as a character that you can customize who becomes the mayor of a town that’s populated by walking and talking animals. You are in control of your own adventure with this game and will learn all about problem solving and how a town is run. It’s perfect for kids who love games that have ever-changing stories.

4: Cooking Mama 5: Bon Appetit!


This game is perfect for kids who love to cook up fun meals in the kitchen. In the new version of the game it is set in a school and has brand new, mouth-watering recipes and household mini-games. This is also great for learning about new cultures and forms of diversity. You’ll cook your way through classic recipes, exotic multicultural dishes and sweet treats! Can you prove to Mama that you’ve got what it takes to be a master chef?

5: Tomodachi Life


Looking for a Nintendo 3DS game for the entire family? Check out Tomodachi Life! In the 3DS you can make Mii characters that represent you. And in Tomodachi Life you can send those characters on all kinds of adventures. You can give them items, voices, and personalities, then watch them do all the fun, crazy things your family does every day! This game will teach kids how to create their own stories, raise a family and take care of important, everyday chores.

6: Brain Age Concentration Training


Brain Age has always been an entertaining series for people who love a game of wits. Brain Age: Concentration Training uses specially designed exercises that will test your short-term memory access and help to improve your concentration skills. This is perfect for kids who have trouble listening or are struggling in school.

7: Scribblenauts Unlimited


Does your kid love to draw and create unique stories? If so, then Scribblenauts Unlimited is the game for you. Help the character Maxwell solve puzzles in free-roaming levels by summoning any object you can think of! This is the perfect game for little storytellers and will keep kids occupied and learning for hours.

8: nintendogs + cats


Kids of all ages love pets! But sometimes due to allergies or environments parents can’t always promise their kids a pet. However, there is a way to overcome this. With nintendogs + cats kids will be able to take home an adorable puppy or kitten. They’ll be able to name their pets, teach, care and love them and experience fun unlike any other. It’s just like taking care of a real pet!

What are some of your favorite video games to play with your kids? Have any recommendations? Let us know!


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Kid Lit TV Commenter Alisha Ross

So games like Shadowrun, Demons Crest, Harvest Moon, Actraiser, Ogre Battle, Breath of Fire, Evo, Mystical Ninja, the Super Star Wars games, XMen Mutant Apocalypse, several great Disney platformers, Lost Vikings, Prince of Persia or Battletoads Battlemaniacs don’t make the list, but TWO Mortal Kombat do, despite being highly overrated gimmicky and terrible fighters and being gimped on the SNES compared to their arcade counterparts?! Also, what’s with the lack of SHMUPs?
Alisha Ross

Kid Lit TV Commenter Moses Brodin

I know a very funny one too! It’s called “Bro hit my with that chair”. It’s a game where you hit your bros with a chair and whoever resists more hits wins. Also if the chair breaks on your back, you automatically win. It’s fun, most of the people end up laughing.
Ragerds:Moses Brodin


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