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Best Nintendo 3DS games for a 5 year old

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One of the biggest problems when it comes to buying games for children is knowing whether your child will actually be able to cope with it. While the rating on the box gives you an idea about the content, it doesn't actually tell you anything about a game's complexity - so a text heavy strategy game can still have a 3+ rating on the box. In contrast, we give each game an "Ability Level" rating based on its difficulty, complexity and reading, known as EPALs, or Everybody Plays Ability Level (more info). By choosing an age above, you can filter our database by age, to find games you can be sure your child will be able to enjoy.
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Knowing your child will be able to handle a game is great - but if it's full of swearing, violence, or sex, you still may not want your child playing it. This filter lets you set the absolute maximum level of Mature Content you'd be happy with.

Games in Green will contain, at the absolute most, very little, very mild swearing and cartoon, non-realistic violence; those in Orange may feature more frequent swearing, blood, and realistic impacts from weapons; while Red games may feature strong swearing, bloody violence, or explicit sex.
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Thomas & Friends: Steaming Around Sodor

3DS
Thomas & Friends: Steaming Around Sodor Review
Help Thomas and co get ready for some very important visitors in this mini-game collection

Genre(s): Mini-game

Winx Club: Saving Alfea

3DS, DS
Winx Club: Saving Alfea Review: Fairy Fun
Party preparations take a turn for the worse in this fairy-themed platformer

Genre(s): Platform (2D)

Our Score: StarStarStarStarEmpty star
Read our full Winx Club: Saving Alfea Review
EPAL Ability Level
Level 1
What does this mean?
Content Rating
OK
Read our full Winx Club: Saving Alfea Parental Review

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Amazon.com
$34.99
Price correct as of 01:54, Thursday 24th of August 2017, may not include postage. More info

Disney's Frozen: Olaf's Quest

3DS, DS
Disney Frozen: Olaf's Quest Review
We play it cool with a jolly, happy soul.

Genre(s): Platform (2D)

Our Score: StarStarStarStarEmpty star
Read our full Disney's Frozen: Olaf's Quest Review
EPAL Ability Level
Level 2
What does this mean?
Content Rating
OK
Read our full Disney's Frozen: Olaf's Quest Parental Review

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$8.96
Price correct as of 01:54, Thursday 24th of August 2017, may not include postage. More info

Around the World with Hello Kitty and Friends

3DS
Around the World with Hello Kitty and Friends Review
The cat returns in a ‘cute-em-up’ for the touch generation

Genre(s): Mini-game

Our Score: StarStarStarStarEmpty star
Read our full Around the World with Hello Kitty and Friends Review
EPAL Ability Level
Level 1
What does this mean?
Content Rating
OK
Read our full Around the World with Hello Kitty and Friends Parental Review

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Amazon.com
$17.69
Price correct as of 01:54, Thursday 24th of August 2017, may not include postage. More info

Cooking Mama 4

3DS
Cooking Mama 4 Review
Mama's cooking up a storm with her latest culinary collection of mini-games

Genre(s): Mini-game

Our Score: StarStarStarStarEmpty star
Read our full Cooking Mama 4 Review
EPAL Ability Level
Level 1
What does this mean?
Content Rating
OK
Read our full Cooking Mama 4 Parental Review

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Amazon.com
$29.95
Price correct as of 01:54, Thursday 24th of August 2017, may not include postage. More info

Nintendogs + Cats: Golden Retriever + New Friends

3DS
Nintendogs + Cats Review (3DS)
The battle for pet supremacy continues...

Genre(s): Virtual Pet

Our Score: StarStarStarStarEmpty star
Read our full Nintendogs + Cats: Golden Retriever + New Friends Review
EPAL Ability Level
Level 2
What does this mean?
Content Rating
OK
Read our full Nintendogs + Cats: Golden Retriever + New Friends Parental Review

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Amazon.com
$23.82
Price correct as of 01:52, Thursday 24th of August 2017, may not include postage. More info

Kirby's Blowout Blast

3DS
Kirby's Blowout Blast Review
Quick-fire fun with Kirby's latest little downloadable title

Genre(s): Action (3D)

Cooking Mama: Sweet Shop

3DS
Cooking Mama Sweet Shop Review
Everyone's favourite culinary mini-game whiz is back - and this time she's baking up a storm

Genre(s): Mini-game

Our Score: StarStarStarHalf starEmpty star
Read our full Cooking Mama: Sweet Shop Review
EPAL Ability Level
Level 1
What does this mean?
Content Rating
OK
Read our full Cooking Mama: Sweet Shop Parental Review

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Amazon.com
$25.98
Price correct as of 01:54, Thursday 24th of August 2017, may not include postage. More info

Super Mario Maker 3DS

3DS
Super Mario Maker 3DS Review: Make-a-Mario
A level creator, and 100 new Mario levels come to the 3DS in what could be the plumber's last 3DS platforming outing.

Genre(s): Platform (2D)

Our Score: StarStarStarHalf starEmpty star
Read our full Super Mario Maker 3DS Review
EPAL Ability Level
Level 1
What does this mean?
Content Rating
OK
Read our full Super Mario Maker 3DS Parental Review

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Amazon.com
$37.29
Price correct as of 01:52, Thursday 24th of August 2017, may not include postage. More info

Mike the Knight and the Great Gallop

3DS
Mike the Knight and the Great Gallop Review: Be A Knight, Do It Right!
Heroic mini-game fun on the 3DS with everyone's favourite trainee knight

Genre(s): Mini-game

Fireman Sam: To The Rescue

3DS
Fireman Sam: To The Rescue Review - Sam is the hero next door
A firefighting collection of mini-games for the little ones

Genre(s): Mini-game

Kirby Triple Deluxe

3DS
Kirby: Triple Deluxe Review - The belly is back!
Puyo!

Genre(s): Platform (2D)

Our Score: StarStarStarStarHalf star
Read our full Kirby Triple Deluxe Review
EPAL Ability Level
Level 2
What does this mean?
Content Rating
OK
Read our full Kirby Triple Deluxe Parental Review

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Amazon.com
$25.00
Price correct as of 01:54, Thursday 24th of August 2017, may not include postage. More info

LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Xbox 360, 3DS, Wii U, PS3, PS4, Xbox One, PC, PSVita
LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens Review
We return to a galaxy far, far away, in one of the best LEGO adventures ever.

Genre(s): Platform (3D)

Our Score: StarStarStarStarHalf star
Read our full LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens Review
EPAL Ability Level
Level 3
What does this mean?
Content Rating
OK
Read our full LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens Parental Review

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Amazon.com
$12.92
Price correct as of 01:54, Thursday 24th of August 2017, may not include postage. More info

Hatsune Miku: Project Mirai DX

3DS
Hatsune Miku: Project Mirai DX Review - Chibi bopper
Everyone's favourite vocaloid dances onto the 3DS in her new musical rhythm-action title

Genre(s): Music

Our Score: StarStarStarStarEmpty star
Read our full Hatsune Miku: Project Mirai DX Review
EPAL Ability Level
Level 2
What does this mean?
Content Rating
OK
Read our full Hatsune Miku: Project Mirai DX Parental Review

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Amazon.com
$32.05
Price correct as of 01:54, Thursday 24th of August 2017, may not include postage. More info

LEGO Ninjago: Shadow of Ronin

3DS, PSVita
Lego Ninjago: Shadow of Ronin Review - They see me Ronin'
The Spinjitsu masters are back – and this time they've lost their memories

Genre(s): Platform (3D)

Our Score: StarStarStarStarEmpty star
Read our full LEGO Ninjago: Shadow of Ronin Review
EPAL Ability Level
Level 2
What does this mean?
Content Rating
OK
Read our full LEGO Ninjago: Shadow of Ronin Parental Review

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Amazon.com
$21.95
Price correct as of 01:54, Thursday 24th of August 2017, may not include postage. More info

Planes: Fire and Rescue

Wii U, Wii, 3DS
Planes: Fire and Rescue Review: Up, up and away!
Dusty and the rest of the Disney Planes hit the Wii U - but can they save the day? With simple, top-down gameplay, you take control of the entire rescue crew as you protect the forest and its inhabitants from disasters, in a truly fantastic kids game.

Genre(s): Action (2D)

Our Score: StarStarStarStarEmpty star
Read our full Planes: Fire and Rescue Review
EPAL Ability Level
Level 2
What does this mean?
Content Rating
OK
Read our full Planes: Fire and Rescue Parental Review

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Amazon.com
$23.96
Price correct as of 01:54, Thursday 24th of August 2017, may not include postage. More info

Big Hero 6: Battle In The Bay

3DS, DS
Big Hero 6: Battle In The Bay: Balalala
Holding out for a hero - or six.

Genre(s): Platform (2D)

Our Score: StarStarStarStarEmpty star
Read our full Big Hero 6: Battle In The Bay Review
EPAL Ability Level
Level 2
What does this mean?
Content Rating
OK
Read our full Big Hero 6: Battle In The Bay Parental Review

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Amazon.com
$5.38
Price correct as of 01:54, Thursday 24th of August 2017, may not include postage. More info

Pokemon Omega Ruby

3DS
Gotta catch 'em all. Again.

Genre(s): Role Playing Game (Turn Based Battles)

Our Score: StarStarStarStarHalf star
Read our full Pokemon Omega Ruby Review
EPAL Ability Level
Level 3
What does this mean?
Content Rating
OK
Read our full Pokemon Omega Ruby Parental Review

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Amazon.com
$31.99
Price correct as of 01:54, Thursday 24th of August 2017, may not include postage. More info

Super Smash Bros

3DS
Super Smash Bros. 3DS Review: The new champion of fighters
Nintendo takes the fight outside, but is this the Smash Bros. we've been waiting for, or a 'lightweight' sequel?

Genre(s): Beat 'em up

Our Score: StarStarStarStarEmpty star
Read our full Super Smash Bros Review
EPAL Ability Level
Level 2
What does this mean?
Content Rating
OK
Read our full Super Smash Bros Parental Review

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Amazon.com
$32.70
Price correct as of 01:54, Thursday 24th of August 2017, may not include postage. More info
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