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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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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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If you're looking for the best Nintendo 3DS games for a 5 year old, our family experts are here to help. We've played, reviewed, and rated all of the biggest and best games, so you can be sure you're buying a game your child will love. Here's the list of our favourites, in order:

Thomas & Friends: Steaming Around Sodor

Help Thomas and co get ready for some very important visitors in this mini-game collection

Genre(s): Mini-game

Winx Club: Saving Alfea

Party preparations take a turn for the worse in this fairy-themed platformer

Genre(s): Platform (2D)

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$29.95
Price correct as of 09:55, Saturday 16th of December 2017, may not include postage. More info

Disney's Frozen: Olaf's Quest

We play it cool with a jolly, happy soul.

Genre(s): Platform (2D)

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$9.95
Price correct as of 10:47, Saturday 16th of December 2017, may not include postage. More info

Around the World with Hello Kitty and Friends

The cat returns in a ‘cute-em-up’ for the touch generation

Genre(s): Mini-game

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$29.99
Price correct as of 09:55, Saturday 16th of December 2017, may not include postage. More info

Cooking Mama 4

Mama's cooking up a storm with her latest culinary collection of mini-games

Genre(s): Mini-game

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$34.99
Price correct as of 09:48, Saturday 16th of December 2017, may not include postage. More info

Nintendogs + Cats: Golden Retriever + New Friends

The battle for pet supremacy continues...

Genre(s): Virtual Pet

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$59.99
Price correct as of 09:54, Saturday 16th of December 2017, may not include postage. More info

Kirby's Blowout Blast

Quick-fire fun with Kirby's latest little downloadable title

Genre(s): Action (3D)

Cooking Mama: Sweet Shop

Everyone's favourite culinary mini-game whiz is back - and this time she's baking up a storm

Genre(s): Mini-game

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$25.49
Price correct as of 09:55, Saturday 16th of December 2017, may not include postage. More info

Super Mario Maker 3DS

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)

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$33.80
Price correct as of 09:55, Saturday 16th of December 2017, may not include postage. More info

Mike the Knight and the Great Gallop

Heroic mini-game fun on the 3DS with everyone's favourite trainee knight

Genre(s): Mini-game

Fireman Sam: To The Rescue

A firefighting collection of mini-games for the little ones

Genre(s): Mini-game

Kirby Triple Deluxe

Puyo!

Genre(s): Platform (2D)

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$40.00
Price correct as of 09:55, Saturday 16th of December 2017, may not include postage. More info

LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens

We return to a galaxy far, far away, in one of the best LEGO adventures ever.

Genre(s): Platform (3D)

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$19.99
Price correct as of 09:55, Saturday 16th of December 2017, may not include postage. More info

Hatsune Miku: Project Mirai DX

Everyone's favourite vocaloid dances onto the 3DS in her new musical rhythm-action title

Genre(s): Music

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$59.88
Price correct as of 10:47, Saturday 16th of December 2017, may not include postage. More info

LEGO Ninjago: Shadow of Ronin

The Spinjitsu masters are back – and this time they've lost their memories

Genre(s): Platform (3D)

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$21.96
Price correct as of 10:47, Saturday 16th of December 2017, may not include postage. More info

Planes: Fire and Rescue

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)

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$21.87
Price correct as of 10:47, Saturday 16th of December 2017, may not include postage. More info

Big Hero 6: Battle In The Bay

Holding out for a hero - or six.

Genre(s): Platform (2D)

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$25.68
Price correct as of 10:47, Saturday 16th of December 2017, may not include postage. More info

Pokemon Omega Ruby

Gotta catch 'em all. Again.

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

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$27.64
Price correct as of 09:55, Saturday 16th of December 2017, may not include postage. More info

Super Smash Bros

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

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$38.95
Price correct as of 10:47, Saturday 16th of December 2017, may not include postage. More info
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