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Best Nintendo 3DS games for a 9 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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Pokemon X

3DS
Pokemon X and Y Review
Catch 'em, catch 'em, gotta catch 'em all

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

Our Score: StarStarStarStarStar
Read our full Pokemon X Review
EPAL Ability Level
Level 3
What does this mean?
Content Rating
OK
Read our full Pokemon X Parental Review

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Amazon.com
$31.99
Price correct as of 02:11, Thursday 24th of August 2017, may not include postage. More info

Ever Oasis

3DS
Ever Oasis Review: Everything the light touches is your kingdom
Build your own bustling desert town in this adorable action adventure

Genre(s): Role Playing Game (Real Time Battles), World Building

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

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$34.99
Price correct as of 01:59, Thursday 24th of August 2017, may not include postage. More info

Poochy & Yoshi's Woolly World

3DS
Poochy & Yoshi's Woolly World Review: Fluff on the go
Yoshi hits up the 3DS in this remake of his woolderful Wii U adventure

Genre(s): Platform (2D)

Our Score: StarStarStarStarHalf star
Read our full Poochy & Yoshi's Woolly World Review
EPAL Ability Level
Level 3
What does this mean?
Content Rating
OK
Read our full Poochy & Yoshi's Woolly World Parental Review

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$40.99
Price correct as of 02:11, Thursday 24th of August 2017, may not include postage. More info

Dragon Quest VIII: Journey of the Cursed King

3DS
Dragon Quest VIII: Journey of the Cursed King 3DS Review: It's about slime!
The many adventures of a troll king, horse princess and mute hero

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

Our Score: StarStarStarStarHalf star
Read our full Dragon Quest VIII: Journey of the Cursed King Review
EPAL Ability Level
Level 4
What does this mean?
Content Rating
Medium
Read our full Dragon Quest VIII: Journey of the Cursed King Parental Review

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$25.48
Price correct as of 02:11, Thursday 24th of August 2017, may not include postage. More info

Pokemon Sun

3DS
Pokemon Sun Review: Here Comes The Sun (Do Do Do Do)
Monster battler's tropical island instalment makes the perfect antidote to the cold winter weather

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

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

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$33.55
Price correct as of 02:11, Thursday 24th of August 2017, may not include postage. More info

Rhythm Paradise Megamix

3DS
Rhythm Paradise Megamix Review: Let's we go, amigo!
Nintendo's quirky music game collection hits the 3DS

Genre(s): Music

Our Score: StarStarStarStarHalf star
Read our full Rhythm Paradise Megamix Review
EPAL Ability Level
Level 4
What does this mean?
Content Rating
OK
Read our full Rhythm Paradise Megamix Parental Review

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$29.99
Price correct as of 02:11, 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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$12.92
Price correct as of 01:54, Thursday 24th of August 2017, may not include postage. More info

Return to PopoloCrois: A Story of Seasons Fairytale

3DS
Return to PopoloCrois: A Story of Seasons Fairytale Review
Farming, fighting and friendship collide in this adorable Rune Factory-alike

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

Our Score: StarStarStarStarHalf star
Read our full Return to PopoloCrois: A Story of Seasons Fairytale Review
EPAL Ability Level
Level 4
What does this mean?
Content Rating
OK
Read our full Return to PopoloCrois: A Story of Seasons Fairytale Parental Review

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$13.05
Price correct as of 02:11, 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

Theatrhythm: Final Fantasy Curtain Call

3DS
Theatrhythm Final Fantasy: Curtain Call Review - Gold Saucer Arcade
Rhythm meets RPG in the definitive Final Fantasy music game

Genre(s): Music

Our Score: StarStarStarStarHalf star
Read our full Theatrhythm: Final Fantasy Curtain Call Review
EPAL Ability Level
Level 3
What does this mean?
Content Rating
OK
Read our full Theatrhythm: Final Fantasy Curtain Call Parental Review

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$9.95
Price correct as of 01:54, Thursday 24th of August 2017, may not include postage. More info

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

Picross 3D: Round 2

3DS
Picross 3D: Round 2 Review - Built from blocks
Just when you think you had picross beat - ding ding mother flipper, it's back for more!

Genre(s): Puzzle (Logic and Brain Teasers)

Sonic Boom: Fire & Ice

3DS
Sonic Boom: Fire and Ice Review
Sonic and friends return for a platformer with a change of pace, as they try to put bad Wii U memories behind them.

Genre(s): Platform (3D)

Our Score: StarStarStarStarEmpty star
Read our full Sonic Boom: Fire & Ice Review
EPAL Ability Level
Level 4
What does this mean?
Content Rating
OK
Read our full Sonic Boom: Fire & Ice Parental Review

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$16.30
Price correct as of 02:11, Thursday 24th of August 2017, may not include postage. More info

Disney Magical World 2

3DS
Disney Magical World 2 Review: Never Stop Dreaming
Chill with Mickey, fight ghosts with Stitch and party with Rapunzel in this Disney-themed adventure

Genre(s): Life Simulation

Our Score: StarStarStarStarEmpty star
Read our full Disney Magical World 2 Review
EPAL Ability Level
Level 3
What does this mean?
Content Rating
OK
Read our full Disney Magical World 2 Parental Review

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Amazon.com
$39.92
Price correct as of 01:31, Thursday 24th of August 2017, may not include postage. More info

Etrian Odyssey 2 Untold: The Fafnir Knight

3DS
Etrian Odyssey 2 Untold: The Fafnir Knight Review
In which we faffed about as a knight, leading a guild of dungeon explorers!

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

Our Score: StarStarStarStarEmpty star
Read our full Etrian Odyssey 2 Untold: The Fafnir Knight Review
EPAL Ability Level
Level 4
What does this mean?
Content Rating
OK
Read our full Etrian Odyssey 2 Untold: The Fafnir Knight Parental Review

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$43.99
Price correct as of 01:32, Thursday 24th of August 2017, may not include postage. More info

Story of Seasons

3DS
Story of Seasons Review: Oak Tree town needs your farming skills!
Become the ultimate farmer, and if you want to, why not start a family?

Genre(s): World Building

Our Score: StarStarStarStarEmpty star
Read our full Story of Seasons Review
EPAL Ability Level
Level 3
What does this mean?
Content Rating
OK
Read our full Story of Seasons Parental Review

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$21.99
Price correct as of 02:11, Thursday 24th of August 2017, may not include postage. More info

New Style Boutique 2: Fashion Forward

3DS
New Style Boutique 2 Review: Back in Style
Try your hand at running your own fashion boutique in Nintendo's latest 3DS game

Genre(s): Life Simulation

Our Score: StarStarStarStarEmpty star
Read our full New Style Boutique 2: Fashion Forward Review
EPAL Ability Level
Level 3
What does this mean?
Content Rating
OK
Read our full New Style Boutique 2: Fashion Forward Parental Review

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$39.94
Price correct as of 02:11, Thursday 24th of August 2017, may not include postage. More info

Hello Kitty & Friends: Rockin' World Tour

3DS
Hello Kitty & Friends: Rockin' World Tour Review
A magical musical mystery tour with Hello Kitty and co

Genre(s): Music, Puzzle (Match 3, etc)

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

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
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