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Best Nintendo 3DS games for an 8 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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Price correct as of 01:02, Tuesday 21st of November 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
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Price correct as of 01:02, Tuesday 21st of November 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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Price correct as of 01:02, Tuesday 21st of November 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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Price correct as of 01:02, Tuesday 21st of November 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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Price correct as of 01:02, Tuesday 21st of November 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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Price correct as of 01:02, Tuesday 21st of November 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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Price correct as of 01:02, Tuesday 21st of November 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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Price correct as of 01:02, Tuesday 21st of November 2017, may not include postage. More info

Story of Seasons: Trio of Towns

3DS
Story of Seasons: Trio of Towns Review - A Tale of Three Cities
A triple dose of farming fun in this adorably chock-a-block farming/life sim

Genre(s): World Building

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

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Price correct as of 01:02, Tuesday 21st of November 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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Price correct as of 01:02, Tuesday 21st of November 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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Price correct as of 01:02, Tuesday 21st of November 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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Price correct as of 01:02, Tuesday 21st of November 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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Price correct as of 01:02, Tuesday 21st of November 2017, may not include postage. More info

Puzzle & Dragons Z + Puzzle & Dragons: Super Mario Bros. Edition

3DS
Puzzle & Dragons Z + Puzzle & Dragons: Super Mario Bros. Edition Review
Double pack of monster-raising, match three goodness hits the 3DS

Genre(s): Puzzle (Match 3, etc), Role Playing Game (Turn Based Battles)

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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Price correct as of 01:02, Tuesday 21st of November 2017, may not include postage. More info

Ace Combat: Assault Horizon Legacy +

3DS
Ace Combat: Assault Horizon Legacy + Review: Buzz the tower!
Come fly with me, as the 3DS flight sim blasts off in a slightly upgraded outing

Genre(s): Flight Simulation

Our Score: StarStarStarStarEmpty star
Read our full Ace Combat: Assault Horizon Legacy + Review
EPAL Ability Level
Level 3
What does this mean?
Content Rating
OK
Read our full Ace Combat: Assault Horizon Legacy + Parental Review

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Price correct as of 01:02, Tuesday 21st of November 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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Price correct as of 01:02, Tuesday 21st of November 2017, may not include postage. More info
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