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Best Nintendo 3DS games for a 10 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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If you're looking for the best Nintendo 3DS games for a 10 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:

The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D

Play it again, Sam.

Genre(s): Adventure

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$30.00
Price correct as of 12:18, Saturday 24th of August 2019, may not include postage. More info

Dead Or Alive: Dimensions

Big, bad, beat 'em up? You bet.

Genre(s): Beat 'em up

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$80.00
Price correct as of 12:18, Saturday 24th of August 2019, may not include postage. More info

Detective Pikachu

Solving mysteries with a hard-boiled Pikachu, in what is perhaps the most unusual Pokemon tie-in yet…

Genre(s): Point & Click

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$36.00
Price correct as of 11:59, Saturday 24th of August 2019, may not include postage. More info

Pokemon Ultra Sun

A trip back to the tropical Pokemon paradise in Nintendo's latest critter catching adventure

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

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$32.84
Price correct as of 11:59, Saturday 24th of August 2019, may not include postage. More info

New Style Boutique 3: Styling Star

Brush up on your styling skills as you inherit your own boutique to the stars

Genre(s): Life Simulation

Story of Seasons: Trio of Towns

A triple dose of farming fun in this adorably chock-a-block farming/life sim

Genre(s): World Building

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$27.99
Price correct as of 11:59, Saturday 24th of August 2019, may not include postage. More info

Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia

An unusual, and previously unreleased Fire Emblem game gets a 3DS remake

Genre(s): Role Playing Game (Strategy)

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$34.30
Price correct as of 12:18, Saturday 24th of August 2019, may not include postage. More info

Picross 3D: Round 2

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

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)

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$16.95
Price correct as of 11:24, Saturday 24th of August 2019, may not include postage. More info

Disney Magical World 2

Chill with Mickey, fight ghosts with Stitch and party with Rapunzel in this Disney-themed adventure

Genre(s): Life Simulation

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$42.00
Price correct as of 11:24, Saturday 24th of August 2019, may not include postage. More info

Yo-Kai Watch

Build your own supernatural entourage with Nintendo's latest

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

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$8.29
Price correct as of 12:18, Saturday 24th of August 2019, may not include postage. More info

Etrian Odyssey 2 Untold: The Fafnir Knight

In which we faffed about as a knight, leading a guild of dungeon explorers!

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

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$38.54
Price correct as of 11:24, Saturday 24th of August 2019, may not include postage. More info

Story of Seasons

Become the ultimate farmer, and if you want to, why not start a family?

Genre(s): World Building

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$26.01
Price correct as of 12:18, Saturday 24th of August 2019, may not include postage. More info

Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam Bros.

A double dose of Bowsers spells card-tastrophy for the Mushroom Kingdom

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

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$38.95
Price correct as of 12:18, Saturday 24th of August 2019, may not include postage. More info

New Style Boutique 2: Fashion Forward

Try your hand at running your own fashion boutique in Nintendo's latest 3DS game

Genre(s): Life Simulation

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$74.74
Price correct as of 12:18, Saturday 24th of August 2019, may not include postage. More info

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

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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$49.45
Price correct as of 12:18, Saturday 24th of August 2019, may not include postage. More info

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

Double pack of monster-raising, match three goodness hits the 3DS

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

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$14.59
Price correct as of 11:59, Saturday 24th of August 2019, may not include postage. More info
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