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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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If you're looking for the best Nintendo 3DS games for an 8 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:

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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$11.50
Price correct as of 20:34, Thursday 12th of December 2019, 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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$13.91
Price correct as of 20:34, Thursday 12th of December 2019, may not include postage. More info

Ace Combat: Assault Horizon Legacy +

Come fly with me, as the 3DS flight sim blasts off in a slightly upgraded outing

Genre(s): Flight Simulation

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$34.95
Price correct as of 21:03, Thursday 12th of December 2019, 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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$22.01
Price correct as of 21:19, Thursday 12th of December 2019, 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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$9.50
Price correct as of 21:19, Thursday 12th of December 2019, may not include postage. More info

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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$108.00
Price correct as of 21:19, Thursday 12th of December 2019, 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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$32.51
Price correct as of 21:19, Thursday 12th of December 2019, may not include postage. More info

Skylanders Trap Team

Minis and villains join the fight for Skylands, as our favourite toy collecting adventure returns, with all the same co-op fun.

Genre(s): Action (3D), Platform (3D)

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$149.88
Price correct as of 21:03, Thursday 12th of December 2019, may not include postage. More info

Disney Magical World

Live among the Disney stars in the 3DS adventure

Genre(s): Life Simulation

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$39.95
Price correct as of 21:03, Thursday 12th of December 2019, may not include postage. More info

Tomodachi Life

Mii and my Island

Genre(s): Life Simulation

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$40.02
Price correct as of 20:30, Thursday 12th of December 2019, 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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$29.90
Price correct as of 21:19, Thursday 12th of December 2019, 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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$41.01
Price correct as of 21:19, Thursday 12th of December 2019, may not include postage. More info

LEGO City Undercover: The Chase Begins

Portable policing prequel brings Chase McCain to the 3DS

Genre(s): Platform (3D)

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$33.55
Price correct as of 20:30, Thursday 12th of December 2019, may not include postage. More info

Epic Mickey: Power Of Illusion

Mickey's portable adventure makes a splash on the 3DS

Genre(s): Platform (2D)

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$31.00
Price correct as of 20:30, Thursday 12th of December 2019, 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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$44.28
Price correct as of 21:19, Thursday 12th of December 2019, may not include postage. More info

Super Mario 3D Land

The mushroom-munching plumber is back in his first 3DS platformer

Genre(s): Platform (3D)

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$16.00
Price correct as of 20:30, Thursday 12th of December 2019, may not include postage. More info

LEGO Star Wars 3

A long time ago, in a dimension far, far away.

Genre(s): Platform (3D)

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$35.99
Price correct as of 20:34, Thursday 12th of December 2019, 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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$32.09
Price correct as of 20:34, Thursday 12th of December 2019, may not include postage. More info

Rabbids 3D

Travelling Bwaaack again

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$23.93
Price correct as of 20:34, Thursday 12th of December 2019, may not include postage. More info

Miitopia

Nintendo's quirky face-stealing, Mii-centric role-playing adventure hits the 3DS

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

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$39.95
Price correct as of 21:19, Thursday 12th of December 2019, may not include postage. More info
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