If you have kids then chances are you have at least a few Gaming Consoles already. Kids and video games just go together. But many parents are frustrated at spending hundreds of dollars on the latest must have Gaming Consoles only to have those same consoles become outdated a few months later. Kids will always want the newest games and consoles, but there are some consoles that have staying power and are worth investing in.
If you’re a parent that is overwhelmed by the many video game choices on the market or if you have kids in your life and you want to buy them a video game console they will use for more than a month check out these consoles that parents and experts say have the most staying power:
Nintendo DSi – The Nintendo DSI hit peak popularity last Christmas but it’s still at the top of a lot of Christmas lists. Parents like the Nintendo DSI because it’s small and handheld. You don’t have to hook it up to the TV or computer and it’s very portable. Of course, portability can be a negative factor too since it’s easier for kids to hide it in school bags and in bed at night after they have been told to stop playing. Still for most parents the Nintendo DSI is one of the most solid Gaming Consoles on the market.
Nintendo Wii – The cost of a Nintendo Wii has dropped to about half of what this revolutionary console cost when it first hit the market but it’s still one of the more expensive Gaming Consoles on the market. Parents like the Wii because there are a lot of games designed to be interactive and get kids up and moving. Add ons like WiiFit and cutting edge games make the Wii console something that the entire family will use and enjoy which makes the price tag a little bit easier to swallow.
Xbox 360 – As far as Gaming Consoles go the Xbox 360 wasn’t a strong contender until the Kinect add on came out in fall of 2010. The Kinect add on uses a camera and motion sensors to allow the people playing the game to control the game with their bodies and physical movements instead of using controllers. Because the Kinect add on is poised to make the Xbox 360 even more interactive than a Wii, it’s being predicted by experts that the Xbox 360 will be this year’s must have game console, but only if you can get the Kinect attachment. Already the Kinect is selling out whenever a new run hits stores and parents might have a tough time finding one for holiday gifts. Whether or not the Kinect gives the Xbox more staying power remains to be seen.
There are so many Gaming Consoles on the market it can be hard to choose one that is kid friendly and age appropriate. When you’re searching for a new gaming system don’t overlook some classic systems in favor of the newest technology. Some classic consoles are still a good choice for kids.