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Best Game Console For Kids Under Ten

With the plethora of violent and sexually explicit games on the market, it might seem like kid-friendly games are in short demand. However, the exact opposite is true — it has never been a better time for kids to play video games. With the increasing popularity of motion sensor games and kid-movie video game titles, there are plenty of selections for boys and girls. But first, you need to select a console to play the games.

There are three major video game console manufacturers: Nintendo, Microsoft, and Sony. Each of these companies has their line of current generation and old generation consoles. But what is the definitive best game console for kids under 10 years old? In this article, we take a close look at the five top consoles in 2018, the pros and cons of each one, and some of the significant kid titles available on the platform. So, if you want to know what the best game console for kids under 10 is, then read on!

Comparison Table

How We Rate the Game Consoles on this List

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We rank the eczema lotion on this list by looking at three distinct areas that determine where they fall on the list. Specifically, we look at the price, ingredients, and effectiveness of the cream or lotion that the brand offers. For each of these three areas, we ask a series of questions that help us determine the strengths and weaknesses associated with each brand. We then weigh the strengths and weaknesses and assign the product a score out of five stars. Here are some of the question we consider when ranking:

  • Features — Does the game console have specific characteristics that fit the playing styles of children? If so, then what are they?
  • Games — How many games are available on the console? Do they appeal to children under the age of ten, or did the designer make them for adults? Do they contain violence?
  • Overall price — How much does the game console cost? Does the price justify the features offered? Are there value packs that provide a better deal?

​Top Five Best Game Consoles for Kids Under Ten Years Old

However, keep in mind that some of the games we included are rated E +10, which mean they are appropriate for ten-year-olds an up. While usually, this warns against simulated violence, if you have young kids, you may not want them playing them for personal reasons.


Nintendo Switch

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If you take your kids on frequent road trips or airplane flights, then the Nintendo Switch will save you a lot of complaining. The Switch is currently the most advanced mobile gaming device on the market — but the mobile aspect is only one aspect of the device. Though you can take the controller with a built-in screen on the go, the console itself remains at home. When playing with the console itself, you can play on the television. Additionally, you can split off the controllers and play two players for some games. If you have two Nintendo Switch controllers, then you can play four player games.

The switch comes with an Nvidia Tegra processor, Bluetooth, wifi capabilities, thirty-two gigabytes of internal memory and a gyroscope. However, the best part of the Nintendo Switch is the current selection of games available. Games like The Legend of Zelda provide endless on-the-go entertainment, while Mario Kart 8 Deluxe offers exciting multiplayer gameplay that up to four players can take part in while sitting around the screen.

We believe the Nintendo Switch is the best game console for kids under ten years old because it offers them the latest selection of excellent games as well as a fun and portable way they can play them. The Nintendo Switch is the best platform for in-person multiplayer games, which allow for fun real-life interactions, instead of the depersonalized nature of online games. The Nintendo Switch currently costs three hundred dollars at retail value. Considering you get a two-for-one deal with the purchase, we think it a pretty great deal.

Recommended games:

  • Super Mario Odyssey
  • Mario Kart 8 Deluxe
  • The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wind
  • Mario + the Rabbids Kingdom Battle
  • Minecraft: Nintendo Switch Edition
  • Splatoon 2
  • FIFA 18 Standard Edition
  • Just Dance 2018


Nintendo Wii

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  • Wii Console w/ Bonus Wii Sports Resort & Wii MotionPlus Bundle
  • Wii Console w/ included Remote and Nunchuk
  • Bonus Wii Sports Resort w/ Wii MotionPlus

  • Mario Kart Wii
  • Just Dance Kids
  • New Super Mario Bros. Wii
  • Toy Story Mania!
  • Guilt Party
  • Wii Sports
  • Wii Party
  • Disney Sing It: Family Hits

Kid Game Consoles Buyer’s Guide

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If you are worried about making the right decision about your child and game consoles, then we organized a helpful buyer’s guide. On it, we include some frequently asked questions by parents or grandparents interested in purchasing a video game for their child. 

What Are the Newest Game Consoles?

The current most up-to-date consoles on the market are the Xbox One, Playstation 4 and Nintendo Switch. However, some people predict that there might be a new generation of consoles as early as 2020.

I Don’t Know What Games My Kid Likes. What Console Should I Get Them?

If you do not know what games your child likes, then you should probably go with the Nintendo Switch. This console offers the most extensive selection of good kid games, and it is the most up to date, which makes it the best game console for kids under 10. Otherwise, we would go with the older models: the PlayStation 3 and the Xbox 360

How Many Hours Should Each Day My Child Play Video Games?

Like anything in life, video games are excellent, as long as children do them in moderation. One hour of video games per night offers quite a lot of benefits for your children you would not think come with it. For example, one hour per day playing video games improves hand-eye coordination, social abilities and more feelings of satisfaction. However, we should note that once you cross the two-plus hours a day threshold, then the benefits previously mention quickly disappear. So, an hour per day is excellent — but monitor it closely. 

Hopefully, we convinced you that there are plenty of kid-friendly video games available out there to enjoy. Many games the whole family can enjoy — including the adults in the family. Whether they are racing games like Mario Kart and Need For Speed, or sports games like Madden and FIFA, there are plenty of opportunities to turn a new game console into a friendly family game night. Just remember that you should closely monitor how much your child plays. If they play over two hours per day, then it might negatively affect their health.

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Last update on 2021-09-22 at 11:38 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API

About the Author Barbara Davis

Hey there, I'm Barbara Davis, founder and editor in chief here at Mom Trusted Choice. Motherhood is hard work, but it’s also full of surprises and laughter. With every passing month, the joy and excitement keep getting bigger and bigger. The journey never ends, and that’s what I love about it the most and want to share with all of you.

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