My 3-year-old song sat in the Pediatrician’s office, tongue sticking out, and fingers mastering a game on his brother’s Nintendo DS. A stranger in the waiting room asked me, “Hold old is he? How long has he been playing?”
Yes, I understand he really young to be playing video games, but he yearns to do everything big sister and brother are doing. I found there is limited Nintendo DS games for young children to help them learn. I often wondered if there would EVER be a toy developed that have some of the same features as the DS, but for younger minds, like my son. I discovered VTech probably felt the same way when they developed their NEW MobiGo game system.
VTech’s MobiGo gives kids ages 3-7 their own touch-tech toy that keeps them engaged while they learn. With a touch-activated screen and a QWERTY slide-out keyboard, kids get to emulate their parent’s gadgets while learning from characters like Shrek, Disney Princesses and Dora. Tap, slide or flick with MobiGo – kids pick the way they play and learn about colors, shapes, spelling, math, logic and more.
- Touch-screen: MobiGo’s touch-screen technology adds a modern twist to electronic learning games, so kids learn while mimicking the way parents use touch-screen devices.
- Educational games: From fishing, coloring book pages, drawing and playing instruments, kids can discover a wide variety of fun and engaging learning games.
- Learning skills: MobiGo teaches a wide range of skills including math, vocabulary, spelling, logic and categorization. The slide open QWERTY keyboard introduces older kids to text typing skills.
- Portable: Handheld robust gaming console makes learning fun on the go for little hands and is equipped with headphone and AC adapter jacks.
Momma Findings Family Thoughts:
We were one of the VERY lucky families to get a sneak preview of MobiGo. My 3-year-old son was over the moon when he saw the box and Daddy couldn’t open it fast enough:
It doesn’t hit store shelves until August, so I was really excited, but not AS excited as this little guy:
This is a handheld gaming device, however, it’s a bit big for my toddlers hands. He maneuvered just fine by mostly using it in his lap. The picture shows just how little his hands were on the device:
So, how did it fair with a little boy who’s already used to the Nintendo DS? Well, pretty good! The graphics are almost comparable, not that it really matters to such a young child, but I noticed being the DSi junkie I am. Again, the size didn’t matter much because if a child wants to play a video game, he’ll find a way. The device slides up (like Momma’s Palm Pre Plus) to reveal the QWERTY keyboard and this was/is a little hard for him. He just can’t figure out how to slide it, which will come in due time, once he gets used to it.
We really love that it’s a touchscreen gaming system. I say that, because he’s used to the Nintendo DS. You don’t need a stylus and the screen detects your touch almost immediately. Here’s my guy learning his first game:
As I mentioned before, MobiGo doesn’t release until August, however, there is already an array of games being lined up for this system including: Dora, Disney Princes, Shrek, Cars, Mickey, and MORE! I really don’t see my child getting bored because these are all our favorite characters. Another thing I liked are the big buttons. My son can easily find the On/Off Switch and the Arrow/Enter/Help buttons are visible and accessible as well.
What does MobiGo Come With?
When you purchase the system you’ll find it comes with: USB Cable, Users Manual, Mobi System, and One Game Cartridge Touch and Learn Game Pack. Once your child earns rewards, the system will indicate for them to have a parent plug it online to receive them. I thought that was pretty cool! Game cartridges are sold separately.
Momma Findings Improvements and Suggestions:
Battery Life: This one is really important because I don’t want to spend a small fortune on batteries. MobiGo takes 4AA batteries. Like the Nintendo DS, I’d like to see a simple charger included in order to charge it on-the-go or even at home. I have found that there will be a car charger you can buy separately. That’s a big plus. I, instead, use rechargeable batteries. It is a few extra steps to take the batteries out, but it saves money.
Screen protector: I don’t see this being or getting AS scratched up as our Nintendo DS because children are not using a stylus, however, it would be great to protect that screen to avoid problems in the future.
MobiGo will be available to purchase in August at retailers such as ToysRUs, Amazon, Target, etc. for the suggested retail price of $59.99.
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