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Best Nintendo DS Games for an 11 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 DS games for an 11 year old, our 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:

Rune Factory 3: A Fantasy Harvest Moon

Farming, monsters and romance all come together in one game

Genre(s): Life Simulation, Role Playing Game (Dungeon Crawling)

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$44.21
Price correct as of 20:28, Tuesday 14th of July 2020, may not include postage. More info

Pokemon Soul Silver

Is it as good as we remember?

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

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$154.99
Price correct as of 21:50, Tuesday 14th of July 2020, may not include postage. More info

Super Princess Peach

Turning tradition on it's head, Mario gets kidnapped - and it's Peach's turn to save him

Genre(s): Platform (2D)

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Price correct as of 10:06, Tuesday 28th of November 2017, may not include postage. More info

Pokemon Black Version 2

To catch them is my real test, to train them is my cause

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

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$122.30
Price correct as of 09:36, Tuesday 14th of July 2020, may not include postage. More info

Harvest Moon: Grand Bazaar

Life-simulation meets farming simulator - but is it as grand as the title suggests?

Genre(s): Life Simulation

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$33.00
Price correct as of 20:28, Tuesday 14th of July 2020, may not include postage. More info

Solatorobo: Red The Hunter

A dog, a cat, and a robot walk into a bar...

Genre(s): Adventure

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$349.95
Price correct as of 00:39, Tuesday 14th of July 2020, may not include postage. More info

Plants vs. Zombies

Who said Gardener's World never taught us anything?

Genre(s): Strategy (Tower Defence)

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$4.96
Price correct as of 20:28, Tuesday 14th of July 2020, may not include postage. More info

Pokemon Black

I (still) wanna be the very best, like no-one ever was

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

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$80.00
Price correct as of 00:57, Wednesday 15th of July 2020, may not include postage. More info

Okamiden

EPAL Ability Level
Level 4
Content Rating
OK

Cute celestial puppy shines on the DS

Genre(s): Adventure

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$30.00
Price correct as of 08:56, Saturday 11th of July 2020, may not include postage. More info

Hello Kitty: Birthday Adventures

EPAL Ability Level
Level 3
Content Rating
OK

Everyone's favourite feline returns

Genre(s): Adventure, Mini-game

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$6.49
Price correct as of 15:40, Tuesday 14th of July 2020, may not include postage. More info

Professor Layton and the Lost Future

EPAL Ability Level
Level 5
Content Rating
OK

Puzzling from the past to the present!

Genre(s): Puzzle (Logic and Brain Teasers)

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$12.99
Price correct as of 01:31, Wednesday 15th of July 2020, may not include postage. More info

Jewel Quest Mysteries: Curse of the Emerald Tear

When Match 3 and Hidden Object games collide

Genre(s): Hidden Object, Puzzle (Match 3, etc)

Last Window: The Secret of Cape West

EPAL Ability Level
Level 4
Content Rating
OK

Uncover the secrets, and discover the truth.

Genre(s): Point & Click

Dragon Quest IX: Sentinels of the Starry Skies

Form a party, see the world

Genre(s):

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$27.47
Price correct as of 17:54, Tuesday 14th of July 2020, may not include postage. More info

A Little Bit Of... Dr Kawashima's Brain Training: Arts Edition

Getting the gray matter working at a discount price.

Genre(s): Educational, Puzzle (Logic and Brain Teasers)

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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$79.99
Price correct as of 03:45, Monday 13th of July 2020, 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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$10.99
Price correct as of 12:24, Tuesday 14th of July 2020, may not include postage. More info

GoGo's Crazy Bones

Angry Birds-alike lands on the DS this Christmas

Genre(s): Puzzle

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$0.49
Price correct as of 06:41, Tuesday 14th of July 2020, may not include postage. More info

Cooking Mama World: Outdoor Adventures

Take a camping trip with the mini-game Mama

Genre(s): Mini-game, Puzzle (Mazes)

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$5.99
Price correct as of 06:30, Tuesday 14th of July 2020, may not include postage. More info

Bejeweled 3

The next generation of match three is here - but it costs a pretty penny

Genre(s): Puzzle (Match 3, etc)

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$7.45
Price correct as of 15:45, Tuesday 14th of July 2020, may not include postage. More info

Jewel Legends: Tree of Life

Stop me if you've heard this one before

Genre(s): Puzzle (Match 3, etc)

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$23.50
Price correct as of 07:12, Saturday 11th of July 2020, may not include postage. More info

Dragon Quest VI: Realms of Reverie

It's about slime I got round to reviewing this...

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

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$124.50
Price correct as of 22:49, Tuesday 14th of July 2020, may not include postage. More info

DoDoGo Robo

Evolve with me

Genre(s): Puzzle

Bookworm

EPAL Ability Level
Level 4
Content Rating
OK

PopCap's take on Boggle - easy as A-B-C

Genre(s): Puzzle

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$9.11
Price correct as of 01:56, Sunday 5th of July 2020, may not include postage. More info

DoDoGo Challenge

EPAL Ability Level
Level 4
Content Rating
OK

If survival's this tricky, no wonder Dodos are extinct!"

Genre(s): Puzzle

Pang! Magical Michael

Pang! And the balloons are gone!

LEGO Harry Potter: Years 1-4

Pocket sized magic

Genre(s): Platform (3D)

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$6.70
Price correct as of 21:21, Tuesday 14th of July 2020, may not include postage. More info

Chainz Galaxy

Match three with a difference, as the chainz test your brainz

Genre(s): Puzzle (Match 3, etc)

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$64.00
Price correct as of 20:15, Tuesday 14th of July 2020, may not include postage. More info

Jewel Link: Legends of Atlantis

Is a match 3 game better down where it's wetter?

Genre(s): Puzzle (Match 3, etc)

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$6.78
Price correct as of 05:11, Monday 13th of July 2020, may not include postage. More info

Mahjong Mysteries: Ancient Athena

Journey back to ancient Greece - but does mahjong stand the test of time?

Genre(s): Puzzle

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$51.00
Price correct as of 20:47, Tuesday 14th of July 2020, may not include postage. More info

Eggheads

EPAL Ability Level
Level 5
Content Rating
OK

Pit your brainpower against the Eggheads in the game of the quiz - but don't expect an easy ride

Genre(s): Trivia, Card or Board Game

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$???
Price correct as of 22:30, Tuesday 14th of July 2020, may not include postage. More info

May's Mysteries: The Secret Of Dragonville

Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, my dear Luke.

Genre(s): Hidden Object, Puzzle (Logic and Brain Teasers)

Timmy Time

Timmy, it's Timmy, he's a little lamb with a lot to learn, Timmy, it's Timmy, and with his new DS game, it's your turn

Genre(s): Mini-game

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$37.85
Price correct as of 22:19, Tuesday 14th of July 2020, may not include postage. More info

Mario vs Donkey Kong: Mini-Land Mayhem

Mini Mario, Mega Trouble

Genre(s): Puzzle

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$3.99
Price correct as of 17:51, Monday 13th of July 2020, may not include postage. More info

Jewel Link Chronicles: Legend of Athena

Match me if you can.

Genre(s): Puzzle

Harvest Moon: Sunshine Islands

EPAL Ability Level
Level 4
Content Rating
OK

Farming fun in the sun on the DS

Genre(s): Life Simulation, World Building

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$21.39
Price correct as of 18:15, Saturday 11th of July 2020, may not include postage. More info

Sonic Colours

EPAL Ability Level
Level 4
Content Rating
OK

Something to light up the dreary winter.

Genre(s): Platform (2D)

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$12.00
Price correct as of 18:41, Tuesday 14th of July 2020, may not include postage. More info

Pictionary

EPAL Ability Level
Level 4
Content Rating
OK

Can you guess what it is yet?

Genre(s):

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$0.50
Price correct as of 12:00, Monday 13th of July 2020, may not include postage. More info

Princess Isabella: A Witch's Curse

EPAL Ability Level
Level 3
Content Rating
OK

More than just a hidden object game

Genre(s): Hidden Object

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$11.99
Price correct as of 03:51, Sunday 12th of July 2020, may not include postage. More info

Pocket Pack: Strategy Games

EPAL Ability Level
Level 4
Content Rating
OK

There goes the rest of our spare time...

Genre(s): Board Game

Animal Color Cross

The animals came in piece by piece, hurrah

Genre(s): Puzzle

Pocket Pack: Words & Numbers

Two from the top, and four from the bottom please, Carol

Genre(s): Puzzle

Alphabounce

To infinity, and beyond

Genre(s): Puzzle (Block Buster)

Big Hero 6: Battle In The Bay

Holding out for a hero - or six.

Genre(s): Platform (2D)

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$10.96
Price correct as of 19:25, Monday 13th of July 2020, may not include postage. More info

Moshi Monsters: Katsuma Unleashed

Take a spin through the world of Moshi on 3DS

Genre(s): Platform (2D)

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$1.74
Price correct as of 06:45, Tuesday 14th of July 2020, may not include postage. More info

Inazuma Eleven 3: Bomb Blast

Fantasy football is the name of the game as the popular series continues on 3DS

Genre(s): Role Playing Game (Real Time Battles)

Monster High: Skultimate Roller Maze

Get your scary skates on with this ghoulish racing game

Genre(s): Racing (Arcade)

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$8.42
Price correct as of 08:33, Tuesday 14th of July 2020, may not include postage. More info

Junior Brain Trainer Maths Edition

Back to school.

Genre(s): Educational

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$7.52
Price correct as of 01:37, Tuesday 14th of July 2020, may not include postage. More info

Ivy the Kiwi?

EPAL Ability Level
Level 4
Content Rating
OK

Bird is the word in this cute platformer

Genre(s): Platform (2D)

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$7.74
Price correct as of 21:10, Friday 10th of July 2020, may not include postage. More info

Sonic Classic Collection

Sonic's first four adventures in the palm of your hand

Genre(s): Platform (2D)

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$16.80
Price correct as of 21:14, Saturday 11th of July 2020, may not include postage. More info

Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2

Food, glorious food…?

Genre(s): Mini-game

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$2.97
Price correct as of 10:36, Tuesday 14th of July 2020, may not include postage. More info

Brave

EPAL Ability Level
Level 3
Content Rating
OK

You've seen the film - now play the game. But is it any good?

Genre(s): Platform (3D)

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$4.31
Price correct as of 04:14, Monday 13th of July 2020, may not include postage. More info

Natalie Brooks: Treasure of the Lost Kingdom

Hidden object, point and clicking on the DS

Genre(s): Hidden Object, Point & Click

Junior Brain Trainer 2

Feels a bit confused

Genre(s):

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$239.88
Price correct as of 03:50, Monday 27th of November 2017, may not include postage. More info

101-in-1 Megamix Sports

EPAL Ability Level
Level 2
Content Rating
OK

Plenty of play for your pound, but is it any good?

Genre(s): Mini-game

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$4.99
Price correct as of 02:10, Monday 13th of July 2020, may not include postage. More info
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