Better for a 10 year old: PSP or DS Lite?

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  1. Dark Magnus

    Dark Magnus Your opinion is wrong!

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    So my friend asked me what handheld system she should get for her 10 year old son. I told her that the DS would probably be a better fit since it has a large library of games, is backwards compatible, and seems more suited for a 10 year old.

    She was curious about the PSP because it seemed "more mature" and would be better for her son because a friend told her that her 11 year old son was more happy with his PSP than he was with a DS.

    Mind you, I don't either of the two systems. I'm merely going off of heresay and conjecture. I've done a little research, but testimonials are hard to come by, as compared to professional reviews.

    SO I turn to the more knowledgeable than I, the TFW gamers. Which system would be good for my friend to buy her 10 year old son for Christmas? Do you have any children with protable systems to draw experience from?
     
  2. e3nine

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    Without a doubt, the Nintendo DS.

    There's a huge library of games available and none of them have questionable content in them. Also, they're a bit more durable than the PSP.

    I'd trust a kid with a DS cart, not a PSP umd.
     
  3. Mastergeorge

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    PSP = Media

    DS = Games/Fun
     
  4. DaggersRage

    DaggersRage Autistic bastard.

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    Yeah, the games library for the PSP is kinda uh..... Lacking? I feel that there may be more content on a PSP game than a DS game (had little exposure to a DS) but the DS has a much larger selection and variatey of games.
     
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    OmegaScourge Custom Made TFW2005 Supporter

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    10 year old....DS hands down...there's so much kiddy games (and older kid games) on the system

    Plus everywhere i go now, the PSP section shrinks while the DS section grows.
     
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    I think it really depends on what the kid is into and how mature he really is.

    I own both, and I own very few DS games - the majority just seem too damn kiddy.
     
  7. Tekkaman Blade

    Tekkaman Blade Professor of Animation

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    Ds, it's harder for them to break and there are more age friendly games available, plus the games are cheaper.
     
  8. shibamura_prime

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    I've got both, and "kiddy" and "mature" factors aside, I'd say DS hands-down. The games are just more fun and plentiful, not to mention the price points. The little guy could probably save his allowance and buy some pretty cool games for the DS as opposed to the PSP library's higher price points.
     
  9. Prowl

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    DS for sure. Not only does it have plenty of kid-friendly games, but controlling it with the stylus is also another entertaining way for a 10 year old to interact with a game.
     
  10. SoundMaster

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    DS

    Overall, it's a better handheld than the PSP. The PSP is still good and all, but the DS has a plethora of games to choose from. The touchpad is also topnotch.
     
  11. Prowl

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    I'd love to disagree with the better handheld part, but definitely for kids. And the plethora is also a plethora of bad games. Not that the PSP doesn't share this in common, but controls schemes aren't forced and gimicks aren't needlessly forced either. I'll control my characters and starships with a controller, like people do in real life.

    My RTS, like Revant Wings on DS, that I love my Stylus for.
     
  12. skywarp

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    DS by far. I have both and until I hacked my PSP I was getting bored of the 6 or so good games on the system.

    Where the DS is just plain fun and has lots of games.
     
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    No one made the most important point. The PSP can be used to get porn. Probably not something she wants her 10 year old looking at.

    Plus like others said, the DS is more durable and has a better library for a 10 year old. At least, I think so.
     
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    There's more bang for your buck with the DS. Lots of games for that age range.
     
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    DS all the way. Get him New Super Mario Bros, and he'll be content for weeks. :p 
     
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    or the two hours it actually takes to get through the entire game.

    What types of games does the kid like? that's an incredibly important part of this decision that hasnt been brought up.
     
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    DS, a much better library of games for a 10 year old & overall the better of the 2 choices IMO.
     
  19. Dark Magnus

    Dark Magnus Your opinion is wrong!

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    Thanks for all the responses guys. We're hanging out this weekend and I know he has a gamecube at home, so I'll ask him some questions to see what kind of games he likes so that should give me a better idea of what to reccomend to his mom.
     
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    I own both a DS Lite and PSP 2.0 and the PSP is great for watching movies and some of the games are good. The DS Lite has inferior graphics, but is a much better gaming system in terms of fun and long term playability. Some of the best games are:

    Zelda
    Mario Kart
    Super Mario World
    Metroid Prime Hunters
     

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