Top Hand Held Gaming Systems to Entertain Kids During Travel

Keeping the kids entertained during long periods of time travel be it on the road, air, or train, can be a little challenging. Are we there yet, I don’t wanna go, I wanna go back home, I’m bored, I’m *insert complaint here* are all things I’m sure many parents have heard during episodes of restless travel. Handheld gaming is a favorite pastime for many children as it was for me. Now, there are so many more advanced handheld systems available for all ages making them a convenient source of entertainment. Below are some top handheld systems to pack – in addition to books and other activities children may enjoy during travel:

Vtech MobiGo 2

Age: 3-8

Wrapped up in a durable kid-friendly design, the MobiGo 2 incorporates touch play and provides fun and educational games, apps, and e-books available for purchase and download via the Learning Lodge. Engaging games and apps teach basic learning skills including math, vocabulary, spelling, reading, logic, drawing and more. MobiGo 2 has the same great touch screen play as the original MobiGo, and now offers a motion sensor and microphone, adding two new features for kids to explore. MobiGo 2 offers for modes of playing; motion, touchscreen, microphone and slide-out QWERTY keyboard.

LeapsterGS Explorer

Age: 4-9

The LeapsterGS Explorer offers fast-paced action gaming in a kid-tough design. Downloadable apps and educational games help develop key skills for school and auto-level and give kids just the amount of challenge. Select games offer the option to enter math sets and spelling lists from school. Parents can see and share their child’s learning progress through the online LeapFrog Learning Path. The LeapsterGS features offers built-in camera and video recorder, editing and sharing options with 2 GB of on-board memory. Games and apps can be controlled with the all-new motion sensor, game pad, finger or stylus to tap and trace on the touch screen.

Nintendo DSi

Age: 5 and up

Nintendo DSi systems feature two bright, screens to display game graphics, microphone, and two cameras, allowing for unique gameplay. The bottom screen offers touch sensitivity for a true hands-on gaming experience with included stylus. The Nintendo DSi system plays nearly all of the hundreds of great Nintendo DS titles in addition to Gameboy Advance titles. It also features built-in software and easy access to hundreds of downloadable games and affordable software. Nintendo DSi also makes it easy to play select games with friends nearby join in, even if only one player has the game. Nintendo’s Wi-Fi Connection lets players link up with other players from all over the world. Nearly all Nintendo DS and DSi games are compatible with Nintendo DSi, Nintendo DSi XL, and Nintendo 3DS systems.

PSPgo System

Age: 10 and up

The PSPgo is 43% smaller than the original PSP system, but it is still mighty. PSPgo features an ultra-crisp 3.8 inch LCD screen, high quality graphics, and robust game-play, playable anywhere and everywhere. Built-in Wi-Fi capability adds the convenience of downloading hundreds of full games, add-ons, free demos, comics, and movies and TV shows directly to its 16GB hard drive. Gamers can join online multiplayer games and use built-in Bluetooth support to connect to a wireless headset or call friends’ PSP systems, cell phones and landlines using built-in Skype connection.


This post was written for a client. All words and opinions are my own per usual.

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Sheena Tatum

is the founder of Sophistishe. She's a free spirit, wife, boy mom, rental rebel, curator of pretty things, lover of vintage pyrex, and the tropics. Sheena can be found in NW Indiana with her husband and two scrumptious boys, clutching kraft paper, chalkboard paint, sriracha and chipotle pepper. In the midst of motherhood, wifedom, and managing a growing collection of digital projects, she somehow manages to find zen in being a quirky, introverted, lil’ lady.

2 Comments

  • Reply September 20, 2012

    Rosey

    We have a Mobi-Go and our little one loves it for trips. He has his favorite cartridges, and we get new ones from time to time, but the great thing about it for us is you can download free games, so when he gets tired of the games that are on there, we just put some new ones in. It’s easy-peasy to do and keeps the system fresh.

    This was a great review! I didn’t know there was a MobiGo 2, maybe we’ll upgrade for a Christmas gift.

    • Reply September 20, 2012

      Sheena

      My son really has enjoyed his MobiGo and I was considering an upgrade. I just found out that old cartridges won’t work with MobiGo 2 though. Kinda disappointed about that!

      Edited to add:

      Vtech Toys has confirmed that the games/cartridges from MobiGo 1 will work on MobiGo 2.

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