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My 9-year-old loves her Nintendo DS more than me. I don’t take it personally, and of course, I’m only half-kidding. But the truth of the matter is, if I were to take a toy away from her as a form of punishment, it would be her DS. Much as I’d love for it to be otherwise–for me, taking my books and magazines away would be pure torture, and her 5-year-old sister, her crayons and markers–I know who I’m dealing with. Because in our house my fourth grader can only play her DS after a set amount of time (and, of course, after all her homework is done), she knows she must make her choices wisely. If you’re thinking I’m a cruel mom, then hold that thought for a moment and read on. When a brand-new copy of Lego Friends for the Nintendo 3DS game landed on my desk this week, I considered hanging on to it until Christmas. But, knowing how much my daughter was pining for a new game, I knew she’d appreciate it much more now than during a frenzied present-opening rush.Plus, I knew she’d get a rush from being my official tester. And so she’s playing this game as often as she can get her hands on it, and having a ball. If your kid is already familiar with the Lego Friends line, as mine is, then she’ll love how her favorite characters jump into virtual reality set against their favorite backdrops. My daughter loved that she could sample an alternate lifestyle as a high school student, mixing up cool stuff in chem lab or perfecting her karate kicks (I wish my school days memories were as exciting). She also liked that she could move from one activity to the next without losing any of her game play, and that she wasn’t prompted on what she had to do any specific moment (sound familiar?). Well, truth be told, I’m happy to acquiesce every now and then if it makes my kids happier. And while my 9-year-old has only reached touched the surface of what this Lego Friends game has to offer, she’s already learned another invaluable lesson Moms are always right.
In a Nutshell: Lego Friends lovers are sure to find plenty to do as they immerse themselves in the world of this brand-new game for the Nintendo 3Ds.