If you’re a Nintendo fan, have you had a chance to visit the new Play Nintendo site? Launched at the beginning of October, this site is designed for kids and parents. Kids can access interactive content favorite characters, game tips, and Nintendo news through a highly visual site while Play Nintendo for Parents is a treasure trove for parents aiming to keep up with their game-loving kids.
Play Nintendo for Kids
The highly visual kids side of Play Nintendo makes it easy for kids to navigate thanks to giant colorful blocks that feature inviting graphics. Kids can tell at-a-glance what content they’re accessing when clicking on a colorful buttons thanks to rectangles that read gallery, news, link, video, or free downloads. From a parent perspective, I appreciate the transparency of these buttons to help my kids access the content they want quickly without having to click around too much.
Kids can also access content according to character or type. The red Friends navigational tab across the top of the screen brings up a page of favorite Nintendo characters. Click on any of them to visit content featuring that particular character.
Perhaps your child is looking for a specific kind of content. The Explore button in the navigational bar allows them to access activities, videos, quizzes, polls, galleries, or downloads for all characters across the site.
Play Nintendo for Parents
Designed to be a “go-to-source for all things Nintendo,” Play Nintendo for Parents helps us understand what our kids are playing while providing information on keeping them safe when gaming. The parent side of Play Nintendo can be found by looking for the Parents button on the right hand side of the site in the red navigation bar.
When you’re in the parent site, you’ll notice that the navigation bar is white, instead of red as it is for the kids. The featured content is presented in a similar way to the kids side of the site but scroll down to find a treasure trove of content. Access characters and games just like your kids do but there’s also information on hardware & services and events that your kids don’t see through their section. Most Popular content can be found on the right side of the screen that includes a mashup of practical (Homework: How to Make it Part of Your Kids’ Normal Routine Instead of a Chore) and fun (5 Things You Might Not Know About Princess Peach).
There are also many online resources that assist in providing knowledge about gaming so we can make the best choices for our families. To help us become better informed, Play Nintendo provides tips on managing access to game content and system features for the Nintendo systems in your home through the Tips section that includes pieces like The “Do’s and Don’ts” of Friending While Gaming and Parental Controls on Nintendo Systems. Nintendo also encourages parents to explore the concept of wellness through articles like Good Gaming- Science Looks into the Benefits of Playing Video Games that incorporates findings from the American Psychologist Journal and Psychology Today as we make choices about what a healthy balance means for our families. But wellness isn’t all about gaming! Nintendo looks at the whole child and provides ideas for breakfast on the go and smart after school snacks.
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