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Japan With Kids - Forums: Shopping in Japan: Electronic Games
By Alexandra Roberts-Judd on Tuesday, September 7, 2004 - 1:57 pm:

A friend of mine in the US has asked me to purchase a pink Gameboy SP for her daughter....apparently they are only available in Japan. Has anyone seen them? And/or know where I can get one? I live in Daikanyama and work in Hammatsucho so somewhere near or between the two would be great.
Many thanks. Alix

By Jellund on Tuesday, September 7, 2004 - 2:30 pm:

I have seen them at BicCamera in Shinjuku, there is also BicCamera in Shibuya which is close to you. Go to the playstation/console section and they should be there.
Hope this helps

By ggk.nair on Tuesday, July 26, 2005 - 1:33 pm:

I am looking for LeapPad books if it is available with anyone? We have a LeapPad with microphone kit with the two basic books given along with that.. My kids enjoy reading them.. If anyone is looking for selling their old leap pad books can you please let me know about it..

If anyone knows from where i could get these books in Tokyo Japan it would be really very very helpful..

We live in Musashino city..
Many thanks..

By Sloane Wendell on Tuesday, July 26, 2005 - 1:58 pm:

I've tried emailing you but my server won't let the message go through. We have multiple leap pad books that I would love to sell you. Our son has out grown them. I will get a list together this evening and send it to you. Email me and see if I can reply with the titles.

By Andreas on Tuesday, October 4, 2005 - 8:45 am:


I am also looking for leap pad books in English or German. Can someone help me?

Thanks a lot

By Scott Hancock on Thursday, January 5, 2006 - 4:20 am:

I'd like to hear more about Leap Pad. Seems to be more strictly educational? Up to what age do they offer material for?

Nintendo/Xbox/Playstation are, on the other hand strictly for entertainment. So, I have held my ground so far and not let them in. We already have too many games for the computer. At least, it's a smaller nudge from doing a game on the computer to doing something useful. There are also many variations on "edutainment" for computer (PC/Mac).

The peer pressure is great for game machines. And there are enough parents out there who do let them in that kids are bound to be exposed to them. Up to you. I wouldn't confuse doing those games with using his imagination.

You are not being overprotective by wanting to spend quality time with your son.

By Leese Johnson on Thursday, January 5, 2006 - 4:50 am:

We now have a Game Boy, Game Cube, Leapster and numerous computer games. The Game boy and the Leapster are both portable and can be used on planes, trains and automobiles. The Game Cube is good for a larger screen if you have the extra TV but I'm finding out it is portable (to go to another house) and you can get a portable screen. The Game Cube and Game Boy seem to be strictly for pleasure, i.e. not educational while the Leapster has educational games from preschool up to 4th grade. Everything from reading to math to ABCs to drawing.
The computer games have more variety but aren't portable and harder to play with multi players.
Since all our games and such are US made we get our games and such for birthdays and Christmas and during our annual visits. They are all easy to ship as they are lightweight and small. We've found Japanese Game Cube games don't work on our US system as the Japanese neighbor boy brought his game over and it wouldn't read.
We didn't venture beyond Compter games until our oldest was over 8 and we are still very picky about what games and how much they can play them. I do believe this is a key with any of these games (including TV).
When choosing a game type(Xbox, Game Cube, etc) we looked at what games were avaible for that medium. We didn't do Xbox as all the games we saw for it were the violent-shoot-people-type games, which are banned for our family to buy and to play.

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