Last year, the great Wii products from the consoles to games for kids AND seniors, were the hot topic amongst my grandkids and myself. This year, though, they seem to have "gone back to the future," so to speak, with Nintendo DS Lites. Those are a step up from their old gameboys but definitely not as high-tech as the Nintendo DS line goes. I was thrilled, though, as it was easier on everyone's pocket books. We found a great deal on them used at GameStop – and for a couple of extra dollars, we got a 2 year warranty on each player.
Since we have already celebrated Christmas with this group of grandkids, they got them a week ago. Two of the grands have thoroughly enjoyed theirs, while the third got a lemon – twice! But each time, I took the DS lite in and the young men at GameStop swapped it out quickly, and we were on our way. And the third time has definitely been the charm for him. Hopefully for good now.
I found out later, we might have been able to buy them brand new from Target for only $20 more, with a two year warranty as well, though theirs is $7. But it would have meant ordering it online for most locations. And I have to say, the GameStop deal is very handy and very easy, so we're quite pleased overall.
For DS games, though, there are a lot more choices. First, I tried the local Walmart but they didn't have any in stock. Of course, there is GameStop – they carry both new and used with one-year extended warranties that range from $1-$3 depending on the price of the game. Then I happened to check online for a game I couldn't find ANYWHERE locally. I was thrilled to discover Walmart has a GREAT selection of DS games online for excellent prices – very competitive with GameStop and other stores, and their warranty is even cheaper. So they are now my first top for DS games unless I am in a dire rush (hopefully not) or they don't carry it.
Using the Cars2 DS game as an example:
- Amazon – new is $28.53 with a shipping fee unless you have Amazon Prime Discount Membership or place a high enough order for free shipping; used starts at $24 with a $4 shipping fee; 1 year extended warranty is $4
- GameStop – new is $29.99; used is $26.99; 1 year extended warranty varies depending on price of item, I believe it's $1-$3
- Walmart – new is $19.96 with free shipping if shipped to the store; used is not available; 1 year extended warranty is $3
Soooo, if your grandkids are also still DS enthusiasts, my top two stores to check first off would be Walmart and GameStop. How about you and your Sandwich Generation family? Looking for fun Wii games for kids and seniors, DS Lite, or something else? We'd love to hear.
P.S. We're still in the midst of joining in on the Christmas fun at the Caregiving.com Holiday Progressive Blog Party. I will be giving away two Amazon $15 gift cards! One here at SandwichINK AND one at Caregiving.com. These are great for a new caregiving book (did you know that The Complete Eldercare Planner by Joy Loverde is now available on the Kindle), joy-full Christmas praise and worship music, or maybe even a fun new game to play with the grandkids. Just leave a comment anywhere and anytime this week (through 8 p.m. EST on December 10, 2011) at SandwichINK for my giveaway. Then check out Caregiving.com for their rules. And Merry Christmas to all – in AND out of the Sandwich Generation.