Leapster2 and Didj: LeapFrog’s Two New Gaming Handhelds

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Educational gadget maker LeapFrog has announced two new handheld gaming systems: the “Leapster2,” a more simple system designed for younger kids; and the “Didj,” a DS-class model that can be integrated with homework assignments (or at least spelling lists) but can also play proper games like Sonic the Hedgehog. Both systems are listed as “web-connected” to allow parents to track their kids’ progress, but they don’t say how, exactly. Wi-Fi perhaps?

Both systems are coming this summer. The Leapster2 will be $70; the Didj $90. While I like the idea behinds these systems quite a bit, I do question how much kids will actually want to play the games that are offered instead of entertainment titles for the DS and PSP. (We weren’t playing Mathblasters and Odell Lake in school because we wanted to—or because of our love of osprey.)

A final, vital note: LeapFrog’s vice-president of gaming is named “Christian Cocks.”

Press Release [PRNewswire.com via Coolest Gadgets]

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3 Responses to Leapster2 and Didj: LeapFrog’s Two New Gaming Handhelds

  1. A New Challenger says:

    I was left wondering just what the hell an osprey is by that game, s you naturally only see the talons. That was a lot for an 8 year old to infer.

    You know, Donkey Kong Jr. Math for the NES is actually fairly entertaining with two people playing.

  2. Time4AWupAzz says:

    My daughter hasn’t touched her Leapster in over a year. Once she got a Nintendo DS it was pushed to the side.

    We allow her to play 20 minutes an evening and she is happy with that and so are we.

    There are many games, both fun and educational to choose from. I prefer the DS myself.

    Also, I think the price they are going to ask is too high.

  3. Jeremy A says:

    Oh man, I completely forgot about Math Blaster and Odell Lake. Those were happy times.

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