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.”