NinEd is a handheld video game system released by Nintendo that claims to change how people see educational video games. The name is short for Nintendo Education. The system is a side project and will not replace any Nintendo system.
The NinEd is not specifically targeted towards children. Players can be any age, but most of the games are recommended for children because of the age ratings of each game. Ironically, the system is also marketed as a recommendation for a child's first video game system.
Age Groups fall into one of three categories: Preschool & Elementary, Middle & High School, and College & Beyond. The levels are marked with a green circle (recommended), a yellow triangle (requires caution) or a red X (not recommended) and are found on the back of a game box. The difficulty of the game, as well as the ESRB rating of a game, will have an effect on what Age Groups are recommended.
Learning Skills fall into one of five categories: Math, Reading & Writing, History & Geography, Science, and Life & Other. There can be more than one category in a game, and the category symbols are located on the back of the box next to the Age Groups.
The NinEd includes the following features:
- Touch Screen
- Circle Pad
- Control Pad
- A/B/X/Y Buttons
- L/R Buttons
- ZL/ZR Buttons
- + (Start) /- (Select) Buttons
- HOME Button
- ? (Help) Button
User Interface (UI) Features
- Parental Controls
- NinEd Shop
- Note Pad
Launch window titles are as follows:
- Yoshi & Kirby: Patch Up!
- Nintendo & Disney: The Junior Adventures
- Mario Kart: Math Dash
- Pokemon Pals
- Art Academy Junior
Other titles have not yet been announced...