I bought this for my 8 year old, who absolutely loved it. I loved it too, because I was being pestered for a Nintendo DS, which I couldn't afford, and this was a great price compared. It comes with masses of games already loaded on, unlike other consoles where you have to purchase each game seperately. We found it excellent for travelling in the car and so on. Battery life isn't that good, a pity it didn't have a built in rechargable battery for instance. After about 6 months though, the graphics started to play up a bit, and then a couple of months later it didn't work at all. Perhaps we were unlucky, but I don't think maybe the quality is there. There aren't any instructions for the games, but my 8 year old just picked them up easily anyway, I don't think she would have bothered reading a manual. I think it is suitable for age 6, or 7 upwards really, any younger and they might struggle working out the games themselves. I got a refund, but am considering getting another and keeping my finges crossed that the next one doesn't go kapput. There is a 2 year warranty, so worth a shot.