I bought it for my 3 year old. It is durable and child friendly device. Would definitely recommend. When you consider this item, you need to know that most of the games for this console is from 4 years and up. It says up to 8 years, but with all other consoles out there and the young generation catching up in an unbelievable speed, I don't really see 8 year old using this item much.
Games are very short. My daughter loves painting part of the game, but even at 3 she is finished painting in under 10 min.
Basically, if your child is around 4-5 years old it could be a great birthday present!