Welcome to the parent’s section of Nintendo's website, where we are dedicated to addressing specific questions parents may have about our products. In this section you will find detailed information about:
Nintendo DS wireless communication (including PictoChat™) is not monitored.
PictoChat allows users to communicate wirelessly with other Nintendo DS and Nintendo DS lite users within a range of approximately 20 metres (65 feet). Up to 16 users can chat at one time in a PictoChat chat room. In addition, some games may also have similar chat features programmed in to the game.
This communication is not monitored or controlled.
Messages may be received by strangers and communicated from strangers.
To ensure your privacy do not give out personal information such as last name, phone number, age, email or home address when communicating with others.
Children who use Nintendo DS should be warned against communicating with or meeting strangers or communicating personal information which strangers may receive and read.
Whatever date you choose to enter as your month/day of birth (year is not asked for) an its your birthday message will be communicated in the chat room on that date. Whatever name the user enters as their nickname during the system set up can be viewed by other Nintendo DS users while using PictoChat. An adult should assist children with the system setup.
To receive the latest gaming news and information, as well as exclusive benefits such as previews, competitions and downloads, your child may wish to join as a member of nintendo.com.au. To become a member your child will need to supply some personal details including their name, age and email address. Please be assured this information will be held in strictest confidence. Your child can subscribe or unsubscribe as a member at any time.
At Nintendo our extensive range of games are designed for various ages. While many of our games are suitable for young children many others are designed for an older audience. So to guide you on which are appropriate for your child, all of our games are given a game classification.
These classifications are clearly marked on the packaging and on our website. Game classifications operate in a very similar fashion to the classification guides for movies. Each game package also features content descriptors, which specify reasons for the classification.
Click here for more information on classifications... http://www.classification.gov.au/
The internet can be fun and enjoyable as well as a stimulating learning environment for children. However, many sites exist that are undesirable. We therefore want to take this opportunity to provide some helpful tips for safe web usage by children.
For more information on keeping safe with Nintendo products click here to view our health & safety section.