My 7-year old daughter wants to be like her older brothers and play with their video game system. However, it's way too difficult for her, and she gets frustrated. I don't like her playing because I think that she's too young for all of the violent content.
With the Leapfrog Leapster TV Game System, there is a happy compromise. It is a video game system that is designed for kids aged 4 - 8 years. I found it at Target for $79.99. Along with the unit came a free A/C adapter and a free Dora The Explorer game. These games come in cartridges just like the big kids. Along with the fun/novelty of a video game, there is an underlying educational theme. Phonics, upper and lower case letters, word building, etc. Along with the game console that looks like her brother's, is a kid-friendly game controller. It's like theirs in that it has a joystick and all of the exciting buttons. But it's smaller, fit for kid's hands, and the buttons are larger and more accessibile. It helps them develop writing, reading and fine motor skills, using the touchpad and stylus.
Just like the older kid's game systems, there is a huge library of games available for purchase separately. This is great for freedom of choice, but at $17.99 each it can get expensive. Because I can't afford to buy her every game there is, I try to make each one count by looking up the games online to find out what exactly they entail, and what others rate as most popular.
This is an excellent first video game system for kids, which allows us parents to sneak in some education, before they graduate to blowing up bad guys.