Vtech - V.Motion Active Learning System

 
List Price: $69.99

Our Price: $47.88

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Product Description

Don't just park your child in front of the TV - put them in motion! The V.Smile Learning System gets kids moving while driving home lessons in math, reading, science, spelling and more. This brilliant breakthrough gaming console combines wireless, motion-activated play, Web connectivity and educational gaming into a system that plugs directly into your television. Get into the game with all your classic characters like Scooby-Doo, Thomas and Friends, and Spider-Man; plus some new ones like Kung Fu Panda, Wall.E, and Wonder Pets. Using the included controller, children can enjoy wireless action-packed play with animated friends that guide them through age-appropriate skill levels and developmental activities.

Includes one controller and Action Mania software. Double the fun with an additional controller, sold separately. Additional software sold separately. Requires 4 "AA" batteries, not included. Measures 1.5"L x 3.25"W x 5"H.



Keep kids moving, learning, and having fun with the award-winning V.Motion Active Learning System from Vtech. This educational gaming system is designed to keep kids aged three to seven amused and motivated for hours at a time. They will have plenty of fun using the wireless controller to practice hand eye coordination, solve puzzles, and win races.

What We Think


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The Good: Educational gaming system encourages creativity and problem solving

The Bad: No option to use non-battery power with the console

In a Nutshell: This unique game system promotes active play and makes learning fun

At a Glance

Ages: 3 to 7
Requires: 4 AA batteries and 3 AAA batteries (included); TV; PC to use V-link features


Includes everything you need to get started with healthy, educational fun.

Included "Action Mania" Smartridge features six types of games . View larger.
Easy to Setup and Control
Getting ready for your child's first game is easy. Simply insert the included AA batteries into the game console and the included AAA batteries into the controller. Then connect the console to your TV using the include A/V cable, slide a Smartridge cartridge into the game slot, and you're ready to go.

For each game, there are two control options. Kids can pick to use the joystick as a directional controller, or they can pick to use the motion of the controller itself. This means that tipping the controller left, right, forward, or backward inspires a corresponding motion on screen, letting kids get up and move around instead of staying stationary in front of the TV.

This is extra fun when your on-screen character is doing something fast-paced, like racing down a bobsled course. On the flip side, games that require more nuanced controls are often easier to navigate using the joystick. There's even a switch that lets you decide which way is "up," so the controller can be customized to accommodate right and left handed players.

Lots of Ways to Play Educational Games
It's easy to see why this system won the National Parenting Center's Seal of Approval and the Creative Child Seal of Excellence. A variety of age-appropriate games teach concepts like numbers, letters, and shapes for younger children and let older children work on skills like counting, vocabulary, and matching.

These games feature popular characters like Dora the Explorer, Spiderman, Kung Fu Panda, and Scooby Doo, and they include features that range from races to puzzles to sing-alongs. When kids want to play with a friend or a sibling, there's a two-player mode. And a switch on the bottom of the controller lets you ensure that signals aren't being crossed if the second player comes with his or her own controller.

The included "Action Mania" Smartridge means that your child will have six distinct types of games to choose from right away. One option is to engage in a bobsled race where passing through gates requires answering questions related to counting or more advanced topics like understanding greater than and less than. Another option involves using the controller to balance on a ball and select healthy foods, like pineapple, and avoid "unhealthy" snacks, like sweets. The third game is situated on a tennis court and does an especially good job promoting the development of hand eye coordination.

Club VTech lets parents and kids connect online and participate in a family-centered learning community. The included USB V-link device makes it easy to move data from your home computer to your Active Learning System. Web connect features allow for bonus gameplay downloads that keep kids excited about this learning system, and parents have access to educational advice and special promotional offers.

Overall, the whole Vtech experience is designed to promote interaction and healthy lifestyle choices while making learning fun. Our one minor complaint is the fact that the console uses battery power instead of having a wall adapter, which would eliminate the disappointment of batteries dying in the middle of a game. But if you don't have a convenient outlet, or you want to use the same console on several different TVs, this feature can actually be a bonus.

What's in the Box
Console, controller, wrist strap, 4 AA batteries, 3 AAA batteries, Smartridge, V-link, and user's manual.

Features:
  • Wireless, motion activated joystick is also righty or lefty adaptable
  • 100% compatible with the entire V.Smile Smartridge library
  • Web connect features allow for bonus game play downloads
  • Includes sports title
  • Includes V.Link

Customer Reviews:

  • Good concept, but.....
    I got this Vtech Vmotion system for my 5 year old and 3 year old.
    The pros: Easy to set up.My 5 year old enjoys playing the car and the sled game that comes with the demo cartridge.
    The cons: The demo cartridge seems to be the only cartridge that makes use of the wireless capabilities of the system.I got the Spiderman and the Scooby Doo V-Motion cartridges. But I am far from impressed- one could as well play those with a joystick.Why should anyone get wireless systems for playing those ? My son does not even want to play those.I also have a V-Smile Kung Fu Panda cartridge. That seems to be the best of the lot.The graphics are very primitive and do not engage young minds....more info
  • Just another piece of junk that needs batteries.
    Just another piece of junk that needs batteries. Not only does the controller take batteries (understandable) but the console does too! I guess I would be spending a fortune on batteries if my 4 year old actually enjoyed playing it. The conroller is very frustrating and difficult to control, not only that, it's big and clumsy. She typically ends up getting mad and giving up...and so do I.

    The games are so uneducational that it's offensive. Kids are smart...these games should be too.

    Don't think about putting this system on the big screen in your family room. The picture quality is so poor and distorted, it's hard to make out the characters. I'm sure it would be fine on a small TV...maybe 19" at most.

    I would never recommend this product or the games for it to anyone...EVER!
    ...more info
  • V. Motion Active learning system
    Good buy! Bought this as a present for my nephew and he was really happy and highly satisfied. Although it's fun to use, there's not much learning for a kid in it. ...more info
  • My son loves it!
    I gave this toy to my four year old son for xmas and it is hard to tear him away from it to go to bed. He got bored with the game that came with the console within the first week of owning it. So I got a new one which he is learning very quickly. This product is very educational and is helpful for learning to recognize letters and numbers.
    I do think the games are very over priced although, I was expecting as much. But the main downside to this video game console is the fact that it does not come with a POWER CORD. It burns through four AA batteries in what seems like only a few hours, so you may want to think about buying an AC Adaptor along with it.
    (Just another way the toy industry seems to purposefully increase battery sales.)...more info
  • D Vtech
    My 5 year old nephew has a lot of fun with this product. It is also easy for to do by himself. Would recommend this product for people with small children....more info
  • Motion Controller hard to use.. No learning
    I bought this for my 4 year old twins for Christmas. We already have a Wii, but I wanted something to reinforce the letter and number recognition activities they do in 4 year old Kindergarten. However, the motion controller is really hard to use, it's not nearly as easy as the controllers for the Wii, so my children play this game with the joystick only. Don't expect this game to get your kids up and moving as the ads show, they'll either use the joystick or if they do use the motion controller, the movement is more like shaking the controller than moving around.

    Additionally, there's really no educational content is in this product. Sure there's a few letters and numbers scattered here and there, but the majority of the play is like a traditional video game (run, jump, run, jump, etc.) It's as if they game creators threw in a few letters and numbers to make the game "educational"

    My kids also have a leapster, and there's a lot more learning in those games. Forget the Vtech and get a Leapster. ...more info
  • V. Motion Active learning system
    Good buy! Bought this as a present for my nephew and he was really happy and highly satisfied. Although it's fun to use, there's not much learning for a kid in it. ...more info
  • Good concept, but.....
    I got this Vtech Vmotion system for my 5 year old and 3 year old.
    The pros: Easy to set up.My 5 year old enjoys playing the car and the sled game that comes with the demo cartridge.
    The cons: The demo cartridge seems to be the only cartridge that makes use of the wireless capabilities of the system.I got the Spiderman and the Scooby Doo V-Motion cartridges. But I am far from impressed- one could as well play those with a joystick.Why should anyone get wireless systems for playing those ? My son does not even want to play those.I also have a V-Smile Kung Fu Panda cartridge. That seems to be the best of the lot.The graphics are very primitive and do not engage young minds....more info
  • Excellent Gaming System for Target Audience (3-7 yrs old)
    I purchased this system for my 3 year old. With that in mind, I did not expect Playstation 3 graphics, so am satisfied with the quality in graphics. The quality did not suffer any more on my 42" LCD than a smaller tv as some have complained about. Bottom line: if you are looking for high quality graphics comparable to PS3, look elsewhere.

    The functionality is fantastic. It works for both righties and lefties. You have the option of joystick or motion capabilities with each vmotion game. My child does not have any delays with motion detection as some have complained about. It's functionality is much like any wireless remote.

    As far as educational value is concerned, I am very pleased. This does not replace a teacher and only supplements your child's education. With that in mind, there is a plethora of learning content which varies from shapes, letter, number and color identification, math, logic, etc depending on each game. The games are broken up into 3 categories: 3-5, 4-6 and 6-8 years old. There is overlapping, by that I mean my son can play and enjoy the 4-6 age category despite being only 3 years old. It all depends on their educational level and with enough supervision and proper guidance your child will not be limited to a particular category. I advise that the first time your child plays a game you walk him through it. The best part of all is that all the smartridges are compatible with the vmotion. All vsmile games and accessories work on this system, expanding your library of gaming options. Most games also have a difficulty option giving you the ability to choose easy or difficult, so as they progress, it can become more challenging. This is also great for households with younger and older children. I also find that using the motion controller helps develop my young child's hand and eye coordination.

    Durability is like any gaming system. If you take care of it, you can avoid issues. If you throw it and treat it carelessly, I am sure it will break.

    The joy this system provides my child coupled with the educational content, I have chosen to give this a 4+ star rating. My reason for not giving this toy a 5 star rating, is that in my perfect world, it would be indestructible, it would have PS3 quality graphics and the console and accessories would not be so expensive. I have so far purchased 11 games, the adapter, additional controller and the gym class accessory mat; you do the math =).

    Please keep in mind if your child is playing other advanced gaming systems like Wii or playstation, I am sure he will prefer them to this gaming system as this gaming system is not meant to compete with them. As any child will prefer a piece a candy over a vegetable even though the latter is better for him. This is for parents looking for age appropriate educational toys for their children....more info
  • Power Problems
    My son just got this for Christmas. He used it a couple of times per week since then and within 3 weeks of Christmas it was already dead. This is the second Vsmile we've gotten this year. One for his birthday which suddenly quit working and this one at Christmas that has also suddenly quit working. The only reason I stuck with it is we have 10 cartridges and I don't want to get a different system and have to sink a ton of money into cartridges for that one. I'm going to try one more thing... the Pocket Vsmile... to save the games we own. I definitely would not in any way recommend getting a regular Vsmile system or a Vsmile motion. Complete power failure within one month on 2 completely different systems is not acceptable to me. I've tried batteries and the power adapter and it's all no good. ...more info
  • Poor Performance, Not Educational
    Kids received this as a Christmas present. The controler 'motion' does not work, and we have gone to only using the joystick. The games that came with it are not educational nor are they that fun. The game console runs on batteries unless you buy the extra AC adapter. Do not buy....more info
  • My child ignores the game
    This product is really a disappointment. My child walks past the console, and only played it once or twice since he was given the system for christmas. I've tried to play it with him, but the games are so inane and monotonous that even my son, who thrives on continuity like any three year old walks away from it.

    The system is well built however, and I have no doubt it would hold up if he spent any time with it.

    The education aspect is also lacking. There are a few games that may teach him the alphabet or numbers, but that's about it. You get the sense that the designers built a bad Wii for preschoolers, and decided to throw in a few simple letter recognition tools to claim the game is educational.

    Finally - from a technological standpoint: The video resolution of the games is 1992 technology. I understand that they have to use cheap processors to keep product price down, but this is really beyond the pale. Pathetic actually. The screen actually looks like a caricature of a video game.

    Vtech could have done better with this. In fact it seems to be a recurring theme with Vtech. Flashy concepts, great pricepoints, lousy implementation, poor products. I must admit, the other "tech for toddlers" company, leapfrog, always seems to put out a product my son enjoys, and learns quite a bit from....more info

 

 
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