We bought our son the Leapster 2 for his fourth birthday, 5 months ago, and have had no problems with it. He plays it as often as I allow, though we limit screen time to 30 minutes per day. I don't have to worry about him playing with the Leapster because I know that the games are educational and encouraging. He doesn't get frustrated like the older kids do when they play video games. He likes it so much even uses his own money to buy additional games for it, and his Christmas list is 90% Leapster games. It does go through batteries fairly quickly, but I figured it would when we bought it, so I also invested in 8 AA rechargeable batteries and we just keep rotating them. The screen will not respond well when the batteries start to drain, which may make you think the Leapster is broken, but it's not. My oldest child is 9 and she likes to borrow the Leapster. The games available for it go from ages 3-10, so it should last him a long time. Whenever we have to go to somewhere where I know we'll be waiting (long car rides, sports practice for siblings, doctors office, etc.) I make sure I have this with us. It's a good way to keep a fidgety pre-schooler out of trouble. I recommend this toy to my friends often, and I recommend it to you.