Hello Kitty Party



Icon of cute offers little gamers a great mix of fun.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

Friendship and cooperation are highlighted. The friends not only cook, sew, and play together, but clean up together as well.

Positive role models

Aside from one little bunny who likes to make a mess of other people's things, the characters are all friendly, cooperative folks. They have fun even when doing chores.

Ease of play

The game controls are all very simple, well-designed for younger players. All 25 mini-games are also available from the start -- there's no need to win early games to "unlock" later ones.

Violence & scariness
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Hello Kitty and her friends can be found on hundreds of clothing and accessory products available at stores. However none of that is overtly promoted through the game or its packaging.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this adorable collection of mini-games is geared toward kids six and under (and does a very good job of reaching out to that demographic). The Hello Kitty brand has much wider appeal, however, with fans who range into the teens and beyond. Older kids will likely be left cold by this intentionally easy game.

What's it about?

In HELLO KITTY PARTY, the titular mouthless feline invites all of her friends to her place for a fun get-together. Kids join in through a set of 25 mini-games that include such activities as sending invitation, cutting dress patterns, food shopping, Cooking Mama-style food preparation, dancing, and playing dress-up.

Is it any good?


Very young gamers on the lookout for software that's not over their heads or beyond their abilities will find much satisfaction in Hello Kitty Party. The party-themed mini-games in this collection are incredibly simple (a few are actually over a bit too quickly, even for kindergartners) -- find the right vegetable in a produce stand, match a character to its silhouette, sort buttons into the right boxes, etc. They're generally set against time limits, though it's unlikely even young kids would have difficulty finishing the required tasks before time runs out. The time limits almost seem like they're added to give little ones the illusion of challenge more than an actual chance that they might lose. Hello Kitty Party is a great diversion for kindergartners and preschoolers new to gaming.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about Kuromi, the mischievous rabbit who likes to play pranks on the others. He acts mean, yet he is always included in the friends' activities and still receives an invitation to Hello Kitty's party. Why do you think this is? Do you think Kuromi should be forgiven and kept as a friend?

  • Which of the 25 mini-games was your favorite and why?

Game details

Platforms:Nintendo DS, Nintendo DSi
Available online?Not available online
Release date:November 27, 2009
ESRB rating:E for (No Descriptors)

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Parent of a 6 year old Written byArianas grandma March 19, 2010

No reading required

This has been one of the easiest DSI games for my granddaughter to play because all of the instructions are audio. As a kindergartener, she can't read the instruction screens on some of her other DSI games so she either has to ask one of us to sit with her so we can read the screen or just try to figure it out. Hello Kitty is a fun game that she can play on her own when we are driving around, etc.
Kid, 11 years old December 22, 2009
Wow This game seems awesome!!!!!!!! even though im like 11 already i want this game
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