The eight and nine year old girls in my neighborhood are playing pokemon pearl and pokemon diamond on the DS. My daughter is not ready for that sort of game... yet. I am the typical geek dad and I naturally want my kid to be into science+video games+computers; you get the point. I rent EVERY game that might be of interest to my kid. She has "reviewed" about twelve games. I ended up buying her like two DS games. She likes this one. I think it is suitable for girls as young as age five. You can go younger if they have the "knack" for the DS. Age eight and up, they will likely grow tired of it pretty quickly. I hope this helps. Cheers.