In my previous post, I mentioned the many pros of Kanken DS3. However, there is a major flaw in this game. I discovered it once I passed 9th kyu. They stop teaching you the kanji! For the 10th and 9th kyu you can go to a section called Nazori Gaki. After the 9th kyu, there are no more kanji lessons. You can take the kanji drills and practice with them, but this is like taking a test before you learned the material. I had a great time with the beginner levels of this game, but I can’t use it anymore.
I had a great pace of study since getting my DS and didn’t want my progress to end. Therefore, I got a new study game. I got 250 Man Nin no Kanken Premium. If you’re planning on learning kanji thoroughly, from the beginning, this is your best choice.
This game seems more in depth than Kanken DS3 Deluxe. The kanji learning and tracing section gives you all the readings, even the rare ones. It also gives you ten tries to trace the kanji. The first two have a guide, the next three are free-hand with the kanji in light grey in the background. The last five are free-hand with a blank background. This forces you to remember the kanji. I’ve mastered some difficult ones that I had trouble with thanks to this game.
If you’re serious about learning Japanese, you will need writing skills. This game will help you get there in an effective and result-producing way.