I agonized over this as well. I ended up getting the Leapster 2 for my kids because a) its cheaper, b) my son is only 3.5 and could end up breaking it anyway. Yes, the Explorer has a few more bells and whistles, but when I compared them on the Leapster site, it seems that its just little more advanced technology, meaning, more downloadable games, a video player, more things to do with it online, etc. None of which my kids really need. I hope I didn't make a mistake! I got a bundle with the Leapster 2, 2 games and a case for it, AND found an online coupon, I think I got a good deal. GL, let me know what you decide. I figure by the time my kids are 8 they're going to want something bigger and better anway....didn't want to waste the money when they are so young.
at 1:45 PM on Dec. 10, 2010