In the era of iPhone gaming, Nintendo faces stiffer competition than it ever did in the golden age of the Game Boy. But Nintendo being Nintendo, it’s packed the 3DS with imaginative ideas. Once your eyeballs get used to the no-glasses 3D, the effect is both startling and charming, as are the augmented-reality features. And with titles like Super Mario Land 3D arriving, the 3DS’s games are increasingly living up to the hardware’s considerable potential.
Price: $169.99 at Nintendo
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