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Updated: Apr 20, 2015 23:33
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alaScore 100

New Nintendo 3DS XL

What we’re left with is a mid-generation upgrade that isn’t quite essential, but it could be at...

12 expert reviews

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#2
alaScore 99

Microsoft Xbox One

If you are already committed to PS4, I don’t think that you will change your mind now. If you’re...

64 expert reviews | 502 user reviews

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#3
alaScore 98

Nintendo New 3DS

Nintendoes what smartphones don't

6 expert reviews | 6 user reviews

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#4
alaScore 97

Sony PlayStation 4

It's the eighth video game console generation now, and Sony has been active for four of them. The...

53 expert reviews | 9752 user reviews

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#5
alaScore 97

Nintendo 3DS

Nintendo 3DS Review - This in-depth review of the Nintendo 3DS covers its design, select games...

467 expert reviews | 1374 user reviews

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#6
alaScore 93

Nintendo 3DS XL/LL

The 3DS XL Circle Pad Pro gives you an extra analog stick when you need it, but its poor design...

36 expert reviews | 1453 user reviews

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#7
alaScore 91

Nintendo DSi

It's the DSi on steroids, the portable console for the poorly sighted, for your grandparents, for...

405 expert reviews | 5187 user reviews

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#8
alaScore 90

Nvidia Shield

With the Shield, Nvidia aims to deliver a powerful gaming handheld centered around the Android...

45 expert reviews | 19 user reviews

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#9
alaScore 90

Nintendo 2DS

The Nintendo 2DS certainly turned a lot of heads in the gaming world as it was a handheld many...

18 expert reviews | 81 user reviews

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alaScore 89

Nintendo Wii U 32GB Deluxe Set with Super Mario 3D World and Nintendo Land

i have been waiting to buy one of these systems for years and finally have. It is so much fun and...

100 user reviews

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#11
alaScore 89

Microsoft Corporation Xbox 360 500GB Holiday Value Bundle - Includes Call of...

This is a replacement of my old 360, it finally stop reading my disc and had to buy a new one!

100 user reviews

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alaScore 89

Nintendo FTRSBAAA - 2DS - Crystal Blue

The kid loves it! Nice and easy to use right out of the box.

50 user reviews

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alaScore 89

Sony 3000346 - PlayStation 3 - 500GB - Black

The picture looks real good while playing a blu ray movie.

36 user reviews

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#14
alaScore 89

Nintendo FTRSRAAA - 2DS - Crystal Red

Does your older child have a 3DS? Does the middle child beg to borrow those games but his regular...

42 user reviews

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alaScore 89

Sony 3000274 - PlayStation Vita (Wi-Fi) Borderlands 2 Limited Edition Bundle...

It's been awhile since playing a handheld system, but man it is awesome. I like everything about...

100 user reviews

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#16
alaScore 89

Sony 3000463 - PlayStation 3 500GB LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham & The Sly...

The PlayStation 3 is an amazing video game console. The crystal clear and razor sharp graphics...

100 user reviews

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#17
alaScore 89

Microsoft 3MG-00001 - Microsoft-Refurbished Xbox 360 4GB Console - Black

No issues what's so ever!! The kids love it! I would buy again

32 user reviews

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alaScore 89

Microsoft Xbox One with Kinect Assassin's Creed Unity BundleGame

The Xbox one is a very good system for gaming and all around family fun.

100 user reviews

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alaScore 89

Nintendo FTRSBM11 - Nintendo 2DS with Mario Kart 7 - Electric Blue

The 2ds is actually pretty durable and comfortable in your hands! Great buy if you don't want to...

100 user reviews

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#20
alaScore 89

Nintendo FTRSRM11 - Nintendo 2DS with Mario Kart 7 - Crimson Red

kids love it great picture games and portable take any where

92 user reviews

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#21
alaScore 89

Sony 3000473 - PlayStation 3 12GB Console Disney Infinity: Marvel Super...

This was a great deal for replacing my old PS3 and getting the popular infinity starter kit. I...

63 user reviews

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#22
alaScore 89

Sony 3000726 - PlayStation Vita (Wi-Fi) - Crystal Black

The design of the console is very nice and lightweight. There are some very good games available...

29 user reviews

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alaScore 89

Sony 3000358 - PlayStation 3 - 12GB - PRE-OWNED

This was a family gift for Christmas. With it also doubling as a Blu-Ray player it is the perfect...

13 user reviews

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#24
alaScore 89

Nintendo WII U

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alaScore 88

Xbox 3NG-00012 - 360 Refurbished 250GB Console (Matte Black)

so far everything works great, but didnt seem to come with everything it says on the box.

72 user reviews

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    Buying Guide

    Buying Guide - Game Consoles

    Choosing a new video game console or portable device can be a difficult exercise. Consoles seemingly become obsolete after just a couple of years, and finding out which one is going to be the next big thing can be frustrating. Today, the market has stabilized and three major consoles and two portable units have seized the lion's share of the market: the Nintendo Wii, the Microsoft Xbox 360, and the Sony PlayStation 3, and the portable Nintendo DS and Sony PlayStation Portable.



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    Nintendo Wii – Fun for Everyone

    The Nintendo Wii is currently the most popular game console in the world. Geared toward a broad demographic of casual gamers, families, and children & adolescents, the Wii offers a vast library of titles, accessories, and support services. The Wii offers full online play free of charge.

    The Wii also offers a unique and wildly popular wireless controller interface, the famed Wii Remote, which detects movement in three dimensions. Wii games are typically very active, and players act out the motions of what they would like to do onscreen in the game world. For example, the game Wii Sports includes golf, tennis, and bowling, and in each of these games players must swing the remote like a golf club, a tennis racket, or mimic the motion of rolling a bowling ball. In other Wii games, you may be called upon to use the Wii Remote to swing a sword, throw punches at a opponent, or drive a car.

    An added advantage is that the Wii is backward compatible with the Nintendo GameCube, and gamers who upgrade can keep and play their favorite titles from the older platform. Many classic titles from even older platforms are available to play online at the Wii website.

    Microsoft Xbox 360 – Gamer's Paradise

    The Xbox 360 has been embraced by avid gamers and fans of online play. The Xbox 360 is the only platform to play games from the wildly successful Halo series, and the Xbox 360 has distinguished itself among fans of first-person shooter games and sports titles. The Xbox 360 is available in three distinct models:

    • Xbox 360 Arcade – This is the entry level version, and includes a wireless controller and five free games on a single disc: Boom Boom Rocket, Feeding Frenzy, Luxor 2, Uno, and Pac-Man Championship Edition.
    • Xbox 360 Pro – This model includes everything from the Arcade version, and adds in a detachable 60GB hard drive loaded with additional games and content, and an upgraded motherboard.
    • Xbox 360 Elite – The Elite features a 120GB hard drive, and various game bundles that include Halo 3, Fable II, Lego Indiana Jones, and Kung Fu Panda.

     

    Xbox Live is the online component of the Xbox 360 gaming experience, and offers both free and subscription account services. Xbox Live also allows users to download television shows and movies from an extensive content library. The Xbox Live Arcade service provides access to classic games from a number of different platforms.

    The Xbox 360 is backward compatible with the original Xbox, and supports the full range of older games. The Xbox can also be the centerpiece of a multifunctional entertainment system – it can play DVDs, and is HD and HDMI compatible.

    Sony PlayStation 3 – The Blu-ray Advantage

    The primary distinguishing factor of the PS3 is that it supports the Blu-ray Disc format. Not only do the games look more vivid and realistic, but you can play Blu-ray movies as well, making the PS3 the most versatile of the game consoles. For consumers looking to combine gaming with an entertainment center in one convenient package, the PS3 is a popular choice.

    The Sony PS3 has more titles than any other gaming system, and users have responded enthusiastically to the wide range of available games and entertainment. Popular titles include games of the Final Fantasy series, Metal Gear Solid, and Assassin's Creed. The PlayStation Network offers online play to PS3 users, free of charge. Older PS and PS2 titles can be downloaded for a modest fee.

    The PS3 currently offers limited backward compatibility with the PS and PS2 – some older games work, others do not. Sony has pledged to make the PS3 completely backward compatible with forthcoming software updates. In September 2009, Sony launched a new version of the PS3, the PS3 Slim, which is 33 percent smaller, 36 percent lighter and more energy efficient than previous models, and features an upgradeable 120GB hard drive.

    Nintendo DS – The World's Most Popular Portable

    The Nintendo DS is a portable gaming device with broad demographic appeal. Like the Wii, the DS features a unique input device (in addition to the standard buttons): the DS Stylus, a pen-like device that allows you to manipulate sprites and enter information on the touch-sensitive screen. The DS has limited Internet capability via an add-on cartridge. The DS also has a built-in microphone that can be used for speech-recognition, online chat, and other game applications.

    Sony PlayStation Portable – Console Gaming on the Go

    The Sony PSP has met with acclaim and enthusiasm from the hardcore gaming crowd because of its robust technology that allows a portable gaming experience that is the graphical and gameplay equivalent of console performance. The PSP uses optical discs, and has advanced multimedia functions that include a photo, music & video organizer, Internet microbrowser, VoIP access, and remote play.

    As the PlayStation Vita was first shown at E3 2011 and released in February 2012 in North America, Europe, Australia and Latin America. It was previously codenamed Sony NGP (Next Generation Portable). The PlayStation Vita is easily the most technologically advanced handheld to date, with dual quad-core processors, an 5-inch OLED touchscreen display, front and rear facing cameras, optional 3G connectivity, a rear touch panel, and a built-in accelerometer, a gyroscope, and a digital compass.

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