Consoles:

Best Video Game Consoles of 2014

Updated

The "next-generation" game consoles are here -- but until their game library hits critical mass, the PS3 and Xbox 360 are still worthy deals.

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Sony PlayStation 3 Super Slim (250GB) Uncharted 3 Limited Edition Bundle

The latest PS3 slims down to its smallest size ever while retaining everything we like -- and a few things we don't -- about the PlayStation 3 gaming console.

4 stars Excellent

Microsoft Xbox 360 E

The Xbox 360 remains a great video and gaming console, but fans will be better served by older 360 bundles -- or waiting for the Xbox One.

3.5 stars Very good

Nintendo 3DS XL

While it's no surprise Nintendo is super-sizing its 3D portable system, we're shocked it doesn't have a right stick.

3.5 stars Very good

Nintendo 2DS

At $130, the 2DS offers a huge array of compelling software and makes for a great entry-level gaming system to the uninitiated first-time gamer. Just be sure to buy a protective case along with it, too.

3.5 stars Very good

Nintendo Wii U Basic Set

Despite some clever dual-screen gaming mechanics, the Wii U's lack of compelling exclusive software and an overall unpolished user experience make it tough to recommend in its current state.

3 stars Good