Consoles

Nintendo 2DS
REVIEW

Nintendo 2DS ( Crimson Red)

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 Editors' rating on October 2, 2013
Nintendo Wii U Basic Set
REVIEW

Nintendo Wii U Basic Set

The Wii U has shaken off some of its initial growing pains to become a superior kid and family console, with a limited but excellent lineup of exclusive games you won't find anywhere else.

3.5 stars Editors' rating on November 26, 2014
4 stars User rating out of 13 votes
Nintendo 3DS XL
REVIEW

Nintendo 3DS XL ( Red)

The supersized Nintendo 3DS XL is a solid portable gaming device that's finally come into its own and should be the first and last 3DS you buy.

3.5 stars Editors' rating on July 30, 2012
4.2 stars User rating out of 4 votes
Sony PlayStation Vita
REVIEW

Sony PlayStation Vita ( Cosmic Red)

Overall, the PlayStation Vita is the most advanced portable gaming system ever made. While the price is deceiving because of a hidden cost, gamers are getting an impressively complete package. Now priced at $200, the Vita makes a compelling case as the ultimate indie portable console.

4 stars Editors' rating on February 12, 2012
OnLive MicroConsole
REVIEW

OnLive MicroConsole

As a $99 content-streaming set-top box, OnLive's MicroConsole offers an intriguing low-cost alternative to traditional living-room game consoles--if you have enough bandwidth.

4 stars Editors' rating on December 12, 2010
Microsoft Xbox 360 S  Halo: Reach Limited Edition
REVIEW

Microsoft Xbox 360 S Halo: Reach Limited Edition ( 250GB)

Though the new Xbox 360 certainly addresses most of the concerns we've had with the versions before it, we don't think it warrants a purchase if you already own an Xbox 360 in working order with an HDMI-out port and a hard drive.

4.5 stars Editors' rating on June 24, 2010
Nintendo DSi XL  Mario 25th Anniversary w/Mario Kart DS
REVIEW

Nintendo DSi XL Mario 25th Anniversary w/Mario Kart DS ( Red)

At the end of the day, the DSi XL is exactly the same as the DSi, so unless you're desperate for more touch-screen real estate, or your vision is impaired, we can't recommend a purchase over the original DSi.

3.5 stars Editors' rating on March 24, 2010
Sony PSP Go
REVIEW

Sony PSP Go ( White)

The PSP Go is a sleek and sexy redesign, but its high price tag and some frustrating caveats mean it's not a must-have upgrade for existing PSP owners--at least for now.

3 stars Editors' rating on September 27, 2009
Sony PlayStation 3 Slim
REVIEW

Sony PlayStation 3 Slim ( 120GB)

With a smaller design, more energy-efficient operation, lower price tag, and built-in Blu-ray and multimedia capabilities, the PS3 Slim delivers a compelling package for an affordable price.

4.5 stars Editors' rating on August 19, 2009
4 stars User rating out of 1 vote
Nintendo DSi  Mario Collection
REVIEW

Nintendo DSi Mario Collection ( Metallic Blue)

While not all previous DS owners should upgrade, the DSi is an ambitious and solidly designed portable gaming system.

3.5 stars Editors' rating on April 3, 2009