Nintendo Wii Hardware Bundle ( Red, Remote Plus)
For families and lovers of casual games, the still-affordable Wii represents the best console bundle value of the holiday season in terms of dollars spent; however, the Wii's getting long in the tooth, and other game consoles offer more entertainment options and functionality for their higher price tags.
Microsoft Xbox 360 S Racing Bundle ( 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.
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.
Sony PSP Go ( Black)
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.
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.
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.
Sony PlayStation 3 Metal Gear Solid 4 Bundle ( 80GB)
Even though PS2 backward compatibility has been dropped from this version, the 80GB PS3 is still a superb Blu-ray player and high-definition game console.
Microsoft Xbox 360 Pro Halo 3 Special Edition ( 20GB)
Now that Blu-ray has become the pre-eminent high-definition standard for discs, the Xbox 360 has yet to support it, but it still remains an excellent game console with a superior game library and online experience.
Sony PSP 3000 Gran Turismo Bundle ( Silver)
While there's probably not enough to get owners of previous the PSP to upgrade, newcomers will find the PSP-3000 to be a solid portable gaming and multimedia device.
Sony PSP 2000 Star Wars Battlefront Entertainment Pack ( White)
While it may not be a must-have upgrade for existing PSP owners, a host of subtle improvements make the latest Sony PSP (aka the PSP 2000) an even better deal for anyone looking for a solid portable gaming and multimedia device.