While the Nvidia Shield's 4K video and solid gaming chops make it the most potent Android TV device yet, app shortfalls and a relatively high price limit its appeal.
Nintendo New 3DS XL ( Red)
The 3DS XL's improved 3D head-tracking is a big step up and its performance boost more makes a noticeable difference. A few head-scratching design choices prevent us from falling for the New 3DS XL, but this is still the best Nintendo portable to get.
Nintendo Wii U Deluxe ZombieU Bundle
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.
Sony PlayStation 3 Super Slim ( 500GB, Japan)
While it will begin to cede its position to the PS4 in 2015, the PlayStation 3 still delivers impressively strong value for gaming and video entertainment.
Nintendo New 3DS
Nintendo's New 3DS isn't much improved overall, but that new display alone almost makes the purchase worthwhile -- or will do, once it's available outside of Japan.
Sony PlayStation TV
The PlayStation TV sounds great on paper, but out of the gate, it underwhelms as both a gaming and an entertainment box.
Microsoft Xbox One Assassin's Creed: Unity Bundle
The cheaper, no-Kinect version of the Xbox One gives buyers a better deal by eliminating the one part of the console they probably didn't want to begin with -- but the PS4 remains a compelling alternative.
Sony PlayStation Vita 2000
Two years in, the PlayStation Vita has come of age and become a refined piece of hardware and an excellent place to play a lot of games. You don't need one, but it's really fun and worth its price.
Nintendo Wii Mini ( Red)
The bare-bones Wii Mini gets rid of many Wii features to just focus on playing disc games, but the stripped-down experience isn't worth the savings.
Microsoft Xbox One Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Limited Edition
While the PS4 remains our overall preferred choice in the game console race, the Xbox One's significant course corrections -- including an aggressive pricing structure -- make it a better deal than ever, and a much better bargain than when it first debuted.
Sony PlayStation 4
The PlayStation 4's beautiful graphics, smart interface, blazing performance, near-perfect controller and better indie offerings give it a slight edge over the Xbox One as both consoles enter their second year.
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.
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.
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.
Microsoft Xbox 360 S Holiday Bundle ( 250GB, CoD: MW3)
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 vs Donkey Kong Mini-Land Mayhem Bundle ( Metalic Rose)
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 ( 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.
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 ( 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 ( 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.
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Sony PSP 2000 ( Lavender Purple)
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.
Microsoft Xbox 360 Elite Resident Evil Limited Edition ( 120GB)
While it's neither a must-have upgrade for existing 360 owners nor as feature-packed as the PS3, the Xbox 360 Elite's combination of top-notch gaming and digital media features make it the current game console of choice.
Nyko Nintendo Wii Charge Station
If you don't mind a few minor annoyances, the Nyko Charge Station is a great way to recharge your Wii remotes.
Nintendo Wii ( original, Wii Sports bundle)
If you don't mind the dearth of HD graphics, the Nintendo Wii's combination of motion-sensitive controllers, included Wii Sports titles, and emphasis on fun gameplay make the ultra-affordable console hard to resist.
Atari Flashback 2
The Atari Flashback 2 delivers a genuine Atari 2600 retro gaming experience at an unbeatable price.
Nintendo DS Lite New Super Mario Bros. Bundle ( Red)
With a slick new design, brighter screens, and a growing library of fun and innovative games, the Nintendo DS Lite is an impressive improvement over the original DS.
Nintendo Game Boy Micro ( 20th Anniversary Edition)
Nintendo's latest Game Boy has an interesting design but doesn't offer anything you can't find in the company's other portables.
Sony PSP 1000 Entertainment Pack
The Sony PSP elevates portable gaming to the next level, but its multimedia functionality falls short of its full potential.