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Top Wii and 3DS games

CNET's gaming experts narrow down the best Wii and 3DS games for the gamer on your list this holiday season.

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1 of 8 Nintendo

The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword (Wii)

The Wii's last great game is undoubtedly Skyward Sword. The enormous game offers hours of puzzle solving, dungeon-storming game play for all ages. Plus, the new accurate motion control gives you the power to wield Link's sword!
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2 of 8 Nintendo

Super Mario 3D Land (3DS)

The 3DS finally has a killer app. Super Mario 3D Land is an absolute blast to play and features expertly crafted levels rendering in gorgeous 3D graphics. Taking the best parts of Super Mario Bros. and Super Mario Galaxy, 3D Land is a must-have for 3DS owners.
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3 of 8 Sega

Sonic Generations (3DS)

A great mix of new and old-school, Sonic Generations is the perfect gift for any fan of the classic platformer. A different experience from the console version, Sonic Generations offers a healthy amount of content all redesigned to work with the 3DS' eye-popping screen.
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4 of 8 Nintendo

Mario Kart 7 (3DS)

What Nintendo console would be complete without a Mario Kart offering? Mario Kart 7 will hit the 3DS on December 4, giving players a chance to compete locally or online--but most importantly; in 3D!
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5 of 8 NIS America

Cave Story 3D (3DS)

The breakout platforming hit has gotten a gorgeous redesign and plays perfectly on the 3DS. This is a must-have for loyal platform fans. Don't let the cute characters fool you, Cave Story 3D offers a respectable challenge for gamers of any age.
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6 of 8 Sega

Shinobi (3DS)

The classic ninja action franchise is back, finding new life on the Nintendo 3DS. But players be warned: While this might be a familiar series, Shinobi for the 3DS may be the most challenging game yet.
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7 of 8 Sega

Aliens: Infestation (DS)

3DS and DS owners alike can enjoy Aliens: Infestation, one of 2011's biggest portable gaming surprises. This exploration platforming game can feel like Metroid at times, and that's a good thing.
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8 of 8 Ubisoft

Rayman Origins (Wii)

A gorgeous art style, lovable characters, and impressive level design all come together in Rayman Origins. While it's really another platforming game at heart, Origins represents one of the best entries in the Rayman series in a long time.

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