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Nintendo NES Classic Edition

The NES Classic is a great self-contained mini console that plays 30 of the best NES games ever made -- but Switch owners will be able to play many of the same titles later this year.

Microsoft Xbox One

While the PS4 remains our overall preferred choice in the game console race, the Xbox One's significant course corrections and solid exclusives make it a compelling alternative.

Nintendo Wii Mini

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.

Editors' Choice
$299.99 at Amazon

Nintendo Switch

The unique TV-or-mobile gaming proposition of the Nintendo Switch is now matched by a stellar library of games, including instant-classics like new Zelda and Mario titles.

Microsoft Xbox One X

Xbox One X lays a credible claim to the title of most powerful game console ever, but it has an uphill battle for your gaming dollar, especially if you already own an original Xbox One.

Nintendo Switch Lite

The lower-cost Switch Lite is a great handheld game system, but it lacks some extras you may miss from the Switch.

Microsoft Xbox One S

The Xbox One S is the console Microsoft should have delivered three years ago, but there's little reason to upgrade if you already own the original box.

Microsoft Xbox 360 S

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.

Sony PlayStation 3 Super Slim 500GB

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.

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.

Sony PlayStation 4 Slim

The PS4 Slim is a deja vu game console: great for gamers on a budget, not quite as good as the PS4 Pro and skippable for any existing PlayStation 4 owner.

New Nintendo 2DS XL

It doesn't bring anything new to the table, but the new 2DS XL delivers a fantastic Nintendo portable gaming experience at a great price.

Editors' Choice
$78.99 at Walmart

Sega Genesis Mini

If you've been dreaming of bringing a Sega Genesis back into your house, this is a fantastic retro box full of classic games that will do it to perfection.

Nintendo Wii U

The Wii U is good for Nintendo lovers and great for families, but hold out for the Switch, the Wii U's imminent successor.

Sony PlayStation 4 Pro

The PlayStation 4 Pro only shows noticeable improvements in a limited number of the games we were able to test, but that could change with titles coming in the months and years ahead.

Super Retro Boy

The Super Retro Boy is a portable game console that lets you play your favorite Game Boy cartridges.

Sony PlayStation Vita TV

Sony has unveiled the Vita TV, a micro console that can play Vita games and stream content and software from PlayStation 4.

Analogue Nt Mini

The Analogue Nt Mini sounds like a retro gamer's dream -- but this shrunk-down aluminum NES is still pretty pricey.

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