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.
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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.
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.
The Atari Flashback 2 delivers a genuine Atari 2600 retro gaming experience at an unbeatable price.
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.
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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's slimmed-down, network-ready PS2 is a welcome update to the world's most popular video game console.
While it lacks the multimedia and graphical finesse of the Sony PSP, the feature-packed Nintendo DS is a worthy successor to the Game Boy Advance--but the new and improved DS Lite is available for the same price.
By including an illuminated screen, Nintendo has finally fixed the original Game Boy Advance's biggest flaw.
Now that it has a brighter screen, Nintendo's Game Boy Advance SP is the budget champ for portable gaming.
The elder statesman of next generation consoles, the PlayStation 2 has the luxury of a year's head start and many solid games.
The Xbox is the most versatile console and perfectly complements a home-theater system.
The original GBA will still appeal to gamers on a budget, but its lack of illumination is a big drawback.