With a strong lineup of holiday titles and a recent significant price drop, there's no better time to pick up a Nintendo 3DS. Immerse yourself deeper into the gameplay thanks to the glasses-free 3D display. This powerful portable showcases gorgeous visuals, with an assortment of controls thanks to the analog Circle Pad, the touch screen, and the tilt functions using the built-in gyro sensor. New wireless features help you stay connected with friends and provide accessibility to an internet browser and Nintendo's eShop. A music player, video player, Mii Maker, and camera with 3D picture-taking capabilities make the 3DS a versatile device that you can take with you wherever you go.
The mind-bending puzzles of Professor Layton continue in his fourth and final entry for the Nintendo DS. Yet this is prequel to the previous three games, as you learn about Professor Layton's first meeting with his prodigy sidekick Luke and get introduced to a new character, Layton's assistant Emmy Altava. Trying to uncover the mystery behind attacks caused by a fog-shrouded specter, you'll encounter many quirky characters, all of whom demand you solve their puzzles. There are over 150 of these brain-busters. A few fun minigames are added to Layton's trunk as you progress, but the meatiest extra is an entirely separate role-playing game called London Life, which can soak up dozens of extra play hours itself.
What's more fun than Kirby? How about ten Kirbys? An undead wizard called Necrodeus splits Kirby into ten pieces with a magical bolt. Now Kirby must collect himself, literally, and brave dozens of enemy infested levels to make himself whole again. Control all of Kirby's movements and attacks using the touchscreen, while solving puzzles and inhaling enemies. For a challenge and a gold medal reward, keep your Kirbys unscathed throughout an entire level. But be warned: this is easier said than done. There is also a handful of minigames, some of which are so addictive they rightfully deserve their own title screen and scoreboard.
Mario gets a double dose of 3D in Super Mario 3D Land. As usual, the mustachioed hero must save the fair Princess Peach, traversing several superbly designed levels along the way. With new power-ups, including the Boomerang Leaf, and the fan-favorite Tanooki Suit, you'll collect Star Coins, gather more 1Ups than you'll ever need, and unlock special worlds to challenge your skills. You'll even have access to Luigi, as well as an upgraded Tanooki with statue capabilities. Mario has never had an adventure with this much depth. Get ready for another Mushroom Kingdom rescue mission.
The kart racing series that started them all is coming to the 3DS, and though there are some new additions, the core gameplay remains the same. You'll choose from among some very memorable faces as you race through various Mario-inspired levels, collecting power-ups to even the odds. Big jumps will release a kart glider, letting you soar over obstacles, and underwater sections will unleash propellers to guide you through. Customize your karts and even put your Mii in the driver's seat. Multiplayer makes a strong impression on the 3DS, sporting both local and online matches, with several modes and options to choose from.
Fox McCloud's most famous crusade against the evil forces of Andross returns on the 3DS. The core campaign remains untouched, with every enemy and power-up exactly where you remember it. Updated graphics and 3D effects give Star Fox 64 3D incredible depth, as each corridor-style level looks like it extends for miles. Play using the classic controls, or try the tilt controls for a new experience and challenge. For an even greater test of skill, try stringing together combos to boost your score—it will take a nearly flawless run to earn a gold medal. If you tire of the same enemy patterns, gather up to three friends for some local multiplayer matches.