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Nintendo Wii U, starting at $299

Nintendo’s new console gives you an option no matter how you like to play. Good ol’ WiiMotes can still be used, but proper gamepads and the new touchscreen controller make this a console for gamers of any age, not just children. Nintendo has wisely targeted the hardcore audience and signed up Activision, Ubisoft, and Warner Bros to deliver killer titles like Black Ops 2, Assassin’s Creed III, and Arkham City for the fledgling rig. Add in DVR functionality and improved online play, and it’s easy to justify taking the step into the next Nintendo generation.