Now we are officially allowed to think about Christmas. Forget playing games such as charades or a family quiz (maybe that's just my Christmas) after you've eaten your turkey for you can get the whole family to play proper games. In a series of special features we're going to tell you the best games to buy for Wii U, 3DS and DS and we'll also give you some advice on how to get your family into gaming. We'll begin with the console that everyone is talking about. Wii U.
Now many of you won't have to wait until Christmas to buy the best Wii U games as the console will be released on 30 November. However, some of you will have that agonising wait as you're forced to stare at that big box under the tree for days on end while your friends are getting stuck into ZombiU. If you're one of those people, here are the games you should ask for in your stocking. If you're not, we've also included some games that will be great to play with the family on Christmas Day.
FIFA 13 Wii UIf you're anything like me, your Christmas Day afternoons would be spent playing football games against a sibling. Whether it was International Soccer on the Commodore 64, Sensible Soccer on the BBC Archimedes or Pro Evolution Soccer on the (whisper it quietly) PlayStation, me and my brother would spend the hours before Christmas dinner playing football.
It would be a pretty miserable Christmas Day if you had to play FIFA 13 Wii but the Wii U version is much better. In fact, it is the best football game that has ever been on a Nintendo console. As with the Wii version, it's got all the players, teams, kits and stadiums but this time it is wonderful to play. As a football game, it as strikes just the right balance between fun and realism - you can expect end-to-end action rather than boring midfield battles but the final score won't be 23-20 like it used to be in FIFA games when the ball curled each time you took a shot on goal.
FIFA 13 Wii U may not boast all the features that are in the Xbox 360 and PS3 versions but it does throw in some exclusive GamePad features, including touchscreen passing, shooting and the ability to move your players off the ball. While these are good fun, it's the Manager Mode which could ensure that your who family get involved in FIFA on Christmas Day.
Dad no good at games? Get him to act as the manager as you play on the pitch in this co-op mode. He'll have an overwhelming array of stats at his fingertips which will enable him to change formations and tactics. He'll even be able to move players off the ball with your with the touchscreen. This is a mode for real football fans.