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Best 3DS games to buy for Christmas

The games that should be on your Christmas list

It's not all about Wii U you know. While Nintendo's new console is undoubtedly the most exciting thing that's happening this Christmas, many people will be unwrapping a brand new 3DS XL on 25 December. Others can expect to receive some new 3DS games. But what are the best games that you can buy for Nintendo's 3D handheld this Christmas?

If you are already a 3DS owner, there are a few new 3DS games that are coming to the console before the end of the year that you should buy, and if you are new to the system, you've already got a library of classics to choose from. Yet we've all woken up on Christmas morning, eagerly opening the game-shaped package under the tree, only to discover that Mum has bought a turkey. Want to make sure that your Mum's money isn't wasted on an Angry Birds Trilogy? Read on...

The exciting new game: Paper Mario: Sticker Star

Three months after New Super Mario Bros 2, the world's most famous plumber returns in Nintendo's biggest 3DS game this Christmas. Set for release a few weeks before the big day on 7 December, this is the game that 3DS owners will want to put at the top of their wish list.

The Paper Mario series is very different from the main Mario adventures, although, Princess Peach has been kidnapped again in Sticker Star. You see, like N64's Paper Mario and GameCube's Paper Mario: Thousand Year Door, it is a light-hearted role-playing game that's packed with lots of funny lines.

What makes this different is the power of the stickers which you have to collect and use in turn-based battles against traditional Mushroom Kingdom foes. Sticker Star begins on the night of the Sticker Fest - it is said that the Sticker Comet will make wishes come true and when Bowser and crew crash the festival, the Comet breaks into six pieces and Mario has to retrieve them as well as saving Peach and the Toads from the clutches of Bowser who is being helped out by Bowser Jr and Kamek.

So armed with a sticker book, Mario sets off on a new adventure in the Mushroom Kingdom. He can collect stickers so that he may use his traditional power-ups, including the Fire Flower, bash enemies with red and green shells and, in the best/most bizarre moment we've seen so far, use a goat sticker to summon a giant goat who will take a bite out of the enemy.

He can also use stickers to solve puzzles, using a desk fan to propel a windmill or making a ramp out of paper Toads. Genius.

Throw in a battle against some Mariachi Shy Guys and you've got what is sure to be one of the most entertaining games of the year.

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