Got some spare cash to spend on a game? Don't want to buy a dud? This is where you need to come to find out about the best new games for Nintendo Wii, DS, Wii U and 3DS.
Here, we'll round up the best new Nintendo games of recent times (beginning with the last three months) It will be constantly updated with all games that receive 80% or more. That's a silver award in the new-look ONM. We're not saying that a game that gets 70% is a bad game. Far from it, just that it's not one of the greatest new games you can buy right now.
Also, as this is a buyer's guide it will only feature games that you can buy in the shops in the week that they're out. In one week, this will be packed with all-new Wii U games, so keep coming back for more.
Virtue's Last Reward
Format: 3DS; Developer: Chunsoft; Publisher: Nintendo
What is it? A ringmaster, belly dancer and geriatric wake up in a locked room. They're contestants in a game of survival in this visual novel which asks you to make crucial decisions which will affect how this choose your own adventure-style game plays out. You'll be reading dialogue for 95% of the time but, even it's not the sexiest game in the world, it will grip you to the extent that you'll want to see all 20 endings.
What we said: In an industry embarrassed by brains, this is a shining beacon of measured character work, deep-rooted ideas and whip-smart dialogue. For gamers looking for something deeper - in the philosophical sense - this 3DS gem is nothing short of essential.
Read our Virtue's Last Reward review for more.
Epic Mickey 2: The Power Of Two
Format: Wii; Developer: Junction Point; Publisher: Disney; Price: £24.99
What is it? The sequel to the excellent Wii-exclusive adventure Epic Mickey sees our mouse returning to Wasteland to investigate earthquakes that are rattling the cartoon land. This time he joins forces with old adversary Oswald The Lucky Rabbit in a co-op adventure that also stars the Mad Doctor who bursts into song in the cut-scenes. It's not quite gaming's first musical as promised, mind.
What we said: Boasting more Mickey, mileage and morals, this is a big improvement on the first game. Not getting a Wii U this Christmas? This'll fill your Wii slot in style.
Professor Layton And The Miracle Mask
Format: 3DS; Developer: Level 5; Publisher: Nintendo
What is it? The fifth game in the Professor Layton saga is actually the second in the prequel trilogy. It doesn't really follow on from the original in the sense that you don't need to have played the other games to enjoy it but fans will get so much more out of Miracle Mask as this adventure enables you to play as the young Hershel during his college years. He is attempting to discover the mystery behind a gentleman who is wreaking havoc on the city of Monte D'or using a mask that is said to grant its wearer extraordinary powers. He'll solve puzzles about broken plates and fruit juice along the way.
What we said: The fact that we've made it to game number five is a reminder of the fundamental quality of our gentleman puzzle addict. In a market saturated with bullet-spewing brawn, a little brain goes a long way. It's not the smartest Layton ever but it's a huge improvement on Spectre's Call.
Read our Professor Layton And The Miracle Mask review for more.