So last week, after much introspection, I finally decided between the Wii U and the 3DS XL. I went for the latter, and I have to say I think it's the best gaming decision I've made for a while. Before I sing the praises of Nintendo's handheld, let me say that I am by no means a fanboy of portable gaming. I had a Gameboy when I was a kid, and a PSP when I was in high school, but I didn't really gravitate to either of them (I traded my PSP to a kid in exchange for having him do all of my homework for a year). I swore myself off handhelds and vowed to stick to consoles and my PC. But that all changed when I purchased a 3DS last week. Let me start by saying that 3D gaming is awe-inspiring. If you haven't seen the Nintendo 3DS from up close (with its 3D slider set to max) you can't understand what you're missing pictures don't do it justice. Bland graphics go from being flat to mind-boggling leaping off the screen and sparkling with character. It's a different kind of gorgeous to what you see in high-end games on the Xbox 360 and PS3. There's just a kind of magic to it. Add to this the quirkyness of 3DS titles, as well as first-party games such as Mario Bros and Donkey Kong, and you get a game system well worth it's salt for less than half of what you'd pay for a Wii U. Sure, the Wii U has the advantage of being made for the TV screen, and Mario and Luigi never looked better in HD, but seriously it's not worth what it's retailing for. You may be persuaded to buy it because of the first-party games, but really, you can get almost all of the first-party franchises on the 3DS (along with super cool 3D graphics) for half the game-system price. True, I don't have a Wii U, so you'll find better judges of the two systems out there, but from my layman's eye it's quite clear that the Wii U isn't worth its retail price. To illustrate my point I searched All Time top Wii U and 3DS games, selected five of each randomly, and looked up their average playtime on HowLongToBeat. The result points to the firm conclusion that the 3DS is better value for money: Wii U: 1.) New Super Luigi U: 6½ Hours 2.) New Super Mario Bros: 9 Hours 3.) Lego City Undercover: 15 Hours 4.) Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate: 65 Hours 5.) Scribblenauts Unlimited: 7½ Hours -------------- Average: 20.6 Hours -------------- 3DS: 1.) Fire Emblem: Awakening: 30 Hours 2.) Shin Megami Tensei IV: 35½ Hours 3.) Animal Crossing: New Leaf: 89½ Hours 4.) Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D: 10½ Hours 5.) New Super Mario Bros 2: 5½ Hours -------------- Average: 34.2 Hours -------------- Although I'm sure the Wii U is great, I just don't think it's worth it compared to what you get from a 3DS. Add to that the PS4 and Xbox One dropping soon, and I just don't think there should be space on a gamer's living room mantel for Nintendo's premier console. But hey, who knows? I might end up buying a Wii U down the line some time but for now I'm loving my 3DS.