We all know someone who loves to get their grey matter working with the odd brain teaser, so if you’re shopping for them this Christmas – what kind of options are available? Well, Nintendo has a host of different puzzle games that may be of interest to those who want to spend the festive period testing their lateral thinking.

On November 30th, Nintendo launches its latest games console across Europe with Wii U. Of course, there are a wide range of Wii U games that will be released alongside it – and among them is one that may appeal to players who like to think their way through an adventure rather than go in with all guns blazing.

In Nintendo Land, gamers will get to explore 12 different attractions from the world of Nintendo. There are mini-games like The Legend of Zelda: Battle Quest and Yoshi Cart that will test your head as well as your reactions – and there are more strategy-focused titles to come for the console in 2013 like Pikmin 3.

However, while Wii U will certainly bring with it a selection of titles to suit everyone, it’s important to think about some of the incredible games that are also available on Nintendo 3DS and Nintendo 3DS XL. One of the most tempting for people who like puzzles has to be the Professor Layton series. The latest entry in this franchise, Professor Layton and the Miracle Mask, arrived in October and came packed with challenges and brain teasers for players to enjoy. There are 150 in total – more than any other game in the series so far – as well as mini-games in the Professor’s Trunk and 365 additional Daily Puzzles released through the Nintendo Network every day for a year from the day of launch.

But if you do decide the Nintendo 3DS or Nintendo 3DS XL is the right games console for that puzzle-solver in your life, what other games are available? Well, there are loads of titles launched that fit this category. Super Monkeyball 3DS, for example, brings back a familiar series and gives it the unique 3D twist that the games system brings – as does Tetris 3D, a brilliant new version of the ever-popular classic.

Of course, it’s not all puzzles. Whether its Wii U, Nintendo 3DS or Nintendo 3DS XL you go for, there are platform adventures, sports titles, action games and lots more to enjoy, meaning there should be something for everyone to enjoy.


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