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Forza Motorsport 3 (from Microsoft Game Studios, rated E for everyone, $59.99)- One of the premiere arcade racing simulations will cause the average car lover to drool uncontrollably as he virtually drives more than 400 of the hottest cars on more than 100 real-world tracks and exotic road courses from around the globe. The fastest and most exotic street machines come to virtual life through high-definition graphics that even include detailed cockpits.

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2, Prestige Edition (from Activision, rated M for mature, $149.99) - One of the most anticipated - and more controversial - games of the year gets a special-edition release loaded with extras for the very mature gamer in the family. This is one of the very best first-person shooters available and comes loaded with stunning, often bloody and violent scenarios in the solo and cooperative Special Operations mode and competitive multiplayer missions taking place from Afghanistan to the District. The Prestige Edition includes a steel case, a token to download the original Call of Duty, an art book, a plastic “bust” of Capt. “Soap” MacTavish and a pair of fully functioning night-vision goggles with sight up to 50 feet (five AA batteries required).

Best games for Wii

What is it?- Nintendo’s magical console offers wireless motion-sensing controllers and a new $199.99 price point along with a pay, on-demand Virtual Console to download classic games from the 20-year-old Nintendo library.

Price: $19.99 to $59.99 for suggested games

Gift group: The family that games together

Muramasa: The Demon Blade (from Ignition Entertainment, rated T for teen, $49.99)- Wii owners can revel in frenetic swordplay and ancient Japanese lore while enjoying the prettiest Wii game of the year. This side-scrolling gem features hand-drawn 2-D animation and uses an old-school navigation scheme (with either Wiimote and Nunchuk, Classic or GameCube Controller) as the player controls demon-possessed princess Momohime and amnesia-stricken Ninja Kisuke. Between collecting souls and forging new blades, challenge 100 warriors, battle a giant octopus and eat some dumplings to raise your spirit in this breathtaking experience.

Nerf N-Strike Elite (from Electronic Arts, rated E10+ for players 10 and older, $59.99) - A mix of virtual game and real foam dart shooter gives children the best of both worlds. Using the included Nerf Switch Shot EX-3, a player can pull the barrel, replace it with a Wiimote and pop in a virtual shooting gallery on his Wii. It now reacts as a light gun as owners venture into hostile locations with members of the Elite squad. As an added piece of fun, connect the red lens to the pistol and look to the screen to unlock codes and find enemy weaknesses. The real, multifunctional Nerf Switch Shot EX-3 includes a trio of foam darts.

We Wish You a Merry Christmas (from Destineer Inc., rated E for everyone, $19.99)- Sure it’s a cash grab tied to the season, but name me another video game starring Santa Claus and his merry elves. Players interactively partake in a baker’s dozen of activities, including decorating a tree, tuning a radio to sing along to seasonal classics, bowling on candy-cane lanes and keeping an eye on an Advent calendar. The action even includes dropping a log on the fire and roasting marshmallows with help from the Wiimote. This adventure delivers a virtual Christmas wonderland.