* “Super Mario 3D World” (Nintendo, for the Wii U, $59.99): The beloved plumber and his pals Luigi, Princess Peach and Toad explore a sprawling environment jammed with running and jumping challenges. The major upgrade, a cat suit that lets characters crawl up walls, is essential to finding all the secret goodies hidden in the world’s nooks and crannies.
* “The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds” (Nintendo, for the Nintendo 3DS, $39.99): Link, the hero of the long-running “Zelda” series, can now flatten himself down to two dimensions. Sounds useless, but it opens up a whole range of clever spatial puzzles and elevates the 3D capabilities of Nintendo’s handheld beyond mere gimmickry.
* “Tearaway” (Sony, for the PlayStation Vita, $39.99): The new game from the studio behind “LittleBigPlanet” takes full advantage of the hand-held Vita. You can help characters by drawing objects on the front screen. You can tap on the back of the Vita to poke holes in the papercraft settings. You can use the Vita’s camera to put your own face in the sun. It’s the best game yet for Sony’s portable device.