While plenty of lucky kids and big kids alike will have received a Wii U on Christmas Day we're aware, thanks to our lovely Twitter followers, that a number of people received a shiny new 3DS on the big day. Many were XL variations, though the original model has its own charms, so we thought we'd follow up our 10 essential games for your new Wii U with an equivalent for the handheld. This is not a top ten, but like the previous article is a list of games that we strongly recommend.

We've gone for a variety of genres, as well as an even split between retail and eShop download-only games. With the vast 3DS library many terrific titles are unfortunately missing out, but we feel these games represent a good starting point for gamers at various levels who are just getting into their new handheld — we've also chosen releases available in both North America and Europe.

Simply click on the images to visit our game pages, where you'll find plenty of information and reviews.

New Super Mario Bros. 2

Fallblox / Crashmo

Mario Kart 7

Colors! 3D

Kid Icarus: Uprising


Resident Evil Revelations

Mighty Switch Force!

Theatrhythm: Final Fantasy


These are just ten suggestions, but there are lots other excellent titles available on the system, so share your thoughts below. You can also check out our most recent official Nintendo Life eShop top ten from July 2012.