With 11.5 million units sold, the Nintendo 3DS came in as top-selling video game system of 2013 in the United States, which is awesome, because it is awesome.

Back in February, I wrote that the 3DS had swooped in out of nowhere to become the best gaming device you can buy. And thanks to a huge 2013 lineup that included heavy-hitters (Zelda: Link Between Worlds, Pokémon X/Y), beloved niche sequels (Phoenix Wright: Dual Destinies, Etrian Odyssey IV), and under-looked gems (Picross e, e2, e3), Nintendo's quirky little system cemented that status last year. Amazing how quickly things can change.