Christmas is round the corner and since the launch of the Nintendo Switch is a few months away yet, you’re going to need a few last-minute gift ideas for that special Nintendo gamer in your life. Well don’t fret, because we’ve done the hard work for you. Here are the top Nintendo gifts to get your mitts on this Christmas.
Nintendo Classic Mini: Nintendo Entertainment System
Whether that special someone is a retro fan or just needs to be educated in the classics, the Nintendo Classic Mini: Nintendo Entertainment System is the ideal present. Highly sought after, this tiny but incredible device contains 30 well-known favourites, including Metroid, Pacman and Super Mario Bros.
So what makes it better than the original console? Well for one, you can play The Legend of Zelda in glorious high definition at 60hz – it’s no Breath of the Wild, but the original has never looked so good. Trust us, everyone will be clambering to play with this present come Christmas Day.
Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon
“Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon deliver the most striking evolution that the series has ever seen. This is the most ambitious that Game Freak has ever been, and the Alola region’s tropical paradise is all the better for it. Basked in sunshine, this is an adventure that celebrates everything that we have come to love about the series, while delivering a truly innovative Pokémon experience that successfully redefines it for a new generation.”
Both old and new Pokémon fans will love Sun and Moon, so if you know someone who’s been addicted to Pokémon GO these past few months, don’t forget to pick up a copy for them!
The Legend Of Zelda 30th Anniversary amiibo
This series of four amiibo, consisting Wind Waker Zelda, Toon Link, Ocarina of Time Link and 8-bit Link, are a must-have for Legend of Zelda fans. Not only do they look great of the shelf, they’re designed to work with the Switch and Wii U versions of Breath of the Wild – but what will they do?
Essentially, they airdrop supplies to Link in-game; everything from meat and fish to barrels and plants. Handy! These amiibo are expected to be popular, so grab them before they become too hard to find.
Super Mario Bros. Monopoly
Want a game that the whole family game play on Christmas Day but don’t quite think gran will be up for a game of Mario Party? This collector’s edition designed on the original Super Mario games is easily one of the best versions of Monopoly that’s been created thus far. Instead of streets you purchase worlds, coins replace the traditional dollars and the 8-bit game pieces include Mario, Princess Peach and mushrooms.
WARNING: Monopoly should NEVER be played after everyone’s had a drink.
The Legend of Zelda Christmas Jumper
Long gone are the days when you dreaded receiving a knitted jumper from your mum for Christmas. Now Christmas jumpers are cool! There are loads of geeky sweaters on the market, but not many great Nintendo ones. This Legend of Zelda knitted jumper is the exception – it’s subtle but cutesy 8-bit design doesn’t scream ‘Christmas’ like some other festive jumpers, so you can wear it throughout the winter season. It’s also unisex, so perfect for both wannabe Zeldas and Links.
Animal Crossing: New Leaf – Welcome amiibo
Animal Crossing is one of our favourite Nintendo series, and New Leaf on the 3DS recently got a very generous free update. Now, you can purchase New Leaf with the update already installed, which is ideal for any Nintendo gamer that doesn’t currently have this game in their library.
In New Leaf, you are the mayor of your own town, which you name and design as you see fit. The inhabitants of your town are all various adorable animals with their own amusing personalities. You’ll spend your days fishing, running errands, digging up fossils, playing games, decorating your home and town and so much more. We adore Animal Crossing and it’s a series that appeals to gamers of all ages.
We hope this list has provided you with some helpful inspiration for last-minute Christmas gifts. Whatever you find underneath your tree this year – even if it’s just an I.O.U for a Switch – all of us at Nintendo Insider hope you have a very merry Christmas!