The festive season is finally upon us, and that means there’s no better time than the present to secure your gifts for the gamers in your life. Tired of bland presents? Let’s liven things up with some classic Nintendo fun. With the holidays fast approaching — along with busy sales events like Black Friday on the horizon — there’s no better time to pick up these gifts as well.
Whether you’re on the hunt for the perfect present for a gamer or just want to add some excitement to your own life, we’ve got you covered. From the latest games for the Nintendo Switch to must-have accessories, we’ve handpicked the best of the best. Let’s take a look at the latest and greatest gifts to find the perfect one for that Nintendo fanatic in your life.
TL;DR – Best Nintendo Gift Ideas
CRKD Nitro Deck is a Perfect Gift for Nintendo Fans (AD)
We gave the CRKD Nitro Deck a 9/10 in our review, and it’s well worth considering as the perfect gift for any Switch enthusiast in your life. For many, the mere prospect of addressing the notorious stick drift issue of the Nintendo Switch is reason enough to consider upgrading to the Nitro Deck. This consideration becomes even more compelling when you take into account that the entire unit costs less than a new set of Joy-Con controllers.
However, the Nitro Deck offers more than just a fix for stick drift; it boasts a more robust shell, customizable back buttons, improved ergonomics for handheld gaming, and a sturdier kickstand. These enhancements make the Nitro Deck a highly recommended choice for both hardcore and casual gamers, effectively rejuvenating your Nintendo Switch into what feels like a brand-new console.
There’s Two New Mario Games Out This Holiday Season
It might seem a little obvious, but it’s still worth saying nevertheless. There are two new Mario games to consider over the holiday season, and either of these would make a wonderful gift for any avid Switch gamer. Super Mario Bros. Wonder received an incredibly positive 9/10 in our review, concluding that “Super Mario Bros. Wonder looks and plays like the true next step for 2D Mario platformers.”
If that wasn’t enough for fans of the plumber, a month after the side-scrolling Super Mario Bros. Wonder hits Switch, Nintendo will return to the Mushroom Kingdom for Super Mario RPG, a remake of its 1996 cult-favorite collaboration with SquareSoft (now Square Enix). It will launch November 17, but you can secure yourself a physical copy now through preordering.
Consider These Decontructed Gaming Gems from GRID
This is absolutely one of the coolest inclusions we have for the Nintendo Holiday Gift Guide. While Nintendo’s monochromatic handheld device wasn’t the initial foray into portable gaming, it undeniably became the pioneering one to deeply resonate with gamers worldwide.
Now, you can feature the incredible device on your wall, deconstructed and framed for eternity. These are truely a premium gift, and well worth considering for every Nintendo fan in your life. Plus, you can choose from even more devices from GRID here as well, including Game Boy Color, Xbox and PlayStation controllers, and more. (For every 100 sold, prices increase by $10, so buy soon to avoid and additional cost).
Check Out The Best Nintendo Clothing and Apparel Gifts
If you want to give the gift of clothing, there are tons of Nintendo-themed items available to pick up as well. With such a long and storied history, there’s a wide variety of great Nintendo clothing gifts for fans of any age to enjoy, from cozy Zelda sweatshirts to adorable tees. Our favorite is definitely the Super Ninfriendo
tee from the IGN Store.
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Super Mario Bros. Movie is Now Available on Blu-ray
It was one of the biggest films of the year, surely you haven’t forgotten about it yet? Well, let us remind you by parading out the film’s DVD, Blu-ray, and 4K releases for your consideration over the festive period. We gave the billion-dollar blockbuster a good 8/10 in our IGN review, stating “The Super Mario Bros. Movie is a fireball of animated fantasy.”
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Give the Gift of More Storage with a Switch SD Card
When it comes to choosing the ideal Switch SD card, you’ll want one that is not only fast and dependable but also future-proof. This is particularly crucial, given the strong likelihood of a Switch successor or the next Nintendo console arriving within the next year or so, if recent rumors are accurate. So, for the holidays or the festive season, consider gifting the latest in SD card technology – the micro SDXC UHS-I U3 A2 V30 memory card. That’s a lot of random letters, so to save you a bit of time we’ve left our top suggestions and deals just here for your convenience.
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Consider These Tears of the Kingdom Gifts
It’s important to talk about some of the incredible items available around The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom. This game was Nintendo’s biggest launch this year, so it’s only right that we feature it prominently. Not only do these gifts include the beautiful Tears of the Kingdom Switch OLED, but also the new Link amiibo, the limited edition carrying case, and so much more. For more, check out our extensive Zelda gift and merch guide as well.
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Check Out These Wonderful Collector’s Items
From statues of iconic characters to themed items and even plushies, there is a lot of space to play in the Nintendo world. If the Nintendo fan in your life already has a Switch and tons of games, this is a great place to grab a little something extra to make them smile.
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These Nintendo Books Could Make a Great Gift
Nintendo has a long and storied history. Between breaking through and effectively creating the home video game console market to developing some of the most iconic characters in modern history, there is a lot to love. And thankfully, many books have been written about Nintendo and the franchises that keep them relevant. Whether they love Mario, Zelda, or Squid Kids, there is something for every fan to love.
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See More Amazing Holiday Gift Ideas for 2023
For an even broader spectrum of holiday gift ideas that cater to various tastes and preferences, we invite you to peruse our handpicked collection of the finest Marvel gifts, perfect for the superhero enthusiasts in your life. Additionally, if you’re looking to satisfy the gaming cravings of your loved ones, our extensive compilation of the best PlayStation gifts is sure to offer some fantastic options.
But the gift-giving journey doesn’t end there; we have a treasure trove of diverse gift guides covering everything from tech gadgets to cozy winter essentials, ensuring you’ll find the ideal presents for everyone on your list. So, for a comprehensive array of gift recommendations that span various interests and passions, explore the rest of our thoughtfully crafted guides. With these invaluable resources, you’ll be well-equipped to spread holiday cheer and make your loved ones’ spirits bright.