It's that time of year when I compile a list of the best Nintendo gifts for the holiday season. If you are like me, Nintendo has always been part of your life so getting a new Nintendo game in your Christmas stocking is basically the best thing ever.
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We've been checking out some of the latest games and swooning over the new consoles as we've been preparing this gift guide. shopping for on your holiday list, there's a Nintendo gift that's sure to delight. Be sure to check out our list of games, consoles and more, plus other cool Nintendo branded items (trust me, there are some awesome things out there).
Nintendo Switch Consoles
The love for Animal Crossing is still going strong, and now you can get your very own Animal Crossing Nintendo Switch Lites. Choose between Timmy & Tommy’s Aloha Edition or Isabelle's Aloha Edition and take your journey to your island in style! Of course you can also get a "regular" Nintendo Switch Lite but why would you? I've seen the Animal Crossing Nintendo Switch Lites at Target stores.
Nintendo Switch Games 2023
When it comes to new games for the holidays, there is something for everyone. This list is sure to delight all of your Nintendo Switch fans. Whether you are looking for a solo adventure like Detective Pikachu™ Returns or games for the whole family like Super Mario Bros.™ Wonder the games this year are sure to delight.
Detective Pikachu™ Returns
Unravel a series of mysteries across Ryme City with a tough-talking, coffee-loving Pikachu and his human partner, Tim Goodman. When a jewel theft occurs, the case sets this great detective duo down a path filled with mystery. Why did Tim’s father, Harry, go missing? What is causing the Pokémon-related incidents around Ryme City? Answer these questions and more by searching for clues, investigating scenes, and using your case notebook to make deductions.
Pokémon™ Scarlet / Pokémon™ Violet: The Hidden Treasure of Area Zero
In Part 1: The Teal Mask, join a special school trip to the land of Kitakami and learn about the local legend of the Loyal Three Pokémon.
Your base of operations will be Mossui Town, a communal hub where locals gather and shop among picturesque fields and rice paddies.
Visit Kitakami Hall to the East of the village and experience the traditional Festival of Masks. Encounter the newly-discovered Legendary Pokémon Ogerpon as you unravel local folktales.
The story of The Hidden Treasure of Area Zero for Pokémon Scarlet or Pokémon Violet continues in Part 2: The Indigo Disk.
Study abroad at Blueberry Academy, where the curriculum emphasizes Pokémon Battling. Here, you’ll explore the undersea Terarium, a facility with artificial environments teeming with Pokémon. Each of the four areas of the Terarium has a distinct climate, ecosystem, and Pokémon to find.
Encounter the newly-discovered Legendary Pokémon Terapagos as you broaden your horizons beyond Naranja or Uva Academy.
Available December 14th, 2023
Super Mario Bros.™ Wonder
Find wonder in the next evolution of Mario fun
Classic Mario side-scrolling gameplay is turned on its head with the addition of Wonder Flowers. These game-changing items trigger spectacular moments you have to see to believe…Witness pipes coming alive, float through outer space, wreak havoc as a giant Spike-Ball, and see even more unexpected events called wonder effects.
Pick from heroic Super Mario characters and power-ups to save the Flower Kingdom
Choose from the largest cast of characters in a side-scrolling Mario game, including Mario, Luigi, Peach, Daisy, and Toads. Players of all skill levels can feel the wonder by playing as a Yoshi or Nabbit who don’t take damage! Grab surprising new power-ups like Elephant Fruit to use your trunk to trounce enemies and spray water, on your adventure to save the Flower Kingdom from Bowser’s wonder grip. You can even find and equip new badges to change up your play style to truly make this Mario adventure your own.
Share the wonder with friends and Mario fans near and far
Team up with up to three friends locally* and gather around one Nintendo Switch system to experience the game-bending wonder effects together as you tackle courses as a team and help each other on your way to the Goal Pole. Online**, you can work together or turn a course into a friend race to finish first. Even when playing solo, connecting online lets you see silhouettes of other Mario fans around the world as they embark on their own journeys. See how they approach each course and get their help when you’re in trouble. Find standees left by other players to help recover from falls—or place your own.
* Additional accessories may be required for multiplayer mode. Sold separately.
**Any Nintendo Switch Online membership (sold separately) and Nintendo Account required for online features. Membership auto-renews after initial term at the then-current price unless canceled. Not available in all countries. Internet access required for online features. Terms apply.
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Super Mario RPG™
Mario, Bowser, and Peach partner up to repair the wish-granting Star Road in this approachable role-playing adventure.
Team up with an oddball group of heroes to save Star Road and stop the troublemaking Smithy Gang. This colorful RPG has updated graphics and cinematics that add even more charm to the unexpected alliance between Mario, Bowser, Peach, and original characters Mallow and Geno. Enter (or revisit) this world of eccentric allies and offbeat enemies in an RPG for everyone.
Jump through a colorful world and give attacks some extra oomph in battle!
Explore the vibrant environments with your party and jump towards your next goal! Run into monsters to enter turn-based battles with your party of three. Press the button at the right time for a satisfying dose of extra damage or helpful guard.
WarioWare™: Move It!
Grab a pair of Joy-Con™ controllers and get moving as you gently shake, punch, dance, wiggle, and even curtsey through over 200 lightning-fast microgames (minigames that last just a few hilarious seconds). Chop bamboo, break out of jail, return a curtsey, and more as you master some really ridiculous moves.
Disney Illusion Island
Join Mickey and Friends on a brand-new adventure in Disney Illusion Island
Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Donald Duck, and Goofy embark on a new adventure to find three magical books and save the mysterious island of Monoth. You’ll meet unusual allies and dangerous foes as you play solo or with up to three friends as the Fab Four in local co-op*. Work together as you run, jump, swim, and swing your way to victory!
Experience a brand-new Mickey & Friends adventure with hand-drawn animation, a fully orchestrated original score, and featuring performances from the authentic voice talents.
*Additional accessories may be required for multiplayer mode. Sold separately.
EA SPORTS FC™ 24
Welcome to the Club! "EA SPORTS FC™ 24 is a new era for The World’s Game: 19,000+ fully licensed players, 700+ teams, and 30+ leagues playing together in the most authentic football experience ever created.
Feel closer to the game with two cutting-edge technologies delivering unparalleled realism in every match: PlayStyles optimised by Opta, and an enhanced Frostbite™ Engine powering EA SPORTS FC™ 24 on Nintendo Switch™ for the first time in EA SPORTS™ history.
PlayStyles dimensionalise athletes, interpreting data from Opta and other sources into signature abilities which heighten the realism and individuality of each player.
The enhanced Frostbite™ Engine delivers The World’s Game in lifelike detail, bringing a new level of immersion to each match.
EA SPORTS FC™ 24 also introduces a full Ultimate Team™ experience to Nintendo Switch: develop club legends and improve your players with the brand new Ultimate Team™ Evolutions, and welcome women’s footballers to the pitch alongside men as you craft your dream XI.
Test your skills in Rivals, offline in Squad Battles, or against the best in Champions, plus complete Objectives, and compete casually in Friendlies.
Or hit the pitch in Clubs and VOLTA FOOTBALL, personalise your own Pro, and play with friends throughout the year.
EA SPORTS FC™ 24 is the next chapter in a more innovative future of football.
Game requires a download of at least 31 GB via an Internet connection. You may also be required to create or link a Nintendo Account. MicroSD card (sold separately) may be required depending on your storage. Storage requirements may change, visit x.ea.com/ea/FC-Switch for details."
Software description provided by the publisher.
Your magical home awaits! Escape to the world of Fae Farm and create your own cozy home in the enchanted world of Azoria. As you nurture and grow your homestead, you'll get to meet charming characters, foster deep relationships and discover ways to infuse magic into everything you do. Customize your character, master the arts of crafting, cooking, potion-making and discover so much more.
Unfold the mysteries of the island on your own or with up to three other players. You can invite your family and friends or visit their homestead to progress together, playing beside you or online. As the seasons change, you'll be able to unlock new areas and restore the world around you.
● Cozy and customizable: Create your own character and customize your adventure with unlockable styles and decorations for your farm. The cozier your home, the better your experience! The story unfolds independently from the in-game calendar, allowing you to play at your own pace.
● Magical Creatures: As you tend your farm, you can care for a variety of cuddly animals where you can collect eggs, wool, and more. You can also raise baby animals in many different colors and explore the island to discover magical critters that drop rare potion ingredients. But not all creatures are friendly... Beware the jumbles, mischievous spirits that block your path!
● Adventure is at your doorstep: Explore the realms of Azoria as you traverse the island with your skills and spells. Forage caves to gather resources and battle jumbles! Progress at your own pace as you uncover new mysteries and restore peace to Azoria.
● Budding Friendships: Azoria is home to a cast of colorful characters! As you progress through the story, you can build bonds with many islanders along the way. You can even find romance by going on dates and eventually getting married at Town Hall.
● One for all: You can play on your own or with up to 3 of your friends online or over local wireless. Share your progression, build a farm together where everyone’s efforts count and support each other through the quests and challenges of the world around you.
This is only the beginning of your adventure on Azoria: between December 2023 and June 2024, two waves of free additional content will be released to expand your horizons, unlock new areas to explore, introduce new characters to meet and bond with, reveal new creatures, tell new stories, and pour in more magic!
Software description provided by the publisher.
Samba de Amigo: Party Central
Get up and shake it with Amigo and friends! It's time for an all- new Samba de Amigo: a music rhythm game that allows you to party around the world!
It's time to shake it on center stage in this vibrant rhythm action game. Amigo and his friends are back in Samba de Amigo: Party Central!
Pick up your maracas and groove to 40 hit songs from the world's most popular genres, with even more arriving as post-launch DLC!
Groove with your friends and family with different party modes!
Feeling confident in your skills? Complete the StreamiGo! challenges to help Amigo rise to fame.
Strut that style by customizing your character with unique costumes and accessories.
Take the party to a global level: hit the floor with 12 Amigos and up to 8 of your friends online in World Party Mode.
Show the world what you've got by competing on the online leaderboards.
Software description provided by the publisher.
Toys and more
If you've been in a LEGO® store lately, you know that there has been a Super Mario™ explosion. Combine the fun of building with the play of your own Super Mario™ world with a few of these sets. We have one of the Mario sets and it's so much fun. Being obsessed with Mario and LEGO® makes these sets a win win!
Jump into the world of LEGO® Super Mario™ with bricks and interactive figures, must-have toys for kids aged 6+ and adults. With popular characters, creative builds and a new way to play, these sets are perfect for recreating your favorite scenes from the games or creating new adventures. With our LEGO® Super Mario™ toys, you can play with your favorite characters, such as LEGO® Mario™, LEGO® Luigi™ or LEGO® Peach™, and embark on thrilling adventures. Collect all of the sets to create a complete world of LEGO® Super Mario™, or give one as a gift to the Nintendo® fan in your life. These sets make great gifts for girls and boys, so get creative and start building today!
LEGO® Super Mario™ Diddy Kong’s Mine Cart Ride Expansion Set
LEGO® Super Mario™ Dixie Kong’s Jungle Jam Expansion Set
LEGO® Super Mario™ Donkey Kong’s Tree House Expansion Set
LEGO® Super Mario™ Rambi the Rhino Expansion Set
Super Mario™ Deluxe Bowser Battle Scene Playset
It’s time for the ultimate boss battle! Face off against Bowser in this iconic level setting! Loaded with features including glowing lava, button-activated sound effects, and music, the stage is set to battle against the included Bowser figure. You know the routine: traverse around Bowser to reach the right tower. Once there, activate the instantly recognizable yellow button and watch the axe fall and the bridge collapse from right to left just like in the games! You’ve defeated Bowser! Easily reset via the lever on the right pillar, and the stage is set again. Use the playset to display all of your favorite Super Mario figures (other figures sold separately). Start building your Super Mario™ collection with this deluxe playset. This playset works with all 2.5- inch figures.
Nintendo gaming guides
Want to really impress your Nintendo fan? Give them a copy of their favorite game AND the official guide. The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom: The Complete Official Guide and Animal Crossing: New Horizons Official Complete Guide are available.
For the dedicated gamer, get them a X Rocker Super Mario Gaming Chair so they can game in style.
Officially licensed by Nintendo®, each X Rocker Super Mario gaming chair is tested and engineered to the highest possible standard and features well-known artwork so that fans can team up with their favorite characters and enjoy gaming in ultimate comfort.
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