Feature: Nintendo Holiday Gift Guide
Posted by Thomas Whitehead
Have a Mario holiday
The festive season is almost upon us, which means that it’s time to lighten our wallets and top up the gift stockings. For those who fancy some Nintendo gaming in the coming holiday, we thought we’d pass on some hints and tips on the games and consoles to buy.
We’ll cover some of the console bundles available, as well as recommend games in four categories: family, adventuring, old school and alternatives. We’re focussing on relatively recent games that are available worldwide, and of course these suggestions are merely the tip of the iceberg, so please direct any enquiries to us via the Contact form and we’ll be happy to help.
Let’s get started with our 3DS recommendations.
3DS Console Bundles
Despite its short lifespan so far, there are already a variety of 3DS console bundles available. We’ve picked out two that should serve as perfect introductions to the handheld.
Limited Edition Legend of Zelda Black 3DS
The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D is a delightful remastering of the Nintendo 64 original, and it’s now available with a limited edition console. With gorgeous Zelda themed prints on the outside casing and a copy of the game, this is a package well worth consideration.
Red 3DS Console with Super Mario 3D Land
Available as a formal bundle in North America — including themed packaging — and also in many retailers in Europe as a bundle offer, the sleek red 3DS console is available with the magnificent Super Mario 3D Land. Considering the enormous popularity of Mario’s exploits on the DS, this could be a good option for young gamers, or even those young-at-heart.
They're not the only options available though. The system itself is available in several colours and bundles:
Pink Nintendo 3DS with Nintendogs + Cats (Available in North America, Europe and Australia)
Ice White Nintendo 3DS with Super Mario 3D Land (Only available in Europe)
Red Nintendo 3DS solus console (Available in North America, Europe and Australia)
Aqua Blue (Available in all territories)
Cosmos/Cosmo Black (Available in all territories)
It's Christmas Day, and one lucky member of your family has just found a brand new 3DS console under the tree. If you want something to get everyone's interest, whether playing all together on multiple consoles or passing one machine around, here are two of our top picks.
The latest entry in the Mario Kart series. With all new tracks, 3D visuals, gyroscopic controls and solid online multiplayer, this accessible title should be fun and easy to play for the old and the young.
Although not a family game in terms of multiplayer, we're pretty sure that a 3DS with a Super Mario 3D Land cart inside will get passed around a lot this festive season. With levels that cater for gamers of varying levels of skill, all full of wonderful moments of creativity, this represents another typically brilliant Mario outing.
Want something expansive, exciting and generally all-round excellent? Adventures on 3DS don't come any better than this next recommendation.
We’ve already mentioned the console bundle with this title, but if you’re yet to play it and already have a 3DS, now is the perfect time. An outstanding effort that improves the exemplary source material, it will provide dozens of hours of glorious adventuring.
Journey back to your gaming past with some classic gems reimagined for 3DS.
The fact that '64' is in the title is a dead give away; much like Ocarina of Time, this is a 3DS remake of a Nintendo 64 classic. With excellent visuals, excellent controls and arcade shooting of the highest calibre, this is well worth a purchase.
Cave Story 3D has previous been released on PC, WiiWare and DSiWare, but this is the first version to feature modern 3D visuals and additional game areas and content. With plenty of platforming and shooting, combined with irrepressible charm and the option to play with old fashioned pixels in place of polygons, this is a title perfectly suited to gamers with a taste for the 1990s.
Nothing tickling your fancy yet? Struggling to find something to suit that picky person in your life? Perhaps one of these two will hit the spot.
Although this isn’t the awe-inspiring revelation that Sonic fans may have been hoping for, it is nevertheless a solid, fun outing for the Sega mascot. With a mixture of the old and new, in addition to online multiplayer and plenty of challenges, this could be an ideal title to blast through during the holidays.
Let’s not forget that the 3DS is fully backwards compatible with all DS titles, and that the old handheld is still host to some excellent titles. This prequel is the fourth in the Professor Layton series released on DS, and continues the fine tradition of quirky storytelling and fiendish puzzles.
Those are some of our recommendations for 3DS consoles and games this holiday season. Check out the next page for details on some of the Nintendo Wii bundles and games that are worthy gifts for your loved ones.