10 Amazing Gifts to Buy for Nintendo Fans
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Are you still looking for a birthday gift, Christmas present, or stocking fillers for the gamer in your life? Fortunately, gamers are surprisingly easy to buy for.

Nintendo enthusiasts are an especially dedicated fandom, and there’s a wealth of great gift ideas for Nintendo fans available out there.

1. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate (Switch)

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If you’re buying for a gamer, a real game must be top of the list. And if they own a Nintendo Switch, you can’t go wrong with the endlessly-entertaining Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.

The series began in 1999, and has gone from strength to strength across platforms like the GameCube and Wii U. This “Ultimate” instalment received universal acclaim, including enough elements from previous titles to please old-school fans while adding in plenty of new features.

Unlike many fighting games, Super Smash Bros. boasts a huge amount of content. 74 playable characters and over 100 stages mean this is a game that’ll keep gamers happy long into next year.

2. Duck Hunt T-Shirt

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While the company continues to break gaming ground, it’s only natural to feel a nostalgic warmth when talking about Nintendo. Its history stretches back to the early 1980s—or 1889, if we take into account its years dedicated to toys and cards.

One of the highlights from those early years was Duck Hunt. This was a quirky shooter released as a launch title for the Nintendo Entertainment System (NES). Its graphics were simple, but the packaging soon became iconic. This awesome Duck Hunt T-Shirt proudly displays that design in all its glory.

3. SNES Classic

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Speaking of nostalgia, Nintendo is digging into its past to relive a few glory days. The Super Nintendo Entertainment System (SNES) Classic is a follow-up to the hugely-successful NES Mini, similarly a miniature replica of the original console.

The unit has 20 games pre-installed, plus the previously unreleased Star Fox 2.

These are some of the greatest titles ever made, including Donkey Kong Country, F-ZERO, The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past, Super Mario Kart, Super Mario World, and Super Metroid. No, you can’t add more games to the SNES Classic, but with those already loaded in, why would you need to?

4. Pokémon Stylus Set

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Searching for a stylus is like looking for a needle in a haystack. That’s why anyone with a 3DS or 2DS will thank you for getting them a spare.

Even better, this pack contains three brightly-colored styluses which should be easier to find when dropped.

Pokémon is one of the highest-grossing video game franchises of all time. Children of the 1990s will recall the hours spent on Pokémon Red, Blue, and Yellow, and this fun Stylus Set includes two of the most recognizable characters from the series (Charizard and Pikachu), plus a Pokéball.

5. Super Nintendo Retro Art 2019 Wall Calendar

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You can’t go wrong with a good calendar; it’s a gift that lasts the whole year round.

Many video game-related calendars are full of boring 3D renderings of characters. They’re fine, but forgettable. Fortunately, this Retro Art 2019 Calendar is different, displaying the best designs of the 1990s.

Travel back in time by gazing at the art from five much-loved classics: Super Mario World, Super Mario Kart, The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past, Star Fox, and Super Metroid. They’re bright, bold, and will bring a smile to the faces of Nintendo fans every day.

6. The Legend of Zelda Travel Journal

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This Travel Journal is ideal for those people who fell in love with Breath of the Wild and those who have enjoyed Link’s exploits since the mid-1980s.

It’s embossed with imagery from the ever-popular Legend of Zelda series, with a rustic charm that’s a definite winner for Link addicts. Its off-color pages and leather strap make this a durable companion for anyone trekking around Hyrule.

The center is a ring-binder, so it comes with three plastic sheets to hold cards (trading, business, or otherwise), but the recipient can easily pick up refill pads.

7. Amiibo Question Block Case

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Amiibos are supplementary figures with additional downloadable content, and they’re surprisingly popular. But even traditionalists should be won over by the likes of an 8-bit Mario, Toon Link, and Mega Yarn Yoshi.

While Amiibo display stands are available, they’re not always suitable, especially if whoever you’re buying for is a collector. That’s where this Question Block Case comes in. Modelled after the Question Blocks seen in all Super Mario titles, it can hold around 10 figures, depending on size, and is easy to carry around.

Naturally, it’s not solely useful for Amiibos. It can be used to store anything, from spare instruction manuals to controllers, cables to snacks.

And if you’re interested, we previously looked at the difference between Amiibo, Skylanders, and Disney Infinity.

8. Pokémon Ultra Sun or Ultra Moon

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Pokémon Sun and Moon were initially released to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Pokémon. The following year, these were followed up by Pokémon Ultra Sun and Pokémon Ultra Moon.

Think of these as refinements. The structure stays largely the same, but there are added quests, new Pokémon, and more customization.

These two games introduce new ways of playing and caring for Pokémon. You still battle and collect monsters, but also enjoy a slew of fresh ideas introduced for this generation. The releases are the most accessible for years. They’re a great buy for newcomers and old fans looking for something different from the franchise.

9. Super Mario Chess Collector’s Edition Tin

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Forget poring over a video games console for hours: let’s go traditional for a minute.

Board games always prove a winner for bringing the family together. A game of Monopoly can take up a whole day. UNO can eat up half an hour. But there’s nothing like chess when it comes to an intense one-on-one competition. It’s especially fun when you’re playing on behalf of Bowser. Everyone loves a bad guy, right?

This Super Mario Chess Collector’s Edition Tin comes with well-crafted models of all your favorites, like Kamek, Birdo, and, naturally, an inanimate gold coin. They all fit in a sturdy tin so it’s a sizeable, quality gift to give someone.

10. Nintendo Game Boy Alarm Clock

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After a busy night playing Splatoon until 2am, it takes a lot of effort to get up for work or college.

At least this Nintendo Game Boy Alarm Clock will remind the recipient that, at the end of a long day, Tetris beckons.

It’s modelled on the original 8-bit handheld console, released in 1989-90. Sadly, the likes of the Game Boy Color and Game Boy Advance have been entirely superseded by the 3DS family. Nonetheless, this was the unit that introduced so many of us to portable gaming. You can trace the success of the Nintendo Switch back to this sturdy, cherished console.

Festive Favorites for Nintendo Fans

It’s a great time to be a gamer. Stockings will be bursting with treats for Nintendo aficionados.

Hopefully, we’ve helped cast your net wider. But if you think a game will better keep a loved one occupied throughout the festivities, check out our list of essential titles for the Nintendo 3DS 25 Nintendo 3DS Games That Are Essential to Any Collection 25 Nintendo 3DS Games That Are Essential to Any Collection The 3DS has a host of excellent games. Not sure where to start? Here are the 25 best titles on the system, with something for fans of every genre. Read More .

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  1. topapps4u
    December 23, 2016 at 5:59 am

    Awesome list of games. I love Pokemon Sun or Moon and Mario.

    • Philip Bates
      January 31, 2017 at 3:16 pm

      Thanks - glad to hear it. Pokemon Sun and Moon seem to have been received very positively; so long since their last releases, it's nice to see the brand's popularity remains.