2016 Nintendo Holiday Gift Guide

Your guide to all the coolest presents to get any Nintendo fan this holiday season. 

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Nintendo is one of the oldest gaming companies still functioning at full capacity today, and its continued success is thanks in part to its loyal fan base. Featuring Mario, Link, Samus Aran, Donkey Kong, and more, here’s a list of gifts sure to please any Nintendo fans in your life.

NES Classic - $59.99 (Nintendo)

A true throwback, the NES Classic is a mini console containing 30 games from the original Nintendo Entertainment System, including Castlevania, Balloon Fight, Super Mario Bros. 3, Excitebike, and Final Fantasy, among others. It also includes controllers that have been tailored specifically to feel like the original rectangular ones from the ‘80s. We love nostalgia, and we also love it when things stand the test of time. Thankfully, this has done both.

Amiibo/Amiibo Display Stand - $14.99 to $19.99 (Amazon)

Ranging from Mario-inspired steps to the scaffolding from the original Donkey Kong, these displays give your Amiibo collection a snazzier place to hang out than an old, dusty book shelf.

New 3DS Face Plates - $18.99 to $24.99 (Amazon)

*Note: These are only compatible with the New 3DS model, which comes in two different sizes. Be sure to check compatibility before purchasing.  

Love Pokemon? Smash Bros.? Zelda? Mario? You can dress up your New 3DS and New 3DS XL with face plates in a variety of styles featuring all of Nintendo’s beloved characters.

Super Smash Bros. Wii U GameCube Adapter - $19.99 (Amazon)

Many die hard Super Smash Bros. players will swear by the use of a GameCube controller while playing Nintendo’s multiplayer fighting game, but the Wii U does not natively allow for the use of it. Thankfully, there’s an adapter that will allow you  to connect it and use it seamlessly with the console.

Super Smash Bros. GameCube Controllers - $26.99 (Amazon)

Super Smash Bros. Melee is still one of the most beloved games in the long-running franchise, and thd GameCube controller continues to be a fan favorite. Thankfully for them, Super Smash Bros. for the Wii U is compatible with GameCube controllers, and a new run of them is now available for use.

eShop Gift Card - $10, $20, $50 (Amazon)

The Nintendo eShop features a huge number of Nintendo’s games, including classics from the NES and Super NES era and currently-released games. An eShop gift card will give players the ability to download these games to both the Wii U and the Nintendo 3DS.

Vans Nintendo Shoes - $18.99 - $150.00 (Amazon)

Although they’ve been discontinued, it’s still possible to find these Nintendo-licensed Vans shoes online in time for the holidays. Available in several different Mario patterns, they’re the perfect accessory for anyone who loves Nintendo.

Pokemon Sun/Moon - $39.99 MSRP/ea.

After the success of Pokemon X&Y and Pokemon Go, the long-running franchise is poised to dominate the game market once again in November. Both editions will be availble for the Nintendo 3DS starting November 18.

Pikachu Plushes - $6.99 - $24.99 (Amazon)

The grandad of adorable Pokemon, Pikachu is by far one of the most adorable cartoon characters and his plush toys are even more adorable. From costumed to his adorably natural state, there’s a wide number of different plush options available for varied prices.

Official Nintendo Apparel and Accessories (Hot Topic)

This one’s more of an open collection of stuff fit for any hardcore Nintendo fan. T-shirts, lanyards, shoes, toys...if you’re at a loss on what sort of stuff to get the fan who has everything, this might be a good place to start.

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