Holiday Gift Guide 2011

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We here at NintendoFuse really enjoy the holiday time of year. What gamer would not enjoy hanging out with family and friends, playing lots of video games? Because we know that this is a big gift giving and receiving time, we thought it might be helpful to put together a little “Holiday Gift Guide” for you, our amazing community. Feel free to use it as you wish. Maybe you will find a game that you forgot about, or perhaps you will find the game that would be perfect for that one relative (you know who we are talking about).

So, without further delay, here is the NintendoFuse Holiday Gift Guide 2011.

 

For that person who does not yet have a Wii…

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While it may be hard to believe, there are those who still have yet to purchase a Wii. If you are one of them, or if you know someone like that, this is the year to get one! Not only is the system itself cheaper than ever, there are many bundles to choose from. You could get a copy of New Super Mario Bros. Wii, for instance, which would normally cost an additional $49.99.

 

For that person who wants to dive into the third dimension without those silly glasses…

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The Nintendo 3DS had a bumpy start, with its high price and lackluster first-installment of games. Luckily, times have changed! You can now play 3D games and watch 3D movies without glasses for $169, which is $80 cheaper than the launch-price. On top of that, this holiday, you can get a bundled-in game for $20-30 more. Some stores even allow you to make your own bundle, where you choose what game you want. Along with that, some stores even include some accessories, like a case, in the bundle.

 

For the sword-wielding adventurer…

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The latest Zelda game is out, and it has both fans and critics saying the same thing — this game is great! The new story is said to take somewhere between 50-100 hours to complete, and it fully utilizes Nintendo’s Motion Plus technology. This means, for the first time ever, every movement you make with the Wii Remote Plus will be replicated by Link on screen. Is this the next best thing to being in Hyrule yourself and saving Zelda? Maybe! Even better, for a limited time, you can get a 25th anniversary orchestra CD included with every copy of the game. For just a bit more, you can also score a gold Wii Remote Plus.

 

For the ones that like life in the fast lane…

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By now, there are few people who do not know Mario Kart. The newest installment takes the game into the third dimension, but it also offers new items, customizable karts, online communities and leader-boards, 16 brand new courses, 16 reimagined retro courses, gliders, underwater, and a few new characters too. This will make any racing or Mario fan happy!

 

For the Mario fan…

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Let’s face it. Are there really that many people who do not know and love Mario? If so, then this game is for everyone. Mario make the jump into full 3D in Super Mario 3D Land. Think of it as a cross between Super Mario 64 (N64) and Super Mario Galaxy (Wii). Not only will the 3D add more depth to the game, you will soon find that this game has much more than you first see. If you have a Mario fan on your list, this is a guaranteed perfect gift.

 

For that person who just can’t stop dancing…

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The dancing genre is alive and well in the gaming scene. Among its leaders is the one of the ones that started it all. Just Dance 3 is the newest title to the beloved franchise. It boasts choreographed 1-4 part dances and a huge list of 45+ included songs. In case that is not enough, you can also download additional songs online. For those younger ones in your family, look for Just Dance Kids 2.

 

For the country music fan…

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It is no secret that country music is on the rise. So, if Just Dance is not your thing, because it is too hip-hop or pop, then look no further than Country Dance 2. This follow-up will make a great gift for any country music fan who loves to shake their boots. This game has over 30 songs from more than 18 CMA award winners, and it is sure to get people off the couch, or at least shooting video of those who do dance along.

 

For the creative person…

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The 3DS eShop is a growing platform for smaller digital games. If you have a creative person on your list, there are several games and apps available. However, one of the newest is one called Freakyforms: Your Creations Alive! You create your own creature, which you use to traverse many worlds. You can even share creatures with others. If you are looking for a more inexpensive option for a creative person, then consider FreakyForms.If you are unable to actually grab their 3DS to make the purchase, then grab a Nintendo 3DS cash card, which will allow them to get it on their own.

 

For the retro fan…

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Both the Nintendo 3DS and Wii each have Virtual Consoles, now, which means you can download retro titles to take with you or play on your home TV. One of the best on the 3DS is Metroid II. If you have a retro gamer on your list, they will not be disappointed with this follow-up to the NES classic and prequel to the SNES masterpiece.And as always, if you cannot buy it directly for them, just grab a Nintendo 3DS cash card.

 

For the gamer who has everything…

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It seems that Nintendo is in right now. In fact, Mario and Zelda are definitely in. Because of this, there are Nintendo-themed toys, board games, stickers, and more everywhere you look. If you have a gamer on your list who seems to have all the games he or she wants already, consider grabbing a Mario plush toy or a Nintendo-themed Monopoly game for them. Even if they will not play with it, these are great collector’s items. 

 

For the gamers out there who don’t have much…

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There are many less-fortunate children in our world today, and they deserve gifts as well. The Entertainment Consumers Association and many others are partnering with the Marine’s “Toys for Tots” program, which exists to put smiles on the faces of those children. To make a donation or find out more information, you can visit http://www.toysfortots.org/donate/toys.asp. 

 

While it may be tough buying gifts for gamers on your list, the truth is that there are many options out there. We hope that our list helps you out this holiday season. To go further, you can even do your shopping on our store!

On behalf of the entire NintendoFuse staff, we wish you all a Happy Holidays!

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About the author:

Steve has been a Nintendo fan since the NES. He currently owns a NES, SNES, N64, GameCube, Wii, Wii U, GameBoy, DS, DSi, 3DS, and 3DS XL. His favorite types of games are action platformers and multiplayer “party” games. Overall, he loves a game that is pure fun and pulls him in for hours, and if that can be shared with friends, it is even better.

Steve has been blogging for NintendoFuse since April 2008. He started off as an avid reader, and eventually was asked to jump on the team. Currently, he enjoys writing game reviews and sharing breaking news with the fans and readers. You will also find him on the forums as an admin.

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