The 2015 holiday season is upon us!
It's the time of year to cozy up with a blanket, a mug of something hot, and a video game to relax. But it can be hard to relax when all you can think is, "am I sure this is the right gift?"
Not to worry. We've put together the perfect 2015 Gamer Gift Guide for those who love their Mario, their Legend of Zelda, their Metroid and their Animal Crossing. You know that Nintendo fan on your list has already got a Wii U console and/or Nintendo 3DS XL, and you're scratching your head as to what else you could possibly get them that they don't already have.
Before you can say "Mama Mia!" let's get going with our list of perfect presents for gamers who just love Nintendo.
Rating: 4.5/5 (324 Customer Reviews)
Price: $59.99 ($55.74 for Prime members)
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Nintendo's breakout hit of 2015, Super Mario Maker gives players the power to recreate their favorite Mario levels, invent new challenges, and share them with friends.
If the Nintendo lover in your family has this already, they've likely spent many long nights trying to make the perfect level. And if they don't already, then they've probably been dreaming about making it!
Rating: 5/5 (1 Customer Review)
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Amiibos are one of Nintendo's newest innovations, figurines that use near field communication (NFC) to connect with Wii U and New Nintendo 3DS games. And they're popular. Like, popular to the tune of over 10 million sold in the past year.
Nintendo has been releasing Amiibo figurines in batches since late 2014. Falco, the space-faring falcon with a mouth, is one of Nintendo's newest figurines.
The Falco Amiibo is set to come out in November 2015, exclusive to Best Buy. As one of the most popular characters from the Star Fox franchise, he's sure to be a hot commodity.
Price: $59.99 ($55.96 for Prime members)
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The spiritual successor to the wildly popular Xenoblade Chronicles for the Wii, Xenoblade Chronicles X promises to be an exciting open-world game, where players explore a mysterious planet and fight for survival against an alien race. The series is known for its compelling narratives and innovative battle systems.
Early reviews of Xenoblade Chronicles X have been very positive. The game will be released in North America on December 4th, 2015.
Rating: 4.5/5 (87 Customer Reviews)
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Splatoon is Nintendo's newest franchise and a playful take on the shooter genre, with wacky characters firing ink guns at each other and turning into squids.
Its creative color palette has spawned a variety of different merchandise, including this useful plastic shell cover for the Wii U Game Pad. Reviewers praise its feel, look, and the added durability it gives the controller.
Rating: 4.5/5 (76 Customer Reviews)
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With these wall graphics, you can turn your room or gaming area into an iconic Super Mario Bros. level! These stickers are safe to adhere to most walls, and can be peeled off and reused. Based on the customer reviews, each set should contain this many of each graphic type:
Rating: 5/5 (37 Customer Reviews)
Price: $59.99 ($59.96 for Prime members) ($47.00 for Game Only)
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This bundle couples the other new Amiibo coming out this November (Green Yarn Yoshi) with the new Yoshi's Woolly World, a wool-based platformer similar to the very successful title Kirby's Epic Yarn. The game is very accessible for younger players and yet still a joy to play for the older set. You can also opt for the standalone game for just $47 on Amazon.
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How else would a Zelda fan carry her ocarina and shield? This bag is perfect for anyone who loves the iconic franchise, with the Hyrule emblem etched onto the front of the bag. It can easily fit most laptops and has a pocket underneath the flap as well as a zippered pouch on the inside.
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Price: $29.99 each
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A more subdued piece of Nintendo art compared to the Super Mario wall stickers, this canvas art comes in a variety of characters (including Mario, Bowser, Luigi, Princess Peach, and Yoshi) and would be at home in any office or game room. The picture measures 16" square and is 1-1/2" thick, with a wood frame and plastic shims to tighten the canvas if needed.
Rating: 4.5/5 (36 Customer Reviews)
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Do you know that your giftee loves Nintendo, but you aren't sure what exactly they have and don't have? Get them an eShop gift card and know they're getting exactly what they wanted this holiday season.
The eShop serves as Nintendo's online marketplace for the Wii U and 3DS systems. Gamers can purchase and download newly released and classic Nintendo games, try demos, and update their systems.
Note that the eShop gift card on Amazon is a physical code and not a digital one, and must be shipped to the recipient before being used!