The holidays are right around the corner. If you have a gamer on your holiday shopping list, knowing what to get them can be a difficult task. And, for those gamers on your holiday shopping list who seem to have it all, knowing what to get them might seem impossible—just ask my wife.
Fear not! I’m here to help you with some gift ideas for the gamer that has it all. I’ve put together 5 ideas for you to choose from to make shopping for that special someone a lot easier.
Nintendo Game & Watch Super Mario Bros. System
Long before the Nintendo Gameboy, Nintendo had Game & Watch systems. First released in 1980, these devices included a game and could be used as a watch to tell time. Now, years later, Nintendo is bringing Game & Watch back to with Game & Watch Super Mario Bros.
In addition to playing the classic games Super Mario Bros., Super Mario Bros.: The Lost Levels, Game & Watch includes a special version of Ball with a Mario makeover. Furthermore, Game & Watch functions as a clock, with 35 little touches to discover, including some guest appearances from Mario’s friends and foes.
Without a doubt, Nintendo Game & Watch Super Mario Bros. is one of the best gift ideas for the gamer that has it all.
LEGO Super Mario Adventures with Mario Starter Course
The LEGO Super Mario: Adventures with Mario Starter Course allows you to create unique courses, with creative possibilities only being limited by your imagination. Unlike traditional LEGO sets, the LEGO Super Mario Starter Course doesn’t come with paper instructions. The easy to use app for your smartphone not only shows you how to build but also allows you to interact with the set.
Since the interactive Mario and the action bricks that can be scanned included in the set are new designs for LEGO, the app teaches you how to use Mario and these new pieces while slowly introducing new building and interactive concepts. Furthermore, the LEGO Super Mario is unique from other LEGO figure creations because of the LCD screens that represent Mario’s eyes, mouth, and belly.
This unique Super Mario figure can interact with, and react to, various action bricks, movements, and colours. And to top it all off, LEGO Super Mario also plays many iconic Mario tunes and sound effects. With tons of interactive bricks and numerous unique pieces, LEGO Super Mario: Adventures with Mario Starter Course is one of the many great gift ideas for the gamer that has it all on your shopping list. It is a perfect starter kit that provides enough interactive elements to keep fans of all ages busy for hours.
Arcade1Up Game Machines
If you are looking for gift ideas for the gamer that has it all then you’ll want to consider one of the many Arcade1Up arcade machines. These smaller-scale arcade cabinets come with different classic arcade games. At under 4 ft. tall, the cabinets feature the original arcade games’ control and button configurations.
The Arcade1Up machines also come with a riser allowing for the creation of a full arcade experience that fits perfectly in a den, office or dorm, and enables hours of fun-filled gaming.
Mario Kart Live Home Circuit
Nintendo has always been known for their creative thinking outside of the box and Mario Kart Live Home Circuit is a perfect example. This latest entry in the mega popular Mario Kart series is not a traditional game. Instead, it is a mixed reality game where you control real-life Mario Kart with your Nintendo Switch.
Your view of the track comes from a camera on the kart and displayed on your Nintendo Switch. You race against Koopalings, unlock various costumes for Mario or Luigi and course customizations. Best of all, you can turn your home into a Mario Kart course of your own design, which you can race with up to three other friends.
Aside from either Mario or Luigi, you get 4 gates, 2 arrow sideboards to create your own tracks, and a USB-C cable for charging. Mario Kart Live includes several race modes: Grand Prix, Custom Race, Time Trial and Local Multiplayer. When not playing with friends, during Grand Prix or custom races, your opponents are Bowser Jr. and the Koopalings. In Grand Prix mode, you compete in several different cups that each consist of 3 races.
Online gaming subscriptions
If you’ve got a gamer on your holiday shopping list and not sure what to get, you can never go wrong with an online gaming subscription. Nintendo Switch Online, Xbox Game Pass Ultimate or PlayStation Plus subscriptions allow gamers to play online with others, get free games every month and offer discounts. Here’s a brief overlook of each gaming subscription and you’ll see why they are great gift ideas for the gamer that has it all.
Nintendo Switch Online
Nintendo Switch Online allows Nintendo Switch and Nintendo Switch Lite owners to play select Nintendo Switch games online. The service also features some of Nintendo’s retro gaming content in curated NES and SNES apps. In addition to extra content you also get access to exclusive offers, and cloud saves to back up all of your progress.
Xbox Game Pass Ultimate
Xbox Game Pass Ultimate is the Netflix of video games for Xbox gamers. You pay a nominal monthly fee to get access to download hundreds of games. Additionally, gamers have access to more than 100 games from the cloud to play on their Android device. Furthermore, EA Play is part of Xbox Game Pass Ultimate and allows you to play more than 60 of EA’s biggest and best console games.
PlayStation 5 and PlayStation 4 owners can play online with friends, get free games every month and get discounts on games with PlayStation Plus. Furthermore, PlayStation 5 owners have access to the PlayStation Plus Collection. This is a curated library of generation defining PS4 games to download.
Gift ideas for the gamer that has it all
That wraps up my list of gift ideas for the gamer that has it all. You can be rest assured that any of these gifts will put smiles on the faces of any gamer on your holiday shopping list.