Are you looking for a holiday video game gift to make your family smile? Look no further, Best Buy has a wide selection of games to bring more fun into your holidays. Whether it’s getting everyone in on a Just Dance party, shooting hoops in NBA 2K, or exploring a new world in Pokémon Scarlet and Violet, everyone can find something to enjoy. With so many options available, I’ve narrowed down some of my favourite gaming ideas for the family.
Take a family adventure
Pokémon Scarlet and Violet
Explore the latest chapter in the Pokémon series and catch em’ all with more multiplayer options. You can explore various locations of the region with other players, as well as engage in series staples such as trading and battling Pokémon. With Pokémon Scarlet and Violet, you can explore the world around you with your friends and family like never before!
Family couch co-op journeys
Kirby and the Forgotten Land
Travel through a beautifully realized 3D world as Kirby, explore lush environments, and unravel the secrets of a lost world. Collect power-ups, battle bosses and make new friends in this colourful adventure exclusively on the Nintendo Switch. The game also has a fun 2-player local co-op, so it’s a great game to share with siblings or the whole family.
Sackboy: A Big Adventure
Help Sackboy navigate a world corrupted by evil in this 3D platforming adventure. Players have the option of going solo or bringing along a second player for some couch co-op fun. With vibrant visuals, a catchy soundtrack and hilarious characters, this is one game that will have you in stitches!
Mario + Rabbids Sparks of Hope
Team up with Mario, Luigi and their Rabbid friends in a turn-based strategy game. Take on various puzzles, battle bosses and explore new worlds as you join forces to restore peace to the universe. It’s one wild adventure that the whole family can enjoy!
Up to four players can team up and battle through action-packed, treasure-laden levels in an epic quest to save the villagers and defeat the evil Arch-Illager. This dungeon-crawler is perfect for younger gamers, as it’s packed with easy-to-follow tutorials and simple controls. With couch co-op mode, everyone can join in on the adventure!
If the family is into pro sports, each league has titles released annually. From basketball to golf all major leagues like FIFA soccer, the NFL, MLB, NBA, NHL and PGA all have games out now that offer amazing game modes and up-to-date rosters. These games are great for bringing everyone together for some fun family time:
Get ready to take the pitch in FIFA 23! Get everyone involved with online and local multiplayer, or challenge each other in 1v1 matches. For the first time in franchise history, you can play as women’s club and international teams. The FIFA World Cup tournament will also be available to play in via free updates that coincide with the real-life tournament. Plus, take advantage of cross-play features that make it easier to play against friends. With more lifelike visuals, improved ball physics and responsive AI, you can get lost in an intense match of soccer with your family.
Challenge your family with a local co-op or a competitive online match, and customize your team’s lineup for the perfect matchup. With new game modes, improved animations, and female hockey stars joining the roster, you’re sure to find hours of enjoyment as you battle it out on the ice!
Family fantasy sports
Grab your friends and family for some zany turf battles in Splatoon 3. It’s the perfect game to get everyone involved, as you compete in various online or local multiplayer matches – all while making a splash with coloured ink! This is one gift that will keep everyone entertained for hours on end, and maybe even create a bit of friendly rivalry.
Mario Kart 8 Deluxe
Race your way to victory in classic Mario Kart fashion! Choose from a variety of characters, play on wild tracks, and compete against up to eight players locally or online – it’s racing fun for the whole family. Just in time for the holiday season, if you purchase the Booster Course Pass or Nintendo Switch Online subscription you’ll be treated to a new holiday-themed track, Merry Mountain! Along with this track, you’ll have access to 48 remastered courses from across the whole series released in waves into 2023.
Fun for the active family
Just Dance 2023
A classic party favourite! Get into the groove and dance your way to victory to some pop music favourites like Britney Spears’ “Toxic,” Bruno Mars “Locked Out of Heaven” and more. Up to five players online can take part in this energetic multiplayer game. Discover new ways to play with tailor-made sessions and songs, based on your skillset and favourite songs. Keep track of your progress over time and show off your scores to friends.
Nintendo Switch Sports
Unleash a new world of gaming experiences with the Nintendo Switch Sports for Nintendo Switch. Featuring six different sports, this switch lets you play your favourite sport with a far-away opponent or as a team sitting in the same room. With the intuitive Leg Strap accessory and Joy-Con controllers, you can curve the bowling ball, hit a tennis shot or even kick a soccer shot.
With the holidays quickly approaching, it’s time to get the family together for some gaming fun. Whether you choose a classic sports game or one of the more recent releases, there are plenty of great games that will bring everyone together. From FIFA 23 to Nintendo Switch Sports and everything in between, this gift guide has something suitable for every family dynamic.