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It's the most wonderful time of the year—GameRevolution's Holiday Gift Guide time! This year, we've got great gift suggestions for the gamer and tech enthusiast in your life, no matter what console they're into, and at every price range.
In this list, you'll find everything a Nintendo gamer could want, need, or hope for.
(Buy Now) – Nintendo still offers two distinct bundles of Wii U hardware but this year each set comes with games. The basic set comes with everything you need to take your Skylanders into the next generation with Skylanders SWAP Force. The deluxe set comes with a 32 GB hard drive and more Mario gaming than you could possibly handle right out of the box.
The new Deluxe Wii U set comes with both New Super Mario Bros U, playable with up to four other friends and family members, and New Super Luigi U, Nintendo’s Luigi-centric DLC that remakes every level in the game and doubles the challenge. Both bundles cost 9.99 and offer backwards compatibility with Wii accessories and games
Super Mario 3D World
(Buy Now) – While we don’t want to overwhelm you with Mario, just know that New Super Mario Bros means 2D platforming action. Super Mario 3D World is all about taking the structure of the mustachioed plumber’s exploits and adding 3D levels for up to four players to explore.
We recently reviewed Super Mario 3D World and noticed how the variety of power-ups make this a particular awesome platformer. Mario can get cherries that clone him with a new clone for every power-up collected. Mario can also don a cat suit that lets him climb up walls and up goal poles for the maximum bonus. There are also tons of secrets to discover and as Nintendo’s franchise has gone, this Mario game really wants you to find that hidden 1UP.
Skylanders SWAP Force
(Buy Now) – Yes, you can get this with your brand new Wii U. Yes, you might already have a ton of Skylanders figures lying around from the previous games. Will those old Skylanders work on the new Wii U? Yes. Everything from Skylanders past carries over into SWAP Force and onto next-generation consoles thanks to the portal of power.
Activision’s secret is that Skylanders figurines have always allowed you to take them from one person’s game to another, regardless of console. With the money you save buying your Wii U and Skylanders SWAP Force together, you can pick up a few more of the new Swappable characters for “dynamic swappability” in-game. Fighting snow monsters? Take the top half of a fire character and the bottom half of an ice-skating character to create the ultimate offense.
The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD
(Buy Now) – It’s only a matter of time until you’ll want to buy a new Wii U for the newest Legend of Zelda game, but why not relive a classic while you wait? With Wii U entering it’s second year on the market, Nintendo celebrates the jump to HD with a remastered classic from the GameCube era.
The Wind Waker originally landed on Nintendo’s purple lunch box console in 2003, but with Wii U’s tablet controller and HD power, there are more than a few changes in this newly released version. Link can navigate the ocean world faster and use the GamePad’s touch screen when digging through his inventory. Don’t let this classic storybook adventure pass you by again.
(Buy Now) – So you’re late to the craze, we get it. It’s never too late to experience that first swing of the racket in Wii Sports Tennis. How about Super Mario Galaxy or Link’s high-flying adventure in The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword. How about the obscure exclusives from Japan?
As is true of both Xbox 360 and PS3, don’t throw out the consoles you already own and don’t ignore those you never owned. Now that new video game hardware has arrived, you can get the best the last-gen has to offer for cheap. Start with Wii Mini at just .99.
Just Dance 2014
(Buy Now) – The holidays mean family, togetherness, and, of course, embarrassment. Why not get it over with in a fun way and not by walking in on your uncle while he’s in the bathroom. Break out the Wii remotes and use the new Wii U to dance the turkey away with Just Dance 2014.
I mean, everyone wants to get down to Blurred Lines, Feel This Moment, or even, yes, Ghostbusters by Ray Parker Jr. Lady Gaga, Nicki Minaj, and Katy Perry return for more in Ubisoft’s latest dance game, but let mom or dad pick the track and you’re bound to end up spelling YMCA with your arms.