Rockin’ Around the NES
‘Tis the season for getting more gaming gear and staying indoors! Whether you’re expecting a cold and snowy christmas or you’ll be spending the holidays in a warmer climate, this time of year simply begs for a relaxed indoor set-up and we’ve got you covered on entertainment ideas! For this list, we’re presenting ideas for gifts you can get for the gamer in your life and since gamers these days come in all ages, we’ll also be providing a guide on how age appropriate each gift is. Forget about that gift card fallback, these presents are bound to impress even the most dedicated gamers! Make sure to check out the full video with 5 MORE gift ideas HERE!
#5: Sony PlayStation Classic
We know it doesn’t include some of the other PS1 classics like “Crash Bandicoot” and “Spyro the Dragon”, but this is still a good gift for hardcore PlayStation fans. The Sony PlayStation Classic houses many games that were must-own titles back in the day. The miniature console comes packaged with twenty games including “Final Fantasy VII”, “Tekken 3”, “Resident Evil: Director’s Cut” “Oddworld: Abe’s Oddysee”, and “Metal Gear Solid”. So, while we’re missing a few PlayStation icons, there’s still a sizeable library with some diversity in genres. Just make sure you nab an AC adapter to go with the gift; that isn’t packaged with the console!
#4: “Blood, Sweat, & Pixels”
Say what you will about Kotaku, but you can’t deny that news editor Jason Schreier is making waves in games journalism. The man has dug deeper into the stories behind game cancellations and shady business practices than most would dare to do. However, his book “Blood, Sweat, & Pixels” tells various stories about the development behind some of the biggest games such as “Diablo III”, “Uncharted 4”, “Shovel Knight”, “Stardew Valley”, and the cancelled “Star Wars 1313”. It’s a compelling look at the many challenges in game development, and it’s a book every gamer needs to read.
#3: Arcade 1Up Cabinets
Do you know someone who misses the old days of dropping quarters at the arcade? If so, then you might want to get them one of the new Arcade 1Up cabinets! Unlike the real thing, these cabinets are smaller and lighter, which makes moving them around less of a hassle. On top of the fantastic artwork, the cabinets feature old-school controls, and they’re reasonably priced at $300 each. Whether you’re loved one is an old school arcade fan at heart, or you want to have the title as the coolest parents on the block, this is sure to be a hot gift choice.
#2: Nintendo Switch – “Super Smash Bros. Ultimate” Bundle
If you know someone who has been dying to get a Nintendo Switch, this is the perfect opportunity to get them one. Alongside a code to download “Super Smash Bros. Ultimate”, this bundle includes a special edition of the Switch. The Joy-Cons are styled after the “Smash Bros” logo, and the charging dock features the original eight fighters etched into the front. In other words, you’re getting what is arguably Nintendo’s best console AND a copy of what might be the best “Smash Bros” game. What could possibly be better than this?
#1: “Red Dead Redemption 2” (2018)
It’s the game that everyone is talking about! “Red Dead Redemption II” has lived up to the hype, and it isn’t hard to see why so many people are still playing it. Along with having one of the most engaging stories in gaming, “Red Dead Redemption II” boasts a massive amount of content to keep a gamer busy, whether its managing their gang of outlaws, taking care of their horse, or exploring the mysteries of the Wild West. However, we should warn that if you do give this game to someone, you may not be seeing them for quite a while.
If you need more gift ideas for gamers, we’ve got a whole video on WatchMojo with 10 ideas for the perfect present for your video game fanatic! Check it out below: