Nintendo is highly beloved among the gaming community. Even if you have yet to adopt the Wii U, there’s no denying that the original NES is how we all got here. Nintendo has some of the most recognizable characters in gaming, which is why Nintendo does a lot of licensing when it comes to other products. If you’re reading this, it means that either you, your significant other or your child is seriously into Nintendo — and can you really blame them? Mario. Zelda. Luigi. Samus. Donkey Kong. These names are all iconic in the world of gaming. So if you’re looking for something to buy a Nintendo-lover for Christmas, we’ve made some recommendations outside of taking the easy route of just buying them the latest game (undoubtedly, they’ll appreciate that as well). Here are 5 Christmas gift ideas for Nintendo lovers that aren’t video games:
1. Super Mario Chess Collectors Edition
If you’re like us, you can’t get enough of Mario. He is THE most recognizable character in the wonderful world of video games. And what better way to commemorate Nintendo’s darling figurehead than in a classic game of a chess! It’s basically like having a board filled with awesome Amiibos, except they aren’t actually Amiibos. But who plans to buy Amiibos to use anyway — aren’t they really just for show? Yes…yes they are, and grabbing the Super Mario Chess Collectors Edition is basically like getting 18 different Amiibos for a low price. Plus, you can play chess with them.
2. The Legend of Zelda: Hyrule Historia
Dark Horse Books and Nintendo have created a necessary gem for Nintendo-lovers: “The Legend of Zelda: Hyrule Historia” history book. The book contains historical information on The Legend of Zelda franchise, all in an aesthetically pleasing green covered hardcover. Contained within are never-before-seen concept art, a full history of Hyrule, and even an exclusive comic by Akira Himekawa. I vote that we just start calling it a Legend of Zelda tome, because it sounds cool.
3. It’s Dangerous To Go Alone Take This T-Shirt
Everyone loves funny gifts, and nothing satisfies someone’s inner nerd like a cool t-shirt, thus is the reason you should buy your Nintendo-loving gamer this tee from Crazy Dog Tshirts. “It’s Dangerous to Go Alone. Take This” is the most notable quote to come from the original The Legend of Zelda, and we can’t really explain it, but it makes every who knows Zelda games smile uncontrollably when they read it. They also have some other amusing Zelda-themed shirts, such as one that says “Will work for Rupees.” So, give them an 8 bit sword and a funny Zelda t-shirt, and you’re sure to be their favorite person ever.
Price: $18.99 – $22.99
4. Nintendo Mario Kart 8 IR Yoshi Wall Climber
One of the biggest trends in toys this year are the remote control cars that can drive up the walls and ceilings, and now Nintendo has thrown their name into the awesome toys hat with the Yoshi Wall Climber. This Yoshi is modeled after Mario Kart 8, and will drive up walls and windows. It has simplistic controls and generally works without hiccups (although it does occasionally slide down the wall). Still, there’s tons of fun to be had with these Nintendo Wall Climbers, which also come in a Mario and Luigi colorways.
Price: $16.99 (37 percent off MSRP)
5. 5 Piece Super Mario Christmas Ornament Set
Buying Christmas tree ornaments for your family every year is a common tradition for those who celebrate Christmas. There is a company called Memorable Toys on Amazon that sells Nintendo-related and toy-related Christmas ornament sets, and the one that we recommend is the 5 piece Super Mario set which includes Mario, Luigi, a mushroom, a Goomba, and a Koopa Troopa. These ornaments are vivid and colorful, and will stand out on your Christmas tree.