Christmas Gift Guide 2020 – Nintendo

Obsessed with Mario? Sure, the ultimate gift would be an opening day ticket to Super Nintendo World in Japan next year, but with international flights not back at full strength, that one might be a bit hard to do. Instead, here are some other suggestions from Japan’s biggest and best gaming brand for all generations.

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Ring Fit Adventure
Available from: Amazon
USD $88

As 2020 was pretty much a lock down year, many were not able to be outside. That doesn't mean that you should disregard you health and exercise. If you own a Nintendo Switch and want to get in your exercise , this is the perfect item for it. After having it for little over 8 months and working on it on weekends for 30-40 minutes, I can say this game will make you sweat and push you to the point. If you want those toned glutes, this game will make you Squat and push you to not skip leg day. It is open to customization, so you can choose whether you want to focus on legs, arms, core or all around. Plus the RPG adventure is a great motivator to keep you on it. I had moments when it sent me through pain and ran me ragged, but it really is worth it when it comes to your health. So if you want a better body in 2021 while staying at home, Ring Fit is the perfect accessory.

Tropico 6
Available from: Nintendo eShop
USD $49.99

The Tropico 6 - Nintendo Switch™ Edition includes an exclusive palace design, the captivating flamingo pond, something every dictator craves to impress his neighboring states, and a tourist costume for El Prez to enjoy those warm Caribbean nights adequately.

• Play on large archipelagos for the first time in the series. Manage multiple islands at the same time and adapt to various new challenges.
• Send your agents on raids to foreign lands to steal world wonders and monuments, to add them to your collection.
• Build bridges, construct tunnels and transport your citizens and tourists in taxis, buses, and aerial cable cars. Tropico 6 offers completely new transportation and infrastructure possibilities.
• Customize the looks of your palace at will and choose from various extras.
• Tropico 6 features a revised research system focusing on the political aspects of being the world’s greatest dictator.
• Election speeches are back! Address the people and make promises that you can’t possibly keep.

In times of political turmoil and social unrest, the people are calling for visionary leaders, who will steer the fate of their country with foresight and ingenuity. Prove yourself once again as a feared dictator or peace-loving statesman on the island state of Tropico and shape the fate of your nation through four distinctive eras. Face new challenges on the international stage and always keep the needs of your people in mind.

For the first time in the series, manage extensive archipelagos, build bridges to connect your islands, and use new means of transportation and infrastructure. Send your Tropicans on raids to steal the wonders of the world, including the Statue of Liberty and the Eiffel Tower. Customize your palace at will and give election speeches from your balcony, to win the favor of your subjects.

Where To Buy: JB Hifi, EB Games
Price: AUD $89.95

PGA TOUR® 2K21 heralds the return of the great golf video game that fans have been missing. Developed by HB Studios, the studio behind The Golf Club 2019 Featuring PGA TOURPGA TOUR 2K21 marks the evolution of The Golf Club franchise and includes 15 licensed PGA TOUR courses, each of which was scanned using cutting-edge technology to bring the fairways, greens, bunkers, trees, lakes and ponds to life. Players can also trick out their own greens and fairways with thousands of custom options in the Course Designer.

Thomas is joined by 11 additional PGA TOUR pros, each of whom will present a challenge to players in PGA TOUR Career Mode as they compete to become a FedExCup Champion. Players can also create and personalize their MyPLAYERs with equipment and apparel from licensed brands including adidas, Polo Ralph Lauren, Malbon Golf, Callaway Golf, Bridgestone Golf, TaylorMade Golf and more.

Capping off the simulation experience, PGA TOUR 2K21 features a broadcast-style presentation with state-of-the-art graphics, dynamic cutscenes and a seamless replay system, all anchored by the play-by-play commentary of renowned broadcaster Luke Elvy and analyst Rich Beem.

PGA TOUR 2K21 is designed for players of all skill levels. Rookies can take advantage of real-time tutorials, tips and shot suggestions, while veterans can master their games with Pro Vision, Distance Control, Putt Preview and other innovations. Social gaming is at the core of the experience, as players can hit the links with friends in local and online matches, including Alt-Shot, Stroke Play, Skins and 4-Player Scramble. In addition, Online Societies will encourage players to invite their squad to hit the clubhouse and run full seasons and tournaments with unique entry rules and requirements, as well as handicap and event settings.

Through a partnership between 2K and sports lifestyle brand adidas, players who purchase the PGA TOUR 2K21 Digital Deluxe Edition will receive a 2K/adidas CODECHAOS MyPLAYER Pack featuring adidas CODECHAOS BOA® golf shoes and custom 2K/adidas gear, including a sport performance polo, Ultimate365 pants and tour hat, designed by adidas Golf exclusively for PGA TOUR 2K21, as well as the “Golden Touch” pack featuring a gold putter and driver, and a 2300 VC pack, which can be used to unlock in-game cosmetic items*.

*Cosmetic items can also be unlocked by achieving in-game objectives. No additional purchase necessary.

Where To Buy: EB Games, JB Hifi
Price: AUD $69.95

Overwatch®: Legendary Edition comes complete with all the latest characters, maps, and game updates. It features 31 unique heroes, each with their own incredible powers and game-changing ultimate abilities as they do battle on objective-based maps set across the world. Players can switch heroes mid-match to adapt to the ever-changing situation on the field—but victory will only be achieved when heroes combine their powers and work together as a unified team.
Senran Kagura Peach Ball
Where To Buy: Amazon

Price: USD $27.15

Now I know what you going you say. Why this lewd title for Switch? I ask "Why not?" For the more mature and cultured fans of Nintendo, this Pinball game staring the Senran Kagura girls is great arcade experience. Frankly, there really is no other Switch game in the library that can simulate this arcade experience. While yes it does have fan service to spare, it also has a solid story mode that may surprise you in regards to certain themes. So if you love your sexy pinball, then Senran Kagura is the game to satisfy that mature itch.

You can also check our review of what we think of this game.

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Animal Crossing New Horizons
Where to Buy: Amazon
Price: $59.99 USD

Let's be honest, Animal Crossing New Horizons helped many people ease into the year 2020 and was a bright spot during the year. Alongside Final Fantasy 7 Remake, it was a game that kept the minds sane of being something positive. In this case, it is the dream of having your own private island and doing whatever you want, whenever you want.  Do you want to fish? Do you want to catch bugs? Renovate your house? Terraform the island to your image? You can do that and more. It is a moment of Zen in a time of uncertainty and overall negativity. So why not get away to an island and take a load off? Just make sure that you pay your debts to Tom Nook.