Top Holiday Gift Ideas For Nintendo Switch Platform

The holiday season is upon us. There is all sorts of great gifts to give gamers within your life but it can be overwhelming to know which titles or accessories to go for. It’s best to look at the collection and interest of the person you’re gifting but if you’re looking at a few gift ideas on a particular platform then let us lend a hand. In this particular list, we will showcase some highlights for Nintendo Switch platform. From the hardware available, accessories, video game exclusives and of course multiplatform video games, here is a few ideas that may be worth getting this season.
Hardware
Accessories

Battery Pack

The Nintendo Switch is moving units as gamers can enjoy their video games as a traditional home console when the system is docked. However, gamers can also enjoy video games on the go. If you’re going to find the Nintendo Switch being used mostly as a portable system then you may want to opt for a battery pack. Now, these come in a wide range of sizes and form factors. If you want to keep your system freely without any additional bulk then you might find portable battery packs that can be connected when extra juice is required to charge the system. However, you might want to pick up a battery pack that is attached to the unit as a case similar to the Mophie smartphone cases that come packed with a battery which kicks on when power is needed. With this extra accessory, gamers won’t be fighting the clock to enjoy some gameplay before having to stop for a recharge.

Travel Case

Speaking of traveling and using the Nintendo Switch as a portable device, you may want to keep it well protected with a travel case. Again, these cases come in a wide range of styles and form factors but we recommend a hard shell case that can keep your system protected for any nasty falls.

Gaming Earbuds or Headset

The Nintendo Switch is a portable device but you may want a few upgrades such as the speakers. Likewise, you might find yourself in a crowded area like the train or bus where you can zone out your surroundings and immerse yourself with a good set of earbuds that may be aimed for gameplay. Otherwise, you may want to look at headsets that are compatible with the device if you’re within the comfort of your home.

Online Service

Much like Microsoft and Sony, Nintendo is charging gamers a fee to enjoy various online features such as online multiplayer gameplay. However, unlike the Nintendo rivals, the service is only $20 a year so covering the fee will last the gamer a full year while also allowing the ability to use the system’s online services and features that are locked behind a paywall.

MicroSD Card

Most of the big name video games can be purchased physically but if more digital content is purchased then you will need a bigger memory card. The Nintendo Switch uses a MicroSD Card and as a result, you can purchase a card that will hold plenty of content without the need for fumbling through various cartridges.

Wireless Controller

Each Nintendo Switch comes with Joy-Cons which can be connected and play with the system in a portable mode or disconnected and used while the system docked. If you’re not fond of the controller then we suggest looking at a few different wireless options. Not only does Nintendo feature their own traditional controller but there are third-party controllers such as PowerA which may be a bit more comfortable to use.

Video Game Exclusives

Pokemon Let’s Go

  • Developer: Game Freak
  • Publisher: The Pokemon Company, Nintendo

Pokemon: Let’s Go, Pikachu and Let’s Go Eevee! are two video game titles being developed under Game Freak. For those familiar with the Pokemon video game franchise, these are considered remakes for the 1998 release, Pokemon Yellow.

As a result, players will find most of the mechanics that the series is known for such as battling other trainers, capturing Pokemon, defeating gym leaders, purchasing items and exploring the world. Likewise, because this is a 1998 remake, only the 151 original Pokemon will be featured within the games.

Developers over at Game Freak are also putting a slight spin to that game as well thanks to the Joy-Con controllers. When tossing out a Pokeball, players will have to use the motion controls to get an accurate throw. Similar to how the touchscreen functions are made for Pokemon Go, though it seems that the mechanic system will also work for when the Joy-Con’s are docked to the Nintendo Switch.

Super Mario Odyssey

  • Developer: Nintendo
  • Publisher: Nintendo

Super Mario Odyssey was first unveiled during E3 2016 where players were shown off a brand new free roam world similar to the Super Mario 64 video game release. Mario will be exploring brand new worlds with a new ability thanks to a specialized hat companion. With this hat, players can control just about anything giving a wide range of ways to complete the level. Speaking of levels, there is a plethora of worlds to go through that may be drastically different than before such as the realistic city setting.

We highly recommend giving Super Mario Odyssey a go as its not only a fantastic game but easily a system seller on its own.

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

  • Developer: Nintendo EPD
  • Publisher: Nintendo

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild marks as the nineteenth main installment to The Legend of Zelda franchise. This time around, players will be placed in a large open-world environment with the ability to play through the game’s dungeons in any order.

Within The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, players will take on the role of Link after he awakens from a deep slumber that lasted a hundred years. A mysterious voice alerts link to reach a ruined Kingdom known as Hyrule where he will learn of Calamity Ganon, the antagonist who had previously destroyed Hyrule, though, during the process, he had trapped himself within the Kingdom. Ultimately, Link will have to train and prepare for a battle against Calamity Ganon before he escapes and destroys the world.

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe

  • Developer: Nintendo EPD
  • Publisher: Nintendo

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is the first Mario Kart title to release on the Nintendo Switch. Overall, the title is a port form Mario Kart 8 which released on the Nintendo Wii U.

However, there are some differences from Mario Kart 8 Deluxe and Mario Kart 8. This includes new characters, the ability to carry two items at once, along with some fixes in the title that was previously exploited in the past Mario Kart 8 title such as “Fire Hopping”.

Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle

  • Developer: Ubisoft
  • Publisher: Ubisoft

Mario and the Rabbids franchises have collided with the release of Mario + Rabbids: Kingdom Battle. Developed under Ubisoft, Mario and his new team of Rabbids are against Bowser and his clan. This is a turn-based tactical RPG which is a bit different then majority of the Mario games we’re used to playing. There is even a Donkey Kong themed expansion available if you end up enjoying the base game.

Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze

  • Developer: Retro Studios
  • Publisher: Nintendo

This is another video game title that was originally available on the Nintendo Wii U though after the console received its short lifespan cycle, Nintendo opted to release the game once again for the Nintendo Switch.

Being the fifth main installment to the Donkey Kong County series, players who enjoyed the past installments will find many of the same elements and mechanics to return. As a result, if you enjoy platform titles, solving puzzles and collecting a plethora of items along the way then Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze is an easy recommendation.

Splatoon 2

  • Developer: Nintendo
  • Publisher: Nintendo

The sequel to the much beloved third-person shooter, Splatoon, is available exclusively on the Nintendo Switch. Splatoon 2 is still retains the cartoonish and kid friendly shooter experience where teams attempt to cover the map with their team’s color. Likewise, Splatoon 2 also features a narrative journey single-player mode with other online game modes to face against players and friends.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

  • Developer: Bandai Namco Games
  • Publisher: Nintendo

One of the biggest announcements to have come from Nintendo’s March 2018 Direct was official word of Super Smash Bros. 2018 will see the delivery of a Super Smash Bros video game title on the Nintendo Switch.

The latest upcoming installment to Super Smash Bros. is titled Super Smash Bros. Ultimate and it seems that the game will feature a massive roster of fighters. We’ve been seeing teases and Nintendo Directors for this upcoming game set to release within the holiday season of this year though the hype may be based around the number of fighters you’ll be able to select from.

Nintendo is bringing every character ever featured within a Super Smash Bros. video game back into this upcoming installment. Likewise, Nintendo is adding even more characters into the collection such as Metroid’s Ridley, Splatoon Inklings, Castlevania’s Simon Belmont and Donkey Kong’s rival, King K. Rool.

But wait there’s more! Turns out that Nintendo is still planning on new character announcements as we closer to the titles launch date. This is undoubtedly a system seller for the Nintendo Switch and we imagine bundles will be bought up rather quickly.

Non Video Game Exclusives

Celeste

  • Developer: Matt Makes Games
  • Publisher: Matt Makes Games

Celeste is a platformer developed under Matt Thorson and Noel Berry. The video game is a fast-paced platformer where players take control of a young girl named Madeline. Overall, the goal within the game is to climb up a massive mountain known as Celeste Mountain.

This is an addictive platformer where players will have to make quick maneuvers around the levels to avoid obstacles along with gathering collectibles along the way. However, there is an engaging story that will pull players in as you find out more about the mountain and our heroine.

Dead Cells

  • Developer: Motion Twin
  • Publisher: Motion Twin

Developers Motion Twin tends to release video games completely for free to enjoy but their latest release became a massive hit and you’ll have to pay for a legitimate copy to enjoy it. Dead Cells made its way around the web when it launched in August of this year where it picked up traction as being a great roguelike-Metroidvania style game. In the game, players take the role of a protagonist named Prisoner who must attempt to escape a fortress and while the protagonist cannot die, when the health bar completely depletes, the character spawns back at the beginning of the game with the world altered.

Combat is fluid and quick with a variety of boss fights to battle along the way. Dead Cells can also be quite challenging as there will be no checkpoints meaning if you die, you’re going to be left restarting from the start once again.

Stardew Valley

  • Developer: ConcernedApe
  • Publisher: Chucklefish

Stardew Valley has been a huge hit that acts very much like the Harvest Moon franchise. This is a farming style simulation title where players take on the role of a character who inherits their grandfather’s dilapidated farm.

Again, much like Harvest Moon, the game will have players tending to crops and their livestock while also introducing craft goods, mining, among other social activities. Since its release back in 2016 the video game became a massive hit and has sold over three million units by the end of 2017.

Dark Souls Remastered

  • Developer: FromSoftware
  • Publisher: Namco Bandai Games

Dark Souls released all the way back in 2011 so it’s been available to play for quite some time now. However, if you were uninterested in going back to this highly beloved action RPG simply due to the visual standpoint then you’ll be delighted to know the game will be receiving a remastered edition.

There’s not very much to say about this upcoming title if you’ve already enjoyed it on last generation consoles. This remastered edition will retain the same gameplay mechanics but there will be a facelift to help give the game a nice touch up for modern day consoles. Likewise, the game will receive improved framerate, resolution and the Artorias of the Abyss DLC.

Minecraft

  • Developer: Mojang
  • Publisher: Microsoft Studios

Minecraft developed by Mojang has grown up to a life of its own with players both young and old going through and crafting their own worlds.

Ultimately, the video game is about survival staying away from what spawns at night while keeping your vitals up. Most of the versions available for Minecraft feature online gameplay with the PC release requiring a server to be set up before friends are able to join in and help with some creative builds. Likewise, there are several online servers to join in order to compete in various game modes such as a makeshift hide-and-seek game.

Sonic Mania Plus

  • Developer: PagodaWest Games, Headcannon
  • Publisher: Sega

Sonic the Hedgehog is a staple video game character. Decades have passed since the IP launched and to this day, there are still new Sonic games being pumped out.

Sonic Mania is a side-scrolling platformer that fans of the original Sonic the Hedgehog video game will be familiar with as this particular Sonic title will return to the original gameplay and visual art styles. However, gamers can expect new boss fights, expanded levels along with new elements new to the franchise.

Dragon Ball FighterZ

  • Developer: Arc System Works
  • Publisher: Bandai Namco Entertainment

Dragon Ball FighterZ was developed by Arc System Works, who may be best known for their Guilty Gear and BlazBlue series.

The video game will have players choose three characters to fight and switch through during matches. However, for the story narrative, the game will follow a newly revived Android 16 and his army of androids that are designed to look like various characters.

Doom

  • Developer: id Software
  • Publisher: Bethesda Softworks

Doom is an iconic franchise that sparked interest and a bit of controversy when it launched in 1993. Now, decades later, the game franchise received a much-needed facelift with a completely new reboot known simply as Doom.

The reboot launched in 2016 and thankfully the developer’s id Software did an incredible job at making a true reboot of the franchise. This is a flesh and blood torn massacre for the demons as our protagonist, Doom Guy, unleashes a hell that even the demons weren’t prepared for.

Most often when video games feature demons or any type of creature, there’s a bit of survival horror element tossed into the narrative, but that’s not the case for Doom. Instead, gamers are humanity’s last hope for survival and you’ve got no problem ripping apart limbs off demons or blasting them away with a BFG 9000.

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

  • Developer: Bethesda Game Studios
  • Publisher: Bethesda Softworks

Skyrim is the fifth game in Bethesda’s ever popular series of role-playing games, The Elder Scrolls. Like its predecessors, Skyrim takes place in an open environment which is full of exploration, wonder and a whole slew of quests. You can easily spend countless hours within this fantasy world and we’d honestly be surprised to find a gamer who has yet to experience this journey. If you have yet to do so, pick up The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Special Edition as it comes with past DLC and begin to weave your very own tale.

Rocket League

  • Developer: Psyonix
  • Publisher: Psyonix

It doesn’t take very much to describe Rocket League. The game quickly exploded in popularity when it launched back in 2015 and its popularity still holds strong to this day.

Essentially, Rocket League is a soccer title though played with fast vehicles that can launch into the air to either block or knock the ball into a goal post. The game is easy to understand but difficult to master, making it tough to take a break from the game.

Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus

  • Developer: MachineGames
  • Publisher: Bethesda Softworks

The video game Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus follows the events of Wolfenstein: The New Order which alters actual historical events. With the Nazi Regime ruling the world, a military resistance looks to fight back within America, acting as the nation’s second American Revolution against the Nazi rule.