If you know someone who is nuts about Ninty, then get a load of this list of the best Nintendo gifts of all time!
Yes, we’ve taken all the stress out of buying the perfect present by listing 25 Nintendo gifts that would make any fan smile at any occasion.
Whether you’re looking to get some extra screen time in or have a break from the TV, we’ve got a gift for every gamer of every age below.
And yeah, we love them all.
So, without further ado, I’m going to pipe down and let you get shopping!
1. Nintendo Switch OLED
First up on our list of the best Nintendo gifts is the new Nintendo Switch OLED console. Having had both the OG Switch and this new edition, I can confirm it’s totally worth upgrading too.
Everything about this console is perfect. The removable back piece on the dock is much nicer, the tabletop stand is so much sturdier than the original thin leg that folded out, and the screen is superb.
We all know that the Switch is a hybrid hero, and while playing while docked and connected up to your TV will never grow old, it’s handheld gaming while laying on the sofa on a Sunday morning that we all love the most.
The OLED screen is just so vibrant and clear, making this the ultimate handheld gaming device on the planet (sorry, Steam Deck).
With upgraded speakers, a built-in LAN port in the dock, and 64GB of internal storage, it’s the Switch that you deserve!
2. The Legend of Zelda Encyclopedia Deluxe Edition
There always has to be a book in my lists of the best gifts (I’m a writer, after all). This slick The Legend of Zelda Encyclopedia Deluxe Edition could be the most in-depth book on your bookshelf too.
And it looks like a NES cart. I mean, how cool is that!
I’ve always been a fan of the art in Hyrule Historia, but this book makes that compendium look puny in comparison. We’re talking all the lore you’ll ever need, with interesting facts about everything from Gerudo to Gorons to Kaepora Gaebora, it’s the ultimate Zelda nerd-fest.
Learn about potions, pour over maps, and dive into the world of your favourite villains and heroes that make up the exciting world of Hyrule!
3. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
If you know someone that owns a Nintendo Switch and doesn’t have Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, then it’s your job to right that wrong!
It’s no surprise that Ultimate featured in our list of the most popular video games today. This game is an absolute tour de force, with players competing religiously every day all over the world.
I’m going to go as far as to say that it’s the best multiplayer game out today too!
Think about it; multiple characters from different franchises, all fighting together in a game that anyone can play no matter their age or ability.
Keep PUBG or Fall Guys; with 77 characters, tonnes of stages, and more items that you can shake a stick at, this is the biggest fighting title of our age!
4. Nintendo Switch Lite
Look how slick this new blue Nintendo Switch Lite is. Out of all the colour variants, this is the one that I love the most.
Maybe it’s because it looks the most like the Game Boy Advance?
Who am I kidding; of course it is!
For those of you that don’t play docked or want a specific handheld console, then the Lite is the way to go. It can play all the games the OLED Switch does, hook up to other consoles, and download games from the Nintendo Store.
The only thing it can’t do is dock!
5. Game & Watch: The Legend Of Zelda
Next up on this list of the best Nintendo gifts is the classic blast from the past, remade after the success of the Mario Game and Watch console that dropped during Mazza’s Anniversary.
If you know someone that loves BotW, then you need to get them into old school Zelda and see where Link’s journey began.
The handheld looks just like the Game and Watch consoles of old and comes preloaded with three games.
Delve into The Legend of Zelda, Zelda II: The Adventure Of Link, and The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening.
It’s also got a clock that you can look at at night too. It’s the gift that keeps on giving!
6. Nintendo eShop Gift Card
If you really don’t know what to buy the Nintendo fan in your world for Christmas, then this Nintendo eShop Gift Card is a safe bet.
Coming in different denominations (and currencies depending on your part of the world) these vouchers can be redeemed on the Nintendo eShop and put towards games to download directly to the Switch.
It might not be the most imaginative gift, but I bet it puts a huge smile on someone’s face!
7. Super Mario Boo Portrait T-Shirt
It’s Boo, but not as you know him. This Super Mario Boo Portrait T-Shirt design is made up of famous items from the Super Mario games, carefully collected together to make the ghostly guy we all know and love.
Ok, we might not love him when he’s causing trouble in Big Boo’s Haunt, but he’s a good lad on Mario Party.
The design of this tee is incredibly clever and a definite talking point among Ninty fans. Plus, it comes in a variety of different colours too!
8. Pokemon Violet – Nintendo Switch
Who’s excited about Pokemon Scarlet and Pokemon Violet – Nintendo Switch?
I’ve got to say that I’m most looking forward to Pokemon Violet. Am I going to get both? Probably. But, the cover of Violet just looks epic, and I’ve already decided I’m Team Turo.
If you don’t already know, there are version specific professor’s on each game, and your character will be wearing different clothes depending on which game you get too.
This is going to be one heck of an open-world adventure. I still stand by the fact that Arceus was to Pokemon Violet what Skyward Sword was to Breath of the Wild.
In other words, I’m saying Arceus was a tester for Violet and Scarlet, and that these new adventures are going to absolutely blow us away.
Sorry; you didn’t come here for my review. You just came here to see whether it would make a great gift.
Yes… yes it would.
9. Nintendo New 3DS XL Console – Black (Renewed)
The Nintendo New 3DS XL Console – Black (Renewed) takes the 9th spot on this list of the best Nintendo gifts!
I know the 3DS has been discontinued, but that doesn’t mean you can’t grab one and still enjoy all of the best Nintendo 3DS games in your local second-hand gaming store.
If you haven’t gathered from the title, this handheld can produce a 3D gaming experience without the need to beat 3D glasses.
See what it feels like to jump right into Kokiri Forest or go Monster Hunting with the action literally jumping out of the screen.
I won’t ever be parting with my 3DS XL; if that’s not a positive review as to how good this thing is, then I don’t know what is!
10. Legend of Zelda Master Sword
How good would this Legend of Zelda Master Sword look hanging up in your games room?
Ok, having a sword on the wall isn’t for everyone, but I think this is the perfect gift to buy the person that has everything.
At 49″ overall, this sword has a wooden handle and a carbon steel blade. I know you can’t see because of the amazing scabbard, but the blade has the Triforce laser-etched into it too.
With a scabbard covered in fake leather and a belt included, this could either be the perfect cosplay item or just an amazing feature next to your TV for whenever you play Skyward Sword.
Just don’t use it to pierce your TV when that Bokoblin battle doesn’t go your way.
11. Mario Christmas Jumper
As ugly Christmas sweaters go, this Mario Christmas Jumper is actually pretty tasteful.
And you know what, Mario could even look a little like Santa if you squint,
Mario, Luigi, and Bowser almost look a little like Christmas baubles, and the Power Stars and Snowflakes finish off the Wintery feel perfectly!
I know what I’m wearing on Christmas Day this year!
12. Plush Pikmin
Next up on our list of the best Nintendo gifts is this cute little Plush Pikmin toy.
Don’t be expecting this little critter to be picking up bombs or dealing with electrical issues. It’s cuddles only for this little guy.
At 16cm tall, it’s a nice size for sitting on your bed, in your favourite chair, or next to your gaming monitor.
Just don’t let the dog get hold of it; Yellow Pikmin can throw pretty far, so Fido might go soaring!
13. Zelda Uno
I think everyone knows how to play Uno, but Zelda Uno mixes the game up a little bit by adding an extra design element for Hylian fans to enjoy.
It’s the same game you know and love but with Zelda characters through the ages. See coloured Triforce cards and force your opponents to pick more cards with the Wild Triforce card.
112 cards, Zelda-esque extras, and some epic artwork from the canon. Yep, this is one stocking filler we all want to find on Christmas morning.
Santa, if you’re listening, just type Retro Dodo Towers into your ‘Sat-Navi’.
(Yeah, that was a terrible pun, I know).
14. Game Boy Watch
What better way to show your unbridled love for Nintendo than to wear a Game Boy Watch on your wrist for everyone to see.
‘So what, it’s just a Game Boy with buttons that you can press’, I hear you cry. What’s so good about that?
How about the fact that it has the Super Mario theme tune as its alarm?
That’s why this is the best gaming watch of all time. Keep your Apple Watches, we’re repping the DMG for the rest of time!
15. Paladone POW Light
Up next on our list of the best Nintendo gifts is one of the most iconic Mario items of all time; the Pow Block. This Paladone POW Light isn’t going to make your bedroom flip upside down, but it will provide a soft glow for you to read to or just add a little light to your gaming area for those late night gaming sessions.
This officially licensed product only takes 2 AAA batteries and is actually made from an eco-friendly material is compostable!
Talk about greener gaming, huh?
This light is also part of a set; add a Mario Mushroom and Fire Flower into the mix and create your own illuminated Mushroom Kingdom!
16. Nintendo Monopoly Collector’s Edition
In Nintendo Monopoly Collector’s Edition, Instead of moving around buying properties like the traditional Monopoly, players purchase different Nintendo characters from famous franchises that have appeared on Ninty’s consoles over the years.
Pick from characters that have appeared in Metroid, Animal Crossing, Zelda, Donkey Kong, and many more, using the Master Sword, a Power Star, Samus’ Helmet, and some other tokens that you’ll have to see for yourself.
I don’t wan to ruin the whole surprise!
Monopoly is always a safe gift for someone if you don’t know what to buy them, especially when Nintendo is added into the mix too.
Beware though, this game can cause more family arguments in one day than you’ve had in a lifetime. You’ve been warned!
17. Lego Nintendo Entertainment System
Come on, we all want to open this Lego Nintendo Entertainment System on a birthday or special occasion. Look how good it is; it’s hard to believe that this is an actual Lego set when you see it.
Especially when you see the TV moving and little Mario jumping up and down!
Complete with a NES controller, game cart, NES, and TV, this buildable set is effete for both Lego and gaming fans, the ultimate crossover.
There’s a reason we wrote about the best Lego Nintendo sets, you know…
Honestly, if you had a Geiger counter for ’80’s Nostalgic Vibes’, it would register off the scale when passed over this thing!
18. Luigi Bomber Jacket
Next up on this list of the best Nintendo gifts is Mazza’s brother, the Green Machine himself. Show your appreciation for everyone’s favourite unsung hero with this Luigi Bomber Jacket.
Because everyone needs a 1-Up Mushroom and a Question Mark Block to make their day a little better every now and again.
The bad news is that this is a child’s jacket, so it’s not going to fit most adults.
Still, if you’re small enough to get into kids clothes still, then this is your lucky day!
19. Nintendo 64 T-Shirt
The most iconic gaming logo of all time for the greatest console on earth. Ok, that’s definitely my opinion, and probably goes a long way to explaining why this Nintendo 64 T-Shirt is both in this list of Nintendo gifts and in my clothes drawer at home.
Just look at that logo; I still think of this rotating N coming up on the screen when turning on my favourite titles, or crawling onto the screen on Banjo Kazooie.
This is definitely the only tee to wear while playing the best N64 games of all time. If we could make a hat that looked like that logo, we probably would too!
20. Tetris Lamp
Next up is probably the most fun item on this whole list of best Nintendo gifts – a seven piece stackable Tetris Lamp.
This thing lights up when all the pieces are touching and turns off when one of the pieces is removed. You can stack the pieces in whatever way you want too.
So, if you’re Tetris master you can make a neat little stack, or you can make a weird and wacky tower with blocks popping out at every angle.
21. SNES Classic Mini
If you’re looking for a nostalgic present jam-packed full of Nintendo history, then check out the SNES Classic Mini.
There’s a reason it topped our list of the best mini consoles; with 21 awesome games including the previously unreleased Star Fox 2, it’s a one-stop-shop for retro Nintendo goodness.
Ok, so you could just get the Nintendo Switch online subscription, but it’s always nicer holding an actual retro controller in your hands.
It’s the best way to play F-Zero, Yoshi’s Island, and all the best SNES games!
And, there’s a much easier way to save games than back in the old games. Create suspend points anytime you feel like it, jumping back into the action without entering a password or keeping your console on all night!
22. Yoshi Plush Toy
Yoshi is my favourite Nintendo character, and I’ve previously bought this Yoshi Plush Toy for my Mum a couple of years ago.
It’s a perfect likeness of the main man too! Complete with little Yoshi boots, this soft pal is the perfect addition to any bed, workspace, sofa, or games room.
Just don’t expect him to save Mario’s hide or attack enemies in a wooly or crafted world; he’s having a well-earned rest.
23. Kirby And The Forgotten Land
Next up in our Nintendo gifts list is a game that’ll suck you in right from the word go… mainly because that’s Kirby’s superpower.
This game is best described as Super Mario Odyssey but with Kirby as the main character. The levels have a similar feel, and instead of throwing a hat onto certain objects, Kirby can inhale them and become them.
Swallow a tank to get some heavy-duty firepower, or inhale a car and zoom around on some slick wheels.
There’s even a multiplayer mode where you and a friend can team up together to tackle the story, just like in Yoshi’s Woolly World!
24. Samus Aran Amiibo
Whether you use Amiibo on the Wii U or Switch or just have them on show, this Samus Aran Amiibo needs to be in your collection.
Just look how cool she looks! The Metroid series sometimes gets a raw deal behind Mario and Zelda’s titles, but Samus is one of the coolest characters on the console without a shadow of a doubt.
The Amiibo captures Samus’ Varia Suit perfectly, and that arm cannon looks amazing.
Use this Amiibo with Super Smash Bros on the Wii U or just stick the chip from your debit card to the bottom and tap in and out of the underground with it. I don’t care what you do with it, just show Samus the love she deserves!
25. E.O.N GCHD MK-II GameCube Adapter
Give someone the gift of a HD GameCube by wrapping up this E.O.N GCHD MK-II GameCube Adapter.
With zero modding and as much effort as it takes to stick a little plug into the back of your GameCube, players can get crisp visuals from their old Ninty console.
Pal consoles will go up to 576p and NTSC to 420p. Everything just looks a lot smoother, and while it won’t look like the PS5, it will stop your eyes from bleeding while trying to play Mario Kart Double Dash.
This will only work if you have an early GameCube model with a Digital AV port on the back, so double check first before you buy!
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Seb Santabarbara has bought every Nintendo console that has ever been released in his 31 years on Planet Earth. His favourite game franchise is Zelda, and he’s patiently waiting for Banjo-Kazooie to come back to the fold. When he’s not playing games, he’s travelling the world in his self-converted camper van.