What does Christmas mean to you? A couple weeks’ break from responsibilities? A time of festivities and celebration perhaps? Or spending precious moments with your loved ones? At least one of those things should relate to each one of you. However, we can all unanimously agree that gift giving is the pinnacle of the holiday season.
The art of giving presents has never been easy. One could suffer from tremendous fatigue when going on festive shopping trips. But, if you consider yourself or your loved ones as Nintendo-obsessed, I have good news for you. This holiday season, Nintendo has a great mix of consoles, game software, and other merchandise that could be the definition of the perfect gift. So if you’re in Japan during the holidays, here is the list of gifts that is everything Nintendo.
This holiday season is the perfect time for you to own Nintendo’s unique next-gen console, the Wii U. Wii U owners have been treated with a library full of exclusives not mention high-quality games, such as the award – winning Splatoon, the ever competitive Super Smash Brothers for Wii U, and the charming Super Mario Maker to name a few. If you are planning to purchase this as a gift or personal treat this Christmas, you are in luck! Nintendo has released a value set Wii U bundled with the aforesaid Splatoon and the upcoming JRPG, Genei Ibunroku #FE
First released in late 2014, Nintendo’s collectible figurines have taken the world by storm. The Amiibo to this day is still as popular as it was. With more waves coming to its lineup, the Amiibo hype will surely stay for years to come, thus making it the perfect gift for any Nintendo lover or even gamers in general.
Amiibo can easily be found in online shops, such as Amazon or electronic stores like Yodobashi Camera, SoftMap, or Big Camera.
Who doesn’t like plushies? The are cute, they are fluffy, they make a great companion, and most of all they are perfect as gifts. In Japan, you can easily obtain any plushies of Nintendo’s ever-popular characters. Whether it is Mario, Princess Peach, Kirby or even the newest Splatoon’s squids.
Next to Mario, Pikachu is probably the most popular gaming character in existence. You may have heard about the famous Pokemon Center in Japan, that sells anything Pokemon. This holiday season, the Pokemon Company has elevated Pikachu to the ultimate money-grabbing cuteness. Pokemon Center Japan is selling limited plushies of Pikachu dressing up as other famous Pokemon, such as Charizard, Lucario, and even Slowbro.
For some, toys will always be a part of their life. Japanese toy companies, Good Smile, and Bandai’s Tamashii, have an elaborate collection of Nintendo-themed toys or figures that may serve as the ideal gifts for your loved ones.
So, don’t wait any longer. Get your Christmas spirit ready, head down to Akihabara, Pokemon Center, or even the nearest Yodobashi Camera and have yourself Merry Nintendo Christmas!
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