When it comes to gift shopping, the wide world of electronic gaming can be daunting if the only controller you’re used to just changes channels. This guide is a comprehensive list of can’t-miss gifts for the gamers on your holiday shopping list - made up of the year’s most highly acclaimed video game releases and Black Friday and online-only deals that will save you some scratch.
Part II | For the younger crowd
Prices were gathered via PriceGrabber.com and Black Friday ads. All deals are accurate as of publication.
Missed out on some of these savings? Plenty of online retailers will be running price drops and sales through December. Check out some of these reputable sites:
Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch | PS3
Few modern games contain as much charm as Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch. It's no surprise the game has stolen hearts - it's a collaboration between Dragon Quest developer Level-5 and the internationally acclaimed Studio Ghibli, responsible for such classic landmarks of Japanese animated cinema as Spirited Away, Princess Mononoke and Grave of the Fireflies. Ni no Kuni triumphantly fuses the bright and vivid animation style of anime luminary Hayao Miyazaki with tried-and-true role-playing fantasy elements. A guaranteed hit for young gamers.
Skylanders SWAP Force | X360/XOne/PS3/PS4/3DS
The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds | 3DS
The Legend of Zelda has been a household name since the mid-80s - older gamers likely grew up with the 8- and 16-bit iterations. In A Link Between Worlds, Nintendo poetically revisits the world of the widely acclaimed SNES game A Link to the Past, with a few twists that take advantage of the 3DS handheld's depth of field: The titular hero Link can turn himself into a painting to solve puzzles and navigate the familiar kingdom of Hyrule in fresh ways. Gaming website Polygon.com called it "The best Zelda game of the last 20 years." How can you go wrong?
Fire Emblem: Awakening | 3DS
Pokémon X & Y | 3DS
With a new Nintendo handheld comes the newest iteration of what could be Nintendo's most lucrative franchise to date. Aside from new monsters to catch, trade and train for battle, Pokémon X & Y - two versions of the same game offering different varieties of Pokémon for players to trade - adds a new "Fairy" Pokémon type, which will have an advantage against other players' "Dragon"-type Pokémon, and a separate minigame, "Pokémon-Amie", which lets players fawn over their magical critters and form stronger bonds. Kids love Pokémon - this one is a sure bet.
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Amazon introduces Fire TV to challenge Apple in living rooms
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The logic of Facebook's multibillion-dollar shopping spree
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Poor aren't alone in living check to check
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Frigid U.S. weather means highest power prices since '08
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VIDEO | First month of Colorado pot legalization brought in $2M in tax revenue
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Five things you should know about the Netflix-Comcast deal
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