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.
VIDEO | A year after marathon bombing, Boston remains strong
The City of Boston came together Tuesday to honor those who were injured and lost their lives at the Boston Marathon on the one-year anniversary of the bombing. While the day was sure to be emotional, those affected by last year's race are showing they won't let the tragedy keep them down.
VIDEO | Northern California bus crash kills 10
At least nine people died in Northern California on Thursday night, in an accident involving a bus, a car and FedEx truck. The bus was filled with high school students from Southern California who were on their way to visit a college campus.
VIDEO | Cement truck crashes into minivan
A professor at Texas A&M University was fortunate to escape serious injury recently when a cement truck ran a red light at a College Station intersection and crashed head-on into his minivan. A dash camera that Dr. Guan Zhu had installed about a year ago captured the entire incident.
VIDEO: Pittsburgh catches on to McCutchen's hairstyle
Major League Baseball is using Andrew McCutchen in its newest advertisement. The spot is part of the "For the Love of Baseball" campaign and features the Pittsburgh residents showing their support for the Pirates center fielder and reigning National League MVP by wearing their hair in his trademark dreadlock style.
VIDEO | Nebraska prom mishap goes viral
A group of 22 high school students from Pierce, Neb., all decked out in prom finery, took an unplanned dip in a four-foot-deep pond when the bridge they were posing on for pictures gave way. Photos from the incident have gone viral on social media.
3 apps to make your flight easier
Whether you fly once a week for work or once a year for a vacation, you can bet that all areas of your trip are being monitored by smart phones. While it isn't hard to find an app with your flight info, some apps make the process of flying a lot simpler.
VIDEO | White House may ban selfies
The White House wasn't too pleased after Red Sox player David Ortiz snapped a selfie with President Obama that was later used promotionally by Samsung.
VIDEO | Amazing dance moves at NCAA title game
Eye-catching action wasn't confined to the court at AT&T Stadium Monday night during the NCAA Championship game between UConn and Kentucky. This pair -- apparently a father and son -- delighted the crowd during a timeout with some synchronized dance moves.
VIDEO | Aaron's historic homer
On the 40th anniversary of Hank Aaron's record-breaking 715th career home run, take a look at the historic moment as it happened.
VIDEO | Ex-pros, local hoops stars tip off at War Memorial Arena
Fans from all corners of the county were thrilled Friday night when hometown hoops stars stood tall next to former pro ballers at the War Memorial Arena’s inaugural Cambria County All-Stars Basketball Game – even though the height differential between the two teams was quite unfavorable.
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