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 -- Spanish American war vet’s service saluted
A military belt with two bullet holes told the story of the late Samuel Steele’s service to his country, his grandson, Charles Zilch, said.
VIDEO | Relay for Life event honors 'heroes' of the fight against cancer
Hundreds of heroes big and small, young and old joined forces at Windber Recreation Park Friday to take up the fight against cancer.
Although a handful of caped crimefighters cameoed on signs and nonprofit merchandise at the 13th Windber Relay for Life, the event was meant to honor those who don’t have extraordinary strength or speed.
VIDEO | Sleeping fan suing Yankees, ESPN for $10M
A fan caught on camera sleeping during a recent game at Yankee Stadium has filed suit against the Yankees and ESPN, claiming he suffered emotional distress when two announcers mocked him on the air.
VIDEO | Foiled beach gear theft goes viral
Video capturing a bizarre confrontation with two women allegedly attempting to steal beach gear on a Florida beach has gone viral.
VIDEO | New York passes bill to outlaw tattooing, piercing pets
New York lawmakers passed a bill on Wednesday that would outlaw the "unnecessary body modification" of animals such as tattoos and piercings for pets.
WITH VIDEO -- Parents find understanding, hope
“I may never hear the word ‘Mama’ again from my son,” Amber Quinn remembers thinking.
“It was hard to go on.”
VIDEO | Police say thief forgets to log off Facebook while robbing home
A Minnesota man was jailed after he logged on to Facebook from a home he broke into, then forgot to log out.
VIDEO | Manhole cover 'explodes' in Indiana
Recent heavy rains in Terre Haute, Indiana flooded the city’s storm sewers, which built up enough pressure to blow a manhole cover off at Fairbanks Park.
VIDEO | A boom in firework sales
This year could be quite the boom for fireworks sales across the U.S. According to the American Pyrotechnics Association, or the APA, sales are already off to a good start.
VIDEO | Eight-year-old drummer is a big hit at Bike Bash
At only 8 years old, Alex Shumaker might be the youngest musician to rock a local crowd during Thunder in the Valley weekend.
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