The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA


November 30, 2012

The Ultimate Holiday Video Game Gift Guide | Part 2

When it comes to gift shopping, the wide world of electronic entertainment can be daunting at best, paralyzingly indecipherable at worst. This guide is a comprehensive list of can’t-miss gifts for the gamers on your holiday shopping list along with online-only deals that will save you some scratch.


Prices were gathered via and Google Shopping. 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:


PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale | PS3/PSVita

  • Action/Fighting
  • Rating: T 13+
  • MSRP: $59.99 (PS3), $39.99 (PSVita)

Ever wanted to pit the “God of War” Kratos against Crash Bandicoot or Sly Cooper? “PlayStation All-Stars” takes a page out of Nintendo’s playbook, throwing dozens memorable Sony characters from throughout the game maker’s history in up to 4-player combat. If your gamer owns or has owned one of Sony’s consoles, this one promises a lot of crossover fun.

Just Dance 4 | XB360/PS3/Wii/Wii U

  • Rhythm/Dance
  • Rating: E 10+
  • MSRP: $39.99 $34.99/free shipping, no tax (XB360) (PS3) $35.50/free shipping, no tax (Wii)


Disney Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two | Multi-platform

  • Action/Platformer
  • Rating: E 10+
  • MSRP: $59.99, $49.99 (Wii) $39.99/free shipping, no tax (XB360) $49.24/free shipping, no tax (XB360) (PS3) (Wii U) $49.99/free shipping, no tax (XB360) $45.02 - $54.37/no tax (Wii U) (Wii) (PS3)


New Super Mario Bros. U | Wii U

  • 2-D side-scrolling/Platformer
  • Rating: E 10+
  • MSRP: $59.99

As is tradition, a new Nintendo platform brings a new Super Mario Bros. Up to four players can jump in and change the level using Wii U’s new touchscreen gamepad. The additions of challenge mode and boost rush mode give much more mileage than the minigames that were tacked on to previous New Super Mario Bros. titles. As always, Super Mario Bros. is a formulated, time-tested classic. All gamers need apply.

Pro Evolution Soccer 2013 | Multi-platform

  • Sports/Soccer
  • Rating: E 10+
  • MSRP: $59.99 $19.99 - $39.99/free shipping, no tax (XB360) (PS3) (Wii) (PSP) $19.99 - $46.99/free shipping, no tax (PS3) (Wii) $19.99 - $49.99/free shipping (XB360) (PS3)
Family Video: $19.99 (Wii) (PSP)


Need for Speed Most Wanted | Multi-platform

  • Sports/Racing
  • Rating: E 10+
  • MSRP: $59.99, $49.99 (PC)

Forza Horizon | XB360

With roughly 200 cars, a legacy of impeccable auto racing mechanics in gaming and famed “Burnout” developer Criterion pulling the strings, Xbox exclusive “Forza Horizon” is a car nut’s dream come true. Racers will cruise around the Colorado countryside trying to up their race standings among the local speedsters, not unlike 2008’s “Burnout Paradise.” Fast and furious gamers will be in for a rush.

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Check out the other two parts of our Ultimate Holiday Video Game Gift Guide here:

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