Note from Editor Yami: Think of the children, won’t someone please think of the children? Twinfinite didn’t forget the future of the world! For the Holiday Gift Guide, we wanted to showcase a broad range of potential gifts for a lot of different people. We found, however, that most video games are insanely violent. Hey, who knew? So this category is in place for any parents / cool grandparents / Santas to have some tips on the best gifts for the kids in their lives.
The Nintendo 2DS, Recommended By Chaz
Loaded with most of the same features as the 3DS, but without the 3D features that younger kids are advised to turn off anyway, the 2DS is perfect for the kids. Throw in the sturdier, non-hinged design that reduces the chance of breakage, and it’s even better. A great choice for any parent who wants their kid’s games on the go or not monopolizing the TV, and with plenty of game options aimed at the next generation of gamers. Not to mention that it’s cheaper!
Skylanders Swap Force, Recommended By Chaz
Price: $74.99 (Available for the PS3, Xbox 360, and Wii U)
Available for a number of systems, the latest in this franchise, Skylanders Swap Force, offers a ton of options for parents and kids alike. Though keeping up with all of the latest characters can get pricey, the variety available with just a few sets makes it unnecessary to pile them all up. Better yet, additional pieces can make an easy gift idea for future birthdays, holidays, or other events. You can check out our full review here!
Scribblenauts Unmasked, Recommended By Chaz
Price: $39.99 (Available for the 3DS and Wii U)
Better for children with a few more years under their belt, Scribblenauts Unmasked combines the series’ creative puzzle solving, rooted in spelling skills, with familiar DC Comics characters for an extra level of engagement.
Super Mario 3D World, Recommended By Chaz
Price: $59.99 (Available for the Wii U)
Innovations on the classic Mario franchise and up to four-person simultaneous play, Super Mario 3D World for the Wii U is a great option for parents who want to be involved. Some levels and puzzles are likely beyond most younger gamers, but the safety-bubble mechanic brought in from earlier entries in the franchise keeps the action going. You can read our full review here!
Lego Marvel Superheroes, Recommended By Chaz
Price: $49.99 (Available on Next Gen consoles, 3DS, Wii U, PS3, Xbox 360, and PC)
The wonderful Muaz wrote up a review of this game from an adult perspective, but just like other entries in Traveller’s Tales LEGO franchise, it’s great for kids and parents alike. Two-player drop-in multiplayer makes it easy to play together or solo, and the familiar characters and playful mechanics keep things going long after the story is completed.
The Pikmin series is like the weird red-headed stepchild of the family. No spinoffs, the last original concept by Shigeru Miyamoto, stellar remakes on the Wii, and infinite challenge—yet it seems to go unnoticed by the general gaming public. Pikmin 3 was one of the flagship titles for the system when the Wii U was announced, and its still one of the best must-have titles. The game also feels like it demands to be in HD with its tiny characters on a huge playing field, so if anyone receives this a gift with their brand new holiday Wii U, it will definitely help make the system all that much more new and special. As an added bonus, the co-op modes are phenomenal, so this is one game that the whole family can play instead of just sitting on the sidelines and watching silently while downing yet another quart of lukewarm eggnog.