Note from Editor Yami: When you simply can’t stay home anymore (and are probably dragged out), mobile gaming will be your best friend. This Holiday Gift Guide section is dedicated to those gamers on the go that can’t get enough of all the pixels. My system of choice is the 3DS, but the Vita has had quite a few heavy hitters. And you can’t forget iOS devices as strong competitors in the portable gaming market! Whichever one you’re shopping for, Twinfinite has the recommendations covered.
The Nintendo 3DS, Recommended By Andy
The Nintendo 3DS is a force to be reckoned with, and if you haven’t discovered that yet, you’re looking in the wrong places. How do you find this out though? For one, The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds recently came out exclusively for the 3DS, which is absolutely stellar. A slew of first-party titles continue to help steer the 3DS to success with very good reason with new titles such as Pokemon X and Y, Animal Crossing: New Leaf, and Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D. For those getting a new 3DS this holiday season, there are plenty of older Nintendo titles that are worth catching up on such as Mario Kart 7, Super Mario 3D Land, Kid Icarus: Uprising, The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D, Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon, and many more. The list goes on and on. Whether it’s on the go or even at home, look no further than the Nintendo 3DS for a phenomenal portable device.
Pokemon X and Y, Recommended By Alex
It’s been a while since the Pokemon franchise felt new and fresh. Pokemon X and Y were released just a few weeks ago and it’s been incredibly successful. In a first for the series, these two titles are fully 3D, including battles, giving the whole game a brand new look and feel. With new modes of battle, an entirely new Fairy type, redesigned versions of familiar Pokemon, and a bunch of brand new Pokemon, these games are sure to get any fan, old or new, tingling with fun and excitement. You can check out our full review here!
What do you get the gamer on the go who only has a few minutes each day to make one shot for digital glory? Why Spelunky, you yuletide fools. The indie darling finally hit the PlayStation Vita this year and is the perfect fit for the handheld console. Classic controls and short burst roguelike gamplay means this is a game any gamer can pick up now or years into the future. Some games have a fleeting presence once all the tinsel has been taken down, but Spelunky will keep your gamers up throughout the entire year past the doldrums of Winter. Since this game is available in only digital form right now, this is one I highly suggest preloading onto the system for any would-be treasure hunters.
Tilt to Live 2: Redonkulous, Recommended By Terrence
The original Tilt to Live, developed by One Man Left Studios, was one of the first iOS games that I really got into. It had everything I like about a solid mobile game: great music, vibrant visuals, interesting gameplay, and tight controls. The sequel, Tilt to Live 2: Redonkulus takes all of those things and amps them up. It’s a high score game, almost like a dual stick shooter, except you don’t shoot per se. Instead, you maneuver around the screen, grabbing power-up orbs that have various effects, such as granting your little flying arrow the power of DUAL LIGHT SABERS, or the Laser Mace. Need I say more? The game looks even better this time, each power-up looks really cool. I typically don’t like games with only tilt controls, but they are extremely precise in this game. This would be a great (and cheap) gift for those high-score fanatics. You can gift it through the app store here.
Year Walk, Recommended By Emily
Is it really the most wonderful time of the year? While we certainly look forward to our holiday traditions, beneath the warm glow of the candles and/or Christmas tree, behind all that brightly-colored wrapping paper, lies a sinister truth: winter fucking sucks. Everything’s dead, it’s freezing outside, and the night seems to last forever. The holidays are the only thing that break the monotony of the long dark cold, and if we didn’t have these winter celebrations, let’s face it, we’d all probably fucking kill ourselves. Anyway, I have quite a treat for the Grinch on the go. Year Walk is set in the bleak, snowy woods of Sweden. You play as a man about to embark on the titular “year walk,” a sort of vision quest performed on New Year’s Eve. He’s hoping to see the future, but what he learns is more than he bargained for. Without giving anything away, this unique first-person adventure game is simultaneously scary and sad, and completely unlike anything I’ve ever played. Year Walk is available on iOS devices for $3.99, and it is worth every penny.
Mario Party: Island Tour, Recommended By Alex
Mario Party: Island Tour is the newest entry in this zany series’ 15-year long tenure. Choose from your favorite Mario characters and battle it out to become the Superstar! You’ll compete with friends on a board-map where you race to the finish by duking it out in a whole slew of fun and creative mini-games. Along the way you’ll see incredible scenery and fun figures from the Mario universe while using whacky items to really shake up the competition. Check out our full review here!
Persona 2: Eternal Punishment, Recommended By Chris
When Microsoft fled the Amazon marketplace, it meant that gifting digital content had to once again fall fully on Steam. Then Sony decided to try their hand partially at it this year and it has somewhat set a precedent. This is the first time in 13 years that you have had the opportunity to gift somebody a copy of Persona 2: Eternal Punishment for less than $10. Don’t question that. You know its true. Now go forth and spread Shin Megami Tensei to the masses like a virus.
Note from Editor Yami: So for the gamers that simply can’t get enough of playing, there’s an excellent selection of gifts to give them. Go back to our Holiday Gift Guide intro post to see more categories!