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Best Holiday Gifts for 2015 from Nintendo

Dec 15, 2015


It's that time of year! Can you feel the excitement of the holidays rolling in? Are you putting together your Christmas or holiday wish lists? Maybe looking for the right game for the Nintendo fan in your family? Kidzworld has put together a list of some of the must own games that every Nintendo fan should have in their collections. 

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Best Wii U Games

Super Mario Maker

Make your own Super Mario™ levels! Using the Wii U GamePad controller, drag and drop elements into place to create whatever your imagination can come up with. Bending the rules is part of the fun. Want cannons to shoot Piranha Plants? How about stacking a few Hammer Bros. on top of a giant Bowser™ with wings? You can do that and oh so much more! If creating isn't your thing, no worries. There's a seemingly never ending supply of new levels thanks to the Super Mario Maker community*. Super Mario Maker is a game every Mario fan and budding game designer should own.

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Super Mario Maker


Nintendo's most pleasant surprise of 2015, Splatoon is online warfare done the Nintendo way. Which means it's bright, colorful, charming and most importantly, chock full of competitive fun. Battle it out in 4 vs 4 online matches* with the goal of splattering the environment with more ink than your competitors, all while strategically submerging yourself in your team’s colors and blasting your enemies. Play as ink-spewing, squid-like characters called Inklings, using ink blasters, ink rollers and ink bombs as you fight for control over your turf.

New weapons, modes, maps, gear, and more have been added to Splatoon, with more rolling out! New content available only via DLC. Plus, regularly scheduled Splatfest events let you choose a side and battle your way to victory with players around the world!

Not that into multiplayer? Don’t worry, there’s a fun single player mode too with puzzle solving and boss fights!

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Super Smash Bros. for Wii U

There have been a few great Super Smash Bros. games over the years but Super Smash Bros. for Wii U takes the cake for having the most eclectic cast of fighters yet and some seriously balanced gameplay. Mario versus Sonic. Pac-Man versus Mega Man. Donkey Kong™ vs. Samus™. Make things even more interesting by training your compatible amiibo™ figure, battling alongside or against it.  Not only that but you can create your own custom stages to duke it out as well! With a new board game mode called "Smash Tour" and some crazy challenges to conquer, Super Smash Bros. for Wii U is the ultimate brawler.

Compatibility and functionality of amiibo may vary per game. Visit amiibo.com for specific details on how each amiibo works.

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Super Smash Bros. for Wii U

Best Nintendo 3DS Games

Pokémon Super Mystery Dungeon

This time, you are the Pokémon! In this latest Pokémon adventure, you're turned into a Pokémon and sent to a world filled only with more Pokémon. A world in need of saving. Players can choose to become 1 of 20 different Pokémon and get to choose their partner Pokémon. Together, you'll fight side by side, becoming best friends as you traverse and explore mysterious dungeons that change every time you enter them. With all 720 Pokémon present and accounted for as well, including Legendary and Mythical Pokémon, you're always running into familiar faces as you attempt to save the world!

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Pokémon Super Mystery Dungeon

The Legend of Zelda: Tri Force Heroes

It’s dangerous to go alone…so don’t! In The Legend of Zelda: Tri Force Heroes, you have to work with your fellow Links to defeat enemies and solve puzzles. Each dungeon contains four separate areas, not to mention epic boss battles with layered strategies. Counter with your own layered strategy: stack three Links with the totem mechanic to reach new heights. But remember to dress for success! Unique outfits include the Legendary Dress, which increases your chance of finding hearts, while the Kokiri Clothes, lets you shoot three arrows at once. Good things come in threes!

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The Legend of Zelda™: Tri Force Heroes


Hey, who farted in the elevator? It must have been caused by a Yo-kai. Yo-kai are invisible and cause all kinds of mischief. Most people can't see them because they are invisible but you can see and defeat them with a special item called the Yo-kai Watch. Discover over 200 Yo-kai around town, each with their own unique personalities and abilities. Then use your Yo-kai Watch to strategically put together a team of six Yo-kai and call them into action whenever you need a helping hand. With real-time battles and plenty of room for strategic play, YO-KAI WATCH would make a wonderful addition to any gamers Nintendo 3DS library.

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Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer

All of your favorite Animal Crossing villagers are looking for new homes, and you’re the designer! Interact with over 300 villagers by designing their yards, homes and even public facilities (like a school and a hospital)—from the ground up! Use your creativity and a wide variety of furniture, wallpaper and items to design the perfect houses—inside and out. But creation is only half the fun… Share your designs on Miiverse™ and social networks using the Nintendo 3DS Image Share service! Plus with new Animal Crossing amiibo cards, you can call your favorite villagers into the game!

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Animal Crossing™: Happy Home Designer

Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS

Now you never have to stop smashing with your favorite heroes and villains with the Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS game. Face off against newcomers like Little Mac or Mega Man or if feeling adventurous, create a Mii™ and build their moves set out to your liking! The biggest addition to this hand-held version of Super Smash Bros. is “Smash Run”.  A mode in which players traverse a huge maze, defeating enemies for power ups and customizations to tweak your character stats and move sets. Take the fight online or battle it out locally, with Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS.

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Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS
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