Mario’s Hat’s 2015 Holiday Gift Guide

Digital delights for young and old alike!

Just as on PoisonMushroom.Org, this year I’m trying something a little different with a holiday gift guide. Unlike that one, however, this one focuses solely on video games!

As I noted over there, you might have seen little links for Amazon pop up on some articles here. As I’m making literally nothing from ad revenue (and if you use an ad blocker for for any Nyteworks site, consider this my humble request that you turn it off — I do my best to stick with non-invasive ads to try to help keep the lights on, as it were), I try to get a little something from Amazon as well.

The way it works is simple enough: when you visit Amazon.ca through any link on this page and purchase something — even if it’s not the item linked — then I get a tiny percentage from any sale made during that visit if the item qualifies (there are a few which don’t, such as books). So say you click one of the links below, then go about whatever shopping you’d normally be doing on Amazon.ca? I’d get a part of that, and it would really help me out. And honestly? It would be nice to have that percentage, if only so I can do better when gift shopping for my niece and nephews or friends.

The setup is simple, as I list a top choice from 2015 for each category, some other selections, a choice bundle where applicable (or just a system in the Nintendo 3DS’s case), and some gift cards which may prove useful as well.

Wii U

Super Mario Maker – For a Mario fan, this is the gift that keeps on giving. Create your own levels and put your amiibo collection to good use to unlock a wide variety of costumes for Mario, or go online and see what others have built. You can also run the gauntlet in the 10- and 100-Mario Challenges, wherein you’re given the specified number of lives to make your way through a number of randomly-selected stages.

Need the console? Check this out: Nintendo Smash Splat Special Edition Deluxe Set

Xbox One

Halo 5: Guardians – Master Chief’s latest adventure puts him right in the sights of another Spartan soldier who is out to capture him and his team.

Rise of the Tomb Raider – As a young Lara Croft tries to make sense of the phenomena she witnessed in her last outing, her father’s research sheds new light on things and sends her off on yet another adventure.

So, why are these two both highlighted? Because both are available in bundles with Rare Replay, a collection of 30 titles spanning the three decade history of the English developer. From Battletoads to Killer Instinct to the Banjo-Kazooie trilogy to Perfect Dark and many more, there is a lot to discover here, whether it be again or for the first time.

Click here to get Halo 5: Guardians with Rare Replay, and here for the Rise of the Tomb Raider + Rare Replay bundle.

Need the console? Check this out: 1TB Xbox One Fallout 4 Bundle

$25 Xbox Live Gift Card

12-month Microsoft Xbox LIVE Gold card

PlayStation 4

Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection – The fourth and final installment in the acclaimed Uncharted series will be available this March; what better time to catch up on the first three adventures of Nathan Drake, remastered and featuring technical improvements and enhancements for your enjoyment.

Need the console? Check this out: 500GB PlayStation 4 Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection Bundle with Assassin’s Creed Syndicate

PS Plus 12-Month Subscription Card

PlayStation Network $20 Gift Card

Multiplatform

Fallout 4 – In this post-apocalyptic open-world game, see what life would be like had the world ended in the mid-20th century as you seek out survivors, recycle materials for your own survival, and style and profile in either a blue bodysuit or a set of Power Armor with the electronic Pip-Boy by your side. It also has a dog.

Bonus/Re-releases: These releases are new, but the games themselves are not; they’re re-released with some minor modifications to run on newer consoles, though Back to the Future: The Game does now have the original voice of Biff, Tom Wilson, reprising his role.

Amazon.ca Gift Card

Nintendo 3DS

The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask 3D – For years, fans waited and pleaded for this game to receive a new release. This year, Nintendo answered with 3D visuals, better graphics, and other improvements to help this classic further stand the test of time.

Need the console? Check this out: New Nintendo 3DS XL

Toys To Life

Skylanders SuperChargers – Mighty engines roar, turbo-charged for more in the latest iteration of the Skylanders series. Not only are this new breed of Skylander ready to put the pedal to the medal over land, sea, and air, but on Nintendo platforms, Bowser and Donkey Kong get into the action with new forms and figures that double as amiibo!

Amazon.ca Gift Card

And that’s all for this year! Admittedly, this was kind of like pulling teeth, between how their website is set up and the selection specific to .ca, so I couldn’t include quite everything that I wanted here. If you do decide to do some shopping with them this year, I’d appreciate it very much if you could use any of the above links to access the site (or the links on PMO if you’re going for .com purchases). If this goes well in any sense of the word, then maybe I’ll revisit it next year.

David Oxford is a freelance writer of many varied interests. If you’re interested in hiring him, please drop him a line at david.oxford (at) nyteworks.net.

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David Oxford is a freelance writer of many varied interests. If you're interested in hiring him, please drop him a line at david.oxford (at) nyteworks.net.