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Once again, Nintendo's Switch console - in either its detachable-pad OG version of handheld-only Lite variety - is sure to be a popular item under Christmas trees, this year. However, there are plenty of gift options for Nintendo fans other than consoles and games (well, y'know, proper video games) - and we've selected eight of them here, to suit a variety of budgets.
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Game & Watch Super Mario Bros. - Amazon link - £49.99
A combination of two legendary Nintendo products - the Game & Watch range and the company's iconic Super Mario Bros. game - this full-colour handheld device also features a clock with an array of fun features; an updated take on the first-ever Game & Watch release, Ball; and Super Mario Bros.: The Lost Levels. So that's three games on a single pocket-sized unit that, in hand, is so perfectly evocative of the original Game & Watch toys. A real treat for piquing the nostalgia - but no stand, annoyingly. Wanna know more? Read our review.
Super Mario Bros Thwomp Cushion - Amazon link - £29.99
If you're playing on the Game & Watch - or your Switch, handheld - you may wish to do so in a comfy spot. And this Mario-themed cushion might just be the thing for protecting that butt of yours from a hard surface. Angry on the outside, soft on the inside, it's basically the cushion version of an internet lurker who keeps posting crap beneath your articles, but wouldn't say boo to a goose. Boo to a goose? Can't believe I have to flag my Mario puns, these days.
Super Mario Yoshi Plushie - Amazon link - £12.99
Sticking with squishy Mario-related goods, there's a heap of plushies available, designed around Nintendo's most famous franchise. This Yoshi one is, indeed, one of them. But if you're more into Toad, or Luigi, or Daisy (uh, why?), you can absolutely find a cuddly toy that fits.
The Legend of Zelda Water Bottle - Amazon link - £15.99
Stay hydrated. You've gotta. And you can do so in style, with this Legend of Zelda bottle, which bears artwork from the GameCube classic, The Wind Waker. Which will no doubt come to Switch in 2021. Right? It's stainless steel, so will stand up to some rough and tumble (IDK why, but my kids always break these things unless they're really sturdy), and its capacity is 470ml, so you can fit most of a pint of lager into it, as and when and if you need to. Haha. If.
Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit - Amazon link - £99.99
Okay, so for this one - and the next one - you do already need to have a Switch. But I've gotta be honest with you: Home Circuit is brilliant. It's an AR-featuring remote-control toy car/kart that you control with your Switch, and the kart-mounted camera relays the picture to your Switch screen. So what you see on there is your own room, but so much more - with other racers, obstacles, items to pick up, weather conditions and more. Read our review of this slightly magical thing, here.
Ring Fit Adventure - Amazon link - £64.99
I don't have one of these myself, but I know folk who swear by them. This fitness-focused peripheral (and accompanying game) for the Switch will be incredibly useful for anyone telling themselves that they need to get in shape in 2021. (So do not show it to my wife, who will then get it for me.) Wanna see how it works, in comparison to other fitness add-ons for games consoles? Check out this video from Inel Tomlinson, who used the Ring Fit right through 2020.
Monopoly: Super Mario Celebration - Amazon link - £32.98
Is there a better family game, at Christmas time, than Monopoly? Yes, hundreds. But still, Monopoly is an exceptionally popular board game, with many special themed editions available. Here's a Super Mario Celebration edition, for those of you who like to get one over the banker while pretending to be a resident of the Mushroom Kingdom.
NES Cartridge Coasters - Amazon link - £5.99
And while you're playing board games, you might want to sup a lovely drink - be it a steaming mug of something hot, or a crisp white wine to see the day out. But before you plonk that glass down on the sideboard, and leave a stain, use a coaster. Here are some NES-themed ones, shaped like cartridges, and featuring game titles including The Legend of Zelda, Super Mario Bros, and Duck Hunt. As you'd expect, there are many more game-themed coasters available, so if these aren't doing it for you, or are sold out, there's plenty to pick from.
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