Ten Gifts For Your Favorite Gamer This Holiday Season
November 25, 2013
Gamers typically aren't the hardest group of people to shop for, since the best course of action is to just get them the newest game on their wish list, and call it a day. So, what happens when they already have all of those games and
all those new consoles? What can you get them then? The answer: so many things.We've searched high and low for some of the best gifts for gamers this holiday season, and we've found some unique items that your favorite video game fan is going to love, and might not even know about.
Take a look below, and choose wisely. What ever you do end up getting this holiday season, please try and follow this one simple piece of advice: make sure you know who you're shopping for, and what kinds of games they play. There's nothing worse than a console gamer unwrapping a new high end gaming mouse, and being truly disappointed.
Capcom's 30th Anniversary Character Encyclopedia
Price: $16.99 | More Info
Capcom is one of gaming's most beloved publishers, having survived the twists of turns of the industry for the past 30 years while releasing hundreds of games that are near and dear to many gamers' hearts. From Ada Wong to Zero, their characters span some of the most recognizable franchises in gaming, and now they have all finally been collected together into one place. Capcom's 30th Anniversary Encyclopedia
is celebration of the company's long-standing history, and to celebrate, they have compiled profiles on over 200 of their characters, both famous and obscure, into one massive book. This hardcover makes it easy for fans to reference their favorite Darksiders
character, or find out the name of the alien in Under the Skin
, at the flip of a page.
Wii Fit U Fit Meter
Price: $19.99 | More Info
Some gamers need a little bit of extra incentive to get up off the couch and move their bodies, and that's exactly what the Wii Fit U
Fit Meter provides. The souped up pedometer i housed inside a device that looks strikingly similar to a Pokewalker
, and it will track your physical activity, including things like the intensity of your steps, and changes in atmospheric pressure related to altitude. Sync up your data with your free, downloadable trial of Wii Fit U
on your Wii U to unlock the full game, get a better idea of your overall workout, and even take on some in-game challenges. It's the perfect gift for the gamer that needs some buttons to push while they're trying to shed some extra pounds.
The 16 Bit Console Collection T-Shirts
Price: $19.95 (each) | More Info
Each of the three shirts that are included in the 16 Bit Console Collection from bitmap'd sport unique designs featuring the mascots from some of the best consoles ever released. Whether you were a SNES fan, a Genesis owner, or one of the rare TurboGrafx-16 players out there, if you're of a certain age, at least one of these shirts is perfect for you. Mario, Sonic, and Bonk have never come together in such harmony - it's probably best if you just buy all three.
A Nightmare on Elm Street Freddy Krueger Classic Video Game Appearance 7" Action Figure
Price: $29.99 | More Info
Standing at a menacing seven inches tall, this nightmarish figure from NECA isn't exactly what you would expect. This recently released version of Freddy Krueger isn't actually based on any of his films, but instead on the 1989 NES "classic" A Nightmare on Elm Street
. He's is the second figure in NECA's Classic Video Game series, and serves as a perfect compliment to their San Diego Comic-Con exclusive Jason Voorhees from the Friday the 13th
on the NES. While both of the original games are painfully bad, A Nightmare on Elm Street
was particularly twisted, as you had to collect the bones of Freddy's body to throw into the furnace, and then beat each level by battling one of his severed body parts. The game may have not been that great, but the NECA figure, released almost 25 years too late, is a frighteningly wonderful treat this holiday season.
3DS XL Retro Mario and Luigi Hard Pouches
Price: $16.99 (each) | More Info on Mario
| More Info on Luigi
These Mario and Luigi 3DS XL cases epitomize classic and current Nintendo colliding head-on, and resulting in a wonderful pouch for your portable system. The cases, which are designed to protect your 3DS XL (or any of Nintendo wide range of portable gaming devices that can fit), while looking retro-tastic by having pixel perfect recreations of everyone's favorite 8-bit plumbers emblazoned on the outside. Inside you'll find space for six DS or 3DS cartridges, and holder for an extra stylus, just in case you misplace yours. To round out the experience, Hori have included 8-bit coins as the zipper pulls, making these cases both stylish and functional.
PlayStation 4 Camera
Price: $59.99 | More Info
Sony's answer to Microsoft's Kinect, the PlayStation 4 Camera is an optional accessory for the PS4 that will enhance your overall experience with the console. The Camera will allow for PS4 owners to interact more with their games. Building off of the technology that was used for the PlayStation 3's Eye and PlayStation Move controllers, this generation Sony fans will be able to use motion and voice controls without the use of any oddly shaped additional peripherals. Each DualShock 4 controller has a lightbar built in to the back of them for the Camera use for compatible games. The best reason to pick up the Camera this holiday season, aside from that sweet facial recognition login feature
, will be The Playroom
, a piece of software that will be included with every PS4, and will help demonstrate some of the crazy things that can be done with this new hardware.
Street Fighter and Mega Man 10 Razer Goliathus Speed Edition Mouse Mats
Price: $19.99 (each) | More Info on Street Fighter
| More Info on Mega Man 10
Finding the sweet spot between console and PC gamers is an almost impossible challenge, but it looks like Razer may have figured it out with their officially licensed Goliathus Speed Edition mouse mats from Capcom. Sporting iconic characters from two of Capcom's biggest franchises, Mega Man and Street fighter, you can show your allegiance to The Blue Bomber or Ken and Ryu while you're fragging foes at your PC. The Goliathus mats are sizable (13.98" x 10"), offer up a nice balance between comfort and performance, and include some amazing art. Should you require something a bit more tailored to your play-style, you can check out Razer's full line of pads and mats
and find the one that's right for you.
Sega Genesis Bluetooth Speakers
Price: $89.99 | More Info
Say what you will about the Sega Genesis, but when the system launched in 1989, it made a statement. The sleek black box was the antithesis of Nintendo's grey and purple Super Nintendo, and it proved to be a sign of the times. Now, almost 25 years later, accessories maker Tommo (the same folks that brought you last year's amazing Neo Geo X system) are taking Sega's design, and updating it for a new audience. Their Sega Genesis Bluetooth Speakers take some of the most recognizable aspects of the iconic Genesis, and roll them into a new and more functional form factor - one that allows you to wirelessly enjoy your music wherever you go. These speakers make a new statement: "I like retro tech, and I don't care who knows about it. Now, enjoy my jams."
Afterglow Dolby 5.1 Surround Sound Wireless Headset
Price: $199.99 | More Info
As games continue to become full-on sensory experiences, audio is becoming more and more important at every level. No longer relegated to just simple bleeps and bloops, the music and sound effects in games are both orchestrated and beautiful. PDP's latest wireless headset, Afterglow, was created to deliver sound the way that the developers intended it to sound. With 5.1 Dolby Surround Sound rolled into these comfortable cans, gamers can settle in for a long night of playing on a number of platforms (PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and PCs) and expect to hear everything perfectly, without having to worry about any wires getting in the way. Oh, and the Afterglow headset comes with its own signature lighting system so you can look good while you're broadcasting your latest run in League of Legends
Killer Instinct Arcade FightStick Tournament Edition 2
Price: $199.99 | More Info
The Xbox One launched with a bang, and what better way to celebrate the birth of a new console than with a completely ridiculous (in a good way) fight stick. Legendary peripheral maker, Mad Catz jumped right into the game at launch with their first next-gen controller, and did so in a big way. The Killer Instinct
Arcade FightStick Tournament Edition 2 is a top-of-the-line, eight-button, arcade-inspired stick that anyone in the fighting game community would be proud to call their own. Emblazoned with the fearsome fighters of Microsoft's updated version of Killer Instinct
, the Tournament Edition 2 is not a FightStick that you'd want to mess with.