Nintendo Switch: Games that are suitable as Christmas gifts

Hundreds of games have been released for the Nintendo Switch in recent years, both in the form of physical modules and in the form of digital eShop downloads. But which titles can you give as gifts to family and friends at Christmas with a clear conscience? Here I have put together a few Switch games for Christmas 2023 that I would give away. Of course, opinions on individual titles can vary. It is an advantage if you know the approximate gaming tastes of the recipient before choosing a game.

Mario Party superstars

In Mario Party superstars (2021), several people can compete against each other on a virtual game board or in individual mini-games. The party classic, which was already impressive on the N64, looks pretty good in the current version. There is also some content from the N64 and GameCube versions of Mario Party included for all long-time fans. Order here with Prime Shipping.

Nintendo Mario Party Superstars - [Nintendo Switch]
  • party superstars
  • For Mario fans
  • Genre: party game

51 World Games

If you want it to be a little easier and you want to be able to play different games from all over the world, then that's it 51 World Games (2020) a good choice. Dominoes, card games, Go, Mahjong, Match Four, bowling and much more are included in the package. I can tell you from my own experience that this is an entertaining collection of games that you can always pull out when you want to play something with others but don't have several hours to do it. Order here with Prime Shipping.

11,10 EUR
51 Worldwide Games - [Nintendo Switch]
  • With the free software 51 Worldwide Games: Local Multiplayer Guest Edition, up to four consoles can be ...

Super Mario Bros. wonder

The game Super Mario Bros. wonder (2023) is the latest 2D platformer from the Mario series. Not only are traditions from the previous games continued here, but they are also expanded to include new game mechanics and surprises. There are new speedrun challenges for fans of the game series. However, if you are playing for the first time, you can also choose characters that do not take any damage. This makes it easier to play. Order here with Prime Shipping.

Super Mario Bros. Wonder - [Nintendo Switch]
  • Super Mario Bros: Wonder was named Best Family Game at The Game Awards
  • The classic Mario experience is turned on its head with the new Miracle Flower item. If you collect it, it changes...
  • Play with up to three friends on one Nintendo Switch console to tackle levels together in local mode.

Super Mario Odyssey

With Super Mario Odyssey (2017), Nintendo released a wonderful 3D title from the Mario game series in the year the Switch console was released. So if you're looking less for platformers and side-scrollers and more for 3D worlds in which you have to jump around, discover funny characters and find your way to the next level, then this game is the right one. Order here with Prime Shipping.

Nintendo Super Mario Odyssey - [Nintendo Switch]
  • included components content: 1 piece
  • Audience Rating: Released from 6 years ago

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe (and expansion content)

Also the racing game Mario Kart 8 Deluxe (2017) is already a few years old. However, there is a so-called “booster route pass” for the game. This ensures that the routes included in the standard game are expanded to include many others. Over time, Nintendo ensured that the game continued to expand. This almost creates a new game without having to release a Mario Kart 9. Order here as a complete package.

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe - [Nintendo Switch] + Booster Track Pass - [Download Code]
  • 2nd wave contains: ■ Beet Cup: New York Speedway, Mario's Slope 3, Kalimari Desert, Waluigi Pinball ■...
  • With Nintendo Switch, fans can enjoy the definitive version of "Mario Kart 8" when and where they want ...
  • 1st wave contains: ■ Golden Turbo Cup ・ Paris course (Mario Kart Tour) ・ Toad's track (Nintendo 3DS) ・...

Detective Pikachu returns

With Detective Pikachu returns (2023) became a successor to the successful game Detective Pikachu the Nintendo 3DS console. In the new game for the Nintendo Switch, the boy Tim Goodman and the Pokémon Pikachu have to solve a tricky case. The investigation takes place in the metropolis of Ryme City. Other Pokémon can also help you find clues and people. View and order here.

Detective Pikachu Returns - [Nintendo Switch]
  • In this adventure, players get to the bottom of the origins of the great detective Pikachu.
  • In order to uncover the secrets in Ryme City, players investigate as Tim Goodman alongside a...
  • Together with his partner and the help of many other Pokémon, Tim solves a...

Pokémon Crimson and Pokémon Crimson

If you prefer a game from the main series of Pokémon games, then there are Pokemon crimson and Pokemon Purple (both 2022) the latest representatives of it. This is the ninth generation of the game, which celebrated its first successes at the end of the 90s. An open game world is used for the first time. The fictional area to be explored is called “Paldea” and is located on the Iberian Peninsula. The ninth generation of Pokémon contains 103 new monsters. There are further details and purchase options here.

Pokémon Crimson - [Nintendo Switch]
  • Your adventure takes place in the vast expanse of the Paldea region, a land of lakes, towering peaks, wastelands...
  • Pokémon Crimson and Pokémon Crimson are the first open-world style Pokémon RPGs. Experience a new kind of...
  • Many never-before-seen Pokémon await you. On your adventure you will meet one of the Legendary Pokémon...
2,91 EUR
Pokémon Crimson - [Nintendo Switch]
  • Your adventure takes place in the vast expanse of the Paldea region, a land of lakes, towering peaks, wastelands...
  • Pokémon Crimson and Pokémon Crimson are the first open-world style Pokémon RPGs. Experience a new kind of...
  • Many never-before-seen Pokémon await you. On your adventure you will meet one of the Legendary Pokémon...

Pikmin 4

With Pikmin 4 (2023), a new part of the Pikmin series, which already started on the Nintendo GameCube, was released this year. In this new part you land on a planet again and have to solve numerous puzzles with the help of the small, plant-like Pikmin creatures. For the first time there is a new, dog-like helper. This provides a few new tricks and variety in the gameplay. Here's the game with Prime shipping. There is also the third part as well as combined Part 1 + 2 for the Nintendo Switch.

Pikmin 4 - [Nintendo Switch]
  • Pikmin 4 was named Best SIM/Strategy Game at The Game Awards
  • The Pikmin are back and heading off on a grand adventure in Pikmin 4 for Nintendo Switch - pluck them from the ground...
  • The curious creatures come in different versions: For the red Pikmin, for example, fire is not...
Pikmin 3 Deluxe - [Nintendo Switch]
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Pikmin 3 Deluxe - [Nintendo Switch]
  • Nintendo PIKMIN 3 DELUXE Switch USK: 6
  • Contents: 1 pieces
  • Audience Rating: Released from 6 years ago
Pikmin 1 + 2 - [Nintendo Switch]
  • Experience Captain Olimar's adventures on an unexplored planet with the small but powerful Pikmin and discover the...
  • Pikmin 1 - In this HD version of the Nintendo GameCube classic, you help Olimar get his spaceship airworthy again...
  • Pikmin 2 – This HD version of this Nintendo GameCube game takes you back to the alien planet. Here you go...

Kirby and the forgotten land

Another classic character in the Nintendo universe is Kirby. With Kirby and the forgotten land (2022) features an exciting new 3D world, new game mechanics, a Waddle-Dee rescue mission, challenging boss fights and a multiplayer mode. By the way, the forgotten world looks quite similar to a human city. But how is Kirby supposed to know what a shopping center is? Order here with fast delivery.

Nintendo Kirby and the Forgotten Land - [Nintendo Switch]
  • Take control of the powerful pink fluffball Kirby and move through 3D stages as you...
  • What journey awaits Kirby? Take a deep breath and get ready for an unforgettable adventure!
  • Discover a mysterious world with abandoned buildings of a bygone civilization - like a mall?!

Games studio

If it's not supposed to be a game per se, but rather the opportunity to develop (simple) games yourself, then that's it Games studio (2021) an interesting gift idea. Because different game ideas can be easily implemented on the Nintendo Switch, step by step. An inviting symbolic language ensures easy understanding and ensures that the right buttons can be connected to the right functions. A good first introduction to game development. Check it out for yourself here and order a copy.

Game Studio [Nintendo Switch]
  • Learn to create a working video game step by step with fun interactive lessons
  • There are countless functions that are embodied by the funny characters “Knotixe” and so...
  • Unleash your creativity and apply your knowledge in Free Programming mode to create your own...

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

The game also came with the Nintendo Switch The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (2017) onto the market. It was the first open-world Zelda and delighted both long-time fans and newcomers. If you are looking for a modern entry into the Zelda franchise or want to give it as a gift, you should start with this game. The next one is newer, but is based directly on the predecessor shown here. Order with Prime shipping.

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild - [Nintendo Switch]
  • The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
  • Age recommendation: from 12 years.
  • "For Zelda fans"

The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom

The latest part of the Zelda series, The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom (2023), released for the Switch six years after the series' first open-world success. And this new part was also convincing again. In addition to two new levels (Cloud Realm and Underworld), sophisticated physics mechanics are also among the game's plus points. Everything can be used so smoothly that you really notice that at Nintendo quality is more important than a quick release. See the hit games for yourself here.

The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom - [Nintendo Switch]
  • At The Game Awards ceremony, The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom was named Best...
  • The sequel to The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is scheduled for release in Spring 2023 for...

Not just big games: small games and indie titles

While you can put dozens of hours into some of the games, sometimes produced by large teams over years, there are also smaller and shorter games. In addition, 3D action doesn't always have to be the focus. Sometimes a drawn 2D environment and a good story are enough to make the game fun.

Here are a few game recommendations outside of the big franchises:

No plan for Switch games? Give the gift of credit and online membership!

If you don't know what kind of games the person you're giving the gift likes or what games they already have on their shelf, you can simply give away credit for the Nintendo eShop. This allows you to choose the right games and simply download them. In addition to the simple vouchers with 15 Euros up to 100 Euros By the way, there are also those who have a membership for the Switch Online membership. This ensures, among other things: that you can play numerous classics from old consoles. Here is the “Download Code” version, which you can also use as a last-minute gift for Christmas.

Nintendo eShop Card | 25 EUR credit | Download Code + Switch Online Membership - 12 months...
  • Make your friends, family or yourself smile with a Nintendo eShop Card!
  • A Nintendo eShop Card is the perfect gift for anyone who likes to have fun and love games!
  • You can use Nintendo eShop Cards as a quick, easy and secure alternative to credit cards to buy games and ...
Nintendo eShop Card | 50 EUR credit + online membership - 12 months (Download Code - EU) |...
  • Make your friends, family or yourself smile with a Nintendo eShop Card!
  • A Nintendo eShop Card is the perfect gift for anyone who likes to have fun and love games!
  • You can use Nintendo eShop Cards as a quick, easy and secure alternative to credit cards to buy games and ...
Nintendo eShop Card | 75 EUR credit + Switch Online membership - 12 months (download code -...
  • Make your friends, family or yourself smile with a Nintendo eShop Card!
  • A Nintendo eShop Card is the perfect gift for anyone who likes to have fun and love games!
  • You can use Nintendo eShop Cards as a quick, easy and secure alternative to credit cards to buy games and ...
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