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Nintendo 3DS Holiday Gift Guide for 2013

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If you are shopping for a video gamer this holiday, then you must consider the Nintendo 3DS as your first choice. In 2013, the 3DS hosted some of the best games of the year and the future looks even brighter for the Nintendo handheld. Holiday shoppers can find the perfect Nintendo 3DS for a loved one to suit their age and their gaming needs thanks to the variety of options and bundles available.

Nintendo 3DS Hardware and Bundles

Nintendo 3DSAvailable for $169.99 - The Nintendo 3DS is the standard 3DS model. It is affordable, small, and compact making it suitable for daily use while on the go or at home. Now featuring Nintendo’s social media network, Miiverse, you can share your gaming experiences with popular 3DS games with others. The Nintendo 3DS also has the digital webstore known as the Nintendo eShop. The eShop offers demos, trailers, and full games that users can purchase and download straight to their Nintendo 3DS console. It is convenient as it lets you store numerous games on your 3DS for easy access.

Nintendo 3DS XLAvailable for $199.99 - The Nintendo 3DS XL offers all the luxuries and features as the standard Nintendo 3DS model, but has one distinct difference: larger screens. Nintendo 3DS XL is for those looking to get the most out of their games with big screens. Furthermore, Nintendo is currently offering several Nintendo 3DS XL holiday bundles.

Offered this year are a Mario & Luigi: Dream Team Nintendo 3DS XL bundle for $199.99 and The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds Nintendo 3DS XL bundle for $219.99. Both offer great value and will make for a wonderful gift this holiday season.

Nintendo 2DSAvailable for the value price of $129.99 - The Nintendo 2DS has identical features as the aforementioned Nintendo 3DS models except for one difference: it doesn’t have glasses-free 3D functionality. Built with strong material, the Nintendo 2DS is a solid machine best suited for the younger audience. Made with durable plastic, the Nintendo 2DS can withstand drops and roughhousing. If you aren’t a fan of 3D, then the 2DS is perfect for you. As a holiday bonus, a special Pokémon Y Nintendo 2DS bundle is available at Toys’r Us for $149.99.

For more information on the Nintendo 2DS, be sure to read our full review which can be found here. Find an excerpt below:

The Nintendo 2DS has high potential to tap into a new market thanks to its affordable price. Be it children or adult gamers looking to save some money, the 2DS has all the makings to be a significant seller this holiday season.

Nintendo 3DS Software

Fire Emblem: Awakening – One of the best games of 2013, Fire Emblem: Awakening is a must-own for any Nintendo 3DS owner. Offering a unique blend of strategic combat, in-depth character customization, and moving story, Awakening has the fascination to appeal to gamers of all ages. Fire Emblem: Awakening is available at retail for $39.99 or direct from the Nintendo eShop for the same price.

Find an excerpt from our review below:

“Fire Emblem Awakening” is a first-rate Nintendo 3DS title and is a reason to own a 3DS.

Buy it. Play it. Love it.

Mario & Luigi: Dream Team – The dynamic duo of Mario and Luigi are back to embark on an all-new entertaining adventure. While visiting the resort world of Pi’illo Island, Princess Peach is kidnapped by the bat-king Antasma. In order to save her and the people of Pi’illo, Mario and Luigi will explore the island resort and also jump into Luigi’s dreams, where humorous situations await. Packed with amusing writing and characters, Mario & Luigi: Dream Team is an incredibly fun game.

Mario & Luigi: Dream Team is available for $39.99 at retail and from the Nintendo eShop.

Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon – It is the year of Luigi and the 3DS has one of the best Luigi games ever released. Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon is the sequel to Luigi’s Mansion, which originally released on Gamecube over a decade ago. Even if you didn’t play the first game, there is no reason to miss out on this charming delight of a video game. With colorful graphics and wonderful humor, Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon is an excellent 3DS game and one that brings lots of laughs. Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon is available at retail for $39.99 or from the Nintendo eShop for the same price.

Find an excerpt from our review below:

“Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon” is one of the Nintendo 3DS’ best games and deserves a spot in every 3DS owner’s library. It offers the right balance of challenge and is a delight to play.

Pokémon X and Pokémon Y – The next evolution of Pokémon has arrived in the form of Pokémon X and Pokémon Y. Featuring new Pokémon and past favorites, Pokémon X and Pokémon Y is a love letter to Pokémon fans. With new 3D graphics and stunning 3D battles, Pokémon X/Y brings the series to life like never before. Set in a new region loaded with new Pokémon to catch, battle, and trade, the world of Pokémon X/Y is more lively than previous entries. New features found in Pokémon X/Y include Pokémon-Amie: where you can pet, feed, and play with your Pokémon to create a strong personal bond with them. Likewise, online battles and trading are a major part of the new title.

Pokémon X and Pokémon Y can be bought from retail or the Nintendo eShop for $39.99.

Animal Crossing: New Leaf – It is time to fall in love and lose countless hours of your life to Animal Crossing: New Leaf for Nintendo 3DS. The unmatched allure and imagination of Animal Crossing had reached new levels of cuteness and addictiveness as you take on the role of Mayor and manage your town. Animal Crossing: New Leaf is simple enough that young gamers will find it appealing – especially the adorable characters. Likewise, the addictive nature of the game and the amount of options will keep adult gamers busy all-day long. It is also a great family game as you can visit other towns and explore. So get two copies! Animal Crossing: New Leaf is available at retail and from the Nintendo eShop for $34.99.

Find an excerpt from our review below:

“Animal Crossing: New Leaf” is a game that provides endless entertainment. It is the perfect summer release and is a game that deserves a permanent spot on your Nintendo 3DS.

Mario Party: Island Tour – It is party time and Mario throws some of the best parties around. Mario Party: Island Tour lets you take the party on the go. Packed with new mini-games, Mario Party: Island Tour is great to play with friends and family this holiday season. Grab your 3DS, because it is party time! Mario Party: Island Tour is available at retail and from the Nintendo eShop for $39.99.

The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds – Just like Fire Emblem: Awakening, this new entry to the Zelda franchise is one of the best games of 2013 and it is a 3DS exclusive. Sequel to SNES classic, The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past, this new game is perfect for newcomers and longtime Zelda fans. Offering new gameplay ideas and exciting worlds to explore, A Link Between Worlds is a glorious title that all 3DS owners should play. The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds is available at retail and from the Nintendo eShop for $39.99.

Find an excerpt from our review below:

There is a new contender for the greatest Zelda game of all time. The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds is a worthy sequel to A Link to the Past and one of the best games available for 3DS. A Link Between Worlds is a portrait of perfection.

Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D – What was once a great Wii game is now even better thanks to the 3DS. Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D offers more than 70 challenging levels which are packed with secrets waiting to be discovered. With lively 3D visuals, Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D is an excellent 2D platform game for Nintendo 3DS. Furthermore, the game has exclusive levels not found in the Wii title. Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D is available for $34.99 at retail and on the Nintendo eShop.

Find an excerpt from our review below:

With delightful 3D visuals, vastly improved controls, and superb new content, “Donkey Kong Country Returns” is the 3DS’ finest 2D platformer. If you did not play the Wii version, this is the version to get because “Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D” is a piece of gaming excellence.

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