True Nintendo fans have seen it all. From the highs of the SNES to the lows of the Wii U, Ninty doesn't always make it easy to be a fan of its form of fun.
Now, though, with the success of Pokémon Go, the Nintendo Classic Mini: NES and Stuff's Gadget of the Year, the brilliant Switch, it's time for Nintendo fans to celebrate their favourite Japanese games-maker.
So, switch off that Snowman CD, plug in the Gamecube and make like Mario: these super gifts are sure to bring a smile to their festive faces.
SNES Classic Mini (£79.99)
It might be rarer than a blue shell when you’re leading the race in Mario Kart but if you can get hold of one, the SNES Classic Mini is easily the best gift you can buy a Nintendo fanatic this Christmas. With 21 games built in, including Mario World, Super Metroid and the previously unreleased Star Fox 2, it’s worth keeping an eye on Game’s website for any new stock. Good luck!
Super Mario Question Block Light (£17.99)
Navigating a pitch-black room after a late-night gaming session is a sure-fire way of bruising toes. Spare your friends the pain with this Super Mario-themed gadget. Power this block via a microUSB – or alternatively add batteries – and upon bopping the top they'll get a welcome surprise. No, not mushrooms – it will turn into a lamp, guiding your friends safely back to bed.
Nintendo Switch Pro Controller Plus: Zelda Edition (£29.99)
Nintendo’s Pro Controller is one of the best control options for the Switch, but it also costs a ridiculous £60. This Zelda-themed version costs less than half the price because it’s constrained by a pesky wire. Still, you likely won’t even notice with the 8ft cable, so it still represents a legendary bargain that will save you a good few Rupees.
SNES New 3DS XL (£171.90)
Struggling to nab a SNES Classic Mini for your friend this Christmas? The New 3DS XL is a fantastic alternative, with a huge library of classic NES and SNES games available to purchase on Nintendo’s eShop. It even has a SNES aesthetic, to trick you into believing you’re playing a handheld version of Nintendo’s retro console, while also being able to play fantastic modern titles.
PowerA Nintendo Switch Everywhere Messenger Bag (£24.99)
The Switch’s greatest trick is allowing you to play the likes of Super Mario Odyssey on the train. However, it's just a little bit too large to fit in your pocket. The Switch Everywhere Messenger Bag is the perfect mode of transport for your Nintendo handheld, while there’s even enough room for a dock, so you can challenge your mates to an impromptu Mario Kart tournament while you wait for the bus.
8Bitdo SF30 Pro (£34.75)
Nintendo has always been good at controllers. Even the GameCube’s purple Space Invader became a cult favourite - but the SNES controller is a bona fide classic.
Based on the four-button original, the SF30 Pro gamepad has added joysticks, motion controls and vibration feedback, with updated Bluetooth innards to make it compatible with pretty much anything running iOS, Android, Mac OS X or Windows. You can even use it with your Switch.
HORI Switch Compact PlayStand (£9.99)
The Switch’s physical design was clearly thought up by the ditzy Luigi, since it's impossible to simultaneously charge the Switch and play it in tabletop mode. Well, it was until Hori came up with this simple, yet genius, PlayStand accessory. Now you can use the Joy-Cons to hurl Mario Odyssey's Cappy in all manner of directions without the worry of a battery crash.