Christmas Gift Guide 2016: 12 gadget gift ideas for Nintendo fans

Don your Mario cap and plug in the NES: we've got the gifts for a Ninty-packed Christmas

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 and the new Nintendo Classic Mini: NES this year and the nifty-looking Switch on the horizon, 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.

NES30 (£30)

Nintendo has always been good at controllers. Even the GameCube’s purple Space Invader became a cult favourite - but the original NES controller is a bona fide classic.

Based on the two-button eighties original, the NES30 gamepad has updated Bluetooth innards to make it compatible with pretty much anything running iOS, Android, Mac OS X or Windows. You can even use them with a Wii (remember them?).

Buy the NES30 here

Blast from the past

Super Mario Bros. Notebook (£10)

Doff your cap and stroke your moustache: this here is an 8-bit power-up of a scribble pad set.

Inspired by artwork from the 1985 Super Mario Bros. release, it comes with three - yes, three - notebooks, all with everyone’s mushroom-loving Italian plumber adorned across them. Plunger not included.

Buy the Super Mario Bros. Notebook here

Nerdtendo Gamebooze 8oz Flask (£14)

What better way to show off one's allegiance to gaming than by sipping sweet nectar from a Game Boy-inspired hip flask.

Whether its Capri Sun or straight Vodka, your tipple will taste all the sweeter for it. Note: not compatible with Game Boy cartridges.

Buy the Nerdtendo Gamebooze 8oz flask here

Nintendo 64 Cartridge Soaps (£10)

From a time when gaming was all about good, clean fun, each of these soaps is styled like a classic N64 title. And they all sport the same citrus scent, so you don’t have to worry about Donkey Kong leaving you stinking like an ape.

Buy Nintendo 64 cartridge soaps here

Amiibo 8-Bit Link: The Legend of Zelda (£11)

OK, yes. Technically, Amiibos are just statuettes of your favourite Ninty characters that connect to your Wii U or 3DS to do… pretty much nothing. But take a good look at that little 8-bit Link. You want it, don’t you?

Even though it costs more than a round at your local. Even though you haven’t actually played The Legend of Zelda and probably never will. Even though Tingle is clearly the series’ best character, anyway. Because it looks darn cool - and that’s reason enough for anyone.

Buy the Amiibo 8-Bit Link here