Infendo’s Holiday Gift Guide 2008 Edition

Looking for that right gift for that Nintendo fan big or small? Not sure what to get your grandma who is interested in the Nintendo Wii? Got a little nephew who is into anime and role playing games but you’re not sure what would be the best gift for him? Well come on in and check out what I have personally dug up (with suggestions from the fellow Infendo crew and my personal friends) to help you guys decide what gifts you should get.

Note: Be sure to post in the comments any suggestions you might have for your fellow readers!

= Wii Games =

Animal Crossing: City Folk – $49.99
(or Wii Speak Bundle) – $69.99

If life were an endless vacation, what would you do? Go fishing, collect shells, or watch fireworks with friends? Build a snowman, exchange presents with family, or decorate your house for the holidays? Take a trip to the city, go on a shopping spree, or visit friends from all over the globe? In Animal Crossing: City Folk, life moves at a relaxed pace, but the world brims with endless possibilities. There’s always something new to do. In the living, breathing world of Animal Crossing: City Folk, days and seasons pass in real time, so there’s always something to discover.

No More Heroes – $19.99

No More Heroes tells the story of Travis Touchdown, an anime fan who lives in the fictional town of Santa Destroy, California. After an unexpected turn of events, Travis finds himself at the bottom of an Assassins’ organization. Travis will have to prove himself worthy and defeat 10 other bloodthirsty killers – all with deep stories of their own – to make his way to the top of the assassins league.

Boom Blox – $39.99

Fun for kids and the entire family, BOOM BLOX offers action-packed interactive activities that takes Wii play to a new level of creativity and fun with single player, co-op, and versus game play. Explore the visceral gameplay’perfectly suited for the Wii’s interactivity’that keeps you destroying your way through brain-twisting challenges. Interact with entertaining characters such as the Blox-laying chickens or the baseball throwing monkeys, who bring personality to the Tiki, Medieval, Frontier, and Haunted themed environments.

Tales of Symphonia:
Dawn of a New World
– $39.99

Set two years after the events of the award-winning Tales of Symphonia for the Nintendo GameCube, Dawn of the New World follows the journey of two new young heroes, Emil Castagnier and Marta Lualdi, as they seek to uncover the mystery of why their world has fallen into ruin. In their quest, their paths will cross with the original cast of Tales of Symphonia including Lloyd and Colette, as well as a summon spirit known as Ratatosk who claims to be the lord of all monsters.

= DS Games =

Professor Layton – $29.99

Marking Level 5’s first foray onto the DS, Professor Layton is an old-fashioned point-and-click adventure which requires your use of skills such as reasoning, knowledge and creativity to solve various puzzles that you encounter through your adventure.

Disgaea DS -$34.99

Players will initially take on the role of Overlord Laharl, a young demon prince who has just woken from a two-year long nap and finds out that his father, who was the king, has passed away. In order to regain his rightful title as King of the Netherworld, Laharl sets off on a demonic adventure, but must do so with a back stabbing servant, love stupid angel, and a few disgruntled penguins who are looking for trouble.

Time Hollow – $29.99

Time Hollow is a time-bending anime-style adventure game in the style of a point a click adventure. It deals with the course of time and how altering the past can change the future for better or worse.

Puzzle Quest:
Challenge of the Warlords
– $19.99

Set in the Warlords universe, Puzzle Quest challenges gamers to create, develop and customize the ultimate hero to save the land of Etheria from the evil Lord Bane. In order to advance, players battle in turn-based, head-to-head “match-three” style puzzle games in one of three distinct gameplay modes

= Accessories and Stocking Stuffer =

Hori Wii Classic Controller
(Style: Game Cube) – $29.99

Hori has a long line of Nintendo accessories and products that they have put out over the years. They are a major Japanese distributor of controllers and screen protectors for various systems. However, their newest controller gives you that nostalgic feel when your go to play a round of Brawl. It comes in three various colors Light Blue, White, and Black.

Super Mario Bros. 3 Print Hat -$19.99

Looking to kick it around the street showing that you represent Nintendo and Mario with pride. You can get this nice looking Mario Bros 3 hat at gamestop’s online store. So not only can you shove it in those “Mario World is better” type people, you can do it in style and with a big smile.

Bowser Plush -$19.99

I don’t think I know anyone who would not want their own personal Bowser to ruin the holidays. This 8 inch representation of greed, evil, and casual sports would sure give the Grinch a good run for his money. You can acquire him online at Play Asia for a limited time of $16.99.

Donkey Kong Jenga – $24.99

Build your Donkey Kong-themed Jenga tower the traditional way or climb the girders with your Mario mover and save Pauline from Donkey Kong in a new and even more challenging way to play. Custom Mario, Donkey Kong and Pauline playing pieces and a Donkey Kong themed spinner are included for alternate game play. Either way you play you are guaranteed edge-of-your-seat excitement. The Jenga blocks are decorated with the original Donkey Kong Girder artwork. Also includes four collectible Mario playing pieces, plus a Donkey Kong and Pauline playing piece.

Nintendo Controller Wallet – $14.99

Need something to show that you are a fan of Nintendo even while you are buying those great Xbox360 games to get your hard core fix. Then this wallet is another great pick up and stocking stuffer for those big or little Nintendo fans. It is also another gamestop product that you can pick up online. So if your going to buy some games from the gamestop you might as well save on shipping and get this as well.

An artist from New York. Will has been writing, designing, and loving video games since he was young. He has traveled across the United States, and parts of Canada in order to learn more about the world of gaming. After visiting E3 for the first time in 2009, he has vowed to return there and show off a game of his own. In his spare time he tinkers with electronics, programming, and of course collecting video games.