Though most of the hype this holiday season surrounds a pair of next-generation consoles, Nintendo has had a huge year as well, largely due to the massive launch of Animal Crossing: New Horizons during a global pandemic, which left many people scrambling to buy the console and grab a copy for themselves. Though the mad rush to buy a Switch has calmed down a bit in recent months, the console is still hard to find in stock at MSRP. Thankfully, restocks at major retailers are becoming more common than they were earlier this year. That’s fortunate, since we expect the Switch will still be at the top of many people’s wish lists this Christmas.
Whether you’re shopping for someone who wants their first Switch or someone who’s owned one since 2017, there are plenty of Nintendo gift ideas out there that’ll make this holiday season truly special. From this year’s biggest Switch games like Animal Crossing: New Horizons and Paper Mario: The Origami King to handy Switch accessories and eye-catching merch, there’s no shortage of options out there that would make any Nintendo fan’s face light up with joy. So to make your gift shopping a little easier this year, we’ve rounded up some of the best Nintendo gift ideas for 2020.
Plus, see our full Nintendo Switch buying guide for more info on the console if needed and our guides to the best Switch controllers, carrying cases, grips, and screen protectors for more Switch gift ideas.
Nintendo Switch games
At this point in the console’s life cycle, there are a ton of great Nintendo Switch games out there. Here are some of the best Switch games to gift this holiday season, from this year’s mega-hit Animal Crossing: New Horizons to the new physical edition of Untitled Goose Game and the popular fitness game Ring Fit Adventure. Note that some of the games listed below haven’t released yet, like Pikmin 3 Deluxe and Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity, so they haven’t been reviewed yet; however, they’ll launch in time for the holidays and are sure to be on many wish lists, so we’ve included them here. See our definitive list of the best Nintendo Switch games for more options!
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