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Best Nintendo Wii Gifts, Christmas or Otherwise: Nintendo-Themed Merchandise

by: Benjamin Sell ; edited by: Michael Hartman ; updated: 4/17/2012 • Leave a comment

Maybe that gamer on your list is someone who always buys the latest games and accessories for themselves. If that's the case, consider some of the awesome Nintendo-themed merchandise items in our guide. You're sure to find the perfect gift, whether your recipient is a young gamer or a veteran.

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    Finding the perfect gift for that gamer on your list can be a daunting task, especially when they are the type that seems to buy every new game and accessory for themselves the minute they hit the market. Buying a typical gift for someone like this all too often results in a request for a receipt and a return trip to the store.

    If you’ve got a hard to buy for gamer on your list, may I suggest going beyond the standard fare of controllers and games and delving into the wide world of video game merchandise? There are multitudes of cool video game-themed gifts out there that are sure to satisfy even the most discriminating of gamers.

    Check out some of our favorite picks for Nintendo-themed gifts for gamers.

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    Nintendo-Themed Clothing and Accessories

    If there’s one thing gamers typically don’t like to buy, it’s clothing. Money is better spent on the latest system or awesome peripheral.

    Nintendo Controller Wallet Maybe your gift recipient is someone who is not afraid to hide their affection for their favorite hobby. This type of gamer is sure to love a sweet belt buckle or wallet that will advertise their affection for Mario to all who see it.

    There is a large series of Nintendo-related wallets available online. Amazon offers several varieties, including Classic Link, Twilight Princess Link, the classic NES Controller design, and even one featuring Bullet Bill from the Super Mario Bros. series. Typically, these wallets retail for around 15 dollars.

    For the gamer who needs a little help keeping his pants up, there are also quite a few Nintendo belts and belt buckles to choose from. Some of our favorites include the NES Controller belt buckle and the NES Controller Belt complete with the infamous Contra code.

    How to Score a Princess Boxers There is also a large selection of Nintendo-themed boxers and pajama bottoms to choose from. Including NES controller designs and my personal favorite, the “How to Score a Princess" boxers.


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    Nintendo-Themed Toys

    Mario Kart RC Car Gamers never seem to lose their affection for sweet toys, no matter their age. Show most gamers a sweet plaything featuring their favorite video game characters and they’re all over it.

    There are ridiculous amounts of Nintendo-themed toys available online, but we have picked a few of our favorites to showcase here.

    For the Mario Kart fan on your list, there is the 1:32 scale Remote Control Mario Kart Racers. These remote control cars are in the shape of three famous Mario Kart characters, Donkey Kong, Mario, and Yoshi, and are sure to be enjoyed by any Nintendo fan on your list. They can be a bit spendy, though, retailing for around 60 dollars.

    Mario Mushroom Plush Another great gift for the Mario Kart fan is the Carrera Go Mario Kart Race Track. This slot-racing set features two karts from the game and features an intricate track layout including fly-over, spiral, curves and more. It retails for around 65 dollars.

    If the gamer on your list is less into playing with toys and more interested in cool collectibles, consider the Mario Bros Plush Series. There is a full series of these awesome stuffed toys featuring all the major characters from the games (Bowser, Mario, Luigi, Toad, etc…), as well as memorable powerups (Power Star, Mushroom), and other items (Question Box). These toys would work perfectly for brightening up an office cubicle or putting the finishing touches on a game room.

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    Nintendo Merchandise for Adults

    Nintendo Monopoly Maybe the gamer on your list is a little too conservative for a NES controller belt buckle or a stuffed Mario. In that case, we’ve also found a great selection of sweet Nintendo gifts that they are sure to love.

    For the gamer on the go, there is the Super Mario Bros Power Up Energy Drink. Kick start your day with one of these babies and you’ll be running around like Mario on a Power Star all day long.

    For the gamer who enjoys more than just video games, there is Nintendo Monopoly. Imagine how much fun it will be to charge your friends rent for landing on Peach’s Castle instead of Boardwalk or make your way around the board using Mario’s hat or Link’s Shield as your game piece.

    Ocarina of Time Link Statue For the gamer with a smelly automobile, there is the Nintendo Controller Air Freshener, which undoubtedly looks as sweet as it smells hanging from a rearview mirror.

    If you’re looking for a one of a kind collectible, and don’t mind spending a bit of cash to get it, check out the Legend of Zelda Ocarina of Time Link Statue. Standing 7" tall, this hand-painted statue is sure to brighten up a home office or command attention in a media room. This kind of quality doesn’t come cheap, however, as the statue retails for about 120 Dollars.

    For the gamer on your list who is looking to recapture the joys of their gaming youth, there is always the Super Mario Bros Super Show on DVD. Featuring Captain Lou Albano as Mario, this half live action, half cartoon show is a fond part of many adult gamers’ childhood memories.

    Hopefully you’ve found the perfect gift for the gamer on your list with this guide. For more great gift ideas, be sure to check out the other sections of our guide.

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