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    47 Of The Best Gifts For Nintendo Fans They'll Love *Almost* As Much As Their Switch

    From the holiday season's hottest games to essential Switch accessories and collectibles, here's what you should get your favorite Nintendo fan this year.

    1. A cute Snorlax Nintendo Switch carrying pouch made of soft, durable PU leather that'll protect their precious console from any bumps and scratches when they take it on the go. It features two built-in magnetic clasps that'll keep their Switch from tumbling out as well as five game card slots!

    the snorlax case next to a switch lite
    a switch inside the snorlax case, showing the five game card slots as well

    BuzzFeed Shopping contributor Bek O'Connell says, "I have and love this case! It's super cute and feels well-made. It comes with four slots for your game cartridges. The flap has magnet snaps, so everything can stay in place."

    Promising review: "I finally found the perfect fit for my Switch! I have been looking for one, and I’m really happy I stumbled upon this one. My Switch goes in smoothly. The quality of the leather is really nice, too. The magnetic clasps look very sturdy, so I wouldn’t be worrying about it suddenly opening and contents falling out. This case is really good. I love it so much. 🤍" —Ru

    Shipping info: Available on Amazon Prime with 2-day shipping; non-Prime shipping options will still arrive by Christmas. See Amazon's full shipping info here and check the product listing for estimated delivery dates.

    Get it from Amazon for $15.49.

    2. Or a plain but sturdy carrying case with a hard outer shell that'll protect it against even the hardest of knocks. It also provides more room for traveling with accessories, including multiple sets of Joy-Cons, cords, and eight game card slots. 

    a model holding the case in red and white
    a reviewer's switch inside a purple carrying case

    BuzzFeed Shopping editor Heather Braga says, "My husband has this exact case (and is very picky), so I promise you it's a good one." I can also vouch for Orzly being a great brand for Switch accessories!

    Promising review: "Great to carry around your Switch without fear of damage. I have a USB-C cable, Samsung power adapter, HDMI cable (6ft), Joy-Con wrist straps, and the FastSnail HDMI Type C Hub Adapter so I can play on the big screen. I think I can fit one more pair of Joy-Cons (and straps) so I can get four-player Mario Kart. With all that stuff in this case, there is little to no pressure on the Switch. But you can't just throw it all in, you need to purposefully place the items to make sure there is no pressure on the screen or joysticks." —DanA

    Shipping info: Available on Amazon Prime with 1-day shipping; non-Prime shipping options will still arrive by Christmas. See Amazon's full shipping info here and check the product listing for estimated delivery dates.

    Get it from Amazon for $19.91+ (available in nine colors).

    3. A nostalgic Apple Watch stand — when the watch is placed on it, it makes the display look like the screen of a retro Game Boy, adding some old-school flair to the modern accessory. It works great as an alarm clock, too, and will let them more easily see any messages at a glance. 

    The Apple Watch stand designed to look like the old Game Boy.
    Amazon

    Promising review: "Got this as a gift for my fiancé, and he was so stoked when he opened it. It’s such good quality for the price, and it fits the watch super well!! It really looks like the real thing!" —natuuhhhliee

    Shipping info: Available on Amazon Prime with free shipping within 4 days; non-Prime shipping options will still arrive by Christmas. See Amazon's full shipping info here and check the product listing for estimated delivery dates.

    Get it from Amazon for $15.99 (available in four colors). There's also an awesome AirPods and AirPods Pro case to match.

    4. And a heat-changing Game Boy mug that'll give them a jolt of nostalgia (along with a jolt of caffeine) every time they sip their morning cup of joe. When you pour a hot drink in it, the blank screens on each side of the mug "load up the game," displaying images from Super Mario Land

    the game boy mug filled with coffee
    Amazon

    Note that this mug is hand-wash only, and shouldn't be put in the microwave!

    Promising review: "If you know an old-school gamer, this is a great gift! When my daughter opened it, she immediately heated up water and tried it out. It worked as expected, and the graphics were clear...as clear as they could be for first gen Mario! Charming gift." —Staci B

    Shipping info: Available on Amazon Prime with 2-day shipping; non-Prime shipping options will still arrive by Christmas. See Amazon's full shipping info here and check the product listing for estimated delivery dates.

    Get it from Amazon for $12.95

    5. Plus! A Game Boy teether for the new parent who's already planning the day they'll introduce their little one to Mario, Pokémon, and other beloved franchises. Indoctrination begins young!

    a side by side of a real game boy next to the teether for comparison
    a baby with the teether in their mouth

    One reviewer posted a side-by-side (above, left) showing how similar this teether looks to the real thing! It's also available in the style of an NES controller!

    Promising review: "I originally got this as a display item because I was convinced that this simply couldn't be safe as a teething toy. I was happily surprised! It's great quality, and I would feel safe allowing my child to use it as a teething toy. Highly recommended — would buy again!" —Schomaker Family

    Shipping info: Free Prime delivery within about 9 days; non-Prime shipping options will still arrive by Christmas. See Amazon's full shipping info here and check the product listing for estimated delivery dates.

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99.

    6. An ergonomic Switch grip case, aka a real game-changer for anyone who plays in handheld mode, even occasionally — because it's no secret that the Switch handheld experience is the *opposite* of comfortable. This will give them a much more ergonomic grip on the system so they can play for hours without their wrists and fingers cramping. 

    the blue and green switch grip attached to a switch
    the back of the grip attached to the switch
    close-up look at the silicone padding inside the grip
    Jenae Sitzes / BuzzFeed

    There are a lot of Nintendo Switch grips out there at this point, but I *swear* by Satisfye's — and I've tried every version of their grip going back to the original ZenGrip. The ZenGrip Pro was a *major* upgrade over their first model, adding silicone padding inside the grip (pictured above) that doesn't scuff the Joy-Cons or console when you slide the Switch in, keeps it snugly secure, *and* even allows for some airflow on the backside. The latest version, the ZenGrip Pro Gen 3, allows for compatibility with both the OLED model and the original Switch, so it'll fit no matter which version they have! (Psst — there's a version for Switch Lite, too.)

    Most importantly, playing the Switch in handheld mode with this grip attached is a highly improved experience — and now, I pretty much refuse to play it handheld without reaching for my grip first. Literally — I carry it into the bedroom with me at night when I want to play before falling asleep, and I pack it for every plane ride. It creates a more ergonomic fit by adding something for your hands to actually grasp onto so they're not forced into a cramped, unnatural position, which creates fatigue quickly. With this, I can easily play handheld comfortably for hours. It's super lightweight and doesn't add any weight to the console, so it's easy on your wrists, too. I consider it an essential Switch accessory!

    Shipping info: Available on Amazon Prime with free shipping within four days; non-Prime shipping options will still arrive by Christmas. See Amazon's full shipping info here and check the product listing for estimated delivery dates.

    Get it in black from Amazon for $39.99 (also available in white or green/blue, as pictured above), or get the Switch Lite version for $24.99

    You can also find several bundles that include carrying cases that fit both the console and grip on Satisfye's Amazon store page (if they don't already have a carrying case, these bundles would be a good option!).

    7. A genius plug-and-play device that'll upscale their Switch graphics to 1440p and 4K resolutions for cleaner, sharper images. 

    There's even a switch on the outside of the device so they can turn the scaling off and on without having to unplug anything. 

    Note: Reviewers say you should put the Switch in 720p mode and let this device upscale from there, as it'll smooth out the jaggedness in the images, and you may have to play around with your TV settings, too. The difference is subtle, but if they're one to care about graphics, it should help them get a slightly better picture.

    Promising review: "This here is the real deal. Does exactly what it advertises so long as you're using good quality cables. What this is really for is lower resolution consoles or devices on larger screens. I'm primarily using this for Nintendo Switch on a 65-inch OLED, and the difference is night and day when you look at it with the mClassic turned off and on. Everything just looks higher definition, from the text to the sprites. It virtually erased any of the jagged edges you'd get displaying a lower resolution image on a larger screen. Pokemon Legends Arceus goes from looking like a jumbled mess to things actually having a sharper quality to them." —Robert Cole

    Shipping info: Available on Amazon Prime with 1-day shipping; non-Prime shipping options will still arrive by Christmas. See Amazon's full shipping info here and check the product listing for estimated delivery dates.

    Get it from Amazon for $99.98

    8. Hyrule Historia, a comprehensive encyclopedia that'll make any Legend of Zelda fan's eyes light up. This collectible hardcover contains 280 pages of Zelda lore, concept art, the *official* timeline of the games, and much more. It looks gorgeous on a shelf or coffee table, but I've literally found myself grabbing it to reference details about the series, so it's more than just a pretty art book!

    the green and gold cover of hyrule historia
    the book to show the page inside hyrule historia depicting the zelda timeline
    Jenae Sitzes / BuzzFeed

    I picked up Hyrule Historia at a convention years ago and consider it a must-have for any die-hard Zelda fan. First of all, it's a *stunning* hardcover with a gold foil design on the front that reflects light — my pic above doesn't do it justice. Inside, the thick, high-quality pages are simply *packed* with details and art from the series' lengthy history, going back to the original The Legend of Zelda (1986) all the way to 2011's Skyward Sword. Unlike some art books where you might flip through it once or twice, I've found myself picking up Hyrule Historia again and again — and I love having it on hand any time I need to reference the official series timeline (the chronological order of the games, that is). There's even an exclusive 32-page manga in the back of the book for the series' 25th anniversary! It's easily one of my favorite gaming collectibles, and would make an incredible gift for Zelda fans both new and old. 

    Note that this was released before Breath of the Wild, so it covers the series up to that point — there's a newer hardcover book called Creating a Champion that goes deep into all things Breath of the Wild, including its DLC. You could gift both, or just grab that one instead if it's their favorite Zelda game!

    Shipping info (for Amazon): Available on Amazon Prime with 2-day shipping; non-Prime shipping options will still arrive by Christmas. See Amazon's full shipping info here and check the product listing for estimated delivery dates.

    Shipping info (for Bookshop): Standard shipping orders take an estimated 4 to 10 days; with priority shipping, orders can arrive within 2–5 days. See full shipping info here.

    Get it from Amazon for $26.58 or from Bookshop for $37.19 (originally $39.99) to support local bookstores.

    9. A Nintendo-branded 512GB microSD card to expand their Switch's memory. As someone with the 128GB version of this card currently in their console — and who is constantly deleting games to make space for new ones — I now recommend going big and getting the 512GB version (or at *least* the 256GB one, which is cheaper) so they'll be able to keep all their games downloaded and ready to boot up at any moment.

    a hand holding the 512gb sandisk memory card
    Amazon

    With game file sizes getting bigger all the time, pretty much every player has to expand their system's storage space at some point, so their reaction is pretty much guaranteed to be, "OMG, I *needed* this" — especially if they're a relatively new Switch owner who's never upgraded their memory.

    Promising review: "Total bang for your buck, excellent storage capacity and with Nintendo-backed confidence! No issues whatsoever after one full month of use. Anyone who downloads lots of digital games or has a massive collection of physical games with DLC will totally benefit from this item, and give peace of mind that you won’t run out of memory storage any time soon!" —Greg Burns

    Shipping info: Available on Amazon Prime with 2-day shipping; non-Prime shipping options will still arrive by Christmas. See Amazon's full shipping info here and check the product listing for estimated delivery dates.

    Get the 512GB card from Amazon for $79 (also available in 64GB, 128GB, and 256GB sizes for cheaper).