With Christmas just around the corner, you might be wondering what present to get for that special gamer in your life! This year, there are tons of great offerings on the Nintendo Switch, including exciting adventure games, tricky puzzlers, and fun-for-the-whole-family multiplayer games. If you’re having trouble deciding what to buy, this handy guide features several Nintendo Switch games that would make perfect Christmas presents for friends, family, or even as a treat for yourself!
For the Kids – Kirby and the Forgotten Land
Everyone’s favorite lovable pink puffball is back in an all-new adventure! Kirby floats, jumps, and transforms his way through the exciting New World as he attempts to figure out who has been kidnapping all of the Waddle Dees from Dream Land. Gamers of all ages will love Kirby’s new ability to swallow and control vehicles, vending machines, and other huge mechanical objects! This game, which was released in March 2022, quickly sold over 5 million copies to become one of 2022’s best-selling Nintendo Switch games. Kirby and the Forgotten Land is rated E for Everyone.
For the Competitor – Splatoon 3
Kids and squids alike will love the latest installment in this marine-themed ink-based competitive shooter series. Splatoon 3 introduces more levels, more gameplay modes, and more awesome rewards to win. Featuring both a Story Mode and a Competitive Mode as well as regular large-scale competition events called Splatfests, Splatoon 3 works as a solo experience but can also be enjoyed together with friends and family. Splatoon 3 is rated for children aged 10 years and up.
For the Lifelong Gamer – Bayonetta 3
Another recent 2022 release, Bayonetta 3 is the latest action-packed adventure of the titular Umbra Witch. The iconic Bayonetta snarks, shoots, and struts her way through an exciting new story atop her signature pistol-packing high heels. This newest entry in Platinum Games’ series includes a new playable character, Viola, who has her own unique gameplay mechanics and weapons. Other new additions include the Demon Slave and Demon Masquerade features. Bayonetta 3 is rated Mature and is best suited for gamers aged 18 and older.
For the Treasure Hunter – Dragon Quest Treasures
Arriving just in time for the Christmas holidays, Dragon Quest Treasures is the latest entry in Square Enix’s beloved Dragon Quest franchise. The story focuses on siblings Erik and Mia as they explore the world aboard their ship in search of legendary treasures. To help them, Erik and Mia can recruit a variety of iconic monsters from throughout the Dragon Quest franchise – of course including the adorable, smiling Slimes and many, many more! Dragon Quest Treasures is rated for children aged 10 years and up.
For the RPG Lover – Xenoblade Chronicles 3
The Nintendo Switch has become known for elaborate, sweeping role-playing games (RPGs) that players can eagerly sink their teeth into for tens of hours or even more. Xenoblade Chronicles 3 is the latest addition to this tradition, and it’s definitely a fun one. Despite its title, Xenoblade Chronicles 3 is a standalone game that can be experienced without having played the previous games in the series. Players take control of a party of adventurers as they explore an enormous open world and attempt to stop the conflict between two warring nations. Xenoblade Chronicles 3 is rated for children aged 13 years and up.
For the Switch-Only Gamer – Persona 5 Royal
After years of remaining locked to PlayStation consoles, 2022 saw the popular title Persona 5 Royal make its way to the Nintendo Switch for the very first time. This thrilling JRPG follows the Phantom Thieves as they “steal the hearts” of the people of Tokyo and use their Persona-summoning abilities to solve crimes, steal treasures and maybe even save the world! If your favorite gamer is a Switch devotee, they likely won’t have gotten a chance to play this one yet – so Christmas 2022 is the perfect time to remedy that! Persona 5 Royal is Mature and is best suited for gamers aged 18 and older.
For the Movie Lover – LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga
For years, the Lego series of games has allowed gamers to experience their favorite films in video game style, featuring iconic LEGO characters and action-adventure gameplay. LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga covers all three Star Wars trilogies and includes nearly four hundred playable characters such as Luke, Anakin, and many more. Players can visit iconic locations, re-create classic movie scenes, and wield the Force, light sabers, and other iconic weapons in an unprecedented 45 missions. LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga is rated for children aged 10 years and up.
For the Adventurer – Pokémon Scarlet and Violet
The long-running Pokémon series recently entered its ninth generation with Pokémon Scarlet and Violet, the series’ first true open-world games. Players can journey to the Paldea region, enroll in Naranja or Uva Academy, and catch hundreds of Pokémon across three distinct story paths. These games will offer hours of fun as players ride their Legendary Pokémon Koraidon or Miraidon across Paldea and maybe even discover the secrets hidden at the heart of the mysterious Great Creator of Paldea. Pokémon Scarlet and Violet are both rated E or Everyone.
For the Whole Family – Mario Party Superstars
The entire family can get in on the game with Mario Party Superstars, the latest entry in Nintendo’s series of popular party games. Up to four players can experience a mix of five boards and 100 mini-games drawn from previous entries in the Mario Party series as they race to be the first to collect Coins and Stars – all while avoiding the dastardly Bowser, who wants to keep all the Stars for himself! There’s even a minigame-only mode for players who want to skip the game board and just want to experience their favorite mini-games from throughout the series. Mario Party Superstars is rated E for Everyone.
For the New Gamer – The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
If you know a gamer who has just gotten their hands on a Nintendo Switch console, there’s no better place to get started than with one of the console’s most popular and enduring games. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is a sprawling open-world adventure set in the ruined world of Hyrule as protagonist Link works to regain his lost powers and memories in order to defeat Calamity Ganon. It features an enormous world to explore, over one hundred Shrines to conquer, and a Rune system that allows players to manipulate forces such as time and magnetism. With the sequel, Tears of the Kingdom, set to release in 2023, there’s never been a better time to give Breath of the Wild a try! The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is rated for children aged 10 years and up.
These are just a few of the amazing games available for the Nintendo Switch that would make awesome Christmas gifts for family and friends. Of course, they’re also perfect for treating yourself to a brand new game – Christmas is about celebrating all the important people in your life, and that includes YOU! Which Nintendo Switch games are on your personal Christmas list this year? Comment below and let us know!