Gaming this Christmas

So, Christmas is right around the corner, you have a slew of family and friends to shop for, and you have no idea what to get anyone? Not to worry! From the most high-tech of gaming systems to inexpensive plug and play TV games to time-killing apps and games for cellular devices, there are endless (and highly entertaining) possibilities for everyone of every age group on your shopping list.

Nintendo has outdone themselves this holiday season by announcing that they will be releasing the Wii U right before Christmas. This game console is truly unlike any other in existence, using a hand-held touchscreen controller with the console itself to provide a unique experience. The touchscreen controller, or GamePad, is compatible with the Wii Remote Plus, Wii Balance Board, and Wii Nunchuck. The GamePad can be used on its own or to supplement a game on the television. It can also be used for voice and video calls, as a drawing pad, and so much more. Wii U is compatible with all your Wii games, like Wii Fit, Lego Batman, and Super Mario Galaxy.

PlayStation released the PS Vita, a strictly handheld device, earlier this year. With two analog sticks, a directional pad, and a set of classic PlayStation buttons, this device has the familiar feel you’ve grown to love, but with a new twist. It features a rear touch pad, stereo speakers, front and rear cameras, a microphone, and motion detection. The battery lasts three to five hours which is perfect for the kids or for long journeys. It is compatible with a ton of amazing game titles, and is backwards compatible with PlayStation Portable games.

If buying a system isn’t in your budget, never fear! Plug and play devices are a very frugal Christmas gift that offer the same entertainment for a fraction of the cost of an expensive console. Simply put, a plug and play game is a controller that contains games, so by plugging the controller in to your TV you’re able to play without a console. One of the most popular options for plug and play devices is Retro Arcade by Namco, bringing over a dozen old-school titles straight to your TV. If musical games are your thing, check out Guitar Fever, another plug and play title.

Another inexpensive gamer gift option is a Google Play gift card which will allow Android users to purchase games, applications, themes, and music from the Google Play store. For iPhone users, an iTunes gift card will do the same.

Everyone loves gifts in the form of entertainment, and you can rest assured that by providing such modern and fun presents, you’ll be everyone’s favorite Santa!

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