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Happy holidays - holiday 2016 video game gift guide

It’s about that time to wrap up another year of gaming – and tear up the gaming goodness! Whichever platform you get your gaming fix from, 2016 delivers many new options. Now is the time to grab some great video game system bundles, amazing breakout VR experiences, bleeding-eye graphic FPSes, and geek-out on gaming goodies. Keep it bookmarked here as game deals (hello, Black Friday!), last minute new game releases, special video game bundles and gaming goods will be updated in the weeks ahead.

Obviously this isn’t the end-all video game list – just a few biggies that are available now for your gaming appetite (ahem, if you can find the elusive NES 8-bit revival). Have any suggestions for the holiday gaming list? Send an email to alexis@gamingbits.com for possible inclusion in this GamingBits 2016 Holiday Video Game Gift Guide!

Make sure to follow @GamingBits on Twitter for the latest holiday video game and Black Friday deals as they happen during the week of November 21, 2016.

Select from the following video game lists:
Game & Geek Toys | Retro gaming
PlayStation 4 (PS4) | Xbox One | Wii U | 3DS | Virtual Reality (VR)

Game & Geek Toys

Geek Fuel
Geek Fuel
What’s in the box?!?! A gaming and sci-fi bundle of goodies! Geek Fuel is the ultimate inner-geek care package, which you can delight in giving (or receiving) all year long. Geek Fuel packs a meticulous box of themed goodies that include items such as t-shirts, mugs, pins, and even video game download codes – at least a $50 value in a box! See these pictures for an example of the awesome items packed into a month’s delivery box. It’s the surprise gift that gives all year long, one which any fan of sci-fi, fantasy, comics and/or gaming will surely love! Thanks to Geek Fuel for the samples pictured here and the heads up on the awesomeness.
Geek Fuel

 

More gaming toys and goods recommended:


Nintendo Pokemon GO Plus
Bluetooth Bracelet
pacman-fig

Funko POP Games:
Pac-Man Action Figure

PDP Donkey Kong Display

Mega Bloks Destiny
Arcadia Jumpship Construction Set

Portal 2 Sentry Turret –
Motion Activated Desk Defender

Kirby’s Dream Land Nosechara

 

Retro gaming

Nintendo Entertainment System:
NES Classic Edition

Nintendo NES Controller

Pac-Man Connect and Play

Sega Genesis Classic Game
Console 2016

Atari Flashback 7 Classic
Game Console

Art of Atari


PlayStation 4 (PS4)

PS4 hardware:

Sony PlayStation 4 Pro – 1TB

PlayStation VR Launch Bundle

PS4 games:

Battlefield 1

Dishonored 2

Doom

Overwatch

Ratchet & Clank

Rise of the Tomb Raider:
20 Year Celebration

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim –
Special Edition

Titanfall 2

Tom Clancy’s The Division

Uncharted 4

(For PlayStation VR (PSVR) games, check the VR category below).

Recommended upcoming PS4 games:

Final Fantasy XV

The Last Guardian

 

Xbox One

Xbox One hardware:

Xbox One S 2TB Console –
Gears of War 4 Limited Edition Bundle

Xbox One S 1TB Console –
Battlefield 1 Special Edition Bundle

Xbox One games:

Battlefield 1

Dishonored 2

Doom

Forza Horizon 3

Gears of War 4

Ori and the Blind Forest:
Definitive Edition

Overwatch

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim –
Special Edition

Titanfall 2

Tom Clancy’s The Division

Recommended upcoming Xbox One games:

Dead Rising 4

Final Fantasy XV

 

Wii U

Wii U hardware:

Nintendo Wii U 32GB
Mario Kart 8 Deluxe Set

Wii U games:

Paper Mario: Color Splash

Pokken Tournament

The Legend of Zelda:
Twilight Princess HD

 

Nintendo 3DS

3DS hardware:

Nintendo New 3DS XL
Solgaleo Lunala Black Edition

Nintendo 3DS Black Friday deal

3DS games:

Azure Striker Gunvolt:
Striker Pack

Kirby: Planet Robobot

Pokémon Sun

 

Pokémon Moon

Recommended upcoming 3DS games:

Super Mario Maker

 

Virtual Reality (VR)

HTC VIVE – Virtual Reality System

Some of today’s best VR gaming experiences are to be found on the HTC Vive. Room-scale motion tracking, included motion controllers and a headset with an external camera create an out-of-the-box virtual reality experience like no other today. Backed by a growing Steam game library and Viveport VR software, there is no shortage of what to virtually experience.

Steam Store VR recomendations:
– The Lab
– Job Simulator
– FATED: The SIlent Oath
– SoundStage
– Tilt Brush(and checkout ReVive for using Oculus Rift games with the HTC Vive.)

PlayStation VR Launch Bundle

Batman: Arkham VR – PlayStation 4

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Gamers will have plenty to be excited about over the next few months as the 2015 holiday season is upon us. Prepare for the release of long anticipated games and sweet video game hardware bundles. To help guide you with your game gifts (or wishes!), here is a list of some of the hottest video games and killer video game bundles to round out 2015.

Keep this page bookmarked as game titles, bundles and gaming goods will be updated over the coming weeks and months. Do you have any suggestions for the 2015 holiday gaming list? Email alexis@gamingbits.com for consideration on the GamingBits 2015 Holiday Video Game Gift Guide!

See the full guide here!

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Nintendo Experience 2015

Nintendo lands in select malls through December 20th to bring wishful gamers, and parents, an easy and fun way to experience its key holiday video game titles. A variety of Nintendo Wii U and 3DS gaming stations gives players hands-on preview experiences of games such as Super Mario Maker, Splatoon, Yoshi’s Woolly World, Yo-Kai Watch, The Legend of Zelda Tri Force Heroes and more.

Nintendo Gurus give gamers Mario Maker hats, as pictured above, and are guided through Nintendo’s diverse and fun holiday lineup.  It’s a great way for parents and friends to learn more about the fun Nintendo game gift giving brings – from the co-op team building The Legend of Zelda Tri Force Heroes and taste of creativity and game development in Super Mario Maker.

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My Nintendo Guru took me through cuteness overload in Yoshi’s Woolly World – an amazingly colorful platforming game. Visitors can ask to see how Nintendo’s Amiibo interact with the games – as demonstrated to me when a Nintendo Guru took out a Mario Amiibo and brought it alive in a character outfit in Yoshi’s Woolly World. There are quite a few Amiibo on display throughout Nintendo’s kiosks as well.

Amiibo showcase

The star highlights of this year’s Nintendo holiday experience includes Super Mario Maker and Splatoon, which are showcased on large, multiple flatscreen TV walls. No doubt these will be among Nintendo’s biggest hits for the Wii U this holiday season.

Super Mario Maker kiosk

Experience the platforming action, edit and create levels, or download sample levels for Super Mario Maker. You can easily jump into an all-ages Splatoon splat-fest in this multi-screen setup (wow, can I get one of those for home?):

Splatoon

A gift guide is available from Nintendo at the booth. That makes it easy for gamers to drop a hint to parents or friends, or just to digest all of what Nintendo is offering for its Wii U and 3DS for gift giving. Check out at least four games to claim a Yo-Kai Watch prize too!

Yo-Kai Watch

This portion of the Nintendo display allows you to see some of the latest on-going deals, which are updated throughout the time of the display. Several Nintendo bundles are highlighted and there are a few of Nintendo’s Amiibo collection on display as well.

Where can you experience Nintendo’s holiday lineup? Below is the list of participating mall locations where you can find Nintendo showcasing its games:

  • South Shore Plaza in Braintree, Massachusetts
  • Woodfield Mall in Schaumburg, Illinois
  • Stonebriar Centre in Frisco, Texas
  • Cherry Creek Shopping Center in Denver, Colorado
  • Memorial City Mall in Houston, Texas
  • The Oaks in Thousand Oaks, California
  • Dolphin Mall in Miami, Florida
  • Mall of America in Bloomington, Minnesota
  • Perimeter Mall in Atlanta, Georgia
  • Queens Center Mall in Elmhurst, New York
  • King of Prussia Mall in King of Prussia, Pennsylvania
  • Scottsdale Fashion Square in Scottsdale, Arizona
  • Washington Square in Portland, Oregon
  • Westfield Valley Fair in Santa Clara, California
  • Westfield Southcenter in Seattle, Washington
  • Tysons Corner Center in McLean, Virginia

Make sure to check it out and enjoy through December 20th!

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Iwata

In memory of Satoru Iwata, President of Nintendo, who passed away on Saturday, July 11, 2015.

Nintendo of America briefly stated on its Twitter feed: “In remembrance of Mr. Satoru Iwata, Nintendo will not be posting on our social media channels today.”

From an AP announcement: “Satoru Iwata, who led Japanese video game company Nintendo Co. through years of growth with its Pokemon and Super Mario franchises, died on Saturday after a lengthy illness, drawing a flood of emotional tributes from game fans and industry rivals. He was 55.”

From a brief bio on Nintendo’s executive bio of Iwata:
“In 2002, Satoru Iwata was named president of Nintendo Co., Ltd. He joined Nintendo in 2000 as the head of the Corporate Planning Division, where he was responsible for Nintendo’s global corporate planning.

Iwata was born in 1959 in the Hokkaido Prefecture of Japan. He studied at and graduated from the Tokyo Institute of Technology University, where he majored in computer science. Shortly after graduating, Iwata joined HAL Laboratory, Inc. and in 1983 began coordinating the software production and development of Nintendo titles, such as the Kirby series. By 1993, he had become president of that company.”

Always in our hearts, and forever in our games. Thanks to Iwata who contributed so much to the gaming industry.

Source: AP

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Mega Man Legacy Collection coming to PS4, Xbox One, PC and 3DS

I’ve always enjoyed retro games and absolutely love it when retro games are remade or repackaged for current-gen consoles. Obviously a complete remake is better than a repackage, but there is nothing wrong with putting a new coat of paint on an absolute classic game!

Reminisce the fun days of 8-bit gaming, soon on your current gen-console. Capcom has announced the Mega Man Legacy Collection is coming this summer to the PS4, Xbox One and PC (and in winter for the Nintendo 3DS). The collection packs faithful reproductions of the original six Mega Man games in one, some additional challenges and Mega Man history.

“In addition to the six Mega Man games, Mega Man Legacy Collection features new ways to experience the classic games with the Museum Mode and new Challenge Mode. Challenge Mode remixes gameplay segments from all six games, with plenty of scaling difficulty objectives for experienced players to conquer yet serving as a good starting point for new players, too,” said Capcom, “Museum Mode contains a comprehensive collection of history, high-res art and original concept pieces – a mega treat for any fan of Mega Man and video game history.”

Can’t go wrong with the side-scrolling classic Mega Man. What retro games would you like to see revived in their classic presentation for today’s systems?  There has been loads of lists and polls of most wanted/most likely classic gaming remakes (here is an example). Honestly, any one of those games on this list would be great for a remake, but the arcade classics never get old.

Tried and true arcade games such as Space Invaders, PAC-MAN and Asteroids, in pixel-perfect form would be great to see this on today’s latest systems. Whatever your gaming wish, there is no better way to introduce today’s gamers to some fun history of video games than with some hands-on gameplay.

From Capcom-Unity and Digital Eclipse

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