Recently I was honored to attend a meeting with Nintendo and see their holiday preview. Of course it included games, ornaments, toys and that beautiful Nintendo Switch OLED Model that came out last week. So let's find the systems, games, toys, and more that’ll give everyone something to smile about. Nintendo has great gifts for the entire family. There is something for everyone, no matter the age. We absolutely love our Nintendo Switch and Nintendo Switch Lite. We play as a family, the kids play together, and it is so enjoyable. It is great family time and keeps the kids thinking, playing and being creative. We love it. Each game offers something new and exciting.

Nintendo Switch OLED Model: This just came out recently and includes many upgrades to the original Nintendo Switch, including a bigger and brighter OLED screen, full width kickstand, and more! Looking for another way to play the hottest Nintendo Switch games when you’re on the go? With the Nintendo Switch family of systems, players have the choice of a system that best fits their needs and play styles!

Nintendo Switch: Can't wait to play your favorite Nintendo games? With the flagship Nintendo Switch system, you can play the hottest games on your TV or in handheld mode. Nintendo Switch lets you enjoy a library of thousands of games anytime, anywhere. It’s great for families, friends and gamers of all ages.

Nintendo Switch Lite: Looking for a new way to play the hottest Nintendo Switch games? Nintendo Switch Lite is designed specifically for handheld play so you can jump into your favorite games wherever you happen to be. It plays all of the games in the Nintendo Switch library that support handheld mode. With a range of colors that includes coral, yellow, gray, turquoise and the recently released blue, Nintendo Switch Lite is designed specifically for handheld play so you can jump into your favorite games wherever you happen to be. Owners of either the flagship Nintendo Switch or Nintendo Switch Lite systems can enjoy compatible multiplayer games in person or online, like Mario Kart 8 Deluxe and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.

Animal Crossing New Horizons: Escape to a deserted island and create your own paradise as you explore, create and customize in the Animal Crossing: New Horizons game. Your island getaway has a wealth of natural resources that can be used to craft everything from tools to creature comforts. Friendly faces like Tom Nook and Isabelle will lend their services and happily help you as you hunt down insects, decorate and landscape your island, or enjoy sunsets on the beach while fishing in the ocean. Show off your island utopia to family and friends –or pack your bags and visit theirs! Whether playing online or with others at home, island living is even better when you can share it. This is by far one of the kids' favorite games to play.

Big Brain Academy: Brain vs. Brain: Put Your Wits to Work After picking up this easy-to-learn, tough-to-master game, you’ll go brain-to-brain with others in a series of fun, family-friendly activities that are sure to test your wits and reflexes. And with the ability for each player to set their own difficulty level, people of all ages and skill levels can play against each other in challenges that will test their memory, analysis, identification skills and more.  In addition to fun multiplayer modes, Big Brain Academy: Brain vs. Brain also includes single-player options in Solo mode, perfect for daily exercises to help finesse and improve your Big Brain Brawn score. These activities are an enjoyable way to start the day or wind down at night. And with the portable power of Nintendo Switch, you can challenge yourself anytime and anywhere!

Just Dance 2022: Keep the Party Going for Hours With Songs for the Whole Family to Enjoy!  Get ready to get down in the latest Just Dance game!  Just Dance 2022is the ultimate dance game for the whole family, with 40 hot new tracks from chart-topping hits like “Level up” by Ciara, Believer by Imagine Dragons, "Run the world (Girls)” by Beyoncé and more! Play with friends and share the fun with co-op mode or dance the way you like by creating your own personalized custom playlists.  We have several versions of these Just Dance games and they are so fun for the whole family and a great workout too!

Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit: Race a real-world Mario Kart through your own home! Use the Nintendo Switch system to control your kart and watch as it reacts to what’s happening in the game as you boost and drift to victory. Mario Kart: Live Home Circuit is available in a Mario Set or Luigi Set. Your in-home course comes to life on-screen with a view right from behind the driver’s seat. Carter and Kennedy have this game and they love it. We have so much fun playing this as a family. Check out the blog post here.

Mario Party Superstars: Join the party and prove you’re the board game superstar!  Roll your dice and race to get the most stars (and sabotage your opponents) on 5 game boards. Each board is filled with treats and tricks plant flowers (and Piranha Plants) on the delectable Peach’s Birthday Cake board or go intergalactic on the Space Land board. With minigames, star-stealing ghosts, and the troublemaking Bowser, you can turn the tables on your friends and family in an instant. Want to play with far-off friends and family? All modes can be played online!  So bring the party anytime, anywhere with same-system, local wireless, or online play. Use stickers to praise or pester fellow players as you race across the board collecting stars. All modes support online multiplayer, so you can hop in with friends for a few minigames or a marathon 30-turn match. Victory is just as sweet (and stealing stars is just as satisfying) from anywhere across the globe.

Marvels Guardians Of The Galaxy: Cloud Version: Blast Your Way From One Explosive Situation to Another Fire up Star-Lord’s jet boots for a wild ride across the cosmos in this third-person action-adventure game, a fresh take on Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy. With the unpredictable Guardians at your side, blast your way from one explosive situation to another, with original and iconic Marvel characters caught in a struggle for the fate of the universe.

Metroid Dead: Acquire new and familiar abilities as you traverse the many environments of this dangerous world.  Parkour over obstacles, slide through tight spaces, counter enemies, and battle your way through the planet. Return to areas and use your new abilities to find upgrades, alternate paths, and a way forward. Explore the sprawling map, evade and destroy E.M.M.I. robots, and overcome the dread plaguing planet ZDR.

Minecraft Dungeons Ultimate Edition: Experience the complete story of Minecraft Dungeons from the beginning to the End!  Fight scores of mobs, explore dimension-hopping levels, and discover untold treasures as you follow the story of the Arch-Illager and the Orb of Dominance .Grab the Ultimate Edition which includes the base game and all six DLCs: Jungle Awakens, Creeping Winter, Howling Peaks, Flames of the Nether, Hidden Depths, and Echoing Void–all at a lower price than purchasing the game and each DLC separately. This is your chance to pickup the complete Minecraft Dungeons experience!

Pokemon Brilliant Diamond and Pokemon Shining Pearl: The Adventure Through the Sinnoh Region Has Been Reborn!  Experience the nostalgic story from the Pokémon Diamond Version and Pokémon Pearl Version games in an adventure reborn on the Nintendo Switch system. Rich in nature and with Mount Coronet towering at its heart, the Sinnoh region is a land of many myths passed down through the ages. You’ll visit many different locations and take on countless battles on your journey to become the Champion of the Pokémon League! Along the way, you will encounter various friends, rivals and unique Pokémon, including the Legendary Pokémon Dialga in Pokémon Brilliant Diamond, or Palkia in Pokémon Shining Pearl. In these remakes, you’ll also be able to explore the revamped Grand Underground, put on a Super Contest Show, walk with your Pokémon, change up your style, and customize your Poké Balls.

Sonic Colors Ultimate: Non-Stop Sonic speed. Color the Universe.  Join Sonic in the high-speed adventure of a lifetime! The evil Dr. Eggman has built a gigantic interstellar amusement park bursting with incredible rides and colorful attractions–but he’s powering it with a captured alien race called “Wisps.” Use Sonic’s lightning speed to free the Wisps and learn the secrets of their amazing powers as you explore six unique colorful worlds, each filled with dangerous enemies and hurdles to overcome. Now with stunning upscaled visuals, additional features, a new game mode, and enhanced gameplay-it's the Ultimate Sonic Colors experience

Super Monkey Ball Banana Mania: Go Bananas with your favorite monkey gang in the ultimate Super Monkey Ball adventure!  More than 300 lovingly re-created levels and mazes, 12 fun minigames and a delightful cast of characters make their return to the wondrous worlds of Super Monkey Ball in this remaster of the iconic original three Super Monkey Ball games.

Tetris Effect: Connected: Local or online multiplayer, anywhere, and anyway you play it’s all Connected!  With over30 stages, this new version features the single-player Journey mode, the competitive Zone Battle mode (available locally or online),and the cooperative Connected mode. It also includes cross-platform multiplayer, so it’s easier to find people to play with or against. Take the Tetris Effect experience with you on the go!

The Legend Of Zelda Skyward Sword HD: The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword game soars onto Nintendo Switch!  Take to the skies, draw your sword, and experience the earliest story in the Legend of Zelda™ series.  Battle challenging enemies by swinging your sword and angling your slashes to uncover and break through opponents’ defenses using intuitive motion controls.  Join Link in his high-flying quest to save Zelda and explore inventive dungeons that will test your combat and wit. Themed dungeons provide a wealth of environmental puzzles, thrilling combat, and varied sceneries to discover.  Soar between floating islands and descend to the treacherous surface world in this updated HD version of The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword game.

Wario Ware Get It Together: The Wacky Wario Ware Series Comes to the Nintendo Switch System!  Wario is trying his luck at video games again, but this time he’s really getting into it literally! Help Wario and friends play through a vast array of quick microgames. Each character has a distinct ability, changing the way you tackle each microgame.  Conquer microgames solo or with two players together in Story mode on the same screen or via Local Wireless.  Or flex your microgame muscles as you brawl it out or test your reflexes against up to three other players in Variety Pack.  Then replay your favorite microgames in the Play-o-pedia, complete Missions, and check in weekly for a rotating set of online challenges in Wario Cup.

There is also a line of Hallmark keepsake Nintendo ornaments so make sure you check them out here.

Every kid is sure to want the Hot Wheels Mario Kart Rainbow Road Raceway Track Set.  You can find it here.

Don't forget about all the amazing Super Mario LEGO Sets.  Carter has all the Mario and Luigi sets.  They are his favorite to play with.

Carter & Kennedy just received Monopoly Animal Crossing New Horizons Edition and The Game Of Life Super Mario Edition and both are great board games that recently arrived in stores near you.

Here is a full list of every game we have and I highly recommend them all. We love playing Nintendo Switch as a family, the kids enjoy playing together and it is so much fun. I think it is a great console for anyone. I also love that the kids can take it in the car and on the go when we travel. 

Paper Mario The Origami King (click here for a review of this game)

I also highly recommend Nintendo Labo kits. It is a fun way to make, play and discover with Nintendo Switch. There are 5 different kits and Carter and Kennedy love them all. It teaches kids to craft and design and make things on their own while using their Nintendo Switch to play!

Click here for Carter's Super Mario Bros Room post.

Click here for our Super Mario family costumes post.

Click here to learn more about DC Super Hero Girls Teen Power.

Click here for Carter's Pokemon birthday party.

Click here for Carter's Animal Crossing birthday party.

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