Thank you Nintendo for sending the Pokemon Scarlet Violet package.

In September I was honored to attend a meeting with Nintendo and see their holiday preview. Of course it included games, ornaments, toys and more. 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 came out last year 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! Carter has this and loves it.

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. The range of colors includes coral, yellow, gray, turquoise and blue. 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. Kennedy has this and loves it.

Let's talk about new games:

Pokémon Scarlet and Pokémon Violet: Journey through a new, open-world PokémonTM adventure.  Catch, battle, and train Pokémon in the Paldea Region, a vast land filled with lakes, towering peaks, wastelands, small towns, and sprawling cities. Explore a wide open world at your own pace and traverse land, water, and air by riding on a form-shifting Legendary Pokémon—Koraidon in Pokémon Scarlet and Miraidon in Pokémon Violet. Choose either Sprigatito, Fuecoco, or Quaxly, to be your first partner Pokémon before setting off on your journey through Paldea. You can experience a new style of adventure, with a world that you’re free to explore at your leisure and not in an order dictated by the story. There is no set path on your Paldea adventure, so you can weave freely through your Treasure Hunt consisting of three grand stories. Challenge Gyms and aim to achieve Champion Rank, take on gigantic Titan Pokémon, and face off against the troublemaking Team Star. Along the way, encounter Pokémon that take on a gemstone-like appearance and gain special power thanks to the Terastal Phenomenon.

Thank you Nintendo for sending Carter this Pokemon Scarlet and Pokemon Violet package.  These essentials will help at Naranja or Uva Academy.  The package included a notebook, pen, school tie, school pennants, patches, a Paldeam first partner plush and the game!

Bayonetta 3: Get ready for a devilishly good time! Bayonetta struts through multiple locations in an all-new, over-the-top climax action game. Sporting a wicked new ensemble and somehow familiar pigtails, the titular Umbra Witch must face a mysterious evil using her signature guns and time- slowing Witch Time ability.

Fall Guys: Be the last Fall Guy standing! This hit party game finds up to 60 players running, jumping and shoving their way to victory. Dive into a series of ridiculous challenges and wild obstacle courses with masses of other competitors online, all with the hopes of making the cut and advancing to the next round of mayhem. Shift between competitive free-for-alls and cooperative challenges where everyone on the losing team gets eliminated! Do you have what it takes to claim the crown?

It Takes Two: Team up and cooperate with a friend in this critically acclaimed co-op platforming adventure. Venture through fantastical worlds filled with challenges around every corner. In addition to single-system play, the game can also be played on two systems via local wireless or online with a pal via the free Friend’s Pass. Even the bumpiest road can be traveled with someone by your side!

Just Dance 2023: Get ready to discover a never-ending party experience!  Now with new modes, personalization, and 3D immersive worlds and new songs, you can experience a never-ending dance party all year long. And for the first time, dance to record-breaking South Korean boy band BTS with “Dynamite” and other new tracks from the latest hits to classic oldies. Play with up to five friends in local play and online multiplayer with cross play where you can create private groups, pick your favorite songs, and discover a new era of dance.

Kirby's Dream Buffet: Bump, battle, and boost your way to victory! Roll through a smorgasbord of food-themed stages in 4 rounds of 4-player fun as Kirby...who seems rounder than usual? Race through delicious obstacle courses to collect strawberries as Kirby grows. Then, turn the tides in the final round a fruity fight atop a floating platform.

Kirby and the Forgotten Land: Join Kirby in an unforgettable journey through a mysterious world in a delightful 3D platforming adventure.  Float off on an adventure as the powerful puffball, Kirby. Explore 3D stages as you discover a mysterious world with abandoned structures from a past civilization – like a shopping mall?! Copy enemies’ abilities like Drill and Ranger and use them to attack, explore your surroundings and save the kidnapped Waddle Dees from the ferocious Beast Pack alongside the adorable Elfilin. Hope you’re hungry for an unforgettable adventure!

Mario + Rabbids Sparks of Hope: Build your dream team on a galactic journey with Mario and the Rabbids!  Team up with Mario, Luigi, Rabbid Peach, Rabbid Luigi and their friends on a journey to defeat a malevolent entity and save your Spark companions! Build your dream team of three heroes from an eclectic roster of nine and unleash their skills to take down new bosses and some familiar enemies throughout the galaxy! Be strategic as you dash into your enemies, team jump on your allies and hide behind cover in order to rescue the adorable Sparks, who will provide you with distinct powers to help you in battle. Explore planets throughout the galaxy and uncover mysterious secrets as you complete compelling quests!

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe – Booster Course Pass: Double your course options with the Mario Kart 8 Deluxe Booster Course Pass!  A total of 48 more courses from throughout the Mario Kart series are racing to the Mario Kart 8 Deluxe game as paid DLC. Courses include those based on real-world locations like Paris Promenade and Tokyo Blur from the Mario Kart Tour game, in addition to nostalgic favorites like DS Waluigi Pinball and Wii Coconut Mall! Content will release in six waves of eight courses until the end of 2023.

Mario Strikers: Battle League: Tackle, pass and score in this action-packed sport where anything goes! Introducing Strike, a 5-on-5, soccer-like sport with no rules – do whatever it takes to win! Get gritty and try to score the most goals by tackling enemies, using items and pulling off score-boosting Hyper Strikes. Pummel the pitch with up to eight players. Take the carnage online or pass the ball to players locally – just look out for the electric fence! With online and local wireless, a player can bring along a secondary striker on the same system, or pair up with up to three other systems (2 players per system, 8 players total).

Nintendo Switch Sports: Bring the thrill of your favorite sports to life!  Get moving with Soccer, Volleyball, Bowling, Tennis, Badminton and Chambara (swordplay) using Joy-Con controllers! Controls are intuitive, so you can hit the court (or lanes, or field or arena) and get started. With controlled motions you can curve your bowling ball, add spin to a tennis shot or even use a Joy-Con with the included Leg Strap accessory to kick the ball in Soccer. The Nintendo Switch Sports game offers multiple options for multiplayer fun, so family and friends can join in on the same system or online. Plus, a seventh sport is planned to be added via a free update this Holiday; get ready to Golf!

Overwatch 2: Get ready for a reimagined multiplayer experience in Overwatch 2!  It's about to get real! On October 4th, Overwatch 2 launches as a free to play live service featuring all new content. Rush into battle as new Support hero, Kiriko, and level up your look with new cosmetics like souvenirs and weapons charms. A brand new Battle Pass system offers 80 tiers of rewards to unlock. Experience reimagined 5v5 gameplay with your friends on Nintendo Switch.

Sonic Frontiers: Worlds are colliding in Sonic the Hedgehog’s newest high-speed adventure! In search of the missing Chaos emeralds, Sonic becomes stranded on an ancient island teeming with unusual creatures. Battle hordes of powerful enemies as you explore a breathtaking world of action, adventure, and mystery. Accelerate to new heights and experience the thrill of high-velocity, open-zone platforming freedom as you race across the five massive Starfall Islands. Jump into adventure, wield the power of the Ancients, and fight to stop these new mysterious foes. Welcome to the evolution of Sonic games!

Splatoon 3: Enter the Splatlands, a sun-scorched desert inhabited by battle-hardened.  Inklings and Octolings.  Get ready to make a splash with the next game in the Splatoon series! Splatsville, the city of chaos, is the adrenaline-fueled heart of this dusty wasteland. Even in this desolate environment, Turf War reigns supreme and battles rage in new stages located in the surrounding wilds. Dynamic new moves help these fighters dodge attacks and cover more ground, along with a new bow-shaped weapon to sling ink. Join Agent 3 in a fight against the unruly Octarians in story mode. Discover the secrets of Alterna, the Fuzzy Ooze, and how they connect to the mode’s theme, “Return of the Mammalians.”

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles:  Shredder’s Revenge: With a blend of retro and modern visuals, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles:  Shredder’s Revenge finds the four favorite turtles kicking some serious shell in classic arcade-style beat-’em-up action. Up to six players can play locally or online in this bodacious game developed by Tribute Games and published by Dotemu, who also published Streets of Rage 4 and Wonder Boy: The Dragon’s Trap. Enjoy pixelated and colorful graphics and a vintage TMNT spirit that will take you back to the fantastic 1980s. All the characters, vehicles, weapons, items and scenes are directly inspired by the 1987 TV series and will make you feel like you jumped directly inside television.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Cowabunga Collection: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Cowabunga Collection delivers 13 radical games from KONAMI’s entire archive of retro 8-bit, 16-bit, and arcade Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles titles! These classics have been adapted for modern gaming systems with a fantastic set of quality-of-life features, local couch co-op and online play. The Cowabunga Collection goes beyond the heated battles against Shredder’s hapless henchmen and dives deeper into the sewers to uncover never-before-seen development documents, game concept art, and sketches directly from KONAMI’s TMNT vault.

Nintendo Switch Online + Expansion Pack: Level up with a Nintendo Switch Online membership!  With a Nintendo Switch Online membership, you can play games online with friends, enjoy over 100 classic games, and more. Experience online multiplayer sessions with friends and family in compatible games like Mario Strikers: Battle League, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe and many others, whether they live next door or live around the world! In Nintendo Switch Sports, Nintendo Switch Online allows you
to play online and aim for the Pro League in every sport!  Plus, with a Nintendo Switch Online + Expansion Pack membership, you get access to even more benefits, including a library of Nintendo 64 games with online play for up to four players, access to DLC like Mario Kart 8 Deluxe – Booster Course Pass, Animal Crossing: New Horizons – Happy Home Paradise and Splatoon 2: Octo Expansion, as well as retro SEGA Genesis games!

Toys and more!

I recommend a case for your Nintendo Switch or Lite. Click here for cases.

Carter is obsessed with all the LEGO Super Mario sets. A new Bowser one came out that is on Carter's Christmas list.  Click here.

Here are a few more of Carter's favorites LEGO sets:

We love Super Mario Monopoly Junior. So fun to play as a family over Christmas break.  Click here.

How fun would these X Rocker Super MarioTM Gaming Chairs be while playing your favorite Nintendo Switch game over Christmas break!  There are 5 different colors and characters to chose from!  Click here.

This looks amazing. Does this come in adult size too?! I would have loved this as a kid.
Mario KartTM 24V Ride-On Racer.  Click here.
Carter has Let's Go Yoshi and he loves it. Start your adventures today with the Let’s Go, Yoshi figure. Kids of all ages will have endless fun interacting with Yoshi to activate his 20+ iconic sounds and
music. Pet Yoshi’s nose to hear and other adorable sounds. Other activation trigger points include Yoshi’s shell and feet, while his top spike activates his instantly recognizable music. Try lifting or laying down Yoshi to experience even more sounds. With so many interactive triggers and 13 points of articulation for tons of posing options, Let’s Go, Yoshi is the perfect addition to any Super MarioTM
collection.  Click here.

Hot Wheels® Mario KartTM Rainbow Road Raceway Track Set: Experience the iconic Mario KartTM Rainbow Road course in the real world with the Hot Wheels® Mario KartTM Rainbow Road Raceway track set!  The 8-foot long track has five translucent rainbow-colored race lanes that can be configured straight or curved. Kids can use the electronic fair start gate to race up to five favorite Mario KartTM 1:64 scale die-cast karts. The track set comes with two vehicles: an exclusive King Boo and Mario. Once the karts get racing, they may face banked turns or a wavy road and must pass through the Item Box randomizer to win! Lights and sounds announce the winner at the finish gate. Makes a great gift for kids ages 4 years and older, especially fans of Mario KartTM! Colors and decorations may vary.  Click here.

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 all ages. 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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