The Ultimate Gamer Girl Gift Guide
With so many video games and systems out there, it can be tough to find the right gift for a gamer girl—particularly if you don't play games yourself.
But have no fear, because this guide will break it all down for you. Keep reading to find the perfect present for your best gamer friends—or even something for your own wish list.
A Nintendo 3DS is an essential for any gamer girl. If your gaming-obsessed bestie doesn't have one yet, here are some options to get her started on the path to greatness:
New Nintendo 3DS: Super Mario Edition: $168
The New Nintendo 3DS is like a classic 3DS, but better in every way. It has all of the functionality of a 3DS but is sleeker, comes with face-tracking 3D for perfect images every time, and it has a built-in reader for Amiibo and Amiibo cards. Plus, the Mario-themed design is beyond adorable.
Nintendo Galaxy Style Nintendo New 3DS XL: $199.99
The XL version of the New Nintendo 3DS is bigger and better than the regular size, and this one has a gorgeous galaxy sheen that will make everyone envious of your friend's new game system.
Nintendo 2DS: $118
If your BFF yearns to play Nintendo 3DS games but doesn't care to actually play them in 3D, the Nintendo 2DS if the perfect gift for her. You can't argue with that price point for the best portable gaming system on the market.
If the gamer girl in your life already has a 3DS (or if you're going the extra mile by getting them a system and a game), we can't recommend these titles more!
Pokémon Sun or Moon: $33.99
Pokémon Sun and Moon are the best Pokémon titles to date, and they'll be a prized gift to new players and lifelong Pokémon fans alike. With more than 80 new Pokémon, plus new forms of old favorites, there are more creatures to capture then ever, and with Pokémon Refresh you can groom and pet your Pokémon and feed them to make your bond grow even stronger. It improves on every aspect of the Pokémon universe, making it a must-have for 3DS owners everywhere (and did we mention they recently became the fastest-selling game in American history?).
Style Savvy: Fashion Forward: $26.80
Even if the gamer girl in your life isn't an aspiring fashionista, she'll get a kick out of this game. It puts you in the shoes of a girl who discovers a tiny magical world inside her grandmother's dollhouse. There, she becomes a boutique owner, designer, entrepreneur and so much more with the help of colorful friends and frenemies. Even though the game is very fashion-focused, anyone can pick it up and enjoy it. Even boys love it!
Disney Art Academy: $25.49
For the gamer who's also an aspiring artist, Disney Art Academy is a perfect fit. Not only does it show you how to draw your favorite Disney characters from Snow White to Olaf, but the art lessons actually teach valuable drawing skills from sketching out rough shapes as guidelines to finer detail and even how to use different mediums. Plus, you can show off those drawings on social media when they're done.
Animal Crossing: New Leaf: $19.99
Animal Crossing is a time-honored classic, and the free new downloadable content, "Welcome Amiibo," adds even more fun to the game. Animal Crossing is all about being the mayor of a small village full of animal inhabitants, and the new add-ons include an RV campground in your village and the ability to summon your favorite characters with Animal Crossing Amiibo and Amiibo cards. It also adds some functionality from Happy Home Designer that will make decorating your in-game home easier than ever. The opportunities in this game are endless!
Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer: $19.99
If running an entire village is too much to handle, Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer is the perfect compromise. In the game you take on the role of an interior designer, and your only goal is to make design homes and the town square for the local residents. You have to follow their basic guidelines, but the design is entirely up to you—and if you have Amiibo, even more features can be unlocked.
Amiibo are must-haves for Nintendo devotees. They're cute little figurines that look like your fave Nintendo characters, and when you tap them against your Wii U gamepad or 3DS with a built-in reader, you can unlock awesome extras in the game from special costumes to enhanced abilities and more.
Of course, Nintendo isn't the only company making awesome games for gamer girls. Here are a few more of our faves:
Blizzard Entertainment's Overwatch stands apart from other multiplayer first-person shooters with its unique, lovable characters and frenetic gameplay. In a lot of FPS games, the weapons you collect determine your gameplay style and success, but in Overwatch, the characters are the weapons. Every time your character dies, you can bring a new one into battle, allowing players to pick a new fighter and keep everyone on the map on their toes. You can play on PlayStation 4, Xbox One or PC.
Lego Dimensions: $67.99
Lego Dimensions is more than just a game. This package comes with the video game, plus a Lego toy pad and the bricks you need to build a Lego Gateway, plus the Batmobile and Batman, Gandalf and Wyldstyle minifigs. Players can use the portal to introduce their creations into the game, and they can buy separate packs to expand the story further. It's also packed with your fave characters from Doctor Who, The Simpsons, DC Comics and a lot more. It's available for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and Wii U.
Tearaway Unfolded: $15.99
This ultra-charming followup to Tearaway plunges players back into a crafty paper world. In that world, they control a tiny paper messenger by manipulating the world around them. The game also gives you options to customize elements that serve a bigger purpose within the narrative. This gorgeous game is available on Playstation 4.
Just Dance 2016: $50.88
The latest edition of the top-selling dance game in the world is here and it's the best one yet. It'll teach you to dance along to your favorite tracks by Ariana Grande, Justin Bieber, The Weeknd and a ton more. If your BFF can't stop dancing, they'll need this game. It's available on PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One, Wii and Wii U.
Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare 2: $37.47
Everyone loves Plants vs. Zombies, and the newest iteration in the series is the best yet. Like the first Garden Warfare, it's a third-person shooter where the battles between plants and zombies take place within massive 3D arenas. You can buy it for PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC.
Last but not least, we had to cover gaming outside of consoles. These unique gaming devices make the ultimate gifts.
NES Classic Edition: $59.99
The NES Classic Edition is tough to get your hands on at the moment, but if you do manage to snag one you'll be a retro gamer girl's hero. It comes pre-loaded with 30 awesome classic games and comes with an old-school controller, instantly transporting the player back to the '80s.
Gamevice is an awesome gadget that snaps on to either end of your phone or iPad to instantly turn it into a gaming controller. It feels great and works like a charm, and Gamevice even has its own app to help you find compatible mobile games. Before you buy, just make sure that you know what kind of phone your friend has!
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