The gamer in your life needs a Nintendo Switch OLED. Find out why the Nintendo Switch OLED gaming console is one of our 100 Most Wanted Holiday Gifts of 2022 ahead — and where to get one slightly cheaper than usual.
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Get the newest Switch console: Nintendo Switch OLED, $345
Add the ability to play online: Nintendo Switch Online membership card (1 year), $18.60 (reduced from $20)
The bestselling Switch game of the holidays: Pokémon Scarlet and Violet (pre-order), $60
Why the Nintendo Switch OLED is a most wanted gift
The Nintendo Switch OLED flew off the shelves after its 2021 release, leaving it out of stock. And when it has been in stock, it’s been a CBS Essentials bestseller. Luckily, plenty are available now. You may want to snag one before the big holiday shopping rush begins this year in case of any further stock issues.
The Nintendo Switch makes for a great gift because it’s portable and offers multiplayer games that are a blast to play with friends. Plus, there are top-rated games and franchises, such as Super Mario Bros. and Pokemon, that are only available for the Nintendo Switch.
While gamers of all ages love the Nintendo Switch, it’s an especially good choice for younger gamers. That’s because Nintendo games tend to be more family-friendly than most.
Nintendo Switch OLED, $345 (reduced from $350)
The newest Nintendo Switch OLED model has a better screen quality and a bigger screen size than its predecessor. Reviewers are raving about our 100 Most Wanted Holiday Gifts gaming pick:
“I prefer to play in handheld mode, and I’m always on the go, so the upgraded screen and stand are significant upgrades for me,” reviewer Cyanne Tate says.
“This device is shockingly awesome,” reviewer Malcolm Martin Turner says. “Why? You can basically play games with the graphical fidelity of almost (but not quite) the Xbox One/PS 4 in your hands. This blows me away. The fact that I can play NBA 2K, FIFA, Need for Speed, Grid, Mortal Kombat, Puzzle Quest and so many other games on the go is truly a joy to behold. As a result, much to my surprise, this has been the console I have ended up playing the most.”
Nintendo Switch OLED
The Nintendo Switch OLED has a larger 7-inch OLED screen that offers vivid colors, deeper blacks and better contrast than previous Nintendo Switch models when used in hand-held mode. It also comes with a wider kickstand, a new dock style, twice the storage and improved speakers for an even better gaming experience.
The Nintendo Switch OLED Model is now the third Switch console in Nintendo’s lineup. The OLED Switch retails for about $350, or $50 more than the non-OLED Nintendo Switch model ($299).
The Nintendo Switch OLED Model is available at Best Buy, Amazon and GameStop, but we found the best deal on the Switch at Walmart.
Nintendo Switch OLED, $345 (reduced from $350)
You’ll need a Nintendo Switch Online membership to play online
Like with the rival PlayStation 5 console, playing Nintendo Switch games online requires a paid membership. The gift recipient can pay for this on their own, but we think it’s a smarter idea to give them a card for a one-year membership to Nintendo Switch Online with their new console. The membership includes access to a curated library of more than 70 classic NES and SNES games.
You’ll save a little bit of money buying it at Amazon, rather than direct from Nintendo.
Nintendo Switch Online membership card (1 year), $18.60 (reduced from $20)
The bestselling Nintendo Switch games at Amazon
Pick up these games to go along with their new Nintendo Switch OLED. Many of these games are rated 4.8 stars or higher.
Pokémon Violet and Pokémon Scarlet
Unlike past games in the Pokemon franchise, there’s no set path in Pokémon Violet and Pokémon Scarlet. This means you can explore multiple stories in a vast world at your own pace and challenge gyms in any order. The two games are very similar, though the name of the school, its emblem, its uniforms, and other details in the game will differ depending on whether you play Pokémon Scarlet or Pokémon Violet.
Pokémon Scarlet and Pokémon Violet are slated for release on Friday, Nov. 18. Preorder now at Amazon and you’ll take delivery on the release date.
Pokémon Scarlet (pre-order), $60
Pokémon Violet (pre-order), $60
In Bayonetta 3, the latest game in the Bayonetta series, you play a gun-toting, demon-summoning witch fighting against man-made bioweapons. You’ll travel to China, Toyko and more distant locales.
Bayonetta 3, $60
There’s a single-player mode in Splatoon 3, but the real fun here is to be had in four-versus-four turf wars where you compete against another team to cover arenas with paint. There are new paint weapons, new maneuvers and new stages to explore. Rated 4.8 stars on Amazon.
Splatoon 3, $55 (reduced from $60)
Mario Kart 8 Deluxe
Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is the signature racing experience for the Switch. Race your favorite Nintendo characters across a series of Mario-inspired tracks, including several iterations of the dreaded Rainbow Road track. Plus, stay tuned: Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is slated to get new DLC releases through 2023.
The game is on sale now at Amazon. Rated 4.9 stars.
Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, $48 (reduced from $60)
Mario Kart 8 Deluxe Booster Course Pass DLC
Mario Kart 8 Deluxe got new life with the first wave of new Mario Kart 8 Deluxe Booster Course Pass DLC. It includes eight remastered courses from previous Mario Kart games. Six waves of eight courses each will release through the end of 2023.
Mario Kart 8 Deluxe Booster Course Pass DLC, $25
Mario + Rabbids Sparks of Hope
Mario + Rabbids Sparks of Hope is a strategy-type RPG game — you’ll fight your way through strategy battles as your favorite characters from the Super Mario Bros. and Raving Rabbids universe. Rated 4.4 stars.
Mario + Rabbids Sparks of Hope, $60
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
The base version of Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, Nintendo’s iconic fighting franchise, features 74 characters, with even more available through DLC. There’s a story mode, of course, but the real fun comes in beating up on friends and family, both locally and online, across a series of familiar Nintendo worlds. Rated 4.9 stars.
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, $50 (reduced from $60)
Pokémon Legends: Arceus
Pokémon Legends: Arceus is a significant departure from typical Pokémon gameplay. Instead of the traditional random-encounter-based RPG experience, Pokémon Legends: Arceus has a more open, “Breath of the Wild”-esque feel where Pokémon can be observed in the wild.
Good news: The game is being sold at a reduced price on Amazon right now. Rated 4.8 stars.
Pokemon Legends: Arceus, $46 (reduced from $60)
Nintendo Switch Sports
Nintendo Switch Sports offers six sports to play using your Nintendo Switch’s motion controls: soccer, volleyball, bowling, tennis, badminton and chambara (swordplay). Play against opponents online, or challenge your friends and family to a local game. Rated 4.7 stars.
Nintendo Switch Sports, $46 (reduced from $50)
If you have kids, chances are you’re already familiar with this popular sandbox game. Something akin to digital Lego, Minecraft is a world with nearly infinite terrain that can be mined and foraged. Players explore, fend off baddies, craft buildings and other structures and more, alone or with friends online — even those playing non-Switch versions of the game. Rated 4.8 stars.
Minecraft, $28 (reduced from $30)
More top-rated Nintendo Switch games for holiday 2022
Aside from the bestselling games above, there are a number of classic, must-play titles for the Nintendo Switch. Many of these games are currently on sale, allowing you to stretch your gift budget.
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild 2 (pre-order)
Not much is known about the follow-up to the widely-praised “The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild,” but this sequel is already among the most-anticipated releases in 2022. There’s no official date of release yet — nor is its title confirmed — but the teaser trailer for “The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild 2” shows Link and Princess Zelda traveling through a massive and dangerous cavern where a mummified Ganon lies, waiting to be awakened. And its available for pre-order now.
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild 2 (pre-order), $60
Haven’t played the original The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild yet? Good news: Both Amazon and Best Buy currently have it on sale, though the best price is at Best Buy.
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, $41 (reduced from $60)
Kirby and the Forgotten Land
Kirby and the Forgotten Land, released earlier this year, is a 3D platforming adventure lets you explore abandoned ruins from a lost civilization. Like in past Kirby games, the secret to success is using your enemies’ abilities against them. Bon appetit!
Kirby and the Forgotten Land, $53 (reduced from $60)
Mario Party Superstars
Board games never go out of style, which is part of what makes Mario Party Superstars an instant hit. Combining that board game vibe with five classic N64 boards and the 100 best mini games from the Mario Party series, it’s designed to deliver hours of fun. That’s whether you’re playing with friends or the whole family.
Mario Party Superstars, $54 (reduced from $60)
The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword HD
A remaster, not a remake, The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword HD is a graphically improved version of the 2011 Nintendo Wii title. Some reviewers have panned the game’s obsession with motion controls, but still, it is a must-play for any The Legend of Zelda fan.
The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword HD, $41 (reduced from $60)
Animal Crossing: New Horizons
“Animal Crossing: New Horizons” is akin to a digital getaway — perhaps that’s why it’s been so popular during a pandemic. This low-pressure game places you square on your own deserted island, where you collect resources, craft items and build homes to create your own personalized world. Get it for $10 off on Amazon.
Animal Crossing: New Horizons, $50 (reduced from $60)
Pokémon Brilliant Diamond
Another Pokémon game on Amazon’s bestseller list, “Pokemon Brilliant Diamond” is a remake of the 2006 Nintendo DS title, “Pokémon: Diamond.” Also set in the Sinnoh region, the game retains the original story and Pokémon lineup along with some nice modern upgrades, such as a revamped battle screen. It released alongside its sister title, “Pokémon Shining Pearl,” another title Pokémon should check out.
Pokémon Brilliant Diamond, $47 (reduced from $60)
Pokemon Shining Pearl, $41 (reduced from $60)
Super Mario Maker 2
Side-scrolling adventure “Super Mario Maker 2” features the single-player Story Mode, which comes with 100 built-in courses that you can use to rebuild Princess Peach’s castle. Team up with friends in Course Maker, where you can create your own courses and use new tools and course parts.
Super Mario Maker 2, $50 (reduced from $60)
Luigi’s Mansion 3
In “Luigi’s Mansion 3,” you play Luigi, who is tasked with finding Mario and their friends at the Last Resort ScareScraper. This scarefest is full of ghosts that need vacuuming and toads that need rescuing. Luckily, you’ve got the handy-dandy Poltergust G-00 to help you.
Luigi’s Mansion 3, $49 (reduced from $60)
Super Mario Odyssey
The near-perfect 3D Mario platformer “Super Mario Odyssey,” rated 4.9 stars on Amazon, has Mario traversing a number of incredible detailed worlds collecting stars, hidden coins and (of course) rescuing Princess Peach from Bowser.
Amazon reviewer Christopher Boyer says, “while the game is designed to appeal to everyone, Nintendo took the time to add some extra nods to long-time fans, not only in the worlds and the critters/characters you happen across, but through set pieces and a spectacular mid-game musical number that old-timers like me have to appreciate.”
Super Mario Odyssey, $48 (reduced from $60)
Super Mario Party
Nintendo’s party game series, Mario Party, launched on the Switch back in 2018 and has been a bestseller since. “Super Mario Party” features new game boards, 80 new mini-games and new mechanics, such as character-specific dice blocks to enjoy with friends and family locally or online. Reach for those stars!
Super Mario Party, $50 (reduced from $60)
Mario Golf Super Rush
“Mario Golf Super Rush” mixes a traditional golfing game, played across a series of Mario-inspired courses. Sure, you can get your ball onto the green — but that putt might not be so easy if a Bob-omb goes off first.
Mario Golf Super Rush, $53 (reduced from $60)
Ring Fit Adventure
Part video game and part workout, “Ring Fit Adventure” challenges you to defeat a bodybuilding dragon by completing a series of exercises in real life. Yes, really. This game comes packaged with fitness-ring and leg-strap accessories — everything you need to get a good workout in using the Nintendo Switch.
Ring Fit Adventure, $70
Assassin’s Creed The Ezio Collection
If you’re a fan of the “Assassin’s Creed” series, you’ll want to relive your assassin adventures with “Assassin’s Creed The Ezio Collection” from the comfort of your own couch or during a long-haul flight. Released in February 2022, this Switch collection features single-player campaigns from three classics, “Assassin’s Creed II,” “Assassin’s Creed Brotherhood” and “Assassin’s Creed Revelations.”
Assassin’s Creed The Ezio Collection, $25 (reduced from $40)
Just Dance 2022
The game series that combines fun with sweating it out, “Just Dance,” is back for 2022 with 40 of the most popular songs and a fresh gameplay. A whole-family affair, it also comes with eight kid-friendly tracks and a kids mode. Plus, it’s discounted on Amazon right now, dropping to almost 50 percent off and offering a one-month free trial of Just Dance Unlimited for access to over 700 more songs.
Just Dance 2022, $19 (reduced from $30)
A surprise indie hit of the pandemic, “Among Us” is a social game. Each game is played online, with a number players labeled as “imposters.” Most players try to complete a series of simple tasks while the few imposters sneak around trying to kill them and evade detection as the secret bad guys.
Among Us (digital download code), $5
This charming (and quite tough) indie platformer about a girl climbing a mountain has a simple, pixelated style, but don’t be misled. Aside from offering plenty of serious gaming challenges and a beautiful score, “Celeste” offers a deep, touching story that deals with serious mental health issues.
Celeste (digital download code), $20
The Great Ace Attorney Chronicles
We have just one thing to say to those who haven’t played a game from the Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney series: Objection! This two-game Ace Attorney collection, set in late 19th-century Japan, features 10 cases that require you to search for evidence, think logically and call witnesses out on their lies.
The Great Ace Attorney Chronicles, $25 (reduced from $40)
“Stardew Valley” is a relaxing, low-res farming simulator. Players grow crops and raise livestock, craft and sell goods, and even raise a family.
Stardew Valley, $35
100 Most Wanted Holiday Gifts: The best gifts to give this Christmas
It may seem early to start shopping for Christmas and Hanukkah gifts, but trust us, it’s not. Last year’s holiday season was riddled with supply-chain issues, and CBS News is anticipating more of the same in 2022. Plus, there’s inflation — unfortunately, prices may rise even more before December comes.
So it’s time to shop for holiday gifts now. Pick out a great hiding spot and check out CBS Essentials’ 100 Most Wanted Holiday Gifts of 2022. We’ve based our top 100 gift picks on our own bestsellers, owner reviews and our own extensive research into the most-buzzed-about gifts of 2022, such as this I am Groot Lego set, a guinea pig toy that gives birth and this pooping purple turtle.
Stay tuned to the CBS Essentials 100 Most Wanted Holiday Gifts Series for our picks of the hottest gifts to give in 2022. Our list includes some of Apple’s newest products, the top toys of 2022, game-changing kitchen appliances (such as this air fryer) and so much more.