Looking for a few good gift ideas for the gamer in your life, but don't want to break the bank? Check out these ideas.
At less than $30, this collection is the perfect gift for Mario fans.
Bundling Wii-compatible versions of four of Mario's best adventures
together with a ton of extras, it's an outstanding value. Look for it to
launch on December 12 -- get your pre-orders in now.
Hori LCD Monitor 3 [PS3]
Cheap it might not be, but a bargain it most certainly is. If you're facing a
holiday season of tedious travel to tech-deficient households, this
creative product is just what you need. It's a 720p LCD monitor
custom-made to snap on top of a PS3 Slim; all you need to do is hook up a few cables and you're ready to hit the road with what is very nearly a portable Playstation 3.
Battlefield: Bad Company
A great alternative to the pricier Call of Duty: Black Ops, Bad Company
still has a thriving online community, and it's easy to find under $20.
World of Warcraft
World of Warcraft [PC]
Yes, giving someone the gaming equivalent of a meth addiction is perhaps not the most charitable thing you could do with $5. But thanks to the imminent launch of the Cataclysm expansion, the times they are a'changing in Warcraft's world of Azeroth, and the game's still growing. Give it to your least favorite family member: if they get hooked, you'll probably see a lot less of them...
Cheap, third-party game peripherals are usually nothing but frustration. But we really like Power A's range of PS3 and Wii controllers -- aside from being affordable, they're remarkably well built, durable, and offer some imaginative tweaks to conventional designs. On the
Wii side, they have a couple of great choices for kids: a 35% smaller
remote and nunchuk (which makes the Nintendo model look clunky in
comparison) and a full-size, Lego-licensed remote that can be customized
with included Lego bricks. And their PS3 offering has a layout that owes much more to the Xbox 360's controller than to anything Sony has ever made, making it perfect for gamers who prefer Microsoft-style pads.
NBA Jam [Wii]
October saw the rim-rattling return of coin-op smash, NBA Jam, on the Wii. Featuring an updated take on the franchise's groundbreaking, two-on-two, jump-through-the-roof action, it's about as far from a spot-on sim as it gets. On fire with critics, it's being widely discounted this holiday
season -- look for it as low as $30.
Released back in February, Bioshock II is a solid Game of the Year contender -- which makes it all the more surprising that it's available at less than
$20, if you know where to look.
Excitebot: Trick Racing
Lookingfor cheap Wii games can be a bit of a minefield: there's an awful lot of bargain-basement garbage out there. That's not true of Excitebots, a slick, Nintendo-produced take on the trick-racing genre that's perfect for all ages -- and widely available under $20.
Assassin's Creed II
Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood is tearing up the charts. Meanwhile, this superb release from last year is getting discounted nearly as viciously as its hero Ezio dispatches his enemies. Look for it well under $30.
This port of unique Playstation hit LittleBigPlanet flew under the radar of many PSP-owning gamers -- and while that might be bad news for star Sackboy, it's good news for gift-givers. Selling at around $20, it's a
- Assassin s Creed
- the perfect gift
- all you need
- NBA Jam
- Call of Duty
- Super Mario All-Stars