It’s that time of year once again, where all of us bloggers start putting together this wish list and gift ideas for Christmas. Naturally, I’m going to do the very same thing! However, you won’t get any generic items on my list – that would just be boring! Instead, we’re going to look at gift ideas for gamers and retro gamers. After all, that would be far more interesting, don’t you think?
So, let’s take a look at these Christmas gift ideas for retro gamers and gamers in general!
Legend of Zelda Ocarina
We’re going to start off small with this list, but also start off with an awesome little stocking filler that every retro gamer out there would absolutely love. Specifically, we are talking about the Legend of Zelda replica Ocarina. Now, Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time is widely considered one of the best Legend of Zelda games ever. So it should come as no surprise that the game gets a lot of love in the retro gaming community.
With that in mind, I’m sure you can understand why a retro gaming fan would be over the moon to get their hands on their very own Ocarina! After all, it’s a major part of the gameplay from Ocarina of Time (as the name pretty much suggests).
Tanglewood for the Sega MegaDrive
Next up, we have a delightful entry that I am really happy to be able to include on this list; Tanglewood. Many retro gamers out there have very fond memories of the Sega MegaDrive (or Genesis in the US), due to the wonderful platformers and other games on the console. But obviously, the MegaDrive stopped getting new games over 2 decades ago! Or did it?
Well, yes, it did. But only until this year, thanks to the release of Tanglewood. Tanglewood is a brand new game for the Sega MegaDrive, build using the original development hardware and software. It’s a brilliant game that works perfectly on an original MegaDrive, making it a great gift for Christmas 2018.
The Retro Gaming Subscription Box
If you can’t figure out which one gift you want to get for a retro gamer, it can be really annoying. Thankfully, there is an answer for that too! Getting a subscription box full of retro gaming goodness can be the perfect way to make sure you can give a bunch of cool gifts all at the same time. On top of that, you don’t even need to choose what items go in the box either! That’s because the subscription box people use the info you provide to choose the perfect gifts for you!
For example, The Retro has a gaming-focused subscription box service where you can actually choose between Mario, Zelda and Sonic, as well as Sony, Nintendo or Xbox. How cool is that? Personally, I’d probably go with Zelda, but the fact that you have the choice is great!
Ready Player One – The Novel
Whilst the movie of Ready Player One has come out now, I would still recommend getting the novel instead. As with many things, the book is the better option (although the movie is still very enjoyable). The storyline features so many callbacks to classic and retro games, pop culture and more. In fact, there are so many of them that you’ll find anyone reading it will just absolutely lose themselves in the book.
Oh, and the story is just generally exceedingly good as well! If you are looking for a good book for a retro gaming fan, this would be brilliant!
Legends of Localization: Zelda
Stick with the idea of great books, the next item on this list if the Legends of Localization: Zelda book (yes, the title in written with the US spelling). In short, this delightful non-fiction book details the differences and changes between the Japanese and English language versions of The Legend of Zelda, offering a wonderful amount of insight to the way in which games are localised.
It also means that, as a fan of The Legend of Zelda, you can learn all new secrets and histories of a game series that you adore. Therefore, this would make an outstanding gift for any The Legend of Zelda fan out there!
And That’s All Folks
There you have it! Those are the 5 gifts that I would highly recommend for any retro gaming fan out there this Christmas. I sincerely hope that these retro gamer Christmas gift ideas help you to choose something perfect to get.
If you have any other great suggestions, let me know in the comments below!