In 2022, Nintendo Switch owners had plenty of reasons to celebrate. The system hosted some great games and plenty of great accessories were also released. As is our annual tradition, ComicBook.com has put together a system holiday guide to help customers pick out the best gifts to give off the system. At this point, the Switch has been around for almost six years, with a huge number of games and extras available for purchase. The purpose of this list is to offer some of the best items for both Switch newcomers and those who have had the console for a while.
Readers should keep in mind that any list like this is subjective and it would be impossible to meet the needs of all gamers. That said, the following are the games and items we’ve personally tested, tried, and put on standby. In the case of each game listed, there are links to the official ComicBook.com reviews, in addition to links where you can buy it. This will give readers a better idea of what to expect. Hopefully this list will be a useful tool for you and your loved ones while shopping!
Scroll down to see our selection of some of the best Nintendo gifts to give this year!
Mario + Rabbids Sparks of Hope
Mario + Rabbids Sparks of Hope is the highly anticipated sequel to Ubisoft’s Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle. Kingdom Struggle was a pleasant surprise when it came out in 2017, but Sparks of hope is a superior sequel in every way imaginable. The game offers some meaningful improvements to the original game’s formula, making it one of the very best Switch games released this year. Of course, Switch owners who haven’t yet played the original game should; Kingdom Struggle can often be found at a deep discount, and it’s worth playing.
U.S Mario + Rabbids Sparks of Hope review can be found here.
Where to buy Sparks of hope: Amazon
Where to buy Kingdom Struggle: Amazon
Kirby and the Forgotten Land
This year marked the 30th anniversary of the Kirby franchise and Nintendo kicked off with one of the franchise’s greatest games ever. Kirby and the Forgotten Land marked the character’s first foray into 3D gaming and provided an incredibly enjoyable platformer. With beautiful locations, new transformations and an excellent co-op mode where players can adventure together, Kirby’s latest is the perfect gift for gamers of all ages.
U.S Kirby and the Forgotten Land review can be found here.
Where to buy: Amazon
Pokemon Legends: Arceus
The Nintendo Switch has played many Pokemon games over the years, but Pokemon Legends: Arceus really stands out from the crowd. The RPG abandoned many of the series staples in favor of stealth elements and Pokemon attacks that could actually injure the player character. Stalking up and catching Pokemon without even attacking is one of the best additions the series has ever made, and the game’s difficulty is much higher than in previous games, making it perfect for older fans. For gamers who already own it Pokemon Legends: Arceus, Pokemon Scarlet and Violet should provide another great Pokemon experience when they release later in November.
U.S Pokemon Legends: Arceus review can be found here.
Where to buy: Amazon
In recent years, Splatoon has become one of Nintendo’s biggest and best franchises. Splatoon 3 proudly continue that tradition with a new single player campaign, new weapons, new clothing options and more. The online shooter is easy to learn but hard to master, and the three-minute matches are perfect even when players don’t have much time. Just make sure the gift recipient has a subscription to Nintendo Switch Online; the best features of the game can only be accessed that way!
U.S Splatoon 3 review can be found here.
Where to buy: Amazon
JETech protective case and screen protector
An annual staple of these lists, JETech’s range of protective cases for the Nintendo Switch is an affordable way to protect your system, while also adding a little extra bulk if you’re playing in handheld mode. I’ve been using JETech cases since I broke a Joy-Con and dropped my system a few years ago, and have nothing but good things to say about them. Last year I upgraded my console to a Switch OLED, requiring another JETech model. My only issue with the OLED case is that it’s very sturdy, and getting the system to dock can be a bit of a hassle, even after a full year of use. That said, it’s still an excellent case, and I can’t recommend it enough for new Switch owners, or just those looking to protect their investment!
Where to Buy JETech Switch Case: Amazon
Where to buy JETech OLED case: Amazon
Where to Buy JETech Switch Lite Case: Amazon
Nintendo Switch Online + Expansion Pack subscription
In 2021, Nintendo added a second level to Nintendo Switch Online. Instead of the regular $19.99 per year, the expansion pack increased the price to $49.99. At the time, the upgrade was a bit harder to recommend, but a year later, I can safely say that the upgraded version of the program is well worth the extra $30 per year. The expansion pack now includes many more Nintendo 64 and Sega Genesis games than last year, and it also offers more benefits than at launch. Subscribers get access to the Mario Kart 8 Deluxe Booster Course Pass DLC, Splatoon 2‘s Octo expansion, exclusive profile icons and more.
Where to buy: Nintendo Switch eShop
Xbox wireless headset
You may think this item is on the wrong list, but the Xbox Wireless Headset is an excellent audio option for Switch users. The device syncs beautifully with the console via Bluetooth and is well worth the price. My only issue with the headset is that turning it on turns on an Xbox console if you happen to have it synced to both systems (like me). It’s a minor nuisance and something that can be fixed by unplugging the Xbox when you want to play Switch, but it’s something users should consider before spending the money.
Where to buy: Best Buy
The Nintendo Switch has a ridiculous amount of controller options available and it can be hard to decide which one is right for the gamer in your life. In terms of quality, nothing can beat the Switch Pro Controller. At $69.99, it costs a little more than some might want to spend, but there’s no denying the quality of the controller. It has a great weight to it and the battery life is phenomenal. Users looking for a cheaper option can always check out PowerA’s Enhanced Wired Controllers, which can be found in the $15-30 ballpark. For the cheaper price, users lose support for rumble and amiibo, and the controller must be docked. However, the controller does have a headphone jack for those looking for a cheap option for late night listening (Pro Controller users can use Bluetooth instead). Like the Switch Pro Controller, PowerA’s offerings are officially licensed and buyers can find a number of designs featuring popular characters such as Mario and Pikachu.
Where to buy Pro controller: Best Buy
Where to buy PowerA wired controller: Best Buy
eShop Gift Cards
If you’re still not sure what to get the Switch owner in your life for the holiday season, an eShop gift card is the perfect option. The Switch eShop has a ridiculous amount of games available for download, and credit added to a Nintendo Account can even be used for the Wii U or 3DS systems (at least until those stores close in 2023). They also come in different denominations.
Where to buy: Amazon
- Mario Party 1 and 2 now available on Nintendo Switch Online
- New Nintendo Switch Pokemon Split Pad Compact and Pro Controllers are now on sale
- Animal Crossing and other big Nintendo Switch games get strange new updates
- Nintendo Switch Online subscribers get a free N64 surprise
- Splatoon 3 is getting an awesome Google Easter Egg