10 gaming gifts that are great for the whole family

Julie Tremaine
·4 min read
10 gaming gifts that are great for the whole family. (Photo: Getty Images)
10 gaming gifts that are great for the whole family. (Photo: Getty Images)

You might not be able to buy a Playstation 5 or a Nintendo Switch right now — those consoles are sold out nearly everywhere because of shopping demand — but that doesn’t mean you can’t give highly entertaining games for the holidays this year.

These 10 gaming gifts integrate the most modern technology and classic games that will appeal to a new generation. They’re fun, interactive experiences that the whole family can play.

Oculus Point Reyes Virtual Reality Headset

Oculus Point Reyes Virtual Reality Headset. (Photo: Walmart)
Oculus Point Reyes Virtual Reality Headset. (Photo: Walmart)

Spending more time in your house than usual this year doesn’t mean you can’t explore the world. This Oculus Virtual Reality Headset creates vast universes in high definition with no PC or console required, and allows you to live cast so others can see what you’re experiencing.

VTech Kidi Star Dance Set

VTech Kidi Star Dance Set. (Photo: Best Buy)
VTech Kidi Star Dance Set. (Photo: Best Buy)

This Kidi Star Dance Set might technically be for kids, but there’s no rule saying parents can’t get in on the fun. This portable console features party lights and a virtual instructor who teaches over 20 fun dance moves and dance games. It also comes with two motion-activated wristbands that add different effects to the music.

Arcade1Up 8 Game PartyCade Portable Home Arcade Machine

Arcade1Up 8 Game PartyCade Portable Home Arcade Machine. (Photo: QVC)
Arcade1Up 8 Game PartyCade Portable Home Arcade Machine. (Photo: QVC)

Recreate the joy of an arcade without having to leave your house. This two-player PartyCade Home Arcade Machine can sit on a tabletop or be mounted to the wall, and it has two versions. The Asteroids console has eight games including Avalanche and Gravitar, and the Pacman console features eight games such as Ms. Pacman and Galaga.

Operation Game: Star Wars The Mandalorian Edition

Operation Game: Star Wars The Mandalorian Edition. (Photo: Walmart)
Operation Game: Star Wars The Mandalorian Edition. (Photo: Walmart)

The classic Operation game gets a modern update — to a galaxy far, far away. Operation: Star Wars The Mandalorian changes the operating table to The Child’s pod, where you attempt to remove items like a frog and a mudhorn egg without triggering the buzzer.

Sega Genesis Mini Console

Sega Genesis Mini Console. (Photo: Gamestop)
Sega Genesis Mini Console. (Photo: Gamestop)

For a certain ‘90s kids, Sega Genesis was the pinnacle of gaming — and put Sonic the Hedgehog’s spin dash in the spotlight. This Sega Genesis Mini Console comes with two controllers and 40 pre-loaded games, including Sonic The Hedgehog, but also Ecco the Dolphin, Kid Chamelion, Toe Jam & Earl, Street Fighter 2 and Road Rash II.

Nintendo Classic Edition Remake

Nintendo Classic Edition Remake. (Photo: Gamegear)
Nintendo Classic Edition Remake. (Photo: Gamegear)

No more trading games with your friends (or renting them from the video store for the weekend). This Nintendo Classic NES remake comes pre-loaded with over 600 games, like Super Mario Bros. but also Contra, Donkey Kong and Paperboy. The controllers are compatible with Wii U remotes and the systems integrate seamlessly.

Ms. Pacman Arcade Machine

Ms. Pacman Arcade Machine. (Photo: Walmart)
Ms. Pacman Arcade Machine. (Photo: Walmart)

Your past self, scrounging for coins to try to beat arcade games, wouldn’t be able to believe that you can actually have a Ms. Pacman arcade game console in your house with unlimited plays and no quarters necessary. This one-fourth scale replica of the original Ms. Pacman game fits easily into any room and has the real arcade artwork on the outside.

Deer Pong Talking Family Game

Deer Pong Talking Family Game. (Photo: Walmart)
Deer Pong Talking Family Game. (Photo: Walmart)

This talking deer game takes what used to be an adult party game and makes it a kid-friendly activity. Deer Pong features an animatronic Bucky the Deer who holds cups in his antlers, which you try to launch ping pong balls into before your opponent does. Bucky eggs everyone on with cheeky reactions like "Not fair! I'm an easy target!" and "Hope your aim's better in the bathroom!"

Super Mario Bros. Celebration Monopoly

Super Mario Bros. Celebration Monopoly. (Photo: Gamestop)
Super Mario Bros. Celebration Monopoly. (Photo: Gamestop)

This special edition of the classic Monopoly board game puts the video game action on your table. Players buy and build Princess Peach’s castles and Toad’s houses, win gold coins, and pay Bowser, Jr. and Magikoopa utilities. A question block makes iconic Super Mario sounds to create a video game feel.

Super Nintendo Mini Remake

Super Nintendo Mini Remake. (Photo: Gamegear)
Super Nintendo Mini Remake. (Photo: Gamegear)

Gone are the days of saving your allowance for months just to buy one Super Nintendo game. This Super Nintendo Remake is pre-loaded with over 700 SNES games like Super Mario World, NBA Jam and Mortal Kombat II; and over 700 classic Nintendo games like Mike Tyson’s Punch-Out!!, Mega Man 4 and The Legend of Zelda.

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