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Family Gaming Gift Guide 2015

Dec 15, 2015

By John and Justin Powell - G4 Canada

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Santa Claus is coming to town and nobody wants to be a Grinch. Want to play Santa for the little ankle-biters in your life but worried about finding something that's appropriate and won't have mom or dad death-staring you with eyes of coal? Here are some great gift ideas for those diminutive gamers in your lifeā€¦and perhaps their families too.

Elite ControllerSkylanders SuperChargers

Format: PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Wii U, Nintendo Wii
Publisher: Activision
Developer: Vicarious Visions, Beenox
Official Site: https://www.skylanders.com/
Price: Starter Pack: From $84.99 to $ 54.99. Individual characters: From $15 to $20
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The brilliant children's RPG returns this year introducing all-new characters and for the first time ever in the Skylanders series, vehicles. There are over 40 Skylander figures and vehicles to collect and the 117 characters introduced since the Spyro's Adventure installment are still playable in SuperChargers. Whether you snap up the starter pack or individual figures, Skylanders remains as one of the most consistently innovative games for children.

Elite ControllerPlaymation

Format: Wearable toys, tech
Publisher: Disney
Developer: Disney
Official Site: http://www.playmation.com/
Price: Starter Pack: From $79.96 to $ 54.99. Individual characters: From $15 to $20

Superhero fans can become Iron Man, Hulk, Captain America and other Marvel crime-fighters in this game which combines an online app, smart figures and wearable gear. Completing missions which are tracked on the app, older kids can run around, use their imaginations, foil virtual baddies and save the day.

Elite ControllerSuper Mario Maker

Format: Wii U
Publisher: Nintendo
Developer: Nintendo EAD Group No. 4
Official Site: http://supermariomaker.nintendo.com/
Price: $69.96 
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With a fantastic creation tool, Mario fans young and old can design and play their own levels and share them with other gamers around the world. There are also in-game challenges and courses that are ready to play without any fuss or muss.

Elite ControllerDisney Infinity 3.0

Format: Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One, Wii U.
Publisher: Disney Interactive Studios, LucasArts
Developer: Avalanche Software
Official Site: https://infinity.disney.com/
Price: Starter Pack: $64.99, Individual characters: From $15 to $20
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Launched with a superb Star Wars starter pack, Disney Infinity has made a triumphant comeback. With various playsets incorporating characters from Star Wars, Marvel and Inside Out; Disney Infinity has something for every child on your list.

Elite ControllerAmiibos

Format: Wii U GamePad, New Nintendo 3DS, Nintendo 3DS 
Publisher: Nintendo
Developer: Nintendo
Official Site: http://www.nintendo.com/amiibo
Price: From $15 to $20

Not to be outdone by Disney Infinity or Skylanders, Nintendo has their own popular line of gaming figurines. From Pokemon characters to familiar faces such as Mario, Donkey Kong and Yoshi, the Amiibo figures can be used in and interact with games supporting and featuring them.

Splatoon

Format: Wii U
Publisher: Nintendo
Developer: Nintendo EAD Group No. 2
Official Site: http://splatoon.nintendo.com/ 
Price: $69.99
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This frenzied multiplayer game has players covering levels and each other with colourful ink, virtually of course. Although, designed for slightly older kids (7-10), there is much fun to be had by all.

Elite ControllerTearaway Unfolded

Format: PlayStation 4
Publisher: Sony Computer Entertainment
Developer: Tarsier Studios, Media Molecule
Official Site: http://tearaway.mediamolecule.com/
Price: $39.99
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From the quirky minds who brought us LittleBigPlanet, player explore a world made out of paper. One of the most original and creative games of 2015.

 
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