The AU’s Father’s Day Gift Guide: Nintendo Edition

For the dad that likes to stay mobile, but still squeeze a bit of gaming in, there’s no better platform than the Nintendo Switch. An ideal Father’s Day gift idea, the Switch can be a constant entertainment companion.

Hardware

Nintendo Switch Lite

This one’s for the dad who doesn’t spend much time in front of the TV. The Nintendo Switch Lite is a truly handheld version of the system. While the ability to connect to the TV is lost, the console can truly go anywhere. It has a slightly longer battery, and a smaller, smoother shape than the TV-compatible model.

Software


Mario Kart 8 Deluxe
Get into an argument with dad? Settle the score on the track in one of the most popular racing franchises of all time. Chaotic multiplayer and challenging single player modes with tons of characters and tracks to unlock.

 

XCOM 2
For the dad that prefers a little strategy, XCOM 2 Collection is the perfect pick. A turn-based science-fiction strategy game that puts you in charge of a covert military force trying to save Earth from a massive, hostile alien invasion. Includes the epic War of the Chosen expansion.

 

Ring Fit Adventure
There have been many games that purport to get the player fit. Only Ring Fit Adventure can do it. Similarly, while you’ve battled many final bosses before, only Ring Fit Adventure has a final boss that actually wants to kill you in real life. For dads going stir crazy in lockdown, this is a smart, fun way to workout. Not for the faint of heart — it goes hard.

 

Subscriptions

Nintendo Switch Online

A subscription to Nintendo Switch Online gets you quite a few perks, like access to online play, cloud saves, special offers and discounts in the store. You also get access to a constantly updated library of classic NES and SNES games. Also? It’s really cheap. $29.95 gets you a full 12 month sub.

Accessories

Nintendo Switch Pro Controller
One of the best modern controllers available, the Switch Pro Controller is ergonomic, comfortable and has a bloody long battery. Perfect for dads who prefer a more classic controller feel.

David Smith

David Smith is the games and technology editor at The AU Review. He has previously written for PC World Australia. You can find him on Twitter at @RhunWords.

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