It can be challenging to find gifts for friends and family in your life, which is why Game Rant has put together a list featuring some of the very best ideas for Pokemon fans.
For those that aren't all too familiar with the current landscape of gaming, purchasing gifts for those that are can be a real challenge. Those shopping for a Pokemon fan in particular will find themselves overwhelmed by the number of items pertaining to the series that currently reside on the market, but we here at Game Rant have decided to ease the stress of shopping with a handy guide filled with 10 must-have gifts for any Pocket Monster aficionado.
Without any further ado, curious consumers can browse our choices for must-have Pokemon products.
10 Pokemon Sun & Moon Double Pack ($89.99)
Starting off with one of the more obvious choices, the most recent installments in the core Pokemon series are well worth receiving. Of course, choosing which version of the game, Pokemon Sun or Pokemon Moon, can be a challenge. So, why not give the gift of duality and ensure that there won't be a single new monster on the Alola region that the recipient can't add to their Pokedex?
Our review of Pokemon Sun and Moon provided a glowing recommendation to newcomers and veterans alike. In that light, these games are an absolute no-brainer for any Pokemon fan that doesn't already have them.
Pokemon Sun and Moon Dual Pack by Amazon Prime.
9 Pokemon Sun and Moon New Nintendo 3DS XL ($199.99)
While the newest games are obvious pickups for anyone hoping to appease their closest compadres, the next step for any wannabe Pokemon Master is unquestionably some updated hardware. Fortunately, Nintendo and The Pokemon Company have that base covered with a limited edition New Nintendo 3DS XL featuring the Legendary Solgaleo and Lunala from Pokemon Sun and Pokemon Moon emblazoned upon the unit.
Featuring a sleek black look with silver outlines of the mythical Pokes accenting the ominous shade, this is one of the nicer gifts that one could provide a Pokemon fan. Given its limited edition status, however, it can be a little challenging to find, but well worth the price of purchase for those willing to shill out the extra cash – or be fortunate enough to find it in its natural habitat.
Nintendo New 3DS XL Solgaleo Lunala Black Edition by Nintendo.
8 Pokemon Sun and Moon Z-Ring ($29.99)
Despite Nintendo refusing to move into any sort of Virtual Reality field as of this writing, the company has refused to veer away from tapping into what it bills as "4th dimension" initiatives. The Z-Ring peripheral is one such example of this, allowing fans to connect the device to their games and actually experience the power of the franchise's supped up bracelet for themselves – or, at least, some flashing colors and sound effects that coincide with the on-screen action.
It may not be the most practical item to haul around, but it makes for a fun option for those hoping to add a little bit more to their Sun and Moon experience. Besides, it comes with an adorable little Pikachu action figure, and the mantra of 'catching 'em all' has to start somewhere.
Pokémon Z-Ring Set by TOMY.
7 Pokemon Collector's Edition Guidebook ($129.99)
Let's preface this item with the fact that it isn't for the weak of heart. This collector's edition strategy guide is for those looking to adorn their bookshelf with something that, at least aesthetically, outshines the likes of Ayn Rand's Atlas Shrugged. Those hoping to learn more about the Alola region, the trainers they'll be battling, and the Pokemon that fill it will be hard fought to find a better strategy guide than the one listed here, let alone a kit that features all of the doodads that this one does.
Included within this set is a hardcover strategy guide, a 240-page journal, a limited edition rollerball pen, a lithograph set, a full-sized bookmark, removable decals, a double-sided poster, and an elegant box to store it all in. Indeed, this piece of literature is for the biggest of fans.
Pokemon Sun and Pokemon Moon: Official Strategy Guide Collector's Vault by The Pokemon Company International.
6 Pokemon Monopoly ($44.99)
Depending on who is asked, Monopoly is one of the greatest boardgames to exist or the easiest way to cause immeasurable damage to any relationship. Regardless of this, the Pokemon variant of Monopoly is sure to put a smile on the face of anyone receiving it – at least until things start getting heated mid-way through a play session. Plus, it's one of the more affordable items on this list to boot!
Focusing on the first generation of Pocket Monsters, the board game takes players through the hustle and bustle of the Kanto region from Pokemon Red and Pokemon Blue. Featuring some awesome looking metallic tokens of Pikachu, Charmander, Squirtle, Bulbasaur, Eevee, and Jigglypuff, any gamer that enjoys the premise of Monopoly is sure to find delight in the ability to take on the Kanto gym leaders in a new way.
MONOPOLY: Pokemon Kanto Edition by USAopoly.
5 Pokemon XY Evolutions Cards - $3.99 (solo) to $99.99 (box set)
Looking back, there are few things as nostalgic as ripping open a pack of Pokemon cards. The smell of freshly exposed card stock paired with the thrill of discovering a holographic is a sense that's gone unmatched for many people throughout many years. While the cost of original, unopened Base Set cards is substantial, The Pokemon Company has allowed longtime fans to relive the thrill of seeing those unforgettable cards with a new TCG set called Pokemon XY Evolutions.
Featuring the exact card art from the premiere Pokemon cards, these items are sure to tickle fans pink with their familiarity. Plus, each pack of cards comes with a code that can be redeemed for use in the TCG Online component of the game, allowing fans to make use of their OG-themed collectibles while the real McCoy sits in their binders.
4 Plush Pikachu ($19.08)
Rolling over and cuddling with a Pokemon has been a thing of dreams for followers of the franchise, and it can finally be realized thanks to the existence plush Pokes. We've featured the face of the franchise for this post, but there are a medley of creatures that are just waiting to sit out the rest of their days prominently on a bed or couch. Plus, there's no denying that Pikachu looks pretty darn adorable.
Regardless of the preference for the monster captured in plush form, many Pokemon fans would be hard fought to hold off on wearing a smile after realizing that they've just been gifted a tangible critter from one of their favorite gaming series.
Pokemon Small Plush XY Pikachu by Pokemon.
3 First Three Pokemon Films on Blu-Ray ($39.99)
It's hard to believe that Pokemon: The First Movie first arrived in North American theatres back in 1999, but it has indeed been over 17 years since the franchise made its theatrical debut. In the years following, there have been a number of other films that have arrived on the scene, but the original cinematic trio still stand as some of the best in the eyes of diehard Pokemon aficionados. This is exactly why a pack featuring all three of the films on Blu-Ray makes complete sense for anyone eager to rewatch the motion pictures.
The aforementioned first film in the series is one of the most adored by fans. And while gamers may not receive a special edition card like they did during its initial theatrical run, it still packs enough of a punch that it's sure to bring tears to fans' eyes. Literally, though. The part where Pikachu begins crying is still just as heartbreaking to this day as it was in 1999.
2 Pokemon GO Plus ($34.99)
Since it's an accessory for one of the biggest video games ever, the Pokemon GO Plus is in incredibly high demand. As a result, it may not be as easily attainable as some may have hoped, but it would still make for a wonderful gift for anyone still dedicated to the mobile app. Allowing players to catch monsters whilst wandering around, provided they are within proximity of their phones, the watch-like device is worthwhile for gamers hoping to discretely secure items and lock down previously captured mons while they go about their day.
With the emergence of Apple Watch support recently, there may not be as strong of a desire or need for the Pokemon GO Plus, but those not willing the shell out hundreds of dollars for the smart watch will find what they need here.
Nintendo Pokemon GO Plus Bluetooth Bracelet by Nintendo.
1 Pokken Tournament ($54.99)
The arrival of Pokemon Sun and Pokemon Moon cast an all-consuming shadows of sorts, which makes sense given the anticipation gamers have had for another pair of core entries in the RPG series. One game that has been set aside from the limelight as a result (at least somewhat) is the Pokemon-only fighting game, Pokken Tournament, for the Nintendo Wii U.
Despite a roster that lacks combatants, the game itself has been making headlines recently thanks to the addition of more characters in the title's arcade version. Whether or not this will come to impact the Wii U iteration of Pokken Tournament remains to be seen, but fans of the IP are sure to pull joy from the raw thrill that accompanies pummelling Lucha Pikachu with all four of Machamp's arms.
Pokken Tournament - Wii U by Nintendo.
Thus concludes our list of 10 must-have gifts for the Pokemon fan in your life. These are great for anytime of the year, and are sure to appease even the toughest gift critics.
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