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Merry gamer Christmas; It's tricky to know what to buy for the gamer in your life. Well, no more - read on to have all your questions answered.

Nintendo Switch, from PS279.99 If ever a console was likely to revolutionise gaming, it's this one. Nintendo have got it so, so right with this beauty. It's a games console in the normal form in that it plugs into the telly and you play away. But where the genius comes in is when you want to go to bed, or out, or whatever.

You simply lift the body out and it becomes a handheld, carrying on where you left off. It's totally new, totally innovative and the best idea in gaming I can remember. Superb. From Tesco Direct and all good retailers.

Mario Kart 8 (Nintendo Switch), PS42 With some added tracks and a few more characters to choose from, Mario Kart is largely unchanged since its original release in 1992. And why change something now that has held its own through the generations of console upgrades. Watching a stray green shell hit your mate as you race past to claim first spot is just as satisfying now as it was 25 years ago. From Amazon.

Super Retro Trio Plus, PS119.99 Go back to the future with the superb Super Retro Trio Plus PAL from Retro-Bit. Play your classic NES, SNES and Mega Drive game cartridges - but via HDMI on your telly. This sleek little device is a 3-in-1 entertainemnt console with three cartridge slots and six controller ports, compatible with original or third-party controllers. You just need your old carts and off you go. Sublime. See funstockretro.co.uk

Planet Of The Apes: The Last Frontier for PS4, PS15.99 This starts like the most beaufiul game you've ever seen but rather than controlling characters, you simply make choices to steer the story at key points and they act it out - the closest yet to a movie game crossover. It sucks you in FAST and will have you hooked - buy it. From https://store.playstation.com

Monopoly (Nintendo Switch), PS20 A slick version of the classic board game with six different rules you can play with to stop the inevitable argument about whether or not landing on Go gets you double cash (it should) or if rolling a double 1 earns you PS1000 (it shouldn't). With objective based games and speed rolling for when you don't have the time, or the patience, for a full game makes it perfect for the family at Christmas. From Amazon.

Smart Boy, PS59.99 Transform an Android smartphone into vintagestyle handheld gaming device. Users can play their old Gameboy and Gameboy colour games. Proper controls, great graphics and hi-res. You need USB-C compatability so check. Perfect gift from brilliant gamer site, funstockretro.co.uk

Targus SteelSeries Gaming Backpack, PS129.99 This clever gift carries and protects an assortment of equipment. The durable exterior is water and weather resistant and the robust laptop compartment includes a sling protection system to keep expensive tech protected. Versatile design includes detachable compartments and dedicated places for storage. From SteelSeries. com

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Date:Dec 17, 2017
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