There's no two ways about it: 2020 has been a bit of a rough year, with the world reeling from a pandemic that has kept us, for the most part, locked indoors. While that looks set to continue for a little while longer, rays of sunshine are starting to appear, and we, at Pocket Tactics, have even further positive vibes to chuck your way.
Basically, it's Christmas, or the holiday season, and we'd like to invite you to treat yourself to those gaming-related goodies you've wanted all year. Whether it's as simple as The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, something to make games streaming more comfortable, like the Razer Kishi, or a full-blown Switch console bundle, we think you should open that wallet and go for it.
We're even going to make life easier for you, by providing you with links to the very best products that mobile gaming and Nintendo Switch has to offer. So, if you're looking for inspiration this Christmas (or ideas to share with a loved one) there's plenty in store for you below.
Treat yourself – the big Nintendo Switch and mobile gaming gift guide:
Switch and Switch lite
The Nintendo Switch continues to be one of the most popular Christmas gifts every year – and for good reason. Nintendo’s hybrid console can be played in handheld mode or through a TV, making it highly adaptable and suited to players of all ages.
The Switch Lite model is a cheaper alternative that can only be used as a handheld system, though it’s a great option for younger gamers and those who want a handheld experience. Regardless of which you pick, you’re sure to love your shiny new Switch.
2020 has been another great year for the Nintendo Switch, with some of its best games to date having launched in the last 12 months. What’s equally impressive is the sheer range of varied titles on offer, from the delightful Animal Crossing: New Horizons to the action-packed Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity.
There’s certainly a game to suit all tastes on Nintendo’s console, and we’ve separated the wheat from the chaff to make your purchasing decisions that much easier.
The Switch Pro Controller is the best, most comfortable way to play your favourite Switch games on the big screen. Its high-quality feel, reliable sticks, and satisfying buttons put it on par with the finest console controllers out there, though it does have a premium price tag to match.
Regardless, you’ll be wanting a Pro Controller if you plan to play fast-paced action games, such as Immortals Fenyx Rising or Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity.
Asus Rog Phone 3
The Asus ROG Phone 3 is one of the best Android gaming phones around. With a powerful Snapdragon 865 Plus and 16GB of RAM, you’ll be hard-pressed to find something you can’t run, and 6,000mAh battery capacity will help make room for those extended gaming sessions.
Alongside a clip-on fan, and excellent control functionality, the Asus ROG is everything you need in a gaming phone.
Samsung Galaxy Tab S7
The Galaxy Tab S7 is the first 5G enabled Samsung tablet, and as such is a pretty fancy piece of tech, with an optional expandable keyboard, and stylus. But its long lasting battery, and power also make it an excellent device for even the most demanding of mobile games.
Though iPhones in general are pretty decent for gaming, the iPhone 12 is especially excellent. The combination of its efficient battery life, and extremely powerful processor mean that games not only look great, but that you can play them for extended periods.
iPad Pro 11
Even though it released two years ago, the iPad Pro 11 is still an outstanding tablet. The A12X Bionic chip means the tablet is powerful enough to keep up with whatever you want to play, while also offering you plenty of other options.
The iPad Pro is an incredibly versatile device, good for gaming, sure, but also great for watching your favourite shows, creating, writing, and pretty much anything else you want to do.
The Kishi is undoubtedly one of the best mobile controllers. With versions for both Android and iOS, the Kishi offers a console quality controller, specialised for mobile, with two separate parts that fit to your device, clickable thumb sticks, and a comfortable design for prolonged gaming sessions. But the real advantage of the Kishi is its ultra low-latency. When using a Bluetooth controller with your mobile device, you might often find delays affect your gaming, but that’s a problem that the Kishi is designed to prevent.