‘Tis the Season for Holiday-Themed Games
Are you ready for the holiday season? Video games are no stranger to the holidays–and not just because they’re often given as gifts. Holiday content and events (especially Christmas) sometimes find their way into games, whether through DLC or special modes. Here are a few Nintendo games that might brighten your day with their holiday themes.
Let’s take a look.
Pikmin 3 – The Fortress of Festivity
Pikmin 3 was a huge success for Wii U owners who like the Pikmin series’ style of real-time strategy gameplay, and it received a festive update in its third batch of DLC. Fortress of Festivity is the first map in this set, and it was given to players for free with Pikmin 3’s update. Released in December, it is set in a house decorated for Christmas and contains several holiday-relevant items, including present boxes, Christmas stockings, and a Christmas tree the Pikmin can slide down.
Animal Crossing series – Toy Day
You can celebrate Toy Day in Animal Crossing, Animal Crossing: City Folk, and Animal Crossing: New Leaf. On December 24 (or December 23 in Animal Crossing), your town will celebrate Toy Day. This holiday includes gift-giving, snow, and a reindeer character named Jingle. The exact nature of the event varies depending on which game you’re playing. In Animal Crossing: New Leaf for the 3DS, for example, you can dress as Santa Claus to deliver presents to all the villagers. If you deliver the presents correctly, based on hints given earlier in the month, you’ll get a reward.
Donkey Kong Country 3: Dixie Kong’s Double Trouble
Donkey Kong Country 3, which you can find on the Wii and Wii U Virtual Console, has a special holiday mode. If you access the cheat menu and enter the cheat code “MERRY,” the game’s bonus levels will change. They’ll play Christmas music, the stars will be replaced by Christmas decorations, and the bananas will be replaced by presents.
These three games all incorporate Christmas and holiday themes, but they aren’t the only ones. What are your favorite holiday-themed games, DLC, or levels? Let us know in the comments.