2009 Holiday Gaming Guide – Part 3

Hello, everyone, and welcome to Part 3 of GamerSyndrome’s 2009 Holiday Gaming Guide.   Thanks to all of those who have been checking out this seasonal feature every week.  For those of you joining us for the first time, keep in mind that this is not a ‘wish list’ or ‘top games of 2009’ list.  The 2009 Holiday Gaming Guide features games you can play as you eagerly anticipate Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Festivus, Christmas, or whichever holiday it is you celebrate that features gift-giving.

We are just about two weeks away from the ceremonial unwrapping of gifts we all love, and while last week we featured some beefy, time-consuming games, this week, we’re mentioning long-forgotten gems that will last you a good amount of time but will still allow you to play the brand new copies of Spirit Tracks and Left 4 Dead 2 you unwrap this Chrismukkah.

Fire Pro Wrestling Returns (PS2)
Can’t wait to receive SmackDown vs. Raw 2010 for Christmas?  Then you should definitely look for a copy of Fire Pro Wrestling Returns.  The game’s timing-based gameplay, retro graphics, and robust customization options will keep you enthralled for a good while.  Plus, Fire Pro has exploding ring deathmatches!  Does SmackDown have that?  The answer is no!

Also try: Fire Pro Wrestling (GBA), Fire Pro Wrestling 2 (GBA)

Mario Kart DS (DS)
Quite possibly the best Mario Kart game on the market, Mario Kart DS has managed to hold up rather nicely for the last few years, and it remains one of the more challenging entries in the series.  With tons of tracks, characters, and some of the best track design in the series, Mario Kart DS is as good as they come.  Too bad those damn spammers ruin the online experience.

Also try: Any other Mario Kart game out there.

NiGHTS: Journey of Dreams (Wii)
A lot of people may be turned off by this game given its uber-colorful look, but keep in mind that NiGHTS: Journey of Dreams is as beautiful as a game can get.  With two touching stories, nice graphics, a good soundtrack, and fun on-rails gameplay, NiGHTS: Journey of Dreams just oozes with holiday spirit.

Also try: NiGHTS into Dreams… (SAT)

Twisted Metal: Black (PS2)
Arguably the best game in the Twisted Metal series, Twisted Metal: Black provides some of the best car combat gameplay available, eerie storylines for each of the playable characters, and some really creepy locales (all of which are highly destructible).  Oh, and it should be noted that Sweet Tooth is one of the scariest, most bad-ass clowns around.

Also try: Twisted Metal Head-On: Extra Twisted Edition (PS2)

Viva Piñata: Trouble in Paradise (360)
Maybe it’s the bright colors and papery texture, but piñatas have such a festive look, no?  So why not give Viva Piñata: Trouble in Paradise a spin this holiday season?  Packed to the brim with charm, replay value, and, well, piñatas, the second game in the Viva Piñata franchise will have you raising piñatas and having them breed until you unwrap this year’s presents.

Also try: Viva Piñata (PC, 360), Viva Piñata: Pocket Paradise (DS)

That wraps it up for Part 3 of our 2009 Holiday Gaming Guide.  We hope you find yourself at least a bit distracted with these games while you wait for something more modern to arrive during the holidays.  Be sure to join us next week for our last stop before the gift-giving festivities commence!

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