Once again it's time to dig through the massive amounts of amazing video games released this year to pick a celebrated few that would make fantastic gifts for friends, family, or that special person in your life (or even yourself — tis the season, right?). This year we have selection of games to consider featuring famous fighting mascots, swinging gorillas, plumbers in fast cars, white hat hackers, a trio of criminals back for an encore, a pink puffball with a bottomless stomach, a gallant knight armed with a shovel, a collection of 8-bit classics reworked into microgame form, and so much more. You won't go wrong with these picks.
Bayonetta 2 (Wii U, includes the original Bayonetta)
Once upon a time there was a game published by Sega starring a scantily-clad witch with awesome powers who fought her way through some bizarre action sequences. The game, Bayonetta, was a critical darling for the PS3 and X360, but it didn't sell well enough to warrant a sequel. Nintendo saw potential though and bankrolled the sequel as a Wii U exclusive as well as a revised edition of the original game that ironed out some of the technical snags from the other versions and adds new exclusive features. Now both are available in a $60 single package. Bayonetta 2 follows on from the original game with more action, larger set pieces, crazier boss battles, and a loopy story that doesn't make sense (but just roll with it; you'll be happier that way). Rated M for a very good reason thanks to sexual innuendos and adult references, the Bayonetta games may appear out of place in the Wii U library, but they are very welcome there.