With new consoles looming on the horizon, 2019 could’ve been a quieter year in gaming.
Thankfully it was anything but quiet, with hugely anticipated sequels like Kingdom Hearts 3, The Division 2, and Borderlands 3, excellent newcomers like The Outer Worlds and Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice, and delightful indies such as Wargroove and Untitled Goose Game.
If you’re thinking of getting a new console this holiday season, we would wholly recommend the Nintendo Switch, or the Switch Lite. While PlayStation and Xbox consoles have never been cheaper, entirely new consoles are launching next year from both companies.
The Switch, however, is enjoying another banner year in 2019, seeing several big entries in beloved series such as Super Mario Maker and Pokémon, as well as a robust library of indie games and cross-platform titles. And the handheld-only Switch Lite, which launched earlier this year, may prove to be the most kid-friendly console of all time.
Below you’ll find links to our 2019 gaming gift recommendations, including tabletop games, organized by Younger Kids (under 10), Kids and Teens (10-16), and Mature Teens (17+). Note that many kid-friendly games, such as Super Mario Maker 2 and Pokémon Sword and Shield, are beloved by kids, teens, and adults alike.