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4 Nintendo DS (NDS) Games With A Christmas Holiday Theme

Updated on September 16, 2016

The Christmas holiday season is a time to relax, unwind and take a break from all the hustle and bustle of every day life. Throughout the year, everyone is most likely busy with one thing or another, depending on who they are and what their jobs are. Some are buried in work and more work while some have household chores to tend to whilst others have children to take care of and the kids themselves have school to take on.

It is when the holidays arrive that everyone gets the chance to take a break and not have to worry too much about every little thing. Take a well-deserved vacation even just for a few days. Everyone has their own way of relaxing and de-stressing. Some might opt to read while others might prefer to go shopping or do some other activity.

Nintendo DS (NDS) Games With A Christmas Holiday Theme

What are some of the holiday-themed Nintendo DS games that you can play during the Christmas season? Why would you want to play these kinds of NDS games?
What are some of the holiday-themed Nintendo DS games that you can play during the Christmas season? Why would you want to play these kinds of NDS games?

Gamers will most likely be perfectly content to sit in front of their chosen gaming console and have fun playing with their chosen game.

Those who are especially fond of the Nintendo DS (NDS) could try to play games that have a perfectly appropriate theme for the holiday in question.

What are some of these NDS games that have a Christmas theme?

Christmas-Themed Games

Why would you want to play a Christmas-themed NDS game? For one, doing this is certainly very apt for the season in question.

It would feel like you're really getting into the spirit of the holiday. For another, what's wrong with trying something new?

Let's face it, most people will only know about games that are really popular and famous like the Pokémon series (Black, White, Y, etc.) These are the kinds of items that most will be talking about and will be wanting to play. It's highly likely that other less popular and well-known titles will be easily forgotten in the face of these more famous games.

Games like this can be played pretty much anytime of the year regardless of the season or holiday

Pokemon Black Version 2
Pokemon Black Version 2 | Source

But there's no harm done in playing these other games like those with a Christmas-theme. These can be fun and enjoyable too though they may not be all that well-known.

Furthermore, if you're not going to play these now, when are you going to check them out? After the holidays are over, it would seem pretty weird to be playing a Christmas-themed game and most people would probably opt to play other games now.

It's just like how some would be more inclined to play a Halloween-themed game during the Halloween and how they would want to play something else with the holiday in question being over already. You can easily play these NDS games alongside the usual ones you play. If you're looking for new titles or if you're looking to play a new one while you take a break from your usual game, you could opt for these holiday-themed ones.

There are games that can be classified as expensive and can still seem that way even if the price is slightly reduced. NDS Games like Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer are really quite cheap though especially when compared to games like Pokemon
There are games that can be classified as expensive and can still seem that way even if the price is slightly reduced. NDS Games like Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer are really quite cheap though especially when compared to games like Pokemon

NDS games and their prices

Are they all that expensive? Will it be worth it to acquire any one of these items? First, these games aren't all that expensive at all.

They're pretty cheap actually especially when compared to the other well-known titles out there. Besides, you could always get them used if you want it to be even cheaper.

If you check out Amazon, you can see a lot of cheap products and some even let you buy the item used so you can cut down on the price further. This isn't just in the case of NDS games either.

As to whether a game you choose to buy will be worth it or not, that is something that only you can answer because everyone has their own preferences and likes and dislikes.

Screenshot from: Santa Claus Is Comin' To Town
Screenshot from: Santa Claus Is Comin' To Town

What one person may really like, another may actually find boring or uninteresting.

As such, there's no harm in trying something out and seeing for yourself if you might actually enjoy these games.

You'll never know, you might find something that you can consider a gem. You might even learn new things and you can have a lot of fun.

Since these games are pretty cheap, what have you got to lose with trying them out? If you end up liking them, you might decide to keep them and play it again some other time.

If you didn't like it or if you much prefer, you can always decide to sell it afterward or you could even give it away.

Screenshot from: Disney's A Christmas Carol NDS game
Screenshot from: Disney's A Christmas Carol NDS game

NDS games as gifts

Can these NDS games be given as gifts to other people? Why not? What's wrong with giving these items as presents to others?

If you know a gamer or someone who might be interested in these products, then you could decide to give that person one or a few of these holiday-themed NDS games as a Christmas present.

The gift will certainly be very appropriate for the holiday in question considering the Christmas theme. Giving these kinds of presents should also ensure that you are less likely to end up giving someone something that they might already have.

For instance, if you know someone who is an avid NDS player, it's highly likely that this person already has most of the well-known games out there and that you might just end up giving them a duplicate of what they already have, which can be rather disappointing for the person getting the gift.

After all, if they already have, say, a brand new and working Pokémon NDS game, why would they want another one? So, what are some of these Nintendo DS games that have a Christmas holiday theme, which you can get for yourself or give as a gift to others?

Disney's A Christmas Carol

This NDS game is based on the novel by Charles Dickens entitled "A Christmas Carol".

This pretty well-known book chronicles the story of the miserly Ebenezer Scrooge and how he met the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Yet to Come.

Of course, there's more to the tale than that simple introduction but if you want to know more, you should check out the book in question.

Screenshot from: Disney's A Christmas Carol NDS game

You don't have to purchase the Dickens novel if you don't want to though because, through this NDS game, you get a copy of said novel.

Now you can play Disney's A Christmas Carol and even read the book it's based on.

For those who like advent calendars, this product also comes with one so you can purchase it before December and count down to the day when Christmas arrives.

The advent calendar in-game is real-time and you get to unlock surprises as you play each day up until Christmas.

Since this is based on a book, there are also a lot of impressive cutscenes as part of the storyline.

There are a number of fun and enjoyable mini-games too.

You can see some screenshots to the right and, if you check out its Amazon product page, you can see more screenshot images from the A Christmas Carol NDS game.

Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer

This NDS game is based on the show with the same title.

Aside from the NDS version of Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer, there's also a Nintendo Wii version though both are very different from each other.

You can always get both if you like since they are different so you won't end up playing the same thing.

Screenshot from: Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer

However, the Wii version is rated rather low on Amazon so you might be better off with the NDS version, which received significantly higher ratings as compared to its counterpart.

The NDS version has a lot of mini games which you can play.

There are 4 stories included in with one being the main storyline and the other three being side-stories.

All of these stories have their own activities and mini games to play of course.

You get to play these games as you read through the story, which then allows you to unlock them so you can play them again without having to go through the story all over again just to access said mini-games.

If you have children, why don't you play this with them and have fun bonding with each other and enjoying yourselves? You could even watch the movie that this game is based on.

Santa Claus Is Comin' To Town

This NDS game is based on the movie with the same title. If you haven't watched the movie yet, you could look into watching it before playing Santa Claus Is Comin' To Town.

As it is a Christmas-themed movie, it is perfectly apt to watch during the holiday in question. The entire family could watch together and it should be a great bonding experience for all.

Screenshot from: Santa Claus Is Comin' To Town

Aside from the NDS game, there is also a Nintendo Wii version of Santa Claus Is Comin' To Town and it is different from the aforementioned NDS version though both are based on the movie.

The NDS version has a whole lot of mini-games for you to choose from and play with. You can decide to play them as a stand-alone or you could go for the adventure or storyline mode.

This is where you can get an insight into the story of the movie by way of the scenes of dialogue. As you go through these scenes, there will be instances wherein you can play the mini-games.

You can see some screenshots to the right and, if you check out its Amazon product page, you can see even more image screenshots.

Santa Claus Is Comin' To Town appears to be a pretty simple and easy game but it is fun and enjoyable. Children are sure to love this what with such mini-games as coloring and the like. Adults may not find it as fun but it is certainly a festive game and should help to get one into the Christmas mood. Furthermore, you would surely have more fun if you play this with your children and you can use this as a bonding opportunity as you help your kids go through the game.

Dr. Seuss: How The Grinch Stole Christmas!

This NDS game is the most expensive as compared to all the other titles featured here (only counting the Christmas-themed ones).

All the others are way less than $10 but this particular item is more than that (as of this writing).

Still, if you've got money to spare or if you're really interested in this title, then there's no reason why you shouldn't get it as it really isn't all that expensive.

Screenshots from: Dr. Seuss How The Grinch Stole Christmas

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It would just seem that way if you compare it with the rest of the prices of the other Christmas-themed NDS games shown here.

Dr. Seuss: How The Grinch Stole Christmas is actually based on the book and movie with the same name, though it's mostly based on the latter.

In this NDS game, you get to play as the Grinch and get the chance to be sly and sneaky as you navigate past the pathways and places laid out in order to complete the objectives of said game.

There is a lot of action as well as puzzles and mini-games that really get you to interact with the characters like the Whos.

While the game is fun, it can appear too simple for some people. Still, if you're a fan of the Dr. Seuss movie and book, then you might also enjoy this or you might want to add this to your collection if you just happen to be collecting Dr. Seuss paraphernalia and other such items.

You can see some screenshots to the right and there are many more images to be found on this product's Amazon page. As you play Dr. Seuss: How The Grinch Stole Christmas, remember that the true spirit and meaning of Christmas goes beyond receiving gifts.

Which of these NDS games are you most interested in playing?

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These are just some of the Christmas-themed Nintendo DS games that you can choose to play during the holiday season.

Any one of these items will surely get you into the festive and cheery Christmas mood as you relax, have fun and simply enjoy whatever you're playing.

Of course, try not to get too caught up in playing games (Christmas-themed or otherwise) so much so that you forget to spend time with your family.

Be sure to spare some time to bond with your family too. Maybe you can all watch Christmas-themed movies together such as the ones that the NDS games here happen to be based on.

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  • The 'Nintendo DS (NDS) games with a Christmas holiday theme' image above was modified by Ceres Schwarz, CC:BY-SA
  • The original, unedited image is by PinkyPadgett, CC:BY-SA, via deviantArt

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