Last-minute stocking-stuffers for gamers in your life

Technically, just about any video game can fit into a stocking. Heck, the entire Wii console could fit. True stocking-stuffers, however, should be diminutive in size and price. Here are a few last-minute stocking ideas for the gamers in your life.

Nyko Charge Base
$30, PS3/360/Wii
Console-controllers go through batteries faster than video-game writers go through free food at a press event. Luckily, Nyko is here to help. The company’s Charge Base units offer a solution to the battery-buying bonanza — and the price is right.

Art Academy
$20, Nintendo DS
The Nintendo DS finally has its own Bob Ross. This art-teaching program uses the touch screen to help budding Picassos get their practice on. The lessons vary in difficulty and, best of all, easily translate to real-world drawing. Finally, you can increase your oeuvre past the pizza slice you’ve been drawing since second grade.

Super Mario All-Stars Limited Edition
$30, Wii
Mario just turned 25. In addition to his car-insurance rates dropping, Nintendo has thrown this fun pack on retail shelves. This collection rounds up all of the early Super Mario Bros. adventures in one handy-dandy package. The company also tossed in a bunch of goodies for hard-core fans. There is a CD soundtrack, a retrospective book and a collection of lost levels that were previously only available in Japan.



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