This $15 gift is perfect for gamers — especially if you can’t find an NES Classic

With Nintendo’s $60 NES Classic Edition in such short supply, there are going to be a lot of disappointed people this holiday season. You could turn to eBay, where the adorable, miniature Nintendo Entertainment System is selling for over $200 apiece.

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eBay

But you shouldn’t do that. Who wants to pay nearly triple the price for a holiday gift? No one!

And that’s exactly why you should turn to an excellent alternative this holiday: Pixel Pals.

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PDP

These little light-up displays are inexpensive, impressive-looking, and tremendously easy to use. Best of all, they’re the perfect salve for “I couldn’t get an NES Classic anywhere, I’m sorry.”

Don’t think they look cool in the box? Take a closer look:


I got one of these guys in the mail from PDP, the company that makes them. Here’s a lit up 8-bit Super Mario, from “Super Mario Bros. 3” for the original NES:

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For comparison’s sake, I’ve stationed Mario here in front of a couple of extra large beer bottles (1 pt., 6 fl. oz.). He’s not tiny!
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Even though I was sent this one, I’d happily buy more. At just $14.99, it’s a steal. These are officially licensed, to boot.

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Mario is quite fetching even with his light turned off. Here he is posing alongside some amiibo and a bonus McDonald’s toy from like 20 years ago.
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It operates with a simple on/off switch on the back. There’s even a sweet “Super Mario Bros. 3” sticker!

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It requires two AAA batteries, which you just slap in the back. Easy!

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Since the 8-bit representation of Mario from “Super Mario Bros. 3” has an uneven base, there’s a clear square. Mario is sturdy and easily placed.

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PDP

As a friend of mine arrived for Thanksgiving, he stopped mid-sentence to marvel at how cool the lit-up Mario looked. It’s a no-brainer holiday gift.

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PDP

I’ve yet to see the “Mega Man” in real life, but it also looks quite fetching.

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PDP

He also costs $14.99.

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And finally, of the introductory three, Vault Boy from “Fallout 4” is here.

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PDP

Here’s a look at the same concept in the world of “Fallout 4”:

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Bethesda Game Studios

The light-up model at home doesn’t have any flames shooting from it, but it does look awfully rad.

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PDP

All three of these guys are available at GameStop exclusively, and they cost $14.99 apiece. And unlike the NES Classic Edition, you can actually buy this.

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PDP