STACK Holiday Gift Guide

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STACK makes holiday shopping super easy. Simply clip out our Holiday gift guide, check the items you want and hand it to your parents and grandparents. Wait a few weeks. You should be rolling in presents you actually want. If you still get a couple of itchy sweaters, well…better luck next year.

BUNDLES

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STACK makes holiday shopping super easy. Simply clip out our Holiday gift guide, check the items you want and hand it to your parents and grandparents. Wait a few weeks. You should be rolling in presents you actually want. If you still get a couple of itchy sweaters, well…better luck next year.

BUNDLES

Playstation 3 Bundle with Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception
Price:
$300
STACK-recommended because: The console has a huge hard drive, and Uncharted 3 is the latest release in this must-play series.

Xbox 360 Bundle with Gears of War 3
Price:
$400
STACK-recommended because: Your chance to pick up an Xbox (if you don't already have one) with the best release in the Gears series—along with 800 Microsoft points.

Nintendo Wii Bundle with Mario Kart
Price:
$150
STACK-recommended because: The price is right. Only $150 gets you a Wii and the latest, wildly-addictive Mario Kart game.

APPS

Angry Birds
Out on:
iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad
Price: $1
STACK-approved because: Flinging cartoon birds at unstable buildings is the perfect mindless entertainment for relaxing after a hard-fought game.

TuneIn Radio Pro
Out on:
iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad
Price: $1
STACK-approved because: Athletes need music to get pumped up for big games. This radio app keeps you dialed in to your favorite local stations.

WhatsApp Messenger
Out on:
iPhone, Android, BlackBerry and Nokia
Price: $1
STACK-approved because: This social networking app allows you and your teammates to exchange messages, pictures, audio and video with no added cost.

STACK ATTACK Workout Program
Out on:
iPhone, iPod and iPad
Price: $3
STACK-approved because: This cutting-edge workout app will train you to jump higher, get stronger and play better in 12 weeks with intense, equipmentfree programs.

Evernote
Out on:
iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad
Price: Free
STACK-approved because: Athletes have a lot on their minds. This app allows you to take notes (audio or text), save attachments and have access to everything on your Apple device.

GAMES

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3
Out on:
Xbox 360, PS3
Price: $60
STACK-recommended because: Activision's blockbuster FPS is back, and this time around, the fight comes home. And to England. And France. And Germany.

Battlefield 3
Out on:
Xbox 360, PS3, PC
Price: $60
STACK-recommended because: Electronic Arts has some of the most realistic lighting ever in a shooter. A quality multiplayer mode joins a solid campaign to make this a must-have.

Gears of War 3
Out on:
Xbox 360
Price: $60
STACK-recommended because: Epic's critically-acclaimed trilogy ends in this highly-anticipated sequel, complete with a deep story and habit forming, coverbased gameplay.

Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary
Out on:
Xbox360
Price: $40
STACK-recommended because: Fans of the series can finally go back and replay the first chapter of the saga in beautiful HD.

Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception
Out on:
PS3
Price: $60 ($100 Collector's Edition)
STACK-recommended because: Uncharted 3 is a great platformer, shooter and brawler all rolled into one. With the best cinematography in the business, Uncharted plays like a movie.

Assassin's Creed: Revelations
Out on:
Xbox 360, PS3
Price: $60
STACK-recommended because: With superstar endorsements from Adrian Peterson and Derrick Rose, Ubisoft has shown that Ezio and Altair's finale is the adventure game for the athlete.

The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword
Out on:
Wii
Price: $50 ($70 Bundle)
STACK-recommended because: You can use the Wiimote and slash your way through Hyrule with a true 1:1 relationship to Link's sword. No Navi necessary.

WWE '12
Out on:
Xbox 360, PS3, Wii
Price: $60 ($50 on Wii)
STACK-recommended because: THQ has upgraded their sim wrestling franchise with an overhauled gameplay experience and a new TV broadcast presentation.

Madden 12
Out on:
Xbox 360, PS3, Wii, PSP
Price: $60 ($50 on Wii, $40 on PSP)
STACK-recommended because: It's Madden. Need we say more?

FIFA Soccer 12
Out on:
Xbox 360, PS3, Wii, 3DS, PSP
Price: $60 ($50 on Wii, $40 on 3DS, PC and PSP)
STACK-recommended because: The FIFA series is one of the most popular video game franchises in the world. Get on the sticks to see why.

NBA 2K12
Out on:
Xbox360, PS3, PSP, PC, Wii
Price: $60 ($50 on Wii, $20 on PSP)
STACK-recommended because: Lockout be damned, this 2K classic is chock-full of NBA legends like Michael Jordan and Bill Russell.

Ultimate Marvel Vs. Capcom 3
Out on:
Xbox 360, PS3
Price: $40
STACK-recommended because: New characters, new levels, rebalanced gameplay and a $40 price tag make this the best version of Capcom's reborn fighting franchise.

Accessories

Playstation 3D Display
Out on:
PS3
Price: $500 (Bundled with Uncharted 3)
STACK-recommended because: The ultrathin, 24-inch LED 3D Display boasts full HD at 1080p resolution, plus three HDMI inputs to accommodate a few consoles and your cable service.

Xbox 360 Wireless Wheel
Out on:
Xbox 360
Price: $60
STACK-recommended because: Simply using a controller won't cut it when you're racing. Pick up this wheel for any high-paced simulations you get this year.


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