Best gaming buys to help pass the time, from Nintendo Switch to Animal Crossing

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With many of us currently spending prolonged periods of time at home, we’re all searching for new ways to keep us entertained.

While board games and Netflix binges are a good way to stay occupied for an hour or two, after a while it can get a bit monotonous.

So, if you’re wondering what to do the pass the time next, may we suggest a spot of gaming.

Whether you want to Pokemon Sword by yourself, or digitally connect with friends for a massive multiplayer Xbox game, these are the best products to invest in now.

6 of the best gaming buys

Nintendo Switch | £279.99 from Argos

Nintendo Switch

A Nintendo Switch is probably the best investment if you’re looking to start at-home gaming. 

Guaranteed fun for all the family, the portable console means you can hide away and play Super Mario solo for an hour or two. Or, simply dock your Nintendo Switch to enjoy multiplayer gaming on your TV. 

Animal Crossing New Horizons Nintendo Switch Standard Edition | £44.99 from Argos

The highly-anticipated new Animal Crossing game has finally hit the shelves.

It marks the fifth game in the popular franchise, as well as its Nintendo Switch debut.

The social simulation video game allows you to create a paradise populated by animals, including the return of raccoon tycoon, Tom Nook. It also happens to be the perfect escapism from everyday life.  

You also also download the game digitally meaning no faffing about waiting for the disc to arrive.

PS4 with 2 PS Hits Game Bundle | £249.99 from Game

If your loyalty lies with Playstation having had a PS1 or PS2 in your youth, then the latest PS4 is for you. 

You can currently buy the Special Edition 1TB console, which comes with two popular games: Crash Team Racing and The Division 2. You’ll also get a free two month subscription to Now TV.

The set also comes with a matching wireless controller so all you need to do is buy the bundle and get gaming.

Xbox One S 1TB Console Bundle | £249.95 from John Lewis

This Xbox bundle includes a 1TB console, a wireless controller and a free-to-play download of Roblox, three exclusive Roblox avatar bundles, as well as 2,500 Robux.

Xbox is also known for its advanced multiplayer network, meaning you can connect and play with friends and family from around the world.

The bundle also comes with one month of Xbox Live Gold and a month trial of Xbox Game Pass.

Oculus Quest 64GB VR Headset | £399 from Argos 

If you are tech-savvy invest in an all-in-one gaming system for virtual reality (VR). 

The Oculus Quest simply needs to be set up with an app on your phone and then you’re free to explore VR gaming from pretty much anywhere. 

As well as the headset, you get two controllers which will make gaming extra immersive and intuitive.

The Sims 4 - Standard Edition | £11 from EA

Remember The Sims? Now could be the time to build your perfect (digital) life once again. 

From creating a variety of unique Sims to dramatic scenarios, from previous experience we know that hours can be lost playing this computer game.