Earlier this week, in a peculiar moment of a united group consciousness, the Nintendo Life team exclaimed as one: "hey, what happened to the weekend gaming features?" What did happen? Nintendo and video games happened, with enough Wii U madness — including a little bit of 3DS — and expos to distract us from our fortnightly duties of sharing our weekend plans. Well, it's now back and, frankly, bigger and better than ever.
You'll spot a few new names this week making their début in this feature. We have Ken Barnes, maestro of sister-site kinectaku.com and soon-to-be Nintendo Life contributor, and news contributors Shaan Joshi (US) and Orla Madden (UK) making their first appearance in the this article. There are also plenty of familiar names, some of which are scandalously playing non-Nintendo devices, so let's get right to it.
Pokémon White 2 — While the first Pokémon Black / White refreshed the series and gave the impression of a whole new world, Black / White 2 throws back to previous generations tremendously. I'll be continuing my latest quest to amass a small army of vicious creatures to do my bidding.
Aqua Kitty: Milk Mine Defender (PS Vita) — I've no idea what to expect from this PlayStation Mobile launch title, but with a title like that how can it fail?!
Inazuma Eleven Strikers — I'll be firing this one up on Wii for review duties, and hoping that it lives up to the standard of the DS title from earlier in the year. I'm mainly looking forward to the special moves: if I can't score a goal by somersaulting 50 feet in the air and summoning a fire-breathing dragon, I'll be disappointed.
Liberation Maiden — The moment this was announced during the European Nintendo Direct, I simply had to have it. It's a shooter by SUDA51 developed for a Japanese audience, so I needed no more motivation to make this my first rash impulse-buy for quite a while.
New Super Mario Bros. 2 — I'm slowly but surely working my way through Star World and picked up the DLC pack as soon as it hit, so I've got plenty of coin collecting ahead of me.
Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 (Xbox 360) — I'm pretty terrible at dat Mahvel but hope to sink some time into becoming slightly less crap at it.
Warhammer 40K: Space Marine (PS3) — This is a surprisingly great palette cleanser. I'm not much in tune with the Warhammer universe and Space Marine doesn't so far require that much skill from me, so I'm enjoying it for the spectacle more than anything.
I've actually gone back to Suikoden Tierkreis lately — it's one of my favourite games for the DS, and I needed something to kill time before Code of Princess hits next week. I'll also be playing through the NSMB2 DLC just as soon as I've got it downloaded.
Philip J Reed
I'll be attempting to Kirby-run Mega Man 2... and I'm still not sure it's possible. See if that stops me from wasting my weekend, though! I'll also be tracking down new and unique Denpa Men, and enjoying the Crosswords Plus download as I wait for Donkey Kong: Original Edition to become available.
I finally finished NSMB2 last night, so I'll be spending this weekend collecting the star coins that I missed, as well as (hopefully) hitting 1,000,000 coins.
I'll definitely be spending more time with LittleBigPlanet on PS Vita, and I might actually try my hand at creating a level of my own (any suggestions?).
If I'm lucky, I'll also squeeze in some Harvest Moon: Back to Nature on Vita, because playing classic PSOne games on a portable console is quite possibly the greatest advancement in modern science in the past 10 years. And I'll definitely be wasting more time on The Binding of Isaac because it's a game that I really enjoy, no matter what others may have to say about it.
Pokémon White 2 — I can't believe how incredible this game is. What I thought would be a rehash is in actuality a vast improvement over the already amazing original. The only way I'm going to stop playing is if someone pries my DSi out of my rigid, claw-like hands.
NiGHTS into Dreams (PS3) — Pure, singing joy in digital form. Christmas has come a bit early for me this year — my favourite game of all time is back and I couldn't be happier!
Klonoa: Empire of Dreams (GBA) — Continuing with the dream theme, I just finished the excellent Wii-make of the first Klonoa game, and now I'll be running this portable instalment through its thoroughly charming paces for a retro review. "Wahoo!"
Marcel van Duyn
Borderlands 2 (Steam/PC) — Guns, guns everywhere! Basically just more of the same compared to the first, but that's not really a bad thing.
New Super Mario Bros. 2 — Finally cleared my backlog out a little, so it's finally time to run through this one despite owning it since it came out.
F1 2012 (PC) – Two years ago I got burnt by Codemaster's first entry into the F1 sim genre, but this year they seem to have finally got the hang of what it is to create a Formula One racer. Brilliant graphics and more importantly superb handling physics mean I haven’t put this down since launch day.
Kid Icarus: Uprising – Because I might have just ordered a box of 24 packs of AR cards off eBay...
Klonoa — To echo Morgan’s picks and to show that great minds think alike, I will also be playing Klonoa this weekend (on Wii, PS3 and PSP). I’m reviewing the original title on PSN for Push Square, and I can’t get enough of Namco’s 2.5D platformer at the moment.
NiGHTS into Dreams (PS3) — Yet again I heartily agree with Morgan, the release of NiGHTS on PSN is a humongous treat. I think SEGA are sublime for bringing retro games from later eras to PSN and XBLA. They have made fifth generation classics like Daytona USA available, as well as sixth generation gems like Jet Set Radio, and they often clean up these titles for HD. That is without even mentioning Sonic CD, so I really hope that NiGHTS sells brilliantly and it is also brought to Wii U.
Worms Collection: This is for a Push Square review; it’s a collection of Worms, Worms 2: Armageddon and Worms: Ultimate Mayhem on PS3. "Incoming!"
New Super Mario Bros 2 — Looking forward at utterly failing to beat the devilishly evil coin targets on the new Coin Rush DLC packs, and also finishing the game proper.
FIFA 13 (Xbox 360) — Due to review commitments, I haven't gotten enough time in with this yet, and my Ultimate Team is getting ready to stage a strike. I'll be playing online at various points over the weekend, so if you're looking for an easy win...
National Geographic: Kinect TV (Xbox 360) — I'll be reviewing this for KINECTaku, and am hoping that it really does teach me about lions, and tigers, and bears, oh my!
While I wait for my Xbox 360 to be repaired, I'm sticking to the Nintendo handhelds.
Pokemon Yellow (GBC) — I finally decided to start a run where I don't immediately throw Pikachu in the PC and let him rot in that virtual jail. My other goal is to make a team that matches Red's from Pokemon Silver/Gold. The only substitution is Espeon for Kadabra.
Ace Attorney Investigations (DS) — Because the only cure for the Blue Badger Blues is more Dick Gumshoe.
I'll be delving into Animal Crossing: Let's Go To The City for the very first time after it's been sitting on my shelf for over a year (terrible, I know).
Also after downloading the new Coin Rush packs from the eShop for NSMB2 on 3DS yesterday, my weekend consists of reaching the target score on each of the Coin Rush stages. Beating my own personal score of 20,000 is on the agenda too.
That's what we're playing this weekend, and now it's time for you to share as well. What gaming delights do you have lined up?