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Talking Point: What Games Are You Playing This Weekend? - Festive Edition

Posted by Thomas Whitehead

Ho-Ho-Holy moly that's a lot of games

Ah, the Holidays. A time of year when we all run out of money, fight tooth and nail through packed shopping malls and put on lots of weight. Festive greetings indeed, Happy Holidays, Merry Christmas, bah humbug and all that.

Of course, we're only calling this the festive edition of WGAYPTW — let's see if that acronym sticks — because it's the last of these features that we'll run this year, not because we're being particularly topical or merry. Still, it's Friday, so that means lazy weekends of gaming are ahead, always a highlight of the week.

You can see what your humble Nintendo Life writers will be playing below, and we want to know what gaming shenanigans you have planned, too.

Tom Whitehead

Disney Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two (Wii, Wii U and Neo Geo) — OK, so I maybe won't be playing this one on that last platform, but I have been playing through this on Wii for our upcoming review (it's not far away) and now have the pleasure of playing it again on Wii U to see if anything's different.

Rayman Legends Demo - I've found time to play this a few times so far and, goodness me, CASTLE ROCK. Looking forward to playing it 27 times this weekend before cursing the play limit.

ZombiU — Despite the odd flaw and occasional glitch, I absolutely love this survival horror title. I love the fact that I spend most of the time creeping around in shadows clutching a cricket bat, which I find far more interesting than gunning down hordes with unlimited ammo like a marine on steroids...

Corbie Dillard

Now that the Rayman Legends demo is out, I plan to spend some time with it this weekend. This is easily my most anticipated Wii U title to date and it's going to be nice to be able to play the levels in the comfort of my own home, rather than stand in line repeatedly to get a crack at it on the E3 show floor. It's easily one of the most beautiful video games I've ever played and I had a blast with it back in June in Los Angeles.

I'll also be tackling Scribblenauts Unlimited on 3DS for my upcoming Nintendo Life review. I've ignored the series a bit over the years, but after playing some of the game last night, I'm finding it quite unique and fun. I still plan to pick up the Wii U version at some point, but I'll be scribbling away on the 3DS release this weekend, if I can pull myself away from Rayman Legends, that is!

Katy Ellis

Nintendo Land — Having had hardly a fleeting moment to get to grips with Nintendo's latest machine in the past week or so, I've decided to dedicate myself entirely to the Wii U this weekend. It may mean inviting random people off the street in order for me to play the multi-player mini-games, but if that means getting a chance to enjoy more Luigi's Ghost Mansion and Animal Crossing: Sweet Day then I'm willing to take the risk. See you in the Miiverse!

Orla Madden

I'm tight for time this weekend, with the recording studio and a brief trip to the UK; but with me being on the go I'll be taking my brand new Pikachu 3DS XL to continue playing Paper Mario: Sticker Star. I never got a chance to play the game at the Eurogamer Expo this year, so I was diving into the game not knowing what to expect. I must say, I've been absolutely loving it. I find it hard to peel myself away from the game, with it's cheeky wit and amazing visuals. I'm currently on World 2, so I'm hoping to get stuck into it and advance to World 3 before the weekend is out!

Andy Green

I’m still a bit obsessed with Nintendo Land at the moment, so I’d say most of my gaming time this weekend will be spent on that. I’m trying to get through Metroid Blast and finding it pretty tough – for some bizarre reason I prefer being on the ground to flying in the gunship. I’ll probably attempt to rustle up some people to play some Animal Crossing Sweet Day as well – it’s so stressful, but I love it!

Philip J Reed

Still enjoying Crimson Shroud, and will be for a long time I think! I'm also finding myself turning to 3D MahJongg regularly on the's definitely a great way to unwind. Mainly though I think I'll be replaying the original Mega Man. No particular reason...ahem...

Ron DelVillano

For the most part, I'll be ecstatically playing Adventure Time: Hey Ice King! Why'd you steal our garbage?!! on the 3DS. I'll probably spend some more time with my copy of Pokémon Black 2 and finally make some progress on it. I've been neglecting my Pokémon team for far too long.

I'll also be checking out that Rayman Legends demo on Wii U. I wasn't too keen on Origins, but I have high hopes for this sequel!

Joe Walker

Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed (Wii U) — My wife and I picked this up after being big fans of the first one and we're already having a ton of fun with it. Using the GamePad to avoid split-screen in multiplayer has made racing against each other much more enjoyable, and we're dying to keep unlocking new courses and racers.

NBA 2K13 (Wii U) — I'm kinda hooked on My Career mode. My rookie was drafted by the Phoenix Suns and we've got a nice little win streak we've put together. I'm hoping to do what the ACTUAL Suns were unable to do back in the Steve Nash era - bring the Larry O'Brien trophy to Arizona and hang a banner up in the rafters of the US Airways Center.

Gaz Plant

Paper Mario: Sticker Star — While I’m a lifelong Mario fan, it’s fair to say the repeated releases of New Super Mario Bros have dulled my love of the series somewhat, so I was thrilled to discover that Paper Mario: Sticker Star is an absolute joy to play. This weekend I’ll be tackling some more of this charming game, and getting even more catchy tunes stuck in my head.

Professor Layton and the Miracle Mask — Despite eagerly anticipating the release of Layton’s fifth adventure, I’ve really struggled to get going with this one. Whether it’s the ambiguous puzzles or the hazy plot, there’s something about it that means over a month after release, I’m still trying to finish it. Hopefully this weekend the game kicks back into its usual brilliance and wows me once again.

Morgan Sleeper

I'm out of town this weekend, and definitely having some Wii U withdrawals - but being on the road has given me the chance to dive into some portable games I've been really excited about! I'll be spending some time in Monte d'Or with Professor Layton and the Miracle Mask, beautifying New Japan in Liberation Maiden, and hopefully busting a certain princess out of jail in Final Fantasy IX on the PSP.

So there you go, let us know what games you're planning on playing this weekend in the comments below. We'll be back with more weekend gaming hijinks in the New Year.

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Reala said:

Despite PMSS being one of the reasons I bought a 3DS the absence of leveling up has put me off, so instead looks like I'll be replaying Theme Hospital at last and giving Dungeon Keeper a go, so its not all bad.



Whopper744 said:

Probably more Metroid Prime Triology (third playthrough of Prime 1) and/or Batman Arkham City: Armored Edition.



Whopper744 said:

I love how a couple mentioned the Rayman Legends DEMO. I will probably play that more as well. It's kind of funny that the game is fun enough to actually play the demo multiple times. The Rock level makes me smile everytime I play it.



WesCash said:

Done uni and work for the semester so I'll be finishing up Knights of the Old Republic on PC and MGS3 on 3DS.



rjejr said:

Finishing up the last 2 nights of Hanukkah, putting up the tree, lights and decorations, and going to see the Hobbit.

Video games are great fun, but some weekends family comes first



Knux said:

I'm currently going back and forth between Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode II (PSN version), Paper Mario: Sticker Star, and Rayman Origins (PSN Vita version) whenever I have the chance to actually play games. That might change this weekend, but I'm not sure.



sinsalaca said:

Epic Mickey Power of Illusion, Crimson Shroud, Gardenscape and WWE All-Stars. Will be spending a lot of time with my 3DS it looks like.



Bulbousaur said:

Darksiders 2 (PS3) for me, but I'm gonna have a lot of time soon because I'm done with uni until January now, so that's good

Might arrange a Borderlands session with a few friends as well if we can co-ordinate



New_3DaSh_XL said:

I'll be playing KI:U, like I do every weekend.

Besides that, I'll be playing some Fluidity before the second one comes out in NA, Dillon's Rolling Western, Mutant Mudds, and going through a bit of NightSky again, as it's such a good game.



Klunk23 said:

probally gonna play Some nightsky and some crashmo. Also gonna play some fire emblem The sacred stones.



SkywardLink98 said:

Guild Wars 2. I just spent 10 silver and 30 minutes to craft an item only to find out the recipe on the wiki was incorrect. Instead of getting an item selling at 28 silver I got an item selling at 2 silver D:
EDIT: Oh yeah, and maybe some Star Fox 64 and Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past



NImH said:

On my own:
I'll be attempting to defeat Nano Assault Neo, Ninja Gaiden: Dragon Sword (DS) and fighting the urge to download Crimson Shroud.
With my kids:
I'll be slaying mock-Moblins and Chus in NintendoLand.
This Christmas season is turning out to be a classic one!



JonWahlgren said:

Stupid deadlines.

I'll be diving into the Black Ops II double XP weekend and playing 007 Legends for review, and then hopefully trick some people into playing more Nintendo Land with me.



Mahe said:

Just Dance 4 and Rabbids Land are likely to see more playtime, as is Epic Mickey on 3DS.



Handy_Man said:

Dang, that thumbnail made me want to play Ducktales!

... Guess I be playing Ducktales, then. Also Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed, Halo 4, and Nintendo Land!



Rapadash6 said:

Still working my way through NSMBU and last weekend I picked up Sonic and All-Star Racing Transformed. I've got plenty to play, so I'm good.



Wildfire said:

I'll try to survive a little longer on Zombie U and keep my journey on the beautifull Trine 2! And if my girlfriend has any free time to spare, we'll try to unlock Reala on Sonic All Stars Racing Transformed!



MeloMan said:

The Last Story is toast, so I'll be continuing Sands of Destruction. Trying to debate whether I want Kirby's Return to Dreamland or Kid Icarus Uprising to come from Gamefly next... I'm buying KI regardless... decision, decisions....



Drewroxsox said:

What games am I playing this weekend?
None of them... I have to to write a paper for my ap English class sadly :/



FettDragyn said:

first the obvious, tackling the Rayman Legends Demo in hopes it will sate my appetite until the full release is upon us. Outside of that, probably some more Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed, which has be such a joy to play, as well as some more Nintendo Land too. Also, time permiting, maybe get started on Trine 2 or possibly even go back and burn some more stuff with my Little Inferno Entertainment Fireplace!



Kyloctopus said:

Professor Layton and the Miracle Mask: I have now solved all the puzzles in the game. Now all I have is the Hamster Acting minigame. And once I'm done that and the bonus puzzles you get for completing it. I get all the Anime cutscenes.



Legodavid18 said:

Ask me this again next week, when I'll finally get my own Wii U with Warriors Orochi 3 Hyper! Until then, though, I'm gonna keep myself busy with Paper Mario Sticker Star, Theatrhythm (3DS version, of course) and Samurai Warriors 3.



TheN64Dude said:

New Super Mario Bros. U (Challenge Mode)
Minish Cap (gonna beat Vaati)
Knuckle's Chaotix (Gonna get all the Chaos Rings)



NESguy94 said:

I'll be flying to Europe to see my famiy and I've got a bunch of DS and 3DS games packed. I will be playing
-Professor Layton and the Miracle Mask
-Kid Icarus Uprising
-Mario Kart 7
-Picross DS
I also might play some Black Ops or Halo Reach before I leave.



DRL said:

@Mikau94 Dang. You just reminded me that I've been neglecting Halo 4. Thanks for adding ANOTHER game to my list! Ha.



Boo_Buster said:

@rjejr Celebrating both Hanukkah and Christmas must be awesome for the kids! I too will be going to see The Hobbit

I'll be playing some games on the Wii U and Paper Mario Sticker Star on the 3DS, as well as working and hanging out with family.



Pokefanmum82 said:

doing some art academy, sticker star , dance dance revolution and try out the ice king why did you steal my garbage? demo. but mostly doing christmas present wrapping and putting up my christmas tree and decorating it. that's my weekend



TruenoGT said:

Wario Land (GB), some random smattering of Genesis games (likely headlined by Streets of Rage 3) and eagerly anticipating the arrival of Neo Geo X Gold.



MrArcade said:

Sonic 1 and 2. Even though I just beat 2 again today and did really well because I still had 12 lives left after beating it.



DarkCoolEdge said:

Mario vs. Donkey Kong (ambassadors)
Final Fantasy CC: Ring of Fates
Castlevania: Lords of Shadows (ps3)
Maybe I little bit of RE: Revelations



Void said:

Fire Emblem (7/Blazing Sword.) is probably the only game I'm going to be playing for the next week or so.



Game0ver_Gavin said:

I won't have a Wii U til about Christmas, so I'm playing lots of 3DS games this week.

  • Kid Icarus: Uprising
  • MK7
  • ScribbleNauts Unlimited (N3DS)


mookysam said:

Currently playing The Last Story, which I feel has some good ideas but also some issues. Jack Ryder as Zael? cringes

Also playing Halo Anniversary, which I am rather enjoying. I like that it doesn't focus on setpieces at the expense of everything else (a trap a lot of modern FPS games fall into).

Finally, my handheld game of the moment its Final Fantasy VIII on the PSP. I really like the customisation the Junction system allows.



thanos316 said:

damn it imma finally finish up xenoblades. lol i always say that. maybe play some touch the dead, very nice game. gotta finish up those two games before i head for bootcamp.



RetroGBHippie92 said:

I need to finish The Denpamen sometime soon, I want to level them all up to lvl99, hopefully the sequel will allow me to transfer these little critters over.



Linky_97 said:

I'm going to finish AC III on Wii U! And play RE: Revelations, Starfox 64 3D, Metal Gear Solid 3D and maybe ZombiU survival mode.



redclow said:

Monster Hunter Tri (Wii)
The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword (Wii)
The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D (3DS)
The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess (NGC)
The Legend of Zelda: Minish Cap (GBA)
The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening (GB)
And every other Zelda game at my disposal.



Barbiegurl777 said:


Angry Birds
Imagine Babyz
Let's Ride Best in Breed
Moshi Monsters Moshling Theme Park
Paper Mario Sticker Star

Happy Gaming! (^_^)



n2k said:

I will get the rest of the par times on Mighty Switch Force HD !!



Kohaku said:

Animal Crossing on my Wii U. Still need bells for my Windmill.
And a bit Diablo 3.

Btw: A game like Diablo 3 for Wii U would be nice!



Moshugan said:

Poor me, I got all my new games at once in the mail!
So it's Far Cry 3 on PC, Arkham City and ZombiU on Wii U for me! How will I find time for it all?! ;D



Knuckles said:

  • Kid Icarus: Uprising Fav. 3DS game
  • Mario Kart 7 Weekly Tourney [Check NL Online gaming thread]
  • Star Fox 64 3D [time to spend 1-2 hours replaying]
  • Starship Defense
  • Sonic Adventure 2 Battle


Drawdler said:

I could be playing any of the following...
[*] Minecraft (Haven't played in ages and I really want to. But it purely depends on wether I can use a good computer... Home one struggles on Tiny without Optifine and Normal with it...)
[*] Skylanders Universe (Okay, technically not really a game, but I need to play this.)
[*] Paper Mario: Sticker Star (I haven't been playing it too much so I'm hoping to advance a bit more.)
[*] Skylanders: Giants [Wii U] (I still have to finish my other three saves. Need to focus on ironing out my progress a bit more as well to finish the Heroics and start leveling. I certainly don't plan to rush doing it, I just haven't sat down with it for a little bit.)
[*] Professor Layton and The Miracle Mask (I still haven't played it as much as I wanted to. For some reason it isn't as gripping as any of the other games to me. Hopefully that will change.)
[*] New Super Mario Bros. U (Standard game, duh.)
[*] Nintendo Land (I might play it if my sister goes out or to work on the weekend. I just don't like playing with my console around her. I totally haven't played it yet, so it will be new for me and I hope to get to play it properly.)
[*] Heroes of Ruin (I haven't played it in a bit.)
I know I have a long list. I think this is just a general one of stuff I need to play. The best part is I don't have any upcoming, so I should have time to play these all before Ninty's consoles pick up more steam again next year with Legends, New Leaf, etc.



TromaDogg said:

I'm split between Professor Layton and the Miracle Mask (very nearly finished it) and Mortal Kombat on the PS Vita at the moment. If I get Layton done, I'll start playing Hydroventure: Spin Cycle as I downloaded that on Thursday ready to move straight on to.

Also have Paper Mario Sticker Star, but I'll be making a start with that next weekend



TheDreamingHawk said:

"Mainly though I think I'll be replaying the original Mega Man. No particular reason...ahem..."

I knew it! It's coming next week to NA.... Right?

I'll just be playing MSFHD and contra on NES



Brotagonist said:

Sonic 3 and Knuckles and Sonic Heroes. Probably gonna finish up Persona 3 as well. Also might try to 100 percent Sonic Adventure 2 Battle at last. (As you can probably tell, I'm a huge Sonic fan.)



brooks83 said:

I'm playing Resident Evil 5, Zanac X Zanac, and playing GTA3 with my wife as it's one of the few games she will play with me.



MikeDanger said:

Street Fighter X Mega Man on the 17th duh. On the meantime I don't have anything that interests me to play, I guess I could dig in my backloggery and find something to finish up *sigh I don't think so...



Tasuki said:

Well I finally manged to crack open Castlevania Lord of Shadows to prepare for the 3DS one. So I will be playing that and a bit of WoW this weekend.



seronja said:

zombiU is the only game i will play this weekend, i have to get out of my addiction from dishonored for a while xD



RevolverLink said:

I'm trying to squeeze in a playthrough of Fire Emblem: The Sacred Stones and a re-play of Pikmin 2 before Christmas. We'll see how that all ends up.



DeathCode said:

Ugh I got to many games I just got Disney's Donald Duck Goin' Quackers for PS1 so I guess I will play that this weekend. And yes I know this site isn't Push Square but hey games are games.



a_binfahad said:

I'll Be playing The Walking Dead (PC)
Assassin's Creed III (Wii U)
Zombi U (Wii U)
Colors 3D (3DS)



NintyMan said:

NSMBU and Nintendo Land on the Wii U, and whatever game I feel like on the 3DS.



WiiLovePeace said:

Paper Mario: Sticker Star (3DS), Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed (Wii U) & Nintendo Land (Wii U).



Phle said:

I have been sick for 3 days, so sick that I haven't been able to play anything. Right now I'm sitting like a zombie glaring at the screen, maybe I'll feel better tonight or tomorrow.

I hope I'll be playing
Darksiders II (Wii U)
New Style Boutique (3DS)
Pokemon White 2 (3DS)



Stu_Dee_Jay said:

Monster Tale for me. Yes, my Wii U is sitting upstairs, but my DS always seems to come first somehow.

Can't believe how long it's taken me to get round to play Monster Tale. It's been sitting on my shelf since it was released.



CosmoXY said:

Still going strong with Pokémon White 2. I can't believe how much there is to do in this game.



MasterChordles said:

I'm going to play the waiting game for my Wii U. But other than that Mario Galaxy 2, Donkey Kong Jungle beat, and Mega man X Street fighter when that comes out.



Emaan said:

Still playing Nintendo Land as much as I can. I'm also back into Animal Crossing: City Folk and playing some Pokemon White 2. Happy Holidays!



MetalMario said:

Just picked up Paper Mario: Sticker Star, and I still am enjoying Halo 4 multiplayer and bonus Crashmo.



Undead_terror said:

I played black ops 2, mdern comba domination, and some other gmes here and there but next weekend I will be playing waio land 2 and maybe something else.



Magrane said:

Anybody know any good Christmas-themed games..? Just curious. And good ones, mind you.



SteveW said:

I haven't played a good Christmas game since the Grinch (PC), that's excellent... but probably not what you are wanting...



FelixFelicis77 said:

Sam & Max season 2 episode 1 is Christmas themed, it's moderately funny. Its a point n click title though so that might limit its appeal

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