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

Posted by Thomas Whitehead

The world didn't end, so let's play more games

So, wait, the Mayans weren't wrong, it was just crazy conspiratorial types and a lazy media that talked about the end of the world? Well hot damn, let's play some video games!

Yes, 2013 is here, the world is still spinning, and we're all going to celebrate by playing games — not that we don't do that every weekend, but stick with us. The festive season has sadly passed for another year and some of the Nintendo Life team are poorer and a bit fatter as a result, though most are as equally fabulous as they were last year. We're also in the middle of what's commonly one of the quietest spells for new game releases in the year, but that's what backlogs are for.

A number of your humble writers want to share their weekend gaming plans with you, even if some poor, misguided souls are seeking entertainment on non-Nintendo devices. Counselling and support is being arranged, but in the meantime here's what we'll be doing to get our game on.

Tom Whitehead

ZombiU — Despite the fact that it's probably my favourite Wii U game so far, it's possibly the one with the lowest number of clocked hours. I love it, yet it terrifies me, and I'm on a new survivor in a rather difficult section that I'll just call "A", to avoid spoilers. Time to stop being a wimp and progress a bit further.

Paper Mario: Sticker Star — I enjoyed this a lot over the festive period but haven't played for a while due to a shortage of spare time. I intend to find a few hours to get back into it and finish World 2's boss.

Fractured Soul — It's great that this has arrived in PAL regions and I'm enjoying it but, gosh, it sure is difficult. I'm completely stuck at a jump in the "Alienation" level; seriously, tips are very welcome.

Jon Wahlgren

ZombiU demo — The demo is finally here and I plan on getting some quality time with it.

Rayman Legends demo — Downloaded this one a while ago but haven't clocked any time with it yet. That will change!

Halo 4 (Xbox 360) — With all the Wii U launch game reviews out of the way I can breathe easy and turn to my backlog some. Halo 4 is on top of the pile and I'm excited to get into what looks like a Metroid Prime-influenced Chief campaign.

Katy Ellis

The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword — With my short foray into the Land of Ooo with Adventure Time on DS now done and dusted, it's time to get back to the pressing matters in life. Like finally completing Skyward Sword before our Nintendo news girl Orla beats me up. Really.

Far Cry 3 (PS3) — At the moment I'm currently obsessed with taking down enemy outposts and hunting endangered tigers in Rook Islands. I've been forced to join some tattoo-obsessed tribe, and pushed into a life of crime, and now it looks like I'm in too deep to turn back...

Desiree Turner

I'll be tackling Unchained Blades. I've never been a fan of dungeon-crawlers, but damned if Morgan's review and SMEXIZELDAMAN's crazy enthusiasm didn't make it sound tempting enough for me to take the plunge. Here's hoping I can make some decent progress this weekend!

Andy Green

I've let illness get the better of me this week so I'll be spending the weekend fighting it off with my brand spanking new 3DS XL — the blue one if you're interested. I might continue playing Pokémon Black but it's far more likely that I'll make a proper start on Paper Mario: Sticker Star. I'll also be playing through Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney because, put simply, it's amazing. I trust nobody has any objections to that...

Philip J Reed

Unchained Blades has gotten its hooks in me in a way I didn't expect. It's surprisingly engrossing so I'll definitely be playing a lot of that! I'm also slugging my way through ZombiU. I've put a few hours into the game but I'm pretty much nowhere, because the mood of that game is brilliantly oppressive and genuinely scary. Also thanks to its release on the 3DS VC I'll be playing the original Mega Man repeatedly, attempting to beat it without dying. The closest I've come is the final boss, so I know I can do it!

Ron DelVillano

I'm really excited to check out that ZombiU demo. I've been on the fence about the game, so it'll be nice to give it a shot before I commit.

I'm also looking forward to finally trying Playstation All-Stars Battle Royale. I got it on my Vita just after launch but I haven't had the chance to play it yet. And I'll probably be playing some Mass Effect 3: Special Edition multiplayer as well, because that's just good fun. Let me know if anyone wants to join!

Gaz Plant

Paper Mario: Sticker Star (3DS) — It's one of those games that just keeps on giving — be it a remorseful Wiggler segment or Kamek's love of flip-flops, the sheer randomness and humour is an absolute joy to play through. And the gameplay isn't bad either!

James Bond 007: Everything Or Nothing (GameCube) — I'm currently replaying some classic Bond games on GameCube, and I've just started Everything Or Nothing, a game that is for some reason proving very challenging. But you can't help but love it for Pierce Brosnan's quips!

Morgan Sleeper

I just finished the rather excellent Code of Princess as Solange, and this weekend I'm planning on playing through it again with Ali. It's amazing how different the game feels with each character! I'm also hoping to get in some quality time with the Professor in Miracle Mask and watch my girlfriend play through Ghost Trick: Phantom Detective — those two games represent the pinnacle of cozy, fireside entertainment for me!

Martin Watts

My weekend will mostly be dedicated to Nintendo 64. In particular, I've got a hankering to play some Wave Race 64. Maybe it's the mundane weather of late and the fact that jet skis are mighty cool. Naturally, I'll be playing the superior NTSC version, rather than the painfully sluggish PAL version with gigantic screen borders.

Otherwise, I'll try to dedicate a bit of time to Pilotwings 64 and some Beetle Adventure Racing. I'm hoping I can make some progress with the latter, as I never seem to have a memory card to hand when I play it.

So that's what we'll be doing, but we'd love to know what games you'll be playing this weekend. Let us know in the comments below.

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Bought star fox and paper mario on eshop about a week ago so ill be working through those for now until animal crossing and luigis mansion come out.



New_3DaSh_XL said:

I'll be getting some Star Coins in NSMBU, getting Stars in attractions in Nintendo Land, and of course, destroying online in Kid Icarus: Uprising. There's also a chance I'll be battling some of my friends in Super Smash Bros. Brawl, because we usually battle in KIU, SSBB, or MK7 on weekends at least a few times.



Ichiban said:

Some Black Ops 2 on Wii U, & hopefully finishing off the campaign in Halo 4.



King_Boo said:

sticker star, finishing it soon. putting some time into saints row 2 and infamous when I'm in a sandbox mood.



Norfair said:

I'll finally play Rayman Origins, I have been waiting this whole week to unwrap it with friends.
After that we're gonna play some Brawl or Mario Party 2.

I hope Rayman Origins is as good as the reviews are saying!



WiiLovePeace said:

HOLD IT! On 3DS I'll be playing Paper Mario: Sticker Star, on Wii it's Arc Rise Fantasia (a game which had a single hour of play, 2 or 3 years ago... Shame on me ) & on Wii U I'll play more Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed, its very addictive



Flowerlark said:

Probably going to try to get into Crimson Shroud and Unchained Blades, both of which I only played for a few minutes after downloading them. I'm surprised I'm dragging my feet since I'm usually over-enthusiastic about any decent RPG. Already finished PM: Sticker Star this week along with Might & Magic: Clash of Heroes- a truly excellent puzzle/ strategy/ RPG for DS- so I'm looking for the next game that can really engross me. Hopefully Unchained Blades and Crimson Shroud will hit the spot.



SetupDisk said:

Too much of a backlog, but I think it will be getting everything unlocked in NG3 (at least on normal challenge mode and my unknown ninja fully upgraded.)
Some more time with Code of Princess and maybe back to AC III.
Yeah that will be a good focus.



Peach64 said:

Professor Layton and the Curious Village on my DS, and Fallout 3 GOTY on 360.



DarkCoolEdge said:

I'll keep completing Xenoblade Chronicles (not much left except afinnity between team members

Gunman Clive (3ds). The secret character gets tough...

New Super Mario Bros. 2, I'm at world 4 and it is not as short as people says but it's not as good as previous efforts (

Maybe I'll start Kid Icarus but is more probable that I continue Crimson Shroud which has a great narrative.



Bulbousaur said:

Super Mario Galaxy 2, Sonic Racing Transformed and Borderlands for me. Maybe I'll finally start Assassins's Creed 3 which I got for Christmas.



Wonder_Ideal said:

I'll likely be playing KI:U, NSMBU, SaASRT, and hopefully some Scribblenauts Unlimited (Wii U) in as well. It's going to be a good weekend.



seronja said:

going all retro with earthworm jim 1 for SNES and altered beast for genesis, it's going to be awesome! =D



BlueNitrous said:

I'm planning on digging deeper into Epic Mickey 2 (Wii), Finishing NSMB2, and maybe some NBA Jam with friends.



Pikachupwnage said:

Black ops 2 on Wii U
Shin megami tensei devil survivor overclocked
Kid icarus uprising
Pokemon black(nuzlocke)
Little Inferno



soracloud28 said:

Pushmo, black ops 2, farcry3, sonic allstars racin transformed, zombiu, the walking dead game( telltale) I can never play enough games haha



CrimsonMoonMist said:

Replaying Birth By Sleep because I had this urge all throughout Dream Drop Distance to play it again. Not Saying DDD is bad or anything, it's just that BBS is soo much better. Or maybe it's just that BBS revamped the gameplay that would become standard for the series from that point on and DDD just followed the formula and thus ended up less memorable.



ogo79 said:

castlevania 3 (still working on it)
and or midnight resistance or predator 2 for genesis



younglink1990 said:

I'll be playin some good ol' Advance Wars GBA... I'm too impatient for new school Fire Emblems tactical goodness. I will also find time for ZombiU multiplayer which is so addicting. Maybe some Dragon Quest VI too.



WingedSnagret said:

Just more Brawl for me. Until I get a job I can't get anymore games (let alone a Wii U). I'm basically stagnant I guess you could say.



Pokefanmum82 said:

playing nano assault, got that game for 10 bux last weekend. also play some epic mickey POI, moshi monsters and some doctor lautrec.



renaryuugufan92 said:

i'll be playing Style Savvy: Trendsetters, Harvest Moon: A New Beginning, and Paper Mario sticker star this weekend~



DerpSandwich said:

Finally got to dig into that ZombiU demo last night, and while ideally I'd like to wait until I get the actual game to continue, I'll probably find myself returning to it several times this weekend.



DRL said:

Wii: Excitebots / Sin and Punishment / Zack and Wiki

360: Sonic Generations / Sonic Racing Transformed

Wow. My 3DS and Wii U really aren't getting any love right now.



Hokori said:

Art academy L4E I might just draw, since I just got it and wanted an app



SkywardLink98 said:

Theatrhythm Final Fantasy, Starcraft II: Wings of Liberty, Torchlight II, Guild Wars 2, Minecraft, Don't Starve... just a based on my backlog.



Void said:

Probably Civilization V, Minecraft and on Sunday, Super Smash Bros Brawl when my friends come over too play with me on my birthday. (Which is actually Monday, but we all have homework so.. )



XCWarrior said:

Scribblenauts Unlimited, Final Fantasy: 4 Heroes of Light, Bastion and probably start something new on the Wii.



Kyoto said:

I bought escapeVektor from the eShop tonight and I'm enjoying it so far, so I'll definitely be playing some more of that. Also Fire Emblem SS, Awesomenauts and Paper Mario Sticker Star at which I'm at the final boss for almost 3 weeks now. Really need to finish that one!



SCAR said:

Probably some VC, 3DS, or Wii games. I've already beaten my Wii U games and don't have any money for Tekken, Mass Effect 3, AC3, or Scribblenauts yet so I've been playing my older games for now...



bizcuthammer said:

On the WiiU I'll probably be playing New Super Mario Bros U and if I have time I may start a new game on either Metroid Other M or Zelda: Skyward Sword. I beat SS last year when it came out, but I've really been wanting to revisit it since it's easily my favorite Zelda. I never beat Other M, and would like to go back and finish it.

I probably won't be able to play much on my 3DS this weekend, and I don't really have anything to play on it anyway at the moment. I'll probably pick up Paper Mario sometime soon, but I'm really itching to play Luigi's Mansion 2 hopefully in the near future.



CanisWolfred said:

Might play Assassin's Creed II while I wait for Deus Ex: Human Revolution to arrive. Also plan to play the Hybrid demo on XBLA. Also might tackle another dungeon in The Legend of Zelda.



Drobotic said:

Wii U:Mario U,Scribblenauts,and Nintendo Land.
Wii:MW3,Animal Crossing,and maybe some Rayman.
PC:TF2 and Blockland.



CanisWolfred said:

Ugh, nevermind about the Hybrid demo. Online only, and it's pretty mediocre. No sense wasting time on that.



KiwiPanda said:

Paper Mario: Sticker Star, Smash Bros (That's all the time, however), LoZ: OoT, and probably wrap up Professor Layton and the Miracle Mask.



Tricoloryoshi said:

I'll be trying to fuse better weapons on kid icarus uprising, something I'm not very good at. ._.



koolkris200 said:

waiting for publisher dream to come out on the nintendo eshop next month from my newest favorite developer circle entertainment. It's so sad to hear that January 22, 2013 is the last of THQ company it was my favorite company that I liked before the Circle Entertainment.



Whopper744 said:

More Gears of War 3 if I get the chance to play at all.
Maybe Retro City Rampage.
I really need to pick Paper Mario STicker Star back up too....



Kyloctopus said:

Its sorta funny to see Smexi's name mentioned on an NL article.
I'm playing Pokemon Black 2. I sorta ignored this game once I bought it, and played games like 999, Tekken Tag 2, and Nintendo Land instead. I'm ready to go back into this game.



TheHunter said:

Finishing up Mighty Switch Force, Code of Princess, some Professor Layton, and might pick up Fractured Soul at some point.



ThreeD33 said:

ninja gaiden razors edge and pokemon white to freshen up my skills for x and y



RetroGBHippie92 said:

I'm finishing up The Denpamen: They Came by Wave, Great game and great value for money that game, I can't wait until the sequel comes out. After I beat that game i'm back to more New Super Mario Bros U.



TheAmazingRaccoon said:

possibly finishing off wario 2.
I have been replaying metroid prime again, which is my favourite of the prime series (that and zeldas are the most replayed games in my collection). But I am not back home until Sunday night, but I might sneak some in then.

I really want my launch WiiU so I can play that on the weekend. Maybe I should start a charity: the "help The Amazing Raccoon pay off his wiiU relief fund.



Kitsunekin said:

A dirty match of heavyweights in Tekken Tag Tournament 2, on my Wii U, and possibly could use some spare time for F-Zero on the SNES. You gotta keep racing it until you get Boost Power!



Aqueous said:

Kid Icarus Uprising, Crimson Shroud, Crashmo and Nintendo Land. Maybe a few others I'm not expecting, since a friend is around.



Emaan said:

This weekend, I'll be playing: Kirby's Return to Dreamland, Paper Mario: Sticker Star, Nintendo Land, Pushmo, and Mario Party 6.



RevolverLink said:

Now that I've beaten Paper Mario: Sticker Star, it's time to start really focusing on Code of Princess and Virtue's Last Reward.



Skitrules said:

I'm getting close to beating Paper Mario: Sticker Star but i still need to get through Resident Evil: Revelations and play lots of raid mode online, its great. I also need to unlock all the secrets in NSMB2. But other than alll that i will just try to beat some of my 3DS VC and Eshop games and might get Unchained Blades because it looks fun.



Schprocket said:

Black Ops II and when bored of being a frag-magnet, it'll be...???

I'm spoilt for choices on both WiiU and 3DS so it'll be down to whichever console gets picked up first:
Wii U NL or Sonic etc Racing
3DS Crimson Shroud or Super 3D Mario



Prof_Clayton said:

Pokamans Ebony Version
Scribblealiens Restricted
Cardboard Luigi: Stick'n Peel
And of course the Professor's latest 3ds outing.



Peppy_Hare said:

I just played the Zombiu demo. That game is really good! It's genuinely scary and a lot of fun.



Undead_terror said:

Nothing too special for me, maybe:
Tekken prime 3d
zelda links awakening
(that's probaubly about it)



Jumpman said:

I will be killling some 5 year old nazi zombies in the game that started the zombie craze all those years ago, World at War. I'll also be finishing THPS 2 on my N64.



ReshiramZekrom said:

I will be playing through Gunman Clive as Mrs. Johnson and also playing through the **** Mode of that game as well. No, that was not a curse word, just preventing spoilers. GC is a great bang for your buck!



ReshiramZekrom said:

Also, shoudn't this article be a feature? "Features" is a tag, but it isn't a "Featured Article" as it would say at the top. :/



ReshiramZekrom said:

@RetroGBHippie92 It took me a day to complete as Clive, but there is different characters to choose from, such as the aforementioned Mrs. Johnson and the **** Mode. (Again, not a curse word.) There is 20 levels (16 when you're playing **** Mode). Note that the levels are the same for all 3 characters. There is also 3 files, and I've used them all up for the 3 characters. So yeah, good bang for your buck!



hYdeks said:

-PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royal (PS3 & Vita): Awesome game, addicted to it
-Lost Planet 2 (PS3): Just bought, so far a fun co-op campaign.
-Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed (Vita): as a Sega fan, this is the best mario kart rip-off
-Ninja Gaiden Sigma Plus (Vita): Old games, but I played the 2nd one and though I'ld give this one a go on the portable



Tasuki said:

Probably just some FIFA 13 on the Wii U and of course a bit of World of Warcraft.



astrotriforce said:

Final Fantasy VIII and The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask for me. Check my website out to see videos of me playing through the latter.

I also started playing Trine 2 with my bro, but we've hardly been able to find the time to play it together, so hopefully we'll do so this weekend at some point.



sweetiepiejonus said:


Ha you did that too? I felt bad because Arc Rise is a pretty good game, but Xenoblade's allure was too strong to resist. I'll put it back in, eventually though.

As for me I'm still getting my butt kicked in Titan Tortuga in Unchained Blades, which is sure to take up most of my time this weekend.



Sun said:

NL, I think it's cool you still play old games. I want to play golden Rare's Starfox Adventures again as soon as possible. Right now I am enjoying Professor Layton on 3DS.



MAB said:

Downloaded NSMBU and I'm only up to the end of the desert world at the moment. Finding it rather hilarious seeing the messages from peops on my friendlist saying stuff like 'watch out this is hard, you need alot of lives for this area very frustrating' while I'm beating these stages without dying and getting all the star coins I have about 55 lives now... Game is not challenging at all.



Bassman_Q said:

I just opened up my red 3DS semi-Christmas-gift-to-myself yesterday, so I'll be busy playing Super Mario 3D Land (pre-installed), escapeVektor, and possibly Pushmo or some other eshop game I haven't yet purchased.

I also just resumed my playthrough of Pokemon HeartGold after getting super-hyped for X/Y (yes, almost 3 years later and I'm not even halfway through!), so I'll be busy with that and checking out my new 3DS's capabilities. :3

On Wii, I'm thinking about finally repaying Okami. I'm still in a Japan-esque mindset after staying there for 2 weeks, so it only makes sense to start another runthrough now. :3



Barbiegurl777 said:

101 Dino Pets 3D
Wild Deer Adventures - 3dsware
Style Savvy - 3ds
Paper Mario Sticker Star - 3ds
Animal Crossing - gamecube
Crashmo - 3dsware

Happy Gaming! (^_^)



Smitherenez said:

Going to play some more of the ZombiU demo. I want to give it another chance, because I did not really like it the first time trough. Maybe a second run will change my mind? I need to continue with my Let's Play project too, so I will also be playing some Paper Mario 64 this weekend.



Oregano said:

Couldn't get hold of Ninja Gaiden 3 Razor's Edge so probably:

Warriors Orochi 3 Hyper
New Super Mario Bros U
Denpa Men
Gunman Clive

I might go on Zombi U, haven't been on it in ages... but I find it hard to just play casually.



SKTTR said:

Project Zero 2 - Wii Edition (chapter 6 - goddamn puppet master!)
ZombiU (at a friends)
Puddle (final stage - probably beat soon)
Nintendo Land (dedicating time to just one of the games for platinum)
Trine 2 - Director's Cut (Goblin's Menace part)



Vriess said:

Assassin's Creed III in the living room and Pullblox/Pushmo on the toilet.



Rekiotsu said:

I'll be playing Muramasa: the demon blade on Wii and Final Fantasy XII on Ps2.



TourianTourist said:

Minecraft, as always. Just completed my legendary item collection in SSP (best possible enchanted items in all combinations).



SanFrisco9er said:

Wario Land 2
Fluidity Spin Cycle
and Monster Shooter

, I'll probably sneak in Gunman Clive(still need to play as Mrs.Johnson).



StarBoy91 said:

This weekend I'm playing Tales of the Abyss on the 3DS and The Lost Vikings on the SNES



arderin64 said:

Total Wii U weekend for me which will include numerous side quests & board games in Assasins Creed 3, knocking heads in with a cricket bat in Zombiu, picking up the last few star coins in NSMBU & a spot of multiplayer with my lovely fiancé in Nintendoland. Also maybe a blast on SimCity on Wii VC which I panic downloaded two weeks ago & still haven't played. Ah the simple pleasures.



Irysse said:

Finishing KH3D before school starts again, along with some sparse Professor Layton and the Miracle Mask and Style Savvy: Trendsetters to mix things up a bit.



Noboty said:

I am hoping to get some League of Legends, Crashmo, and Team Fortress 2 time in.



RetroGBHippie92 said:

I finished The Denpamen this weekend and the final boss was really hard, but I managed to beat him and now, Denpamen 2! Come on Genius Sonority, I need that sequel!
Just started on Crimson Shroud and I'm having a blast, y'all have a great weekend!



Kirababy35 said:

Been playing Harvest moon land of beginning and then reel fishing mini also a little assassins creed 3



Ichiban said:

I ended up playing Kirby Super Star for the first time over the weekend & loved it! Im going to pick up Return To Dreamland on payday now, cant wait!
I also played DK Country 3 for the first time in years, and something strange happened. I always regarded it as the weakest of the bunch, but how wrong I was!! I've got a whole new level of respect for the game & its probably my fav DK country game now. It just oozes charm!



WiiLovePeace said:

@sweetiepiejonus Yes! That's the exact same reason why I stopped playing Arc Rise Fantasia, Xenoblade is definitely an amazing game. Arc Rise Fantasia is quite fun too, definitely worth getting back into imo

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