Now, though, it's finally time to sit back and relax. Team Nintendo Life have discussed our weekend gaming plans below and we'd love for you to join in via the comments and poll sections below.
PJ O’Reilly, reviewer
It’s become increasingly difficult to get a moment with my Switch as my son has developed a chronic Pokémon Sword addiction over the past week or so – note to Santa, one Switch Lite please – but when I do get my hands on it over this coming weekend I’ll be settling into some good old terrifying myself with Alien Isolation.
I’ve just finished up the main campaign for review but still have all the DLC to blast through which should keep me more than busy/scared witless. Otherwise, I’m still making my way through Astral Chain, Luigi’s Mansion 3 and mopping up bits and pieces in the sublime The Touryst. Have a good weekend, pals!
Ryan Craddock, staff writer
Any free time I get this weekend will go towards working on my Pokédex in Pokémon Sword. I've beaten the Champion and made it through the scenes which follow, so the next goal is to search far and wide for as many different critters as I can, hopefully one day getting every single one (depending on how long I stay interested).
To be fair, I've really really enjoyed my time with the game so far. I'd actually say that this is the most fun I've had with the series since at least Generation 6 or 5, perhaps even 4. Now, then, how to convince one of my Pokémon Shield playing friends to let me keep their Zamazenta?
Ollie Reynolds, reviewer
This weekend I'll be plugging away at Pokémon Shield. The game hasn't quite clicked for me yet (then again, I've struggled with the series since the debut of Diamond and Pearl on the DS), but I really appreciate the quality of life improvements like minimised random encounters. I've only conquered two gyms so far, so I'm hopeful it will pick up soon!
I've not got much else on the go as far as gaming goes, but I'll certainly be keeping a close eye on the Black Friday deals over the weekend and see if anything catches my attention. Although at some point, I need to put aside three and a half hours to watch Martin Scorsese's new film The Irishman!
Gavin Lane, staff writer
I’ll be heading back to Galar this weekend. I’m really enjoying making my way from town to town. It’s been a long time since I’ve played a Pokémon (the original, actually) and it’s a treat to see how much (and sometimes how little) has changed over the last two decades. I can imagine series stalwarts being a little frustrated at the lack of advancement after this many entries. For me, though, it’s like a warm blanket. Lovely.
I also picked up Starlink: Battle for Atlas starter pack for a mere 10€, so perhaps I’ll get around to hopping in an Arwing, too. Probably not, though.
Gonçalo Lopes, contributing writer
By the time you read this, my new music album has been released! You know what that means? I am (at long, long last!) free to play video games for the rest of my life! This weekend? Valfaris, Children of Morta, Bubble Bobble 4 Friends, The Touryst, Story of a Gladiator, River City Girls, BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle (there is a literal tank among the new characters!) and who knows, maybe I will finish either Astral Chain or DAEMON X MACHINA (now with a brand new boss!).
My game of the week is the surprise release of Trover Saves The Universe. Who knew that even without VR, the unmistakable humour of “Rick and Morty” co-creator Justin Roiland would work so well on the Switch?
Austin Voigt, contributing writer
Some of you have already had to listen to me talk about this far too much - but I don’t care. For the past couple of mornings, I have had an adorable, sweet owl hooting outside of my bedroom window. I have appropriately named it Rowlet, based on the fact that I wish Pokémon were real. This is my very poor segway into the fact that I’m literally just going to be playing Pokémon Shield this entire extended Thanksgiving weekend. And I believe that is the same thing I’ve written for the past three weekend entries.
As always, thanks for reading! Make sure to leave a vote in the poll above and a comment below with your gaming choices over the next few days...