It's been an eventful week in the run up to the launch of a certain creature-capture game that will inevitably be keeping team NL (and most of you, we'd imagine) busy this weekend - Sonic the Hedgehog returned in updated silver screen form in a new trailer which seems to have gone down much better than the first one, Smash Bros. fans have been getting to grips with Terry and the new update, and Nintendo 64 sales spiked dramatically on eBay ahead of the holiday season.
The Nintendo Life team have gathered to discuss our plans and we'd love for you to join in via our poll and comment sections below. Enjoy!
Ryan Craddock, staff writer
This weekend - and all of next week, in fact - I’ve scheduled in a lovely bit of ‘me time’. In my case, that means hours and hours’ worth of Pokémon Sword!
Yes, I can’t help but get a slight tingle of excitement each time a new generation appears - I can only blame my younger self for that - so I’ll be exploring Galar with my super-sad and super-sweet Sobble. I’ve been looking forward to this moment for a while, finally being able to stick the game in, turn off the internet, and blissfully ignore the hate. Ah, lovely.
Liam Doolan, news reporter
At the time of writing, I'm currently 10 hours into my Galar region adventure. I've caught 76 Pokémon and obtained three badges. I went with a digital version of Pokémon Shield in the end, but I'll probably end up purchasing a physical copy of Pokémon Sword later down the line.
My party at the moment is comprised of the fire starter's third evolution Cinderace, the special Let's Go Pikachu, the water-rock type Drednaw, the Generation IV pocket monster Skorupi, the flying-type Corvisquire, and the sad-looking snake Pokemon, Silicobra. My plan for the rest of the weekend is to defeat all of the Gym Leaders and explore as much of the game as I possibly can. Wish me luck!
Gavin Lane, staff writer
No prizes for guessing what I'll be up to over the weekend. Yes, I will be diving into the Galar region along with approximately 28% of the planet. After a quick check as to who was getting which version, I went with Pokémon Sword.
After having a soft spot for Grookey for months and months, the moment came to pick my starter and who did I pick? That's right - Sobble. That gormless tadpole face somehow worked its magic and made me ditch the monkey. Shocker. Let's hope he's handier in battle than he looks.
Gonçalo Lopes, contributing writer
I have no clue what I am doing so along with DAEMON X MACHINA, Astral Chain (of course!) and River City Girls I picked up both Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield after reading Alex’s review and hope to explore the former. I will also try to pretend that there isn’t (yet again!) another huge Star Wars game release not coming to Switch and replay a bit of Star Wars Rogue Squadron II: Rogue Leader on the ol’ trusty GameCube. Stay on target!
Game of the Week is the hilarious stealth release The Stretchers. I can’t remember the last time I had so much fun with a rag doll physics-heavy game, a stellar effort from Tarsier Studios and Nintendo.
Austin Voigt, contributing writer
This weekend, I’m not really sure what to play. I heard something about a game called “Poke-Mans”, which sounds terrible. I detest the idea of collecting adorable creatures and exploring a world with them. So, seeing as nothing fun has come out recently, and I’ve pretty much cleared my entire backlog of games out of sheer boredom, maybe I’ll give up video games and just watch TV, or go learn how to knit or something.
Zion Grassl, video producer
I’m out of town on vacation for the weekend, so I’m not sure how much game time I’ll be able to sneak in, but lemme tell ya, this month is making it extremely hard to ignore my Switch. On the drive to our destination I finished collecting all of the pages in New Super Lucky’s Tale (which was an absolute delight from beginning to end) which then caused me to last minute purchase Yooka-Laylee and the Impossible Lair! I just can’t get enough of the puns.
I’m also currently downloading Pokemon Sword (goodbye free time) so I’ll have plenty of things to play for the drive home! Can’t wait to hang with my boy, Scorbunny!
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...