It's been an eventful anniversary-filled week! Pokémon Sword and Shield got off to a sterling start despite its mixed reception, we reported on a stunning Zelda Breath of the Wild bedroom mural that had us looking at our dreary walls in envy, and a remarkable 'New' version of Super Mario Land that popped up on social media.
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!
Gavin Lane, staff writer
I shall be perusing the sales this week in my usual way, and doing my best to resist any spicy deals I come across. Should I get the time I plan to continue my journey through Galar in Pokémon Sword. Perhaps it has something to do with diminished expectations and the fact I haven't played a Pokémon game for a long time, but I'm finding the game utterly charming. Technically, it's hardly bleeding edge, but I'm really enjoying almost everything about it.
I'll also be starting something for review and have a few retro games I’d like to catch up with on the SNES Classic Mini. A little DK, perhaps...
Gonçalo Lopes, contributing writer
I have been working on-and-off on a particular challenging music album for the past two years and the release date is quickly approaching. I would love to kick back and let it happen but there still remains a ton of work to do, so this weekend gaming time will consist of DAEMON X MACHINA, Astral Chain, River City Girls and the ridiculously addictive REKT! High Octane Stunts sessions. In The Hunt is now part of the Switch ever-growing stellar shmup library, so I will give that one a proper playthrough for sure.
Game of the Week is Shin’en latest effort The Touryst (not a typo!). It immediately took me back to old ZX Spectrum “Filmation” isometric video games for some reason, a reality-check to remind myself I am indeed very, very old...
Austin Voigt, contributing writer
I’m beginning to feel like a broken record, but I truly will just be playing Pokémon Shield this entire weekend. I’ve only found the time to put a couple of hours into it so far, so I’ll finally be able to really sink my teeth in this weekend; however, after even just those few hours, I can easily say most of the negative hype surrounding the games pre-launch was completely misguided and ridiculous. Is it a perfect game? No. But it’s very rare that I find myself unintentionally grinning as I progress through a game these days - and that’s precisely what I’ve caught myself doing each time I play. I may just be biased as a (nearly) lifelong Pokémon fan experiencing their first full-fledged HD installment in the series - but I am really, thoroughly enjoying this thing, people.
Liam Doolan, news reporter
This weekend I'll be continuing my adventure in the Galar region. I didn't make as much progress as I hoped I would last weekend. In saying this, I still managed to collect all eight badges over the course of the week and catch more than 100 pocket monsters. With this out of the way, I intend to take on the Champion Cup, so I can prove I'm the very best, and then go and catch a legendary Pokémon.
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...
Mostly working my way through rest of Atelier Ryza but also playing a bit of Risk of Rain 2 which I started yesterday after getting the physical copy and I’ll try to squeeze in a bit of Groove Coaster when I can.
Continuing my run of bad luck, health wise, I picked up a chest infection, laryngitis, and a bad eye infection... to go along with the endogenous depression, and the medication issues. Am trying to weather it all with a grin, though, so I turned to the best medication... I treated myself to a game! 😆 So now I am wrapped up in bed with Pokemon Sword. 😊 Wishing you all a lovely weekend! Stay safe and well!
I made the bad decision to put BotW back in yesterday so I can foresee myself playing mostly that this werkend. I'm not hunting seeds, just running or motorcycling around Hyrule!
@Ooyah on the bright side you can take off sick from work, if you are working.
Pokémon Sword - Defeated the 4th Gym Leader earlier today. Really enjoying the amount of different Pokémon you can catch straight from the start. The amount of new Pokémon is also much bigger than I anticipated. Perfect for someone like me who likes to catch and evolve Pokémon.
Civilization VI - Trying out the expansions for the first time. Only about 120 turns in but I like the new additions so far as well as the small UI updates.
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate - Pokémon spirit event with Terry.
Pokémon Shuffle - The same old. S ranking some UX stages.
Pokemon Sword and The Witcher for me. They recently released a class 31 for Train Sim World (PS4) so I may get an hour or two on that too.
More Pokémon Shield version, and since I finally got it thanks to the eShop discount, Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice.
Fooling around in Galar this weekend... is what I expected to say today, but the purchase got jinxed indeed. Well, Moon was a December purchase as well, and the current limited-time stuff doesn't seem to expire until January. Like I said, I've considered getting the intended mood fix from Moon's Route 3 or the overdue beginning of Gold (or even just resuming WoFF) - assuming I don't spend the weekend focused on the recently recurrent active backlog of space ninjas, stuck outworlders, loud attorneys and puzzle-solving professors. Actual proportions may vary.
With the current funds still accomodating a smaller sum, I've scored myself a taste of a few other tempting offers - from the surreal Lichtspeer and Super Daryl Deluxe to the beautiful and bittersweet My Memory of Us. Regarding the new sale, everyone and their amiibo is talking up DBZ Fighterz' 70% discount, but I still don't have enough interest in the franchise even if we're talking an ASW fighter wearing its license. That half-priced Disgaea, on the other hand...
@Ooyah wow,that's a run of very bad luck there mate..hope ya feeling better soon.
Fire Emblem Three Houses . I’m almost at the spoiler turning point after 30 hours in. Love it!
Yes; I promised myself to finish this game before continuing Pokemon Shield and getting the 5th badge
I'm still working my way through Pokemon Shield - 5 badges in so far and still really enjoying it. Currently on Route 8. Besides that, more Ultra Sun. On what appears to be the final island now with my crazily strong Incineroar.
Been looking at the sales too. Very tempted by Dark Souls, which will be super cheap with the discount and my gold coins. Already have the game on PC, but I'm essentially out of PC gaming now.
Outside of Nintendo, I've now got Persona 4 Golden on a PS TV I picked up cheap, so may start that up too.
Glad to see Daemon X Machina make the list. Great game which deserves more recognition in my view...
Unfortunately I'm at the end of my week off now so I'm going to make the most of the gaming time I have left before the heavy run up to Christmas in which I doubt I'll have much time to game at all.
It was my birthday yesterday and one of the games I received was Luigi's Mansion 3 which I will no doubt be playing over the weekend alongside Zanki Zero on Ps4 plus some more Three Houses.
I finally started Astral Chain, after knocking off a few games in my backlog, but feel like it belongs on the big screen. Therefore, since I'm out and about a bit this weekend, I've also finally having a crack at The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past thanks to the Switch online service. Spoiler alert: it's pretty good. Just got my third pendant!
This weekend is Animal games time ! 🤓
1. Pokemon Sword (Switch)
I have obtained 2nd Badge gym from Nessa. I still have to find Sawk in Motostoke territory.
2. Hamsterz Life (NDS)
My cute hamster game. I will check the cage and feed my hamster. 😀
I stayed up into the wee hours last weekend and beat EarthBound, an absolute classic I'll never forget.
I've now started Persona 3 Portable over. I played until the first boss earlier in the year, but I was just discovering the SMT series and dabbled with a few games. Now I'm keen to finish them all. Fuuka has just joined my party and I might be enjoying it more than Persona 4 and 5 so far.
On Switch I'll be trying out the V2.0 characters Elizabeth and Adachi in BlazBlue CTB.
@Ooyah I hope you feel better, friend!
Shield, great game! Still trying to avoid spoilers, so good bye!
Fire Emblem Three Houses is really great. It might be my second favorite game on Switch, after Zelda. I already lost 3 members of the Black Eagles in battle, but I don’t intend to lose more.
Also some Death Stranding which is pretty interesting so far.
Still going through my second playthrough on Dark Souls Remastered. A sorcerer build this time and having a blast. Not allowed to buy myself any new games as Xmas and a birthday coming up, but heavy hinting for Witcher 3 and Ni No Kuni. 🤞
Playing through shield with the kids. Deep into the postgame myself but they are still earning gym badges. Tempted by the sale - might get them Lego potter.
Just some Pokemon Sword and Smash this weekend I think.
Civilisation 6 for me with rise and fall the gathering storm releasing yesterday. The expansions seem to have had a low key release, need Nintendolife to mention it
The Touryst - this game even gave my Pokémon Sword a break, it's just awesome!
Saved Luigi's Mansion 3 final stage for today and just finished. Rekt, Touryst, Astral Chain are now my choices for Switch. I'll be modding a DMG-01 today, so I may also play some Batman or Super Mario Land, to, you know, test
This weekend I'll mostly play football manager on PC, with breaks away from desktop I'll play pocket stables on switch it's so challenging lol, I might even go lynel slaying on BOTW also my copy of River city girls arrived couple of weeks ago from LRG I still haven't got around to starting it.
I've never played any of the series before so I'm curious as to what it's like.
Super Smash Bros. (N64) - Finally giving Adventure mode a spin
FIFA 15 Ultimate Team (Windows Phone) - Still more quick games.
3D Brick Breaker Revolution (Windows Phone) - Still a decent time waster.
Some more Death Stranding, Nioh and I just started The Outer Worlds through Game Pass PC, which is fantastic. Also played through Ape Out, maybe one of my games of the year. Unfortunately nothing Nintendo again.
Gonna try beat my high score on 'In the Hunt' from Hamsters Arcade Archives series. Seriously, it's really good. Anyone wanting to see what a core chunk of the 'Metal Slug' team worked on before 'Metal Slug', then this comes highly recommend 😄👌
I’ll carry on picking up a few quests in Witcher 3 tomorrow afternoon. I’m enjoying the game but only playing in short bursts here and there. I get bored quite quickly.
I might trade in a couple of games for the new Pokemon next week if I go past a game shop
Why aren't there any Touryst reviews anywhere?
I'm finishing off Captain Toad and Yakuza Zero before properly starting Shenmue 3. Never thought I'd be able to say that.
@Ooyah hope you make a speedy recovery dude.
DxM and XcX and Astral Chain (All achievements)
Shenmue 3 for me. Been waiting so long for this game and it hasn't disappointed so far. May do a couple more levels of the mansion with the green plumber and a bit more on pokemon.
A bit of Arms and Mario Kart 8 Deluxe multiplayer with the family. Carrying on with The Last of Us Remastered's excellent online multiplayer on my own. I picked up Lego DC Villains this week as I noticed the game and season pass were both reduced, so looking forward to giving that a go at some point.
I'm having a little break from Dragon Quest XIS, and playing Yooka-Laylee. I missed games like this!
Currently finishing up Resi Zero and Broken Age. Then may either move on to Bayonetta 2 or Astral Chain.
I own far too many games that I never put any serious time into, so I'm trying to finish some of them before I buy any new ones.
I restarted Darksiders yesterday and am really digging it so far. I'll be alternating that with Link's Awakening and trying to finish Pokemon Let's Go Eevee.
My kid is really into Super Monkey Ball Banana Blitz, so we'll be playing some of that too. That game is ridiculously fun.
I finished off my planned Halloween playthroughs by beating Castlevania Bloodlines this week (better late than never).
It took a bit longer than I expected because of the game's limited continues, but I finally got good enough to pull through.
I also beat the Link's Awakening remake. Playing a top-down Zelda game without screen transitions in the overworld was kind of a trip.
Probably some Smash Bros and Fire Emblem 3 Houses for Switch. I recently got a 1up Arcade machine that was on sale. It’s the Marvel games made by Capcom, so I’ll be playing that for sure.
Pokemon Shield and Luigi's Mansion 3 for sure en perhaps something from the sale that I haven't bought yet. And of course a few rounds of Fortnite with my little sister.
Just picked up Super Smash Bros Melee on the beautiful old GameCube. Trying to unlock all of the characters still. Plus just unlocked all of the courses in MK Double Dash. There were so many great games for that system. Plus they still look incredible in HD with the Eon HDMI adapter.
Witcher 3 thanks
Hyper Light Drifter. I'm playing through it again for I think the fourth time. It's just an absolutely incredible indie game and puts a lot of AAA games to shame...I even did the 800 dash challenge for the fourth time, and it only took me three tries this time! That's how you know I've played it too much. 😂
I also plan to finish up my run of Luigi's Mansion 2. Next week over Thanksgiving I'll be trying to knock out Luigi's Mansion 3 with my brother. I'm so excited because he doesn't know the game has co-op play. 😁
Pokémon shield but It seems like a chore to play. Might go back to Luigi’s mansion 3
Still playing Dragon Quest XI S. Literally one of the best RPGs I’ve ever played. Over 150 hours in and just finally just nearing the finish line. It’s become one of my most played Switch games of all time.
It would be cool if they brought over DQ10 and Dragon Quest Heroes. They’d have a sale from me!
Beat lion king last night. Also playing some Mario Maker 2, King of Fighters 95, smash, and maybe pokemon sword. I've tried to get into escapists 2 but I just can't. Also some snes online
Have completed Ratchet and Clank 2 but now it's given me challenge mode offering me even more powerful weapons so I can't resist another playthrough.
Do want to get the Pokémon in the Smash event and tempted to start Pokémon Sword but not sure I'll have the time.
Happy gaming everyone
Ring fit adventure, star link battle for atlas and cat quest
It's all about Pokémon right now!
@Ooyah Hope you feel better soon and gaming helps take your mind off things.
I've been wanting to play Sonic Battle and Sonic Mega Collection all week. Guess it's time to fire up my GBA and GameCube this weekend.
Probably finish N. Sane Trilogy, still only completed the first game in the series. Maybe also some CTR.
This weekend is the highlight of my week, month or even year; as I'll be playing episode 3 of Vader Immortal.
Apart from that we are starting Christmas decorating.
I'll be spending my time in Fodlán with the Black Eagles in my second FE3H playthrough.
I'll mostly be playing Pokemon Shield (Grookey Gang BAY BAY), I haven't gotten as far as I would have liked, so I'm looking forward to changing that this weekend. Also, if I have time, hopefully New Super Lucky's Tale, or maybe even some Donkey Kong Country. to celebrate twenty-five years.
Let me know if you want to spar in smash!
Ni No Kuni, an incredible game. Since I've never owned a PS3, PS4 or a decent PC, I'm playing it for the first time.
This week I will be mostly playing
Breath of the Wild (100 seeds to go)
Smash Ultimate (new Poké spirits)
Also still waiting for my right-hand Joy-Con to come home from repair 😔
@DenDen let's do it. I'm not any good ( spoiler alert), but send me your code and when I'm back home tomorrow morning and have an internet connection, I'll add you
With Fire Emblem Three Houses finished, my next backlog Switch game will be Ori. Also some more Halo 5 on XB1, as it's still one of the few XB1 games that seem to work properly.
I spent most of my yesterday's free-time going over my backlog, adding some retro games to it... Took me some time but worth it! I
As of playing... I'll most likely play Monster Hunter World, it has some new event going on and I want to finish up the story before Iceborne arrives on PC.
Then I'll continue Pokemon Shield.
Finally beat Bastion last week, been working on beating Mario Galaxy 2 100%
Animal Crossing: New Leaf
Timesplitters Future Perfect
SSX on Tour
DBZ Budokai 3
Smash Bros Ultimate
Eagerly waiting for a Touryst review!
Does it feel like Mr Lopes had to put all those games just so that there would be a poll?
I am finally busting open Luigi’s Mansion 3!!!!! This week I finished Dragon Quest XI and New Super Lucky’s Tale, so my slate was completely open. It’s gonna be a good one you guys
Valkyria Chronicles and Labyrinth Of Refrain: Coven Of Dusk for me, was too tempting not to grab something from the estore yesterday.
I am continuing to go through my DS/3DS backlog, and loving it. I just beat Ever Oasis (lovely game), and am now playing Magical Starsign. It is a cute little rpg, with really great pixel art, but definitely an earlier DS game, due to the fact that all of the menus have to be accessed with the touch screen. I am enjoying it, though.
I’m finally getting around to playing Banjo-Kazooie on N64 and I’m loving it! I’m also playing more Smash Ultimate and Ring Fit. Everyone have a safe weekend!
Over 25 hours into Pokemon Shield and finished up the postgame story content. Now its time to fill out that pokedex this weekend. Up to 119 when I had to go to sleep last night.
@dugan Have you played other Pokémon titles? I held off on picking up Shield because I was unsure of it but I’ve noticed that we’ve had similar Tastes in games. I thought the more recent 3ds Pokémon games had too much going on and too many Pokémon so I liked Pokémon Let’s Go since it kept it simpler.
I’ll be continuing A Plague Tale and hopefully get some more Witcher 3 in!
1. Finishing Luigi Mansion 3
2. Finishing Death Standing
3. Maybe starting Shenmue 3
Got an invite to the XBox Game Streaming preview. Sign up, you get to test 50 games on the GO for free if you get in (If you travel for work like me that is lots of saved cash on games 😊)
Madden on the GO over my TMobile LTE this morning worked perfect. Real test will be over thanksgiving travel 🤔
Sure thing !
Still waiting to see some reviews of the touryst, they seem to be thin on the ground atm...
Just picked up Pokemon Sword. So will play through that this weekend and then back to DQXIS. 75 hours in loving it.
@Ooyah get well soon. Games can be great therapy. I once had some (basic) surgery that had me laid up for 10 days, I basically lived in Animal Crossing....
I’m budgeting right now, so triple aaa titles are out. I have Witcher to crack on with but I really like the look of The Touryst, just checked a review in youtube.
@Ooyah hope you make a speedy recovery. Have you played the new Switch Bubble Bobbly? It looks good but pricey.
Playing this week.
Tom Clancy Ghoist Recon Breakpoint.
Well... that's one way of looking at it! 😆 But I really want to be at work if I can. I was off for two days last week.. hopefully back on Monday.
Thank you! I hear you on the budgeting. Some cheaper games can last remarkably long, if they hook you... have just crossed 100 hours on Dead Cells (fantastic game!). BTW... I am super tempted by The Touryst... are you enjoying it? EDIT... ah, sorry... it sounds like you don't have it yet.
Thank you! For the new Bubble Bobble... I mainly want it just for the included original!!! Will sadly wait for a price cut.
Just got my water badge in Shield yesterday. So more Pokémon and Sims 4
@DenDen Great I'll add you tomorrow
@wazlon @dugan @Kidfunkadelic83 @Wazeddie22
Thanks guys! Am so hoping to be back to work on Monday. Still no voice, though! Hopefully it will return tomorrow. 😊 Take care of yourselves out there!
Picked up Assassins Creed III remastered yesterday. Never properly got into that game, and never played Liberation at all, so I’ll be checking those out. And Caveblazers got some new content this week.
Just bought Shantae 1/2 genie hero with the 50% discount on Switch
gonna give that a shot, so far Wayforward has not dissapointed me with Shantae games.
Some Mario Kart 8 and Dirt Rally 2
Both totally different, they cause equal amounts of swearing.
This weekend I will (re)play several SNES games on NSO.
Still playing through dragon quest 11, and also finishing up a link to the past on super nes
Love Rekt. A tiny piece of genius. Will be giving that some hammer this weekend.
Also more Pokemon Sword - the 1st Pokemon game I have EVER played!.
Other than that will be playing Asphalt 9 which I am loving. Great graphics and reminds me of ridge racer crossed with burnout.
Tempted to pick up The Touryst, but it's gonna have to wait a couple of weeks. I'm still on my AC: Odyssey binge. 130 Hours in currently and I still haven't touched the DLC packs yet. I love this game!
It's another Death Stranding weekend for me
I'll probably only have time to finish up My Memory of Us since I have a car-related thing I need to get done. Very cute game for anyone that wants to take advantage of the big sale they have on it. Had it on my wish list for some time and that pushed it immediately to the front. 😛
More Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order.
Arms, only Arms!
Why has watch list been changed to a heart on the eshop? I was confused for a moment
So much entertainment right now and not enough time for all of it.
Playing Pokémon Shield and Jedi Fallen Order.
Watching The Mandalorian and saw Frozen II at the cinema.
Reading Star Wars: Black Spire and have Resistance Reborn on deck.
Still working on FALLEN ORDER and diving back into HOLLOW KNIGHT.
I demo'd New Super Lucky's Tale and AI: The Insomnia Files. Played and beat Biolab Wars, and gonna continue Story mode of Super Mario Maker 2.
@InAnotherCastle Great game. My only complaint with it is they didn't really give you enough incentive to collect all the gems are Boos. As far as I know, it doesn't change the ending or do anything to help you. It should have at least increased your health or gave you an alternate ending. Seemed like a miss opportunity but a great game otherwise.
@Mamabear I am actually only a recently Pokemon fan, I played X, Alpha and Sun. I liked those three games, but I see what you are saying about too much going on. On those games I just concentrated on the story, collecting some (not all) pokemon and having some fun battles. The other stuff didn't really interest me (I don't have to catch them all!
I am really liking Shield, even if it is on the easy side. But I am only 9 hours and 1 gym into it.
How many Pokemon titles have you played?
Pokémon Crystal that I bought on the 3DS eShop last week. Massive nostalgia boost! 👍🏾
Should probably play and finish Luigi's Mansion 3 or Dark Moon. Been getting back to Hyrule Warriors and getting those Level 4 and 4+ weapons. I haven't even finished the main game still.
Been diving deep into Yooka-Laylee and the Impossible Lair. So much better than the original.
I happened to finish both Indivisible and Borderlands 3 on PS4 last weekend. I'm very happy to wrap them up, after investing over a month into them. Both games were awesome experiences. Borderlands 3 has a lot of menu lag, but it's still a very addictive and crazy game. Indivisible is an awesome mesh of platforming, metroidvania, and paper mario-style rpg.
This weekend I'm now playing Gunvolt Chronicles: Luminous Avenger IX. I couldn't get enough Copen gameplay from Gunvolt 2, and this game really delivers more fun gameplay on that front. Also playing a ton of Smash Ultimate with my 5 year old daughter. It's been quite a bonding experience.
@JasmineDragon banana blitz was surprisingly enjoyable. I also wanted to play through it to get sonic 😃
CTR: Nitro Fueled PS4
Luigi's Mansion will be my main switch game. Playing Soma on PC. Enjoying both.
@Thwomp_Stomper Ditto! Do you have to beat the whole game to unlock Sonic?
Trying to play as much Pokémon Sword as possible while still enjoying holiday. Then trying to not spend all my time trading, battling and raiding and get on with some gym badges.
I’m jealous, I’m waiting till my relys go home so I can watch Disney + in peace. Working through the New Jedi Order still (it’ll be years before I make it to the new books). Less than a month to the new film!!!
@tseliot I noticed at the end sequences that the game gave me a rating ("C") which would indicate that at least this is liable to change on the next try. But I don't know about alternate endings... Besides the Super Metroid one, I've never been motivated by that The only thing keeping me from going back in and collecting all gems (Luigi's just a plain old jewel-thief!) immediately is that I'd need to fight King Boo again to check the rating. I do like finishing games like this to completion just for the fun of exploration
Still xenoblade chronicles 2 for me, although limited time this weekend. Much as I've enjoyed this game, I'm ready to get it done now so going to try and ignore most if the sidequests etc. If i do that i hope to finish in about 20 hours or less so should be finished b4 xmas at least!
Also trying to avoid the temptation of black friday sales. Backlog is big enough as it is.
Persona 5 (Again)
@DenDen just sent
I'll hop on later tonight. Not sure if youll be in bed by then as im in the u.s.
Wargroove on Switch, Arkham Asylum on PS4, Crash Bandicoot on PS1.
Let me know with message when ur online
@Fandabidozi We must be kindred spirits. I’m hearing that if enjoy the books you should at least read Resistance Reborn before TROS.
Let’s add each other as friends on Switch! Play some Pokémon together sometime.
I played Super Mario Maker 2, and Fortnite this weekend! Next weekend I will be playing Team Sonic Racing as well since I got it half off for Black Friday!
Limited game time this weekend, but may be able to fit a little Witcher 3 in.
I've been getting back into some Sonic Mania after not touching the game for quite a while. Finally past the Chemical Plant Act 1 where you have to escape the rising 'poison' through a small bit of parkour with moving parts (was stuck on that for too long). Currently up to Flying Battery, also touched up on some Bomber Crew as well.
I'm playing The Touryst, actually I finished it and I absolutely loved it, a shame that it came out during pokemon season. Can't wait for the sequel.
That’s good to know, thanks! I’m also moving house in two weeks it’s kinda hectic 😅
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