We've made it to the end of yet another week, this time bringing with it a successful legal battle for Nintendo relating to the Wii Remote and the news that the DOOM team has "bantered" with Nintendo to get Doomguy in Smash. We can dream.
Now, though, it's time to put all of that aside and discuss our weekend gaming plans. Members of Team Nintendo Life have done just that and we'd love you to join in via the comment and poll sections below. Enjoy!
PJ O’Reilly, reviewer
This weekend I’m going to be taking advantage of the slight lull in big releases to jump back into some stuff I really need to finish up. I’ll be polishing off Luigi’s Mansion 3 and Yoshi’s Crafted World with my kids as well as jumping into my latest purchase Dragon Quest XI, which I’ve only just discovered is absolutely amazing, a proper must-own game in my opinion.
I’m also still making my way through my Xmas Labo kits, although I‘ve now entirely abandoned the instructions as they’re too complex for me and am instead creating a giant cardboard Jeff Goldblum to keep me company when I feel a bit lonely or sad.
Anthony Dickens, managing director
It's long overdue but I'm in desperate need to blow away the physical cobwebs after an over-indulgent Christmas and New Year. Having finally gotten my hands on a copy of Ring Fit Adventure from overseas (it's still out of stock in the UK) I intend to clear away the coffee table and see what the fuss is all about in this fitness-based RPG adventure. Deep Heat plasters are on standby, as will be the coffee. Wish me luck, my body is ready.
Ollie Reynolds, reviewer
At the moment, I'm still spending more or less every spare moment playing DOOM (OG) - I'm working my way through the game on Nightmare difficulty, and there's just something so immediately compelling about its gameplay that few modern games can replicate. Or maybe it's just the nostalgia!
Time permitting, I'm also quite tempted to jump back into Pokémon Sword at some point. Since the Diamond and Pearl days, I always seem to lose steam with Pokémon games about halfway through, and the exact same has happened with Sword. I feel like if I can't get back into it this time, then I may well be done for good...
Austin Voigt, contributing writer
I’ve been getting very into Ring Fit Adventure, people. I was sceptical at first, but it’s quickly become a very addictive game to play. In fact, every time I sit down to play a different game, I usually end up picking up Ring Fit and gamer-cising instead (yeah, I just made that up). So I’ll be totally honest - that’s probably all I’ll play this weekend... at least, until the holiday weight and guilt are gone.
Ryan Craddock, staff writer
I'm getting ever closer to completing Luigi's Mansion 3 - I'm pretty sure I've only got about four-or-so floors to go - and I've been really enjoying seeing the variety of design choices for each one as you make your way up the hotel. Hopefully I'll find enough time to get through another floor or two over the weekend, leaving me with just the finale to enjoy next week.
I've also been playing Animal Crossing: New Leaf for the first time (I know, sorry!) in preparation for the new game, but I've actually stopped playing over the last few days so that I don't get burnt out from it. I think I'm pretty much sold on grabbing the new game in March after this short playthrough, so I'm now having to keep myself away from the thing I've just fell in love with to prepare. What a first-world problem, huh?
Gavin Lane, staff writer
With the return of Captain Picard to our TV screens after a 26-year hiatus, I’m rather excited to sit down for an hour and watch the first episode of Star Trek: Picard. Once that's done and I've wiped the space dust from my eyes, I'll probably be in the mood for some space-based gaming but, as discussed earlier this week, there really aren’t many games set in the Trek universe that measure up to the show itself – certainly not on Nintendo systems. With that in mind, I’ll probably get my space kicks from something like Everspace or perhaps I’ll make a start on that Starlink: Battle For Atlas pack I picked up for a tenner before Christmas.
If they don’t scratch the itch, I may fire up Catastronauts for some calamitous co-op fun. Overcooked 2 might have received an update this week, but you can’t run around a spaceship pretending you’re Geordi La Forge in that game, can you?
Gonçalo Lopes, contributing writer
SD Gundam G Generation Cross Rays is my equivalent to your Pokémon. I can’t stop playing or thinking about it every other minute and will continue to further develop my ever-growing army of SD metal monstrosities this weekend. On the other mech front, DAEMON X MACHINA continues to process smoothly yet I can hardly recognize my avatar any more due to extensive augmentation.
Could not resist so I already cleared the wonderful 198X last night and hope the second half of it manages to surpass these original five 'retro' games. Unexpected package from the East brought Super Robot Wars X along with an old favourite Ninja Jajamaru Collection and both will see some action this weekend for sure. Now, if only I could find some free time to use my Mario Kart Racing Wheel Pro Deluxe...
My game of the week is obviously Warhammer 40,000: Space Wolf because picking anything else would clearly be heresy. Remain vigilant, brothers.
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...