Paper Mario

With yet another week down - this time bringing with it a new Switch update, the LEGO NES console and an official Animal Crossing Instagram account, no less - it's finally time to sit back and chat about our weekend gaming plans.

Members of Team Nintendo Life have done just that below, and we'd love for you to join in via our poll and comment sections. Enjoy!

Ryan Craddock, news editor

My copy of Paper Mario: The Origami King arrived yesterday and as soon as I wrap up The Last of Us Part II I'll be diving in to check it out. I've only ever played the original on N64 and The Thousand-Year Door on GameCube - and that was probably about 15 years ago now - so I'm actually intrigued to see what a modern Paper Mario game is like, even if some fans of the series aren't happy with it these days.

Elsewhere, with a shiny Wailord being available in Pokémon Sword and Shield for a limited time, I might try my luck and hop on to see if I can find one. That's a big might, though, because I imagine it'll take more time than it's worth to stumble across one. Have a good one, folks.

Liam Doolan, news reporter

I'll admit, I don't have the best track record when it comes to the Paper Mario series. I've played them all, but haven't always seen 'em through. The last one I had a proper crack at was Paper Mario: Sticker Star on the 3DS and the sticker concept got to me in the end. When Paper Mario: Color Splash arrived on the Wii U, I moved on rather quickly. Now we've got yet another generation of Paper Mario to play - this time on the Nintendo Switch - and once again I've signed up. Will I be able to see it through? I'm not really sure, so I'll give you an update next week. Determination intensifies!

Apart from this, there's not much else on my plate this weekend. Maybe some Donkey Kong Country? I've already run through it once, so I might play it again. Maybe I'll check out some Shin Megami Tensei on the NSO Super Famicom service while I'm at it.

Gonçalo Lopes, contributing writer

The massive heatwave currently above my beloved country means that playing anything with a power supply is a risky proposition. Choosing a life of perilous gamble I hope to continue Agent Morgan’s surreal investigation in Deadly Premonition 2: A Blessing in Disguise, impose the will of the Emperor of all Mankind in Warhammer 40,000 Mechanicus and continue my delightful retro platforming adventures on Bloodstained: Curse of the Moon 2.

My game of the week is obviously Paper Mario: The Origami King. Every game in the series lives in the shadow of The Thousand-Year Door but I trust this new adventure will keep me entertained for the foreseeable future… Where is that Nintendo Direct, Zach?

Which games are you playing this weekend?

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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...