Another week has come and gone, with festive toys appearing in Animal Crossing: New Horizons, the announcement (finally!) of a release date for DOOM Eternal, and a firmware update for Switch bringing a few new features, some very welcome, others more divisive.
With the weekend now finally upon us, though, it's time to discuss our weekend gaming plans. Members of Nintendo Life have done just that, and we'd love for you to join in via our comment section below. Enjoy!
PJ O'Reilly, reviewer
Hello. This weekend I’m officially switching my brain to Christmas mode and kicking off the festivities by downloading a bunch of my favourite Xmas holiday games. As usual Breath of the Wild is gonna be getting its annual spin — I’ve still quite unbelievably got bits and pieces of that one left to discover — and I’m adamant that this year I’m finally going to beat Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze, mop up every collectible and 100% that bad boy. I’ve also got Super Mario 3D All-Stars lined up to play through with my kids and all I need now is someone to hop over to my house, mull me some strong wine and put my tree up. Have a good weekend whatever you’re up to and stay safe out there!
Gavin Lane, features editor
With the holidays approaching, it's time to start getting my Banjo-Kazooie save files in order. My tradition of visiting Freezeezy Peak on Christmas morn has admittedly fallen off in recent years, but having revisited Banjo-Tooie recently for its 20th anniversary, I'm more in the mood than ever. Therefore, I'll have to find a couple of hours to blitz through Mumbo's Mountain, Treasure Trove Cove, Clanker's Cavern, Bubblegloop Swamp and Gobi's Valley to make sure I can enjoy racing Boggy and saving the Twinklies on Christmas morning.
Otherwise, like PJ I've also been dipping back into Breath of the Wild after Age of Calamity, pottering about finding a Korok or two. Whaddagame, eh? I also picked up Epic Mickey: Power of Illusion for 3DS this week (following the 10th anniversary of Epic Mickey on Wii). Castle of Illusion was pretty much my first ever video game, so maybe I'm going easy on it, but I kinda enjoyed the first thirty minutes I played, so I'll dip back into that.
Jon Cartwright, video producer
This weekend I finally get to live out my fantasy of pretending I can speak Japanese by playing a game that until now was only available in Japan; Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon & the Blade of Light! I've played a handful of Fire Emblem games but my knowledge of Marth merely consists of Smash and a pop-sensation version of him in Tokyo Mirage Sessions - it's time to finally right that wrong.
I'm also going to spend a lot of time staring at the Puyo Puyo Tetris 2 icon waiting for Tuesday's launch.
Ollie Reynolds, reviewer
Hi folks! Bit of a quiet one this weekend I'm afraid; I've just rolled credits on Control (not the cloud version, I'm afraid!), so I'm currently experiencing that feeling of emptiness one gets when finishing a particularly strong game. I'm continuing my playthrough of Luigi's Mansion 3, slowly but surely, and I've also booted up Resident Evil 4 yet again (I think this might be my tenth… no, twentieth time playing it through..? Who knows!), so I'll have plenty to keep me busy.
Otherwise, this weekend will be dedicated to some Christmas shopping! I don't know about anyone else, but Christmas is really sneaking up on me this year, and I've not even thought about doing any preparation until now. Still plenty of time though, right? Right..?!
Gonçalo Lopes, contributing writer
Speeding towards the conclusion of 2020 will be some fun-filled hours of intense Switch action with the likes of the epic Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity, the silly nonsense of Immortals Fenyx Rising, the pixelated medieval shenanigans of Yes, Your Grace, learning everything about rice in Sakuna: Of Rice and Ruin, becoming DK (no, not that one) in Absolute Drift Zen Edition and tactical not-quite-espionage-but-very-pyromaniac action in Wildfire.
My game of the week is Fire Emblem. While I still prefer the Super Famicom option, I can’t deny the joy of at long last having this one officially localized for us Westerners and hope Nintendo starts doing the same for other games in the series.
As always, thanks for reading! Make sure to leave us a comment below with your gaming choices over the next few days...