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Talking Point: What Games Are You Playing This Weekend?

Posted by Thomas Whitehead

What else are weekends for?

Another busy week has passed, whether you've spent it at work, school, college or somewhere else, and now it's time to sit back and chill out over the weekend. For many of us that means taking some time for gaming, either delving into something new or playing an old favourite. We've taken a quick poll of four members of the Nintendo Life team to give you a glimpse of what they'll be playing this weekend.

James Newton — Editor

Landwirtschafts-Simulator 2012 3D — It's a German copy of Farm Simulator 2012 3D received for an upcoming review, oh yes.

Golden Sun: Dark Dawn — A classic DS RPG that may be revisited, though it's been so long that getting lost is real possibility.

Mike Mason — Assistant Editor

Rush Rush Rally Racing — A new version of a Dreamcast title, expected to bring multiplayer mini-car racing fun to WiiWare: the review will reveal all.

Kid Icarus: Uprising — A fairly recent purchase that still has plenty of play time left.

Little King's Story — Falls under the category of a great game that got left due to unforeseen side-tracking: it's more than worthy of a renewed effort.

Thomas Whitehead — Features Editor

The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword — A second playthrough has just recently been taken on, and those aware of the unlockable game mode will know that there's a tough journey ahead.

Fire Emblem: The Sacred Stones — This GBA title is on the 3DS courtesy of the Ambassador Programme; it's still early days in this particular battle.

Resident Evil Revelations — After conquering the standard and 'hell' difficulties, time for an 'easy' playthrough in pursuit of an achievement (no herbs or rocket launchers allowed). Why play the whole campaign for a third time in as many months? Because it's that good.

Corbie Dillard — Downloads Editor

Tales of the Abyss — One of the best the Tales series has to offer and having the ability to take it on the go makes it even better. Of course, the 3D effect doesn't hurt either.

Mutant Mudds — One of the best eShop titles to date and one that no matter how many times you go through it, you just want to do it all over again.

What will you be playing?

So there you have it, the weekend gaming plans of some of the team. What about you? Are your gaming sessions and games of choice already planned, or do you go with your instincts? We'd love to hear about it in the comments below.

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User Comments (123)



blackknight77 said:

I'm working on getting the Hylian Sheild in Skyward Sword before I tackle the final boss. After that I will spend some time with Rayman Origins (PS3) and Paper Mario (VC). My retro selection this weekend will be Greendog the Beached Surfer Dude! for the Sega Genesis. Its a quick and easy beat.



SanderEvers said:

I'm going to play the Diablo 3 Beta, and if I can't log on for some reason: Guild Wars.
(both on PC)



Chrono_Cross said:

Trying to make my way through Super Mario 64 DS which is becoming more of a hassle than anything. The updated graphics and "fixed" camera angles don't make up for the linear, short, bore that is Super Mario 64. Eh.

And I'm hoping to get my hands on Xenoblade but if not, I'll be playing Twilight Princess. Or nothing at all. lol



bezerker99 said:

Rhythm Heaven Fever
I Must Run!
Excitebike: World Rally
(.....and I'm waiting on someone to move in chess.)



Bigdog said:

Primarily Xenoblade Chronicles, and I've got a few balloons to pop on Pilotwings Resort



Spagem said:

Im gonna beat megaman 2 for the hundreth time. Might play Super Metroid some more and hopefully get Call of Duty black ops today.



MrArcade said:

More retro handheld gaming for me:
kirbys block ball
wario land
zelda-links awakening
and more!



SuperNictendo said:

Xenoblade Chronicles definately. I havent beat it yet but I still as soon as I finish these side quest



Crystalking18 said:

Ive got to finsih Xenoblade since I'm almost at the end, but afterwards I might plop down with Castlevania: Harmony of Dissonance and try it out on my new gameboy micro



Spoony_Tech said:

I'm still knee deep into Kid Icarus Uprising. Also in the early parts of Xenoblade Chronicles! The only other things that will take up my time would be metal gear solid 3d or Tales of the Abyss.



PokeNas said:

Resident evil,Silent hill, Metroid prime hunters, Journey and Killzone 3.



Spoony_Tech said:

I'm still knee deep into Kid Icarus Uprising. Also in the early parts of Xenoblade Chronicles! The only other things that will take up my time would be metal gear solid 3d or Tales of the Abyss.



AVahne said:

Playing the TERA Online beta, will get some Kid Icarus Uprising and Phantasy Star Zero in, too.



AllanBow said:

Saturday, Its going to be pizza night with C.O.D & MK, then Sunday it will be time for some Monster Hunter Tri and Metroid Trilogy



ScreamoPichu said:

Kingdom Hearts: Birth By Sleep (Finally gotta hold of a PSP to play it, and it's the only one in the series, in the US, that I haven't played. There are also things in this that are in 3D that I need to know. D:)
And will hopefully be picking up Xenoblade, as well.



Nintenbro said:

Xenoblade Chronicles is my main gaming priority as of right now. There are so many sidequests! I never should've challenged myself to complete them all. It's a really good thing Xenoblade Chronicles is as an enjoyable experience as it is, or I would've given up already.



Nintenbro said:

Awesome choice Thomas Whitehead. TLoZ: Skyward Sword is a gaming masterpiece that completely deserves 100% completion. I actually wish the main game was a longer experience myself. Who knows if Nintendo will take the same artistic direction with their next entry in the series. But by God, I hope so.



Shiryu said:

Although incredibly late into finishing "Last Story" and "Pandora's Tower", I fear it will be another retro Game Boy / Super Nintendo playing weekend with friends. I should really get on with my JRPG schedule, tough, still halfway into 3DS "Tales of the Abyss".



shonenjump86 said:

Fez and Skullgirls on 360 and maybe I will play Mario Kart 7. Have not played MK7 in a good while.



CrazyOtto said:

I'll definitely be playing Fortune Street online this weekend. I'll also have a full-blown Wii party if I go to my cousin's this weekend. I'll also play some 3DS as well.



Firejonie said:

Skylanders on PS3, trying to 3 star all the levels and beat all the hero challenges for each Skylander I have. Might play more Kid Icarus Uprising on 3DS and download some games on the eShop with the $20 card I have been saving.



LaCru79 said:

The Dark spire for the DS, I´m on floor 6 and it´s starting to get really rough.
Panzer Corps (PC), great game if you like "beer & pretzel" tactical wargaming.



SKTTR said:

Wii: Pandora's Tower - Hope to beat another dungeon or two.

WiiWare: Probably another good party session with friends on 5 Spots Party, TV Show King 2, MotoHeroz or Driift Mania. I hope to get some points for Rush Rush Rally Racing tomorrow as well.

DS: WarioWare D.I.Y. - Still working on my own microgame.



OldBoy said:

Tonight I shall be trying to top my mates score on Sine Mora (XBLA). I will do it!!!!...I will......
I was thinking of having a lil MarioKart7 session this weekend too (it's been a while)
And if I can squeeze it in , a little bit of Skyrim for good measure.
Good times.
Enjoy your gaming folks!



cheapogamer4life said:

Just downloaded VT4 for Vita so i'll try that out. Continue some more on Ace Combat for the 3ds. All while trying to maintain all my sims for android. Yep, pretty relaxed gaming weekend for me.



KrazyBean said:

Battlefield 3
Skyward Sword
Pokemon Black
Sonic Generations (not the 3DS version)

I'll have to buy Kid Icarus: Uprising sometime too.



Handy_Man said:

For me I'm playing Trials Evolution, Fez, and Phoenix Wright: Justice For All. I also just downloaded Project M!



thedanman64 said:

I imagine I'll mostly play The House Of The Dead 4 on PS3 this weekend. And maybe a little bit of Wario Land 1.



The_Fox said:

I'm probably going to finish up Mass Effect 3 this weekend. I usually do multiplayer games with my friends over the weekend but with 4/20 falling on a Friday this year most of my friends are going to be in a stupor until Monday morning.



Onett said:

Kid Icarus: Uprising
Mario Party 9
Kirby's Return to Dream Land.

By the way... I MUST HAVE one of those Nintendo Life T-shirts. Are they available for sale anywhere?



RR529 said:

Playing through 3D Classics: Kid Icarus. Also got to finish my Tanooki Mario drawing in Colors! 3D.



ajcismo said:

Xenoblade will get the bulk of my time. Will do some Windwaker on the 'cube in the man-cave if the wife kicks me off the main TV. (I think she's getting annoyed by "what a bunch of jokers.")
Tales of the Abyss, Legend of Zelda, and Zen Pinball will get a few minutes of attention this weekend too.



Yrreiht said:

Imma play mah old Game Cube games, like Pikmin 2 and Paper Mario, just because



MitchVogel said:

I just picked up Xenoblade Chronicles earlier this week, but I haven't gotten any time to sink my teeth into it. That'll be most of the weekend. Otherwise, I'll try beating Dillon's Rolling Western.



Rockmirth said:

mario kart 7 (getting my last 3 stars) hoping of getting tetris 3ds for my birthday



RyanE said:

This weekend, probably Metroid Prime.

This summer (my college semester ends in a few weeks) we'll be a huge Zelda-thon. Should I go chronologically or just pick and choose?



abINC4L said:

Ahh The Little King's Story, I was about to finish the game but had to stop because I had to return it >< Got it again but only started it but never continued, which I should soon :3

Playing the 2 games I've been playing for a while, The World Ends With You and Xenoblade: Chronicles.



SaSoBe said:

Ratchet & Clank 2: Going Commando for PS2 and perhaps a little Final Fantasy 4: Interlude for PSP. Hm, I need to get something to play on a Nintendo console... Perhaps I'll start Pandora's Tower when I'm done with Ratchet & Clank.



RantingThespian said:

Well, everything comes second to my music. But I do have games I am working on at the moment. I am still working on Kid Icarus: Uprising (trying to get better weapons, get all the pieces to the picture and such). I just bought Kid Icarus: 3D Classics, and have yet to try that out. Just a few days ago I bought this amazing and unique Adventure Game/Interactive story called Dear Esther, and I need to play through that again. I also bought SimCity 4 a few weeks ago (since I heard about the new SimCity coming out, so I thought I'd catch up). I also recently got Rayman Origins since it was on sale, so I am also working through that slowly.

Then there is always just classic games like SMB 3, Yoshi's Island, and other stuff if I want something quick to play for a minute like Zen Pinball, Kirby, Quix, and such.



FluttershyGuy said:

Still on Kid Icarus: Uprising, and for the foreseeable future. Trying to finish Palutena's Treasure Hunt, acquire missing powers (already got every weapon), and get some better weapons in the 300 range.

But, even Uprising is secondary to the MLP: FiM season finale Royal Wedding on Saturday! William & Kate, eat your hearts out!!!



TheN64Dude said:

This weekend I will be playing....
Sonic Jam: Sonic 3 & Knuckles
Mario Kart 7
Super Mario 3D Land
Donkey Kong 64
Sonic Generations (3DS)
Kid Icarus Uprising
Sonic Adventure
Sonic R



hendie001 said:

Final fantasy III on my ds xl and maybe some retro chrono trigger on my snes or bionic commando on my nes



lonlon-milker said:

Revenge of shinobi streets of rage and all the other sega 6 pack games,
Street fighter 2
NHL 99
Mario tennis
Castlvainia 3
Mario kart 7
And I might play some goldeneye.



WolfRamHeart said:

I will be playing FEZ and Trials: Evolution on my Xbox 360, Demon's Souls and Tales of Graces F on my PS3, Final Fantasy IV: The Complete Collection, Valkyria Chronicles II and SMT: Persona 3 Portable on my PS Vita. Oh and some Kid Icarus: Uprising on my 3DS if I have the time.



DrDaisy said:

Lately, I've been playing Arkham City and The 3rd Birthday.
I guess not everyone at NintendoLife is in that picture cuz I think TBD is female. Are you in England?



SkywardLink98 said:

Minecraft and maybe some Skyward Sword. I'm at the fight with Demise I just haven't bothered to beat him. Oh, and some Kid Icarus Uprising! Can't forget about that great game...



kyuubikid213 said:

I'm going to try and tackle Dragon Quest IV: Chapters of the Chosen (DS) again. I might also play some NES Ambassador Titles, GBA Ambassador Titles, and 007 Agent Under Fire (GCN). I need to get back to Monster Hunter Tri (Wii), but I've been away from DQIV:CotC for longer.



Aqueous said:

Likely KIU, Mario Kart 7, and who knows what else, I've already put two hours in Dragon Quest 8



Gavin_Rozee said:

Currently replaying Metroid Prine via the Trilogy on Wii. Just got the Grapple Beam in Phazon Mines.

Also enjoying Colors! 3D.



sketchturner said:

A Boy and His Blob [Wii]. I think I'm about 95% done right now. Once I finish that I'll be beating Donkey Kong Country 2 for the umpteenth time.



Popyman said:

I haven't played a thing in about two weeks now. I might play Xenoblade later but I dunno.



CowLaunch said:

I will be playing Kid Icarus Uprising. Will also probably play Pro Evo with my friend, and give the Pyramids demo a go.



Steveovig said:

Just started Wind Waker for the first time in years and I'm loving it. Plus, I'm trying to get through Spirit Tracks too and playing some Game & Watch stuff. I'm on a huge Zelda run after beating Minish Cap this week.



Gridatttack said:

-Super Monkey ball 1 & 2 (GCN)
-Super monkey ball deluxe (PS2)
-Cubivore (GCN)
-Megaman the Willy wars (Genesis)
I don't know why, but I don't find interest in playing all these new games recently...



Kyloctopus said:

I'll stick to Kid Icarus, Mario Power Tennis, and BurgerTime GB. And maybe Ketzal's Corridors, but I've beaten the story and I've trying too hard for gold medals at each stage. It then came to me... it's impossible.



CyberNature said:

I just downloaded MotoHeroz off WiiWare and am playing it for the first time (I'm a little late, I know) and IT. IS. AMAZING. I'll probably be on this one game all weekend, haha.



DRL said:

With the wife:

  • Trials Evolution
  • Super Smash Bros Brawl


  • Metroid: Other M
    And possibly Fez.

How do you guys feel about the Excitebike on WiiWare? I may download it with my ClubNintedo coins.



FonistofCruxis said:

I'll be continuing the awesome games I got for my birthday last week which are Rhythm thief and the emperor's treasure, I'm currently on chapter 7/10 on that and The last story and I'm on either chapter 18 or 19 (I can't remember which) out of 44.



Objection said:

I plan on finishing Tales of Graces F, trying out Medieval Moves some more
and starting SMT: Devil Survivor Overclocked that I just got



WiiLovePeace said:

I'm gonna play Muramasa the Demon Blade (on a new save, my last save was in 2009 - whoops!) & Battletoads on co-op with a friend & probably some more Mario Party 9 (gotta unlock everything!).



DraculaX said:

Mortal Kombat (2011) and Etrian Odyssey III
(looks like Xenoblade is getting a lot of attention this weekend)



Tasuki said:

If I can log on World of Warcraft Mists of Pandaria Beta and if not than I will just play World of Warcraft.



randomlypikachu said:

... wow .-. this made me realize ive been between a heck of a lot of games now

lets see

pokemon white and pokemon soul silver
legend of zelda skyward sword (hero mode)
pokemon rumble blast
golden sun dark dawn
okami (2nd playthrough)
kid icarus 3d classic
kid icarus uprising (trying to complete everything)
legend of zelda (been putting off finishing this one for a while)
legend of zelda 2
legend of zelda the minish cap (replaying)
legend of zelda four swords adventures
mario vs donkey kong minis march again
mario vs donkey kong
dragon crystal
punch out
anonymous notes 2
legend of zelda four swords aniversary edition
metroid 2
fire emblem the sacred stones
dragon quest monsters joker 2
metroid prime 2 and 3 ( .-. im pretty near the end of both of these i just havent felt like finishing them up)
radiant historia (also havent felt like finishing it up)
new super mario bros wii (replaying)
destroy all humans big willy unleashed (replaying)
megaman starforce black ace (was starting to replay when i found this o.o)
plants vs zombies
super smash bros brawl (battling family members every chance i get)

since im on this subject already this 28th im gona be starting xenoblade and maby tales of the abyss and pretty soon okami den and probably unchained blades whenever thats available for download



JeanLuc_Vaycard said:

I think for most of us Americans its Xenoblade. I personally will be playing Xenoblade, Xenoblade and more Xenoblade.



Millenia said:

@ScreamoPichu I'm playing through Birth By Sleep as well! I finished Ventus' story, and I plan to finish Terra's, and start on Aqua's by the end of the weekend. It's really cool how the story beings to make more and more sense as you play the other character's stories. It's a really fantastic game.



Ren said:

Loving excitebike, go for it, it's very worth it, especially in the online mode.
I'm playing that and I just got Tomen Nassaner and Pearl harbor trilogy to play when I have editing breaks all weekend.
also have Black ops from the game rental service but I'm trying not to touch it, it's such a time waster online.
Anyone suggest a really good WiiWare adventure I might not have tried? I want a good adventure to play (played cavestory already).



Undead_terror said:

just beat kid icarus uprising story mode,now just trying to get better weapons,earn more hearts,play multiplayer,also playing i must run and 3d classics kid icarus



MikeDanger said:

Gonna "try" to finish The Dark Spire in my DS:
Here's my team in heroic formation:
lvl15 paladin-Danger-102hp
lvl15 wizard-Robocop-79hp
lvl15 druid-C.Sheen-85hp<------Charlie Sheen
lvl15 samurai-Batman-103hp

I'm up on the 6th floor saved after defeating the Mist Giant, gonna play again tomorrow.

@Three4Flinching What's ur team made up of?



Pichuka97 said:

At my gradmas so I would play
Mario 1,2,3
Ballon Fight

Mario Wrld Street fighter2
Mortal Kombat
Pac Man2
Mario is missing
Gouls and ghosts

and maybe Sonic 3D blast on PC



Ren said:

this is s nice piece, N-life. You should make it a regular weekly thing. It's nice to read what people are working on.



Rekiotsu said:

This weekend i am going to play Xenoblade Chronicles and Metal Gear Solid: Twin Snakes and i am also going to finish Zelda minish cap for the first time on my 3ds. Otherwise i am just going to watch lots of let's plays



DrDaisy said:

I just played a little of Oregon Trail on my Wii. I got it from the library. It's not that interesting.



DRL said:


I definitely do! I found a chick who thinks date night means baseball, beer, and video games. No complaints here. Ha.


Awesome. I'm definitely going to download it. I tried tonight but the ClubNintendo site has been under maintenance for the third straight evening. And I agree with your other post. NL should do this weekly. I've also enjoyed reading all the posts.



MAB said:

Just finished Strider VC and Shinobi 3DS VC today gonna get stuck into Resi Evil Raid mode later on almost at level 50.



DF2506 said:

Later today, I'm playing A LOT of Animal Crossing: City Folk! Will try to play some Xenoblade today and tomorrow too. OH and gotta check on my AC: Wild World town this weekend too. So ya, Animal Crossing and Xenoblade this weekend!!!



mamp said:

I'm playing Radiant Historia it's an amazing RPG it's just sometimes I feel like they didn't put that much effort or thought into the battle system, an example is how Raynie is a spellcaster but she has REALLY low MP (did anyone else notice that)



EvilLink said:

Resident Evil Revelations 'Hell' mode, MK7 and Pokemon SS. I mostly prefer handheld games these days =)



hYdeks said:

3D Classics Kid Icarus
Kid Icarus Uprising
Resident Evil Revelations
Zelda OOT 3D

yay, I'm falling behind on my gaming and need to catch up lol. I agree with EvilLink, I have a PS3 and NEVER PLAY IT, but my 3DS is all I ever play anymore. Time to sell the PS3...



Bucbanzai said:

Just finished Skyward Sword this morning and started up Xenoblade. Will continue on Ocarina of Time on 3DS and Resident Evil Revelations



mattatron said:

i will be trying to finish SMT: Strange Journey so the demon apocalypse can begin. then i will try to play some xenoblade; about 3/4 of the way through. and i will throw some TvC and now that everybody is mentioning it some Monster Hunter Tri in there. Or i wont finish strange journey and play nothing else



scrubbyscum999 said:

For me:
Xenoblade Chronicles
Zelda Ocarina (Wii VC)

I'm see a lot of people are playing Xenoblade and Skyward Sword.



DarkCoolEdge said:

Torchlight, maybe a little of Cthulhu saves the World and I may finish Braid and/or Limbo.

I was thinking on playing a RE: Umbrella Chronicles a bit but I'll probably end up not playing the Wii for a third week in a row. DS might get lucky, Dragon Quest VI is calling me persistently since yesterday...



odd69 said:

Resistance 2, odin sphere, and need to finish super adventure island 2.

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