Before E3 we posted a few features where members of our team listed their gaming plans for the weekend with some witty prose, and you did the same in the comments below. As we all like talking about games and weekends together, we're going to make this a regular feature every two weeks. Same time, same place.
We have plenty of weekend plans to share with you this week, so let's not waste any more time on the pre-amble.
Disclaimer: non-Nintendo games and products are mentioned. Read at your own risk!
Heroes of Ruin — I've been looking forward to this ambitious 3DS title since I played an early version about a year ago. Hoping it lives up to my expectations! If anyone wants to play online, add my Friend Code: 4983-4959-3402.
Rayman Origins — Having played Rayman Legends on Wii U this week I'm really looking to getting to grips with the 3DS prequel. I've enjoyed what I've played of it so far, though it's not quite as good as the home console version.
Virtua Fighter 5 Final Showdown on PS3 — I'm starting to get my head around the retooled Sarah, whom I've dressed as kitschy SEGA icon Ulala from Space Channel 5. £3.69 well spent, that.
Heroes of Ruin, Heroes of Ruin and then some more Heroes of Ruin: I won't have many opportunities for gaming this weekend, and this looks like a title happy to swallow up what little spare time I'll have. I don't often rush out and buy games on launch day, but the concept and demo have pushed all of my buttons, simultaneously. By the time this is published I'll have played the trade-in game and procured a copy, and I'm also happy to exchange friend codes for some online play: 4253-3469-6599.
Xenoblade Chronicles — Months after UK launch, I'm still chipping away at this a few hours at a time. I'm currently around the 50 hour mark; might this weekend be the one I complete it? Probably not.
Rhythm Thief & the Emperor's Treasure — I finally picked this up just before E3. As a lover of SEGA and music games, this is a game that I can't stop nodding my head to.
This weekend I'll be wrapping up Lollipop Chainsaw on PS3 for review and hopefully resume slugging through my backlog. I'm considering either continuing the trek through Xenoblade or picking Donkey Kong Country Returns back up again after unceremoniously dropping it after two stages when it released. Or maybe I'll get started on that Red Steel 2 replay I've felt like lately. Or Bastion, for a change of pace.
But yeah, Lollipop Chainsaw. Jeez.
Lost in Shadow — With all of the E3 impressions left to write, I doubt I'll have much time, but I've been having this nagging desire to finish up Lost in Shadow for some reason. I loved the game, but wasn't able to finish it up the first time around. There's another part of me that wants to get back into Xenoblade, but I know I don't have the time for that one right now, so I'll just stick with Lost in Shadow. I still consider it one of the true hidden gems of the Wii era. If you haven't tried this game out yet, see if you can track down a copy. It's amazing.
Tales of the Abyss for me. It came highly recommended by my favourite quartet of Tingles in the Chat Room, and to be honest it's shaping up to be just the kind of 'cool-down' game I needed after finally beating Xenoblade.
Philip J Reed
Complete playthrough of Bionic Commando (Game Boy version), because I finished it recently and absolutely loved it. I'm also going to be picking up Mega Man X2, which I'm downright ecstatic has finally come to the VC. Then I'm going to try to beat Bezerker99's high score on Bird Mania 3D. Nobody out-birds the Chicken!
I'll be tearing the shrink wrap off my new copy of New Play Control! Pikmin 2 for Wii and diving into Olimar's world head first. I won't have the chance to play it before this weekend, so Saturday morning can't get here quick enough.
When I'm not playing Pikmin 2, I'll be busy playing Gravity Rush for PS Vita and NimbleBit's new iOS title, Pocket Planes.
I'm finally going to dig into The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword this weekend. I woke up this morning with a craving for some good Zelda action, so starting in on this one is at the top of my list.
Marcel van Duyn
Ys Origin — XSEED's been doing an awesome job getting Nihon Falcom games on Steam (PC), and although I've already beaten it, the perfectionist in me can't call it complete until I've got all achievements!
Henry Hatsworth in the Puzzling Adventure — I've got a huge backlog of DS games, so I think it's finally time to start taking the number down a bit, starting with this surprisingly good action platformer.
Mega Man 2 — I've been listening to the soundtrack while driving lately which has created a hankering to tackle Wily's robot masters in the series' best entry.
Pokémon White Version — I've still got a few more things I want to do before Black and White Versions 2 hit, and with Pokémon Conquest dropping shortly I won't have much time!
Kirby's Epic Yarn — My wife and I still haven't finished this for some reason.
Star Wars: The Old Republic (PC) — Yeah, it's not Nintendo but this game is my comfort food and I loves me some Star Wars. I just rolled a new Jedi Guardian and I'm having a blast. Darth Bandon server represent!
Jet Force Gemini — I have intended to return to Rare's 1999 Jet Force Gemini for ages, I was waiting for a large chunk of time to play it to completion, but I'm just happy to restart the N64 sci-fi adventure now. I will also grab the "Defeat the final foe after collecting every Red Star Ring" trophy in PS3 Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode II.
Phew, that's a lot of games. So what will you be playing? Let us know in the comments below.