It's the Easter Holidays which, whether you observe the religious aspects of the occasion or not, often means a long weekend of basking in the Spring sunlight and having a well-earned rest. That said, there's still snow on the ground for some of the Nintendo Life team, so staying inside and playing video games while stuffing our faces with chocolate seems like the better option.
Naturally a large number of our ever-expanding team are going to tell you all about their gaming plans. It should be noted that dodgy egg-related puns and references were requested by features editor Tom Whitehead, so all hate-mail about their frequency and/or awfulness should be directed to him.
Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate (Wii U) — I've got the Monster Hunter bug back in a big way, so I'll be smashing away at monsters both offline and online while trying to collect enough Wyvern eggs to make a tasty Easter omelette.
Harvest Moon GBC (3DS VC) — When I'm not disrupting nature, I'll be nurturing it on my own little farm. With a flock of poultry to my name, I'm not going to run out of chicken eggs this Sunday either!
For one thing I'll be reviewing a thematically appropriate and long-anticipated Wii U eShop release, so that will be a priority. When I'm not doing that I'll be indulging my Monster Hunter addiction on Wii U and 3DS (I got the Circle Pad Pro XL for that purpose), with some online shenanigans planned with friends and colleagues. I also intend to finish Castlevania: Lords of Shadow - Mirror of Fate, which I've thoroughly enjoyed. It's not without flaws but is pretty engrossing, and it also has hands-down the best use of the 3D screen I've seen yet, at times it's truly eye-popping.
If I finish that this weekend then the shrink-wrap will come off Luigi's Mansion 2, which I'm really looking forward to.
Bioshock Infinite (360) — It's eggcellent.
I'm all set for a cracking weekend of gaming! Instead of hunting for Easter eggs I'll be out poaching monsters on Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate. I'm also considering shelling out for Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon even though I haven't beaten Paper Mario: Sticker Star yet.
I'm playing through a game for a review as well, which I won't reveal the name of as I want it to be a (Kinder) surprise!
So I have an egg-citing weekend of games ahead, though I might be counting my chickens thinking I can fit it all in. I expect my mind will be more than a bit scrambled by the time Monday draws to a close!
See you in the Miiverse! Happy hunting!
This weekend I'll be taking a break from Pokémon White 2 and my 'Catch 'em all' hunt - 70 caught, if you must know - as I'll be playing some Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon and Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate for the Wii U. Possibly may pick up the 3DS version while I'm at it too.
As well as that, I'm pretty excited about downloading HarmoKnight this weekend! I was a huge fan of Theathrythm: Final Fantasy and Rhythm Thief, so I'm looking forward to getting my groove on with this game!
Philip J Reed
Lego City Undercover. I've put around 10 hours into it already, which isn't much, but being as I've barely advanced the plot at all that shows just how much fun there is to have running around the brickwork metropolis, just exploring and going nuts. I can't say it enough...I love this game. I'll also be sucking ghosts out of the sky with Luigi's Mansion 2, which is pretty Easter appropriate as every room has little details and secrets to find! Also some risen dead guys.
I'll probably spend time this weekend playing through Hotline Miami again, because once wasn't enough, it's hilariously inappropriate for the holiday weekend, and I love it so much. I'm also planning on investing too much time into Legend of the River King. I am determined to be the king of all rivers. It will be legendary.
If you see a redheaded kid wandering around town this weekend, pointing a 3DS XL at every remotely circular object in sight, that'll be me out hunting for Magnagates in Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Gates to Infinity. I'm planning on testing the game's ability to register Easter eggs as dungeon-generating circles (what digital wonders lie in poached vs. hard-boiled vs. sunny-side-up?), but I'm equally excited to try out HarmoKnight, a game I've been drooling over ever since the first Japanese footage!
Lego City Undercover — As the one game that I bought a Wii U for, there was a lot riding on this one. Thankfully it's outstanding, and I just can't put it down. I don't think I've ever played a game that has made me laugh so much, so often. Can't wait to dive further into it!
Luigi's Mansion 2 — Put this down to bad release timing, but despite looking forward to this for a few years, Luigi's return is still sitting in it's packaging. Hopefully at some point this weekend, the allure of Lego City will dwindle and Luigi will have his chance to shine.
I'm away from home this weekend, which means I'm having to rely on my 3DS for all my gaming needs.
One title I've been dedicating a fair bit of time to lately is F-Zero: Maximum Velocity. After listening to Jon's thoughts on the title in our recent F-Zero roundtable, I thought I should go back and give it another go. Funnily enough, I found myself getting into it a lot more easily this time round, although I still haven't quite mastered the controls. Hopefully I'll find the time complete a cup or two at some point during the weekend.
Otherwise, I'll be delving into Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon's multiplayer mode again. I'm going to be without Internet, but thankfully my girlfriend has also brought her 3DS along for a bit of local cooperative play! I just hope she doesn't show me up too much...
Lego City Undercover — I was really egg-cited and couldn't wait to play this but I have to say that despite a lot of laughs in the early going, I wasn't hooked during my first hour in Lego City. I'm going to dive in and give it another go and hopefully find that some stellar gameplay has hatched while I've been away.
Luigi's Mansion 2 — I don't really need to explain why, do I? a) It involves Luigi, b) I get to act as if I'm in Ghostbusters, complete with saying all the lines out loud like the idiot I am. Egg-cellent!
Bioshock Infinite — I've been absolutely blown away with the first half of the game and it really reminded me of why I loved the first two games in the series so much. Amazing audio, supreme graphics, a stellar story, and awesome gameplay. A great eggs-ample of how a triple-A title should be done. If my brain hadn't been so fried by work this week, then I would have completed it by now, and I'm of the opinion that anyone who doesn't fall in love with this game has had their circuits scrambled.
Legend of the River King - I've become a huge Natsume fan in recent years, and this is one game I've never played before. Hometown Story can't come soon enough!
My weekend will be pretty busy with the Easter holiday and family coming up, but Fire Emblem: Awakening will assuredly find some way to occupy my free time. I married Panne, so that counts as being festive, right? If I get the chance, I'll also play some Kirby 64 via the Dream Collection. Kirby games just feel like springtime to me.
So that's what we'll be playing, what about you? As always, you can share your Holiday weekend gaming plans in the comments section below, or answer our pointless — but hopefully charming — poll.
Did you enjoy the various egg references in this Easter special? (115 votes)
Oh yes, they made me feel warm and fuzzy inside
Frankly there weren't enough, "egg" should have been every other word
Each one made me cringe and hope it was the last
Too much focus on eggs, not enough on the Easter Bunny
I don't like those options, so will choose this one in protest
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