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Talking Point: What Games Are You Playing This Weekend? - Issue Eleven

Posted by Thomas Whitehead

Yikes, we're up to number 11?

So, OK, we've done some seasonal issues of this jolly series of features, so this isn't actually the 11th entry in the series. But the idea of shamelessly riffing off a Hollywood movie only came to us when typing out "Issue Eleven", so it is what it is. What we do have is another collection of weekend gaming plans from your humble Nintendo Life writers, and it's a typically varied mix of titles that'll ensure fun for all.

Another bonus is that the sun is starting to emerge from hibernation for many of us, so let's pretend we'll be busting out the 3DS while sun-bathing in the warm Nevada sun, before going on a photogenic caper in the casinos of Las Vegas. That'd be the life...

Damien McFerran

I'm finally entering the world of Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate, thanks to the timely arrival of the Circle Pad Pro XL. I'm something of a newcomer to the series and find it all a little intimidating, if I'm honest - I seem to be dying with depressing regularity but hopefully come Monday I'll have a little more skill! I've also got Fire Emblem: Awakening and Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon calling for my attention - the 3DS really is on fire at the moment.

Darren Calvert

I’m still chipping away at Lego City Undercover on the Wii U with my 5 year old daughter. She gets a kick off driving to the missions and taking detours to pick up super bricks and go to the fair in town. I get to enjoy the slightly more complex bits. Most recently I have acquired the power to glide with a chicken in my farmer disguise, then I terrorised Lego City with a giant T-Rex. Such a brilliant game, it would be perfect if not for the annoying loading times!

On the 3DS I am still really enjoying Luigi's Mansion 2. I tend to play one level every other day so I can savour the ghoulish experience rather than just rushing through it. Having never played the GameCube original, I am pleasantly surprised by how well-crafted and engrossing this game is. It’s such a joy to play.

Mike Mason

I'm on a mission to clear my backlog once and for all at the moment. I'm down to a mere five games, which I'm really proud of considering the height of the pile originally. Most should be easy to get through, but there's a big Wii RPG standing right between me and the finishing line — this weekend I'll be taking on The Last Story.

Tom Whitehead

With Fire Emblem: Awakening getting ready to destroy my admittedly woeful social life when it arrives in stores this week (quiet, North American FE gamers), I plan to try and finish off the campaign in Luigi's Mansion 2. I don't want that to sound like a chore, because it's been so good I'm not sure I want it to end. I'll also be trying to resist button-spamming and inevitable death in Code of Princess, too, while I can barely contain my glee that I can get stuck into Runner 2 with-a-really-long-title on Wii U as well; again, please don't gloat, Wii U owners in North America, us Europeans have to be patient.

Jon Wahlgren

My head is still in the clouds after having finished Bioshock Infinite this week and it's been hard to come down. Hopefully a touch of Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance and Lego City Undercover will ground me, although I'm awfully tempted to submerge myself in the original Bioshock again too.

Andy Green

I've literally not played a single minute of a game since last weekend so I'm looking forward to getting back to Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate. I'm new to the series, but thanks to our handy little guide I'm starting to get into it more. I think I'll just spend time on that as Fire Emblem: Awakening will consume me instantaneously upon its release - severely impacting my monster hunting escapades.

Orla Madden

I managed to pick up three of Nintendo's highly anticipated titles last week - LEGO City: Undercover, Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon and Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate. So far I've given LEGO City: Undercover most of my time, and who could blame me? It's fun, it's witty, and has some of the most lovable characters you'll ever come across. I'll most likely try to complete a chapter or two this weekend, but I want to dive into Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate a bit more, as shamefully I've left it sitting on the side. It's my first time playing a Monster Hunter title, so I've been jumping back and forth to our recently published MH3 Ultimate Beginners guide and looking for advice.

I'll also tap my feet through HarmoKnight; I've become slightly addicted to that game. Other than those three games, it'll be a quiet weekend on the gaming front for me due to work.

Philip J Reed

I wonder how many consecutive times I'll mention Lego City Undercover? I hope to finish the main storyline this weekend, and after that...well, who knows? This is the funniest, most charming, most impressive, most addictive gaming experience I've had in ages. I can't imagine anything is going to pull me away from Lego City for a long while...apart from, hopefully, the 3DS prequel. Otherwise I've got a couple of games to review, and I'll be trying to gold-flower the rest of the stages in HarmoKnight. Hopefully that doesn't take me too long, because Rex Fury must be brought to justice!

Ron DelVillano

I really need to invest more time into Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon. I picked it up near launch, but I haven't spent nearly as much time with it as I would like. I feel the same way about my copy of Fire Emblem Awakening. I've been a very neglectful 3DS owner as of late.

I'll also be pouring many weekend hours into Injustice: Gods Among Us for review. I'm really looking forward to this one, and I'm hoping that my good ol' Tatsunoko VS. Capcom FightStick works with it!

Morgan Sleeper

It's a 3DS weekend for me! I'll be decrypting Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Summoner: Soul Hackers for our review, and continuing my rhythmic ride through the decidedly less demonic lands of HarmoKnight. I say 'less demonic', but after recently working my way through World 8, now I'd say it's a toss up! I'm still trying to gold-flower as many stages as I can, and I'm having an absolute blast doing it.

Gaz Plant

Lego City Undercover - I'm in love with this game. I really haven't had this much fun with a game for quite some time, and I am enjoying simply exploring the world. When a game is so utterly charming that it makes waiting for a train at a station a worthwhile use of time, you know it's good. That and the quotes just keep tumbling out of this game, the Space Centre in particular was outrageously funny!

Bit.Trip Presents: RUNNER 2 - Legend of Future Rhythm Alien (Wii U) - It's finally here! As I write this RUNNER 2 is downloading it's way onto my Wii U, and I can't wait to play it. The original RUNNER was one of my favourite games of 2010, and the promise of more brilliance from the guys at Gaijin has me very excited. Let's face it, the game has to be something special to draw me away from Frank Honey and co.

Martin Watts

My gaming plans for the weekend rarely ever seem to pan out as I would like. Nevertheless, I'm hoping to at least spend a couple of hours enjoying Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic II - The Sith Lords. I think the recent news regarding the demise of LucasArts has impacted my nostalgic side, making me want to revisit some of the best third-party Star Wars games.

Ken Barnes

Motocross Madness (360) — I'll be trying to get all the gold medals in everything here - it isn't a perfect game by a long chalk, but it's darned addictive.

ZombiU — I haven't completed this, and I've left it for far too long. Looking forward to getting back to zombified London and...probably failing miserably multiple times.

NBA Jam (Genesis) — Was reminded how good this was by a friend this week, so I'll be revisiting my wasted teenage years. Boomshakalaka!

So those are some of our weekend gaming plans, what about you? As always we want to read all about them in the comments section below.

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User Comments (94)



Giygas_95 said:

Dillon's Rolling Western The Last Ranger, Escape Vektor, and LMDM!

@GazPlant and @ThomasBW84 Get ready to be blown away by Runner 2! It's fantastic! Worlds 3 and 5 are the best parts IMO. Hope ya'll enjoy it!

If anybody hasn't gotten Escape Vektor on sale yet, now's the time to do it! I love it (except for that ultra frustrating zone 17!).



Peach64 said:

I'll be finishing up Bully: Scholarship Edition on 360, and making a start on Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney on DS (I played it through when it first came out, but want to replay it to refresh my memory before playing the sequels). I'm sure most of my time will end up going to Starcraft II: Heart of the Swarm however.



DarkCoolEdge said:

Professor Layton and the Miracle Mask and Fallblox. And maybe a little bit of God of War II hd and Xenoblade.

Plus I"ll finish Hell House, a nook by Richard Matheson.



bezerker99 said:

Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate on my teeny tiny original black 3DS w/o fugly attachments. (50+ hours and haven't Quest Failed yet, RAAAAWRR!!!)



Wildfire said:

Lego City Undercover, Luigi's Mansion 2 and more Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate!



Wonder_Ideal said:

Skyward Sword's Hero Mode and Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon are likely what I'll be playing the most this weekend. Might do some Ninty Land and Trine 2 with my bros as well.



idork99 said:

MH3U. I am taking my sweet time with this game. I only have 32 hours under my belt so I've only scratched the surface



DreamyViridi said:

Probably some Luigi's Mansion. I almost done with the game. Sadly, I don't think the online will be enough to keep me stuck to the game.



Royalblues said:

This weekend I'll be playing none other than Pokemon Black 2. As soon as my brother comes back from school, I'm going to make him give me his Articuno and Moltres.
I'll also buy Pokemon Mystery Dungeon: Gates to Infinity tomorrow, but for my brother.
Other than that, sadly, I have some homework to do!!



zionich said:

Monster hunter 3 ultimate. Got all my swords n shields and all armor sets made before the Laggi fight. I am ready!!!!



Dpullam said:

Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate but I have already spent close to 300 hours in it so I am running out of quests to do through multiplayer. I'll probably make some new armors and weapons while continuing the single player campaign a little bit since I have hardly touched it.



WiiLovePeace said:

Lego City: Undercover, Retro City Rampage, La Mulana, Gunman Clive, Mutant Mudds, Rayman Origins, Rayman 3D, Ghost Recon Shadow Wars, Toki Tori 2... This is just the tip of the iceberg that is my backlog & all I seem to do is keep adding to it. My goal this weekend is to at least try to beat 1 of these games



Wilford111 said:

I can't help but feel a bit out of the loop - I'll most likely be playing more Theatrhythm: Final Fantasy (100% takes time!!), Kid Icarus: Uprising (Never actually completed it since my save file got wiped right before finishing it on my first run through), and Brawlin' with my friends of course



cornishlee said:

Literally just finished New Game+ on Darksiders 2. I'll be scratching around over the weekend, looking for something else to occupy my time and hoping for some good news for that franchise on Monday.



Hunter-D said:

A lot of Nintendo loving from the staff once again, nice to see.

Devil Survivor: Overclocked mainly for me. I may also get back into MH3U & LM2 after some time off.

This time next week I hope to be playing through Awakening!



RevolverLink said:

A little bit of Ace Attorney 2 and Wario Land: SML3, some Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon and a lot of Etrian Odyssey IV.



PanurgeJr said:

I'm still on Lego City Undercover. For a while my completion percentage was always about the same as hours play, but I've finally gotten most of the upgrades and can now collect more per hour. I'm trying to play as quickly as possible so when Pandora's Tower arrives I can start as soon as possible.



cyberman67 said:

"Xenoblade Chronicles", "Mighty Switch Force Hyper Drive Edition", "Runner 2" and a little bit of "Kirby Epic Yarn".



TotalHenshin said:

It's all about Little King's Story this weekend for me. I just started the game last week and fell surprisingly in love with it.



Tryken said:

Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon! Can't stop playing it, and was surprised how much fun Scarescraper is. I particularly enjoy Hunter. Soon I'll feel brave enough to try Hard then Expert online



Zaphod_Beeblebrox said:

I'm playing Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon. The game is cute but I hate the controls. Using the circle pad, shoulder buttons, and face buttons simultaneously while trying to hold the 3DS is murder on my hands. Definitely not a game I can play for very long each day.



lkpleas26 said:

I'm gonna be playing MH3U all weekend. Hopefully gonna be finishing up all 5 star village quests and getting the necessary armor/weapon upgrades along the way!



sinsalaca said:

3DS - Luigi's Mansion (if i can pry it awy from my 7 yr old son) and Nano Assault EX
Wii U - Lego City Undercover
360 - Bioshock Infinite



Shiryu said:

Id like to stop playing "Monster Hunter" on Wii U so i could go have some fun in "LEGO City", but will probably end up playing NES or SNES after watching some "Game Center CX" episodes. Happens all the time...



ChrisT99 said:

Don't really have a lot of time to game this weekend, but when I do get to game I'll be playing:

ZombiU - I have been stuck on The Arena for a few weeks, so I may try and finally beat it.
Animal Crossing City Folk - This is far, far from my favorite game in the series, but I'm trying to get pumped up for New Leaf, so I may spend a few hours playing it.
Animal Crossing (GCN) - My most favorite game in the series by far (hopefully a claim to be made with New Leaf soon, who knows?). I recently deleted my save data from a memory card, so I'll be playing this just for fun.



Byron-3D said:

I finished Luigi's mansion in the week so now that's out the way I've had my DSI XL out and been playing through Professor Layton and the Last Specter, i picked up Miracle Mask a couple of months ago now and really want to play it, in my spare time I'm jumping onto Sonic Generations on my 3DS.



cheetahman91 said:

Final Fantasy V and VII. Been playing these two all week and will continue to do so this weekend.



Sir_Deadly said:

Sim CIty for the pc, trine 2 and finishing up Little Inferno on Wii U. I'll also be getting into Batman Arkham City: Armored Edition in preparation for Origins when it comes out and probably Luigi's Mansion Dark Moon for 3DS (although i cant past that spider at the end of the first mansion).



MitchVogel said:

Dillon's rolling western 2 for my 3DS and lego city undercover on the wii u. It's gonna be a good weekend.



Beta said:

Going to hunt "bigger than life" monsters in "epic battles" 8D



C0mmanderVide0 said:

MH3U. Up to the Agnaktor/Uragaan.

and Super Hexagon...
and failing miserably at The binding of isaac, I really need to buy a PC gamepad for this and meat boy.



CountEkkiM said:

nintendo land, metroid prime 3 and bioshock2.. wish they make some online mode to nintendo land..



Vehemont said:

I really need to sit down and focus on beating Xenoblade, but I know I am just kidding myself, and I am going to be playing Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate instead.



IsawYoshi said:

Monster hunter on wii u and gunman clive on 3ds. And I soon need to pick up the last story, need for speed, lego city, fire emblem and luigis mansion. Too many good games at one time -.-



siavm said:

I am finally going to finish fire emblem. And I will play some halo 4.



Pichuka97 said:

BLOPS 2 on Wii U, Colors 3D, Luigis Mansion: Dark Moon, probably GTA IV, and then I'll finish Halo 3 on Legendary with a friend. Busy weekend for me.



Pichuka97 said:

And, of course, Scott Pilgrim The Game. I convinced my friend to get it so we'll be playing this too.



Faruko said:

Fire Emblem Awakening for the 3DS, Natural Selection 2, Red Orchestra 2, Company of Heroes 2 and Starcraft 2 for PC

(Lol so many 2 in games)



lightbringer said:

Phantasy Star III, Samurai Shodown VI (which I'm terrible at), and Wonder Project J for the SNES.



BetweenTheTrees said:

MH3U. I am quite addicted to this game. I haven't played anything since I got it.
maybe some Bittrip Presents Runner 2 Future Legend of Rhythm Alien. Well honestly all of my eshop games could use some attention. Maybe i'll download toki tori 2. probably not.



Pokefanmum82 said:

trying to finish fire emblem awakening and maybe play some luigi's mansion dark moon if my son will let me have my 3DS XL, we are sharing since his needs to be sent in (the hinge broke off). i'm on chapter 7 right now after being stuck on chapter 4 for the longest time.



TromboneGamer said:

Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate (3DS) and maybe/hopefully finishing the original Bioshock. Might get to some more Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon.



hYdeks said:

Super Mario 64, Mischief Makers, Conkers Bad Fur Day, and Paper Mario, playing some old n64 games



Tasuki said:

World of Warcraft, along with a bit of Bio Shock Infinite, and something on my 3DS or DSlite. Not sure if it will be MHU on the 3DS or Castlevania Harmony of Dissonance on DSlite.



CaPPa said:

Wii U - Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate, NFS Most Wanted
3DS - Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon, Fire Emblem: Awakening
PS3 - Fatal Frame



JavierYHL said:

persona 4 golden and earth defence force 2017 portable for vita...maybe starting monster hunter 3 ultimate soon...EDF! EDF!



KryptoKrunch said:

Fire Emblem Awakening and Professor Layton MM for me. I agree with Damien; the 3DS is really on fire. By the looks of it, it isn't slowing down either.



seronja said:

f-zero on wii u VC, metroid prime 2 & luigi's mansion 2. If i get even more spare time i'm sure i will play some MH3U for wii u.



odd69 said:

terraria on psn. its been 3 weeks straight, i think minecraft will be fun once i play it



RetrogamerFan said:

Will play through 2nd world in Runner 2, and (try to) get all treasure chests in 1st - loving the game so far.
From my (huge) backlog, Zelda OoT on 3ds, saved game just after clearing forest temple, might be water temple next (might have to check a FAQ). Completed N64 version but that was about 15 years ago!



TreesenHauser said:

Still attempting to find the courage to clear BioShock Infinite's 1999 Mode. Other than that, thanks to the review I did of it for Review A Great Game Day I'm gonna clear Shadow of the Colossus again.

And of course, getting some Wii U time in as well.



ajcismo said:

LEGO City Undercover has me sucked in. Almost done with the main playthru on Etrian Odyssey IV. And my wife is knee-deep in Zelda Twilight Princess. Pretty solid weekend.



Bulbousaur said:

Just six more days till Fire Emblem...

Probably some Skyrim and maybe Minecraft if I have the chance, but I have a lot of work of university work to do this weekend. Might play Borderlands with friends tonight if they text me.



sirgrim said:

Still grinding at monster hunter HD. Will go back to amazing spiderman soon and finish that up.



CosmoXY said:

Paper Mario Sticker Star primarily along with a bit of Pokémon SoulSilver.



kaptenSwe said:

perhaps more monster shooter, Gunman Clive and Colors3d. Lego city undercover the chase begins should I play 26 april!



Chomposaur said:

Playing Pokemon SoulSilver ( just got back into pokemon from 2001 Lol ) going to complete the Pokedex currently 150/251 and clocked in at 120 hours so far lol



ToxieDogg said:

Been finishing off Luigi's Mansion 2 (awesome game) and a bit more plugging away at the first Etrian Odyssey (up to floor B10 now ).



marakassi said:

Wii - Boom Street (AKA Fortune Street)
3DS - Mario kart 7
3DS - Super Mario 3D Land
Wii VC - Castlevania IV



Emaan said:

Haven't had as much time to play that many games after beating the lovely Final Fantasy VII last weekend, but I'll try to sneak in some time to ghost-bust with Luigi :3

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