Talking Point: What Games Are You Playing This Weekend? - Issue Twenty Three
Posted by Thomas Whitehead
Hooray for holiday weekends
It's a holiday weekend in various parts of the world; whether you're observing Easter or just enjoying some time off work / school / other stuff, it's a chance to chill out and play some video games. Or go outside. Or, in a perfect world, both.
It's also time for another edition of WGAYPTW, an acronym that'll one day be as well known as NSA — always watching, don't forget — and WTF. For now it's just an obscure reference to articles where we, your humble Nintendo Life writers, give you a glimpse into our weekend lives by saying what games we'll be playing. You say what games you're playing in the comments, too, and we can all quietly judge one another's tastes.
That's enough of the worst pre-amble ever, let's get on with it.
I need to play EMBARGOED for an EMBARGOED review, so there's that. When not doing that I intend to get stuck into Nintendo Pocket Football Club; my initial matches aren't going well, because I'm not the successor to Sir Alex Ferguson, apparently. I also plan to play Dark Souls II as I've failed to do so as yet, while I enjoy blasting through levels in Super Mario 3D World to beat all the levels as all the characters. Whether that makes me sad or cool, I leave that up to you.
I just slashed my way through The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds without consulting a guide or asking anyone about it and came out with maybe 85% completion. I apparently finished the dungeons in reverse order, too. Ideally I'll go back and clean up what I missed, but realistically I'll continue helping a digital dog get his life and family back together while haggling for cheap baseball minigames in Rusty's Real Deal Baseball. The games are simple fun with great hooks, and I find the writing to be really clever. Rusty for Smash!
Philip J Reed
Working my way through Tropical Freeze, and loving every moment of it. I was a big fan of Donkey Kong Country Returns (so much so that I bought it twice) and I couldn't imagine that Tropical Freeze could possibly be that much better.
I've never been so happy to be wrong.
Also working my leisurely way through Inazuma Eleven, and trying to get through Nelson Tethers: Puzzle Agent on the PC without resorting to hints. I...haven't made it very far.
Then we've got some Bit Boy!! ARCADE for review purposes. Will I love it? Nobunny knows. (There. An Easter joke. Happy now?)
PLAY TIME IS OVER. I don't play games, I engage in the very serious consumption of interactive media.
Probably just Super Mario Bros. 3 for me though. Very glad to see it on the 3DS. I've got a pretty busy weekend ahead of me.
This weekend I'm sadly being forced to exit the house in order to "get some fresh air" or something like that. When I'm not being dragged along some nature walk or forcing down a cream tea, I'm hoping to start another N64 games. I recently completed Body Harvest, and as a result am tempted to dive into another underrated classic: Rocket: Robot on Wheels.
Otherwise, I've developed a rather strong obsession lately for the Atari arcade classic Paperboy, which I've found is best experienced through Midway Arcade Treasures. It's a superb conversion, and although the game is pretty darn tough, it's a very unique experience, not to mention that there's just something very charming and endearing about its presentation.
Time to finally play Kid Icarus: Uprising. I mean, I did start it sometime last spring and made it all the way through the tutorial before getting distracted by other things, so I should be absolutely golden just picking it up and diving in now. Yep, gonna go save Goddess Princess Puxatony! Seriously, though, it pains me to have something made by Sakurai on my backlog. I really need to get through it.
In between celebrating Easter with my family and sifting through a mountain of required reading, I'll be taking on the Demons of Dark Souls II on the PS3. Once I'm done with that, I'll most likely switch gears to play Alan Wake on the Xbox 360. I'm a little late (okay way late) to the party on that one but couldn't help myself when I saw how cheap the title was earlier this week.
This weekend I’ll be out on the pitch training and devising tactics for my amateur – and mostly incompetent – football team, BlueForce FC.
I’m aware it’s a holiday period, but when you’re a football manager, sacrifices must be made. I’ve told the lads if they want to win games, they’ll have to put some faith in my overly aggressive play style which is comprised of a 4-4-2 formation, and includes strong pressing, passing, and a vicious counter-attack – at least that’s the way I would eventually like us to play. So far 70% of the team believe in my system.
To increase our chances, during the transfer window I signed a striker from rival club, Oakfield FC. The player goes by the name of Murphy and was a pretty cheap acquisition to be perfectly honest. We’ll see how he goes in training over the next few days, and if I don’t like him, he can become a full-time benchwarmer.
If I do get any free time away from my managerial duties in Nintendo Pocket Football Club, I’ll no doubt be spending it out on the open green in the demo for Mario Golf: World Tour.
With Easter celebrations on the horizon, this weekend consists of one type of gaming: handheld. Visiting various family members, my 3DS will be my saving grace of long drawn-out conversations and those moments when you need a break from it all.
I have been playing a good amount of Animal Crossing: New Leaf in past few weeks, once again performing my mayoral duties in my quaint town. On a more retro tone, I recently embarked on a new journey in Hoenn on Pokémon Sapphire. One of my favourite GBA titles, the feeling of nostalgia while playing is unmatched by any other game on the system.
This Easter weekend I’ll be diving into DuckTales Remastered. Being a bit of a Scrooge McDuck myself, I finally picked it up while it was half price on the eShop. I used to play the original at my cousin’s house but I never managed to complete it, so I hope to change that this time around. I've yet to finish Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga too, which has turned about to be a far lengthier game than I expected, but I'm not complaining!
If my buddy ends up being around this weekend, BattleBlock Theater is high priority. Thanks to last week's XBLA sale I finally cashed in on this game, and I've got to say, I almost hate myself for waiting so long. It's so inventive and brimming with personality...I love it. Any game that gives me tons of characters and weapons to unlock is usually one that I have a hard time pulling myself away from. When Castle Crashers released I disappeared for weeks!
I've also been trying to hunt down respectable-looking copies of Spider-Man: Shattered Dimensions and Edge of Time, and if I get my hands on either, that will surely be my main time sink. I need to get myself prepared for the release of The Amazing Spider-Man 2, which I'm super-duper excited for. Beyond that I plan to battle with Ken Barnes on the Trials Fusion leaderboards. He doesn't stand a chance.
My level of hype for Mario Kart 8 is currently at an all-time high, so I've been playing Mario Kart Super Circuit on the 3DS all week, thanks to my Ambassador copy. I have absolutely no idea how I managed to finish this game in my youth; it handles terribly! Anything beyond a light tap on the D-pad when it comes to a bend sends you careering into the wall/lava/abyss/water/cheesy dirt (delete as appropriate). I think I may go back to Mario Kart 7 for my Mario Kart fix from now on.
Beyond the Nintendo scene, I've been insanely addicted to Threes on iOS and will continue to be. It's the game that inspired that '2048' game everyone and their dog seems to be playing these days. Though I like 2048, I find Threes to be much more challenging and enjoyable. I also found out that the folks behind the weirdly enjoyable Recettear: An Item Shop's Tale had made a second game called Chantelise: A Tale of Two Sisters, so I might purchase that from Steam this weekend. Actually, I probably already own it after the infamous summer sale spending spree of '11, '12 or '13...
Those are some of our plans, wildly veering between systems and generations. Let us know what games you plan to play this weekend in the comments below.
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