It's the weekend once more, which means it's definitely time to start turning on your favourite Nintendo console and catch up on some much-needed gaming time. Team Nintendo Life is doing just that, with everything from some Animal Crossing on 3DS to a brand new MOBA on Switch getting a good workout. Feel free to leave a vote in this week's poll, and a comment or two down below with your gaming picks. Have a great weekend!
Austin Voigt, contributing writer
This weekend, I’ll be diving back into some old 3DS games - probably some Pokémon titles, among others - as I play remotely at my lake cabin, celebrating the 4th of July stateside this week. I played a lot of Pokémon on Game Boy at our cabin as a kid, because we didn’t have time limits on video games on the weekends, so it’s a bit nostalgic for me.
Normally these days, I’d bring my Switch on the go, but I prefer the risk of dropping a slightly-less-valuable 3DS into the lake (it’s happened before - don’t play video games on a speedboat). Then, there’s always the Fireworks Show to check in on with New Leaf, considering we’re still in an Animal Crossing Switch desert with no end in sight... *sobs into her BBQ & apple pie*
Glen Fox, guides editor
I’ve just been away for a week on a digital detox holiday, so I am absolutely gagging for a good old gaming weekend. I’ve got plenty to play as well, thanks to that lovely influx of Switch games we just got. I had Mario Tennis Aces waiting for me as I opened the door, and picked up Golf Story in the sale while I was away. Over lunch on Friday I grabbed Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy as well, so that’s already three killer titles. I absolutely loved me some Crash on PS4, but forgot to go back to it so I’m really good for the portability this time around.
I’m also of two minds to go and grab Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus over the weekend. The only reason I hesitated is because I haven’t played the first couple, so I might wait for a sale on PS4 or just dive right in. We shall see! Finally, I’m also obviously going to boot up the holy trinity of Splatoon 2, FIFA 18, and Fortnite for some multiplayer action. The Switch feels like a gift that just keeps on giving, and I can’t find the time to play everything I want to!
Liam Doolan, Australia correspondent
This weekend I’ll be exploring the once-mighty kingdom of Hallownest in the eShop hit, Hollow Knight. Earlier this week I had my first victory against the mysterious and nimble character, Hornet, so I’m looking to push on with my newly acquired dash ability and delve deeper into the depths below.
When I’m not slaying bugs, I’ll be spending time with my brand new NES Classic Mini. I missed out on the previous shipment locally, so I’m looking forward to finally being able to revisit all of the classics. I’m sure I’ll also find some time for the Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy.
Richard Atkinson, contributing writer
Over the next two days, things are looking a little quiet on the gaming front - for me, at least. But thanks to a very kind friend who generously gifted me with a surprise £25 eShop voucher just the other day; I'll be squid-launching back into the sublime Splatoon 2: Octo Expansion. Splatoon 2's standard campaign is all well and good - you can't argue that it's far better than what Splatoon 1 offered back in the Wii U days - but the sheer weirdness of the 'Underground' is captivating and I can’t seem to pry myself away from solving its ingenious puzzle stages.
Aside from struggling to contain my Octo-induced rage, I think it's time to bite the bullet and give Fortnite a spin; a title that I've been meaning to explore but too chicken to do so. I know it’s going to be an instant sink or swim scenario, but at least I’ll be able to blame my monumental cock-ups on the lack of gyro support…
Ryan Craddock, staff writer
For me, “another weekend” simply means “another chance to fall hopelessly addicted to Fortnite for hours on end”. I’m holding off until the beginning of Season 5 to grab myself a Battle Pass, but until then I’m happily working my way through each daily challenge that comes along and I’m loving it.
In other news, I specifically remember saying that I was aiming to 100% complete Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze on Switch about 85,000 Talking Point features ago, and I’m finally getting close to that goal. I just have the last world and a couple of levels from the one before it left to go, so hopefully I can squeeze in a cheeky hour or two and get closer to finishing it off.
Gonçalo Lopes, contributing writer
With the exception of my bank account, we all agree this was an incredible week of Nintendo Switch releases both at retail and the eShop. My absolute lack of common sense means I picked up all the good stuff and now have no clue how to divide the time to enjoy them properly, mostly because one of these games is none other than the return of Ys to Nintendo hardware. I have no clue if I will be able to complete Ys VIII: Lacrimosa of DANA before Octopath Traveler arrives, but I will sure try my hardest to make it so.
Dom Reseigh-Lincoln, editor
This weekend I'll almost certainly be playing some Paladins, but then again, that's hardly anything new if you've seen my usual ramblings on these Talking Points. Having coughed up for the Battle Pass, I'm now fully down the hero shooter rabbit hole. Please, think of my children.
I'll also be jumping into the closed beta for Arena of Valor, the West-bound MOBA that promises to bring the genre kicking and screaming onto Nintendo Switch. Look out for my hands-on preview of it next week on Nintendo Life.
Which games are you playing this weekend? (400 votes)
Animal Crossing: New Leaf
Mario Tennis Aces
Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy
Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus
Splatoon 2: Octo Expansion
Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze
Ys VIII: Lacrimosa of DANA
Arena of Valor
Something else (comment below)
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