It's Saturday once again, so a whole bunch of team Nintendo Life have joined forces to bring you a detailed account of the games we'll be playing - or hope to play - over the next couple of days. There's quite a range of titles discussed this time around - although that pesky Square Enix RPG has cropped up a fair few times once again - so sit back, enjoy, and join in the discussion!
Dom Reseigh-Lincoln, reviewer
This weekend I'll be continuing my review playthrough of the upcoming State of Mind on Nintendo Switch, a narrative-driven trip into a future Berlin where technology has transformed our everyday lives - you can look out for my review next week on Nintendo Life.
I'll also be starting a new run of Flipping Death. I honestly can't express how much I've enjoyed playing this game. Seriously, what's better than solving puzzles and helping the local community via the medium of light-hearted death? Love it to *ahem* death.
Austin Voigt, contributing writer
Sometimes admitting my weekend gaming plans to everyone reminds me of going to confession at my Catholic elementary school... Ah well, here we go: I’ll be finishing Breath of the Wild this weekend. There, I said it. I have no shame. I defeated Calamity Ganon & most of the main storyline last year - but apparently, that was only worth 33.8% of the game. So now it’s been staring at me, incomplete, for months. Haunting me, really. It’s time to put this game to rest once and for all, and that’s what I’ll be up to this weekend - battling the ghosts of my gaming past. Also, waiting patiently for Little Dragons Cafe to release in a few weeks.
Glen Fox, guides editor
I gave up on Axiom Verge in the final section when I encountered a pretty sizeable difficulty spike. I’m not usually one to shy away from difficulty, but I’d found the experience quite frustrating up to that point. It’s pretty difficult generally, and getting around was a bit too slow. I know it harkens back to Metroidvania classics, but I personally prefer some of the modern trimmings in games like fast travel and the like. A very good and respectable effort but ultimately not to my tastes.
Golf Story, on the other hand, is an absolute treat. I booted that up after falling out with Axiom Verge and have struggled to put it down since. It really feels like a Mario game, with golf instead of platforming. You run around these gorgeous golf courts helping people out for cash. The challenges are so varied and it helps that hitting a golf ball feels so sweet – you want to do it at every opportunity you can. I’ll no doubt spend most of the weekend playing this because I’m well and truly hooked.
Gonçalo Lopes, contributing writer
Upon utterly defeating my unsuspecting opponents in Dragon Ball FighterZ's online open beta, it is JRPG business as usual. I'll resume Octopath Traveler where I left off last weekend, will resist the urge to start a new playthrough of Okami HD and will mop up the remaining battlefields in the Valkyria Chronicles 4 demo.
The addictive loot-fetching shenanigans of Titan Quest found a new natural home on my Switch rotation and the dream-state inducing Megaton Rainfall proceeds to leave me in awe. There are no less than nine new characters to master in BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle. I also continue hooked on GameCube’s mecha combat arcade simulator Mobile Suit Gundam: Gundam vs Z Gundam.
For as far as I can recall in my whole gaming life, I do not remember being so far spoiled for choice in the month of August. And as they say, the best is yet to come...
Ryan Craddock, staff writer
Despite half intending to get stuck into the Octopath Traveler demo last weekend, I never actually got around to doing anything about it. Maybe this week? Maybe not. We shall have to wait and see on that one. The problem is that I'd want to really sit down and have a nice, lengthy playthrough to kick things off and finding time to do that can be tricky.
Other games that keep nagging me to play them at the moment are Pokémon Yellow, thanks to seeing all of the new Pokémon: Let's Go, Pikachu and Let's Go, Eevee! trailers recently, and Castlevania on the NES Mini, thanks to the recent Simon and Richter Belmont reveal in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. So many games, so little time...
Dave Letcavage, contributing writer
This weekend I’ve got non-Nintendo review-related responsibilities to focus on, and that’s going to devour the majority of my time. But if all goes well, I’m hoping to either get back to Mario Tennis Aces, start Dead Cells, work in a few rounds of ARMS, or maybe finally open that copy of Kirby Star Allies that’s been neglected for so long. I haven’t been playing my Switch as much as I’d like lately, and I aim to do something to change that. Oh, and I almost forgot about Ace Attorney: Spirit of Justice. I had started that, hadn’t I? Oops. Maybe that gets priority here – after review duties, of course.
Dave Frear, retro reviewer
Dragon Ball FighterZ is a game that’s caught my interest and having not played it on anything else yet, I might as well take advantage of the open beta that’s running for part of this weekend. Other than that it’s more Octopath Traveler. I’ve not had the chance to play since beginning my adventure last weekend so I’m keen to get back to it. I currently have a party of four and they are all proving useful in various ways. Perhaps not so much with Cyrus, but he’s a relative newcomer to the group in need of some levelling. Olberic seems the most handy of the group in battle and I enjoy challenging random villagers to duels, although I miss the early days when he was quite under-powered and would lose to pretty much anyone. That wasn’t particularly helpful to the group, but it was amusing.
Richard Atkinson, contributing writer
Now that I've (very almost) finished writing up a review for Guns, Gore & Cannoli 2, the time has finally come to battle my ever-growing back catalogue of titles to revisit. This writer has promised himself not to purchase any more eShop delights until some games have had a better look in! To start things off, I'll be transforming a well-known plumber into a moustachioed dinosaur, basking in the sun while swimming in soda water and braving the fiery pits of colourful soup in Super Mario Odyssey in an attempt to grab some of those all-important Moons.
In this rather predictably quiet time of the year for new releases - Octopath Traveler not included - now is the perfect opportunity to jump back into the games we love and lose ourselves once again in those that we may have rushed through the first time around. Saying that, Paladins + Discord makes for some entertaining evenings with my online friends from across the globe so I'll be honing my skills on that too.
Liam Doolan, news reporter
This weekend I’ll be training myself in Dragon Ball FighterZ. I played the existing versions on release, so I’m keen to see how the Switch counterpart compares to the competition. My favourite characters in the full game are Trunks, Beerus and normally one of the God tier Saiyans. From what I have experienced so far, the Nintendo iteration feels fast and frenetic. One other game I’m planning to give some time to is Hollow Knight. I recall beating Hornet and I admittedly have not been back since. When I’m not playing either of these games I might try out Dead Cells.
Which games are you playing this weekend? (318 votes)
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
Dragon Ball FighterZ - Open Beta
Valkyria Chronicles 4 - Demo
BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle
Pokémon: Let's Go, Pikachu! and Let's Go, Eevee!
Mario Tennis Aces
Kirby Star Allies
Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney - Spirit of JusticePhoenix Wright: Ace Attorney - Spirit of Justice
Guns, Gore & Cannoli 2
Super Mario Odyssey
Something else (comment below)
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