Yet another week has flown by, leaving us with a couple of days to sit back, relax, and enjoy some great gaming sessions. We have a variety of spooky Halloween scares, super space-exploration shenanigans, and succulent squid-shooter successes to attend to this weekend, so have a read of our thoughts, and tell us about your plans via the poll and comments below. Enjoy!
Ryan Craddock, staff writer
Whenever this time of year comes around, I always find myself wanting to bask in the spooky glow of Halloween, with multiple creepy (but not too creepy) games instantly springing to mind. I realise I'm in danger of losing all credibility as a Nintendo-based writer here, but I've still never found the time to play The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask 3D (as I didn't own the original), despite the game being in my possession for years now.
Elsewhere, the recent release of Luigi's Mansion on 3DS, as well as the promise of Luigi's Mansion 3 coming to Switch, has made me want to hook up the GameCube for a good blast of the original. Knowing me, I'll end up ignoring them both for another year, before going through this exact process again next year. Ah well, I promise I'll try!
Steve Bowling, US editor
Has it really been another week? I still haven't finished unpacking my Starlink toys! I'd like to say this weekend I'll be exploring New Tristram with a few friends, but we're still a few days away. Instead, I'll be spending some time with Nindies. I just received a copy of Moonlighter that I'll be digging into to learn what merchants do in their off hours. It's a charming pixel art Zelda-like that looks like it could be my next obsession. If I have time away from it, I might finally finish Crossing Souls. Maybe.
Dom Reseigh-Lincoln, reviewer
Like most of the planet, I'll be spending a majority of my weekend/rest of my adult life playing a certain open-world Wild West simulator. However, when I'm not rustling cattle or robbing train passengers, I'll likely be handing out a few beatdowns in My Hero One's Justice and defying gravity at speed in GRIP. Look out for both, in delicious review form, next week on Nintendo Life.
Gavin Lane, contributing writer
I’m going on a road trip this weekend which means busting the Switch out of its dock. I’ll be testing my programming skills with 7 Billion Humans (catch the review next week) and cleansing the palette with Bulb Boy, which I downloaded for pennies last week. If all goes well, I’ll squeeze in a few online rounds of Splatoon 2 with my nephew, who’s just got a Switch. I got my first taste of the Nintendo Switch Online app rigmarole this week. I just want us to be on the same team – why is that so complicated?!
Once I’ve wasted 45 minutes trying to connect to hotel wifi, I’ll resign myself to constructing a small jiggy shrine and chanting incantations in the hope that Alex is wrong with his debunk of the latest Super Smash Bros. Ultimate ‘leak’ and a Banjo-Kazooie amiibo will soon adorn my shelf. Arr! I had a dream once…
Liam Doolan, news reporter
This weekend I’m looking forward to spending some time with what’s described as the most “entertaining sports game” ever made, according to its eShop listing. Surely you can guess what title I’m talking about by now, right? It’s the fast-paced and competitive disc throwing game Windjammers, of course! You might even recall its release earlier this week on the Switch eShop. I definitely need to spend some time in the online mode testing out every character, learning every skill and improving my overall reflexes before the second game is released next year. Wish me luck!
Gonçalo Lopes, contributing writer
I'm truly spoiled for choice this weekend, and while most of my friends have their sights set firmly in the old American West, I keep mine steadfast on my enemies among the stars. Sure enough, Starlink: Battle for Atlas has turned into the greatest unexpected Mass Effect spin-off game ever made and I am having trouble leaving my Switch to accommodate my adult life responsibilities (yes folks, it really is that good!). Whenever I need a break from all the space shooting action, the second Pan European War also continues at great pace in Valkyria Chronicles 4. Hopefully, I'll also get a few hours into Dark Souls: Remastered because I have always enjoyed those lovely desolated Lordran vistas.
My 'Shiryu Game of the Week' award goes to Car Quest; a minimalist approach to the 3D puzzle-platform genre where you happen to control the titular vehicle. Genius!
Austin Voigt, contributing writer
I’m going to be digging back into my catalog of Harry Potter Lego games in anticipation of the LEGO Harry Potter Collection releasing on Switch this coming Tuesday. I once had a friend ask me, “what is the point of combining Harry Potter and Lego? Seems pointless...", to which my response was to never speak to that person again. T’is the time of year for spoops and Harry Potter. And all times of year are Lego times of year.
Which games are you playing this weekend? (285 votes)
The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask 3D
Starlink: Battle for Atlas
My Hero One's Justice
7 Billion Humans
Valkyria Chronicles 4
Dark Souls: Remastered
Something else (comment below)
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