Once again, we find ourselves at the end of another week, and now it's time for Team Nintendo Life to gather 'round and discuss all of the lovely games we'll be playing over the next couple of days. We've got demon slaying, RPG beating, and even some real-life Pokémon catching on the agenda this week, so make sure to give our entries a read and then provide your own via the comments and poll below. Enjoy!
Ryan Craddock, staff writer
Aside from spending every waking moment making my way through a game for review purposes, I'll likely actually give most of my gaming time this weekend to Pokémon GO. Today (Saturday) sees another Community Day taking place - actually starting at the very moment this article goes live in my region - and I'll be heading out to snag myself a whole lot of Cyndaquil (and hopefully several shinies, too).
I hadn't played GO for over a year or more but, over the last month or two, I've found myself completely hooked once again. The last Community Day was a great experience and seeing so many people wandering around town and bonding over the same game in real life was great to behold. Hopefully the weather's actually nice enough for everyone to head outside again!
Liam Doolan, news reporter
I’ve been busy slaying demons throughout the week in Diablo III: Eternal Collection, so I guess I’ll continue on with that this weekend. As I’ve already played the game a few times elsewhere prior to the Switch release, I’m pacing myself a little more on this third run. I’m also thoroughly enjoying raising the dead with the Necromancer class, which I previously hadn’t tried out until now.
As for my free-to-play fix, I intend to spend some time with Brawlhalla before Super Smash Bros. Ultimate arrives. From what I have played so far, it’s not bad. The addition of Ubisoft’s iconic mascot Rayman makes it even better (provided you can cough up the required amount of in-game gold). Last of all, I’ll be taking a look at Night Slashers, which is the latest release in the Johnny Turbo collection. It sort of has a Final Fight vibe about it, except set in a world filled with monsters and the undead. There are apparently even bonus games including whack-a-zombie and undead bowling – it sounds thrilling!
Dom Reseigh-Lincoln, reviewer
This weekend I'll be getting my cartoon RPG on with the colourful sci-fi escapade that is Crashlands on Nintendo Switch. I'll also be testing out Carnival Games (don't laugh) with the help of my eldest, so expect some lovely words from me on both of those next week on Nintendo Life.
I've also got a hankering for some Spyro, what with the Reignited Trilogy round the corner, so I think it's time to fire up the GameCube for some classic dragon action.
Austin Voigt, contributing writer
I’m pretty sure I’m going to lose my status as a legitimate Nintendo fan for this - but I’m going to be purchasing Splatoon 2 for the first time, and will probably become addicted and play it the entire weekend. I’ve obviously played often with friends, but never owned it myself. As sad as it is, I tend to avoid most competitive shooter games, partially because they give me some anxiety (I live in the US - enough said). However, Splatoon is probably the most whimsical and innocent shooter game you could play - and my friends have convinced me that it’s time to bite the bullet (or, ink) and get into this game. So this is my goal for the weekend. Stop judging me - I’m working on it, people!
Gonçalo Lopes, contributing writer
Remember, remember the month of November whose insane release schedule has caught up to my weekend plans - and I believe it will break both my wallet and some sort of personal record for the number of monthly Switch pick-ups. I spent most of the week doing Squad Stories on Valkyria Chronicles 4 (including some swimsuit DLC shenanigans) so I hope to actually progress the main campaign this weekend. Maybe, just maybe complete all the campaigns in Starlink: Battle for Atlas. I have pacified two of the three sectors on the system and am in a very favourable position to assault the third, hardest one.
Yet this week it was on the eShop that the unexpected goods showed up. I will be taking on sporadic doses of Road Redemption, Saboteur!, Rogue Legacy, The Bug Butcher, Trine and the TRON-tastic Battlezone Gold Edition. Classic Mode on that last one is a particularly zen experience… at least until you realise there are online leaderboards and everyone is Billy Mitchell.
My game of the week is obviously Astebreed. You might wonder why I would be so excited to spend a weekend with a game that is three years old, but it is not a very exciting mystery to solve: I had no clue the game existed before being announced on the Switch. Kindly pass me the giant metal sword.
Jon Cousins, Japan correspondent
This weekend I'm going to take a trip down memory lane. First on my list is the glorious homage to all things Game Boy (and my second favourite type of cephalopod) Save me Mr Tako! I've been following the game for a couple of years and it's great to finally see it out in the wild. Second, while I wait for Metroid to release on Nintendo Switch Online, I'm going to dabble in the rest of the franchise again to get back in the groove, and giddily anticipate news of the fourth instalment. You know Christmas is coming up, Nintendo? If we have to wait till E3 that would just be mean!
Which games are you playing this weekend? (311 votes)
Diablo III: Eternal Collection
Johnny Turbo's Arcade: Night Slashers
Valkyria Chronicles 4
Starlink: Battle for Atlas
The Bug Butcher
Trine Enchanted Edition
Battlezone Gold Edition
Save me Mr Tako
Something else (comment below)
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