Zelda

It's the weekend! After a long week of unhappy Super Smash Bros. players and excitement surrounding an uppity, overly-English Pokémon bird, we've finally reached the point where we can sit down and have a good old gaming session or two.

Some of the hardworking Nintendo Life team have shared their thoughts below, and we'd love for you to get involved via our poll and comment sections as always. Enjoy!

Gavin Lane, staff writer

Originally, I planned to sit down and revisit Koholint Island this weekend like most of the Switch-owning world, but after briefly firing Zelda: Link's Awakening up last night after it unlocked (I literally wandered around Mabe Village in awe and saved after 2 minutes), I’m trying to talk myself out of it. You see, the minor framerate issues in the starting area gave me the excuse that perhaps I should wait for an inevitable performance patch. Breath of the Wild got various patches and there’s no reason to assume this won’t, either. The slight judder was only a minor distraction and apparently it’s not a consistent issue once you’ve started the adventure proper… but I’ve got a Mount Tamaranch’s worth of other things to play and it’s hardly like I’m in a race to avoid spoilers with this one.

IF I can resist, I might save Link’s Awakening and play Untitled Goose Game, Fire Emblem: Three Houses or Astral Chain instead. That’s a big if, though.

Gonçalo Lopes, contributing writer

Rejoice, for I am back, as it was foretold on the day Link awakes. This incredible, luxurious Summer of Switch came to its astonishing conclusion yesterday with The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening and Untitled Goose Game, who join up with Astral Chain and Daemon X Machina to pretty much ensure zero social life for this current weekend (...and foreseeable future!)

My game of the week is none other than my left analogue-drifting Pro Controller! Make your gamer life extra-hardcore by introducing random left swerves on straights for both Horizon Chase Turbo and GRID Autosport; be baffled when your goalkeeper randomly starts running towards your own net with the ball in FIFA 19; watch in disbelief as Captain Falcon simply walks off stage on his last stock in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. Random lefts: The hardcore gamer experience of your lifetime!

Liam Doolan, news reporter

Unfortunately my copy of Link's Awakening is still in the mail, so this weekend I'll instead be focusing my attention on the Sega Genesis / Mega Drive Mini loaded with 40 legendary games. I think I'm probably most excited about playing through Mega Man: The Wily Wars. And then there are various other classics like Sonic the Hedgehog and Streets of Rage.

When I'm not playing the Mega Drive, I'll probably be revisiting a bunch of SNES classics on the Switch and playing some Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. Heck, I might even pick up Untitled Goose Game while it's on sale. It looks like it could be a lot of fun.

Ryan Craddock, staff writer

Whenever I pop downstairs, that beautiful Zelda: Link's Awakening Limited Edition looks up at me from the dining table (where it's currently sat for unknown reasons). I look at it longingly and feel content, and chuckle to myself as I remember the fact that the box feels strangely like a box of deluxe chocolates.

But then I snap out of it and remember that before I dive headfirst into Koholint Island, I must finish up with Astral Chain. I've been loving the Legion-wielding madness over the past few weeks and feel like I'm finally reaching the end of the story, so I'm pretty determined to get things all wrapped up over the next few days before tucking into Zelda.

Oh, and the goose. I'll probably end up buying the goose because, well, how can you not?

Which games are you playing this weekend? (580 votes)

The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening

30%

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

4%

Untitled Goose Game

11%

Fire Emblem: Three Houses

8%

Astral Chain

9%

Daemon X Machina

3%

Horizon Chase Turbo

1%

GRID Autosport

4%

FIFA 19

1%

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

7%

Sega Genesis / Mega Drive Mini games

2%

Something else (comment below)

20%

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