Another weekend is upon us, and that means making time - be it five precious minutes or a whole 48 hours - of quality 'you' time on your Nintendo platform of choice. This week we've got plenty of love for Nintendo Switch with some slices of retro goodness, some newly released indies and the usual devotion to all things Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, Splatoon 2 and ARMS. We're nothing if not predictable with out collective tastes here at Nintendo Life!
This weekend I'll no doubt be taking to the skies and dogfighting with my fellow WW1 aces in the brilliant Skies of Fury DX (check out my review here). Even without any sort of online multiplayer option (something I hope the developer is working on now that so many people have asked for), grinding up my levels to unlock new plane skins and crosshairs is quite the addiction.
Apart from a couple of little indies I'm playing for review (look out for them next week on Nintendo Life), I've also been playing a fair bit of NBA 2K18 and DOOM, so no huge shock there. Let's hope that E3 tease for DOOM II comes to pass (and onto Nintendo Switch).
Conor McMahon, contributing writer
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is an incredible game, but it wasn't until I completed the Ballad of the Champions DLC that the story and the characters truly felt complete. There isn't a massive amount of plot, but what's there does such a good job at fleshing out the Champions as actual personalities that I found myself getting genuinely emotional as the utterly lovely final cutscene played out. This weekend I'll be trying to offset that heartfelt finale by burning through Hyrule on my newly-unlocked motorbike! They can't see the tears in your eyes while you're going 100 miles an hour!!
Dave Frear, retro reviewer
This weekend I’ll be playing something from HAMSTER’s seemingly never ending range of retro releases and although I should probably balance this with something modern, I will, instead, be playing Tetris. I could stick with current gen hardware and play Puyo Puyo Tetris I suppose, but instead I’ll be on my AGS-101 with Tetris DX, no doubt getting addicted (again) due to the simple, fun gameplay as I try to improve my line-getting/point-scoring. I will, of course, be playing with the Korobeiniki patch applied (yay, EverDrives), as Tetris without that music is just plain wrong.
Glen Fox, guides editor
I’ve just completed Revelations 2 and am holding off from starting something new cos it’s my birthday on Sunday, and I’m relying on my good friends and loved ones to get me new Switch games! I’m hoping for Lost Sphear. Please be Lost Sphear...
In the meantime, I’ve been playing Lichtspeer, a completely silly arcade score chaser that’s crazy addictive. I also think it’s time I dipped back into Splatoon 2. I completed the single player at launch then completely neglected multiplayer, and that’s total madness. If all of the above doesn’t satisfy me, I’ll crack on with a bit of Skyrim. That’s my back burner game now!
Jon Cousins, Japan correspondent
Apart from waking up early (l still a bit late) to take part in the Nintendo Life April Mario Kart 8 Deluxe tournament, I thought I'd go back and pick up two old gems on sale on the eShop this week. The first is Tumblestone. I'd never even heard of it, but someone on my friends list plays it constantly and I consider myself pretty decent at Tetris-style games (but doesn't everyone?!). At almost the complete opposite end of the scale is Oxenfree. It looks cool, I've heard a lot about it and have always been intrigued, now there is no excuse.
Liam Doolan, Australia correspondent
This weekend it’s less about the game I’ll be playing, and more about how I got the game in the first place. Long story short, I was watching the annual professional cycling event – the Paris–Roubaix – last Sunday evening with my partner, when I made a silly bet with her that the Slovakian rider, Peter Sagan, would take out the one-day race. At this point in time, the peloton was about 65km out from the finishing line. In the end he won! In all honesty though, he’s normally the only guy I back due to his likable personality and bike handling skills - so please don’t think I'm some sort of expert on the sport.
Anyway, the agreement was that my partner would buy me Stardew Valley on the Switch. I’m not even sure what the consequences would have been had I lost (we never discussed that). I never doubted Sagan though as he is the world champion of the cycling. Now that I am the proud owner of Stardew Valley on the Switch, I guess we can both look forward to that upcoming multiplayer update.
Alan Lopez, contributing writer
Has anyone actually beaten the final moon in Super Mario Odyssey? Okay, so first you have to beat this Goomba tower thingy, got it. Then some poles over lava, not too bad, okay. Now some … spinning platforms in lava? Argh, let me start over, hold on. Alright, back to the spinning lava things, figured that out. Oh my gosh, now I have to be the slow fire sludge guy? Ugh. Oh my gosh, this uproot again. Ice water?! NOT FUZZIES AGAIN! Wow, let me start this WHOLE thing over… was I even half way through this? There’s a tower? I’m supposed to fly past 100 shooting cannons? Tiny lava platforms? Lasers shrouded in FOG?! AGH.
Gonçalo Lopes, contributing writer
This weekend will be spent mostly airborne, shooting things and trying not to get myself shoot while at it. In a strange coincident release, two of my favourite Commodore Amiga games (Wings of Fury and Wings) just got themselves impromptu ‘spiritual sequel’ on the Switch eShop: Rogue Aces and Skies of Fury are both doing their finest to take me back to the simpler days of my youth and a reminder that war is only good for video games. When not soaring high in the virtual sky, my feet will be planted ion the ground except when I am kicking back attacks in the latest ARMS party crash since I do want those new, shiny Min Min badges.
Tony Stephenson, social media manager
Well, this weekend I am running a gaming event in Nottingham so the question is what are we NOT playing. On the list are a Smash Royal Rumble, Super Bomberman R, F Zero GX, Twilight Princess HD balloon mini-game challenge, some Salmon Run on Splatoon 2 and also going to get everyone to play Super Rocket Shootout. Will I play any games myself? Probably not, as I'll be organising the chaos!
Which games are you playing this weekend? (319 votes)
Skies of Fury DX
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
Puyo Puyo Tetris
Resident Evil Revelations 2
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
Mario Kart 8 Deluxe
Mario Kart 8 Deluxe
Super Mario Odyssey
Super Bomberman R
Super Rocket Shootout
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So that's our picks for the weekend, but what are yours? Be sure to leave a vote in the poll above and a lovely comment or two in the comments section below. And have a great weekend from Nintendo Life...