Yet another weekend is upon us, which naturally means that it's time for another Talking Point feature! If you're lucky enough to have some free time over the next few days, you may well be planning to sink some of it into your favourite Nintendo games - which is exactly what Team NL is going to do! We've got online shooters, speedy hedgehogs, and glorious RPGs on the go this time around. Enjoy, and have a great weekend!
Jon Cousins, Japan correspondent
Although I haven't picked up the DLC or physical edition yet because I got caught up with other stuff, all the hoopla around Sonic Mania has reminded me to go back. Not only is it a great game, but given Sonic's 'inconsistent' track record, it's the ideal time to jump in if you haven't. Other than that, I'm enjoying playing Hollow Knight on my big TV for the first time. The game is ace anyway, but when you have a long play session, see the lush, detailed environments in HD and then listen to the incredible soundtrack using a decent set of speakers, it's a joy. I'm also playing a neat little game that's out next week.
Ryan Craddock, staff writer
As is the case for pretty much any day that goes by at the moment, this weekend will absolutely see some Fortnite action as I try to work my way through this week's challenges. I didn't even know that there were dinosaurs on the map until a challenge popped up this week, so that's suddenly made things even more exciting.
I've also been getting stuck into DOOM recently as I had never played it before (although I am admittedly playing this one on PS4 rather than Switch because it was cheaper - sorry!). I've already been brutally murdered several times, but I love the satisfaction you feel from pulling off pistol and glory kill combinations - the fast pace really makes the game a joy to play. Definitely wishing I could be playing it on the go as well, though, so that'll teach me for next time!
Glen Fox, guides editor
Can't. Stop. Playing. Crash. Bandicoot! I'm absolutely addicted, and on my fourth playthrough of the first already. Yeah, I know it's not the best of the bunch but it has some of my favourite levels and I love its purity. It's also incredibly addictive trying to get all of the gems and beat it 100%! I probably won't be able to do it, but boy am I trying.
I am going to try really hard to put Crash aside for a bit though, so I can give Octopath Traveler the attention it deserves. I haven't dug into it near enough, but what little I've played definitely feels pretty special. It's weird playing a JRPG that feels simultaneously nostalgic and progressive, but that's exactly how I'd describe it. That mix of 16bit sprites and blocky 3D visuals really does it for me, and I can't wait to see more.
Liam Doolan, news reporter
My weekend is going to be a fast one. When I'm not tearing around the track in Mario Kart 8 Deluxe as Link, I'll be speeding through the 'encore mode' in Sonic Mania Plus as Mighty and Ray. I played the original version of Sonic Mania on release and absolutely adored every aspect of it. Admittedly, though, I haven't been back since. It's great that there is a good excuse to revisit this absolute gem now that it has been polished just a little bit more. It's easily the best Sonic game in years - if not ever!
Dom Reseigh-Lincoln, reviewer
This weekend I'll be getting stuck into a double-header of games for reviews - Hunting Simulator and Hand of Fate 2. So yes, two games that couldn't be any more different if they tried. So, in the name of journalism, I'll be strapping on my favourite hunting rifle, adorning myself in all manner of camos and making weird noises to attract deer. So a normal weekend then, really.
I'll also be playing some more NBA 2K18 (I play every few weeks on Switch, even though I've played it to death on both my handheld console and PS4). All these new moves and signings in the NBA have got me back in the mood for the next Switch bound baller sim when NBA 2K19 arrives later this year.
Damien McFerran, editorial director
Galak-Z's shift to free-to-play mechanics may have left a sour taste in the mouth of many a fan, but I'm totally hooked, so that's likely to be the main thing I play this weekend. I really dig the space combat system (I'm used to the somewhat unique controls after playing the PS4 original) and while there's a lot of grinding, the end result is usually worth the effort. This game must have something going for it, because it's making me forget about both Octopath Traveler and Mario Tennis Aces!
Gonçalo Lopes, contributing writer
Looks like the ultimate Splatoon 2 Splatfest is right around the corner but I am still undecided if I should splat for squids or octopus - both fascinating creatures. Local retailers botched up my Octopath Traveller Compendium Edition pre-order (what is this, the Dark Ages!?) and gamer pride prevented me from simply taking a regular edition so the joys of 2D HD are still suspended until next week. So Ys VIII is very much on the menu along with some eShop gems like the (literally) stellar VSR: Void Space Racing and the poorly optimized but still ever sadistically entertaining Guts and Glory. Yes, I am aware I have issues.
Austin Voigt, contributing writer
First off, I’ll be replaying the original Ni no Kuni on PS3 this weekend - everyone stop judging me. There have been showings of old Miyazaki movies in the theaters in my area the past few weeks, so I’ve got a bit of a Ghibli buzz at the moment. I have not yet picked up Revenant Kingdom, because I refuse to purchase any non-Nintendo systems until they’re at least 10 years old and completely outdated - therefore, I don’t own a PS4. However, I would be delighted if the powers that be were to put Ni no Kuni on the Switch... (Level-5 president & CEO Akihiro Hino did say: “In the future our main titles will all be released on Nintendo Switch.” …please let that future arrive soon).
I’ll also likely continue to annoy Pathea’s Twitter account with incessant questioning on a Switch release date for My Time at Portia - because it looks amazing, and I am that insatiable gamer who is never satisfied with what I’ve already got.
Which games are you playing this weekend? (438 votes)
- Sonic Mania7%
- Hollow Knight4%
- Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy4%
- Octopath Traveler28%
- Mario Kart 8 Deluxe8%
- Hunting Simulator 0%
- Hand of Fate 21%
- NBA 2K18 0%
- Galak-Z: Variant S1%
- Mario Tennis Aces4%
- Splatoon 213%
- Ys VIII: Lacrimosa of Dana4%
- VSR: Void Space Racing 0%
- Guts and Glory 0%
- Something else (comment below)17%
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Thanks for reading, folks! Make sure to leave a vote in the poll above and a comment below with your gaming choices over the next few days...
octopath, hollow knight and mario rabbids
So far I've played Enter the Gungeon, Bomber Crew and Steamworld Dig. Playing Bomber Crew really late last night I drifted off to sleep somewhere near Falmouth and woke up halfway across France on my way to Spain. Luckily I had just enough fuel with the lean mixture perk to get back to London.
Quantum Break on Xbone, Doom on Switch.
Killer7 on the GameCube, though I'm probably going to download Bloodstained: Curse of the Moon from the 3DS eShop and pick up a physical copy of Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon next week so there's some modern gaming on the horizon for me.
Mainly octopath I imagine. Have downloaded Galak-Z.
Considering buying either Captain Toad or Mario Rabbids to break up time on octopath but 🤷♂️
Isaac! Finally beat Mega Satan with The Lost. Now "just" Greedier mode to do for the God Head, but man is it hard...
Still playing Hyrule Warriors and barely touched anything else. Completed the first adventure maps up to the Termina map, which I’m about 70% done with.
Fortnite and octopath
Trying to fully complete luigis mansion 2. Mario tennis aces and Fortnite
Octopath and Paladins for me.
Killer7 is such an amazing game. The remake should be interesting! Best game on the Gamecube, I think... well, I would be torn between that and Chibi-Robo. 😊
Octopath traveler for me ! I’m 14 hours In now and still feel like I’ve barely scratched the surface and still need to get 2 more characters! Cannot get enough of this game ! I have noticed that this drains the battery super quick in handheld mode
Nothing, I'm out enjoying the sun!
For me it's Octopath mainly with a bit of Sonic.
I managed to get Captain Toad fairly cheaply and it's fantastic so I'll be putting a couple of hours into that too.
Killer7 definitely an amazing game. That along with Alien Hominid and Viewtiful Joe were the first games I ever bought for myself after moving out on my own and getting my first apartment back when the GameCube was current gen, and they're all still some of my favorite GameCube games. My #1 favorite is actually Star Fox Adventures, which I know most people don't care for, but it was the first Star Fox game I ever played so I've got a soft spot for it. I'd say Star Fox Adventures is probably my all time favorite Zelda game lol
Well I am finally going to play octopath today. With later today going to splat some inklings
Goimg to give the new bike a spin in mk8. Will relax with some hatsune miku and ever oasis on 3ds
Splat fest (team octopath lol)
Hyrule warriors (84% on termina map)
Octopath (finish of chapter 2 and sidequests)
Captain Toad (few levels probably)
Harvest moon and encore mode again on sonic mania if there's time
@lemonjellydude How long would you say the battery lasts in handheld? Say you start with 100% charge. Fortnite drains it pretty quick.
Going to finish Wolfenstein II these next few days. With motions controls this game is a joy in handheld mode while on vacation. And the cutscenes in this game has just gotten more and more enjoyable towards the end. Really hope the first game will release on the Switch as well!!
Sanrio Picross, Sonic Mania Plus
I just woke up earlier than I wanted to, so some Fortnite and Pool Panic is in store. PP makes me laugh and yell, it’s great. Then a kids birthday party later, followed by DK and Aces for us adults!
Mainly Octopath Traveller, but I'll try and fit in the Splatfest.
Maybe some Sonic Mania Plus if I have time but I doubt it
Octopath, Octopath, and if I can find the time a little more Octopath.
Me am that kind of Orc
Truxton on Mega Drive and Picross for DS.
1. World of Warcraft
2. Diablo 3 on Xbox 360
3. Dark Messiah of Might and Magic Elements on Xbox 360
Mainly Splatoon 2, but I’ll squeeze some Mario Kart 8 Deluxe in there.
Call me 2002 if you like, but I'm playing Metroid Prime (Wii), and possibly some yet to be decided (so probably Kirby) on my 3DS.
This game is so awesome!
1. Yonder the Cloud Catcher Chronicles (Switch)
Surprisingly, the game is pretty interesting. I had spent more than 10 hours for 1 week, with progress already reached 48%.
I didn't continue the PS4 version at all but the Switch version surprisingly reboost my mood to play Yonder once again.
2. Miitopia 3DS
Still leveling up my Miis...
3. Animal Boxing NDS
Revisit my Nostalgic moment. I really wish there is a Cute Boxing games for Nintendo Switch.
Octopath Traveler and Splatoon 2 for meeee! Was toying with the idea of getting the Sonic Mania Plus DLC, but might save that for another day.
Octopath Traveler - 7/8 characters recruited. I've also finished 3 of the 2nd chapters. Great game.
Pokémon Shuffle - Caught Marshadow today. That means I have every event Pokémon and I'm only missing one Pokémon from main stages and few from EX stages.
Other possible games include Splatoon 2 (Splatfest), Pokémon Crystal (thinking of getting it for 3DS) and Hollow Knight (haven't played since Octopath came out).
This week I will be mostly playing Kirby Super Star Ultra and possibly Spla2n.
Octopath Traveler, Sonic Mania Plus, and Doom II!!!
I have had some great adventures with this game too.
Mario Kart 8 Deluxe and maybe some Splatoon 2. The BotW update yesterday has me really excited at the increased possibility of DLC tracks and characters in the near future.
Got Enter the gungeon, following the new update. I know i'm late to the party, but what a great game.
Mario Kart 8 Deluxe and Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze
Ys VIII and Splatoon 2 for me.
Octopath Traveler still. 32 hours into the game now.
Sonic Mania Plus, and some DQ Builders and Darkest Dungeon.
Octopath Traveler and some splatoon 2 since it is splatfest
I'd love to be playing crazy justice but ya know they can't decide when they actually wanna release the game
Just got Crash Bandicoot, so i will be playing that for sure. O will attend at the Ultimate Splatoon 2 Splatfest and playing one of my favourite games right now, Enter the Gungeon
Hey folks! I'm about ready to join the rest of my family on the road for our vacation! I'll only be fitting in some portable gaming on my DS Lite this weekend since a good chunk of it will consist of driving. I recently started Dragon Quest V: Hand of the Heavenly Bride and expect that to eat up most of my gaming time. If I need a break, I'm also bringing along Professor Layton and the Diabolical Box (Pandora's Box for those across the pond) since I think there are still a couple of puzzles I need to solve....
Animal Crossing, Pokémon Ultra Sun (restarted it) and some Pokémon Crystal. Also going to take my kids outside for some Mom and kid time. Next weekend I’m leaving my three boys behind with their dad and taking my daughter to Brockville for a bridal shower.
Loving Sonic Mania Plus but can't tear myself away from Farcry Arcade today. Very addictive!
octopath traveler, sonic mania, mario tennis, snipperclips, mario kart, rocket league and fallout new vegas
Taking a little break this weekend but plan on splurging next week. Splatoon 2 or Wolfenstein, both seems a bit samey shooty wise? I have to get ikaruga. Ugh. And Mario rabbids too, toad looks like my kind of thing. Lorks a Lordy, my wallet...anyway, if I get time this weekend I’m going to rinse some 1945, just love it, quick 15 minute sessions in between life stuff
Edit: passed a very nice hour playing Donkey Kong, got past a tricky bit and some fun sections opened up. A few shots on 1945 and a little play with Binding of Isaac. All in handheld mode on the sofa.
Octopath traveler! 30h+ in and I am still missing 2 second chapter's...
P.s:after finishing 100% the crash trilogy I can say the first one is the best and f... the third one extra content
Octopath. What else? Maybe Wolfenstein
Back to Hollow Knight, took a little break as I really didn't know what to do next, but I'm making progress again. Also Splatoon 2, of course, and I quite enjoy watching my son play Fortnite on his Switch.
I double dipped on gungeon and I’m hooked. Aside from that I’ll be representing team inkling in the splatfest
Paladins, Fortnite and Octopath
Octopath Traveler and the Splatfest in Splatoon 2
I finished my week two challenges in Fortnite, so I’ve moved on to perfecting the last episode of Captain Toad. I’m also sinking some time into Mario Golf World Tour on 3DS. There’s an awesome amount of single-player content in that little cartridge. If only Mario Tennis Aces could have been like that game...
Octopath (70 hours in) and mabey finish Wolfenstein 2, if I can pull myself away from Octopath that is haha.
I’m in training for work and decided bringing a modern console would be too distracting!
But I did bring my old GBA, currently playing Golden Sun. It’s a great little adventure but the main story is forgettable.
I’ve also been playing quite a bit of Pokémon Go and Puzzle and Dragons IOS.
I'm working on the Sonic Mania DLC. I already maxed out encore mode with all the chaos emeralds, and I'm working on a Ray file in the normal game which I also have all chaos emeralds in, and I'm at Mirage Saloon Zone. Then I'm gonna do a Mighty file.
I'm also participating in the Splatoon 2 splatfest. Go, squids! Beat the octopuses!
Also, Mega Man X in just a couple days! Hype!
My son and I have started replaying botw, but on master mode. I am playing fortnite and wolfenstein 2 when we not playing that.
12 hours into Octopath and only Cyrus left to get. Will try and fit some gaming time in between working and enjoying the glorious sunshine
In order: Crash Bandicoot Nsane Collection, Zelda a Link Between Worlds on 3DS and some Metroid on NES.
Just picked up my copy of Octopath. Sat having a beer in a pub garden waiting for my wife to finish emptying our bank balance on the high street. Life is good
Enter the Gungeon. Going to try to get some more items unlocked for the new DLC. One of my top 3 favorite Nindies for the Switch along with Shovel Knight and Vostok Inc.
I may be able to finish Y's Viii in the next couple days, so I can start Octopath Traveler.
Shining resonance on my trip home and Digimon Story Cyber Sleuth: Hacker's Memory - later on.
Digimond was $25 on Prime Day 🙂
I'm playing Sonic Mania Plus. I picked up the physical edition with a beautiful little book at Gamestop. Fantastic game. Also, still playing NBA 2K18. My League mode is absolutely deeper than any game mode I've ever played. I'll sneak in a little RE: Revelations this weekend as well. Playing both NBA and RE in tabletop mode with the joycons has been such a joy.
I still have Ys VIII and Octopath Traveller unopened but I already am struggling to keep up with the games i have so unfortunately they will have to wait.
I'll be switching between playing Stardew Valley (a game im shocked has held my interest for so long to be honest),Sonic Mania plus,Xenoblade Chronicles 2 and Shining Resonance Refrain.plus a couple of Ps4 games.
I’m starting my vacation on Sunday. So I gotta a backlog of games to take care of.
Switch- Sonic Mania Plus, Mario Kart 8, Super Mario Odyssey, Lumines, Mario Rabbids, and a bunch of Neo Geo games.
And some games on PS4.
Splatoon 2 for that splatfest (Team Squid for life!). Other than that probably some Mario Tennis Aces. Would like to return to South Park at some point.
Actualy I am really into Yooka Laylee and I think it is e real gem that is misunderstood by some ( a lot?) people. At least the Switch iteration feels like coming home... home to the good old days of the N64, home to the good old Rare Ware and it is just a blast from the past.
Even if I can see that it is for some people to much stuck in the past, for me it is perfect.
I just wanted a new "Banjo Kazooie" and that is exactly what I got.
36 hours into Octopath Traveler now. Really, really enjoying this game.
@damo I'm loving Galak-Z on the Switch. Do you know how to participate in the wormhole event? I'm lvl 12, but I still haven't beaten the game. Do I need to beat the game to participate?
I have too many games to finish, but i am 10 hours into octopath traveller and try tongo ahead in therion's questline this weekend.
For me it's switching between Sonic Mania Plus and Sky Skipper.
working on Mario kart 8 dx, rbi baseball 2018, and also playing pocket rumble and resident evil revelations.
Participating in the Splatoon 2 Splatfest, and then getting back into Captain Toad.
Fortnite and more Fortnite.
Octopath reminds me alot of bayonetta 1 & 2 when i picked them up. Once playing the game it's enjoyable and no issues... getting me to boot up the game... is another story just feels like a drag and something i question if i should spend the time.
Just played Mario Kart 8 Deluxe and Stardew Valley today. Might play some more Stardew Valley tomorrow.
Banner saga and Dragon Quest VIII.
Fortnite and Wolfenstein 2 on Switch. Maybe some enter the Gungeon here and there. And Xenoblade and Mario 3D Land on my 3DS
Fortnite, Splatoon 2, and Enter the Gungeon (which is on sale at the incredibly low feel-like-I-am-stealing-it price of $7.50). With those on tap, who needs an Xbox or PS4?
@damo I found the wormhole event, I didn't realize I needed to scroll up past the main game missions.
I played some of the event for Galak-Z, and got my butt kicked lol.
I'll also be playing Splatoon 2 and Octopath Traveler. I like jrpgs, but this game is really special.
I'll be playing Doom, Octopath, and Wolfenstein!
Fortnite...still SIGH! oh nintendo why did you bring us the curse of the hybrid console, on a home console I turn the game off and go to bed, with Switch I undock it and continue playing until bird song tells me I've 30 minutes to aleep before work, still back to that battle bus! [Epic ID is Princeofyolkfolk for anyone wanting to join me in my curse of insomnia]
Octopath. Almost at my first battle. Maybe!
Revelations 2 and Darkest Dungeon still lol.
I am playing Donkey Konga 1 and 2 this weekend
Ys VIII, the best example of a hidden gem
Hand of Fate 2 for sure. All I need atm. Holding off on Octopath till I have some time off.
Octopath...til September most likely lol. Hoping I'll be done in time for spiderman.
Football manager on the switch. Into my second season with york city.
Chaos;child on the ps vita. The last few chapters have been amazing.
Last guardian on the ps4. Loving it. But not putting that much time into it yet.
@Jin15 I like Starfox Adventures too, it's definitely underrated. Still find the graphics look great today, water effects are lovely and the detail in Fox's fur always impressed me.
Splatfest for me, the Shifty Station level is awesome this time with me racing to open the three gates before the opposing team.
All Switch this weekend (away from my Wii and thus my Super Mario RPG and Military Madness):
Sonic Mania Plus (I had perfected Sonic Mania—so happy to come back) & Mario Tennis Aces.
I've been trying to play through Mega Man Legacy Collection 1 & 2 before X Legacy Collection arrives next week, but I'm only on MM6. Meanwhile, my BEAUTIFUL new waifu Primrose is practically begging for my attention, so I'm spending some serious time with Octopath after I'm finished with MM6 in a little while.
Then, I'm going Maverick hunting next Tuesday, and I'm not talking about Top Gun Maverick, or Dallas Mavericks.
I'm going back and forth between Radio Hammer Station and Taiko no Tatsujin on the Switch. I might also go back to PixelJunk Monsters 2 for the bonus levels.
It'll be Wolfenstein II for me this time. Time for me to plow through it.
Ys Origin (PC) and Mario Odyssey
I might like it more than I did 64, it's so flipping good
Hyrule Warriors, I'm actually making progress this time...The Wii U version would get too grindy and I would give up. lol
Still playing through Octopath. I love this game so much, it's just so fun and they do so many things right. Not everything but so many things!
I completed Steamworld Dig today. I've also played some Hollow Knight and Xenoblade chronicles 2 tonight finishing off with a few games of Fortnite.
Donkey Kong arcade. Not on my Switch but an actual arcade cabinet.
@bezerker99 Donkey Kong arcade. Not on my switch but an actual arcade cocktail table.
DRagon Ball DRagon Quest Heroes Switch and Splatoon 2
I still find it really strange that we can only select three games.
Octopath Traveler is taking all my gaming time completely. I'll buy Enter the Gungeon and probably The Flame in the Flood because they're on sale but I highly doubt I'll be playing them for the foreseeable future
Octopath of course, Sonic Mania is feeding those nostalgia vibes really well and Ghost 1.0 is a surprisingly fun and well-made Metroidvania. The voice acting is great and the gameplay is tight.
Octopath Traveler, Octopath Traveler and some more Octopath Traveler
Just participated in my first splatfest with splatoon 2 (by the time I got Splatoon 1, splatfests were long since finished). It was very fun. Gonna continue on with the Splatoon 2 single player and complete world 2. Then I'll start up octopath traveler finally
still playing through octopath traveler, its one of my favorite games on the switch, i was a little unsure about the storylines but im enjoying them a lot, as well as loving the complexity of battles this has been a fantastic 35hrs spent so far.
Probably Sonic Mania. Wanted it anyway but managed to get a "free" copy. Traded in Puyo Puyo Tetris at GAME, and coz I'm an Elite member I got £27 store credit, and it turned out the game is only £24.99 in store, yet is £29.99 on their website lol. Result, no extra to pay and an extra £2.00 on a gift card x
My third and fourth entries:
Sonic Mania Plus, and trying to finish DK+Rabbids for good but those ultimate challenges are tough
Octopath and Captain Toad for me
@fuzzy833 hahaha sounds bad for your games allowance. know this feeling too well....but to be fair i spend my fare share of money in pubs, yet to take my switch tho....hmmm now i have no reason to leave the pub
For once, the game I am playing is in the voting section! Sonic Mania Plus! Brings back the good ol' days from my early childhood! Wish there were a couple more classic levels though.
@Ooyah Wish I could have played Chibi-Robo when it first came out! It is kinda expensive to buy, even used now.
@sirdystic You may be late, but you joined in at the perfect time! Welcome to the gaming party!
I just cracked 20 hours on Octopath Traveler.
And i have been trying desperately to clock Enter the Gungeon. The new update rules.
anyone else comment on here and then regularly find that they didn’t play any of the games they said they were gonna play? I said i’d Play Xenoblade on my 3DS and then I mostly just played Xenoblade 2 on Switch. Haha it’s just so much better visually and to play, but so far I like the story in Xenoblade 3DS better
I'm currently playing Wind Waker HD and Breath of the Wild on Wii U, I'm in gaming heaven with these two!
I just bought Skyrim on Switch, it’s my first time and it’s fantastic!
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