It's Saturday once again, so a whole bunch of team Nintendo Life have joined forces to bring you a detailed account of the games we'll be playing - or hope to play - over the next couple of days. There's quite a range of titles discussed this time around - although that pesky Square Enix RPG has cropped up a fair few times once again - so sit back, enjoy, and join in the discussion!
Dom Reseigh-Lincoln, reviewer
This weekend I'll be continuing my review playthrough of the upcoming State of Mind on Nintendo Switch, a narrative-driven trip into a future Berlin where technology has transformed our everyday lives - you can look out for my review next week on Nintendo Life.
I'll also be starting a new run of Flipping Death. I honestly can't express how much I've enjoyed playing this game. Seriously, what's better than solving puzzles and helping the local community via the medium of light-hearted death? Love it to *ahem* death.
Austin Voigt, contributing writer
Sometimes admitting my weekend gaming plans to everyone reminds me of going to confession at my Catholic elementary school... Ah well, here we go: I’ll be finishing Breath of the Wild this weekend. There, I said it. I have no shame. I defeated Calamity Ganon & most of the main storyline last year - but apparently, that was only worth 33.8% of the game. So now it’s been staring at me, incomplete, for months. Haunting me, really. It’s time to put this game to rest once and for all, and that’s what I’ll be up to this weekend - battling the ghosts of my gaming past. Also, waiting patiently for Little Dragons Cafe to release in a few weeks.
Glen Fox, guides editor
I gave up on Axiom Verge in the final section when I encountered a pretty sizeable difficulty spike. I’m not usually one to shy away from difficulty, but I’d found the experience quite frustrating up to that point. It’s pretty difficult generally, and getting around was a bit too slow. I know it harkens back to Metroidvania classics, but I personally prefer some of the modern trimmings in games like fast travel and the like. A very good and respectable effort but ultimately not to my tastes.
Golf Story, on the other hand, is an absolute treat. I booted that up after falling out with Axiom Verge and have struggled to put it down since. It really feels like a Mario game, with golf instead of platforming. You run around these gorgeous golf courts helping people out for cash. The challenges are so varied and it helps that hitting a golf ball feels so sweet – you want to do it at every opportunity you can. I’ll no doubt spend most of the weekend playing this because I’m well and truly hooked.
Gonçalo Lopes, contributing writer
Upon utterly defeating my unsuspecting opponents in Dragon Ball FighterZ's online open beta, it is JRPG business as usual. I'll resume Octopath Traveler where I left off last weekend, will resist the urge to start a new playthrough of Okami HD and will mop up the remaining battlefields in the Valkyria Chronicles 4 demo.
The addictive loot-fetching shenanigans of Titan Quest found a new natural home on my Switch rotation and the dream-state inducing Megaton Rainfall proceeds to leave me in awe. There are no less than nine new characters to master in BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle. I also continue hooked on GameCube’s mecha combat arcade simulator Mobile Suit Gundam: Gundam vs Z Gundam.
For as far as I can recall in my whole gaming life, I do not remember being so far spoiled for choice in the month of August. And as they say, the best is yet to come...
Ryan Craddock, staff writer
Despite half intending to get stuck into the Octopath Traveler demo last weekend, I never actually got around to doing anything about it. Maybe this week? Maybe not. We shall have to wait and see on that one. The problem is that I'd want to really sit down and have a nice, lengthy playthrough to kick things off and finding time to do that can be tricky.
Other games that keep nagging me to play them at the moment are Pokémon Yellow, thanks to seeing all of the new Pokémon: Let's Go, Pikachu and Let's Go, Eevee! trailers recently, and Castlevania on the NES Mini, thanks to the recent Simon and Richter Belmont reveal in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. So many games, so little time...
Dave Letcavage, contributing writer
This weekend I’ve got non-Nintendo review-related responsibilities to focus on, and that’s going to devour the majority of my time. But if all goes well, I’m hoping to either get back to Mario Tennis Aces, start Dead Cells, work in a few rounds of ARMS, or maybe finally open that copy of Kirby Star Allies that’s been neglected for so long. I haven’t been playing my Switch as much as I’d like lately, and I aim to do something to change that. Oh, and I almost forgot about Ace Attorney: Spirit of Justice. I had started that, hadn’t I? Oops. Maybe that gets priority here – after review duties, of course.
Dave Frear, retro reviewer
Dragon Ball FighterZ is a game that’s caught my interest and having not played it on anything else yet, I might as well take advantage of the open beta that’s running for part of this weekend. Other than that it’s more Octopath Traveler. I’ve not had the chance to play since beginning my adventure last weekend so I’m keen to get back to it. I currently have a party of four and they are all proving useful in various ways. Perhaps not so much with Cyrus, but he’s a relative newcomer to the group in need of some levelling. Olberic seems the most handy of the group in battle and I enjoy challenging random villagers to duels, although I miss the early days when he was quite under-powered and would lose to pretty much anyone. That wasn’t particularly helpful to the group, but it was amusing.
Richard Atkinson, contributing writer
Now that I've (very almost) finished writing up a review for Guns, Gore & Cannoli 2, the time has finally come to battle my ever-growing back catalogue of titles to revisit. This writer has promised himself not to purchase any more eShop delights until some games have had a better look in! To start things off, I'll be transforming a well-known plumber into a moustachioed dinosaur, basking in the sun while swimming in soda water and braving the fiery pits of colourful soup in Super Mario Odyssey in an attempt to grab some of those all-important Moons.
In this rather predictably quiet time of the year for new releases - Octopath Traveler not included - now is the perfect opportunity to jump back into the games we love and lose ourselves once again in those that we may have rushed through the first time around. Saying that, Paladins + Discord makes for some entertaining evenings with my online friends from across the globe so I'll be honing my skills on that too.
Liam Doolan, news reporter
This weekend I’ll be training myself in Dragon Ball FighterZ. I played the existing versions on release, so I’m keen to see how the Switch counterpart compares to the competition. My favourite characters in the full game are Trunks, Beerus and normally one of the God tier Saiyans. From what I have experienced so far, the Nintendo iteration feels fast and frenetic. One other game I’m planning to give some time to is Hollow Knight. I recall beating Hornet and I admittedly have not been back since. When I’m not playing either of these games I might try out Dead Cells.
Which games are you playing this weekend? (309 votes)
- Flipping Death2%
- The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild4%
- Axiom Verge 0%
- Golf Story1%
- Dragon Ball FighterZ - Open Beta13%
- Octopath Traveler14%
- Okami HD7%
- Valkyria Chronicles 4 - Demo8%
- Titan Quest2%
- Megaton Rainfall1%
- BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle1%
- Pokémon Yellow 0%
- Pokémon: Let's Go, Pikachu! and Let's Go, Eevee!1%
- Mario Tennis Aces3%
- Dead Cells7%
- Kirby Star Allies 0%
- Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney - Spirit of JusticePhoenix Wright: Ace Attorney - Spirit of Justice1%
- Guns, Gore & Cannoli 21%
- Super Mario Odyssey3%
- Hollow Knight4%
- Something else (comment below)18%
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As always, thanks for reading! Make sure to leave a vote in the poll above and a comment below with your gaming choices over the next few days...
Dragonball FighterZ kicks ass, literally. Everyone should check it out. That is one awesome fighting game.
Batman Arkham Knight and Dig Dug on Xbox One.
I sent my left joy-con to repair, so no Switch for me until next week.
I’ll be finishing the Splatoon 2 Octo Expansion and playing through North.
Should also be having a multiplayer session with Overcooked 2, Crawl, Snipperclips, maybe Streets of Red.
As I've done everything on Switch and there's been no games for me since xeno 2 lol
But I will be on fallout shelter and xeno 2... And in my Xbox Turok 2, sunset overdrive, fallout 4 and quantum break ... Oh and I gota work lol
Valkyria Chronicles 4 Demo - Completed it today. All A ranks. Nothing more to do. Can't wait for the full release!
Pokémon Shuffle - Collecting money. 7 expert stages left to S rank as well as one main stage. Then I'll see how far I'm willing to go with the UX stages.
Don't know what else I'll be playing yet. I might play a bit more FighterZ, continue Hollow Knight or Octopath Traveler or play something else entirely. Since Spirit of Justice was mentioned, I should finish that game someday as well...
Playing Mega Man X3 as part of the legacy collection for the first time (finished X2 a few days ago) and am surprised how hard I find the game to be, especially because I played X to death on the SNES and found it to be very easy. It's getting easier now I get to know the bosses, weapons and upgrades though...
Also I FINALLY reached X-rank (Splat Zones) in Splatoon2 yesterday, so I'm prepared to get my butt kicked back into S+9 again.
If I find time - unlikely as it is - I'd like to finish a few of the 4th chapters in Octopath Traveler too, since I've only completely seen Ophelia's story so far. Happy gaming y'all!
Played about and hour and a half of dbfz beta.... confirmed D1 purchase.
1. Animal Crossing New Leaf (3DS)
Play my 1st town, Neptune, try to get rid Tad by sending him a letter regularly, fulfill his request, i did anything for him in order to make him Move Out by his initiative.
2. Go Vacation (Switch)
Keep unlocking the outfits, completing all activities, furnishing my villa. One thing that i noticed, some Old activities like Dancing, Plasma Sword, etc were Removed due to Motion control based gameplay.
3. Overcooked 2 (Switch)
I will play it after i purchased tomorrow at my game shop. I had pre ordered since last week.
Ah.... i will get Europe version tomorrow.
Complete Mega Man X 1, start X 2 and I'll mix in a bit of my favorite games on the Switch, Bayonetta 1 and 2, as well.
I finally finished my playthrough of the entirety of the Mega Man X Legacy Collection. I really needed that boost in quality that X8 provided after sitting through both X6 and especially X7 back-to-back. Hopefully the people who passed on X8 in the past will give it a second chance now that this collection is easily available on all modern platforms.
Fighterz beta and the Valkyria Chronicles demo among others.
Theres just so much to play.
I'm gonna go full arcade this week end because my Switch has nothing to offer anymore for me...
So, Bonze Adventure and Liquid Kids on the arcade cabinet !
I'm gone from watching my son play Fortnite to actually playing it myself... I'm not very good, but it is and it's very addictive. Anyone recommend any settings for motion controls please? I've beat Hollow Knight, 104% completion... I can't beat The Radiance or the Nightmare King Grimm and it's doing my head in! What a game though. Have a good weekend everyone.
I'm going to try do some of the challenges for this week in Fortnite, as well as playing a few tournaments in Aces
It ain't Nintendo.
I'm continuing my ongoing battle with Zaccaria Pinball's Time Machine. I swear the game doesn't want me to record a playthrough where I beat my own scores now that I'm back home!
I may also hit Round1 or Sunshine Laundromat & Pinball if the weather isn't too horrible.
A whole lot of Hollow Knight and some more fiddling in the Valkyria Chronicles demo for me this week.
More Iconoclasts and Bomb Chicken!
Fortnite cuz I still play everyday in hopes that I’ll get tier 100. about tier 53 right now...
Okami HD. Played only like 3 hrs so far.
Xenoblade 3DS is my game I play on the metro or out on the town. 35 hrs in, so I’m roughly halfway done.
This week I has been mostly playing:
Kirby’s Dream Land 3
Samus Returns and Pokemon crystal
I got my hands on a copy of xenoblade 3ds a while ago so I am going through it (but man is hard to play 3ds nowadays...)
Downloaded valkyria and dbfz demos but not really keen on any of those
And bought okami let's see if the game is as good as everyone says it is (probably is)
3. Fallout Shelter
4. Picross s2
I'll be out of town at my state's fair a lot of today (It's currently a little after 6AM...Too early to be up lol), but I should be able to fit in a little Dragon Quest V over the next couple of days. If I'm lucky, I'll also be able to get to playing my WarioWare Inc.: Mega Microgames! impulse buy on my Wii U. I decided to try the original after all the hype for WarioWare Gold.
I'm playing dead cells, which I didn't expect to like so much but it has me completely hooked, and also Quake Champions on PC
Mostly Xenoblade Chronicles 2 for me. I'm in Mor Ardain now, about 40 hours in because I'm a terrible timewaster. Getting more interesting now. Finally gittin gud at Tiger Tiger, too.
I picked up Cryot of the Necrodancer last night because it's on sale. Played about ten minutes of it last night, looks great. I think I'll wait before I start playing it for real, though, because I have too many other games going on right now.
A few games of Paladins here, some Darkest Dungeon there, a couple of rounds of ARMS - I'm on a mission to get everybody through the Grand Prix at Level 4 at least - and maybe some Dragon Quest Builders.
Wow, it sounds like I do nothing but video games all day long. Really I just play a lot of things in short spurts. I'm also working today, and also have to watch some Voltron with my kid since the latest season dropped yesterday. And then there is housekeeping, but we won't talk about that.
I'm going to carry on getting regularly wiped by bosses in Hollow Knight - that game is simply outstanding - and, provided no one else can see my screen(!), I may go a bit further with Bayonetta, after starting it for the first time this week.
Oh, and I might as well squeeze in a bit of DBFZ. One match, one server crash so far. Not the best of starts. Also - I haven't a clue what I was doing, but it looked great.
I didn't buy DB Fighterz because I had hopes it would land on the Switch and, boy, it was worth the wait.
The beta is so good, I'm really impressed and it is a day one buy for me.
If you haven't played do it now before the beta is over so you can try this amazing game.
Besides the occasional game of Fortnite, I’ve been spending some time with my SNES Classic, playing games I’ve played a billion times before and loving them all over again. Currently playing through DKC and Super Metroid.
After some morning yard work, I’ll probably downloading and playing Prime Trilogy on WiiU and playing that. Then probably keep playing Castlevania LoS:MoF while I watch last night’s Live PD. Fortnite will be dabbled here and there, of course.
South Park FBW DLC: Bring The Crunch on Switch
Saints Row 2 On PC
Overwatch Summer Games
Monster Hunter World Behemoth+AT Teostra
Persona 4 Dancing All Night
Hollow Knight and maybe some Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker
Ys VIII has really got a hold on me, fantastic little game!
Other than that, now that I got some online stability, I might play some Mario Kart and my most recent purchase, Splatoon 2.
BoTW, Odyssey & MK8D
@Judgedean excellent game. Is it your first time playing? I just finished a normal playthrough last week.
After the Pokken and Kirby demos put me off buying the games I played one round of Dragon Ball FighterZ and thought, yep, that’s an instant buy I don’t need to play the beta anymore. What a great game.
I’m also loving Yoku’s Island Express, half way through and I don’t want it to end.
PS4- Yakuza 6, Tekken 7, Street Fighter V, 30th Anniversary Collection, and Fighting EX Layer.
Switch- Mega Man X Collection(1-4) and Sonic Mania Plus
Hoping to beat Mario Tennis ACES adventure mode finally, and try out Blooper. Then a little Picross S2 and FighterZ demo if the cable man can fix my Internet today before the beta ends!
I played the dragonball fighter z beta and I had fun with it at first but it got too complicated for me. Or rather, it is and once I understood what all the buttons did, it didn't mesh well with me at all. It's clearly a very well-put together game, but long term its not for me.
Since I already fully finished the Valkyria Chronicles 4 demo, I'll be playing Ys VIII (I'm near the end, and I don't want to be!) and probably some random stuff on the side.
Megaton Rainfall and Samus Returns. I might also get Okami HD.
This weekend will be Metroid Samus Returns on my 3DS only
Valkyria Chronicles 4 demo, Pokémon Ultra Sun, Pokémon Crystal and New Leaf.
Just bought Dead Cells after watching a few reviews. I don't why, but they made it look soooo fun. And I'm also playing Pokemon Moon on my 3DS.
Picked up the Blazblue pass, so a bit of that as Mitsuru beckons me. A ton more of Dead Cells for sure. Probably some floating around and gawking at the universe in Megaton. And I'll try to figure out what to blow the $20 I have left in my eshop wallet on. Okami calls me, but I'm not actually in the mood for it. X Legacy 1 collection would be nice, but I'm more hooked on 20XX at the moment. Hrmmmm. Maybe Guns, Gore, Cannoli 2 and Metal Slug 4.
I finally started Mario + Rabbids yesterday (I bought it at the same time as Mario Odyssey back in October) and it's been a lot of fun.
Going to finish up trying every event in Go Vacation. Maybe play some Paladins. Also thinking about dropping money on Metal Slug 4, Death Road to Canada, and Sleep Tight. The Valkyria Chronicles 4 demo was surprisingly fun, not sure if I want to preorder it or wait a year for a price drop...
Also, tried the DBFZ demo last night. Took 20 mins to get into a match, lost a round, started to win the 2nd, then the guy I was playing quit the fight. No real impression of it, just not sure its worth the time and effort of waiting around for another fight.
Octopath Traveler and Sleep Tight. Maybe Overcooked 2 if I have time.
The Walking Dead Collection The Telltale Series on PS4 since I got it for free when pre-ordering The Walking Dead The Final Season for the PS4.
Wonder if the Nintendo Switch version is going to include the complete collection later on this year when it releases?
Also going to play some Paladins on the Nintendo Switch, and some more of Zelda Breath of the Wild.
Paladins and Octopath Traveler for me. Also got in a bit of DBFZ only to get my butt handed to me though.
1. Madden 19! 11 years and finally back on PC 😎
2. DB:Fighter Z Beta.
3. Call of Duty (PC) Open Beta
Grinding away on Salt and Sanctuary. Going to try a mage build after this run.
MMX Legacy Collection. Specifically, MMX4. Maybe I'll start X5 before the weekend is out.
Octopath, HW and Taiko for me.
Some nice sales though...I might pick up an eshop card.
I've been (finally) diving deep into "Xenoblade Chronicles 2" this week. Up to Chapter 7 now, but honestly, I'm a bit disappointed with it. Not a bad game, far from it, but easily the weakest out of the 3 Xenoblade games so far
Wish we'd just got a sequel to resolve the cliffhanger of "X" instead.
GOD OF WAR!!!! Boy...
Overcooked 2, Dead Cells, and videos that call out Filip Miucin.
I just bought a switch and mario, so I've been pretty much just playing that the whole weekend
Right now I'm back to Wolfenstein II and halfway through. En route to me from GameFly is This is the Police, so I have a shot at continuing that today. I'm also thinking of visiting my local Meijer to see if they have any Classic NES in stock. If I get lucky, I'll DEFINITELY be playing that.
I've been playing Okami HD. It's my first time playing Okami. It's nice to have something to actually play on my Switch, even though it is a port.
Man, I am really looking foward to playing Pokemon Let’s Go Pikachu/Eevee on my Switch this weekend
I don’t no what to play after I 107% hollow knight.
Dragon Ball FighterZ till it expires then back to Octopath Travler!
Sonic Mania Plus
Elex once again
Bit more Octopath traveller, think I need to do some levelling up before I move on.
Will also play the Valkyria Chronicles 4 demo and watch Voltron season 6 as it's awesome
Just finished Valkyria demo boy that's got too much talking and nit enough action!
Back to MHXX demo to continue kill practice!
Captain Toad Treasure Tracker, just beat the first boss and I'm ready for adventure 😀
Recently finished Captain Toad and Spellspire. So far this weekend, I've been playing the Valkyria Chronicles 4 demo. I finished the Prologue and first two chapters and loved it, but then I'm a fan of the series. When I completed Chapter 2, it unlocked a couple of bonus maps, so I still need to go back and wrap those up. It's a really meaty demo.
Other than that, I've been playing WarioWare Gold, and I'll probably play more Minecraft with the kiddo too.
@Divinebovine awesome, hope you're having fun.
@Reece28 The holy trinity, amen
Ballon Fight(NES/3DS), WarioWare Gold(3DS) & Go Vacarion(Switch).
Celeste on PC.
I was surprised by how bad the loading times in db fighterz are
I've been playing No Man's Sky (PS4) and Darkest Dungeon on the Switch.
Grandia 2 on Dreamcast, Overcooked 2, Paladins, Splatoon 2 and Dead Cells on Switch.
I had a blast with Dragonball. So accessible and absolutely gorgeous visuals. Definitely a day one buy for me.
Played some more Wonderboy and now have the Lion Man, then I had a little binge on Mario Odyssey which I haven't played for a while, I was a little rusty but ended up on it for hours, I forgot how fun it is!
I'm on holiday and seem to have got into a bit of a cycle of a few rounds of enter the gungeon and splatoon 2 at some point in the day, and a bit of golf story last thing in the evening. Also thrown in a bit of Paladins now and then, but not really got into it properly yet. Will have to give it a proper go on the big screen when I get home.
@Benjoo Only did the first Verse on the WiiU but completed it with Pure Platinum on Easy just yesterday on the Switch. Having a break now - not up to doing the Witch Trails. Great game though!
@MartyFlanMJFan I sure am, thank you!
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