It's another lovely weekend (hopefully) full of relaxation, chilled vibes, and a good gaming session or two. As ever, Team Nintendo Life has banded together to chat about our plans for the next couple of days, with farming sims, Game Boy Advance classics, and online shooters making for an interesting mix this time around. But what about you? Take a read of our plans, and then share your own in the comments below. Oh, and leave a vote in our poll, too!
Austin Voigt, contributing writer
Today, I’m picking up my copy of Little Dragons Cafe. I’ve been dying for a new sim game on the Switch (Stardew Valley is awesome - but Yasuhiro Wada invented this genre, and I adore anything he makes). Funnily enough, although farming sims are some of my favorite games, I stumbled upon them completely by chance as a child: I’d ordered a Hamtaro game (shut up) on eBay, and they sent me Harvest Moon by mistake, like the hand of fate. I had never seen anything like it - it was love at first sight... Okay, gotta run - GameStop opens soon.
Ryan Craddock, staff writer
With Hollow Knight getting its final batch of free DLC - and going on a pretty mighty sale at the same time - I'm starting to feel the pressure from that bit of the brain that tells you to just go ahead and buy things. At the time of writing, I still haven't entirely made up my mind, but something tells me that I'll end up taking a leisurely, metaphorical stroll through the eShop's jaunty alley of goods to pick up a copy.
I'm also in the mood for some couch co-op style play, so I might take a look through my collection to see what's available. I have been eyeing up Overcooked 2, though - another highly rated game that I've somehow resisted so far - so maybe I'll end up falling into a pit of spending misery by the time the weekend's over.
Dave Frear, retro reviewer
In truth, most of my time will be spent re-experiencing Shenmue via the remaster, but the GBA will also be keeping my weekend on a Dreamcast theme. I’ve been dipping back into the handheld’s port of ChuChu Rocket! recently and have been enjoying it immensely. It’s a game suited to quick bursts of play here and there and I’ve been flitting between the stage challenges and battles which can require quick reflexes and get quite frantic, and also the more relaxed Puzzle mode. All have provided fun, and although there’s been frustration too, I keep finding myself diving back in for more.
Liam Doolan, news reporter
Overcooked 2 is my go-to game right now. Having purchased the title approximately a week after its release, I’ve now made it to world four. Progress has been slow and steady, with many retries along the way. So far, me and my co-op buddy have been able to three-star every level. I’d definitely say it's more forgiving than the first game.
When I’m not cooking up a storm in the kitchen, I’ll be catching up on Dead Cells. Another game I acquired shortly after its release. Based on what I've played of it so far, it’s incredibly addictive. I often sink an hour or two into it and it feels more like 10 minutes - it’s that fun.
Dom Reseigh-Lincoln, reviewer
This weekend I'll once again be pulling double duty as I leap into the hotly anticipated Blade Strangers for some 2D fighting action with the oddest crossover roster you've ever seen. I'll also be pulling on my best ninja threads and unleashing feline violence in Claws of Furry. Look out for reviews of both on the site next week. I've also been going back to Attack on Titan 2 quite in a bit in the last week, and I can already fill that deep urge to fire my hip-mounted grappling hooks and fight some naked giants. Don't judge me, okay?
Glen Fox, guides editor
Been really into Paladins this week – so much so that I've been playing it into the early hours of the morning. It's so addictive, tweaking your loadouts to try and find an interesting new way to play, and messing around with different characters. There's so much variety, and no two of them feel the same. I don't know how much it will hold my attention in the long term, but there's nothing else like it on the Switch at the moment and I'm thoroughly enjoying it.
Dave Letcavage, contributing writer
So I kept my word and started that Donkey Kong Country series playthrough that I mentioned last week. I’ve completed the original, and now I’m halfway through Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest. But this weekend I think I’m going to take a break from monkey business to explore the depths of Hollow Knight. I was planning to wait for a physical release before doing so, but the current eShop sale has tempted me. Unless I buy Dead Cells first. That’s also a possibility. Decisions, decisions...
Which games are you playing this weekend? (291 votes)
- Little Dragons Café1%
- Stardew Valley4%
- Harvest Moon1%
- Hollow Knight28%
- Overcooked 22%
- ChuChu Rocket!1%
- Dead Cells13%
- Claws of Furry 0%
- Attack on Titan 21%
- Donkey Kong Country 0%
- Donkey Kong Country1%
- Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest2%
- Something else (comment below)38%
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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...
Probs some Hollow Knight and maybe some octopath traveler.
Spraying ink all over Callie
I shall be indulging in some Bloodstained: Curse Of The Moon (damn, this game is fantastic, can't believe I waited so long before purchasing it!) and Layers Of Fear.
Seeing as I bought Hollow Knight this week in the sale I'll be playing that some more. And Stardew Valley because I'm really hooked again now. And Octopath Traveler.
I don't do downloads.... Unless it's an offer I can't refuse.... and Hollow Knight is that offer, so I bought it.
I'll be playing Octopath Traveler.
I just bought Mighty Gunvolt Burst and Okami HD, so probably one of those.
Have been through two solid months of absolute hell with work and my illness, and now have two weeks off, at last. I will most likely dedicate this weekend to Isaac. After unlocking the Godhead with the Lost, I am getting nowhere with the Keeper, so will focus for the moment on unlocking items with other characters. Will start with Eden, I think... he has interesting unlocks.
I'm back on Shovel Knight, almost completing the Specter NewGame+.
Night Trap and some Kingdom New Lands. Maybe a bit more LA noire
War never changes... PLAYING FALLOUT 4... AND MARIOOOOOO.....
God of War on PS4 and Hollow Knight on Switch.
This week I've been maining Breath of the Wild (just leisurely picking my way through my long list of incomplete quests, and haven't even started the DLC yet) and Hollow Knight, which has since blown up all over again with the sale and DLC news. I bought it Day 1 but other than a quick taster it's been sent to my backlog, but I can't resist that artwork...
Splatoon 2 and breath of the wild. Add me for splatoon action!
I hope to finish off Picross S2 this weekend. I'm 35 hours in - crazy eh?
Thinking of starting something new... Either Octopath (haven't bought it) or Xenoblade (bought it but haven't started).
I had some gold points left over and like for so many people that hollow knight sale was too sweet to resist.
I'll also play Paladins.
abit of shantae. abit of okami. but Im raising kids atm so I will be playing super dad the most aka LIFE
1. Dillon's Dead Heat Breakers (3DS)
Continue the storyline to complete the part of Ultimate Weapon's parts. Right now i have get the materials for Long Barrel.
2. Overcooked 2 (Switch)
Keep continue unlocking new levels.
3. Cooking Mama 2: Dinner with Friends (NDS)
Playing for several minutes while waiting for my students following a Math Competition today.
4. ARMS (Switch)
My student played together with his friend with shared Joy Cons while waiting for announcement of the winners of Math Competition.
I started playing the master mode in Breath of the Wild this week so I'll be continuing that. I have also been on the fence with Hollow Knight, but with this discount I'm gonna have to pick it up so I'll be playing some of that too.
I guess more Dead Cells. Really feels like I should do something else. Probably more Dead Cells.
Too much gungeon. Unhealthy amounts of gungeon
Xenoblade 2 because of yesterday's update, this game is getting so much content and it's wonderful. Spent nearly 400 hours in the past 8 months and I haven't even started a New Game Plus file yet.
Yakuza 0 and Fire Pro Wrestling Returns!!!
Playing Resident Evil 7 Cloud version with Outlast 2!
I picked up Hollow Knight on sale for a rainy day. But I’ve just started my first play through of Okami and I’m enchanted.
Hollow Knight, Long Reach and perhaps Yooka Laylee on switch.
Also started Theme Hospital again on PC.
Monster Hunter World, just picked it up on my PC. Will probably play some Hollow Knight (almost finished it, I think) and NieR: Automata too.
I'm gonna play R-Type LEO and try to finish it with 1 credit...
Dead Cells, Hollow Knight and some Prison Architect. So many great games to play, so little time...
I am playing golden sun for the first time, it is a masterpiece already!
I started playing The Long Reach yesterday as it's so cheap on the e shop. It's been pretty good so far for the price I paid.
Omega ruby and loving every second
Hollow Knight first and foremost. The game is incredible. I might take a break for the equally incredible Dead Cells once in a while and if the action becomes too strenuous, I'll take a break with Bad North
Might also continue with Ni No Kuni II and maybe some Gears of War Co-Op, we'll see.
Meant to be getting a good chunk of the way through Octopath Traveller but made the mistake of ‘just seeing’ what all the fuss about Hollow Knight was.
So that’ll be Hollow Knight then.
I'll definitely check out the Hollow Knight DLC. Though I beat the main game with 101%, there are still some side quests I skipped and I didn't even manage to get all the health upgrades. I didn't bother with the Grimm Troupe content (except for the charms) because I thought the main game was challenging enough. I fear Godmaster will whip my butt until I cry.
I also bought Captain Toad last week. I wanted to skip it, but after completing the Crash Bandicoot trilogy with 100% each, I needed a spontaneous purchase.
I am slowly getting the hang of the DOOM controls, finally. So I load that up every once in a while. The technical performance really turns me off, though. I am playing in handheld and it doesn't feel like a steady 30 fps at all and the audio is far too compressed. I am hoping DOOM Eternal will perform better as the Switch port was considered throughout the whole development.
Octopath Traveler - I got through Chapter 1 for all the characters, now going back and completing the side quests that I can (The frost giant will have to wait). Then grind until I'm high enough level for chapter 2.
Then some Deads Cells as well. God this game is addicting.
I picked up Hand of Fate 2 as well, so I'll dabble in that too.
Monster hunter GU
Dead cells has taken over my gaming life. Untill spiderman I guess. Also pes 2018. Second season in master league. Best entry in years.
Dead Cells, Polygod, Pato Duck Boxer thingy (cant remember the dang name, but really digging it), Letter Quest (good way to spend $3), and waiting for Victor Vran to unlock. Also picked up that light gun style game Western 1849, and will grab that Time one as well with the dinosaurs. Love that that style of game is finally hitting the switch. Hopefully we see some good ones soon.
Looking like Hollow Knight for me. Skipped MMX7 in Legacy Collection 2 and started X8, but I can't say I'm really feeling it.
Hollow Knight is awesome, and this is from someone generally bored with 2D platforming in general. I'll be playing that, likely Prison Architect and maybe Dead Cells.
Dead Cells and Paladins for me, and I'll probably go back to XC2 for a while.
There will also probably be some ARMS and BlazBlue Crosstag Battle in there, as my kid almost always wants some multiplayer over the weekend.
Definitely: Guacamelee 2 (PS4), Doom (PS4), Zone of the Enders HD (PS3)
Probably: Hollow Knight (Switch). New content!!
A very Sony-centric weekend. I wanna reacquaint myself with ZOE before the new re-remastered version drops.
Captain Toad for me with a little Kirby's Blowout Blast on the side. Have got Hollow Knight in the sale but not sure when I will actually start playing.
Ahhh glad you asked, like most commenting, picked up hollow knight as it was on sale. I'm maybe 3 hours in at this point( traversing through the forest area), and I'm liking it. Not exactly loving it just yet like others do but I'll continue to grind it out all the way through to see if its as good as people say. Maybe play a bit of BoTW. And lastly, SPLATOON,which I'm surprised to not hear anyone else playing this weekend as NA has a splatfest going on..
I am on a bit of a GBA kick at the moment. I finished Metroid Zero Mission this week and now I am onto Mario and Luigi Superstar saga.
Splatoon 2 for me. I played the original more than any other game on my Wii U, and have pumped even more hours into the sequel. Weird fact? This morning I decided to try Ranked mode again, having played it briefly in the original but at the time preferring the straightforward regular matches. I've discovered that I really like this mode, and am planning to give it some more time this weekend and beyond.
Octopath traveler....still for me ! Still loads and loads to do !!!!! Need to do some more grinding and finish my first chapter 4!
Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, Pokemon Go, and maybe Undertale.
Well, after getting all the PSN trophies across the Kingdom Hearts series on PS4, I decided to dive into another completionist's hell, Hyrule Warriors Definitive Edition. I completed all the Adventure Mode maps on the 3DS version, but stopped playing before getting all the Legend Mode's Skulltulas. This time, I plan to do it all, plus everything in Challenge Mode. Wish me luck!
Definitely Hollow knight, Night Trap and Monster Hunter Generations Ultimate as my copy came early
Puzzle by Nikoli X Sudoku
Age of Empires: Castle Siege
Uncharted: Golden Abyss - Nearly took a tumble down a waterfall. Sully came along for the ride.
Splatoon 2 - Splatfest this weekend!!!!
I finally beat Hollow Knight earlier this week! With the new DLC coming out I'll be spending some more time in Hallownest.
I'm doing some final prep on my God of War New Game+ file before starting over in Give Me God of War difficulty. I'm also getting seriously addicted to Dead Cells.
Also I see a lot of you are playing Hollow Knight. I need to give that one a go now that all the DLC is out for it. I have it on my Switch, and I just haven't played it yet!
@PigmaskFan And then she'll go and get herself brainwashed for the 10th time.
Probably Pokemon for me and maybe some New Leaf
Other than an occasional game of Fortnite, my Switch is getting a break this weekend. Enjoying a little Super Metroid on my SNES Classic, as well as Mario Golf World Tour on 3DS. There’s a surprising amount of content in that game.
Playing some Fortnite daily to finish my challenges, but mostly on vacation and sightseeing, so i’ve got my 3DS and Xenoblade 3DS and LoZ MM 3DS
This weekend I will be mostly playing:
Right now I placed Okami on the back burner because I just finished Octopath right before Little Dragon's Cafe released yesterday. Have to pick up my copy today, so in the meantime I've been playing Riptide GP Renegade a bit more.
Playing Salt and Sanctuary and some MHGU demo. That discount on Hallow Knight is looking pretty sexy.
Mafia 3 at home (not bad for a free game) and Hollow Knight on the GO.
Okami! Wonderful game, I'd recommend it to anyone who loves the 3D-Zelda's, OOT style.
Salt and sanctuary. This game is amazing. It may become my favorite indie . It captures the gameplay loop and foreboding atmosphere of souls games perfectly but also adds it's own charms and quirks. I'm hooked right now
Hollow knight new DLC is tough
I'm still playing Dragon Quest V on the DS when I need a RPG fix. I just got married to Bianca because, hey, she made the most sense! I'll probably at least go with Debora in a second playthrough at some point since her dialogue is supposedly funny. I don't have a lot going on this weekend and really hope to hit the game hard.
I've also declared August my own Month of Wario and have been hitting up both the original WarioWare Inc. and Wario Land 4 on the Wii U VC. I've unlocked the credits on the former and STILL keep playing. I've just started the latter.
Splatoon 2, Hollow Knight, Xenoblade Chronicles 2 and whatever else I may have time to play.
Hollow Knight, Bulb Boy, and Golf Story. This trio makes me incredibly happy.
@JoeDiddley - I think Okami is a shining example of video games as art. I’m sure a lot of others feel that way. A true classic at this point. Enjoy.
I'm playing Neo Atlas 1469 on the Switch.
I bought it when it was on sale recently, though I think they might have done better had they pitched it as a budget release at the out start.
They are many ways the game could be improved, but I really like it. It's definitely not for everyone, but I'm a sucker for niche games.
I’ll be playing Okami hd
Finally pulled the trigger and downloaded Hollow Knight on my Switch so that and maybe some Fortnite on the Xbox
Yooka-Laylee and Mega Man 3
Picked up Hollow Knight, not really my kind of game, but I like what I see so far.
Also trying to finish the Mario + Rabbids DLC in the coming week. I was hoping that it would be more challenging, but it feels rather easy.
Probably some Overcooked 2 and Go Vacation. Maybe some Warioware Gold, too.
Paladins and Prison Architect.
I'm still playing (and enjoying) Octopath Traveler. Close to the end. Just ordered a physical copy of Dead Cells and I'm tempted to purchase Hollow Knight with the sale that's going on. I NEED MORE TIME
PS4- Yakuza 6, Shantea 1/2 Genie Hero, Fighting EX Layer, and Street Fighter V.
Switch- Super Mario Odyssey, Mega Man X Legacy Collection(1-4) and a few Neo Geo Games.
I just got my Switch a week ago, so I don’t have a lot in the way of games yet. I’m working my way through The End Is Nigh, and taking breaks to play Fortnite or Mario Kart.
I’m playing My Hero Academia: One’s Justice and Octopath Traveler.
@bimmy-lee you’re not wrong. I thought the box was beautiful (I imported as a birthday treat). But since I booted it up Okami has blown me away.
@JoeDiddley - Glad you’re enjoying it, a fine birthday treat, hope this was a happy birthday. It will remain one of my favorite gaming experiences. I’ll probably dive into this version over the winter.
Just Okami HD.
I was thinking about picking up Okami, since I've yet to give that game a chance, but like everyone else here I picked up Hollow Knight to see what the fuss was about, and now it has consumed any free time I had.
Other than that, I'll probably get in on some Splatfest, and maybe a few rounds of Fortnite if my friends are playing.
Donkey Kong (Early Version)
Vs. Super Mario Bros.
Waku Waku 7
Wonder Boy: The Dragon’s Trap
Mario Tennis Aces
Batman: The Telltale Series
@Tingle_The_Great its very addicting
Grinding out the final few levels of Dragon Warrior and probably working some more on my swordless run of Zelda (my reflexes are getting me in trouble in my attempt to get the wand).
Gungeon. Always Gungeon. Killed the dragon for the first time last night. Now need to kill the past. So much to do. So so so addictive....
@Orangezap89 I’ve played 90 hours and beaten 4 of the 6 pasts. I thought killing dragun the first time was the end of the game but it was just the beginning
@Daymonkey I’ve played 90 hours and I’m not even done with all the pasts yet
Octopath and fortnite. Loving both.
"How can u not put fortnite on the list it’s literally the number one game on the planet every ones playing every weekend"
For me, Dance Dance Revolution X2 / MAX 2 Arcade are my Number One games that i play every Sunday. Playing DDR is my Ritual every Sunday.
Later, i will try the Newest DDR in my place, Dance Dance Revolution A.
And i DON'T play Fortnite. Don't like that game at all.
I'm probably going to be finishing up Bayonetta and start the second one. Along with that, just finishing up the weekly challenges for fortnite. Also I'll be going through my backlog of games, trying to knock out a few titles.
I began new Hollow Knight and forma.8 saves this weekend.
I will be playing Mario Tennis Aces, Octopath Travellers, Axiom Verge, Hollow Knight, Dead Cells and Dragon Quest Builders. Not in that order. Not every game with equal time spent. In Mario Tennis maybe only one match. In Dead Cells until I die. Hollow Knight maybe an hour. Axiom Verge until i find a new save point. Octopath Traveller, well, i might forget the time. And Dragon Quest Builders only for one Quest, maybe the next one, it can't be too bad to finish a third one, and then another one... and another one ...
@Tingle_The_Great lol.... I'm 85 hours in and only just done the dragun
Daily doses of Splatoon2 (next goal: X-rank in tower control, I'm so close ), finishing chapter 4 for all characters in Octopath when offline and some Minecraft couch co-op because it's one of the most devious timesinkers of all time - seriously sometimes I wish I hadn't started the game up to understand what my clients were playing at the time. ^^
Will probably go back to Mega Man X Legacy collection at some point because I want to complete it, but the art style of X4 somehow turns me off. Also have resisted to buy Dead Cells so far, but I'll fail that saving throw soon enough...
@Daymonkey But I’m sure you’ll zoom through all the other characters now that you have a solid foundation of skills
I had an inadvertent break in the Switch action, so I went back to my Wii U to play Milla's story in Freedom Planet... Damn fun game especially if a Sonic fan. Also, believe it or not, Dead Cells! I say believe it or not because I don't do Rogue-likes with my Metroidvanias and made this my first sample point. I definitely see the appeal of it and see just what makes the genre so well received. It's a genre of patience and perseverance-- A good test of gamer skill and good ol' "get gud". I'll play a little more to see how much more it grows on me as I've died 3 times now, all from my carelessness, but I won't likely pursue this genre further. By next weekend, I'll finally be playing Octopath Traveller and if I'm lucky, Monster Hunter Generations Ultimate. Can't wait!
More Octopath Traveler for me. I still need to collect and finish Chapter 1 for three more characters.
Well I was planning on octopath as I have just finished all of chapter one, I feel like the storylines are just picking up....... But I picked up hollow knight and am now hooked
Still Playing Octopath Traveler and picked up 2064 Random Acess Memories.
A little bit of God of War, some Octopath Traveler, and some time on Hollow Knight. I could not pass up that deal!
No gaming for me this week as I am on vacation. Enjoy some games, I will be back to it next weekend.
@TheSemp I hope you're enjoying your new Switch!
Ttme for another shenmue playthrough!
Octopath, Taiko, and sushi striker.
Legend of Zelda - Spirit Tracks!
Finished Okami HD last night having bought it on PS2 years ago and never completing it. Such a great game. Very long, quite easy but absolutely beautiful and a lot of fun to play. What next??
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