We've reached yet another weekend, which can only mean one thing: it's time for the Nintendo Life 'What Are You Playing?' feature extravaganza! Are we overselling it? Maybe.
Anyway, as always, expect to find members of the team discussing their weekend gaming plans in our lovingly-crafted paragraphs below. If you feel up to it, make sure to join in the fun by leaving a vote in our poll and maybe even a comment in the box where the comments go. It's been a long week, okay? Enjoy!
Austin Voigt, contributing writer
I actually have sort of a strange throwback weekend planned: I got a retro itch earlier this week and reordered the old Atomic Purple Game Boy Color I played copiously in my youth, along with my favorite titles from that system - Pokémon Crystal and Hamtaro: Ham Hams Unite (I was quite young when I had this system, don’t judge). Ah, the memories. So, I’ll be replaying some of those nostalgic gems - while, of course, hitting all of the other games in my Switch rotation like Super Smash Bros. Ultimate and Splatoon 2.
Liam Doolan, news reporter
I’ll be honest; it was hard to convince myself to buy Mario Kart 8 Deluxe on the Switch. Regardless of additional content such as a proper battle mode, it was still tough to come to terms with the idea of purchasing what still is – for most parts – the exact same game as the Wii U release. Fortunately, I didn’t have this same predicament with New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe. Well, kind of.
When the Wii U generation arrived, it was the first time ever I didn’t rush out and buy a Nintendo system on release. I held off for a bit until I was sure games such as Super Mario 3D World were on the way. As a result, I completely skipped the launch title New Super Mario Bros. U and instead opted with the standalone and much more challenging game, New Super Luigi U.
It's been worthwhile in the long-run. Unlike many others here who have already played the original game, I had no hesitation in picking this new version up as soon as I could. Even if I have played the Luigi expansion before, I’ve still got the entire original game to experience for the first time. So, that's what I'll be playing this weekend!
Gavin Lane, contributing writer
This weekend I’ll be fighting off hordes with a beam sword as I tackle Travis Strikes Again: No More Heroes for review – look out for the verdict right here next week. Assuming there’s any time left (and that I can resist Out Run’s charms), I’m eager to try co-op game Catastronauts. From our Nindie Round Up and the trailers, it seems like a space-based Overcooked with lashings of hot FTL. We’ve kinda fallen off Overcooked 2 in our household after getting ruined by the recently added 4-star challenges, and this looks like familiar fun. “But it’s just Star Trek: Overcooked!” Er, yeah! What’s not to like?!
Ryan Craddock, staff writer
To keep playing Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, over and over again, or to try something different for a change? That is the question that will be keeping me up at night this weekend. Well, not quite, but you get the point.
Since Smash launched last month I've barely touched anything else, hopelessly addicted to its brawling ways. As amazing as it is, though, I am slowly starting to get a little tired of it and keep craving something just a little bit different. I've been eyeing up New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe, because I do love a good Mario platformer every now and then, but I'm not entirely convinced that I want to throw cash at it just yet. A weekend of decision making rather than game playing, then.
Dom Reseigh-Lincoln, reviewer
My weekend is packed to the rafters with gaming plans, and all in the name of you good folks at NintendoLife.com. I'll be playing everything Everything has to offer to see if Everything really means... EVERYTHING. I'll be returning to one of my all-time PS2 faves in the original Onimusha as it makes its way to Switch and pushing my nerves and sanity to the edge with hardcore platformer Octahedron: Transfixed Edition. Expect some lovely words from me on the site next week. Have a good 'un!
Gonçalo Lopes, contributing writer
My faith has been sealed, one whole day ahead of official release to ensure I got hooked early. If there is something that I still can’t resist it's an epic JRPG journey and that is exactly what Tales of Vesperia: Definitive Edition is (and I am still in awe with the contents of the Premium Edition!). Consider that I never got to play this one when it was first released and I have been a fan of the series all the way back to original Super Famicom release. Is this entry truly the Tales of Symphonia-killer some proclaim? Time and discipline will tell... Along with a few rounds of SEGA AGES Out Run for relaxation between long JRPG sessions, of course.
Dave Letcavage, contributing writer
Now that the wife and I have unlocked all fighters and completed World of Light, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate will be taking more of a backseat around here. It’s still going to receive a lot of attention, but it’s no longer going to be my primary focus. Instead, I’m either going to devote the majority of my game time to Pokemon: Let’s Go, Eevee!, New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe, or Dead Cells. I haven’t decided which just yet. I’m leaning toward something action-oriented, so the latter two are the likeliest candidates.
Which games are you playing this weekend? (400 votes)
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
Mario Kart 8 Deluxe
New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe
SEGA AGES Out Run
Tales of Vesperia: Definitive Edition
Pokémon: Let's Go, Pikachu! and Let's Go, Eevee!
Something else (comment below)
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