Another busy week has gone by, with rumours of another 2019 Zelda release and Mario game discounts popping up all over the place, but we've finally made it to the weekend and it's time to play some games. As always, team Nintendo Life has gathered together to discuss our plans and we'd love to have you involved. Feel free to join in via the poll and comments below. Enjoy!
Austin Voigt, contributing writer
This weekend we’ll be getting a snowstorm in my neck of the woods, so I’m probably going to hunker down and force myself to get into more of the multiplayer games I’ve purchased and not devoted enough time to playing. I’m definitely more of an RPG/adventure gamer, so it sounds crazy, but I’ve really only played things like Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, Splatoon 2, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, etc. in short bursts when there have been friends around to play with.
That ends this weekend, whether I have to play online, against some CPUs, or just trap some unsuspecting friends inside of my house to play against. I might also finally give the Stardew Valley multiplayer mode a shot.
Ryan Craddock, staff writer
Dearest NL readers, I have a problem. And that problem is Tetris 99.
As you'll already know if you saw our stories earlier this week, My Nintendo points are potentially up for grabs if you can claim a victory royale this weekend. As such, and because it's so addictive, part of me wants to take on this challenge all weekend. The problem is that winning a game is so freakin' hard. I've always liked Tetris casually but haven't played it to death over the years like some, and when I'm up against the monstrous beasts who seem to play this game, it really shows.
I'll probably give it a go, but perhaps the biggest challenge here will be accepting defeat!
Dom Reseigh-Lincoln, reviewer
My free time is a little on the thin side this weekend, but when I do fire up my Switch I'll be taking on the world's toughest crime lords in RICO. A first-person shooter and a roguelike in one? With slow-mo breaches and gunfights galore? How out of character for my tastes... I'll be putting it thoroughly through its paces and giving you an official verdict right here on Nintendo Life next week!
Gonçalo Lopes, contributing writer
I am still hooked on Gameloft’s Modern Combat Blackout. Some sort of early-stage midlife crisis perhaps? Nintendo Life’s clan is still very modest, but I am getting the job done every day. A bit of Super Smash Bros. Ultimate here, a bit of Tetris 99 there (I want those 9.99 Gold points!) and back to this week’s eShop offerings: The nostalgia traps of Awesome Pea and Beat Cop, brilliant slices of pixelated shenanigans for very distinct reasons.
In one of those ‘better late than never’ cases, my game of the week goes to the twin-stick shmup perfection named Assault Android Cactus+. The lean Jeff van Dyk soundtrack just sweetens the whole deal further.
Liam Doolan, news reporter
After reading the news about how Octopath Traveler is receiving a mobile prequel, I’ve decided to revisit the original outing on Switch. I’ll admit that I didn’t spend as much time as I would have liked to on this release when it arrived last year, so this weekend I’m planning to rectify the situation.
When I’m not playing this, I’ll probably be getting my butt kicked in the Tetris 99 Grand Prix event. And when I’m not playing either of these games, I might finally focus my attention on Wargroove to test out the new quality of life update.
Which games are you playing this weekend? (358 votes)
- Assault Android Cactus+2%
- Awesome Pea 0%
- Beat Cop1%
- Mario Kart 8 Deluxe6%
- Modern Combat Blackout1%
- Octopath Traveler4%
- Splatoon 26%
- Stardew Valley3%
- Super Smash Bros. Ultimate15%
- Tetris 9926%
- Something else (comment below)30%
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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...
I’ve picked up Valkyria Chronices and The Banner Saga Triology this week, but they will have to wait.
I’m being drawn into the rabbit hole of Disgaea 5. 20 hours in and I’m finally starting to understand some of what is going on.
Was going to be Wargroove because the new update seems very good but with MCC being the main teased feature of Tuesday's Inside Xbox, I think I'll focus on XB1 again this weekend.
Some Tetris I suppose, see if i can improve on my current best of 8th. Also started Yoku's island express which i picked up after xmas in the sale, and really loving that. Charming little pinball platformer metroidvania type (yes i said the 'm' word).
Does anybody know how Ikari Warriors (ACA Archives) plays and how it compares to the SNK 40th Collection.
This week i play :
1. Pokemon Alpha Sapphire 3DS
Already got 3 Badges. Still continue the storyline.
2. World of Final Fantasy MAXIMA Switch
Continue the storyline in Chapter 4. Gameplay was kinda stiff, storyline was boring and too many long conversations.
I just finished with Steins;Gate Elite so I'm just jumping between games until I find one that sticks that I want to play. And a little bit of Tetris 99.
Finally beat Dead Cells after giving it another go - thank god for the update making it easier! I’d pretty much given up on it.
Bought an old 2DS yesterday with Ocarina of time which I’ve never played before so looking forward to sinking some hours into that.
Quake! (Unfortunately without NIN soundtrack)
Mario and Donkey Kong 2
Possibly some Smash Ultimate
I beat Mega Man 9 for the first time through the Legacy Collection with both Mega Man and Proto Man. The rewarding difficulty and unique stage designs really made me wish I picked the game up back in the day.
I’m finally getting into Smash so I’ll be playing that. I’ll also be making more progress through Diablo 3 and Dead Cells. I’m also back into Octopath Traveller so there will be some of that and if there’s any more time I’ll get in some FF9 and Celeste. Busy weekend for me!
Erm... Binding Of Isaac. Again. 805 hours now. I'm having a real problem, though... I am just rubbish with The Keeper. I only have one completion mark with him after countless runs. I won't give up, though! 😆 I hope that everybody has a lovely weekend!
Ill still be playing Beetle Adventure Racing on my n64
Not much time for gaming this week so it's been a few brief stints of Monster Hunter Generations Ultimate. I'm still tiptoeing through the tutorials, trying not to get swamped. I think this game has a lot of charm and that's enough to keep me going right now.
Otherwise, all the nostalgia for the two year anniversary has me thinking about taking another deep dive into Breath of the Wild. I keep getting little flashbacks of playing the game in the same way that I get flashbacks of going abroad. This is accompanied by the same caution I have for returning to a holiday location. Thoughts like, "Will the second experience be a pale imitation of the first? Will Hyrule be full of tourists now? Has Tarrey Town been gentrified?"
WWF No Mercy on my N64 for a few hours. Working two 12 hour midnight shifts this weekend... Busy stacking paper lol.💰💵
DMC5 and maybe finishing FF9.
Luigi's Mansion 2. Late Shift. Travis Strikes Again DLC.
Still working through Xenoblade 1 and still loving it!
Celeste and some Tetris 99.
BTW, does anyone here own Puyo Puyo Tetris? If I want to play single player marathon Tetris, is it possible in that game?
Devil may cry 5. Capcom is back
Stuck playing Tales of Vesperia during my breaks. This game doesn't really give you 2 times to read the directions on where to go next, and has some pretty dark story themes that are brushed over.
My I'm desperate for some Yoshi glee.
Smash and the new Kirby
@GrailUK no differences. Just the menu, which is better on the collection.
Resident Evil Revelations 2
Ridiculous Marathon - Almost done
Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit - Almost done
Dragon Warrior - I'm about a quarter of the way through this so far.
South Park: The Fractured But Whole - Finally picked up the latest DLC, so I'm having another go at the hilarious story mode.
For once, Im playing a lot:
Switch: Assault Android Cactus+ (FINALLY A PORTABLE VERSION), Final Fantasy XV, and some Pokemon LG Evee.
PC: DMC V (FINALLY A NEW ONE!), Dragon Quest XI, and some Soul Caliber 6.
Playing a game that that holds the record for the most error crashes ever!
First plan is to create a physical inventory for my SD cards. Some games are being neglected for being out of reach. Gamewise... another exploratory regime in Civ6, testing creative stuff in Wargroove and if time allows, start on a zen garden in Stardew. Regret razing my farm, but still have the gamesave.
Getting to my last gym in Pokemon LGE. I'll focus on that this weekend, with some Horizon Chase Turbo and Letter Quest in between.
I went old school by playing Xtreme Sports on VC 3DS. Other than that I’ve been playing some Undertale and I’m thinking of buying Wargroove this weekend.
@LordVal Thanks mate
Online smash and color splash
1. Fallout 4 (PS4)
2. Castlevania Curse of Darkness (PS3)
3. Zelda Link Between World (3DS)
The legend of heroes: trails of cold steel
My Switch is out of action while the right joy-con is fixed, so this week I will be mostly playing
Mario & Donkey Kong
Super Mario Maker
Also some vesperia
Assault Android Cactus+. It's pretty much arcade gaming nirvana. What a value.
After 6 months away from Switch, I picked one up again on the day of its 2nd birthday.
Since then I've been playing Stardew Valley, Tetris 99, Mario & Rabbids and Warframe.
Switch has saved gaming for me. After nearly 40 years of gaming, I'd become bored with the glut of shooters, sports and generic open world titles. Now I've got a backlog of Nindies and I'm loving it.
Valley (pretty and fun!), Guacamelee, Starlink, and Smash, methinks.
Anyone out there own an arcade stick? I play a good amount of Street Fighter 30th Anniversary Collection and have been considering picking one up.
@JoeDiddley Disgaea 5 is really fun! I really dig it and is a perfect game for the Switch.
Tetris 99. I got my wife a Switch for her birthday, I think she's addicted to Tetris 99 now too lol.
Yet again I have so much to play with so little time this week. I'll for sure play a few rounds of smash online. Maybe a round of Tetris 99. But mostly guacamelee and some hollow knight too. On Wii u, I just finished bayonetta 2 so i popped in super mario 3d world. Played that for an hour or so last night and I'm also playing thru metroid fusion which I'm almost done with. If I finish fusion I'll play some ALTTP for some nostalgia
I'm a bit late to the party but just bought myself a shiny new 2ds XL so there'll be some serious handheld gaming this weekend. Started with Animal Crossing New Leaf, Link's Awakening (first time playing this in colour!) and Super Mario Land 2.
Pokemon let’s go
Was planning on playing Tetris for the event and the 999 coins prize. But already got that yesterday on the first go. So I plan a couple of Fortnite games in with my sis. Not sure what play more. Hopefully Detective Pikachu and Yokai Watch on 3DS with a bit of Animal Crossing and Pokemon Let's Go Eevee on Switch and Hue+ on the PS4.
Been trying to get that elusive first place in Tetris but alas it is always beyond my grasp. I'm getting in the top 10 I'd say 80% of the time and once I was down to just me and another player. I had 4 badges and she had none. How she won I do not know but it is a pain in the neck. The name was memelissa or something like that... I'll find them and have my revenge!
If I play any games I'm planning on continuing Octopath as I've only put 6 hours into the game. I'll probably play a few rounds of Tetris but after putting some time into it I'm no where near good enough to finish top 1000 so I will not be trying for the 999 gold coins.
@Fake-E-Lee AAC is definitely awesome probably my number 2 next to Issac. Mechanically and aesthetically it’s better but I just love the amount items and gameplay modifiers that BOI has.
Switch wise grabbed the walking vegetables on sale the other day, also have been playing Penny punching princess.
I’ve just picked up Sid Meier’s Civilization VI again.
The Sims Bustin' Out
Super Paper Mario
Animal Crossing City Folk
Persona 3 / Person 3 Portable
I'll give Hard West a chance. I played it about three hours now. Controlls are a bit clunky but so far it's worth.
FF9 on disc three now - I only remember bits and bobs of this game after last playing it on PS1 release - such an awesome RPG. Got FF7 preloaded for launch day too😃
Final Fantasy ix and will continue wargroove campaign after im finished. It will taken longer then just this weekend though.
I just beat Crystal Guardian for the first time in Hollow Knight after MANY tries so I’ll be continuing my adventures there. Probably work on my Fortnite battle pass and Tetris 99 when I inevitably get too mad to continue dying in HK lol.
LEGO City Undercover
I'm anticipating part of the weekend is going to be busy, so when I can, I'm hoping to start the next side story in Tokyo Mirage Sessions, and maybe play Sonic Battle's challenge mode in the evening.
I'll be waiting for your review of Rico Dom!
Dead Cells and Warframe, just waiting on FF12 to be released. Dead cells is really great, perfect for the Tangledeep fan in need of some action.
Gave up on Hollow Knight. It's a fantastic game but I don't have a ton of free time right now and I'm spending way too much time trying to figure where to go next and I'm just burnt out on metroidvania wandering right now.
@Sneaker13 You got the prize already? I thought they tallied up the wins at the end of the event?
Probably some Dragon Quest Builders, Jump Force, Puyo Puyo Tetris, and RemiLore.
@Sahnec I LOVE that game! I’m really considering buying an N64 again just to play Beetle Adventure Racing again.
So last weekend I decided to boot XC2 for a third playthrough (Ng+)... So that will take most of my time until FF VII.
Trying to get hold of the 11 blades I am still missing and leveling driver and blades.
Getting very close the 200h mark and have to say this is becoming closer and closer to my favourite game ever!
@Sneaker13 what do you mean on Tetris 99? You know that is not about winning once during the weekend but the 999 gamers with most first places will win the prize ..
@Balta666 America and Europe have different rules:
America - 999 people with the most 1st places
Europe - 999 people who have got 1st place at least once, winners chosen randomly and getting 1st place more than once doesn't increase your chances
Just DL'd The Witness on PS+, but on the Nintendo side, I'm still rocking out both Xenoblade 2 and recently grabbed a really nice Wii U used so I started Xenoblade X and I've been bouncing between NSO original Zelda and A Link to the Past on my 3DS. Actually, I'm always playing a Zelda title.
More backlog fun with Final Fantasy V Advance
@Sahnec The soundtrack is fantastic. The songs are stuck in my head now.
1. Devil May Cry 5 (PC)... Tons of fun, Capcom of old is back.
2. ANTHEM (PC)... Talk about F1 with my cousin as we hunt Giants online. (GO RedBull/Honda!)
Consoles taking a break till Sekiro/Yoshi.
DMC 5 on the PS4.
Also finally going to complete Wind Waker in my off and on Year of Zelda.
Did the Minish Cap already which was great. That final fight with Vaati was awesome. What a rush.
@Grumblevolcano ohh did not realize that
Tetris 99. Just one more go...
Assault Android Cactus plus is a super fun 60 fps smooth multiplayer shooter that I'm having a blast with. Also having tons of fun with Kingdom Two Crowns in both single player and 2 player coop. Trivial Pursuit is a fun party game. Oh, and Dr Mario off the NES online app is a fun 2 player battles game! I'll also be enjoying Football Heroes Turbo, Desktop Soccer, Avenger Bird, and MechaNika!
Played 10 rounds in TETRIS 99 last night and got to 2nd place. People are really playing for keeps! (Or $10, I guess.. )
My plan today:
Starfox 64 3D on 3DS
House of the Dead 2 on Dreamcast
Skyward Sword on Wii U-should beat this weekend and move on to Ocarina of Time by Monday.
The rest of my rainy weekend is a lazy one after a busy Friday evening; I intended to do the final episode of Detective Pikachu yesterday but didn't manage to get around to it. I'll be finishing that up this morning and then returning to Bravely Second.
On the Wii U via Wii Mode, I intend to try out a certain Metroid game that most of the internet seems to revile. Y'know...that one. By Team Ninja. The one with supposedly some decent gameplay buried behind a meh story. That's right, dear reader....I'll be forming my own opinions on Metroid: Other M.
I'll likely also fit in a little Pokemon Go tomorrow when I'm out and about for a bit. I finally started playing it last weekend and intend to play it casually when I leave my hermitage.
Star Ocean The Last Hope Remaster and occasionally Anthem on PS4. Nothing on the Switch right now......
It's double affinity (xp) weekend for all in Warframe.
So Warframe. 176 hours now and counting.
Zelda breath of the wild, 7th playthrough. Happy 2+ years old to my favorite all time game
@Fearful-Octopus No mercy is so good
Fifa 19, and salt and sanctuary
Final Fantasy IX
Super Mario Party
Probably throw down on Smash Bros and some Neo Geo games.
Red Dead Redemption and The Sims.
Still playing Doom and Sonic Mania Plus like I was the last couple weeks since I got my Switch. I've beaten Sonic Mania Plus's mania mode twice and encore mode once now so I feel like I'm pretty much done with the game, and I'll probably wrap my my third play through of Doom (on Ultra Violence difficulty and taking the time to find all the secrets this time around) this weekend too so I really need to save up the cash and buy a new game to play. I'm leaning towards either Zelda: Breath of the Wild, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, or Resident Evil: Revelations 2.
I'll be playing undertale and possible some assault android cactus. Played a bit of the steam demo of devil engine. Pretty good shmup but boy is it ridiculously hard. Probably will pick it up on sale later as I'm not exactly starved for shmups on the switch or on steam.
@BenAV Hey! About Steins Gate. I watched the anime and it was fantastic. My question is, is it interactive? Do we actually make choices that influence the game in any way? Or is it more of a visual novel?
South Park - Fractured but Whole
SteamWorld Heist ( 70 per cent off, come on! )
And some Splatoon 2 ( Getting ready for the Splatfest! Go Wizards! )
I also got Flipping Death 70 per cent off, but I`ll play it at a later date.
@Jin15 If you`re one to fully enjoy a game, get Zelda. You can easily play it for more than 100 hours. This game is one of the best games ever released in any console.
@WhiteTrashGuy once you watch that wumbo guy's YouTube expert videos you realize you must dedicate all your gaming time to Tetris to earn 1st. I deleted it off Switch.
I'm playing Anthem, Vesperia, Trails of Cold Steel, and Devil May Cry 5.
Well, Liar Princess goes off my backlog - one of the shortest yet simultaneously one of the best experiences I've had on Switch so far. The ending was on par with the rest of the story and preceded by a sort of "final boss battle" which still managed to be an action puzzle testing a lot of what you learn over the course of the game. Oh, and Shikata's song does show up after all, in the end credits. Overall, a real gem of bittersweet, "grimcute", enticingly built world and story that does a good job with its gameplay mechanics as well.
L.A. Noire, on the other hand, has taken me aback today - even literally in the end. I wasn't very ruffled over an earlier pinch where I couldn't submit a correct piece of evidence (in reality, an earlier accusation accepted TWO pieces including the one in question, so I kept picking it back then and naturally ruling it out of the rest afterwards), but this time I got stuck only to look up a guide... and find that the point is practically "unwinnable" if you don't obtain the clue for it through a detour comeback to a visited location in a short window of plot events. Skyrim much? 🙁 The guides do insist that the case can be five-starred without this (and I don't even need exp for correct interrogations since I've already hit the rank cap), but I felt frustrated enough to just restart the whole case. Guess I'll just forego my usual attempts to "drive carefully" this time. XD
Otherwise, it's been and gonna be a[n un]healthy of Xenoblade. Some Warframe as well (not up for digging deep into Night Wolf stuff, but free weapon and warframe slots sound like something to take a shot at), and maybe a bit of Dawn of the Breakers which I've revisited for an event to find out that the latest updates changed the mechanics of board progression quite a bit in players' favour.
@insertcoin2play and @Balta666 Yeah it's different in Europe. Was surprised by that as well.
Day 25 of fitness boxing, really starting to tone up
I just took advantage of the Ubisoft sale and picked up Rayman Legends and Starlink. I can’t wait to get my Starfox fix. Other than that I am going to continue being terrible at Tetris 99.
Recently completed Metroid Prime 3, it's amazing and I got 100% completion. Easily one of my top Wii games.
Starfox Zero on Wii U. So far it's going well but the gyrocopter missions are a lot slower and tend to upset the pace of it. Am enjoying it though, expected to be disappointed but instead I'm pleasantly surprised. 😁
Playing Starlink and Paladins a lot this weekend.
Capcom week end for me.
Resident Evil 2 Remake and Devil May Cry 5.
It's like Capcom is becoming a great company again.
They started with Monster Hunter World and right after, Resident Evil 2 and now DMC 5. Really impressive.
@KingdomHeartsFan I would venture to guess a few people here have already played TMS #FE. I know I have, and own a Switch...
@MattFox Mostly just visual novel with a little bit of interactivity and multiple endings.
Opens the hut door
This weekend, I are been mostly playing Lets Go Pikachu and Far Cry New Dawn.
Closes the hut door
I'm flipping between smash bros and Diablo 3.
Well I have gotten 1st twice so far, just not this weekend, yet. I can't delete Tertris 99. I love it so.
I’m close on Link’s Awakening on my 3DS. If I finish it and don’t play Assassin’s Creed, then I’ll play some Prof Layton Azran Legacy which I just picked up
Dragon marked for death switch
@Anti-Matter miss your schreenshots
@BenAV Thanks for the info!
@Anti-Matter I miss your screenshots as well. Don't mind those vitriolic attacks by some of the readers. Do your thing!
@MattFox No problem. I've started watching the anime now (five episodes in) and from what I've seen so far, I'd say that the game's probably still worth checking out if you've seen the anime. A lot of it will be very familiar due to Steins;Gate Elite being a remake using the scenes from the anime but there still seems to be plenty of differences between them, with the pace of the game feeling much slower and more detailed.
@BenAV I love anime, so the game having scenes from it makes me quite glad. This is not an anime/game for everybody, but this is right up my alley. This is the kinda of game that we get here for at least 70 Dollars plus shipping, when we can find it at all. I`ll just have to wait for it to become available, but I`ll get it for sure.
yes it is possible
I ended playing these over the last couple of days.
SteamWorld Dig 2
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