Animal Crossing

So, we've reached the end of yet another hectic week full of sneaky, surprise Nintendo Directs and a whole bunch of people who have been angrily slating Animal Crossing. Thankfully, then, it's finally time to have a quick rest.

Members of Team Nintendo Life have shared their gaming plans for the weekend below, and we'd love for you to join in via our poll and comment sections. Enjoy!

PJ O’Reilly, reviewer

This weekend I’ll be attending the grand opening of my Animal Crossing island’s very own museum. I know, I’m lagging way behind with my progress but it’s hard when you spend your entire play time refilling all the holes your kids have dug everywhere while you weren’t looking.

I’ve also jumped on the Panzer Dragoon: Remake, which I’m not 100% sold on just yet, and the amazing Jedi Knight: Jedi Academy, which is the best Star Wars game in my opinion, here’s hoping this is a solid port. There’s also that Bravely Default 2 demo to take a look at…luckily we’ve all got quite a lot of spare time on our hands right now. I hope everyone is keeping safe, staying inside and doing ok. Have a good weekend!

Ryan Craddock, staff writer

This weekend I'll be playing Animal Crossing: New Horizons, and if my experience with the game over the past few days is anything to go by, it looks like I might be playing it for the rest of time, too.

This is my first time really getting stuck into an Animal Crossing game and I'm absolutely in love with it. I've been making sure to squeeze an hour or two out of each day to play it and am really enjoying that unexplainable, happy feeling it gives you. I never thought I'd really 'get' Animal Crossing, but I've been proven entirely wrong.

Gavin Lane, staff writer

This week I took delivery of a beautiful custom backlit Game Boy from Gameboy Shack, a specialist UK-based retailer that we spoke to last year when the Game Boy turned 30. Having unwrapped the console, I promptly plundered its innards and transplanted them into my original DMG-01 case to create the dream machine I've always wanted with a brand new, spotless glass screen and a couple of new replacement buttons. I had been prepared to add the backlight myself - it seems simple enough with the right tools - but I opted to save time and do it this way instead. Having a duplicate system means that I also have the unit’s ‘stock’ components which I put back in the custom case, meaning I've got a second Game Boy for hot multiplayer action.

So, this weekend I’d like nothing more than to sit down with a collection of classics and drain a bunch of AAs! I won’t, though. Those bugs and fish aren’t going to catch themselves, you know.

Ollie Reynolds, reviewer

Like most people, I'll of course be spending some time on my very own Overlook Island (how very apt in this period of isolation.. if you know, you know) in Animal Crossing: New Horizons! I've just unlocked Nook's Cranny, and I'm currently laying out plots for 3 new residents, so I'm very excited to see what, and indeed who, the weekend brings.

I'm also getting to grips with the newly released Good Job! and finding it to be an absolute joy so far. I need a bit more time with it, but be sure to check out my review very shortly!

Austin Voigt, contributing writer

I've got a lot of - you guessed it - Animal Crossing: New Horizons to play this weekend. I believe I've directly convinced at least 8 people now to purchase the game, who otherwise wouldn't have, and they have each convinced others to as well. So not only do we have a lot of social distance-playing to do together, but I'm also determined to get terraforming and waterscaping unlocked this weekend. I know what you're thinking: 'Austin, that's not even cool, everyone's already unlocked that and you're so lame and far behind, you're supposed to be the Animal Crossing Guru!'. YES, and as such, I also take my time and enjoy my Animal Crossing games at a slower pace in order to make that joy last as long as possible. So leave me alone! I'm going back to my island now.

Gonçalo Lopes, contributing writer

While the entire staff (and indeed the world) surrenders to the OCD nightmare Animal Crossing: New Horizons, I continue to shift around specialized squads of mecha in SD Gundam G Generation Cross Rays. However, all weekend plans were given a large boost by a certain (not-so) mini Nintendo Direct. After a large exchange of coin at the eShop this weekend, things will be brightened with Panzer Dragoon, Shinsekai, Hyperspace Delivery Service, Chaos Code, Dogurai and a beautiful Bravely Default II demo.

My game of the week is the stellar Good Job!, an alarmingly close approximation of my professional life turned into a video game.

Which games are you playing this weekend?

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