The air’s getting colder and the days are getting darker, but this week has been just as busy as ever in the world of Nintendo. The company has been dishing out legal hammer blows against a fan-made Zelda project and a popular TikTok star, Minecraft’s Steve arrived in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate – along with a very unfortunate victory screen – and plenty more besides.
Thankfully, then, the weekend is upon us, and it’s time to discuss our weekend gaming plans. Members of Nintendo Life have done just that below, and we’d love for you to join in via our poll and comment sections. Enjoy!
Howdy folks! I’ve played through a handful of Dragon Quest games in my time but for whatever reason I ignored the original trilogy – maybe I was worried they’d feel dated. However, over the week I chipped away at the original Dragon Quest on Nintendo Switch and was pleasantly surprised by how cosy it feels. It’s a basic RPG that helped pioneer the genre but it contains a certain charm I haven’t felt in some time. It’s still worth playing!
This weekend I plan to dive straight into the sequel. I’ve heard mixed things about this one but either way I want to understand its legacy. I’ve played and adore both Builders games which are essentially sequels to these respective entries, I need to at least play DQ3 before they get to Builders 3 (please make Builders 3).
Over the last few days, I’ve been getting stuck into a game that I’ve always kind of wanted to play but never gotten around to: LEGO Harry Potter Collection. The LEGO games have never exactly been something that I’ve found myself itching to buy, but I saw a copy going cheap and I can’t help but love the Potter universe so I thought I’d finally jump in.
I’m actually having a decent time with it and will no doubt complete the story of the first of the two included games over the weekend (it includes Years 1 – 4, and Years 5 – 7). Then I’ve got a decision to make – go for 100% on the first game, or ignore that and play through the story of the second?
I’ve been on a bit of an N64 fix over the last week and managed to track down a loose cart of Space Station Silicon Valley. It’s one of those games I always meant to play but never got around to – I think it reviewed in the mid-80s when it released, but I couldn’t afford to spend my birthday and Christmas cash on anything that wasn’t 90%-plus. It piqued my interest, though, so I’m looking forward to investigating.
Otherwise I’ll be hunting down a Ranchu Goldfish in Animal Crossing: New Horizons. It’s available from 9am – 4pm in ponds but I’m never around at that time to go fishing. Once I’ve snagged that, I’m only two fish and two bugs away from completing my Critterpedia. Boom!
With another music album done I can actually just relax and play some video games this weekend. Still playing Captain Tsubasa: Rise of New Champions because I’m still missing the USA team, some more adventure of probable alcoholic Juno in Rebel Galaxy Outlaw, some ’80s cartoon solace with G.I Joe: Operation Blackout and much space ship management mayhem in Space Crew. Hardcore Mecha will sadly have to wait: I picked up a Japanese physical copy instead of going digital so now I play the waiting game.
My game of the week is Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit. There is absolutely no way that the combination of this and cats isn’t my new Internet favourite thing. Now they only need to make Toad and Koopa Troopa for it…
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…
Ryan can list the first 151 Pokémon all in order off by heart – a feat he calls his ‘party trick’ despite being such an introvert that he’d never be found anywhere near a party. He’d much rather just have a night in with Mario Kart and a pizza, and we can’t say we blame him.
Treated myself to Hades. 😊 Had a couple of runs last night. Am hoping that it will grab me like Isaac and Dead Cells. Am instantly loving the atmosphere and writing. The relationship between Zagreus and Hades is instantly brilliant, and I love the way that Cerberus is like a normal dog! So I will be getting more into that. Have a great weekend, guys, and please stay safe out there.
A Link To The Past as it was on my shame/ bucket/ complete before I turn 40 list.
I’m about to enter Ganon’s Tower so I might even beat it today. What a perfect and beautiful game. It’s like the pieces of a watch coming together in its design.
Back to Minecraft for me, seeing Steve in Smash sucked me back in after 2 years and with missing the Nether update and just having built a portal, I should be busy for a good while.
Finally started The Witcher 3 after having it in my backlog for a year. Not super into it yet but I’ll give it some time to grow on me.
Super Mario Bros. 35! Check in every day to do the challenges and hopefully unlock some more levels. More Super Mario 64, I’ve beat the game but I’m going for all stars, currently at 109… for all the complaints, I personally have put more than 30hours in to 64 alone. I have yet to play Sunshine or Galaxy… despite Galaxy being one of my favourite games of all time, I decided to do them chronologically. Have a great, safe weekend everyone.
Borderlands 2 on Switch. I played it to death on PC years ago, but it’s great on Switch and I forgot how much fun it is!
I’ve mostly been playing City Skylines and I’ve got a two area city crammed full of skyscrapers. Learnt to manage demographics to support the richer side of the city. I might jump into Assassins Creed Origins and free roam ancient Egypt, been watching several YT channels.
I loved Space Station Silicon Valley at the time. But like a lot of N64 games I’m too scared to go back to see if it holds up.
Nintendo: Mario Galaxy, so great to return to this and it looks amazing in HD.Non-Nintendo: FFXV, been wanting to play this for years. I’m about 4 hours in and barely progressed the story yet.
Outside with the dogs and with hammers and chisels. It has great organic forest models, it kind of has the best parts of handheld gaming,… Also, the automatically regenerating health feels good here. Getting hurt, which happens with these dogs, hammers, and chisels, leaves real marks though.When it goes dark or too cold, I may complete This Strange Realm Of Mine and Bendy and the Ink Machine, pick up Ghostbusters, or revisit Carrion, Mario Galaxy,… Anything I feel like in that moment.
It’s a weekend of classics and handhelds for me. I’m still playing Super Mario 3D Allstars on Switch. On 3DS, I’m playing Ocarina of Time. On GBA, I’m playing Castlevania Aria of Sorrow.
Started Medievil this morning. Remember enjoying the sequel on the PS1 back in the day but never played the first one.
@AmplifyMJ I’m playing them in chronological order too but allowed myself to move on to Sunshine after I got 70 stars in Mario 64 and saw the ending. 😉 I don’t know if I have the patience to get all 120! I might try and do it verrry slowly over time. I never did it as a kid either so it would be amazing to see what it’s like on the roof of the castle.
replaying ASTRAL CHAIN
Can’t over emphasize how great a game this is.
The actions still left me mesmerized.
I am hopefully finishing up Super Mario Sunshine this weekend, if I do get all 120 Shines in that game I am really not sure what I would move on to next, maybe Sly 2 Band of Thieves on PS4.
@blockfight you really need to complete it, you will want more afterwards. Hoping for a sequel.
I’m still mostly playing Hades. I’ve gotten to the end 3 times so far, but I’ve needed God mode enabled, since that final boss’ patterns are just too ***** and erratic. I would like to play Ori and the Will of the Wisps, but I’m STILL waiting for that patch. I would also play Shantae and the Seven Sirens, but I’m STILL waiting for my LRG copy to come on the mail this month.
And I would have played Ys Origin, but I rage quit it due to this Evil Ring recharging segment not explaining in any clear way what to do, so I hit a complete brick wall and gave up (which was super disappointing).
And I would play my TMNT and NBA Jam 1upArcade cabinets I purchased, but I have to wait until January before they’re shipped to the store to pick them up. So really, everything I’ve wanted to play the most recently has been unavailable.
So I guess it’s just more Hades for me, but I am starting to get a little tired of it. Maybe some Hotshots Racing or Mario 35? I dunno.
I just bought Atelier Ryza: Ever Darkness and got about five hours in over the last couple of days. Lots of fun so far. Basically everything I disliked about Atelier Lydie and Suelle has been improved.
I’ll be jumping back into Ring Fit Adventure for at least one good session today. I haven’t played for a few days because the week at work has been brutal and my body has been sore all over, but I think I’m ready now.
With The Crown Tundra coming next week and being between big RPGs I don’t want to get into anything too big this weekend. Last night I played some Doom and Persona 5 Dancing. Will probably also pay some Mario 35 at some point too.
I picked up the Last Campfire this week, I am about 5 hours into it. There is a great story here and the puzzles are good. Warning, the frame rate drops are distracting. Which is a shame because so far I would have given it a 9, but with the jitters, it is an 8.
I haven’t played a racing game since ACNH, I am starting to want to get back to Grid, or check out Asphalt.
Besides the oft-mentioned stuff, there are a few new dishes on the block to sample – This Strange Realm of Mine, Not Tonight and Headliner, 80 Days… but I keep frequenting the recently obtained Bomber Crew, too. I’m also very curious about Civ 6’s recent update which reportedly adds Pirates-inspired scenarios – still Civilization gameplay, so I don’t expect it to be quite the same, but the intent sure damn counts.
Dragon Quest 11. Played for a few hours but already experienced a few nice plot twists. The fights are a bit boring though.
Down to the last handful of levels on Yoshi’s Island. It is a classic, though I’m ready to move on, so use of the rewind function is creeping in.
Also trying to find the right build to finish Mana Spark. Keep getting to the penultimate room. It is a little indie gem though, very addictive!
Also want to chip off a little more of my Okami campaign, and look at the demos for Pikmin 3 and Mr Driller. So it’s videogame tapas for me.
I’ll be playing NBA 2K Playgrounds 2 and Cloudpunk. I’ve got a lot of grinding to do to unlock Michael Jordan, will it be worth it? Probably not
Absolutely loving LET’S SING QUEEN. It’s an utterly joyful experience, a perfect antidote to the darkness of winter and gloom-news. If you like Queen songs and you enjoy singing it’s super highly recommended. You don’t need to sing well to enjoy it heaps. And if you sing loud it’s surprisingly good cardio exercise that definitely strengthens the lungs. Doctors have found those who sing live longer and enjoy life more, so what’s not to like about that!!
@echoplex Yeah I hear you. Especially with the same music playing all the time. Making the fight speed to the highest possible option helps a lot though.
@rikboone87 the evil thing about Jordan in Playgrounds 2 is that you can’t change his looks. Meaning you can’t add extra swag to him like with all the others. But playing with him is a noticeable skill boost for sure.
Last weekend I knocked out Paper Mario Sticker Star and then spent the next week working through New Super Mario Bros U. Sticker Star was enjoyable, but I often found myself feeling bored which ain’t good. In New Super Mario Bros U, I alternated between each of the characters after each level so that was kinda fun. Finished that and moved on to Luigi’s Mansion Dark Moon (which I really wish they had just called Luigi’s Mansion 2 over here in North America).
Luigi’s Mansion 2 isn’t quite on the level of the original for me, but I actually do think I prefer 2 over 3. I love the multiple locations you go to throughout the game, and the suction surge you use to defeat ghosts is way more satisfying to me than slamming the ghosts into the ground. Not sure why they thought slamming the ghosts around would be more fun than just sucking them up…
I was really hoping to get to Mario Odyssey and Luigi’s Mansion 3 for their upcoming anniversaries, but it doesn’t look plausible at this point. Only 10 days till Odyssey’s, and I’ve still got a bunch of games to go.
Donkey Kong Jr.
Super Mario Bros.
Super Mario Bros 2 – The Lost Levels
Super Mario Bros. 2 USA
Super Mario Bros. 3
Super Mario Land
Super Mario World
Super Mario Land 2: 6 Golden Coins
Donkey Kong 94
Super Mario RPG
Super Mario 64
Super Mario Sunshine
Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga
Mario vs. Donkey Kong
Paper Mario: The Thousand Year Door
Super Princess Peach
Mario & Luigi: Partners in Time
New Super Mario Bros.
Mario vs. Donkey Kong 2: March of the Minis
Super Paper Mario
Super Mario Galaxy
Mario & Luigi: Bowser’s Inside Story
Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Minis March Again!
New Super Mario Bros. Wii
Super Mario Galaxy 2
Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Mini-Land Mayhem!
Super Mario 3D Land
New Super Mario Bros. 2
Paper Mario: Sticker Star
New Super Mario Bros. U
Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon <–Just got to Mansion #3: Old Clockworks.
New Super Luigi U
Mario and Donkey Kong: Minis on the Move
Mario & Luigi: Dream Team
Super Mario 3D World
Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Tipping Stars
Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam
Paper Mario: Color Splash
Super Mario Run
Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle
Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker
Super Mario Odyssey
Luigi’s Mansion 3
Paper Mario: The Origami King
With Halloween around the corner, I’m planning on playing Resident Evil 4 (PS2) this weekend. Beyond that, probably Need For Speed: Payback (PS4) as well, since I downloaded it via PlayStation Plus. Also Pokemon Go, for the Charmander community day event.
Trying to finish Paper Mario: Origami King, pretty sure I’m near the end. It started slow, then got REALLY good, and then turned into a slog. The story is fun, but man is the ring fighting annoying. Got to the point where I just pay 1000 gold each battle so the AI will do the ring puzzle for me.
Also playing through Donkey Kong Country 2, such a beautiful game. The soundtrack is still amazing. After seeing a few people mention OoT 3D, I feel tempted to replay that as well.
@Pandy Ocarina of Time is one of the handful of games that I find endlessly replayable. I don’t know if you’re a fan of the 3D effect. People tend to love it or hate it. I’m of the former and keep the slider turned all the way up. OoT employs the effect better than most 3DS games. It really brings the world to life. OoT is a great game on any system, but I love the 3DS remake.
I am playing Ark: Survival Evolved and Green Hell mostly. I have been throwing in some #KillAllZombies too. I loved that game on Xbox and it’s great to have now on switch.
Just bought a Pro controller, so I’ve returned to Super Mario 3D All-Stars on my Switch.
@Rpg-lover I have never played a Platinum game. Should I start with this one? The combat looks great, I just have never gotten around to play any of them.
Still playing my main two games for the past little while, since I didn’t game too much this past week: Super Mario Odyssey on the Switch (I’ve made it to Bowser’s Kingdom) and Superstar Saga on the 3DS (Working my way through Joke’s End). I did fit in a touch of Super Metroid at a co-worker’s place this past week; he owns a SNES Classic but had never heard of a certain bounty hunter. I think he enjoyed what he played of it!
As Community Day is today in Pokemon Go, I’ll be getting out of the house to catch a few Charmander. I can’t ignore an excuse to catch one of my favorite starters! Hopefully it doesn’t get too windy today….
Given I finished Sunshine last weekend and completed stuff like all the Steve content in Smash (classic mode, spirits), obtained the Pokemon theme in Tetris 99 and unlocked 3-2 to 5-1 in SMB 35. I’ll probably be returning to DQXIS and perhaps playing the Pikmin 3 Deluxe demo.
On the XB1 front, probably more MCC to get more unlock tokens ready for Season 4 which will probably start on November 10th.
Ori and the Blind Forest, Vs. Excitebike, and Yoshi’s Crafted World on Switch; Ghost Trick: Phantom Detective on 3DS; and Lego Batman on Wii.
Snes donkey kong which has aged pretty well and some mario maker if i get time. Been watching The Witcher on netflix which is batshit but pretty enjoyable, and making me want to get the game. Should probably play Skyrim first, which I’ve owned for almost 2 years now and yet to play.
I’ll be trying out Star Wars Battlefront Mods from Moddb.com. i’m also gonna play Animal Crossing: New Horizons, Super Mario Bros 35, and Paper Mario 64.
Pretty much the same as last weekend, except now I’m having someone over to play some Smash. Unfortunately, he’s a PK Fire spammer. That shouldn’t be too much of a problem though, as I’ve gotten better at escaping it! Happy gaming everyone!
I am also playing Ocarina of Time 3D – it’s now officially Ocarina October. Other than that, I’m flirting with a little more Mario 64 on 3D All Stars and possibly Outer Wilds on PC. Too many choices, not enough free time.
I’m playing the Over watch free trial, and lots of it. Maybe try to finish Doom 3 also.
PS4-Vanquish, Street Fighter V, Samurai Shodown Switch- Monster Hunter Generations, Smash Bros Ultimate, Animal CrossingSega Genesis Mini- Phantasy Star 4
Conkers bad fur day part 2. I didnt get very far last weekend, had a tooth ache, couldn’t concentrate.
Still working my way through FFVIIR. It’s mostly quite good, but some of the side quests are pure filler. Thankfully I just unloaded free fast travel, so getting around during Chapter 14 isn’t quite such a slog.
Playing backlog games this weekend as I realized I have waaaay too many games on my switch I have never played. Playing the following:
Citizens of Space – cool RPG from SEGA. I like it so far (about 4 hours in) but already growing a bit bored of the exploration…not sure if I will finish or not
Membrane – picked this up for like 10 cents a year ago and finally decided to try it out. Cool physics puzzle game that was 100% worth the price.
I’ll join in on playing Dragon Quest this weekend. It’s been a while since I last revisited it. Let’s see if I can remember where everything is still without pulling out the old Nintendo Power guide I got with my NES cartridge/Nintendo Power subscription.
Bought Ghostbuster remade for €8,74 might take a look at that, it’s a great game to play around October.
I am playing a Dragon Quest game, just not one of the ones on this list! I am playing the most recent, Dragon Quest XI!
@HazezonTamar by all means please do! You won’t regret it. If you’re into action games. And platinum knows how to make a proper action games filled with WOW moments.
I just got Super Mario 3D All-stars as an anniversary gift. So I’m diving into that. My original plan was to go Sunshine first, Galaxy and then 64 (since it’s the one I’ve played most recently and most often). But I had to start with 64. Game is one of my top faves and I just couldn’t pass up the chance to dive right in for what feels like the millionth time
@khululy yeah teenage mutant turtle ninjas yeah wasn’t great but still it did well enough for the fans.
I’ve been playing The Avengers on Xbox One mainly- it’s pretty cool so far!On the Switch front I have tried the Pikmin demo- it was okay but I’ve decided to cancel my preorder. I plan to try to rent it or buy it at a cheaper price down the road.I still haven’t started Mario Sunshine 😅 so I may start that… but I’ve been playing Smash Bros so we’ll see.Have a great weekend everyone!
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