Well, it’s been another week in the Nintendo Life. We had Star Wars Day and some nice discounts, all sorts of juicy gossip from the Epic Vs. Apple court case, the announcement of Game Builder Garage, and we learnt that Nintendo had a spectacular financial year. Phew, and those are just a few highlights!
It’s time to unwind a little and discuss our weekend gaming plans. Members of the Nintendo Life team have done just that below, so feel free to give our entries a read and then join in with your own via our comment section. Enjoy!
Thomas Whitehead, deputy editor
I’ll spend a lot of time playing MLB The Show 21 while I have the live Cubs game running via MLB TV on a tablet next to me. Hello, my name is Thomas and I’m a Baseball addict.
Apart from baseball I’ll be hunting high level monsters in Monster Hunter Rise, I failed spectacularly last weekend as various real-life things got in the way and I didn’t play it at all. I also have an urge to revisit Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney Trilogy on 3DS, partly because The Great Ace Attorney Chronicles is on the wishlist and because I’m looking forward to Famicom Detective Club next week. Besides, the 3DS deserves a bit of playtime occasionally.
Kate Gray, staff writer
Here is what I’m not playing: New Pokémon Snap. Gasp! I have a couple of reviews on the go, so I’ve been playing those (and I can’t tell you what they are yet). I sort of stopped playing FEZ after getting to a particularly difficult chase platforming level, because that’s one of my least favourite types of level in games.
I picked up Professor Layton and the Curious Village on iOS because my partner’s never played them (and, since he’s playing through the Ace Attorney games, I need to prepare him for Layton v Wright!) and that’s been quite fun. It’s nice to go back to some of these puzzles as a proper adult!
Liam Doolan, staff writer
This weekend I’ll be spending some quality time with Baldur’s Gate: Dark Alliance (wait, perhaps not). I have incredibly fond memories of hiring this one out again, again, and again back during the GameCube generation (yes, I played it on the GameCube), so I’m very much looking forward to returning to the western coast of the Forgotten Realms. If you’re into games like Diablo, but are perhaps looking for an ARPG that’s a little more console friendly – this is definitely the one to go with.
Apart from this, I’m looking forward to spending some more time with New Pokémon Snap. It’s been an enjoyable ride so far, but one I seem to only be able to play in short bursts. Another one I’ll be going back to is Minecraft Dungeons, as it now supports cloud saves – so you can play the same character save file on your Switch and other platforms. Enjoy your weekend, everyone!
Ollie Reynolds, reviewer
Hey folks! Hope everyone’s doing well. This weekend, I’m afraid the Switch will be taking a bit of a backseat, as I’ll be playing through Resident Evil Village on the Series X.
However, if I find the time, I will be continuing through my run of Resident Evil 4, and also engaging in a bit of Mercenaries action. I’m looking forward to seeing how RE4 has directly influenced Village, and playing the two in tandem is certainly going to be an interesting experience!
I do plan on getting New Pokémon Snap once I’m done with Village. Confession time: I’ve never played the original, but judging from what I’ve seen, it looks like it should be a blast!
Gonçalo Lopes, reviewer
Perpetual racing bliss of Speed Racer: The Videogame carries over from last week while adding big explosions and meaty punches with Sin & Punishment: Successor of the Skies and Batman: The Brave and the Bold respectively on the Wii front. I shall check out the latest Wrestling Empire update for the pyrotechnics and blackout entrances along with the re-release of Baldur’s Gate: Dark Alliance, a personal GameCube favourite that makes a welcome return on the Switch. Snowblind Studios sure made some excellent dungeon crawlers that truly excelled with friends to tag along with. If you missed this back in 2002 make sure to not miss out the show at the Elf Song Tavern.
Game of the week is surprisingly Total Arcade Racing. The simple joys of single screen tabletop multiplayer antics and leaderboards made this a surprisingly good fit on Nintendo’s hybrid system.
PJ O’Reilly, reviewer
Hello. This weekend I’m gonna be spending the vast majority of my Switch time continuing to play through New Pokémon Snap with my kids. It’s not exactly my cup of tea – you’d need to throw in some shotguns, molotovs and the opportunity to fire off a few throwing knives in order to please me – but my six and four year old are having a great time taking pics of all the colourful residents of Lental Island, so I guess I can forgive it not letting me slaughter Duckletts wholesale.
I’ll also be working my way through the upcoming endless runner Aerial_Knight’s Never Yield for review purposes, trying and failing to best my friends on the R-Type Final 2 leaderboards and, if there’s any time left over, wrapping up The Darkside Detective: A Fumble in the Dark (which I highly recommend, it’s excellent fun). Have a good one, folks!
Mitch Vogel, Reviewer
This weekend, I’m going to attempt (and probably fail…) to get better at One Step From Eden.For those of you unaware, it’s a deckbuilding roguelite game that takes the battle system of Mega Man Battle Network and cranks the difficulty up to eleven. I was a massive fan of that sub-series of Mega Man games, and I’ve so far been deeply enjoying my time exploring all the different build types One Step From Eden offers.
Aside from that, I recently picked up Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Survivor Overclocked and will continue grinding away through that. True to the SMT franchise, it’s absolutely savage with its difficulty, but I really like this SRPG take on the series’ gameplay. I’m sure it’ll never happen, but I’d happily welcome an entry of this on Switch if Atlus decided to do so. Maybe if we all fill out enough surveys they’ll think about thinking about it.
As always, thanks for reading! Make sure to leave us a comment below with your gaming choices over the next few days…