As the world outside starts to get slightly chillier with every day that passes, team Nintendo Life has more reason than ever to remain safely indoors with our favourite games. Once again, we’ve shared our plans for the weekend – from co-op adventures to fantasy RPGS – and would love for you to join in via our poll and comments sections below. Enjoy!
Gavin Lane, contributing writer
I’ve got friends coming over on Saturday and I’m busting to crack out the new Surf ‘n’ Turf DLC for Overcooked 2. Assuming we’re still friends afterwards, we’ll also disarm some bombs in Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes.
Sunday I’ll be trekking the countryside in a last-ditch attempt to hatch a Tauros, Farfetch’d or Kangaskhan from a 7km egg in Pokémon Go. No dice so far, and the event ends on Monday.
I was also lucky enough to take delivery of a lovely new TV recently. Although it’s got 2160 Ps and OLEDs (and is even rumoured to make a passable bacon sandwich), I was afraid the ol’ Switch might look a bit dog-eared blown up to 55 inches. However, I squeezed in 5 minutes with Breath of the Wild and – boy-oh-boy – it looks goooood. So, I’ll be cycling through things like Super Mario Odyssey and Wonder Boy: The Dragon’s Trap to see how they hold up on a 4K screen.
Liam Doolan, news reporter
I recently bought a third-party wired pro controller to use with my Nintendo Switch. It’s made by PDP and is rather impressive considering the price I paid for it. As a result of my recent purchase, this weekend I’ll be training hard in Dragon Ball FighterZ; A fighting game seems like the perfect title to test out a new controller’s limitations. When I’m not sparring in DBFZ, I’ll probably be putting my platform skills to the test in Mega Man 11 and playing some Rocket League and Splatoon 2 on the side.
Ryan Craddock, staff writer
My free time for gaming this weekend looks like it might be pretty limited, but I do have some things lined up for the moment I’m free. After recently beating every level and collecting every star in Overcooked 2, my partner and I will be jumping right into the newly-released Surf ‘n’ Turf DLC to get back into those horrible – but also lovely – kitchens. I’ve been hearing that the new fourth-star addition is really tough, too, so we’ll no doubt end up getting annoyed with life in the best possible way while trying to complete those.
I also decided to finally go ahead and buy a copy of Death Squared. I haven’t started it up yet, but the co-op puzzle level design looks like it’ll be the perfect thing for winding down each evening and I can’t wait to get stuck in.
Glen Fox, guides editor
I’ve recently got hopelessly addicted to Guild Wars 2 again so I’ve neglected my Switch a bit, but I’m still slowly working my way through Xenoblade Chronicles 2. It’s kind of shameful to admit, but I spend most of my time playing it wishing I was playing Baten Kaitos instead. There are some subtle similarities in the world design that just get me reminiscing. Though I doubt it ever actually will happen, I really do hope that Monolith returns to that franchise some day. I wouldn’t complain if they worked on a Xenoblade Chronicles 3 or remaster of the previous two entries, but I just can’t escape the feeling that it pales in comparison to Baten Kaitos. The franchise was just so unique – card-based battling system, an incredibly varied world, and the fact you were actually a character in the game. Xenoblade just kind of feels generic in comparison, though perhaps I’m being harsh.
Between those two massive games, I’m also ducking into Paladins when I get the chance. Still can’t get enough of it, and I really appreciate that the new event isn’t a separate game mode entirely like Dragon’s Call was. I just wasn’t a fan of that mode at all so the entire event passed me by. Ah well.
Dom Reseigh-Lincoln, reviewer
Having spent the last week exhaustively playing Assassin’s Creed Odyssey, I’m in need of a gaming palette cleanser. Recently I’ve really been getting into the Disgaea series and Disgaea 5 Complete on Switch is proving to be an all-too-easy time sink for this hard-working dood. I’ll also be playing more Splatoon 2 with my eldest. By that I, of course, mean watching him play that game considerably better than I ever could. Couldn’t be more proud.
Richard Atkinson, contributing writer
Having been out of the gaming weekend loop for a few weeks – sunning it up in Gran Canaria and trawling through the Nintendo delights at EGX, which has taken its toll – this weekend I can finally put my feet up and play some of my own games. Putting it to Twitter, and asking my followers what new indie game I should play, it was Hollow Knight that won the majority of votes. With only being a measly 2 hours in, I think it’s time to sit down and have a solid few hours exploring the wonders that lie beneath Dirtmouth. I’m loving it so far – even though it’s a tad on the difficult side – and I can’t wait to get stuck in again. Splatoon 2 is also on the cards as it really is the gift that keeps on giving, especially as my appetite for the game is continuing to grumble given the new(ish) announcement of the Spirit Bomb… err, I mean, ‘Booyah Bomb’, which is already creating colourful chaos in every battle.
Oh, and there’s no party like a Super Mario Party! Watching my delivery tracking status like a hungry hawk and cheering it on until it got posted through my letterbox, a few members of my overly-competitive family and friends are bundling together to test out what the game has to offer tonight. If it’s anything like what it seems in the rave reviews its receiving, it’s going to be a party well worth going to.
Alan Lopez, contributing writer
Here’s what I’m not playing this weekend: Super Mario Party.
I am not going to invite over loved ones – better spoken: “Yoshi imposters” – to argue over why I am the one, true Yoshi. I will not need to exhale the weight of the world after I roll a stupid “2” and end up going last – like always. This weekend I am not going to have inconsequential turns after everyone else has already scooted so, so far up the board, miles away from my pointless Koopa body. I’m just not doing that.
Not that it needs to be said, but I’m not playing Super Mario Party this weekend because I won’t destroy my “pals” at a game of skill, as I always have, as I always will, just to watch some big, worthless smile on their faces when they land on the “Take Everything Away From Alan” space. Why do they even have a “Take Everything Away From Alan” space?
And also, five stars for pressing “R” the most? And this girl over here, 500 coins for landing on the most red spaces? The very thing you’re supposed to avoid? Can we not, Bowser? I will not be playing Super Mario Party this weekend.
[Are you okay, Alan? We worry about you… –Ed.]
Gonçalo Lopes, contributing writer
I’m planning on spending the weekend doing pretty much what I have been doing every other day of the week when free time allows it: becoming the ultimate warrior in Dragon Ball FighterZ, following the heroic exploits of Squad E in Valkyria Chronicles 4 (a game that just keeps on delivering!) and slowly but surely raising community level (it is not as boring as it sounds) in Xenoblade Chronicles 2: Torna ~ The Golden Country.
Hopefully I can gather a few of my least favourite friends this weekend so we can end our friendships over the latest Super Mario Party iteration. Make no mistake though, the coveted ‘Shiryu Game of the Week Award’ (yes, its a thing from now on) goes to none other than the utterly excellent Jettomero: Hero of the Universe. Go grab that bad boy off the eShop right now because, as usual, mankind needs saving.
Which games are you playing this weekend? (30 votes)
Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
Wonder Boy: The Dragon’s Trap
Xenoblade Chronicles 2
Xenoblade Chronicles 2: Torna – The Golden Country
Jettomero: Hero of the Universe.
Something else (comment below)
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