What Are You Playing This Weekend? (July 17th)

Skyward Sword HD© Nintendo

After last week’s OLED shenanigans things were a little calmer this time around, though there was still some intriguing news. Atlus is teasing big things for the Persona series, there’s a remarkably expensive Mario watch from Tag Heuer, and there has been a lot of focus on a potential simple fix for the dreaded Joy-Con drift. Oh, and Valve’s Steam Deck is a bit like a supercharged Switch.

It’s now time to unwind a little and discuss our weekend gaming plans. A few 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

Like many people I’ll be jumping – and promptly whistling – into The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword HD. It’s a game that enraptured me way back in the day on Wii, so I’m looking forward to revisiting the story; I’ll probably alternate between TV + motion controls and portable + button controls. Oh, and I’ll be wearing headphones a lot, because the soundtrack is divine.

Outside of Switch gaming I’ll be doing a little grinding in the online part of MLB The Show 21, because you can actually build up a very tasty ‘Diamond Dynasty’ online team without spending a penny, and I’m still enjoying the latest entry in the series a great deal.

Gonçalo Lopes, reviewer

Another lovely weekend spent in the company of the mighty Switch. While I am certain most my peers will be diving into The Legend of Zelda Skyward Sword HD I will instead continue to brave forth in Monster Hunter Stories 2: Wings of Ruin. Interesting stuff as always on the eShop and I was eager to pick up Risk System to scratch my shmup itch, and it did not disappoint. Unless a miracle strikes, I will also be twiddling my thumbs until a certain package labelled ‘SEGA Astro City Mini’ pops up at the door…

Game of the week would have been Streets of Rage 4: Mr X’s Nightmare DLC but Dotemu dictated otherwise. Not all hope was lost because at long last Is It Wrong To Try to Shoot’em Up Girls In A Dungeon? stealth released this past Thursday and it’s the best 99p I’ve put on the eShop in recent memory.

Mitch Vogel, reviewer

I recently started Bravely Default for the 3DS, and intend to continue my journey there this weekend. So far, I’m liking the general pace and gameplay structure just a bit more than its recent Switch sequel. Having direct control over random encounter rates is massive, and there’s something about the chibi art style that really works well considering the hardware.

Aside from that, I recently began a co-op playthrough of Huntdown with a friend, and hope to wrap that this weekend. Huntdown was a game that I just bought on a whim once and I am forever glad for that impulse decision. The action platforming here is sublime and the pixel art is impressively well done.

Ollie Reynolds, reviewer

Hope you’re all well. This weekend, I’ll be starting The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword HD. I played it back in 2011 (with the gold Wiimote and everything!), but the game didn’t quite gel with me as much as I’d hoped; in fact, I’ll be honest, it’s the only 3D Zelda title I’ve not actually completed! Hopefully with the new changes in place I’ll enjoy it a bit more this time around.

Elsewhere, I’ve restarted Red Dead Redemption 2 on the PS5; that game is just exceptional, isn’t it? Some of the best characters ever to feature in a video game, in my opinion. Have a good one, everyone!


As always, thanks for reading! Make sure to leave us a comment below with your gaming choices over the next few days…

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