What Are You Playing This Weekend? (July 24th)

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    We’re all another seven days older and in the past week we’ve seen (among other things) a bunch of leaked early designs for the Wiimote, possibly the rarest e-Reader card in existence sold for a five-figure sum, Nintendo announce three more games for its Nintendo Switch online SNES library, and Square apparently wondering if players would really be interested in Final Fantasy Pixel Remaster on consoles.

    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

    On the Nintendo front I’ll be continuing my journey through The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword HD; I’m still quite early in the game but have been loving it so far, it’s lovely to revisit it after all these years. I’m also moving onto Metroid: Samus Returns on 3DS in my Metroid lore run; I never actually finished it when it first launched, but I’ll rectify that.

    On other systems I’ll jump into MLB The Show 21 as always, and I also picked up Death’s Door; very much looking forward to try that out.

    Gonçalo Lopes, reviewer

    At the time of writing I am still trying to scratch an itch I can’t quite reach: Where is our Streets of Rage 4 DLC?

    This week eShop offered up some great little gems like MouseBot: Escape from CatLab, my very first MOBA, Pokémon Unite, and even some vintage Konami belt action from Arcade Archives Vendetta. Yet I must find some sort of work/play time balance because I’m not making as much progress as I should be in Monster Hunter Stories 2.

    Game of the week is old favourite Wrestling Empire. MDickie’s biggest free update is now live, bringing an impressively deep “Booking Mode” to what was already the Switch’s most accomplished grappler package. The new “Games Journalist” difficulty mode is also greatly appreciated.

    Kate Gray, staff writer

    This week, I’ve been playing a looooot of Minecraft with friends. I had a massive Minecraft phase at the start of 2020, and it sort of died off when we ran out of things to do; now I’m back with a massive server of chums and it’s brought new life to the game for me. It’s fantastic!

    Ollie Reynolds, reviewer

    I’m trying, folks. I really am. I’m back on Skyward Sword this weekend, but I’m honestly really struggling with it so far. I thought it felt very limited back in the day, but with the subsequent launch of Breath of the Wild, it’s only exacerbated my initial opinion on the game. I’ll push through though, I’ll get it done, then I can at least say that I gave it a good shot.

    Elsewhere, I’ve gone back to the incomparable Dead Space on the Series X. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve played through this masterpiece, but with the announcement of a remake (finally!), I just had to go back once again!

    Gavin Lane, editor

    I’m hoping to dive back into Skyward Sword HD this weekend. I spent one glorious evening reacquainting myself with Faron Woods last Sunday, but haven’t been able to dive back in. I’d also love to return to Streets of Rage 4 after reading Tom’s hands-on write up of the Mr. X Nightmare DLC. What a fantastic game that is.

    Failing that, I’ve been addicted to the Green Hill Zone Time Trial in Sega Ages Sonic the Hedgehog for a while now (in fact, you’ll find an article about it from yours truly if you keep ’em peeled), so I’ll probably spend any spare minutes I can grab attempting to whittle milliseconds off my run and climb the worldwide rankings.


    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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