Talking Point: What Are You Playing This Weekend? (November 21st)

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Hyrule Warriors Age Of Calamity

With new updates for Animal Crossing: New Horizons and Super Mario 3D All-Stars, as well as the revelation that you can feed squirrels in Zelda: Breath of the Wild – we know, right! – it’s been another busy week in the world of Nintendo.

With the weekend now finally upon us, though, it’s time to discuss our weekend gaming plans. Members of Nintendo Life have done just that, and we’d love for you to join in via our comment section below. Enjoy!

Gavin Lane, features editor

After spending many hours with Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity over the past week or two, I’ll be looking for something a touch calmer to soothe my raw hack-and-slashed finger joints. It’s been a while since I last tended to my Animal Crossing island, so the new winter update gives me a good excuse to go back in and see how things are going.

Otherwise, I’ve still got Horace, Control and A Short Hike calling me from my home menu screen, not to mention more Koroks to find and the spectre of GOTY 2020 creeping up. Plenty to do, then!

PJ O’Reilly, reviewer

Hello. This weekend I’m gonna be busy digging into some classic real-time tactical action with Commandos 2 HD and getting my big daft Keanu Reeves on in John Wick Hex, both of which release at the start of December, so look out for those reviews coming soon. Elsewhere, I’ll be jumping right into the mix with Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity, a game I’ve been hugely excited about since its announcement. Musou games may be a love/hate thing in general but I am 100% on the love side of the fence with this genre and, after pumping way too much of my time into the original 2014 Hyrule Warriors, I can see some late nights ahead with this one. Have a good weekend whatever you’re playing and stay safe out there!

Austin Voigt, contributing writer

This weekend, I’ll be digging further into Pikmin 3 Deluxe, and also possibly… possibly… doing a bit of time-traveling to check out the new updates in Animal Crossing: New Horizons. Just possibly, not for sure. It’s just so tempting, all of the holiday items! Many people are putting their Christmas trees up already, because 2020… time-traveling to Toy Day in Animal Crossing is pretty much the same concept, right??

Ryan Craddock, news editor

Continuing my streak of playing old, slightly obscure Pokémon games, I’ve been getting stuck into PokéPark Wii: Pikachu’s Adventure over the past few days. Who needs next-gen, huh?

Actually, saying that, I’ve also treated myself to Nintendo’s next-gen Game & Watch and have been having a ball with it. I’ve never owned a Game & Watch system before, but I’m finding that there’s something very satisfying about playing something so simple. Sitting down for a long session with an RPG or whatever can feel overwhelming, but loading up Ball for a 20-minute run is just what I needed.

Have a nice weekend, folks!

Gonçalo Lopes, contributing writer

Wiiware fever continues with the spectacular LostWinds and the just as good sequel LostWinds: Winters of the Melodias. Still replaying Sky Crawlers: Innocent Aces on Wii but was blindsided on the eShop with two incredible releases that I wish to further invest this weekend: To boldly go above and beyond in Mars Horizon and some great ‘sort of’ action RPG shenanigans of Battle Chasers: Nightwar.

My game of the week is unsurprisingly Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity that, at the time of writing, I do not have in my hands because my country is already deep into full Christmas, something that translates with “nothing is certain of arriving on schedule any more”… if it arrives at all!

Ollie Reynolds, reviewer

This weekend, I plan on dipping back into Animal Crossing: New Horizons and seeing what’s what (I’ve no doubt got a load of weeds to pull up!), although I have to say, it’s definitely not pulling me in as much as it used to! Hopefully the new update will get its hooks into me.

Otherwise, I may jump back into Super Mario 3D All-Stars and box off Super Mario Galaxy; I’ve already rinsed the other two games, and I’m not too far off whacking Bowser into the infinite abyss of space. Just like the good old days… Have a great weekend, everyone!

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