Ah, Saturday. Quite possibly the best day of the week; certainly in the top five. It’s been a busy week despite the post-Direct lull. News that Reggie Fils-Aimé will be stepping down in April had us rewatching classic clips with a tear in the eye. Enough of that nonsense, though. Reggie wouldn’t want us moping around – he’d want us playing the very best games that Switch and 3DS have to offer, so that’s what the Nintendo Life team are going to do! These are our game-based plans and we’d love to hear yours, so get involved in the poll and comments. Have fun!
Austin Voigt, contributing writer
This weekend, after Reggie’s announcement, I’m honestly just looking for comfort and warmth in a world of utter darkness. I think I’ll stick to my favorites – finishing off the DLC in Breath of the Wild, unlocking some new characters in Smash Ultimate, playing a few rounds in Splatoon 2. I’ll probably pick up the old 3DS as well, and knock back some Animal Crossing & Pokémon. I’m feeling sad, people, so all I wanna do is play games that I know and love. I’ll also be rewatching “best of” clips of Reggie on repeat via the YouTube app on Switch – does that count?
Gavin Lane, staff writer
It’s been a busy week and I’ve only managed to squeeze in thirty minutes with the latest Tetris game to arrive on Switch. Those thirty minutes were enough to confirm two things: firstly, I’m absolutely rubbish at Tetris, and secondly, I need to be careful that Tetris 99 doesn’t suck away all my weekend hours.
Assuming I can avoid that particular pitfall, I’d really like to get into Ikaruga. I got the game, I got the Flip Grip but I just haven’t had the chance to play the thing, much to the chagrin of my fellow Nintendo Life staff. I’m on the case, team! Let’s just hope I’m better at shmups than Tetris…
Gonçalo Lopes, contributing writer
There is so much shooting to be done this weekend courtesy of the eShop! The excellent Rock n’ Roll Racing spiritual sequel BlazeRush, the solid Cybernator-inspired mech action of Gigantic Army, becoming the aliens in X-Morph: Defense and even WW2 dogfighting and air base management in Warplanes: WW2 Dogfight. But the most shooting of all will be done in Gameloft’s surprisingly impressive Modern Combat Blackout, proof that you don’t really miss Call of Duty until Activision simply stops releasing it in your Nintendo console of choice and every other FPS out there is now some sort of F2P Battle Royale thingamajig.
Game of the week goes with little surprise to Protoculture Game’s appropriately titled horizontal shmup Devil Engine! A love letter to retro shmups where you will have as much fun testing your skills to a non-stop barrage of action while also picking up Easter eggs references to other shmups such as Thunder Force IV and Last Resort. Time to pick up a 5th microSD card I guess…
Dom Reseigh-Lincoln, reviewer
This weekend I’m going to be playing a LOT of Anthem. However, when I’m not flying about shooting grabbits in my javelin, I’ll be taking Trials Rising on Nintendo Switch for a spin. I’ve loved the series since it debuted way back on Xbox 360, so I’m hoping this port will live up to the hype. I imagine I’ll be swearing my head off when a mistime a jump for 100th time, but that’s Trials! Look out for my review on the site next week.
Liam Doolan, news reporter
This weekend I’m playing more Tetris 99, more Wargroove and more Hollow Knight. I’ve also managed to finally rip myself away from Super Smash Bros. Ultimate to spend some well overdue time with Dragon Ball FighterZ. It’s another one of those games I bought in launch week and never got around to properly playing due to the busy time of year. When I’m not playing any of these titles, I might give the Trials Rising beta another go. I’ll admit the Switch version definitely isn’t the best-looking one, but it hasn’t been enough to detract from the overall level of fun I’ve had with the game so far.
What games are you playing this weekend? (32 votes)
Zelda: Breath of the Wild
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
Animal Crossing: New Leaf
Pokémon Sun & Moon
Warplanes: WW2 Dogfight
Modern Combat Blackout
Dragon Ball FighterZ
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