Well, another week of Nintendo news and quirky weirdness has passed. We had even more stability for the Switch thanks to a firmware update, rumours of the Super Mario Odyssey team making a DK title, the internet making a meme out of an overpriced Calculator app and a lot more besides. We could link to various financial results and Q & As, but we know Calculator is more interesting.
It’s time to unwind a little and discuss our weekend gaming plans. 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 non-Nintendo front I’ll likely continue to work through Resident Evil 7: Biohazard for the first time while its follow-up Resident Evil Village tempts me on the dashboard. I’ll also try to jump back into Assassin’s Creed: Valhalla for a look at its DLC expansion, ‘Wrath of the Druids’. And yes, I’m still a baseball addict and will play a few games of MLB The Show 21.
When opting for portable play or away from home I have some exciting new games on Switch. I’ll be playing through Famicom Detective Club: The Girl Who Stands Behind; I bought both in the EU bundle, but decided to do the ‘prequel’ first. I’ll also be looking at a couple of really impressive games that are EMBARGOED, so coverage of those will pop up in the next couple of weeks.
Kate Gray, staff writer
I’ve been playing Famicom Detective Club! Writing two reviews and a guide means I’ve played The Missing Heir three times, and The Girl Who Stands Behind twice. Fun fact: they do actually branch a tiny bit, but not much! Also, check out my guide if you’re playing them, it took me two weeks to write!
Other than that… well, I haven’t had much time for other games. But I am playing Resident Evil 4, which is my first Resi game, on Twitch. People keep coming into the comments, watching for five seconds, then saying “first time, huh?” in the chat, so I think I’m not very good at it….
Ryan Craddock, Staff Writer
I’m pleasantly surprised to say that I’m still plugging away at New Pokémon Snap (this one’s got a fair bit more going on than the original did, huh?).
I’ve hit the credits and heard the words “oh, a new discovery” more times than I can remember, but I’m pretty determined to snap every monster going and get a complete Photodex. I’ve started going back around all the islands to do exactly that and I don’t think I have too many left to find – although I’ll admit I’ve had to read our own guides for a couple of the more elusive ones. I said I wouldn’t, but they’re tricky, okay?
Gonçalo Lopes, reviewer
Strong Wii line-up endures yet another week with the tricky Championship 3 races in Speed Racer: The Videogame. Back to the ring in Punch-Out!!, back to the black, white and red streets of MadWorld. As per usual GameCube not far behind since the surprise delay of Baldur’s Gate: Dark Alliance on Switch gave me the excuse to make a brand new character on the original version of the game, and I’m having strange urges to say “Henshin!” a lot. Time to give both mainline Viewtiful Joe entries some love.
Game of the week is unexpectedly Space Commander: War and Trade. Sure, Everspace and Rogue Galaxy: Outlaw remain unchallenged at the top of space faring antics on Switch, but this premium mobile port manages to hit all the right checkboxes to make it a worthwhile investment.
PJ O’Reilly, reviewer
Hello. This weekend the vast majority of my Switch gaming time will be spent playing through a few bits and pieces for some upcoming reviews, but any spare time I do manage to wangle will 100% be spent with Unknown Worlds’ excellent Subnautica. I’m still pretty bowled over by just how well this enormously entertaining game plays on Switch and am having a blast slowly crafting elaborate underwater bases, working my way through the various tech trees and hiding from giant scary leviathans all from the comfort of my couch in portable mode. How on earth did they manage to get it running so smoothly and looking so well? It’s beyond me. Have a good weekend whatever you’re up to or playing!
Mitch Vogel, reviewer
This weekend, I’ll be diving deep into Radiant Historia: Perfect Chronology. I picked it up a couple weeks ago, and I’m shocked at how utterly spectacular it’s turned out to be. I was expecting a decent game, but this just knocks it out of the park in hitting that old-school RPG feel. The grid-based battle system is an interesting take on turn-based combat, and the time-travel mechanic makes the story feel a lot like a successor to Chrono Trigger. I’m honestly kind of amazed I don’t hear it being talked about more, as I’d say so far it’s shaping up to be one of the best RPGs on the 3DS.
Aside from that, I’ll also be playing through Panzer Paladin, which I’ve been putting off playing for a while now. So far, I love the old-school challenge, and the weapon changing mechanic is quite interesting. I know retro platformers like this are kind of played out by this point, but Panzer Paladin has at least reminded me that fresh ideas can still be brought to the genre.
As always, thanks for reading! Make sure to leave us a comment below with your gaming choices over the next few days…