Talking Point: What Are You Playing This Weekend? (January 15th) 1

Talking Point: What Are You Playing This Weekend? (January 15th)

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Another week down in this new and mysterious year of 2022. This week we got a new trailer and a March release date for the lovely-looking Kirby and the Forgotten Land, news hit of Among Us getting a manga, the fifth anniversary of the very first time we went hands-on with Switch came (and we all got teary-eyed looking back five years to a time when we could meet in a pub and only have to worry about rowdy patrons), and one Thomas Whitehead went on a deep dive exploring the ins and outs of NFTs and the implications for gaming. Tom, we salute you, sir!

Anyhoo, it’s time to chill out 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!

Gavin Lane, editor

Having finally put Blasphemous to bed, my gaming time this weekend will be spent on building Lego instead. I ordered the Lego Sonic the Hedgehog Green Hill set a day or two after it went on sale, but it took a while to arrive, scuppering my plans for a little weekend review for you in the process.

I did sit down to start the set, but after an hour I’d only got through two of the six bags in the box — so many little pieces! Keep an eye out next week some time for my overall verdict on the set.

On the off-chance I get to pay an actual video game, I’ll probably spend some more time with Death’s Door.

Thomas Whitehead, deputy editor

After playing the opening to Disco Elysium and enjoying it I… haven’t been back for two weeks. Oops, time to continue my investigations in that game, while I’ve also resumed my most recent playthrough of Okami HD, a wonderful game that still looks amazing to this day.

Elsewhere I recently purchased Tomb Raider Survivor Trilogy and have been working through the first game. It’s silly fun, and Crystal Dynamics had a real gift for ‘cinematic’ action; I’ve been having a good time with it, even if Lara suffers the Nathan Drake curse of being a mass murderer (along with everyone else in the game, to be fair).

Kate Gray, staff writer

This weekend, I (rather shamefully) should probably take down my Christmas decorations. I’VE BEEN BUSY. When I’m not tangling with lights, I’ll be hopping back into Astroneer — I don’t have an estimate on my play activity yet, but it’s got to be quite a few hours by this point. I’m still having fun, though!

I’ve also been playing a fair bit of Undermine and The Great Ace Attorney Chronicles, and watching my partner play Apollo Justice, and I’ve been toying with the idea of starting Chrono Trigger again…

Zion Grassl, video producer

I’ve never really considered myself a big Metroid fan until the announcement of Dread last year. Like many, it spurred me to play through Zero Mission and Samus Returns and over the past few weeks I finally made my way through the entirety of Super and Fusion! So with all of those happily off my backlog, I’ve begun the journey to the planet ZDR. The journey of Metroid Dread.

While I do feel there’s enough of a story recap at the start for those choosing Dread as their first game, I’ve gained a new appreciation for Samus having witnessed all of the struggles she’s had to face over the course of the series. She’s definitely grown on me as a character and I can’t wait to see this final mission through to the very end.

Gonçalo Lopes, reviewer

Alwas Collection is officially my first Switch boxed game of 2022 and I am quite fond of both entries so looking forward to a bit of ‘Metroidvania’ bliss. The eShop surprise release of SNK vs. Capcom: Card Fighters’ Clash ensures I will have a quality time-waster for the foreseeable future. I also delved into my wish list and finally picked up Spectacular Sparky. I can’t believe it took my this long to plunge into this love letter to Treasure’s Mega Drive era.

Game of the week is Eschatos. It may be a decade-old game but it is brand new to me (I have been forcefully skipping purchase of it on Steam for years). It also comes bundled with two early shmups from the same producers, so go grab it!


As always, thanks for reading! Make sure to leave us a comment below with your weekend gaming plans!