We’re almost at the end of May, and the “E3” build-up is beginning to kick in, which means that things have been a little steady in the world of video games. Three new NES and SNES games have appeared on NSO this week. A dancing Psyduck toy took the internet by storm. And Eiyuden Chronicle: Hundred Heroes finally, officially, got confirmed for Switch.
We also reviewed the beautiful, emotional OPUS: Echo of Starsong – Full Bloom Edition. A surprising reboot came out on Friday; Kao the Kangaroo is back and at its best. And Kate took a look back at her favourite janky RPG, Dragon’s Dogma, on the week of its tenth anniversary.
Now 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!
Kate Gray, staff writer
This weekend, if the weather’s nice, I’m going for a bike ride. My poor lovely bike has been in the basement since last October (thanks, Canadian Winter) so I’m excited to — oh, sorry, this is What Are You Playing. My mistake.
This weekend, if the weather’s crappy (which it will be, I just checked) I am going to be firing up [REDACTED], which is June’s Backlog Club game, and I’ll also be trying out new games to wean myself off of my Slay The Spire addiction. Currently, that’s Dead Cells, Roundguard, and Guild of Dungeoneering, all of which are quite fun, although I do wish Roundguard was a little less punishing for a game that’s basically Peggle!
Also, I started my third playthrough of Dante’s Inferno last night. God, I love that game. It’s so utterly offensive in every way that it almost comes back around to being charmingly inoffensive? It’s hilariously stupid. I love it.
Alana Hagues, staff writer
I’ve hit another wall and I can’t decide what I want to play this weekend! Not that I’m short of options, of course. I’m leaning towards starting a brand new RPG — something long like Tales of Arise on PS5 or getting back to that Xenoblade Chronicles: Definitive Edition playthrough — but I’ve got a busy few months ahead of me where a 50-100 hour epic just doesn’t seem feasible.
The most tempting prospect right now is to fall back on something I’ve already played, so I’m thinking Pokémon Legends: Arceus. I actually haven’t touched most of the post-game stuff so at least I’m not replaying something I’ve played a dozen times, right? Plus I miss my goofy little Typhlosion… I hope it’s sunny and warm where you are this weekend!
Gonçalo Lopes, reviewer
I feel the need, the need for speed. No, not the one you might be thinking of. I dusted off my New 3DS for some hardcore replaying of Ace Combat: Assault Horizon Legacy +, the definitive remake of the iconic Ace Combat 2. I also treated myself to some Top Gun: Maverick airplanes with the DLC pack for Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown on a non-Nintendo platform. We need this series on Switch! LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga concludes with Episode IX, just in time for the Obi-Wan Kenobi series streaming premiere.
Accessories of the week are my Ray-Ban Aviators and my Bomber Jacket. What’s your problem, Kazansky?
Stuart Gipp, contributor
Did you know that the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Cowabunga Collection looks absolutely brilliant? You did? Very clever, pat yourself on the back. I have been playing classic TMNT games to prepare for its majesty, and have thusly been pouring time into Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III: The Manhattan Project on NES, a game I wasn’t previously especially familiar with. In addition to my previous “did you know”, though, did you know that it — a single component of the multifaceted Cowabunga Collection — is also brilliant? An amazingly accomplished and full-featured beat-’em-up for the Nintendo Entertainment System. It’s ace. And I’ve been playing it. Alright, cheers.
As always, thanks for reading! Make sure to leave us a comment below with your weekend gaming plans!