Well, it’s certainly been a bit busier week for us here at Nintendo Life! As far as game announcements go, we’re getting Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards on the Switch Online Expansion Pass, and Alan Wake has been confirmed for release on Switch later this year. Finally, of course, we got a brand new Indie World storefront, jam-packed with lots of cool little eShop gems.
In other news, our very own NL community member Zuljaras created a remarkable DOOM sculpt, we took a look at the emergent narrative in Minecraft, and there was some bizarre drama surrounding Fei’s character. Long in Street Fighter! Last, but not least, of course, we saw the release of Nintendo’s financial results for fiscal year 2022, raising the question of when we might actually see the Switch 2 arrive.
Now is the time to relax and discuss our weekend game plans. a few mMembers of the Nintendo Life team have done so below, so feel free to read our entries and then join yours via our comments section. Enjoy!
Alana Hagues, Writer
This weekend is a double dose of new short RPGs, both of a very different genre! I’ll dive into the Metroidvania-esque Eiyuden Chronicle: Rising, which feels like a really neat little intro before the main event – Chronicle of Eiyuden: One Hundred Heroes – hits next year. The idea of repetitive fetch quests doesn’t bother me at the moment; I just need an enjoyable, low-stakes experience.
Also on the program is Jump Over The Age’s Citizen Sleeper, a game that only appeared on my radar a few weeks ago. I stumbled across the soundtrack, and the lo-fi synthwave beats practically screamed (hummed?) “get back to playing”! Our review also helped. More tabletop RPGs and much higher stakes, but equally about people and communities. See you next week!
Thomas Whitehead, Associate Editor
On the good old Switch, it’s probably time for me to ultimately play Grey, which I’ve heard a lot of good things about. I also started a new series in Civilization VI in which I try to take Robert the Bruce’s Scotland into space; I love realism!
Somewhere else I started a good series of Yakuza: like a dragonwith the mission of not falling halfway through the story this time around, or wasting too much time in the go-kart mini-game.
Ollie Reynolds, Editor
So I’m still working on Bioshock Infinite this weekend, because um… I didn’t really play it last weekend, when I said I would. I’m sorry. I’ll try to make some decent progress this time around, and hope to polish it up at some point before next weekend.
Elsewhere, I decided to replay Red Dead Redemption 2 on the PS5. I absolutely love getting lost in the world of this game, and it’s been long enough since I’ve largely forgotten a good chunk of the narrative.
Kate Gray, Editor
This weekend is my first free weekend after two weeks of COVID followed by two weeks of visiting family, so I’m going to play… SLEEP. Just kidding, it’s video game time, babyyyy. Earthbound is the most obvious, because of Backlog Club, but I haven’t stopped playing Slay The Spire yet! I have 115 hours (played it a lot last month) and only beat Heart twice (Default x2). I got closer to the Ironclad, but forgot to pick up the last key. I’m still salty about this.
Otherwise it’s gonna be a mix of watching my partner play Ring of Elden, which is amazing, and I tried Dead Cells, which I first bought at a sale a few weeks ago. To be honest, I don’t know why I postponed it – I love roguelikes – but I’m having a little trouble getting into it because I feel like I kind of skipped a tutorial? I have no idea. Please leave hints thanksuuu.
Gavin Lane, editor
I’m just going to get my Wii U things in order. We finally had internet at home last night!
Gonçalo Lopes, critic
I’m halfway through Division 1 Speedball 2: Brutal Deluxe leaderboard and things can go either way. I have some great new players, including Jams, the best striker in the whole game to turn things around. Onward to the final trilogy in LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga with at least the force awakens to do this weekend. Beautiful physical arrivals included Archvale and Death Smiles 1+2.
The game of the week is cotton fantasy! While my physical edition is still somewhere on the road, ININ Games was kind enough to send me a review code. What a fantastic reboot! I can no longer track how many games Umihara Kawase is invited to.
As always, thanks for reading! Be sure to leave us a comment below with your weekend game plans!