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Talking Point: What Are You Playing This Weekend? (March 7th)

Pokemon Mystery Dungeon

Yet another week has flown by, with several interesting tidbits from a Shigeru Miyamoto interview appearing online and even news of an upcoming Mario clothing line at Levi’s. Quite the week!

Now that it’s the weekend, though, members of the Nintendo Life team have gathered to discuss their gaming plans. We’d love for you to get involved too via our poll and comment sections. Enjoy!

PJ O’Reilly, reviewer

This weekend I’m gonna be doing my bit to help stop the spread of Coronavirus by sitting on my couch all weekend and hammering the tutorial mode in Under Night In-Birth Exe:Late [cl-r]. It’s a fun name that isn’t it, Under Night In-Birth Exe:Late [cl-r], fun to type, especially if you’re reviewing it and need to type it loads. Yes. Anyway, I’m a total amateur at the moment, making my way slowly through the easy challenges to help me build on the very basic Street Fighter 2 skills I’m currently packing, but the tutorial in this game is so in-depth I’ve no doubt I’ll be playing at Evo 2021 when it rolls around.

I’ve also just got around to picking up Super Mario Party so will be getting stuck into that with the kids, trying out the minigames and taking no prisoners as I assert my absolute dominance as the king of games in my household. Have a fun weekend, guys, and remember to wash your hands!

Ryan Craddock, staff writer

After spending the last couple of weeks shooting, shiving, and sneaking my way around infected in The Last of Us Remastered, I’m about to once again dive into the colourful world of Nintendo magic this weekend.

I thought I’d pick up Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Rescue Team DX on Switch and give it a go, despite the fact that I already own the originals and have plenty of other things I could be playing instead – why must video games be so compelling? There’s something about Pokémon that I just can’t resist, and I’m looking forward to seeing my favourite ‘mon in the game’s cutesy art style probably more than I should.

Gavin Lane, staff writer

This week it’s Witcher 3 for me. I’m not even out of the tutorial section yet, but I can already tell I’m going to enjoy this immensely. After hearing that combat wasn’t brilliant I was prepared to tolerate some jank, but from what I’ve played so far it’s got its own flow and is far better than I expected.

I’ll probably finish off DOOM too, which I picked up for peanuts on sale. Originally I was put off not only by the Switch version’s dodgy frame rate but also the belief that original DOOM really needs a keyboard and a big ol’ space bar to ‘feel’ right. After 5 minutes with the patched-up Switch port, though, it almost feels like it was made for a gamepad. And the shotgun is still one of gaming’s finest weapons. Meaty.

Austin Voigt, contributing writer

This weekend I have a road trip across the country I’ll be headed out on, so I’ll probably end up playing nearly every game in my library out of sheer boredom. In fact, I’ve been tempted to restart Zelda: Breath of the Wild, and this may be just the trip to do so. I’m also (still) trying to finish Luigi’s Mansion 3, and I also have some post-game work to do in Pokemon Shield. And, of course, I’m sure the friends joining me on the trip will want to whip out Mario Kart 8 Deluxe and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate for some couch co-op…

We all know this is one of the last weeks before my canned ‘What Are You Playing?’ response simply becomes “Animal CrossingAnimal CrossingAnimal Crossing“, so enjoy this while it lasts.

Ollie Reynolds, reviewer

In the run-up to the release of Ori and the Will of the Wisps, I’ve gone back to play Ori and the Blind Forest again on Switch. Like every other game ever released, I firmly believe it’s at its best on the Switch, and I’m having an absolute blast with it (even if it does make me tear up occasionally)!

I’m also plugging away at Mega Man Zero/ZX Legacy Collection – as a huge fan of Mega Man, missing out on the initial release of these games has played on my mind for a while, so being able to experience them all in one handy package is great. I don’t think I was quite prepared for how difficult they are, though!

Gonçalo Lopes, contributing writer

Lack of progress during the week on SD Gundam G Generation Cross Rays annoys me to no end so expect to see me on that battlefield once more. Some nice arrivals including Metro Redux, Rune Factory 4 Special and the unavoidable Pokémon Mystery Dungeon Rescue Team DX will also get some playtime. Or should I say “stream time”? That’s right, in (yet another) middle-age crisis, I’ve picked up one of those fancy video capture cards and am well on my way to becoming a part-time streamer.

My game of the week is Warface. Let’s face it: There are a ton of really great ideas on that package that help it stand apart from other FPS, so it’s attending my Call of Duty needs quite nicely.

As always, thanks for reading! Make sure to leave a vote in the poll above and a comment below with your gaming choices over the next few days…

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