Talking Point: What Are You Playing This Weekend? (April 4th)

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Tom Nook

What a crazy week we’ve had this week with a huge Switch eShop sale, ridiculous levels of Animal Crossing creativity, and even reports suggesting that 2020 is set to bring lots of exciting Super Mario remasters to Switch. Sheesh.

Finally, though, we can now sit back and take a breather. Members of Team Nintendo Life have shared their gaming plans for the weekend below, and we’d love for you to join in via our poll and comment sections. Enjoy!

Gavin Lane, staff writer

Following an unprecedented splurge on the European Switch eShop sale late last night (brought on, no doubt, by a potent mix of tiredness + relaxing beverage) I have not one, not two, but seven new game icons sitting on my Switch menu screen, including Octopath Traveler, The Messenger, The Touryst and Alien: Isolation. These are games I’ve had my eye on for months and the price was right. It would be lovely if I could find time to delve into them over the weekend.

Not gonna happen, though. You see I’ve got fish to catch, bridges to build and Buck’s birthday present to deliver. No, I fear that my recent purchases will instead settle like sediment over Witcher 3, Edith Finch and the rest, compacting into the continental shelf of my backlog and taking up great chunks of my micro SD. Must dash – just spied a dragonfly!

Ryan Craddock, staff writer

Once again, I’ll be squeezing every last drop out of Animal Crossing: New Horizons that I possibly can, slowly but surely working towards crafting all of the Bunny Day recipes and maybe – just maybe – actually getting around to sprucing up my house a little bit.

I’ve got into a pretty strict routine at the moment where I gather materials from each part of my island, sell things off, use a Nook Miles ticket and repeat, all in the same order each day. The problem is that by the time I’m done, I realise I haven’t got any time to really do anything else, so I’d quite like to explore different things like custom designs while I have more time over the weekend.

Austin Voigt, contributing writer

Although I’m tempted to just hunker down and exclusively play Animal Crossing for yet another weekend, I am beginning to find a rhythm with other games that’s well-suited to quarantine life. A lack of social contact has led many of my friends and family to set up gaming events for us all to remotely interact. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is currently the online multiplayer favorite, with Overcooked! 2 coming in at a close second.

Both games are fairly easy for less experienced friends and family members to jump in on, and have been providing that socialization we’re all craving. Of course, Animal Crossing: New Horizons offers a similar social outlet, and will obviously be my main game of the weekend… but at least I’m adding some variety!

Gonçalo Lopes, contributing writer

A double-deck mixing table fell down from a tree a few days ago in Animal Crossing: New Horizons (how did the game know!?) so you know what that means: I will be live streaming my musical adventures straight out of Shiryuland… once I can build a stage with props other than lava lamps.

Will probably complete the Gundam Wing campaign in SD Gundam G Generation Cross Rays, wrap up Good Job! and give the new soundtrack a blast in Panzer Dragoon: Remake. My game of the week is the insanity of Saints Row IV: Re-Elected. Never got a chance to play the original so all these Switch re-releases are great excuses to plunge into unexplored gems like this.

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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