Week: End Game: On 04.05.2014

Digital games dominate the staff’s time this weekend!

By Nintendojo Staff. Posted 04/05/2014 12:00 Comment on this     ShareThis

Welcome back to another edition of Week: End Game: On! What games are the Dojo staffers playing this weekend? Read on to find out!

Anthony Vigna

I’ve been playing Sonic the Hedgehog: Before the Sequel, which is a fan made Sonic game that covers the events between Sonic the Hedgehog and Sonic the Hedgehog 2. This is my first time going through it, and the experience has been nothing less than exhilarating. Seriously, it’s amazing how much I like this game in comparison to Sonic the Hedgehog 4, which was supposed to appeal to Sonic fans like me who love the Genesis/Mega Drive era. From the outstanding soundtrack to the terrific level design and physics engine, Before the Sequel is a complete joy to play from start to finish. If you haven’t heard of it before, I highly suggest that you download it!

Other than that, I’ve been playing a couple of pick up games of Inazuma Eleven with my roommates. We’ve all beaten the game, so we each have teams that average around level 33 and are outfitted with a bunch of ridiculous special moves. As a result, the matches have been incredibly intense and have often gone down to the wire. I always have a good time playing against them, which makes me wish that the game had an online component.

Now that we’ve hit April, I’m hoping that we’ll finally get some of the indie games that I’ve been anticipating for a while now! All of the indie games that I really want to play have been delayed many times, and I’m hoping that we’ll get them soon so my Wii U can stop collecting dust. I know that Pier Solar HD and Shovel Knight are supposed to come out sometime this month, so hopefully one of those will hit their set release date!

Mel Turnquist

I’ve been doing some Wii Fit U in an effort to lose a little bit of weight. (I’m down about eight lbs since I started on New Year’s Eve. Maybe not a lot, but it’s still significant to me.)

This weekend, I’ll likely continue with Rune Factory 4, which I wasn’t able to carry on with when I was under going some room changes. I’ve gotten through the first two storylines and have since chosen a mate (Team Doug all the way!) and am awaiting the third storyline.

I’ll also probably be taking on a little bit of Super Mario 3D World and maybe even break out the old Mario Kart 7 for fun. It’s been a while.

Nicolas Vestre

I’ve been very sick lately, so I haven’t got a lot of game time in. Last Saturday I couldn’t even hold a 3DS stylus straight! For the first time in forever, I missed a day in Animal Crossing: New Leaf!

Now that I’ve regained my motor skills, I’ve been able to keep up with New Leaf. Curly the pig moved in, and we’ll see what he brings to fair Duckburg. My mom promised to send a duck my way if hers ever wants to move. I have so much event furniture that creating another character to hoard it all wouldn’t be a bad idea. And I still can’t build that third bridge because it’s too close to the villagers. I order you to do make it happen, Isabelle! My word is law! Other than that, I got everyone’s picture on April Fools’ Day; now I have three from Agnes. My Animal Crossing guide (and GameFAQs) proved very helpful in snagging those portraits.

I’m about halfway through Wario Land: Super Mario Land 3, and I can tell because of how many treasures I have. This time I’m going for the very best ending! After Wario gets his dream castle, I’ll go back to the much-neglected Harvest Moon: Hero of Leaf Valley on PSP. I’m about three quarters through, I just caught the Silver Fish, and I’m going to be really confused when I get back into the game. At least I’m so wealthy I could sleep for the next sixty days and easily still beat the main story. Fish meal is the key to endless money (the game thinks tomatoes are vegetables)!

Other than taking my time with Pokémon Battle Trozei, DoReMi Fantasy: Milon’s DokiDoki Adventure needs to be beaten before I go back to Super Mario 3D World. I’m on World 2, and everything is made out of poisonous candy. Hopefully I make some decent progress this week– or even tonight.

Robert Marrujo

Star Fox has been on my brain for some odd reason as of late, so I dusted off the old SNES and got to playing the original. Wow. It’s been quite a while since I sat and went through Star Fox, and I have to say, it’s as fun today as it was when I was a kid. It’s astounding what Nintendo pulled off on SNES for this game. It’s nothing to your average gamer today, but the level of craftsmanship that went into Star Fox is mind boggling; and it’s fun, too!

I’ll definitely be playing the Virtual Console releases of Metroid Fusion, Advance Wars, and Mario & Luigi on my Wii U, this weekend. The TV screen hasn’t been ideal, as no matter how much polish is put in, these games were never meant for anything beyond a small screen, let alone today’s HD canvases. Still, Nintendo made sure that the games run smooth and are at least very crisp, which I’m thankful for. The best way to experience them, though (besides on a Game Boy Advance), is on the GamePad. It’s like having a gigantic GBA in your hands! Loving it.

Metroid Fusion screen

Beyond all that, I’m currently getting to know my new Ouya. Stop laughing. It’s not horrible, but I’m disappointed so far with the game selection and mediocre presentation. I knew what the console was all about before leaping in, but I still expected more from it (seriously, there’s a game for sale just titled “Butt” that looks like it was made in part with an old MS Paint program). The part that irks me most, though, are all the Nintendo emulators available right on the Ouya marketplace. Mobile is obviously no stranger to the things, but they bug me. The Ouya folks should be doing a better job of policing the situation than they currently are. As it stands, I have three Sonic games downloaded and not much good faith built.

What will you be playing this weekend? Have you downloaded any of this week’s GBA Virtual Console games, or will you be playing through something else? Let us know in the comments!

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