Week: End Game: On 04.25.2015

The staff feel the need for speed this weekend!

By Nintendojo Staff. Posted 04/25/2015 09:00 Comment on this     ShareThis

It’s the weekend again, which means it’s time to do some gaming! This past Thursday saw the release of the second downloadable content pack for Mario Kart 8, so you can bet the staff will be checking out all the newest courses (and the new 200cc mode, of course)! What else will they be playing this weekend? Read on to find out!

Marc Deschamps

Like the rest of the staff I’m sure, I’ll be spending the majority of my gaming time this weekend with the new Mario Kart 8 DLC. While most gamers are probably jumping head first into the 200cc class, I’m gonna take my time. I haven’t played a ton of Mario Kart since the last DLC came out, so I have no desire to jump in and get stomped right away. I’d rather ease into it by re-affiliating myself with the game, first. So far, I’m a really big fan. The new courses are gorgeous!

I’m still plugging away at The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask 3D. It’s been a slow process, but video game time becomes a premium when you have a seven-month-old at home! I’ve finally reached Ikana Canyon. It feels like I’m heading into the game’s final stretch, but considering that it’s taken me two months to get this far, who knows how long that could take! Still, I’m having a really good time with the game, so I kind of don’t mind. It would just be nice to get to my backlog of games at some point, especially with Splatoon just a month away!

Andrew Hsieh


*crawls back into hidey-hole, grimacing, cutting off tails *

Jon Stevens

I’m probably the odd one out this week, as I won’t be going back to test out the new Mario Kart 8 DLC just yet. Instead, I’ll be playing some of the 3DS games that keep drawing me back in. I’m planning to continue working my way through Fire Emblem Awakening (I’m finally making some progress!) and have been playing Pokémon Shuffle most days for the last couple of weeks, so will probably give that a go too.

I had hoped to pick up The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask 3D at some point soon, but I can’t really justify getting that when I still haven’t finished Lugi’s Mansion: Dark Moon. I know it’s been two years and perhaps one day soon I will finish it… but it probably isn’t going to be this weekend!

Craig Harnett

Unfortunately a weekend of work beckons, but I will definately squeeze a few hours in somewhere so I can give the new Mario Kart 8 DLC a whirl. Given my time constraints I may have to go straight to the 200cc mode and take the quick tour of the new courses!

I shall also be continuing my adventure on Planet Zebes courtesy of Club Nintendo after cashing in my Star Points and downloading the still brilliant Super Metroid from the Virtual Console. Whilst bitter sweet as we wave goodbye to Club Nintendo, I’m excited to find out more about the new loyalty programme in the coming months.

Anthony Pelone

200cc in Mario Kart 8 is INSANE! I lost count of how many times I drove into walls and whatnot. If you haven’t already, definitely try it out in the F-Zero courses and Baby Park. Out of the new courses, I’m thinking Ribbon Road and Wild Woods are my favorites (the way they reimagined the former can’t be described has to be experienced firsthand!), and the Villager is all set to be one of my main racers (alongside Iggy, Toad, Metal Mario, and Shy Guy). I don’t know how much time I’ll have with the DLC this weekend, but I’ll make every effort to squeeze it in!

They finally fixed the Mewtwo glitch in Smash Bros., too, so I’m finally tackling the single player modes with him. I wasn’t affected by the glitch, but I didn’t want to take any chances since I rather like looking at my Global Smash Power scores. In any case, it’s so surreal and nostalgic to have my favorite Pokémon back in Smash, and it’s almost as if I’m catching up with an old friend. Can’t wait for Lucas!

Shawn Wilkins

Looks like this week will be a split between many games. I managed to pick up Story of Seasons, Xenoblade Chronicles 3D, and I’m still plugging away at Code Name: S.T.E.A.M. I’ve also managed to snag myself a copy of Oracle of Seasons, so it could be argued that I either have no free time or a bunch of free time. It’ll be an interesting couple of weeks… or months. Geez, what if it’s a whole year?

I also think I might snag the Mario Kart 8 DLC since I’ve been practicing on becoming good at the game. Not just okay like I’ve been or when I’m at parties, but enough to make children weep for their parents whenever I pick up the Pro Controller. I really want to affect this new generation in ways no one else has. Not through violence, deceptions, or anguish, but through Mario Kart 8.

Nicolas Vestre

After over three years of trying, I finally put the finishing touches on Harvest Moon: Hero of Leaf Valley for PSP! The last few months in the game were a real drag, as there was nothing do to do. Only 50,000 G is needed to save the valley, and I got at least 400,000 G without having to try very hard, especially toward the end.

With Hero of Leaf Valley out of the way, I can finally justify starting Story of Seasons! I decided to choose the normal mode instead of Seedling mode because I want an authentic challenge. For those who don’t know, Seedling mode decreases the use of stamina by half and reduces the prices of items in the shops. So far, I’ve only completed the somewhat long-winded tutorial, but I look forward to jumping into farming life very soon.

I’m going to get back into Little King’s Story on Wii, which I’ve neglected for a couple months now. It’s a great title that sold very poorly. I’ve grown attached to my subjects and have led them to several victories so far. That doesn’t mean the game is easy– it took forever to take down one king, and I can’t count the times I’ve seen my subjects slaughtered, sending me home with my tail between my legs. But I keep coming back for more, which is the sign of a great game. I’m going to stick with it and beat this game, no matter how many awesome titles like Splatoon are coming out relatively soon.

On the non-Nintendo side of things, I’ve been playing an incredible title on PlayStation 4 that goes by the name of Velocity 2X. Its extremely fast pace and brutal scoring system sucked me in immediately. I can’t go to the next level until I’ve perfected the last, which is very hard to do. I wish this game would come to Wii U, where it would fit so well along with other indie titles.

And on PC, I’m playing Ori and the Blind Forest. It’s one of the more atmospheric games I’ve played, and I can’t wait to see what happens next.

What games will you be playing this weekend? Share your gaming plans with us in the comments!

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