Week: End Game: On 10.05.2013

What will the staff be playing this weekend?

By Nintendojo Staff. Posted 10/05/2013 12:00 Comment on this     ShareThis

Andy Hoover

I too have somehow managed the urge to download Wind Waker in favor of waiting to get the awesome Ganon figure from GameStop. It has been a tough wait as I am a huge fan of GameCube version, and the beauty of each screenshot and video I’ve seen has literally made me ache a little. So, I think it is safe to say that I will be doing a lot of sailing this weekend.

However, one thing I plan on doing that I may or may not get to this weekend is exploring Wii games on the Wii U GamePad. I have a ludicrously long backlist of Wii games I should try tackling, and I really do love curling up in bed at night with the GamePad, so I think this could prove to be a rather productive addition to the system’s feature set. Granted, I will still need a Wii Remote and Classic Controller, so I will have to see how comfortable that is. Now the only question is which game to tackle first, I’m thinking The Last Story… assuming of course I tear myself away from Wind Waker.

Nicolas Vestre

Last week, I finished DuckTales Remastered on Hard difficulty, having previously beaten the game on Medium. Actually, Hard isn’t that different from Medium, the only main differences being a lack of a map, no health-restoring cakes, and only two health upgrades (instead of five). Another surprising aspect of Hard mode is how many lives the game has hidden everywhere; at one point I was up to ten lives!

Looking back, the game definitely met my expectations. The entirety of the game (sans the brand new beginning and end levels) stayed very true to the original (which I bought off of eBay shortly after Remastered was announced). Some levels were streamlined, such as the Amazon, where the section with Launchpad was much more fun, because those giant bees can’t get cheap hits on ol’ Scroogey when he’s holding on to the helicopter. I can see myself playing Extreme mode in the future; after all, I didn’t really have a problem beating the original for NES in one sitting. Also, I’ve heard about several glitches in the game, but the only one I experienced was when the game inexplicably switched to the original 8-bit music. Here’s hoping a patch comes soon.

For almost every day since it’s been released, I’ve been playing Animal Crossing: New Leaf, and that’s not going to change any time soon. I’ve started a grow-op on the beach, fervently hunting for the fabled blue rose. This quest has gone on for months, and every day when I stroll down to the beach, I hope there’s a blue rose waiting for me. My mom wanted to know how to get a blue rose, so I helped her out (breed an orange rose with a purple rose, then take the red rose spawns and group them together, apart from the orange and purple roses). Within a few days, she had a blue rose! I still can’t believe it. Thankfully, I did manage to get my hands on a purple pansy (my mom’s favorite color), which took weeks upon weeks to get.

Also, I got the Emporium! All that appeasing Gracie finally paid off! It took forever to compile outfits that would pass any fashion check, but it was worth it. Now I just have to slowly pay off my never-ending home loan…

I’m so close to finishing Mega Man Zero! After hundreds of tries, I S-ranked every level, right up to the end. In what is probably a homage to the classic Mega Man series, the final level requires you to fight eight bosses that you’ve already defeated throughout the game. I won’t spoil anything else, though! But with all the variables of fighting so many bosses, I think I’m only going to be able to A-rank the last level. It really makes me sad, but there are so many other games in my queue that are begging to be played.

And once Mega Man Zero is down for the count, I’m going right back to Mario & Luigi: Dream Team, where I think I’m supposed to go to Driftwood Shore. I’m loving the game so far, so I’m taking my sweet time with it.

Jason Strong

It’s hard to know where to begin. The insatiable monstrosity that is my backlog rushes towards me like a runaway train, ready to crush me beneath its mighty wheels at the slightest sign of weakness.

Perhaps I’ll finally sink some quality time into Rayman Legends. I fear the paltry five or six levels that I’ve completed are hardly sufficient to slake my thirst for platforming, even after having just finished up New Super Luigi U last week. In order to do that, however, I’ll have to pull myself away from the Xbox 360 version of Diablo 3, which also has me gripped in its formidable clutches. To top it all off my girlfriend has been exerting a fair amount of pressure for us to finally finish Kirby’s Epic Yarn, a necessity if my cuteness quota for the week is to be met.

Wait a minute… Wind Waker HD came out yesterday? And my special edition copy is just begging to be opened? Scratch all that other stuff, I know exactly what I’ll be playing.

What about you? What games will you be playing this weekend? Let us know in the comments!

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