Week: End Game: On 10.12.2013

What will the staff be playing this weekend? (Hint: lots of Pokémon!)

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

Robert Marrujo

I’d like to say I’ll be playing Wind Waker HD this weekend, but I just finished putting that one to bed on Wednesday night. Nintendo did a really masterful job remaking this game for Wii U. The changes to speed up sailing and the Triforce quest were perfectly implemented, particularly because they’re optional. Also, who expected fans would be shuttling off Lenzo’s legendary pictos using the Tingle Bottle? The first time I got a legendary picto in a bottle telling me to pass it along, I got a big grin on my face. Thanks for saving me some rupees, Miiverse!

Anyway, since I’m done with Wind Waker, it’s back to Pikmin 3 to wrap up unfinished business. Wind Waker totally derailed my plans last week, so I want to see this one through to the end. I’m also planning to plug in my trusty Nintendo 64 and fire up Ocarina of Time. I’m talking real Ocarina of Time, too; half moons and chanting for the win! It’s always weird to go back to the Nintendo 64 controller after all these years. My hands just feel too big for the thing, now!

As far as Pokémon X and Y go… odds are I might just end up obsessing over them and nothing else. I’m not sure, though! I just finished up White 2 a couple months ago, so the Pokérus is sort of out of my system. I may end up playing X for a bit, but then zone out and play something else. Yeah, that sounds dumb, but my tastes are what they are. Namely, unpredictable! Definitely going to be fiddling with the 2DS, though; that thing looks cool.

Marc Deschamps

I’ve spent the last couple of weeks putting some time into the original Kingdom Hearts. I picked up the HD remake on PS3, because I never owned a PlayStation 2, and always hoped the game would see release on a Nintendo console. It’s a fun game, but the design is clearly a bit dated. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve wanted to toss my controller in frustration. When I’m not lost, or yearning for a map, I am enjoying it, but I’m also feeling pretty happy that I didn’t go buy another console ten years ago just to play it.

I’ve also been spending a lot of time on Animal Crossing: New Leaf. I finally finished collecting every fossil, and now I’m building an expansion on the museum. Meanwhile, my house is running out of room for all the Nintendo stuff I’ve collected via the fortune cookies. Is there an Animal Crossing equivalent to a hoarder? Because I’m pretty sure that’s where I’m at. Monday was Cobb’s birthday. I had to make sure I raced home from my actual job to attend. Then I got an invitation to Hippeaux’s birthday on the 17th. So this is pretty much where my life is at, right now.

This weekend is all about the pocket monsters, though. I’m pretty much counting down the hours, at this point. I think this is the most excited I’ve been for a Pokémon game in a long time. I plan on sinking quite a bit of my Saturday into this game. Everything else is getting tossed to the side once that game is in my hands. Well… until Hippeaux’s birthday party, at least.

Nicolas Vestre

After dozens of attempts, I finally put the final nail in Mega Man Zero‘s coffin! Even though the game puts my play time at about two and half hours, it must have taken me around 30 hours (maybe more) to S rank every stage. Sadly, I didn’t S rank the last stage (I managed to get a very respectable A rank), simply because of all the variables in fighting eight bosses in a row (Phantom and your shadow attack, I’m looking at you). I think I spent all of last Sunday trying to beat the final stage with one life, and failed dismally. Then on Monday, right before I was going to turn in for the night, I thought I would give it one last try. Much to my surprise, I took down that final boss! Conquering Mega Man Zero was one of the most difficult things I’ve ever done as a gamer. There’s no way I’m going to commit to the sequel any time soon (it’s just way too stressful, not to mention my huge backlog), so I’m free from the grasp of an extremely punishing game for the time being.

Working on my 3DS backlog, I finally beat Gunman Clive on Normal, which turned out to be a lot of fun. A lot of great ideas (mine carts, gravity puzzles) were crammed into a small package that’s really fun to play multiple times. I won’t spoil it, but the unlockable character is nothing short of awesome. After beating Hard mode will all three characters, I’m going to tackle the DLC from Mutant Mudds and take on all those CGA-Land levels with Grannie.

Animal Crossing: New Leaf is going well. I got my second purple pansy, so now I can start breeding them like rabbits. I’m actually a little envious of Marc getting his last fossil; I’m still trying to get a Spino Skull. Actually, I just got two Stego Skulls, the last fossil my mom needs in her museum. Selling perfect apples in my mom’s town is funding most of my house expansion, with a little help from selling gems at inflated prices at the Flea Market. One of my rooms in the Museum is full of gems from using my silver shovel on the money rock, so I guess I’m a hoarder too. Even though my villagers constantly bombard me with notices that they’re moving, I never let them leave. That’s partly because I really like most of my villagers (especially Merengue, Tom and Broccolo), and partly because I don’t want new villagers to move into awkward places. In fact, the complete southeast of my town is empty and free. Maybe I should build some more public works to spruce that part up when I get a few extra Bells.

Apart from keeping up with New Leaf, I’ll be trying to make a lot of progress in Mario and Luigi: Dream Team this weekend. Completing all the Expert Challenges can be both satisfying and extremely aggravating. I don’t know how many times I died against a hoard of Spinies in the Dream World, trying to dodge ten enemy attacks in a row. So far, the humor in the game matches pretty close to other entries in the series; the Massif Bros are hilarious! Here’s hoping the rest of the game is as great.

Jason Strong

The entirety of my gaming time this past week has been spent binging on Wind Waker HD and it has been a welcome reminder of just how amazing a Zelda game can be. The sights, the sounds, the ocean, the pigs; everything is breathtaking and my only complaint would be that my frail human body often requires breaks for food, the restroom, and the occasional shower, thus hindering my ability to immerse myself fully in yet another Nintendo classic.

The forecast for the rest of the weekend will likely be much the same. I’ve made it to the Forsaken Fortress for the second time, which, if memory serves, puts me just before the much dreaded Triforce collection quest, though I’m sure it will be infinitely more bearable this time around, what with the quick sail speeding up my voyage.

I’m still undecided on the whole Pokemon front, the last entry in the series that I played was HeartGold on the DS, and though it was entertaining enough, I find that I simply don’t have the dedication to invest in these games as much as they might deserve. My mother always used to tell me that if I couldn’t catch them all, I shouldn’t catch any, and I’ve lived by those words. The visuals on X and Y do look rather enticing though, and my resistance is low. Something tells me that I might be fighting yet another gym leader by the end of the weekend if I don’t keep my guard up.

What about you? Will you also be playing Pokémon this weekend, or do you have something else on your gaming plate? Let us know in the comments!

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