Week: End Game: On 10.21.2017

It’s the weekend! Time to kick back and play some games!

By Nintendojo Staff. Posted 10/21/2017 21:15 Comment on this     ShareThis

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With just one week until the release of Super Mario Odyssey, it’s crunch time to finish the games we’re currently playing! Check out what the staff is up to this weekend!

Marc Deschamps

Last week, I managed to secure an SNES Classic for myself, so my gaming time has mostly been dedicated to revisiting some old friends. While I’ve never played Final Fantasy III, Earthbound or Secret of Mana, the first game I found myself gravitating to was a game I’ve beat multiple times over the years: Donkey Kong Country. I do plan to get to those games eventually, but my laundry list of unfinished games made the idea of starting yet another game I don’t have time for a bit nauseating. So, instead, I opted for a game that I’ve already finished; that way, I wouldn’t feel bad if it does end up tossed to the side.

I never owned DKC on Super Nintendo for some baffling reason. Nearly all of my friends did own it, however, and it quickly grew into one of my favorite titles. Since then, I’ve made up for my lapse by purchasing the game multiple times on multiple systems, with this one simply being the latest. After all these years, I find it every bit as charming as I did back in 1994; there’s just something about it that continually draws me in. The gameplay is a blast and the David Wise soundtrack continues to age like a fine wine. The visuals don’t look quite as revolutionary as they did back in the day, but it’s still a masterpiece to me!

I also introduced my daughter to Super Mario World, as well. At this age, she hasn’t played all that many games, but it was fun showing her the title’s gorgeous world. For my money, this title is better than any of Mario’s other 2D outings. There’s just something about the game that manages to hold up more than twenty-five years later. The visuals, the sounds and gameplay combine into a perfect package. I hope I can keep her interested in playing it with daddy!

Robert Marrujo

It’s been insanely busy for me the past few weeks, but between writing duties and life I’ve managed to squeeze in some play time. First off, I got hold of a Nyko Super Miniboss controller. The wireless device has a receiver that plugs into SNES Classic Edition consoles, thus alleviating the frustration of the system having such short controller cords. Well, it does in theory; I’ll let you know if the thing is actually any good! The build seems solid, at least, so I have high hopes.

I’m also polishing off Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga + Bowser’s Minions on 3DS. It’s still my favorite of the Mario & Luigi games. Yeah, I know that some of the sequels are genuine contenders for number one in the series, but the original holds a special place in my heart. For whatever reason, I never even knew the game existed until well after it had launched… which is shameful considering I had a subscription to Nintendo Power! Though I miss the old-school pixel graphics, the style that’s been adopted ever since Mario & Luigi swapped over to 3DS has been solid and frankly looks better here than in any other installment.

Finally, I’m going to crack into Fire Emblem Warriors on Switch and 3DS this weekend. I loved Hyrule Warriors, so my hopes are high that this merger of Dynasty Warriors and Fire Emblem will be equally successful. I’ll also be begrudgingly plunking down the $20 on the Season Pass. I know it’s worth the price, I just hate doing it!

Andy Hoover

Those concerned about spoilers for upcoming reviews might want to turn away, but I’ve been spending quite a bit of time with Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2 recently and I’ve been enjoying it immensely. While I’m not a diehard fan of the source material, I’ve watched my fair share of the anime and most of the movies so I can appreciate just how much of a love letter this game is. Those less familiar with the series could probably have some fun, but the bigger a fan you are the more fun you’ll have. Beyond that, there are quite a few small flaws that can be distracting from time to time and the core mechanics can be repetitive, but overall it is simply a huge amount of fun and features a ton of content. Look forward to more details soon!

Also, in a bit of gaming tangentially related to Nintendo, I have finally got around to booting up Wolfenstein: The New Order on my PS4 to prepare for its sequel when it comes to Switch next year. So far I’ve only played the first few stages but I’m definitely hooked; shooting Nazis is always fun and the game handles it incredibly well. Surprisingly enough, the story is actually pretty compelling, particularly when it comes to the bleak tone and how they’ve developed B.J. Blazkowicz as a character. The fact they’ve accomplished this in a world with Nazi robot dogs just makes it all the more impressive. Also, I kind of like the juxtaposition between this Wolfenstein and the new Doom. The New Order successfully incorporated a solid focus on story and character while Doom eschewed, and at times openly mocked, those things and it too is a dang good game. Most important though, is the fact both have impressed me enough where I can’t wait to revisit Doom and experience The New Colossus on Switch.

Jon Stevens

Well, I’ve firmly got my sights set on Super Mario: Odyssey, so I’m avoiding getting stuck in to anything really substantial until then!

My roommate and I are still obsessed with Mario Kart 8: Deluxe — it is amazing how many hours we’ve put into it, especially as I also owned the game on Wii U! He’s also been hogging the Switch in order to play through Breath of the Wild, despite beating Ganon and finishing the main story long ago.

Aside from that, the only game that I’ve really been playing recently is Total War: Shogun 2: Fall of the Samurai. For those of you who have never come across the Total War series, its games are a mix of turn-based and real time strategy, set in distinct periods of history, with Shogun 2 being (in my opinion) one of the most refined entries in the series. The main problem with it? They can easily suck up your entire weekend!

I’m just hoping that I’ve got it out of my system in time for Odyssey

Kevin Knezevic

With Super Mario Odyssey only one week away, I’m going to try to power my way through as much as I can of Fire Emblem Warriors before I embark on my journey with Mario. I’ve only played a handful of story chapters thus far, but I’m already enjoying my time with the game, and I can’t wait to play more of it. Unsurprisingly, the gameplay is very similar to Hyrule Warriors, though I think there’s a bit more depth here thanks to the way the developers have incorporated Fire Emblem mechanics. Being able to switch between any of your characters on the fly is very convenient, but the best new feature is the ability to pause and direct your characters to certain points on the map. This makes Fire Emblem Warriors feel much more like a strategy game, as you can send your troops off to complete different objectives while you focus on your own.

Pokémon Gold/Silver Screen Night

Outside of Fire Emblem Warriors, I’m also hoping to play more of Pokémon Silver this weekend. I’ve completely fallen in love with the game all over again since it arrived in the 3DS eShop. It’s refreshing how briskly paced the game feels compared to more recent installments like Pokémon X/Y and Sun/Moon (likely due to how little dialogue there is compared to those titles), and it’s been wonderful revisiting the game that solidified my love for the series. I finally made it to the Indigo Plateau and will soon challenge the Elite Four, though I’m still finalizing my party. The problem is I have too many Pokémon I want to use, and I keep finding myself wanting to go back and raise up a couple more (I still need to find a Metal Coat to finally level and evolve my Scyther). In any case, by this point next week, I’ll be wandering around Kanto completing my badge collection, and it makes me a little sad to think my journey is almost at its end.

That’s it for this week! What games are you playing this weekend? Let us know in the comments below!

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