Week: End Game: On 11.22.2014

What games are the staff– oh, who are we kidding? It’s time for some Smash!

By Nintendojo Staff. Posted 11/22/2014 12:00 Comment on this     ShareThis

Welcome back to another installment of Week: End Game: On! This weekend is certainly an exciting one for Nintendo fans, as both Super Smash Bros. for Wii U and Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire for 3DS (not to mention the anticipated first wave of Amiibo figures) made their debut in stores. Which one will the staff be spending more time with this weekend? Read on to find out!

Nicolas Vestre

I’ve already started playing Pokémon Alpha Sapphire, where the first order of business was to get the right nature for my Mudkip. After resetting only three times, I got an Adamant nature, and I can’t think of a more suitable nature for a Mudkip. I can’t wait to experience the world of Hoenn again, over ten years later– I don’t remember very much about Generation 3. Here’s hoping Feebas isn’t as maddeningly difficult to catch as it was in the original games because I really want a Milotic. I barely remember Pokémon Contests but look forward to exploring them again.

Of course, I also purchased Super Smash Bros. for Wii U, and look forward to delving into that game soon. It seems like I’ve waited an eternity to play this game, yet I still have the restraint to leave it in its shrink wrap. I couldn’t resist buying an Amiibo, so I picked up a Yoshi as a companion! Hopefully he pulls his weight and helps me out.

Last Sunday I ordered Little King’s Story for Wii from Amazon, for no other reason than it looked fun, plus the Canadian retailer on Amazon was running out of copies. It just happened to arrive today, adding to my huge pile of video games to play. Even though I think it would be awesome to play it right now, Alpha Sapphire and Smash Bros. take precedence. It’s going to be a fun-filled weekend!

And man, does my wallet hurt. I won’t be buying any new games for quite some time. The most I see myself buying for the next few months is a eShop card.

Robert Palacios





That’s my weekend, probably until the new year. It’s definitely worth the long wait and will most likely move a ton of units. It feels dauntingly huge and I’m sure it will last me the duration of my Wii U’s lifespan. What’s most surprising is how little the core gameplay has changed. The move to HD and 60 FPS makes it feel light years more advanced than Brawl. Good times ahead…

Robert Marrujo

Yeah, you know it already, but– Super Smash Bros. for Wii U. All day. All night. Every day. From now till like forever. Thanksgiving doesn’t even KNOW, this is about to be crazy. I’ve been playing it since Friday night around 9:30 PM or so. I guess the west coast got the game as soon as the east coast did? I’m talking digitally, of course– I couldn’t wait for the game physically and I’m going to play this so much I figured it was worth blowing 11(!) gigs on my external hard drive. Two terabytes for the win!

Pokémon is of equal importance, and I’ve been impressed so far. The opening alone got me all excited, frankly. How the heck does Pokémon just keep on being so good every time out? The engine that Game Freak built for X and Y is the perfect (ahem) evolution for the series, and it’s paying big dividends with this re-imagining of Ruby and Sapphire. We’ll hopefully have a review up soon, but I’m feeling very optimistic this early in!

Anthony Pershkin

Since Super Smash Bros. is going to be released a bit late in Europe, I decided to go back to my backlog to finally finish some GOTY-worthy games of the last year. At last, I finished A Link Between Worlds on 3DS. I did enjoy the game when I first started it in 2013, but I never truly appreciated the masterful design that went into this little gem. Like most people, I guess I forgot how incredible it feels to have so much freedom in deciding your own path in a Zelda game. Not a single dungeon or boss encounter felt like a letdown. And while the game sure lacks a bit in terms of unique personality, I still honestly believe A Link Between Worlds is one of the more complete Zelda games released to this day. Hopefully, Zelda Wii U will combine this kind of smart game design with the interesting world of something like Twilight Princess.

I’m also still thinking about playing Sonic Colors, but not in the preparation for Sonic Boom anymore. Because you know why.

Anthony Vigna

Now that my review for Persona Q is out, I can finally talk about how awesome it is! It’s been a long time since a game engrossed me as much as Persona Q. The game is challenging but fair and really gets you thinking about how to strategize in battle. All the characters are incredibly well written and it’s awesome to see them interact with each other. Plus, there’s so much content that will keep you busy! I know most people will be playing Smash and Pokémon this week, but when Persona Q comes out next week, consider giving it a shot!

I also finally got around to playing Pier Solar HD! There’s a lot to love about this game as well. I really enjoy switching between the different soundtracks and graphical setting at will, as it gives you new ways to experience the same game. I also really enjoy the plot so far, which revolves around saving your dying father. I know the story will probably fall into the cliche of saving the world, but having this as the focus in the beginning of the game is a welcomed change for a JRPG. I’m excited to play it even more!

Oh, right! I’ll get Smash later on too. That will be perfect around the holidays!

What games will you be playing this weekend? Did you also pick up Super Smash Bros. and Pokémon? Let us know in the comments!

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