Week: End Game: On 12.06.2014

The staff try to catch– and solve– ’em all this weekend.

By Nintendojo Staff. Posted 12/06/2014 12:00 1 Comment     ShareThis

Welcome back to another installment of Week: End Game: On! What games are the staff playing this weekend? Read on to find out!

Nicolas Vestre

Lately it’s all been about Pokémon Alpha Sapphire. Revisiting Hoenn has proven to be very entertaining, sort of like a enhanced trip down memory lane. I’ve earned five badges and the ability to Surf wherever I feel like. The first thing I did after getting the coveted skill was catch a male and female Feebas for the purpose of breeding them like rabbits. Quite some time later, I hatched a Feebas with a Modest nature, which means it loves Pokéblocks that enhance beauty. My Feebas evolved to a Milotic at level 3, and I can’t wait to use it throughout the rest of the game. I also bred a Carvanha with a decent nature because surfing on a Sharpedo is too lucrative to resist. I’ve been catching almost every Pokémon I find, always using Poké Balls, just because.

Shockingly, I haven’t played Animal Crossing: New Leaf for over a week. That’s the longest I’ve gone without playing it since I bought the game on launch day. It’s just started to be a hassle to always play New Leaf every day when I just want to get right into a different game after a hard day of work. Hopefully I’ll check my town soon because now I have to fear my favorite villagers leaving fair Duckburg. At least the town ordinance is Beautiful Town, so it won’t look too messy when the mayor isn’t there. The spark that was so present when I started the game has faded away, as I’ve reached most of the goals that interested me. Maybe something will change in the future.

Other than lamenting the decline of my New Leaf enjoyment, I haven’t really played anything else, save twenty minutes of Smash Bros. for Wii U. A certain sibling of mine keeps wanting to play but never follows through. I’m less tempted to use my Wii U at the moment until I know for sure that Nintendo has addressed the error code that a few people have received. Sending my Wii U in for repairs during the extremely busy holiday season is not my idea of a good time. For now, I’ll stick to my handhelds, where I have a huge backlog anyway.

Marc Deschamps

This weekend, I am jealous of every person picking up Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker. With a pile of games to play, I’ve opted to wait for Christmas. I was a massive fan of the Captain Toad levels in Super Mario 3D World, and every single thing I’ve seen from this game makes me excited to try the Captain’s solo outing. Not to mention that the lighting effects look stunning!

In the meantime, I’ve barely put a dent in my Nintendo Day pick-ups. I’ve been playing some Super Smash Bros. for Wii U online, and it’s really neat to watch the different strategies and play styles that crop up. I’ve also been putting some time into Pokémon Omega Ruby lately, as well. The original games were my least favorite games in the Pokémon series, and these remakes have been a big step up.

This weekend, I also plan on starting up LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham on 3DS. As a big fan of LEGO Marvel Super Heroes on Wii U, I’m really hoping this is a DC equivalent. Stay tuned for out upcoming review!

Anthony Vigna

Another week means another few rounds of Pier Solar HD! The game is fantastic, but I’ve unfortunately come across a couple of issues. One of the biggest problems I have with the game is a general lack of conveyance to the player. I’ve spent a lot of time in the game trying to figure out where to go, which can be a little frustrating in the game’s huge world. There’s also poor pacing in a few areas as well. There’s a segment where you’re stuck in a forest for a long time without any place to heal and another where you’re traversing multiple cities for a couple of hours without a break! There should be a better balance between battling and city exploration in these areas.

Of course, there’s still a lot to love about the game. The gathering system works a lot like the Brave and Default system in Bravely Default with a few differences, but it works really well. It really makes the combat satisfying, which keeps me coming back to the game. I also really like switching between the Genesis and HD versions of the soundtrack and the graphical settings. You can change these settings at any time, which greatly alters the overall experience. I have a lot to say about Pier Solar HD, but I’ll save these thoughts for my upcoming review!

Robert Marrujo

Captain Toad is currently sitting in my Wii U and amazing the living heck out of me. First off, though Toad’s apparently running on the same engine as Super Mario 3D World, it’s somehow even more stunning than that already gorgeous game. From the textures to the lighting (which is something that Nintendo seems to have figured out how to do better than ANYONE, these days), I just want to stare at my screen all day. We’ll have a review for this one up shortly… because I’m probably going to finish it in like a day!

Smash continues to take up my time in the wee hours of the morning. I’m addicted to playing 1-versus-1 matches online. The competition is so fierce, and a great wake up call for people like me who have never really played much with other people a lot. I go at it with my family and one of my cousins on a regular basis, and we’re good, but when I got my butt handed to me by someone’s Palutena seven matches in a row for the first time, I realized I was a small fish in a very, very big pond.

I’m doing my best to get better, though. Link is my main, but I’ve been dabbling with Shulk in spurts. My secondary character is Dr. Mario, who has been a welcome return. It used to be standard Mario, but I was never a fan of FLUDD when it was introduced, so having Dr. Mario back means I get to tool around with his wicked (and better) down special attack. The trade off in speed does make me switch between stock and physician Marios at times, admittedly, but it’s all part of the fun. It’s just so entertaining playing around with all these fighters and learning what makes them tick. Anyone who says Smash has no depth is off their rocker.

What games are you playing this weekend? Did you also pick up Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker? Let us know in the comments!

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