Week: End Game: On 12.14.2013

The staff revisit a few older titles this weekend.

By Nintendojo Staff. Posted 12/14/2013 12:00 Comment on this     ShareThis

Anthony Vigna

After playing and falling in love with 3D Sonic the Hedgehog, I had to dive into more of Sega’s new 3D Classics. I stumbled upon 3D Space Harrier when browsing the eShop, and downloaded the game instantly upon seeing it. I’m a huge fan of the Star Fox series, so when I saw an on-rails 3D Classic on the eShop, I knew I had to have it! It’s a short and simple game, but it has a ton of replayability when it comes to getting the highest score possible. M2 did a terrific job on this port, as 3D Space Harrier features a ton of cool options, like making the screen tilt like an arcade machine, and the stereoscopic 3D is absolutely beautiful to look at. Also, it’s main theme is so damn catchy! I’m looking forward to seeing what M2 remasters in the future. It’s a good time to be a 3DS owner!

I also bought Harvest Moon: A New Beginning this week, which is something I thought I’d never do. After getting sick of Animal Crossing after its DS iteration, I swore I’d never play a game like it ever again. Yet, here I am, planting crops and catching bugs in Harvest Moon! The concepts that I once thought were monotonous have ironically sucked me into the game, leading me to progress through the entire first season in one week. Looks like my productivity is going to shoot down even more now! Someone, please save me!

Sam Stewart

Thanks to the 3DS Virtual Console’s save states, I’ve finally managed to make some major progress in Zelda II: The Adventure of Link. As one of the four Zelda games I haven’t beaten it feels good to finally make some good progress in the game, and I plan on playing a whole lot more this weekend. It’s still tough as nails, but I think I’m starting to appreciate the combat and RPG mechanics.

Zelda II: The Adventure of Link Screenshot

Other than that, Dota 2‘s holiday events have officially started and everything in the store is on sale! I’m probably going to be spending a lot of money soon, but oh well! There is also an all new game mode to check out, as well as a new character, so if anyone else is a Dota player, get it while the getting is good!

Nicolas Vestre

The endless saga of Animal Crossing: New Leaf is still going strong! I managed to make a perfect snowman, who proceeded to give me a bingo card. I wonder what happens if you get a bingo? In other New Leaf news, a cool looking dog named Walker visited my campsite, complete with an igloo! Since a couple of villagers moved away fairly recently, I was more than happy to have a chance to get this dog in my town. At first he refused, citing his love for his current village as the reason. But I didn’t take no for an answer, and he eventually relented; he’ll be in my town really soon. He’s also the Lazy personality, which has a really interesting exploit. If you keep talking to a Lazy camper, he will eventually offer to play a game called “What do I Want to Eat?” If you fill your inventory with expensive bugs or fish (or anything else that fetches a high price), you can get a massive amount of Bells! More information can be found here.

My Pokémon X quest is still going great. Getting the seventh badge only took about fifteen minutes, thanks to Pawniard and Greninja as backup. After that, there were a lot of story events, but I don’t want to spoil anything for those who are not as far along in the game. I’ve evolved Pawniard into Bisharp, and Azumarill has learned Play Rough, which pretty much makes him unstoppable. I can’t wait to get the eighth badge!

Robert Marrujo

I’m all over the place with what I’m playing this weekend. I’ve been going through Dual Destinies, which is, so far, an excellent return for the series. I really like the costume DLC, though, admittedly, it’s only because it gives me the chance to see Phoenix in his old suit. Not big on the school girls uniform thing that so many Japanese games like to feature. I’ve also been getting back to playing Sonic Lost World on 3DS and Wii U. I really feel like those games were both underrated by critics. Once again, though, Nintendojo hit the nail on the head when we reviewed both! Finally, I’ve had a Kirby itch and have been playing through Return to Dream Land on my Wii!

Beyond that, I’m scouring eBay looking at games I want but can’t afford. I added EarthBound to my collection a month and a half before Nintendo announced it was coming to the eShop, so I’m always optimistic that anything I purchase will make its way to Virtual Console by virtue of my bad luck. I’ve been eying Robopon for a playthrough, lately; it’s an old Game Boy title that came out during the height of rip-off Pokémon games, but it features robots and just looks too cool to not try. We’ll see if I end up hitting that buy button! If I do, maybe I’ll write something about it (if it isn’t horrible).

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

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