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Talking Point: What Games Are You Playing This Weekend?

Posted by Thomas Whitehead

Time for another round

It's Friday, so there's a temptation to quote the lyrics from the worst pop song ever, but instead we're going to get ourselves ready for another gaming weekend. After we first shared our weekend plans with you a few weeks ago, we thought that more members of the team should share the most intimate details of their gaming lives as well.

Check out what some of the team will be playing, in their own words, below; if you don't know who we are check out the staff page. Beware, some games not on a Nintendo system are mentioned. Those responsible are being prepped for Nintendo rehab.

Anthony Dickens

F-Zero GX — I'm giving it another chance, the game that I've always wanted to love but it never felt right when compared with F-Zero X, one of my favourite games of all time.

Mario Kart 7 — Behind the times as always, starting to unlock all the courses and characters as I work my way through the latest "best-of" Mario Kart.

Darren Calvert

VVVVVV — I'll be rocking this one on 3DS this weekend. In-between doing the usual dad stuff!

James Newton

Sonic Labyrinth — Notoriously one of the worst Sonic games, I'll be seeing if it really is as bad as everyone says (hint: it almost certainly is.)

I'll also be playing two other games I can't tell you about for a few weeks. Sorry!

Thomas Whitehead

VVVVVV — I've been desperate to play this since it was released in North America, and already beat the main game the day it arrived in Europe. Despite the unlockables I'm planning to wipe my save data and go again from scratch, because it's simply that good.

Curling Super Championship — I've always wondered what curling would be like in its own video game, and I'm looking forward to finding out whether it deserves to have 'super' in its title.

Epic Mickey —This one had long been on my to-do list, and after picking it up in a sale I've enjoyed what I've played so far. The camera is iffy, no doubt, but it's got enough charm and loving care bundled in to make me want more.

Jonathan Wahlgren

Batman: Arkham City — I won't have much time to play this weekend, but what time I do have at home will be spent lurking from the shadows in this Daz (Calvert) simulator.

Kid Icarus: Uprising — Nearly 20 hours in and no end in sight. Hopefully I'll have time to treasure hunt some more or get killed online.

Mike Mason

Wonder Boy in Monster Land — I'll be digging back to arcades past and playing this on Wii Virtual Console Arcade.

Awesomenauts — If I get half a chance, I may have a quick go on Awesomenauts (read: get destroyed on Awesomenauts).

Oh, and I'll also be offending my neighbours by SingStarring or Rock Banding on Saturday night.

Desiree Turner

Xenoblade Chronicles — Xenoblade, Xenoblade, and more Xenoblade. I've put about 45 hours into it by now and I'm sure I'm barely halfway through, damn sidequests!

That's an insight into some of our gaming weekends. What about you, what will you be playing? Share all in the comments below.

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Undead_terror said:

black ops(ps3) and maybe super mario 3d land
in black ops im almost able to prestige for the first time im not a cod nerd and in SM3DL im now begining the special world



626b said:

I will be playing the big "let's learn for finals all day long" game...



Chrono_Cross said:

Wario Land Shake It! I'm finally going to 100% this excellent game once and for all.




Alienfish said:

I've been replaying the Metroid Prime games and will be continuing Corruption this weekend. There's also sure to be some online GTA IV with my brother (older) playing Mafia Work and Kid Icarus with my younger brothers.



blackknight77 said:

I'll be trying to finish Paper Mario on the VC. I'm trying to collect the last star. in addition I'll play Rayman origins and Pixel Junk Shooter



Whopper744 said:

That's funny that Anothony is playing F-Zero GX, cause I just pulled out my old copy from like 9 years ago. I used to love that game.
This weekend though, not sure if I'll touch it.
Probably more Kid Icarus: Uprising, and I might start my second play through of Skyward Sword.



PiribroH said:

Xenoblade Chronicles, Skyrim, Battlefield 3 and maybe Bastion if I have enough time.



Azaris said:

Mario Party 6(Why i'm using this toadette avatar),Monster world IV,Dragon quest IV,Pokemon Heart gold,Tales of the abyss 3ds,Tales of Symphonia,Tales of Phantasia Gba,Tales of Graces F,and Tales of Vesperia(and yes i know that's alot lol)



PixelatedPixie said:

VVVVVV and Rayman Origins for me. I might also finally get around to beating the final level of Sacred Stones.



ville10 said:

Just found FlingSmash used, so that's what I'll be playing. I've been interested in it for a while now, and so far it's definitely better than the 3 you guys gave it.



CommanderAudio said:

I' m too broke to be getting games, so I'm gonna kick back, relax, and play Super Mario 3D Land, Kid Icarus: Uprising and Goldeneye 007. Bam



Morpheel said:

Pokemon Diamond, I had forgotten how fun it was.
I'm currently trying to get a Munchlax before leaving the town with the flower meadow.



SpaceKappa said:

I'm with you Tom, Epic Mickey for me. Started it a while ago, never got around to finishing it. There's a lot of love that went into making that game, and that makes it more fun to play.

Other than that, just my Minecraft server with my wife and friends!



Emaan said:

I'll be playing Super Mario 3D Land, Batman Arkham Asylum, and The Legend of Zelda Skyward Sword!



Magi said:

Witcher 2. Unless my kids can talk me into purchasing Minecraft for the Xbox and learning how to play.



IsawYoshi said:

Isn't anybody reacting to this part of the article:

"James Newton
Sonic Labyrinth — Notoriously one of the worst Sonic games, I'll be seeing if it really is as bad as everyone says (hint: it almost certainly is.)

I'll also be playing two other games I can't tell you about for a few weeks. Sorry!"

Ohhhhhhhhhh, EEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE3333333333333333333333



EvilLink said:

I won't be doing much gaming because of my dissertation =( but I'll be playing Resident Evil: Revelations on raid mode during breaks. Fantastic game. L50 drake + damage 5 + auto loader + infighter 3 + full burst + narrow 2. Working on a L49 5 slot PSG1 =/



mamp said:

Nothing because the "A" and "B" button on my 3DS don't work so I have to send it in to get it fixed.



Kyoto said:

Kingdom Hearts: Chain of Memories, Kingdom Hearts: 358/2 Days, Kingdom Hearts: Re:Coded and some Dragon Quest IX. I love Square Enix! It's my most appreciated 3rd party developer



Mercury9 said:

I'll be mostly playing Earthbound on 3DS my mind....with Drew Barrymore snaked around me.

That or good old Harvest Moon DS



NintenDude97 said:


Anyways, I'm gonna be playin:
Madden 12 (360)
Zelda Skyward Sword
Resident Evil Revelations (farming for level 50 guns and getting all the handprints)
Ace Combat 3DS
Minecraft PC

@coolvw btw, cool avatar! Church Clothes is awesome.



Linkuini said:

I just got VVVVVV. It's so hard it's ridiculous; only that surprisingly awesome soundtrack keeps me playing when the going gets tough. At its best though, it really makes me rethink the way I would play a good platformer. Can't get enough of the music: I'm listening to it right now.

Kid Icarus is sure to get some more playtime. That game just keeps on giving.

Lastly, I'll be playing through Sonic Unleashed on Wii again. No, really!



metafaniel said:

I won't stop playing Kid Icarus until I got all the panels with the challenges complete =) I've finished Palutena's already, I'm working with Viridi's challenges =)



hendie001 said:

i just dug out my ps 1 so im going to play some final fantasy vii and some xenob and maybe some contra nes style. love the retro



ogo79 said:

still trying to beat this bonus level on Battle Kid so i can be ready for Nomolos (the new homebrew) when it arrives



Onett said:

Speaking of the worst games, you must play "A Week of Garfield" for the NES. It is so bad that it is head slappingly funny.



Expa0 said:

Suikoden 2 (ps1), RPG maker 2003, Warioware D.I.Y.

Suikoden 2 is the main game I'm playing this weekend. I'll work with my RPG maker or Warioware D.I.Y projects if I feel like it.



Megumi said:

Monster Hunter 3 and Rhythm Heaven Fever. >.>
(oh right, and Portal 2)



ajcismo said:

The Wii is at a repair center, so no wasting my saturday on Xenoblade for another week or so. Dusting off the Cube and doing some Windwaker and maybe starting a new game of Baton Kaitos or Symphonia to get my RPG fix.



Raylax said:

VVVVVV, Civilisation V and Batman: Arkham Asylum (and then Arkham City if I finish it)



Ryno said:

None. We are having an 80 degree weekend in The Great Northwest! I am not spending my time inside.



Phle said:

@Morpheel You made me want to play my copy of Pokémon Diamond! I kinda need to get started on moving all my pokémon over from Diamond to Platinum, so I don't have to walk around with both games at all times.

But I was going to play Kid Icarus: Uprising, Kingdom Hearts: 358/2 Days and perhaps Pokémon Black. Slight chance for a few hours of Imagine Fashion Designer 3DS.



Knux said:

I'm nearly seventy hours into Radiant Historia, which is one of the best JRPGs ever made. I don't know what I'll play after I complete it.



mattatron said:

super street fighter 2: the new challengers, tatsunoko vs capcom and maybe monster hunter 3



AUnkownFuture said:

I havent been adding a comment in Nintendolife in ages. Anyway, the games ill be playing this weekend. Its mostly Daytona USA, House of the Dead 4, Virtua Fighter 5, Williams Pinball Classics and Yakuza 3. Right now my PS3 is under repairs and ill be getting it back tomorrow to play it again.



DarkCoolEdge said:

Valkyrie Profile: Covenant of the Plume. First time, route C. Let's see if it deserves to replay for A and C (hope so)

WarioWare Inc. Only 2 sets to go.



HandheldGuru97 said:

I have a sudden urge to play my Neo Geo Pocket Color. Anyway I think I might pick up Metroid ll from the 3DS VC and play through it this weekend with Zen Pinball.



C-Olimar said:

I'll be revising for my GCSE's
Might find a little time for Tetris (convinced my mum it will improve my mind), though it's a shame I won't get to play much more VVVVVV



odd69 said:

monster world 4, (which is harder than i remember), odin sphere, and kirbys return to dreamland



coolvw93 said:

@Treverend Cool, thanks for the tip. i didnt purchase minecraft for 360 yet, just played a little of the demo earlier today. ive been in search for a couple of reviews for it before i through down the $$$ to buy 360 points card for it. im definately going to have to check out the pc version now.

this will give more time for Xenoblade Chronicles



TheN64Dude said:

Mario Kart 7 online with my buddies. I've also thinking about starting a file in Zelda Master Quest 3D. I also ordered Nights Into Dreams on ebay and it came in today, so I'll be playing that on my Sega Saturn tonight.



Flowerlark said:

I was slowly working my way through Tales of the Abyss, but Harvest Moon: The Tale of Two Towns grabbed me once more. I'm in winter year 5 and still playing obsessively.



The_Fox said:

I just discovered Abobo's Big Adventure last night and it left me wondering what was coming next. So probably that.



CosmoXY said:

I'll be playing some Epic Mickey this weekend too. Started it last year and enjoyed it, but never finished. I want to restart it and complete it this time.



3dbrains said:

Kid Icarus: Uprising

42 hours in.
average intensity 5.2
Game complete.
81.4% complete so far.(trophies, idols, weapons, powers)

amazing game



WolfRamHeart said:

I got my hands full with Xenoblade Chronicles, Monster World IV and Demon's Souls.

Oh and Happy Mother's Day to all you moms out there!



arrmixer said:

xenoblade all the way... if I have time maybe I'll throw in Dragon warrior III into the mix



Millenia said:

@kyoto I see the portable titles but I don't see Birth By Sleep! It's for PSP but make sure you play through it some day if you have not. Nomura (KH creator) states that it's just as important as KH 1 & 2. And it is! It blows the DS titles out of the water so if you haven't played it, make sure you consider it.

That being said it was my birthday on Monday, so I'm definitely occupied with some of the new games I got. I'll be playing Katamari Damacy, The World Ends With You, Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days, and I need to finish up Kingdom Hearts 1 as well.



sketchturner said:

Been on a big GBA Micro kick lately. This weekend I plan to finish Tony Hawk 4, replay Tony Hawk 3, and start Silent Scope.




Rhythm Thief. Mario Strikers (re-visiting it with my oldest son). Some DL games eg. G+W Gallery 2, Alpha Bounce.



Swiket said:





cecesigue said:

Skyward sword and VB wario land... maybe some classic kid icarus on wii not the 3ds one, and if there is some time left Super Mario 3d Land, since there is a few tricks i wanna try on it; mmmm and i think that will be it.



hYdeks said:

Kid Icarus Uprising (I beat it but STILL tons to do)
Epic Mickey (I just started playing this, too)
Tales of the Abyss



welsh_gamer said:

VVVVVV - played for half and hour last night and love it. Can't wait to play some more!
Yoshi's Island: Super Mario Advance 3 - trying to finish off some of my Ambassador games before getting Mario Tennis Open and Heroes of Ruin.



Rapadash6 said:

I've got a light homework load this weekend,and no other major obligations (the first in months) and I plan to delve deep into my recently obtained copy of Terranigma. Being a US gamer I never had the chance to play this SNES classic back in the day, and considering how much I loved Soul Blazer and Illusion of Gaia, I was shocked to hear we missed out on this unofficial sequel. I do have to continue through Xenoblade too at some point.



X-145 said:

I'm goint to Gamestop on saturday to get Xenoblade Chronicles for my (late) birthday! This is going to consume my entire weekend...until I have to see my family for Mothers Day, that is...



thanos316 said:

xenoblades and pes 2012.. and i might play some mad world also, i still haven't finished that game as yet.. yes i know im slacking, but never too late to enjoy a great game.



C-Olimar said:

@Bohobob If he was, he would not have any time to post on this website! As soon as it launches I am doing nothing other than play it for at least a week...



TysonOfTime said:

Xenoblade Chronicles and Kid Icarus!
I'll also see The Avengers.

I second whoever said Shulk for SSB.



Wildfire said:

This weekend I'll be playing Pandora's Tower and Castlevania Order of Ecclesia!



Korbin64 said:

Try to unlock everything in Kid Icarus: Uprising, try Super Paper Mario, and finish Skyward Sword.



sonic_brawler95 said:

I just downloaded Dillon's Rolling Western, so I will most likely end up playing that and a bunch of other games on my 3DS, like MGS 3.



kyuubikid213 said:

Definitely going to hit up Mario Kart 7. I'll also delve into Kid Icarus: Uprising again to shoot for 9.0 intensity mastery.

As for the Wii, if I get time to play a home console, I'll have a go at Majora's Mask.



FrozenCthulhu said:

Possibly VVVVVV on 3DS, even though I've finished it on PC...

And I'll try and finish Kingdom Hearts. Maybe.



samuelduh said:

Well i am replaying some of the pokemon sagas i already finished pokemon ranger and im straight in the middle of Shadows of Almia and then ill replay Guardian Signs. While playing Kid Icarus Uprising trying to defeat Hades treasure hunt.



Contrary said:

Pokemon Black (already have 600 plus hours since it came out) and some Super Mario Bros. 2! Training Torchics and killing Birdos!



Squirtodile said:

Pokemon White and Soulsilver. Might get back into Pikmin, and gonna play some PiCTOBiTS and KI:U aswell.



shredmeister said:

I'm going to play 'Megaman X Collection' for the GC. I already beat X1 and X2, currently on X3. I'm also pondering if I should get Sega's Gunstar Heroes from the VC.



lanabanana said:

Ehh... same as always. Mario Kart 7, Nintendogs + Cats, Super Mario 3D land , and Resident Evil Revelations.



Polaris said:

I bought saints row 3 the day after christmas and haven't played it yet! My xbox broke in august so I haven't played it in aout 7 months. And might play another game if I get one. Saints row 3 is my only game but i also have the saints row double pack but my friend borrowed it and hasn't given it back yet.



sinsalaca said:

tales of the abyss (3ds), 3d classics: kirby, ssx (360) and maybe arkham city or ac: revelations. (both 360)



MikeDanger said:

Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 3 FES on my PS3. Maybe Pokemon Soul Silver, Drone Tactics, Super Robot Taisen OG Saga Endless Frontier. And The Power Rangers: The Movie game on my Genesis.



Crystalking18 said:

Probably gonna start either Elite Beat Agents or some Banjo Kazooie. I know my brother is occupied with Super Paper Mario, so I'm probably gonna go with EBA



Capt_N said:

Last week, I challenged myself to complete Super Mario Bros. 2 doing all-of-one-character runs throughout the game. I worked my way through as Mario, & then Princess in 2 (consecutive) days. Next I'll play as Toad. I always play as Luigi, anyway. That's why I challenged myself.

For the past handful of weeks, I've been into Metroid Prime. I can always get w/in 10-18% of a perfect 100%, so for the past few days, I've used Gamefaqs to track down the remaining missle/powerbomb/wavebuster/icespreader expansions. I was at 82% on my own anyway, but I missed a one-time scan, & I was playing on normal.

So, it boils down to (in my head), since I seen the bonus (won't say what) @ the end, should I replay the game, only on hard, while item locales are fresh in my mind, try to get every scan, so as to unlock the remaining 2 (won't say what), or move on to attempt to 100% Prime 2 on my own? Decisions, decisions.

Also, MK7 online, & Link's Awakening 3DSVC. Also, currently challenging myself to a no sword up to Ganon on (the original) LoZ WiiVC.

Sidenote: One of the special bonuses in Prime has been modified to have a slightly altered progress system, compared to it's original counterpart.

Maybe some Super Mario Land, as I've been playing that recently, & Rytmik Retrobits I've been needing to session w/ that for some time now.

I may also do some real-life gardening.



Kage_88 said:

"I'll also be playing two other games I can't tell you about for a few weeks. Sorry!"

James, you flippin' tease!

On topic; I just finished Resistance 3, and I'm planning on starting Okamiden now.



scrubbyscum999 said:

Xenoblade Chronicles, now it's 4th quarter in school, did all the hard AP tests with one more to go. I am already 30+ hours in, that game time clock is going to rise very quickly starting this weekend.



Ayer99 said:

Xenoblade, Skyrim, Final Fantasy 1, Final Fantasy Tactics Advanced, Portal 2, Civilization V, Chrono Trigger..... Yeah, pretty busy right now. Dang mothers day gotta get in the way though! Lol (just kidding of course)



MofieWilson said:

This weekend I'll be playing with Inchworm Animation, trying to complete Special world 8 on Super Mario 3D land, and firing through the achievements on KI:Uprising



Mr_Nose said:

Monster world IV for the forseeable future. I'm surprised to see so few people here mention it. Such a legendary game.

I'll probably GameRanger some Heart of winter ( Icewind Dale ) as well.



MitchVogel said:

I just got back into Metroid Prime 2, so I'll be finishing that one up this weekend. In between, I'll be playing Kid Icarus: Uprising and I'm going to try to unlock more treasure hunt panels and see if I can finish that last one!



Rekiotsu said:

I will be finally finishing Xenoblade Chronicles and after that i might play some Skyrim and i also may start playing Final Fantasy VIII in this weekend.

PS. I love this "Talking Point: What Games Are You Playing This Weekend" thing.



WiiLovePeace said:

I'll be playing: Aladdin (SNES), Kirby's Dream Land 2 (GB), Okamiden (DS), Mass Effect 3 (PS3), Mario Golf: Toadstool Tour (GCN), & The Great Circus Mystery with Mickey & Minnie (SMD, co-op).

NL should do this every weekend, or at least every 2nd weekend.It's fun reading what people are playing & getting ideas for games to play in the future



Obvious78 said:

No Nintendo games for me I think. Me TV broke...and it was the only one with a component input. Now I have to ply my PS3 on my pc monitur which only has VGA /HDMI.



Hawker said:

I'll be playing Tales of Graces F on the PS3, Dragon Quest VIII on the PS2 & Final Fantasy IV the After Years on the Wii. What can I say, love me some JRPGs



Shock_Tart said:

Bioshock 2 on the ps3, just beat the first one. hopefully next weekend ill have alice madness returns! gonna use the online pass to download the first game for free.



RantingThespian said:

Kid Icarus: Uprising and an old game called Skullmonkeys (the platforming sequel to the cult-classic adventure game The Neverhood).



daznsaz said:

so far goldeneye wii and skyward sword.will play last story and xenoblade when i get back from doing outdoor type things.and probably some 3ds games too.



SaSoBe said:

Just finished Pandora's Tower (got the second best ending) and recently started playing Endless Ocean. Not as good as the second one, but still entertaining I suppose. And it's a good relaxing-game when you're stressed. I just might pick up The World Ends With you, since I want to play it before Kingdom Hearts comes out.



AJWolfTill said:

Finally finished Xenoblade Chronicles two days ago (140+ hours level 84) so I wont be playing that this weekend. In the middle of my Final year Uni exams so if im lucky I will squeze in some Pikmin 2 Wii and KI:U great games



Spoony_Tech said:

Forget what I'm playing this weekend. I want to know what James isn't telling us! :-X

OK OK I'm playing xenoblade for like the next 5 months at the pace I play and throw in Little kings story and Kid Icarus Uprising! Ill finish those someday!



ToadFan said:

Skyward Sword: Hopefully I can finish the game this weekend.

Xenoblade Chronicles: Going to start this this weekend.



Zergling said:

@ James
It better not be Animal Crossing 3DS >.<
If so then I am so jealous but glad to know it may be on its way soon



Objection said:

Kneedeep in MGS Collection on PS3 and Devil Survivor Overclocked on 3DS.

Just picked up Mortal Kombat and Alice Madness Returns on Ps3.

Hoping to go back to Xenoblade soon, too.



DRL said:

Last night I discovered how addicting Minecraft is. So, yeah, I'll probably be working at that all weekend. Maybe get back to my 2nd play of Rayman Origins too.



Slapshot said:

Recettear (PC) and Sniper Elite V2 (PS3) mainly, but I'll be dipping back into Mortal Kombat (Vita) and Trine 2 (PS3) if I get the chance.



JohnPhilipSousa said:

I'll likely play my Sega Genesis. Specifically Sonic 2, 3, & K, and Zero Tolerance. Zero Tolerance is an FPS if you didn't know. Very underrated gem. Nintendo wise, I'll probably play more Sonic Generations (3DS) and Sonic Triple Trouble.



SkywardLink98 said:

I hoped to go to one of the Kid Icarus Uprising events at gamestop but it just ended (Looks at clock) 1 minute ago (Literally) D: ):



CapnKael said:

This weekend I have been mostly playing GTA IV, Fire Emblem: The Sacred Stones and Mario Kart 7.



cheapogamer4life said:

Desiree Tuner is TBD?! So I'm guessing her middle name starts with a "B" maybe?

Anyway. Just pick up a copy of MK for the Vita so I'll be playing alot of that and maybe start on The Sims: Pets for 3DS.



nerdydan said:

I'm playing SMT Devil Survivor Overclocked (153 hours in and i still have 2 routes to go, loving every minute of it!) and Mario and Luigi: Superstar Saga.



shredmeister said:


Yeah, I ended up getting Gunstar Heroes. I didn't need much convincing, but your advice was the little push that I needed, lol! Whew, that boss on the second stage is TOUGH. Awesome game.

I had a 2000 point Wii card and 200 points left over from before. I ended up getting Super C (NES) and Gradius 2 (TG-16) along with Gunstar Heroes (MD).
Just the kind of gaming I'm in the mood for.



Wanderhope said:

StarCraft 2 and imagining Diablo 3 (2 days!) with some 3DS action mixed in, likely Super Mario 3D Land, Kirby's Adventure 3D Classics or Link's Awakening.



iPruch said:

Almost 170 hours of gameplay in Xenoblade Chronicles and still getting so much fun playing this masterpiece Can't stop listening to its fantastic OST <3



EpicNavi said:

I've started the first Legend of Zelda, majora's mask, minish cap and phantom hour glass in the past week. Played them all this weekend XD



Undead_terror said:

well i played a nice bit of black ops,played a little tiny bit of SM3DL and played a match of lego battles



NeoShinobi said:

Hmm, the weekend's almost over, but I think I'll play some Sonic Labyrinth as well. I hope it lives up to the hype...



CanisWolfred said:

Yup, totally played nothing this weekend. Tried to, popped some discs in. Didn't even get pass the menues before I got bored and watched more anime.



Fuzzy said:

VVVVVV got a run from me this weekend. So much fun. Finally got the Veni Vidi Victi trinket after about 100 deaths. Worth it.



James said:

I am not playing the new Animal Crossing. God, I wish. I am playing games that are already announced but I cannot say what they are for a week. Sorry.



Joshua1297 said:

I Can't Wait For New Super Mario Bros. 2 For 3DS Its The Best Game In The World! I'm Getting It!!

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