Luigi's Mansion 3
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Woohoo, the weekend!

Yes, another week is almost done, which means it's time to look back on some of the highlights from the last few days.

First up, kicking off the week with a bang, it was rumoured that Nintendo is targeting a 2024 release for its next major piece of hardware. Details so far are scarce, but it sounds like the console could very well be the direct Switch successor we're hoping for...

Next up, that horrific Last of Us clone that plagued the Switch eShop recently was discovered to have disappeared. It seems that Sony itself probably had a hand in this over the egregious similarities to Naughty Dog's franchise, but regardless, we're happy to see it gone.

We then got the latest NIntendo financials report for Q1 of FY23, revealing that the Switch has now sold over 129 million units, there are games coming out later this year (shock), and The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom managed to sell over 18 million copies in two months.

Now, it's time to kick back with some gaming... Let's see what we're all up to this weekend, shall we?

Craig Reid, Contributor

Playing games… and getting fit? I’m sure I’ll do one of those things this weekend.

I’ve been chatting with a very lovely Zion this week and I think we’ve agreed to give Ring Fit Adventure a go and share our gamey-fitness journey with one another. I’ve played a bit of it in the past and thought it was a fantastic little piece of kit that truly knackers you out - so wish us luck!

Outside of the sweat-inducing pain I’m sure to feel, I’ve been playing a lot of Pokémon Shining Pearl recently - having slept on it for a while now - because Piplup is one of my favourite Pokemon, and I fancy spending time with the little fella.

Hope you have a lovely weekend, folks!

Ollie Reynolds, Staff Writer

I've decided to take a little break from Xenoblade Chronicles 3 this week and dive into Luigi's Mansion 3 for a bit. It's definitely one of those "comfort" games for me; one that I can hop into any time of the year, whatever mood I'm in, and just have a proper good time with it.

Over on the PS5, I started playing Red Dead Redemption 2. I'm purposefully taking my time with it, checking out the sights, appreciating the ambiance, that kind of thing... Oh, and blowing the heads off those darn O'Driscolls.

Alana Hagues, Deputy Editor

I’ll mostly be polishing up the final post-credits sequences in Pikmin 4, and my gosh, some of these later Dandori Battles are tricky, aren’t they? I fluked a Platinum in one of them somehow, but not after a few reattempts. No spoilers for who they’re against, but if you know, you know…

Otherwise, it’s time to move on to some new games. I’ve snapped up Venba and it’s a rather lovely little dish so far. I love cooking and I’m inspired to try out some of the recipes they make in-game. And I’ve finally got Cassette Beasts on Switch, which should give me the Pokémon experience I’ve been dreaming of for a while – if reviews are anything to go by. Have a good weekend, everyone!

Felix Sanchez, Video Producer

This weekend I’m still playing through Persona 5 Royal, BUT I’ve also just started my first-ever play-through of Animal Crossing: New Leaf on the 3DS (since some people say it’s even better than New Horizons), so I’ll be tending to that every day when I wake up!

Jim Norman, Staff Writer

Hold it! Having grabbed Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney Trilogy with a tasty little discount on the eShop earlier this week, I have been playing through those early court cases ever since. It’s my first time playing these on Switch so it’s nice to know that they are still bringing me a little chuckle — seriously, how good is the writing??

When I’m done repping clients, I just might hop back to repping the Splatlands. I booted up Splatoon 3 the other day to redeem my free Splashtag title and couldn’t help but get a little game in while I was there. Is that my entire weekend down the drain? Maybe…

Gonçalo Lopes, Contributor

Nice arrivals this week, I will finally be able to play Spidersaurs and Blossom Tales 2: The Minotaur Prince. On the eShop front, Tiny Thor is at last available for our system of choice, it took some discipline not to pick this up on STEAM over the past months. Outside of the Nintendo realm, I am still enjoying some PSP nostalgia with Ace Combat X: Skies of Deception and OutRun 2006: Coast to Coast. A real shame neither Ace Combat or OutRun 2 ever graced our Switches.

Game of the week is obviously GigaBash! My passion for Kaiju movies quickly jumped to video games with such standouts like Neo Geo’s King of Monsters and GameCube’s Godzilla: Destroy All Monsters. GigaBash plays a lot like the former and there is even Godzilla pack DLC (which I immediately bought). Sometimes you just need to smash a building on a fellow kaiju’s face.

Gavin Lane, Editor

Having finally sampled the Sonic Origins ‘Plus’ DLC (disappointing), I sat down earlier in the week with a plethora of backlog games to pick from, including the lovely Dordogne (must get back to that), We Love Katamari, PixelJunk Scrappers, and Fights in Tight Spaces. I then did what every sound-minded Switch owner does and sunk three more hours into TOTK instead. I just defeated a Sludge-Like in the Zora Kingdom and am on the way to my third temple, so we’ll see if I manage to touch any of the aforementioned games or if Zelda lures me back again this weekend. Place your bets.

Inspired by any of our choices? Drop the game that you are going to be mainlining this weekend into the following poll and then take to the comments to let us know if you have anything else on the cards.

What are you playing this weekend (5th/6th August)? (274 votes)

  1. The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom (Switch)20%
  2. Pikmin 4 (Switch)16%
  3. Persona 5 Royal (Switch)3%
  4. Splatoon 3 (Switch)2%
  5. The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Seasons (GBC)2%
  6. Disney Illusion Island (Switch)2%
  7. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (Switch)2%
  8. Pokémon Scarlet and Violet (Switch)1%
  9. Octopath Traveler II (Switch)1%
  10. Fire Emblem Engage (Switch)1%
  11. Dragon Quest XI S: Echoes of an Elusive Age - Definitive Edition (Switch)1%
  12. Master Detective Archives: Rain Code (Switch)1%
  13. Metroid Prime Remastered (Switch)1%
  14. Trinity Trigger (Switch)  0.7%
  15. Xenoblade Chronicles 2 (Switch)  0.7%
  16. Fire Emblem (GBA)  0.7%
  17. Brotato (Switch eShop)  0.7%
  18. Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney Trilogy (Switch eShop)  0.7%
  19. Xenoblade Chronicles 3 (Switch)  0.7%
  20. Wylde Flowers (Switch eShop)  0.7%
  21. Minecraft (Switch)  0.7%
  22. Xenoblade Chronicles 3 Expansion Pass (Switch eShop)  0.7%
  23. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate (Switch)  0.7%
  24. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe (Switch)  0.7%
  25. Theatrhythm Final Bar Line (Switch)  0.7%
  26. Super Mario Odyssey (Switch)  0.7%
  27. New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe (Switch)  0.7%
  28. Pokémon Sleep (Mobile)  0.7%
  29. NieR:Automata The End of YoRHa Edition (Switch)  0.4%
  30. Diablo III: Eternal Collection (Switch)  0.4%
  31. Super Paper Mario (Wii)  0.4%
  32. Beyond Good & Evil (GCN)  0.4%
  33. Dying Light Platinum Edition (Switch)  0.4%
  34. Sonic Frontiers (Switch)  0.4%
  35. Harvest Moon: More Friends of Mineral Town (GBA)  0.4%
  36. Hentai: Make love not war (Switch eShop)  0.4%
  37. BioShock Remastered (Switch eShop)  0.4%
  38. Pilotwings 64 (N64)  0.4%
  39. Super Mario 3D All-Stars (Switch)  0.4%
  40. Sexy Poker (WiiWare)  0.4%
  41. Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story + Bowser Jr.'s Journey (3DS)  0.4%
  42. 13 Sentinels: Aegis Rim (Switch)  0.4%
  43. Gravity Circuit (Switch eShop)  0.4%
  44. Dordogne (Switch eShop)  0.4%
  45. Mario + Rabbids Sparks of Hope (Switch)  0.4%
  46. Animal Crossing: New Leaf (3DS)  0.4%
  47. Arcade Archives THE LEGEND OF VALKYRIE (Switch eShop)  0.4%
  48. Tunic (Switch eShop)  0.4%
  49. Dr Kawashima's Brain Training for Nintendo Switch (Switch)  0.4%
  50. The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Ages (GBC)  0.4%
  51. Pikmin (GCN)  0.4%
  52. Rocket League (Switch eShop)  0.4%
  53. The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening (Switch)  0.4%
  54. Animal Crossing: New Horizons (Switch)  0.4%
  55. Mario Strikers: Battle League (Switch)  0.4%
  56. Super Mario 3D World + Bowser's Fury (Switch)  0.4%
  57. Divinity: Original Sin 2 - Definitive Edition (Switch eShop)  0.4%
  58. West of Loathing (Switch eShop)  0.4%
  59. Collection of Mana (Switch)  0.4%
  60. Secret of Evermore (SNES)  0.4%
  61. Final Fantasy Tactics A2: Grimoire of the Rift (DS)  0.4%
  62. Persona 4 Golden (Switch eShop)  0.4%
  63. Tomodachi Life (3DS)  0.4%
  64. Picross S5 (Switch eShop)  0.4%
  65. Super Dinoblasters (Switch eShop)  0.4%
  66. Akai Katana Shin (Switch)  0.4%
  67. Magical Vacation (GBA)  0.4%
  68. Mario Party Superstars (Switch)  0.4%
  69. Cuphead (Switch eShop)  0.4%
  70. Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze (Wii U)  0.4%
  71. Jump Rope Challenge (Switch eShop)  0.4%
  72. Hades (Switch eShop)  0.4%
  73. Baldur's Gate and Baldur's Gate II: Enhanced Editions (Switch)  0.4%
  74. Metroid Dread (Switch)  0.4%
  75. Pokémon: Let's Go, Pikachu! and Let's Go, Eevee! (Switch)  0.4%
  76. Undertale (Switch eShop)  0.4%
  77. Pikmin 3 Deluxe (Switch)  0.4%
  78. Miitopia (Switch)  0.4%
  79. Disney Dreamlight Valley (Switch eShop)  0.4%
  80. Patrick's Parabox (Switch eShop)  0.4%
  81. Kirby's Return to Dream Land Deluxe (Switch)  0.4%
  82. Luigi's Mansion 3 (Switch)  0.4%
  83. The Legend of Heroes: Trails into Reverie (Switch)  0.4%
  84. Dragon Quest VII: Fragments of the Forgotten Past (3DS)  0.4%
  85. Genshin Impact (Switch eShop)  0.4%
  86. NEO: The World Ends With You (Switch)  0.4%
  87. Monster Hunter Rise (Switch)  0.4%
  88. Apollo Justice: Ace Attorney (3DS eShop)  0.4%
  89. Stardew Valley (Switch eShop)  0.4%
  90. Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze (Switch)  0.4%
  91. Castlevania: Aria of Sorrow (GBA)  0.4%
  92. Oceanhorn 2: Knights of the Lost Realm (Switch eShop)  0.4%
  93. Kirby and the Forgotten Land (Switch)  0.4%
  94. Jets'n'Guns (Switch eShop)  0.4%
  95. Miitopia (3DS)  0.4%
  96. Madden NFL Football (3DS)  0.4%
  97. Plants vs. Zombies (DS)  0.4%
  98. Chasm (Switch eShop)  0.4%
  99. The Legend of Heroes: Trails from Zero (Switch)  0.4%
  100. Monster Hunter Rise: Sunbreak (Switch eShop)  0.4%
  101. RollerCoaster Tycoon 3: Complete Edition (Switch eShop)  0.4%
  102. Pokémon Legends: Arceus (Switch)  0.4%
  103. Double Dragon Gaiden: Rise of the Dragons (Switch)  0.4%
  104. Axiom Verge 2 (Switch eShop)  0.4%
  105. Ori and the Will of the Wisps (Switch eShop)  0.4%
  106. Pokémon Platinum (DS)  0.4%
  107. Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island (SNES)  0.4%
  108. Astral Chain (Switch)  0.4%
  109. Death's Door (Switch eShop)  0.4%
  110. Octopath Traveler (Switch)  0.4%
  111. XCOM 2 Collection (Switch)  0.4%
  112. Shin Megami Tensei III Nocturne HD Remaster (Switch)  0.4%
  113. Front Mission 1st: Remake (Switch eShop)  0.4%
  114. Piofiore: Fated Memories (Switch)  0.4%
  115. DOOM Eternal (Switch eShop)  0.4%
  116. Persona 3 Portable (Switch eShop)  0.4%
  117. Xenoblade Chronicles: Definitive Edition (Switch)  0.4%
  118. Xenoblade Chronicles X (Wii U)  0.4%
  119. BYE-BYE BOXBOY! (3DS eShop)  0.4%
  120. Spider-Man 2 (DS)  0.4%
  121. Shin Megami Tensei V (Switch)  0.4%
  122. The Legend of Heroes: Trails to Azure (Switch)  0.4%
  123. Super Mario World (SNES)  0.4%