Phew - this was a pretty busy week, huh?

To kick off the week, we took you through some of the highlights from Nintendo's latest financial report for Q3 of fiscal year 2023. This included the rather stupendous new sales milestone for the Switch, with the console now exceeding Game Boy and PlayStation 4 total sales. We also learned that Pokémon Scarlet and Violet had reached twenty million in sales, Splatoon 3 ten million, and Bayonetta 3 one million.

The real meat, however, came on Wednesday when Nintendo showcased its latest Nintendo Direct livestream (and one fan in California got a little too excited...). Here, it was announced that Metroid Prime Remastered was not only real, but would be shadow dropped onto the Switch eShop with a physical edition coming later - mad lads!

We also got a brand new trailer for The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom, demos for Sea Of Stars, Octopath Traveler II, and Kirby's Return to Dream Land Deluxe, plus the small announcment that Nintendo Switch Online would be getting both Game Boy and Game Boy Advance games (the latter earmarked for Expansion Pack subscribers)!

And... breathe. Let's relax now and see what the staff at Nintendo Life are up to this weekend. Be sure to leave a comment with your own gaming plans!

Jim Norman, Staff Writer

After a Direct Showcase that is going to leave me bankrupt over the coming months, I have a lot that I will be hoping to play this weekend.

The amount that I will be able to play is a different matter entirely. I am off to stay with some friends for the next few days so instead of tucking into more of The Minish Cap, replaying some Layton, or giving in and buying Metroid Prime Remastered, I think it is going to mostly be a return to the party games. Who am I to complain? I love Mario Kart 8 Deluxe and Nintendo Switch Sports is rapidly becoming one of my favourite ‘friends round’ titles so it is going to be a good time all the same.

If I find time then maybe I’ll be getting into some more Fire Emblem Engage or finally making a start on Persona 4 Golden. They’re not quite the party-vibes that I’m after, but I can’t much longer with the latter just staring at me from my Switch homepage…

PJ O'Reilly, Staff Writer

This weekend is all about that lovely stealth-dropped remaster of Metroid Prime Remastered for me, I can't see me doing much else besides diving in to relive the experience all over again. I've already played the first hour or so and, coming off a relatively recent playthrough of the original, I'm hugely impressed, it really does feel great and looks fantastic, definitely one of the more impressive revamps I've clapped eyes on of late.

Elsewhere, if I do get a little time for anything else, I'll be continuing to blast through Bowser's Fury with my kids. I'm not 100% sold on this one just yet in all honesty, it feels a little disjointed to me, but they seem to love it, and that's all that really counts. Have a great weekend!

Ollie Reynolds, Staff Writer

There's really only one game I'm playing this weekend and that's Metroid Prime Remastered. Hahaha, I can't actually believe I'm typing out these words - it's finally here!

Then again, if I do get time, then I will definitely check out the demos for Sea of Stars and Octopath Traveler II. I've managed to play about two minutes of Sea of Stars before today and hoo boy, it's a fine looking game!

Alana Hagues, Staff Writer

This weekend, I propose we rename this feature ‘What are you NOT playing this weekend?’ Because, well, I feel like it’s everything. Anyway, I, like presumably everyone else, will be diving into Metroid Prime Remastered. I’ve never played the original (sorry!), though I’ve watched my brother play a chunk of it. This remaster means I can tick one of my biggest gaming sins off the list.

I’ve also got the Octopath Traveler II and Sea of Stars demos to sink my teeth into, and a whole library of Game Boy and GBA games to mess around with. I’ve already played a bit of Tetris, but a quick replay of Super Mario Land 2 may well be on the cards…

Liam Doolan, News Reporter

I'm holding out for a physical copy of Metroid Prime Remastered, so to help pass time, this weekend I'll be diving into the Switch Online Game Boy, Game Boy Color and Game Boy Advance library. I'm slowly chipping away at a bit of everything. In fact, I'm nearly done with Super Mario Land 2: 6 Golden Coins.

Apart from this, I'm working my way through Mario Kart: Super Circuit - one my favourite Mario Kart games, and I'm also spending some quality time with Kuru Kuru Kururin - a game I really didn't give enough attention to back in the day. Outside of these classic offerings, I will also be giving Konami's new Power Pros baseball game a go. It's going for next to nothing right now on the Switch eShop. Have a good weekend, everyone!

Gonçalo Lopes, Reviewer

Here I was thinking I would just wrap up Fire Emblem Engage this weekend but no, one Nintendo Direct later, not only do I need to set the endgame aside to go grab Hector Soren and Camilla in the Divine Paralogue section of the world map. If that wasn’t enough the demos of the (sublime!) Sea of Stars, Octopath Traveler II (with save data carry!) and Kirby Return to Dreamland Deluxe also pop out of nowhere. All of this along with Game Boy, Game Boy Color and Game Boy Advance classics to blissfully replay. It was about time I finish Zelda Minish Cap anyway.

Game of the Week is Metroid Prime Remastered. As I explained during my live stream of Retro’s Magum opus the importance of this game can’t be understated. This is no quick cash grab either, the ‘remastered’ bit lives up to the moniker with Samus, Tallon IV and the Space Pirates looking the best we have ever seen! Rest of the trilogy next, pretty please? Scanning...

Alex Olney, Video Producer

This weekend is all about that sweet, sweet Metroid Prime Remaster, baby. Having said that if I decide to drive myself mental I might try and install the original Impossible Creatures that I got for 20p from a charity shop on my Steam Deck.

I don't know if we've mentioned it or not, but Metroid Prime Remastered is really pretty. Like, stupidly pretty. Impossible Creatures is not.

What are you playing this weekend (11th/12th Feb)? (450 votes)

  1. Metroid Prime Remastered (Switch)14%
  2. Fire Emblem Engage (Switch)8%
  3. Splatoon 3 (Switch)7%
  4. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (Switch)4%
  5. Pokémon Scarlet and Violet (Switch)3%
  6. The Legend of Zelda: The Minish Cap (GBA)3%
  7. Super Mario Land 2: 6 Golden Coins (GB)2%
  8. Hogwarts Legacy (Switch)2%
  9. Tetris (GB)2%
  10. Animal Crossing: New Horizons (Switch)1%
  11. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate (Switch)1%
  12. Persona 5 Royal (Switch)1%
  13. NieR:Automata The End of YoRHa Edition (Switch)1%
  14. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe (Switch)1%
  15. Kirby's Return to Dream Land Deluxe (Switch)1%
  16. Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga (GBA)1%
  17. Monster Hunter Rise: Sunbreak (Switch eShop)1%
  18. Xenoblade Chronicles 3 (Switch)  0.9%
  19. Bayonetta 3 (Switch)  0.9%
  20. Metroid Dread (Switch)  0.9%
  21. Super Mario Advance 4: Super Mario Bros. 3 (GBA)  0.9%
  22. Kuru Kuru Kururin (GBA)  0.9%
  23. WarioWare, Inc.: Mega Microgame$! (GBA)  0.9%
  24. Octopath Traveler II (Switch)  0.9%
  25. Fortnite (Switch eShop)  0.9%
  26. Dragon Quest XI S: Echoes of an Elusive Age - Definitive Edition (Switch)  0.9%
  27. Pokémon Legends: Arceus (Switch)  0.7%
  28. Metroid Prime 3: Corruption (Wii)  0.7%
  29. Octopath Traveler (Switch)  0.7%
  30. Super Mario Odyssey (Switch)  0.7%
  31. Oddworld: New 'n' Tasty (Switch)  0.7%
  32. WBSC eBaseball: Power Pros (Switch eShop)  0.7%
  33. Metroid II: Return of Samus (GB)  0.7%
  34. Monster Hunter Rise (Switch)  0.4%
  35. The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword HD (Switch)  0.4%
  36. Dragon Quest Treasures (Switch)  0.4%
  37. The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening DX (GBC)  0.4%
  38. The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask (N64)  0.4%
  39. Sonic Frontiers (Switch)  0.4%
  40. Kirby's Dream Land (GB)  0.4%
  41. Live A Live (Switch)  0.4%
  42. Dead By Daylight (Switch)  0.4%
  43. Hollow Knight (Switch eShop)  0.4%
  44. The Great Ace Attorney Chronicles (Switch)  0.4%
  45. Persona 4 Golden (Switch eShop)  0.4%
  46. Assassin's Creed: The Rebel Collection (Switch)  0.4%
  47. Bravely Default II (Switch)  0.4%
  48. The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom (Switch)  0.4%
  49. Game Boy - Nintendo Switch Online (Switch eShop)  0.4%
  50. LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga (Switch)  0.4%
  51. Fire Emblem Warriors: Three Hopes (Switch)  0.4%
  52. Mario Kart Super Circuit (GBA)  0.4%
  53. GoldenEye 007 (N64)  0.4%
  54. Mario + Rabbids Sparks of Hope (Switch)  0.4%
  55. Game Boy Advance - Nintendo Switch Online (Switch eShop)  0.4%
  56. Pokémon Sword and Shield (Switch)  0.4%
  57. Dungeon Encounters (Switch eShop)  0.2%
  58. Arcade Archives BUBBLE BOBBLE (Switch eShop)  0.2%
  59. Arcade Archives The NewZealand Story (Switch eShop)  0.2%
  60. Stardew Valley (Switch eShop)  0.2%
  61. Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney - Dual Destinies (3DS eShop)  0.2%
  62. Kingdom Hearts: Melody of Memory (Switch)  0.2%
  63. Super Mario Maker 2 (Switch)  0.2%
  64. Nobody Saves The World (Switch eShop)  0.2%
  65. The DioField Chronicle (Switch)  0.2%
  66. The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening (Switch)  0.2%
  67. Advance Wars (GBA)  0.2%
  68. Wario Land 3 (GBC)  0.2%
  69. Dysmantle (Switch eShop)  0.2%
  70. Shadowverse: Champion's Battle (Switch)  0.2%
  71. Detective Pikachu (3DS)  0.2%
  72. Gunborg: Dark Matters (Switch eShop)  0.2%
  73. Nintendo Badge Arcade (3DS eShop)  0.2%
  74. Rune Factory 4 Special (Switch)  0.2%
  75. Tales of Vesperia: Definitive Edition (Switch)  0.2%
  76. Nadir: A Grimdark Deck Builder (Switch eShop)  0.2%
  77. Gargoyle's Quest (GB)  0.2%
  78. Noel the Mortal Fate (Switch eShop)  0.2%
  79. Destiny Connect: Tick-Tock Travelers (Switch)  0.2%
  80. A Plague Tale: Innocence - Cloud Version (Switch)  0.2%
  81. Life is Strange: Arcadia Bay Collection (Switch eShop)  0.2%
  82. Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past and Four Swords (GBA)  0.2%
  83. Advance Wars 2: Black Hole Rising (GBA)  0.2%
  84. Fire Emblem: Thracia 776 (SNES)  0.2%
  85. Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn (Wii)  0.2%
  86. Game Dev Tycoon (Switch eShop)  0.2%
  87. Bonkies (Switch eShop)  0.2%
  88. Under Night In-Birth Exe:Late[cl-r] (Switch)  0.2%
  89. Capcom Arcade 2nd Stadium (Switch eShop)  0.2%
  90. Sally Face (Switch eShop)  0.2%
  91. Super Paper Mario (Wii)  0.2%
  92. Diablo III: Eternal Collection (Switch)  0.2%
  93. Crisis Core -Final Fantasy VII- Reunion (Switch)  0.2%
  94. Easy Come Easy Golf (Switch eShop)  0.2%
  95. Super Mario 3D World + Bowser's Fury (Switch)  0.2%
  96. New Super Lucky's Tale (Switch)  0.2%
  97. Assassin's Creed: The Ezio Collection (Switch)  0.2%
  98. OMORI (Switch eShop)  0.2%
  99. Smurfs Kart (Switch)  0.2%
  100. The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt - Complete Edition (Switch)  0.2%
  101. Oddworld: Soulstorm (Switch)  0.2%
  102. Rogue Legacy 2 (Switch eShop)  0.2%
  103. Persona 3 Portable (Switch eShop)  0.2%
  104. Toaplan Arcade Garage: Hishou Same! Same! Same! (Switch)  0.2%
  105. Xenoblade Chronicles: Definitive Edition (Switch)  0.2%
  106. Dragon Quest VII: Fragments of the Forgotten Past (3DS)  0.2%
  107. Super Mario 3D All-Stars (Switch)  0.2%
  108. Sonic Adventure DX: Director's Cut (GCN)  0.2%
  109. Mortal Kombat 4 (N64)  0.2%
  110. Disgaea 1 Complete (Switch)  0.2%
  111. Theatrhythm Final Bar Line (Switch)  0.2%
  112. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild - The Champions' Ballad + Expansion Pass (Switch eShop)  0.2%
  113. Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle (Switch)  0.2%
  114. Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards (N64)  0.2%
  115. WarioWare: Get It Together! (Switch)  0.2%
  116. Kirby and the Forgotten Land (Switch)  0.2%
  117. Fire Emblem: The Sacred Stones (GBA)  0.2%
  118. Monster Hunter Stories 2: Wings of Ruin (Switch)  0.2%
  119. Ori and the Will of the Wisps (Switch eShop)  0.2%
  120. Sea of Stars (Switch eShop)  0.2%
  121. The Liar Princess and the Blind Prince (Switch eShop)  0.2%
  122. Risk of Rain 2 (Switch eShop)  0.2%
  123. Guardian Tales (Switch eShop)  0.2%
  124. Fire Emblem (GBA)  0.2%
  125. Luigi's Mansion 3 (Switch)  0.2%
  126. WinBack: Covert Operations (N64)  0.2%
  127. The Legend of Heroes: Trails from Zero (Switch)  0.2%
  128. Fire Emblem New Mystery of the Emblem (DS)  0.2%
  129. Chrono Trigger (SNES)  0.2%
  130. Metroid Prime 4 (Switch)  0.2%
  131. Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl (Switch)  0.2%
  132. Cuphead - The Delicious Last Course (Switch eShop)  0.2%
  133. Songbird Symphony (Switch eShop)  0.2%
  134. Alien: Isolation (Switch eShop)  0.2%
  135. Miitopia (Switch)  0.2%
  136. Pokémon Crystal (GBC)  0.2%
  137. Mother 3 (GBA)  0.2%
  138. Shovel Knight: Specter of Torment (Switch eShop)  0.2%
  139. Fight'N Rage (Switch eShop)  0.2%
  140. Astral Chain (Switch)  0.2%
  141. Hades (Switch eShop)  0.2%
  142. Tactics Ogre: Reborn (Switch)  0.2%
  143. Yoku's Island Express (Switch eShop)  0.2%
  144. Super Metroid (SNES)  0.2%
  145. New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe (Switch)  0.2%
  146. nOS: New Operating System (Switch eShop)  0.2%
  147. The House in Fata Morgana: Dreams of the Revenants Edition (Switch eShop)  0.2%
  148. Antonball Deluxe (Switch eShop)  0.2%
  149. Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon (3DS)  0.2%
  150. The Legend of Zelda (NES)  0.2%
  151. Kingdom Hearts - HD 1.5 + 2.5 ReMix - Cloud Version (Switch eShop)  0.2%
  152. Portal: Companion Collection (Switch eShop)  0.2%
  153. Ys VIII: Lacrimosa of Dana (Switch)  0.2%
  154. Lost In Random (Switch eShop)  0.2%
  155. Fantasy Life (3DS)  0.2%
  156. Minecraft (Switch)  0.2%
  157. Bustafellows (Switch)  0.2%
  158. Lil Gator Game (Switch eShop)  0.2%
  159. Paladins (Switch eShop)  0.2%
  160. Super Mario Advance 3: Yoshi's Island (GBA)  0.2%
  161. Metroid Prime Trilogy (Wii)  0.2%
  162. Spiritfarer (Switch eShop)  0.2%
  163. TRIANGLE STRATEGY (Switch)  0.2%

We hope you enjoyed reading! Add the game that you'll be maining in the poll below and leave a comment with your gaming plans for the weekend ahead!