It was a big week in the Nintendo Life, with the big N serving up the first major Direct of the year. It was packed with exciting reveals, including the likes of Xenoblade Chronicles 3, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe DLC, Fire Emblem Warriors: Three Hopes, Nintendo Switch Sports, Mario Strikers: Battle League and much, much more. It was quite a thing.
After all of that excitement it's time to chill out and discuss our weekend gaming plans. A few members of the Nintendo Life team have done just that below, so feel free to give our entries a read and then join in with your own via our comment section. Enjoy!
Tom Whitehead, deputy editor
My progress in Pokémon Legends: Arceus is downright glacial and there's been less gaming than usual for me this week, so that'll definitely get a bit of playtime. I'm also very much looking forward to taking another look at the Triangle Strategy Prologue Demo; I enjoyed the first hour and battle, even if one of my poor crew got knocked out and is the only one not to level up yet!
Elsewhere I'm revisiting MLB The Show 21 to warm up for the new entry. In my most recent online game I promptly went 3-0 up in the 1st inning before it disconnected and blamed me. I saw the funny side of the 'loss' and am still having fun with it, though.
Kate Gray, staff writer
I've slowed down a bit on PokéLegArc, but I'm near the end of the story. Mostly I just enjoy playing a couple of hours of low-stakes Pokémon catching, so I'm in no hurry to wrap up the plot, really.
But as for what I'll mostly be playing this weekend: Stardew Valley (just started a co-op game with friends, it's been nice to get back into it after a few years) and EarthBound, which I just started on the 3DS days before it was announced on the February 2022 Direct! So now I'm playing it on the NSO service instead. That CRT filter makes me feel like I'm playing it "properly"!
Gonçalo Lopes, reviewer
It’s Super Bowl weekend, the once-a-year excuse to fire up NFL Hitz 2003 on GameCube because I was never well versed in the complete rules of Football (the one you play mostly with your hands, very confusing) so I will stick with the ones light on rules and big on late hits. GTA Trilogy at last saw its physical form arrive at home along with an early copy of Assassin’s Creed: The Ezio Collection, strangely.
Ollie Reynolds, reviewer
This weekend, I plan on making some progress with the delightful OlliOlli World. It's been a good few years since I last played OlliOlli 2, but going into this latest entry was like riding a bike - except it's a skateboard… on a Switch… Still, I'm getting some pretty spicy high scores already!
Elsewhere, I plan on starting Earthbound at some point, and I may have also restarted Xenoblade Chronicles 2 in the wake of the sequel's announcement. It's such a wonderful game, but I really hope the third game looks a tad better in handheld mode.
PJ O'Reilly, reviewer / news writer
Hello. The next few days is looking pretty busy for me with reviews and other bits and pieces, but I will 100% be settling into some OlliOlli World at the first opportunity I get for a prolonged skateboarding session. I managed to sit on Roll7’s latest for five whole hours the first time I booted it up, so it’s fair to say it’s got my attention.
I’ve also got Retro Bowl downloaded and ready to rock and will be indulging in a little Dungeon Encounters at some point too! Lots of fantastic indie games releasing on Switch right now, it’s genuinely quite difficult to keep up with them all. Not the worst problem to have, is it? Have a good weekend!
As always, thanks for reading! Make sure to leave us a comment below with your weekend gaming plans!