We all needed a quieter week after last week's Nintendo Direct blow-out, and that's exactly what we got. But don't worry, there's still plenty to talk about, and plenty of games on the horizon.

Pokémon Scarlet & Violet's big patch is coming soon, and we've got all of the patch notes for you. Xenoblade Chronicles 3's Wave 3 of DLC is out now too, with a brand new hero in Masha. And Modern Vintage Gamer is full of praise for the Switch's Game Boy and GBA emulation.

This week was, however, a busy week for reviews. Theatrhythm Final Bar Line is an incredible musical anniversary celebration of Final Fantasy; Blanc's beautiful visuals serve as the backdrop for a pleasant co-op game; and Octopath Traveler II (out next week) improves on the original to become one of the best RPGs on the Switch.

We've also ranked all of Samus' box art suits throughout the Metroid series, we're debating which Nintendo console has the best first-party library, and we celebrated the 20th anniversary of our favourite handheld — the GBA SP — by sharing our memories with the console.

With that all out of the way, it's time to sit back, relax, and check out what the Nintendo Life staff are up to this weekend. Make sure you leave a comment with your own gaming plans!

Ollie Reynolds, Staff Writer

I'm still blasting my way through Metroid Prime Remastered this weekend. I'm playing the game on Hard difficulty now, which is unlocked when you complete one playthrough. It's definitely a nice challenge and it makes me wish the option was actually available from the beginning.

Elsewhere, I'm still having fun checking out the new Game Boy and Game Boy Advance games added to Nintendo Switch Online. I haven't played Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga since its initial release back in 2003, so it feels wonderful to get reacquainted with it. It looks gorgeous, right?

Alana Hagues, Staff Writer

Not many changes from last week for me, I'm afraid. I wanted to actually beat Metroid Prime Remastered but the week proved a lot busier than I expected, so that'll be my main focus. Otherwise, I'm fifty hours deep with Theatrhythm Final Bar Line and there are no signs of me stopping anytime soon, despite having written our review — I need all of those CollectaCards, after all! And I have some friends who want to get together and play when they've brushed up, so I can't get rusty.

I'm also still going in Hollow Knight despite having to shift focus away from my replay for a bit, but I only have the final boss left to beat. I'd like to actually beat at least the four main Pantheons this time, too — we'll see if that happens. No, don't ask me about the Pantheon of Hallownest. Have a good weekend, everyone!

Gonçalo Lopes, Reviewer

My three hours with the Octopath Traveler II Prologue Demo are almost up. I managed to squeeze two prologues out of it so I will probably level up my party a bit before the clock runs out and I'm left to wait until next Friday to resume this HD-2D adventure. Theatrhythm Final Bar Line is proving to be quite an effective time-waster while simultaneously reshaping the definition of 'the grind'. The spirit of GameCube continues to shine strong with both remasters of Tales of Symphonia and Metroid Prime reminding me why the 6th generation represents some of the happiest times in my life. Rooftop Renegade also looks like a hoot, so I will likely do some renegading this weekend.

Game of the week is The Legend of Zelda: The Minish Cap. Could Capcom do no wrong on the GBA?

Gavin Lane, Editor

I blasted through Gargoyle's Quest last weekend, and I quite fancy ticking another Game Boy quickie off the list. Elsewhere, I need to get back to Chained Echoes, and everyone's saying this Metroid Prime thingy isn't bad — who knows, I might give that a looksie.

Also, has anyone played Rain World? I've heard interesting things and it's on sale.

What are you playing this weekend (18th/19th Feb)? (324 votes)

  1. Metroid Prime Remastered (Switch)10%
  2. The Legend of Zelda: The Minish Cap (GBA)10%
  3. Fire Emblem Engage (Switch)6%
  4. Splatoon 3 (Switch)4%
  5. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (Switch)3%
  6. Pokémon Scarlet and Violet (Switch)3%
  7. Xenoblade Chronicles 3 (Switch)2%
  8. Persona 5 Royal (Switch)2%
  9. Theatrhythm Final Bar Line (Switch)2%
  10. Persona 4 Golden (Switch eShop)2%
  11. Hollow Knight (Switch eShop)1%
  12. NieR:Automata The End of YoRHa Edition (Switch)1%
  13. Animal Crossing: New Horizons (Switch)1%
  14. GoldenEye 007 (N64)1%
  15. Minecraft (Switch)1%
  16. Pokémon Legends: Arceus (Switch)1%
  17. Xenoblade Chronicles 2 (Switch)1%
  18. Fire Emblem Fates (3DS)1%
  19. The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask (N64)1%
  20. Hogwarts Legacy (Switch)1%
  21. Octopath Traveler (Switch)1%
  22. Disney Dreamlight Valley (Switch eShop)1%
  23. Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga (GBA)1%
  24. Monster Hunter Rise: Sunbreak (Switch eShop)1%
  25. Super Mario Land 2: 6 Golden Coins (GB)1%
  26. Octopath Traveler II (Switch)1%
  27. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe (Switch)1%
  28. TRIANGLE STRATEGY (Switch)1%
  29. Shin Megami Tensei: Strange Journey Redux (3DS)1%
  30. Fire Emblem Warriors: Three Hopes (Switch)1%
  31. The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword HD (Switch)1%
  32. Mario + Rabbids Sparks of Hope (Switch)1%
  33. Mario Kart Super Circuit (GBA)1%
  34. Game & Watch Gallery 3 (GBC)1%
  35. Wario Land 3 (GBC)1%
  36. Stardew Valley (Switch eShop)1%
  37. Fortnite (Switch eShop)1%
  38. Astral Chain (Switch)1%
  39. Penguin Wars (Switch eShop)  0%
  40. Pokémon Sword and Shield (Switch)  0%
  41. Conker's Pocket Tales (GBC)  0%
  42. The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt - Complete Edition (Switch)  0%
  43. New Super Lucky's Tale (Switch)  0%
  44. Bayonetta (Switch)  0%
  45. Hand of Fate 2 (Switch eShop)  0%
  46. New Play Control! Pikmin 2 (Wii)  0%
  47. Gunborg: Dark Matters (Switch eShop)  0%
  48. Baldo: The Guardian Owls (Switch eShop)  0%
  49. Save me Mr Tako: Definitive Edition (Switch eShop)  0%
  50. Inscryption (Switch eShop)  0%
  51. Kirby and the Forgotten Land (Switch)  0%
  52. Spiritfarer (Switch eShop)  0%
  53. Yoshi's Woolly World (Wii U)  0%
  54. LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga (Switch)  0%
  55. Portal: Companion Collection (Switch eShop)  0%
  56. Dungeon Encounters (Switch eShop)  0%
  57. Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle (Switch)  0%
  58. Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards (N64)  0%
  59. Sonic Frontiers (Switch)  0%
  60. Samurai Shodown (Switch)  0%
  61. Tetris (GB)  0%
  62. The Legend of Zelda: Spirit Tracks (DS)  0%
  63. Bill & Ted's Excellent Retro Collection (Switch eShop)  0%
  64. Lapis x Labyrinth (Switch)  0%
  65. OlliOlli World (Switch eShop)  0%
  66. Ys VIII: Lacrimosa of Dana (Switch)  0%
  67. Luigi's Mansion 3 (Switch)  0%
  68. Xenoblade Chronicles 2: Torna - The Golden Country (Switch)  0%
  69. Starlink: Battle for Atlas (Switch)  0%
  70. Assassin's Creed: The Ezio Collection (Switch)  0%
  71. Picross e (3DS eShop)  0%
  72. Akai Katana Shin (Switch)  0%
  73. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate (Switch)  0%
  74. Chocobo GP (Switch)  0%
  75. There Is No Game: Wrong Dimension (Switch eShop)  0%
  76. Capcom Arcade 2nd Stadium (Switch eShop)  0%
  77. Disgaea 1 Complete (Switch)  0%
  78. SEGA AGES Virtua Racing (Switch eShop)  0%
  79. Dragon Quest VII: Fragments of the Forgotten Past (3DS)  0%
  80. Super Mario 3D All-Stars (Switch)  0%
  81. Sonic Adventure DX: Director's Cut (GCN)  0%
  82. Pokémon Black and White (DS)  0%
  83. Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch (Switch)  0%
  84. Mario Super Sluggers (Wii)  0%
  85. Downwell (Switch eShop)  0%
  86. Risk of Rain 2 (Switch eShop)  0%
  87. Banjo-Kazooie (N64)  0%
  88. Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Mini-Land Mayhem! (DS)  0%
  89. Rain World (Switch eShop)  0%
  90. The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past (SNES)  0%
  91. West of Loathing (Switch eShop)  0%
  92. Gex 64: Enter the Gecko (N64)  0%
  93. Super Mario Advance 4: Super Mario Bros. 3 (GBA)  0%
  94. Katamari Damacy REROLL (Switch eShop)  0%
  95. Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker (Switch)  0%
  96. The Last Campfire (Switch eShop)  0%
  97. Trek to Yomi (Switch eShop)  0%
  98. Mega Man Zero/ZX Legacy Collection (Switch)  0%
  99. Overwatch 2 (Switch eShop)  0%
  100. Horace (Switch eShop)  0%
  101. Bustafellows (Switch)  0%
  102. Rogue Legacy 2 (Switch eShop)  0%
  103. Life is Strange: True Colors (Switch eShop)  0%
  104. Paper Mario (N64)  0%
  105. Invisible, Inc. Nintendo Switch Edition (Switch eShop)  0%
  106. The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time (N64)  0%
  107. Wario Land 4 (GBA)  0%
  108. Fantasy Life (3DS)  0%
  109. Rocket League (Switch eShop)  0%
  110. The Binding of Isaac: Repentance (Switch)  0%
  111. Oddworld: Munch's Oddysee (Switch eShop)  0%
  112. Mario Party 10 (Wii U)  0%
  113. Tactics Ogre: Reborn (Switch)  0%
  114. Metroid Prime 3: Corruption (Wii)  0%
  115. Kirby: Triple Deluxe (3DS)  0%
  116. AI: The Somnium Files - nirvanA Initiative (Switch)  0%
  117. 1-2-Switch (Switch)  0%
  118. Disgaea 4 Complete+ (Switch)  0%
  119. Apollo Justice: Ace Attorney (3DS eShop)  0%
  120. Kingdom Hearts - HD 1.5 + 2.5 ReMix - Cloud Version (Switch eShop)  0%
  121. Pac-Man World Re-PAC (Switch)  0%
  122. Persona 3 Portable (Switch eShop)  0%
  123. Bravely Default II (Switch)  0%
  124. No Man's Sky (Switch)  0%
  125. Kirby's Dream Land (GB)  0%
  126. The Legend of Heroes: Trails from Zero (Switch)  0%
  127. Dead Cells (Switch)  0%
  128. Kaeru no Tame ni Kane wa Naru (GB)  0%
  129. Dragon Quest XI S: Echoes of an Elusive Age - Definitive Edition (Switch)  0%
  130. The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom (Switch)  0%
  131. Game Boy - Nintendo Switch Online (Switch eShop)  0%
  132. Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity (Switch)  0%
  133. DELTARUNE Chapter 1 (Switch eShop)  0%
  134. Xenoblade Chronicles: Definitive Edition (Switch)  0%
  135. Kuru Kuru Kururin (GBA)  0%
  136. Eastward (Switch eShop)  0%
  137. Metroid: Zero Mission (GBA)  0%
  138. NBA 2K13 (Wii U)  0%
  139. Frogun (Switch eShop)  0%
  140. Bad North (Switch eShop)  0%
  141. Mana Spark (Switch eShop)  0%
  142. Disgaea 6: Defiance of Destiny (Switch)  0%
  143. Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney Trilogy (Switch eShop)  0%
  144. Skul: The Hero Slayer (Switch eShop)  0%
  145. 999: Nine Hours, Nine Persons, Nine Doors (DS)  0%
  146. Shin Megami Tensei V (Switch)  0%
  147. Petit Novel series - Harvest December (3DS eShop)  0%
  148. Guardian Tales (Switch eShop)  0%
  149. Chained Echoes (Switch eShop)  0%
  150. The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker (GCN)  0%
  151. WarioWare, Inc.: Mega Microgame$! (GBA)  0%
  152. Cuphead (Switch eShop)  0%
  153. Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze (Switch)  0%
  154. Live A Live (Switch)  0%
  155. Crimzon Clover - World EXplosion (Switch eShop)  0%
  156. Metroid Dread (Switch)  0%

We hope you enjoyed reading! Let us know what game you'll be maining in the poll above and leave a comment with your gaming plans for the weekend!