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We're over halfway through the year now — isn't that a scary thought? And our calendars are about to get even busier after that Nintendo Direct Mini: Partner Showcase! But outside of that mammoth mini, rumours of a Metroid Prime 1 remaster are swirling once again. Sabotage's Sea of Stars has been delayed out of its 2022 window. And modders have already got Half-Life 2 to run on the Switch thanks to the Portal: Companion Collection.

Speaking of Portal, it's safe to say we think the port of 1 and 2 on Switch is darn excellent — just check out our review! We've also picked our favourite games of 2022 so far. And along with a release date, we spoke to the Mario + Rabbids producer about the upcoming sequel.

Now 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!

Gonçalo Lopes, reviewer

Here we are midway into 2022 and the games just keep on pilling up! This weekend at long last I will suffer like G. did in House of the Dead Remake, explore the curious Young Souls, ensue mischief with Rabbids: Party of Legends, and pretend I have time to jump into Monster Hunter Rise: Sunbreak (I definitely won’t…) while still struggling with Valkyria Chronicles later chapters.

Game of the week is a slice of DLC... a delicious slice if you will. Cuphead - The Delicious Last Course was truly worth the wait. Yum, yum!

Ollie Reynolds, staff writer

So I’ve started that Hades game! Crikey, it’s a good’un, isn’t it? I’ve not put much time into it just yet, but I’m enjoying it immensely so far; the combat is incredibly slick, and I love, love, love the voice acting! I can see this being a go-to title for a good while to come.

Elsewhere, I’ve redownloaded Assassin’s Creed Syndicate on the Series X. I absolutely adore this game and think it’s gotten an unfair reputation over the years for basically being “more of the same” from the AC series. It's high up on my list though thanks to the incredible depiction of London!

Kate Gray, staff writer

This weekend, I will be playing a lot of Dungeons & Dragons. I know! That's not a video game! But it's my friend's birthday, and that's what they want to do, so that's what we will do.

But good news!! I just started a new game: Gnosia. It's that "what if Werewolf, Among Us, and Danganronpa had a baby" game and it's wild so far. It's not what I was expecting, actually — it's a bit slow and a bit repetitive (obviously, it's a time loop situation) so I'm hoping it picks up soon. The loops are all very short, and not much happens in each one, but the systems they must have designed to make this incredibly intricate social deduction simulator work with NPCs are extremely impressive to me!

Alana Hagues, staff writer

It's more Xenoblade Chronicles 2: Torna - The Golden Country this weekend. I'm not quite halfway through yet, but I'm pretty sure this is the best piece of DLC I've ever played — though I'm pretty picky with season passes and DLC in general. I love the cast so much, and this is a reminder that when Xenoblade combat clicks, it really clicks. I'm already hitting damage in the seven-figure range and it's so satisfying every time.

That's probably going to be my main focus since I've got less than a month until Xenoblade Chronicles 3! Though I've still got half of Neon White to go. July is stacked so I'm trying not to pick up anything huge (ignoring Torna) as the onslaught of games hits.

Liam Doolan, news reporter

I'll be spending most of my weekend hunting in Monster Hunter Rise. I'm not quite ready for Sunbreak just yet, but its release this week has definitely spurred me on. Apart from this, I'll also be returning to Sonic Origins. I'm making slow progress in this collection so far, simply because I'm jumping from game to game every half hour. So when I'm finally done with Sonic 2 and 3, I'll turn my attention to CD and the original game.

Last but not least, I'll be checking out the Portal: Companion Collection. I played both games on Steam when they first came out, and have revisited them many times over the years on other platforms, so I guess it's time for the Switch version. Have a good weekend, everyone!

As always, thanks for reading! Make sure to leave us a comment below with your weekend gaming plans!