Danganronpa V3
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It's the weekend! Hooray!

Before we dive into our gaming plans for this weekend, let's check back on some of the top stories for the week, shall we?

To kick things off, Nintendo confirmed that the penultimate wave for the Mario Kart 8 Deluxe Booster Course pass will be launching on July 12th, 2023. It also dove into which courses we can expect to see once the content drops. Elsewhere, Nintendo has ended its 'Wide Care' subscription service for Switch repairs in Japan after just one year. The service will come to a full close on August 31st, 2023.

That's not all, though; oh no. One of the original directors for Super Mario RPG has expressed his surprise at the upcoming Switch remake, but also states that he is "pleased with the news". We also reviewed Everybody 1-2-Switch! and found it to be every bit as mediocre as we were unfortunately expecting.

But that's quite enough catching up for now. Let's see what we're all playing this weekend...

Jim Norman, Staff Writer

Okay, it’s been long enough. I’m going back into Tears of the Kingdom. My little break from the game after finishing the story a few weeks back has been a much-needed one, but now I crave those side quests. I’m not planning on getting quite as hooked as I was the first time around, but a couple of hours here and there can’t hurt, can it..?

Ollie Reynolds, Staff Writer

I'm still playing Danganronpa V3: Killing Harmony at the moment, but I must admit, I've also got a bit of a hankering to start Xenoblade Chronicles 3 again. I played it on launch but ultimately got distracted and couldn't finish it. I loved what I played though, and I'm looking forward to giving it another shot. Danganronpa first, though.

Over on the PS5, I'm still making my way through Final Fantasy XVI. It's one of those rare games that I wish would never end; I'm so invested in this world and I'm scouring every side quest available just so I can postpone the inevitable end just that bit longer.

Gavin Lane, Editor

This weekend I’m looking to go retro. I’ve just had a bunch of Book4Games' GB/GBA storage boxes turn up after I Kickstarted them a while back, so I’m planning to migrate my collection into them – and hopefully fire up a few along the way. Beyond that, I’ll likely dive back into Tears of the Kingdom for a shrine or two after I polished off the Fire Temple a couple of weeks ago. And I’d love to play some more Dordogne, which I started just after launch but haven't been able to return to. Gee, that’s a gorgeous-looking video game.

Have a great weekend, everyone.

Gonçalo Lopes, Contributor

Good deliveries this week, namely the collector’s edition of the brilliant UnMetal and The Legend of Heroes: Trails into Reverie (wait, why is this game 18+?). With Road to Elite mode complete in AEW Fight Forever all I have left is senseless explosive barbed wire death matches between superstars. I should probably begin creating my own characters soon. I will also continue my Gauntlet: Dark Legacy campaign on GameCube and water racing antics in Hydro Thunder for Dreamcast. I got a bad case of Midway fever!

Game of the week is BATSUGUN Saturn Tribute Boosted! It remains a shame the original arcade game continues to elude a re-release but this Saturn port is so good there is really no need to complain. Toaplan’s final and finest game invented the whole bullet hell gender and remains an absolute delight to play nowadays. Was worth the wait for the physical version from the Far East.

Well, that's all that we have planned for this weekend, but what about you? Drop the game that you are going to be focusing on in the 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 (8th/9th July)? (292 votes)

  1. The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom (Switch)35%
  2. Master Detective Archives: Rain Code (Switch)5%
  3. Xenoblade Chronicles 3 (Switch)2%
  4. Splatoon 3 (Switch)2%
  5. Pikmin 4 (Switch)2%
  6. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (Switch)2%
  7. Pikmin 1+2 (Switch)1%
  8. Mr. Sun's Hatbox (Switch eShop)1%
  9. Persona 5 Royal (Switch)1%
  10. Advance Wars 1+2: Re-Boot Camp (Switch)1%
  11. Ghost Trick: Phantom Detective (Switch eShop)1%
  12. Fire Emblem Engage (Switch)1%
  13. Kirby's Return to Dream Land Deluxe (Switch)  0.7%
  14. Portal: Companion Collection (Switch eShop)  0.7%
  15. Pikmin 3 Deluxe (Switch)  0.7%
  16. Persona 4 Golden (Switch eShop)  0.7%
  17. Pokémon Scarlet and Violet (Switch)  0.7%
  18. Tetris 99 (Switch eShop)  0.7%
  19. Digimon Story Cyber Sleuth: Complete Edition (Switch)  0.7%
  20. Mario + Rabbids Sparks of Hope (Switch)  0.7%
  21. Pikmin 2 (Switch eShop)  0.7%
  22. Luigi's Mansion 3 (Switch)  0.7%
  23. Fire Emblem (GBA)  0.7%
  24. Final Fantasy I-VI Pixel Remaster (Switch)  0.7%
  25. The Binding of Isaac: Repentance (Switch)  0.7%
  26. Disney's Cory in the House (DS)  0.7%
  27. AI: The Somnium Files - nirvanA Initiative (Switch)  0.7%
  28. Hollow Knight (Switch eShop)  0.7%
  29. Octopath Traveler (Switch)  0.7%
  30. Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair Anniversary Edition (Switch eShop)  0.7%
  31. Live A Live (Switch)  0.3%
  32. Ikenfell (Switch eShop)  0.3%
  33. Atelier Sophie 2: The Alchemist of the Mysterious Dream (Switch)  0.3%
  34. Final Fantasy X | X-2 HD Remaster (Switch)  0.3%
  35. Trek to Yomi (Switch eShop)  0.3%
  36. New Super Mario Bros. (DS)  0.3%
  37. Fatal Frame: Mask of the Lunar Eclipse (Switch eShop)  0.3%
  38. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe Booster Course Pass Wave 5 (Switch eShop)  0.3%
  39. Return to Monkey Island (Switch eShop)  0.3%
  40. Tetris Effect: Connected (Switch eShop)  0.3%
  41. Dragon Quest XI S: Echoes of an Elusive Age - Definitive Edition (Switch)  0.3%
  42. Final Fantasy IV (Switch eShop)  0.3%
  43. Ys Memoire: The Oath in Felghana (Switch)  0.3%
  44. Bayonetta 2 (Switch)  0.3%
  45. Guilty Gear XX Accent Core Plus R (Switch eShop)  0.3%
  46. Atelier Shallie: Alchemists of the Dusk Sea DX (Switch eShop)  0.3%
  47. Hentai World (Switch eShop)  0.3%
  48. SongPop Party (Switch eShop)  0.3%
  49. Xenoblade Chronicles: Definitive Edition (Switch)  0.3%
  50. Wylde Flowers (Switch eShop)  0.3%
  51. Sonic and the Secret Rings (Wii)  0.3%
  52. The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword HD (Switch)  0.3%
  53. The Legend of Heroes: Trails into Reverie (Switch)  0.3%
  54. Secret of Evermore (SNES)  0.3%
  55. Astalon: Tears of the Earth (Switch eShop)  0.3%
  56. Hungry Shark World (Switch eShop)  0.3%
  57. Garlic (Switch eShop)  0.3%
  58. The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth (New 3DS)  0.3%
  59. Super Mario Advance 3: Yoshi's Island (GBA)  0.3%
  60. Auralux: Constellations (Switch eShop)  0.3%
  61. The Messenger (Switch eShop)  0.3%
  62. PowerWash Simulator (Switch eShop)  0.3%
  63. Super Mario Odyssey (Switch)  0.3%
  64. Dredge (Switch eShop)  0.3%
  65. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe (Switch)  0.3%
  66. The Legend of Zelda: The Minish Cap (GBA)  0.3%
  67. Neon White (Switch eShop)  0.3%
  68. Melon Journey: Bittersweet Memories (Switch eShop)  0.3%
  69. Army of Ruin (Switch eShop)  0.3%
  70. Yoshi's New Island (3DS)  0.3%
  71. Pokémon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon (3DS)  0.3%
  72. The Settlers: New Allies (Switch eShop)  0.3%
  73. Crash Boom Bang! (DS)  0.3%
  74. Super Monkey Ball Banana Mania (Switch)  0.3%
  75. Shovel Knight Dig (Switch eShop)  0.3%
  76. Tales of Vesperia: Definitive Edition (Switch)  0.3%
  77. Katamari Damacy REROLL (Switch eShop)  0.3%
  78. RichMan 4 Fun (Switch eShop)  0.3%
  79. Monster Hunter Rise (Switch)  0.3%
  80. Dragon Quest III: The Seeds of Salvation (Switch eShop)  0.3%
  81. Professor Layton and the Last Specter (DS)  0.3%
  82. Metroid Fusion (GBA)  0.3%
  83. Cadence of Hyrule: Crypt of the NecroDancer Featuring The Legend of Zelda (Switch eShop)  0.3%
  84. Mario Party Superstars (Switch)  0.3%
  85. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate (Switch)  0.3%
  86. Hyrule Warriors: Definitive Edition (Switch)  0.3%
  87. Celeste (Switch eShop)  0.3%
  88. Metroid (NES)  0.3%
  89. Crusader of Centy (MD)  0.3%
  90. Yo-Kai Watch 3 (3DS)  0.3%
  91. Monster Hunter Rise: Sunbreak (Switch eShop)  0.3%
  92. Mario Tennis (N64)  0.3%
  93. Bayonetta Origins: Cereza and the Lost Demon (Switch)  0.3%
  94. Octopath Traveler II (Switch)  0.3%
  95. Swords & Bones 2 (Switch eShop)  0.3%
  96. Super Mario Galaxy 2 (Wii)  0.3%
  97. Pretty Girls Game Collection (Switch)  0.3%
  98. Enter the Gungeon (Switch eShop)  0.3%
  99. Persona Q2: New Cinema Labyrinth (3DS)  0.3%
  100. Shin Megami Tensei IV (3DS)  0.3%
  101. Danganronpa V3: Killing Harmony Anniversary Edition (Switch eShop)  0.3%
  102. MLB The Show 23 (Switch)  0.3%
  103. Cuphead (Switch eShop)  0.3%
  104. Collection of Mana (Switch)  0.3%
  105. Dark Souls: Remastered (Switch)  0.3%
  106. Diablo II: Resurrected (Switch)  0.3%
  107. Story of Seasons: A Wonderful Life (Switch)  0.3%
  108. Trinity Trigger (Switch)  0.3%
  109. The Last Friend (Switch eShop)  0.3%
  110. If My Heart Had Wings (Switch eShop)  0.3%
  111. Bendy And The Ink Machine (Switch)  0.3%
  112. Etrian Odyssey Origins Collection (Switch eShop)  0.3%
  113. Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc Anniversary Edition (Switch eShop)  0.3%
  114. The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt - Complete Edition (Switch)  0.3%
  115. CrossCode (Switch eShop)  0.3%
  116. The Legend of Heroes: Trails from Zero (Switch)  0.3%
  117. Harvestella (Switch)  0.3%
  118. Animal Crossing: New Horizons (Switch)  0.3%
  119. Minecraft: Nintendo Switch Edition (Switch eShop)  0.3%
  120. Metroid Prime Remastered (Switch)  0.3%
  121. Astral Chain (Switch)  0.3%
  122. Coffee Talk (Switch eShop)  0.3%
  123. We Love Katamari REROLL + Royal Reverie (Switch)  0.3%
  124. Pikmin (GCN)  0.3%
  125. WarioWare, Inc.: Mega Microgame$! (GBA)  0.3%
  126. Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl (Switch)  0.3%
  127. Super Mario 3D World + Bowser's Fury (Switch)  0.3%
  128. The Great Ace Attorney Chronicles (Switch)  0.3%
  129. Dynasty Warriors 8 Xtreme Legends Definitive Edition (Switch eShop)  0.3%