Is it a scorcher where you are, readers? It certainly has been in the UK this week. But the video game news has been pretty hot too! Hollow Knight: Silksong is alive with a brand new trailer! There are details of a rumoured new Fire Emblem game surfacing online. Final Fantasy VII fans are celebrating the news that the Zack Fair-starring prequel Crisis Core is getting remastered and coming to Switch. And no DLC is planned for TMNT: Shredder's Revenge. Yet.
In other news, Neon White is an absolute belter that you should not miss. We've listed all of the best cat games you can get on your trusty Switch. And we interviewed the developers of Zelda: Minish Cap-meets-Stardew Valley game Moonstone Island.
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!
Ollie Reynolds, staff writer
Hello! This weekend, I’m in the mood for some retro goodness, so I’m probably going to be booting up the NES and SNES apps for Nintendo Switch Online and jumping into some classic Mario and Zelda games. There’s really nothing quite like Super Mario World, is there?
Elsewhere, I’ll be trying out Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shredder’s Revenge on Game Pass. The Xbox service is my go-to for when I want to try out a certain game before inevitably throwing down some cash for the Switch version! It worked for Streets of Rage 4, why not this one?
Alana Hagues, staff writer
It's all about Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shredder's Revenge. I'm absolutely stoked to play through this with my partner, but here's the problem — we both have the same favourite turtle, Donatello! I think I might have to play as April or Leonardo here to keep the peace.
I'm also hoping to start Neon White and Omori this weekend too. I wasn't planning on getting Neon White immediately, but then the reviews rolled in, and I buckled. Machine Girl's soundtrack is incredible too (go listen to Vol. 1 and Vol. 2!). Omori, I've been waiting for the console version for a while. I've heard so many fantastic things, and the mix of horror, mental health, and RPG subversions is my jam.
My wallet is suffering after a weekend break and three brand new games. Can you tell? And this is only the beginning of the summer of gaming. Phew. Have a good weekend, everyone!
Gemma Smith, community manager
With all the recent Final Fantasy VII announcements, I thought I'd finally bite the bullet and play the original. I'm not the biggest turn-based lover but with the Switch version being portable and also having x3 speed, I'm really enjoying it so far. I've actually never played the original before, so I'm very excited to be playing it!
I'll also be brushing up on my hunting skills to get ready for the launch of Monster Hunter Rise: Sunbreak by playing the tasty new demo. Happy hunting!
Gonçalo Lopes, reviewer
What a delightful weekend ahead! Great physical arrivals include such wonders like Zombie Army 4: Dead War, Metal Max Xeno: Reborn, Bloodrayne Betrayal: Fresh Bites, and the lovely Wonder Boy Returns Remix. Alicia has become stronger than any tank in this last stretch of Valkyria Chronicles. Belt action is more than assured by Final Vendetta along with...
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shredder’s Revenge is not only my game of the week but might just be Game of The Year 2022. A long childhood dream became reality due to the perfect mix of talent and source material love from Tribute Games. Alone or with friends, this one is mandatory Video Game History 101. Cowabunga!
Kate Gray, staff writer
I'm in that sort of awkward "I don't want to start anything new" mood, though, so all of the games on my backlog are going to stay backlogged for a while, and instead I will play Hollow Knight, try to finish Return of the Obra Dinn, and maybe see if I can get to the end of AI: The Somnium Files before the new one comes out!
As always, thanks for reading! Make sure to leave us a comment below with your weekend gaming plans!