Metroid Fusion
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Ladies and gentlemen... The weekend.

Yes, it's time to wrap up another week and find out what we're all planning to play over the weekend. But first, let's go over what's been going on in the world of Nintendo this week.

First up, the excellent Metroid Fusion launched on the Nintendo Switch Online + Expansion Pack service, meaning the entire mainline Metroid series is now playable on the Switch - how about that? Not only that but Wave 4 of the Mario Kart 8 Deluxe Booster Course Pass also launched on the very same day, bringing with it an awesome new course in the form of Yoshi's Island.

Elsewhere, Grim Guardians: Demon Purge is getting its English name changed to Gal Guardians as a result of a trademark complaint, so that's a whole thing. We got one more look at the Super Mario Bros. Movie with the final trailer, complete with Fire Donkey Kong and, uh... shoes. Finally, we asked the age-old question: which Link is truly the best Link?

Now it's time to relax and play some games. Let us know what you're planning to boot up in the poll at the bottom of the page. Have a great weekend!

Jim Norman, Staff Writer

I managed to grab Mario + Rabbids Sparks of Hope at a decent price last week and have been steadily making my way through it ever since. I must say, it's a really good time (if not a little easy) so I am sure that I will be able to pour another hour or so into that here and there.

Putting Mario aside, I'm back on a 3DS kick at the moment as my Professor Layton playthrough continues. I'll hopefully get a bit more of The Last Spectre crossed off the list and then maybe, maybe, it will be time to start tackling that eShop back pile that I have been staring at for so long...

Ollie Reynolds, Staff Writer

I'll no doubt be playing quite a bit of Metroid Fusion this weekend now that it's available on the Nintendo Switch Online service. I will admit that even after just a couple of hours, I feel like I'm quite close to the end. I've just picked up the Space Jump ability.

Elsewhere, I'm obviously going to be checking out the Resident Evil 4 Remake demo on PS5. Oh, who am I kidding, I've already played through it about five times. It's absolutely wonderful; I can't believe Capcom has actually managed to pull it off. I never thought the opening village section would challenge me again, but it's so intense! Bravo.

Felix Sanchez, Video Producer

This weekend I have one game and one game only to play: The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. This play-through is a bit different, though, since I’m having a no fast traveling rule. I was afraid that this would just become annoying later on, but I’m a good 30-40 hours in, and It’s honestly just made the game even better (I didn’t know that was even possible).

I’m just experiencing so much new stuff that I hadn’t seen in my previous 200+ hours in the game, and there is always some form of activity when you go to a new place, whether it be Korok Seeds, Shrines, treasure chests, or a new item you can snap a picture of and add to your compendium. Truly the most fun I’ve had in a video game in many years, and while Tears of the Kingdom can’t come soon enough, I’m totally okay with just playing BOTW for the foreseeable future!

Gavin Lane, Editor

I bought Skyward Sword at launch and only put a few hours into it, but I’ve been chipping away again for the last few weeks, getting my pre-TOTK Zelda fix. I’m sailing around the Lanaryu ocean/desert at the moment, so I’d like to get the next flame over the weekend.

Elsewhere, I’m cruising the 3DS and Wii U eShops for pick-ups before the shops close at the end of the month. I got Kid Tripp for free earlier this week, but there are a few other things I’m interested in. And I should really get back to Chained Echoes at some point. Have a great weekend, everyone!

Alana Hagues, Staff Writer

I'm still working on my Octopath Traveler II playthrough. I've beaten one of the eight stories, and have all seven other final chapters unlocked, but I keep running off to do sidequests and whatnot. I cannot believe how stuffed full of secrets this game is. Also, I may have started with Throné, but Partitio is the best. Don't argue with it. Yee-haw!

Otherwise, the buzz around Paranormasight: The Seven Mysteries of Honjo means that I had to buy it, and not even an hour in, I'm already hooked. I can't wait to see what tricks this game is going to pull on me, and I love anything that messes with my mind and my expectations.

Gonçalo Lopes, Reviewer

Strong Nintendo DLC-fueled weekend ahead with Fire Emblem Engage's latest Divine Prologues along with the eight brand new Mario Kart 8 Deluxe Booster Course Pass tracks (plus Birdo!). Looking quite forward to the first couple of chapters of Bayonetta Origins: Cereza and the Lost Demon provided by the unexpected eShop demo drop.

Game of the Week is Metroid Fusion, a remarkable re-use of the Wario Land Advance engine to produce a narrative/horror-driven worthy sequel to Super Metroid. Despite having replayed the game two Summers ago, the chance to replay it once again on Switch is just too good to pass on.

What are you playing this weekend (11th / 12th March)? (268 votes)

  1. Metroid Prime Remastered (Switch)16%
  2. Metroid Fusion (GBA)9%
  3. Octopath Traveler II (Switch)6%
  4. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe (Switch)4%
  5. Bayonetta Origins: Cereza and the Lost Demon (Switch)4%
  6. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (Switch)4%
  7. Fire Emblem Engage (Switch)3%
  8. The Legend of Zelda: The Minish Cap (GBA)2%
  9. Pokémon Scarlet and Violet (Switch)2%
  10. Persona 5 Royal (Switch)2%
  11. Xenoblade Chronicles 3 (Switch)1%
  12. Kirby's Return to Dream Land Deluxe (Switch)1%
  13. Dead Cells: Return To Castlevania (Switch eShop)1%
  14. Super Mario 3D World + Bowser's Fury (Switch)1%
  15. Splatoon 3 (Switch)1%
  16. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe Booster Course Pass Wave 4 (Switch eShop)1%
  17. Super Mario Maker 2 (Switch)1%
  18. Cave Story+ (Switch)1%
  19. Fatal Frame: Mask of the Lunar Eclipse (Switch eShop)  0.8%
  20. Wario Land 3 (GBC)  0.8%
  21. The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword HD (Switch)  0.8%
  22. Tetris Effect: Connected (Switch eShop)  0.8%
  23. Dragon Quest Treasures (Switch)  0.8%
  24. Metroid Dread (Switch)  0.8%
  25. Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity (Switch)  0.8%
  26. Fantasy Life (3DS)  0.8%
  27. Chained Echoes (Switch eShop)  0.8%
  28. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate (Switch)  0.8%
  29. Hollow Knight (Switch eShop)  0.8%
  30. Theatrhythm Final Bar Line (Switch)  0.8%
  31. Professor Layton and the Curious Village (DS)  0.8%
  32. The Legend of Heroes: Trails from Zero (Switch)  0.8%
  33. Baldo: The Guardian Owls (Switch eShop)  0.4%
  34. Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy - The Definitive Edition (Switch)  0.4%
  35. Sonic Adventure 2: Battle (GCN)  0.4%
  36. PowerWash Simulator (Switch eShop)  0.4%
  37. LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga (Switch)  0.4%
  38. Xenoblade Chronicles 2: Torna - The Golden Country (Switch)  0.4%
  39. The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask (N64)  0.4%
  40. Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age (Switch)  0.4%
  41. Starlink: Battle for Atlas (Switch)  0.4%
  42. PARANORMASIGHT: The Seven Mysteries of Honjo (Switch eShop)  0.4%
  43. Metroid Prime 3: Corruption (Wii)  0.4%
  44. Super Metroid (SNES)  0.4%
  45. The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D (3DS)  0.4%
  46. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Cowabunga Collection (Switch)  0.4%
  47. Mario & Luigi: Dream Team (3DS)  0.4%
  48. The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom (Switch)  0.4%
  49. Xenoblade Chronicles: Definitive Edition (Switch)  0.4%
  50. Yoshi's Woolly World (Wii U)  0.4%
  51. Octopath Traveler (Switch)  0.4%
  52. New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe (Switch)  0.4%
  53. Super Mario Advance 4: Super Mario Bros. 3 (GBA)  0.4%
  54. Signalis (Switch eShop)  0.4%
  55. Alchemic Dungeons DX (Switch eShop)  0.4%
  56. Yo-kai Watch 2: Bony Spirits & Fleshy Souls (3DS)  0.4%
  57. Shin Megami Tensei: Strange Journey Redux (3DS)  0.4%
  58. Pokémon Crystal (GBC)  0.4%
  59. Citizen Sleeper (Switch eShop)  0.4%
  60. Sniper Elite 4 (Switch)  0.4%
  61. Hogwarts Legacy (Switch)  0.4%
  62. Labyrinth of Galleria: The Moon Society (Switch)  0.4%
  63. Metroid II: Return of Samus (GB)  0.4%
  64. Bayonetta 3 (Switch)  0.4%
  65. New Super Lucky's Tale (Switch)  0.4%
  66. Metroid: Samus Returns (3DS)  0.4%
  67. The Last Spell (Switch eShop)  0.4%
  68. Super Mario Sunshine (GCN)  0.4%
  69. Dragon Quest VII: Fragments of the Forgotten Past (3DS)  0.4%
  70. NieR:Automata The End of YoRHa Edition (Switch)  0.4%
  71. Phantom Breaker: Omnia (Switch eShop)  0.4%
  72. Cadence of Hyrule: Crypt of the NecroDancer Featuring The Legend of Zelda (Switch eShop)  0.4%
  73. EarthBound (SNES)  0.4%
  74. Shin Megami Tensei IV (3DS)  0.4%
  75. Fire Emblem: Three Houses (Switch)  0.4%
  76. Pikmin 2 (GCN)  0.4%
  77. Persona 3 Portable (Switch eShop)  0.4%
  78. Dragon Quest Builders 2 (Switch)  0.4%
  79. Stardew Valley (Switch eShop)  0.4%
  80. Wonder Boy Anniversary Collection (Switch eShop)  0.4%
  81. Ys VIII: Lacrimosa of Dana (Switch)  0.4%
  82. Rogue Legacy 2 (Switch eShop)  0.4%
  83. The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening DX (GBC)  0.4%
  84. Darksiders Genesis (Switch)  0.4%
  85. Super Mario Run (Mobile)  0.4%
  86. void* tRrLM2(); //Void Terrarium 2 (Switch eShop)  0.4%
  87. Little Nemo: The Dream Master (NES)  0.4%
  88. Monster Hunter Rise: Sunbreak (Switch eShop)  0.4%
  89. Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door (GCN)  0.4%
  90. Super Mario Odyssey (Switch)  0.4%
  91. Super Mario Bros. (NES)  0.4%
  92. Atelier Ryza: Ever Darkness & the Secret Hideout (Switch)  0.4%
  93. Fitness Boxing Fist of the North Star (Switch eShop)  0.4%
  94. Rhythm Heaven Megamix (3DS)  0.4%
  95. Undertale (Switch eShop)  0.4%
  96. The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening (Switch)  0.4%
  97. Live A Live (Switch)  0.4%
  98. Final Fantasy IV Advance (GBA)  0.4%
  99. Save me Mr Tako: Definitive Edition (Switch eShop)  0.4%
  100. Pokémon GO (Mobile)  0.4%
  101. Dicey Dungeons (Switch eShop)  0.4%
  102. Mario + Rabbids Sparks of Hope (Switch)  0.4%
  103. The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past (SNES)  0.4%
  104. Dead Cells (Switch)  0.4%
  105. Dark Souls: Remastered (Switch)  0.4%
  106. Pokémon HeartGold & SoulSilver (DS)  0.4%
  107. Mega Man 9 (WiiWare)  0.4%

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!