Bayonetta Origins
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Hooray, the weekend is here! It's the weekend, everybody!

Before we dive into what we're going to be playing, let's take a peek at what's been happening in the world of Nintendo this week.

First up, Nintendo saw fit to add not one, not two, but four new titles to its Nintendo Switch Online service. We reckon that's pretty good going so soon after Metroid Fusion. We also saw Nintendo of America's CEO Doug Bowser make some "bullish" claims regarding the Switch and its potential successor.

Elsewhere, it seems that Metroid Zero Mission may in fact be coming to the Nintendo Switch Online service at some point, the Pokémon Company is seemingly quite interested in NFTs, and it's rumoured that some classic SoulCalibur games might be getting the remaster treatment.

But for now, let's settle down with some games, eh?

Jim Norman, Staff Writer

Much to my shame, I forked out 1,000 platinum points on the catchily-named My Nintendo Picross: The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess this week and let me tell you, I am hooked. “This is just a silly puzzle game right, surely it can’t be that addictive,” I thought to myself as I downloaded the (basically) free content. But here I am, hours later, filling in my silly little boxes to make an image that looks something like a Hylian Shield? I guess?

If I am able to put it down, then I will probably be playing more Super Mario Odyssey in the meantime. I started a new save file and am finally going about playing the game properly by collecting every moon out there. It’s a lengthy task, I’ll admit, but man what a game!

Ollie Reynolds, Staff Writer

I'm afraid there won't be a great deal of gaming this weekend for me. I'm moving house soon, so I'm finding it quite difficult to commit to anything. That said, I'm diving into the NSO service every now and then and playing a bit of Super Mario Bros. 3 and Kuru Kuru Kuruin. I'm also still replaying the Resident Evil 4 demo on PS5 as much as I can; now that I know how to trigger the 'Mad Chainsaw Mode' difficulty, I keep replaying it to see if I can beat my previous score. Great stuff.

Gavin Lane, Editor

I got my hands on a PC Engine Mini this week and plan to fire that up this weekend. It’s a little system with an intriguing library which I’ve never touched. Looking forward to that.

In the world of Nintendo, I’m still making my way through Skyward Sword HD and Chained Echoes. I downloaded the Streets of Rage 4 DLC, too.

And I’m tinkering with eShop games on my 3DS before the impending closure. Nintendo Badge Arcade has hooked me once again. One more week!

Gonçalo Lopes, Reviewer

After enjoying the two-chapter demo last weekend I’m quite looking forward to carrying on with Bayonetta Origins: Cereza and the Lost Demon. The game just clicked with me. Looking forward to some eShop game time with Squadron 51 vs. The Flying Saucers and Titanium Hound. Outside Nintendo platforms, I am closing in on 26 hours of Xenogears and am stunned with the single-player campaign quality of Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War.

Game of the Week is Data East’s Side Pocket for the NSO service. This week’s update placed one of my favorite SNES guilty pleasures on the Switch. I miss old-school Data East...

Alana Hagues, Staff Writer

I'm doing a lot of travelling this weekend, so really, the main thing I'll be doing is levelling up to prepare for Octopath Traveler II's superboss — not something I often do in an RPG, but when you're as mechanically good as OTII, then you have to, right?

Other than that, all of that Hollow Knight writing and replaying has reminded me that I need to scratch another Metroidvania off the list — Ori and the Blind Forest. So if I get some free time between visiting family and going to London, then I may well fire that up.

What are you playing this weekend (18th/19th March)?

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