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Well, it's certainly been a bit of a busier week for us here at Nintendo Life! Looking at game announcements, we're going to be getting Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards on the Switch Online Expansion Pass, plus Alan Wake has been confirmed for release on the Switch later this year. Finally, of course, we had a brand new Indie World showcase, bursting at the seams with lots of cool little eShop gems.

In other news, our very own NL community member Zuljaras created a remarkable DOOM sculpture, we took a look at the emergent narrative within Minecraft, and there's been a bizarre bit of drama surrounding the Fei Long character in Street Fighter! Last, but certainly not least of course, we saw the release of Nintendo's financial results for FY2022, begging the question as to when we might actually see the arrival of the Switch 2.

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!

Alana Hagues, staff writer

This weekend, it’s a double dose of new, short RPGs, both of a very different kind! I’ll be diving into the Metroidvania-esque Eiyuden Chronicle: Rising, which looks like a really neat little primer before the main event – Eiyuden Chronicle: Hundred Heroes – hits next year. I don’t mind the idea of repetitive fetch quests right now; I just need a pleasant, low-stakes experience.

Also on the docket is Jump Over The Age’s Citizen Sleeper, a game that only popped up on my radar a few weeks ago. I stumbled upon the soundtrack, and the lo-fi synthwave beats practically screamed (hummed?) “pick the game up”! Our review also helped, too. More tabletop RPG, and much higher stakes, but similarly about people and communities. See you next week!

Thomas Whitehead, deputy editor

On the good 'ol Switch it's probably time for me to finally play Gris, about which I've heard great things. I've also started a fresh run in Civilisation VI in which I try to lead Robert the Bruce's Scotland to space; love the realism!

Elsewhere I've started a long overdue proper run of Yakuza: Like a Dragon, with the mission being to not fall off half way through the story this time around, or waste too much time in the karting minigame.

Ollie Reynolds, staff writer

So I'm still working my way through Bioshock Infinite this weekend, because uhh... I didn't really play it last weekend, when I said I would. I'm sorry. I'm going to try and make some decent progress in it this time, though, and hopefully polish it off at some point before next weekend.

Elsewhere, I've decided to play through Red Dead Redemption 2 again on the PS5. I absolutely adore just getting lost in that game's world, and it's been long enough that I've largely forgotten quite a bit of the narrative.

Kate Gray, staff writer

This weekend is my first free weekend after two weeks of COVID followed by two weeks of a family visit, so I will be playing... SLEEP. Just kidding, it's video game time, babyyyy. Earthbound is the obvious one, because of Backlog Club, but I've also not stopped playing Slay The Spire yet! I've got 115 hours (I played it a lot over the past month) and I've only beaten the Heart twice (Defect x2). I got close with the Ironclad, but forgot to take the last key. I'm still salty about that.

Otherwise, it's going to be a mixture of watching my partner play Elden Ring, which is incredible, and trying out Dead Cells, which I bought for the first time in a sale a couple weeks ago. Not sure why I've been putting it off, to be honest — I love roguelikes — but I'm finding it a bit hard to get into, because it feels like I somehow skipped a tutorial? I have no idea. Please leave hints thank youuuu.

Gavin Lane, editor

I'm just going to be getting my Wii U affairs in order. We finally got house internet last night!

Gonçalo Lopes, reviewer

I’m halfway in the Division 1 Speedball 2: Brutal Deluxe league table and things can go either way. I do have some exceptional new players including Jams, the best Forward in the whole game to turn things around. Onward to the latest trilogy in LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga with at very least The Force Awakens to do this weekend. Nice physical arrivals included Archvale and Deathsmiles 1+2.

Game of the week is Cotton Fantasy! While my physical edition is still somewhere down the road, ININ Games was kind enough to send me a review code. What a fantastic reboot! I can’t keep track of how many games Umihara Kawase guest stars anymore.

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