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After last week's Nintendo Direct extravaganza, this week has seemed a little more relaxed by comparison. As we have prepared ourselves for the weekend's coming Splatfest (go Team Fun!) we have taken our time recuperating from what is already shaping up to be an amazing slate of upcoming games.

In the Direct's aftermath, we have broken down everything that we know about Pikmin 4 (mostly because we can't stop thinking about Miyamoto's shirt) and also chewed over Square Enix's frankly unbelievable release schedule.

We also found time to review the brand new title Shovel Knight Dig, had a lot of fun with Easy Come Easy Golf, and finally got our hands on shmup classic Radiant Silvergun — let's just hope it hangs about in all eShops this time.

Now, we are ready for a weekend of gaming (Splatfest and otherwise) and some of our fantastic writers have shared their plans down below. We would love to hear what you are going to be up to as well, so be sure to leave a comment — once you have enjoyed our incredible words, of course! Happy reading!

Ollie Reynolds, staff writer

So this weekend, I’ll still be plugging away at Bayonetta 2. I started it on Hard difficulty, so it’s taking me a bit longer than I’d perhaps like, but the heightened intensity makes for a far more enjoyable experience, in my opinion! Anyway, it’s certainly succeeded in making me more excited for Bayonetta 3, despite my niggling concerns for the new sequel.

Elsewhere, I’m still working my way through Death Stranding; I’m reeeeeally taking my time with it. I’ve just got past that big slippery BT and met Higgs for the first time, so I’m not far yet by any means. I’ve also decided to start Assassin’s Creed Odyssey because apparently one giant open world just wasn’t enough for me. When will I learn...?

Alana Hagues, staff writer

I'm trying to finish a bunch of smaller things before I start travelling come the end of October — it was extremely hard to resist the allure of starting New Game Plus in The Legend of Heroes: Trails from Zero, but I've managed so far.

So, this weekend, I'm going back to Chicory: A Colorful Tale! I'm a lot further in than I was a few weeks ago, and I'm really loving my time with this one. I may have teared up a few times — maybe. I'm also going to check out Beacon Pines because Winnie the Pooh meets Twin Peaks is quite possibly the best description of a video game ever. I've also picked up Jack Move after enjoying the demo; a 10-hour RPG after one 50-hour one and one 150-hour one sounds much more palatable right now.

Jim Norman, staff writer

Ok, I'll bite — this weekend will be dedicated to Splatoon 3. After going for weeks without a stable Wi-Fi connection, this will be my first actual Splatfest so I am looking forward to finally sinking my teeth into one of the series' most highly-praised features.

Aside from all this splatting, I have recently got my hands on Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Cowabunga Collection. With the impeccable Shredder's Revenge currently sitting very high on my game of the year list, I am excited to get some more retro turtle action with this collection. As much as it pains me to say, I have also really got into Mario Strikers: Battle League this week. Hey, it's great fun and I will be playing more this weekend! (Would it really hurt to just delay and release the full game in one go, though?)

Gonçalo Lopes, reviewer

Despite steady progress, I have yet to complete Xenoblade Chronicles 3. I just keep stumbling into interesting things too tasty to ignore along my path. The first Splatoon 3 Splatfest is on the way (Team Gear FTW) but I will also need to keep up progress on SD Gundam Battle Alliance while also not skipping weekly retro-gaming sessions powered by Taito EGRET II Mini.

Game of the Week is Midnight Fight Express. It looked great in the trailer, the PC demo was adequate and the final release is simply stellar. If you need to let out some steam after a work week, this is the game to do it.

As ever, thank you for reading! Make sure to leave us a comment below with your weekend gaming plans!