The weekend is here, and about time, too. It's finally time to catch a breather and pick up your favourite Nintendo console for much-needed gaming time. And if you're here in the UK, it's a Bank Holiday weekend so you even get an extra day to belt around Mario Kart 8 Deluxe or head out on an unforgettable adventure in The Banner Saga. You'll find Team Nintendo Life's picks below, but what are you booting up over the days to come? Drop a vote in the poll if anything takes your fancy, then a comment down below. Have a great weekend!

Dom Reseigh-Lincoln, editor

This weekend, my gaming exploits will have a real retro theme to them. For a start, I'll be leaping further into The Legend of Kay Anniversary for our official review (due up on the site next week), but it's not just Switch that's getting a decent workout. Two weeks ago I picked up a new Game Boy Advance and a handful of carts.

I've already been having a whale of a time in Spyro 2: Season of Flame and Splinter Cell: Pandora Tomorrow, as well as finding an excuse to play another Harry Potter game in the form of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone. I just which that flippin' screen was backlit...

Dave Frear, retro reviewer

It’s a bit of a 'Ctrl+C, Ctrl+V' job for my gaming plans this weekend. First off, I shall be continuing with Mother 3. Last weekend my thief skills were utilised to sneak in and navigate a castle, but after clearing the second chapter I didn’t have a chance to do much else. Picking up my adventure in the desert I hope to get a bit further over the next couple of days. Other than that, I assume shall be playing that WGAYPTW regular Splatoon 2 as my nephew is visiting and that usual results in lots of turf wars – and complaints about all those exciting looking-weapons I’m not buying.

Anthony Dickens, managing director

It's been a busy week so I'm looking forward to winding down this bank holiday weekend. Saturday will see me recreating the Champions League final on FIFA 18 for Switch, let's see how Liverpool get on. Sunday I will be spending more time on Night In The Woods which I started last week, hopefully I can play through the entire game before heading back to work on Tuesday.

Dave Letcavage, contributing writer

My wife and I have very, very sloooooowly been playing through Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze, so I’m hoping to speed that up this weekend by completing the second half of Autumn Heights (best world ever) and moving on to Bright Savannah. 

Then there’s that there Runner3 game. I’ve already seen the credits roll, but there’s still so much left to unlock and complete. I’m destined to chip away at that, not just this weekend, but possibly 'for-ev-er' (read in Sandlot voice) due to those darn 'impossible levels', which are totally kicking my butt!! I’m not sure I have what it takes...

Glen Fox, guides editor

So I was hoping to dig in and play Dark Souls: Remastered this weekend on Switch, but the delay has spoiled those plans somewhat. I did end up folding and getting the PS4 version though, so I’ll for sure be digging back into it.

In terms of Nintendo stuff, it’s slim pickings right now. I’m super psyched for E3 though – I can taste the exciting announcements already. I do need to finish off some stuff though. I gave up on Fire Emblem Warriors again, but not because I wasn’t enjoying it, and I also need to get back to Lost Sphear. Ideally, I clear them all before E3, in case anything exciting drops right away. It could happen?!

Gonçalo Lopes, contributing writer

Still incredibly annoyed by Raphael’s defeat a week ago, this weekend I will be putting up my ARMS for the commish, Max Brass. An unexpected retro delight by the name Bloodstained: Curse of the Moon will feed my 8-bit Castlevania needs while I keep playing the waiting game for the Mega Man Collections since Capcom decided not to release the physical edition in Europe. 

I do fear how many unproductive hours I will blissfully spending on Punch Club instead of working on my upcoming reviews. The freshly translated Super Robot Taisen Wars on the faithful Super Nintendo will also get some love.

Alan Lopez, contributing writer

I am currently sitting up in my bed while my partner, sick beside me in a tangle of sheets, is playing Stardew Valley. I feel the rumble of the Switch Pro controller as her horse gallops along yellow pathways. I type words on my laptop, looking up occasionally and seeing disagreements with mine creatures settled with swords, complex emotional rituals fulfilled with gifts, and fishing. 

I just glanced over at the second Switch Pro controller on my nightstand, powered off and cold. I am thinking about Googling 'Stardew Valley multiplayer', but know it will link me to a Nintendo Life article with no new information, so I’ve closed the empty tab I just opened and will continue doing something else.

Ryan Craddock, news reporter

This weekend I’ll be exploring the seemingly ridiculous-looking (in a good way) Sushi Striker: The Way of Sushido. There’s actually a demo available right now on Switch and I’ve only heard great things about it so I’m looking forward to it – if you have a Switch then you may as well try out the free demo!

If I get any extra spare time, I’ll probably end up playing Splatoon 2 (I think my Switch might start loading it up automatically if I keep playing it at this rate) or Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze. I told myself I’d 100% that game this time around and I still haven’t done so. I wish days had more time in them!

Which games are you playing this weekend? (314 votes)

  1. Legend of Kay Anniversary​  0%
  2. Spyro 2: Season of Flame  0%
  3. Splinter Cell: Pandora Tomorrow  0.3%
  4. Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone  0.3%
  5. Mother 3​  0.6%
  6. Splatoon 211%
  7. FIFA 184%
  8. Night in the Woods  0.6%
  9. Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze​11%
  10. Runner35%
  11. Dark Souls: Remastered​3%
  12. Fire Emblem Warriors​2%
  13. Lost Sphear​  0.3%
  14. ARMS6%
  15. Bloodstained: Curse of the Moon​17%
  16. Punch Club​  0.3%
  17. Super Robot Taisen Wars  0%
  18. Stardew Valley4%
  19. Sushi Striker: The Way of Sushido6%
  20. Something else! (Comment below)29%

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