Phew, thank goodness it's the weekend! This week has brought with it all the drama of a Pokémon Direct, fresh Banjo-Kazooie rumours and even more games for the Sega Mega Drive Mini, but now we can finally calm down and talk about our weekend plans.

This time around, we've rounded up even more of the talented folk who help to make Nintendo Life the amazing (ahem) site that it is, so we hope you have fun reading through even more entries. As ever, feel free to join in via our poll and comment sections below. Enjoy!

Gavin Lane, staff writer

This weekend I’ll be doing my best to relax before the excitement of E3 next week. I’ve had ABZU sitting on my Switch for ages but haven’t got around to actually playing the thing. I also picked up GRIS in the Devolver Digital sale so I’d like to blast through that before the Nintendo E3 sale arrives to clog up my micro SD card. Both games are supposed to be beautiful, sedate experiences, and that's just what I'm after.

Having said all that, I might take the opportunity (weather permitting) to head out in the sunshine with a games mag under my arm and simply relax away from a screen with a little reading material, and perhaps a frosty beverage of some description. Ah, summer’s coming…

Ryan Craddock, staff writer

If you regularly read these weekend features, you might remember that I've been replaying Banjo-Kazooie over the last few weeks. I've started to reach a point now where I'm finding it incredibly tricky to find the last few Jiggies I need (I don't think I ever made it this far as a kid) so I'm needing a quick change of pace.

I'm keeping my current N64 streak going, though, with my attention now shifting over to GoldenEye 007 for a bit. The nostalgia is ridiculously high with this one (I let out an audible 'aww' when I killed the man sitting on the toilet from the comfort of the vent above) so I'm determined to play through the entire campaign. For England, James?

Stephanie Woor, reviewer

Ryan has kindly reminded me that there's this thing called a 'weekend' to plan for – newly freelance, I’m not actually sure how those things work now. My hardcore gaming credentials must be in my other bag too, because I was about to try to get away with saying my plans include “a long walk while playing Pokémon GO”.

I’ll instead try to save face by mentioning that I have been promised Mario Kart 64 at the homebrew ale and mead party I’ll be at tomorrow. Trouble is everyone is expecting the A-game I bring to Mario Kart 8, but (don’t tell the editors) I was a PC gamer back then. Where the heck is Toadette?

Gonçalo Lopes, contributing writer

Apart from surpassing a 150-day streak in Fitness Boxing, I haven’t really been playing much Switch this week and it looks that this will remain so for this weekend. Despite all the E3 insanity already going around I will be mostly working on my upcoming music album while the SNES Classic has been reassembled next to my TV. I fully expect some short burst of arcade action with Contra III and Super Castlevania IV along with some lengthier sessions of Final Fantasy VI. One day I will most certainly become a full-time retro gamer, but for now I’m just taking a breather.

Still did manage to find a game of the week: Timespinner is an absolutely incredible Castlevania Symphony of the Night homage, so it will nicely fill the gap Konami keeps unwilling to fulfil on the Switch.

Austin Voigt, contributing writer

This weekend I plan to play some - hold up... E3 is in four days?! Forget playing games, I haven’t even started packing yet! Gotta grab my Switch, some caffeine pills, my notebook that looks like a Pokédex, some Water of Life potions, a few tissues in case I see Charles Martinet... so much to do! No time to talk... Maybe some time to play Smash on the plane. See y’all in LA!

Dom Reseigh-Lincoln, reviewer

With Paladins' latest battle pass introducing lots of viking-forged skins to the game, it was going to be impossible for me not to sink some money on it. So expect to see me once again causing lots of trouble with Vivian, Androxus and Ruckus in TDM and Onslaught.

Elsewhere, I'll be putting my spy tradecraft to the test in Phantom Doctrine. I love games that try to encapsulate the dangerous world of espionage, so I'm looking forward to playing spymaster on my Switch. Maybe I've just watched too much Homeland and Spooks!

PJ O'Reilly, reviewer

I’m helplessly addicted to Slay the Spire at the moment, so I’ll most likely spend most of my weekend trying to inch my way through the insanely difficult Ascension levels of that whenever my son isn’t hogging the Switch to play Yoshi’s Crafted World or Super Mario Odyssey. I also just picked up FIFA 19 and The Messenger in the ongoing eShop sale so I’ll definitely be getting stuck into some ninja platforming action and online Seasons when I get the chance; I’m sure I haven’t lost my silky smooth football touch since I last played a FIFA game about two years ago, right?

Ollie Reynolds, reviewer

Since Luigi's Mansion 3 will be playable at this year's E3 (and I'll be firmly stuck in the UK), I'll be digging out the 3DS for another round with the brilliant Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon. That's if I can tear myself away from scouring the internet for Nintendo Direct rumours, of course.

In anticipation for Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night later this month, I'll also play through the 8-bit companion game Bloodstained: Curse of the Moon. Time permitting, I may even boot up Castlevania: Symphony of the Night for some fully fledged Igavania action!

Liam Doolan, news reporter

Now that the new 2.5D Yooka-Laylee game has been revealed, I think it’s about time I got around to finishing the original 3D outing, which was released on the Nintendo Switch at the end of 2017. For reasons I can’t really remember, I got up to Capital B’s casino level and then dropped right off. I’m guessing it probably had something to do with the release of Super Mario Odyssey a few months beforehand.

Brushing aside this minor setback, I now intend to complete Yooka-Laylee before the arrival of the sequel. That’s all for me this weekend!

Lewis White, reviewer

Have you played Tetris 99? I’ve played Tetris 99. I’ve played so much Tetris 99 that I’ve literally, and I do mean literally, been seeing Tetrominoes flow whenever I close my eyes. It’s a deep-rooted problem. Will I ever stop? Probably not!

In between the video game equivalent of illegal white powders, I’ve been returning to some old addictives. Hyrule Warriors: Definitive Edition refuses to end; JYDGE continues to teach me how bad I am at games; Resident Evil Revelations 2 has proven itself to be the ultimate guilty pleasure, and Atelier Lulua: The Scion of Arland is proving itself to be about as intuitive as its title.

I'd tell you more but, well, I see a line block with my name on it.

Which games are you playing this weekend? (177 votes)

  1. Abzu  0%
  2. GRIS2%
  3. Banjo-Kazooie1%
  4. GoldenEye 0071%
  5. Pokémon GO6%
  6. Mario Kart 641%
  7. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe5%
  8. Fitness Boxing2%
  9. Contra III: The Alien Wars3%
  10. Super Castlevania IV5%
  11. Timespinner3%
  12. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate13%
  13. Paladins - Founder's Pack1%
  14. Phantom Doctrine  0%
  15. Luigi's Mansion 3  0%
  16. Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon1%
  17. Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night1%
  18. Bloodstained: Curse of the Moon2%
  19. Tetris 996%
  20. Hyrule Warriors: Definitive Edition1%
  21. JYDGE  0%
  22. Resident Evil Revelations 21%
  23. Atelier Lulua: The Scion of Arland2%
  24. Yooka-Laylee2%
  25. Slay the Spire3%
  26. Yoshi's Crafted World4%
  27. Super Mario Odyssey3%
  28. FIFA 19  0%
  29. The Messenger4%
  30. Something else (comment below)29%

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