Here we are at the end of another week, which this time brought us a seriously hot take on Nintendo's business practices, a Super Mario Bros. 35 bombshell, and the announcement of an iconic rerelease for Fire Emblem.
With the weekend now upon us, though, it's time to discuss our weekend gaming plans. Members of Nintendo Life have done just that below, and we'd love for you to join in via our poll and comment sections. Enjoy!
Jon Cartwright, video producer
I wish I got a little more invested in Pokémon Sword and Shield. I finished the main game, levelled up my party a little and just kinda moved on. Isle of Armor squeezed a few more hours out of me but this weekend I'll be returning to Galar once more and maybe this time the "post-game" will hook me.
The Crown Tundra just came out and this seems to be the real meat of the Expansion Pass. Not only is there an entirely new Wild Area to explore but Dynamax Adventures, which offers up legendary Pokémon from prior games, sounds like the time sink I've been waiting for.
I've also returned to my Persona 5 save which I for some reason abandoned around the 70-hour mark (we can pretend that's on Switch, right?) It probably is in an alternate universe.
PJ O’Reilly, reviewer
Hello. This weekend I’m going to be jumping into Green Hell, Creepy Jar’s brutal survival effort that so far has been absolutely hammering me with snake bites, parasites and all-manner of nasty, nasty ways to die so look out for that review shortly if I manage to make it out the other end of it all. Elsewhere I’ve finally reinstalled Valkyria Chronicles 4 and am adamant that I’m gonna get right the way through it this time without having my attention diverted by some other shiny new game...although I do quite fancy that Horace and Mario Tennis Aces is on sale right now...oh god, make it stop! Have a good weekend whatever you’re playing and stay safe out there.
Stuart Gipp, reviewer
Other than blitzing through Oddworld: New N' Tasty for review (keep an eye out for that one!), and some cheeky seshes on Shadow of Mordor (not Nintendo, shh, don't tell the lads!), I've been putting time into both G.I. Joe Operation Blackout and Transformers Battlegrounds, both for reviewing on here in the near future. Just call me "Mr Hasbro". Actually, please don't, that would be wretched.
As for my usual retro malarkey, I've been eyeing up Mega Man Legacy Collection 2, which remains conspicuously uncompleted by me. I'm just not sure if I can muster another playthrough of Mega Man 8. Jump, jump. Slide, slide...
Gavin Lane, features editor
I finally put Rogue Legacy to bed last week. Yes, I cheesed the final boss across the room with a constant barrage of throwing daggers from my Archmage – a totally legit strat! – and there’s now nothing standing between me and Hades. There was nothing standing between us before, apart from a mental barrier that didn’t want to have two rogue-likes on the go, but I'm sure you understand.
There’s tons of other stuff I might dip into. I went and bought Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit (or Luigi Kart Live, as my variant should be called), and I’d like to unlock the fastest 200cc mode and see how the cats cope with it. I’m also only a handful of hours into the excellent Horace, and I picked up Killer Queen Black for mere pennies on sale. And all that’s just the mere tip of the whopping-great iceberg which is my backlog. Whatever you do, don’t mention Game of the Year yet…
Ryan Craddock, news editor
Having wrapped up the first game in LEGO Harry Potter Collection this week, I've found myself diving right into the second, exploring the final few years of this bricky Hogwarts journey. It already feels like this game might be significantly bigger than the first, so it looks like I could be here for some time.
I've also picked up the physical version of Cadence of Hyrule this week – as I never played it the first time around – and also have Pokémon Sword and Shield's The Crown Tundra DLC to play. It's also my birthday today, so this is going to be a very busy weekend! Have a good one folks.
Gonçalo Lopes, contributing writer
I do believe this is some sort of record week for physical arrivals. My collection has increased by no less than eleven tiles, including game number #400(!)... and its not a “proper” Nintendo Switch game… or a game from 2020 even! At long last I have in my hands the physical Switch edition of Xeno Crisis! I can't believe I still haven’t been able to complete this game in single player.
It is also my game of the week despite some heavy hitters like Horace, Death Ray Manta, GoNNER2, Ys Origin, Transformers Battlegrounds, the dood with the attitude Prinny 1.2 Exploded and Reloaded and even Torchlight III all making into this weekend’s rotation.
Zion Grassl, video producer
At the moment, my slate is pretty clean! I do have a few games sitting on the sideline: The campaign of Pokémon Sword & Shield is staring at me as I write and I haven’t watered my Animal Crossing island in weeks…but I also don’t really feel any urgency to get back to them. I have a big stack of games in my room that I consider “my backlog” and I’m in debates about pulling something short and sweet out of it for the weekend!
Metroid Prime, the original Pikmin or even Super Metroid are all prime contenders, but I’m also picking up my physical copy of Cadence of Hyrule today! Why can’t I just be limited to what I have, like when I was a kid? Someone please, just pick for me!
As always, thanks for reading! Make sure to leave a vote in the poll above and a comment below with your gaming choices over the next few days...