With fresh "Switch Pro" rumours and confirmation that Nintendo has no intention of backing down from its decision to wipe Mario from existence at the end of the month, it's been quite the rollercoaster week. Thankfully, it's now time for us to have a breather and chat about our weekend gaming plans.
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!
Kate Gray, staff writer
Unsurprisingly, I'm still Valheim-ing quite a lot this week. Most of my play sessions involve going somewhere new, almost immediately dying, and then having to do an ill-advised naked corpse run. It's wicked fun.
In Nintendo world, though, it's been a lot of farming, which actually makes an interesting parallel with Valheim, a survival game with agriculture and crafting, but also monsters. I played a lot of Story of Seasons: Pioneers of Olive Town for our preview, and I'm also playing Harvest Moon: One World, too. Playing both at the same time is really not doing either of them any favours, and I'm thinking of doing a piece that directly compares and contrasts them so that no one else has to go through this themselves!
My partner is still making his way through Ace Attorney, if anyone's wondering - he's on the case with Acro currently. I really hope Capcom remakes Apollo Justice before he gets to the end of the trilogy!
Zion Grassl, video producer
It’s interesting how as someone working for a gaming journalism website, with a wealth of games at my disposal, I’ve found myself having a ridiculous amount of joy playing back through Pokémon Blue on my Game Boy Color. I've just hit the Safari Zone and am really feeling the “Gotta catch ‘em all” spirit, so I probably won’t move on until I’ve done just that. Also, I can’t remember for the life of me why there is the option to throw a rock? Aren’t you supposed to get Pokémon to like you? Pretty sure if I threw a rock at my girlfriend she would have ran away a long time ago...
Ollie Reynolds, reviewer
Hello everyone! Hope you're all doing okay. I've just started watching The Terror now that it's finally available on British shores (and oh my goodness, it's wonderful); with its distinct Lovecraftian feel, I've actually decided to go back to The Sinking City on Switch! It's not the most technologically sound game around, but I think it's well worth a shot if you're a fan of cosmic horror.
Time permitting, I'll also be chipping away at Zelda: Link's Awakening, which I've recently restarted thanks to all the Zelda 35th anniversary hype! It's a lovely little game, but I never got around to finishing it when it launched back in 2019. Hopefully I'll find enough time to get through it in the next week or so.
Mitch Vogel, reviewer
The recent reveal of Splatoon 3 reminded me that I never picked up the Octo Expansion for Splatoon 2, so that’ll likely take up most of my time this weekend. So far, I am absolutely loving the shorter levels and higher difficulty. I’ve got a feeling that Splatoon 3 may opt for a more open-world design for its single player campaign, but some part of me still hopes that they somehow follow up on this sort of level design.
Aside from that, I recently got back into Persona 5 Royal, as I want to play Persona 5 Strikers and refuse to spoil the story for myself. I’m about twenty hours in and so far have been amazed at how much the little tweaks and balances have improved on the original game. From what I’ve heard, it only gets better from here, so I’m quite eager to finally see for myself what all the fuss around Persona is about.
PJ O’Reilly, reviewer
Hello. This weekend I’ll be jetpacking back into Apex Legends for a review of its Switch port, pinging targets left, right and centre and generally causing as much of a nuisance for my unlucky teammates as humanly possible. I played quite a bit of Apex when it originally released back in 2019 but it’s been a fair old while since I’ve took up arms in Kings Canyon so I’m envisaging some pretty tough times ahead as I get back into the groove.
Elsewhere I’ll also be taking a look at Kingdoms of Amalur: Re-Reckoning to see how the revamped version of 2012’s cult classic RPG holds up on Nintendo’s hybrid console and, if I’ve got time, finally making a start – just two years after I bought it – on Fire Emblem: Three Houses. Have a good weekend whatever you’re up to or playing and stay safe out there!
Gonçalo Lopes, reviewer
Four years!? Seems like only yesterday I was hooking up the Switch next to my giant TV screen and hurrying up to the eShop to buy Fast RMX, a game I would use to take a break from adventuring in Zelda: Breath of the Wild. And as I look to my vast collection that began on that fated day I must give thanks to everyone who made this Switch success story come true.
My game of the week is Robotech: Battlecry. Yep, the one on GameCube, not the HD Remaster stealth release from this past Monday. Now if only someone had the guts to put a proper new Macross on the Switch...
As always, thanks for reading! Make sure to leave us a comment below with your gaming choices over the next few days...