What are you playing this weekend? (6th of August)

Xenoblade Chronicles 3
Image: Nintendo / Monolith Soft

It’s been a busy week for Nintendo fans and for us at Nintendo Life! Not only is Wave 2 of Mario Kart 8 Deluxe finally released, but Game Freak and The Pokémon Company have also given us plenty of Pokémon Scarlet & Violet news! Nintendo also released its financial results for the first quarter, in which it reported a decrease in overselling.

And while some of us really want more Mario Kart DLC tracks like Baby Park, others are very excited about the new Pokémon details. After all, we all have a few games on our Switch that are difficult to categorize. So why not check out our list of the best games that don’t really have a genre? Or do you have multiple genres? They’re just hard to classify. Let’s say unique.

Now it’s time to chill and discuss our game plans for the weekend. A few MMembers of the Nintendo Life team have done just that below, so don’t hesitate to read our posts and then join in with your own via our comments section. Enjoy!

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Alana Hagues, staff writer

It’s been a week of Xenoblade Chronicles 3, and that continues this weekend. At 40 hours I’m a bit into Chapter 4 and I’m not bored one bit. The side quests are brilliant, the combat has almost fully opened up by this point, the characters and story are fantastic, and the music is So Well. Every time I chain attack I want to jump out of my seat and cheer thanks this music.

Well, Xenoblade 3 is phenomenal and unbelievable yes, but I think I’ll challenge my partner in Mario Kart 8 Deluxe too. The new courses are pretty good so I’m looking forward to playing them online with him (and beating him of course).

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Ollie Reynolds, staff writer

So you know I said last week that I won’t be getting Xenoblade Chronicles 3 any time soon? Well I lied. But it’s not my fault! I’ve had such a busy week and kinda forgot it was my birthday so I used some birthday money and downloaded Xenoblade a few days ago. I’m not far into it, but I just defeated my first elite monster, so you could say I’m a bit of an expert at this point. So far I absolutely love it though; The more mature tone of the narrative is in striking contrast to Xenoblade Chronicles 2, which I didn’t really get to grips with.

Elsewhere, Cyberpunk 2077 finally got its hooks in me. I bought it back for Xbox on launch day, but it clearly wasn’t ready for prime time, so I got a full refund from Microsoft. Now that it’s been updated for current-gen systems, I’ve bought it again (at a discounted price, I might add) and Impressive, it’s a whole different experience! It’s such a shame that CDPR didn’t take the time to get the game in the right state for launch because it could have been such a game changer. As it is, it’s an incredible game that now feels like an underdog.

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Kate Gray, Staff Writer

I’m in Montreal this weekend cat sitting for a friend so I have only have my switch… and access to his PS5.

I’m still playing Rune Factory 4 and just got over Act One, but I might try Demon’s Souls too!

As always, thanks for reading! Leave us a comment below with your game plans for the weekend!