What are you playing this weekend? (March 19)

F-Zero X
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We needed a quiet week here at Nintendo Life, and that seemed to be the case until the release of Wave 1 of the Mario Kart 8 Deluxe Booster Course Pass. If you’re not a fan of Mario Kart Tour, then this DLC is for you! Plus, you can find out what we think of Wave 1. Persona 4 Arena Ultimax also has a Switch port, and in our review, we say more Persona on Switch is a good thing!

On to the news, we got a surprise in the form of three new Sega Genesis games for the Nintendo Switch Online Expansion Pass. The latest trailer for sonic the hedgehog 2 the movie dropped, and the poster is a cheeky nod to the original game’s box art. We also discovered the Mario Strikers the series could have been a platformer, and we now know that Monster Hunter Rise: Sunburn out June 30

Now is the time to relax and discuss our weekend game plans. a few mMembers of the Nintendo Life team have done so below, so feel free to read our entries and then join yours via our comments section. Enjoy!

Alana Hagues, Writer

It’s time to start Mario Kart 8 Deluxe for the first time this year! And, to be honest, the first time in a long time. I’m afraid I’m a little rusty – especially since I challenged my partner to a few matches. The last time we played anything competitive against each other, he beat me pretty solidly. He’ll be happy to see me admit it. He will, however, be less happy to read this after I wipe him out in the new Booster Course Pass tracks.

I also think I’ll try the Kirby and the Forgotten Land demo. Confession: I’ve never beaten a Kirby game that isn’t Kirby’s Dream Course. I love the little guy, I never made a conscious effort to get to the end of one. It may be time to change that this year.

What would you all suggest as my first Kirby game other than Forgotten Land?

Ollie Reynolds, Editor

I’m playing Mario Kart 8 Deluxe this weekend – surprise! Yes, I will jump into the new Booster Course Pass and experience it at Choco Mountain. I love the “new” courses so far and it also inspired me to go back and work my way through the original Grand Prix cuts. In other words, I’ll be knee-deep in Mario Kart for a few days!

I don’t have much else to do right now. I always dive into Resident Evil to try and improve my speedrunning skills a bit, and sampled a few games in the Sega Mega Drive – Nintendo Switch Online service; I’ll try a few titles I’ve never played before, but somehow I still feel like I’m falling back on Sonic the Hedgehog 2…

Tom Whitehead, Associate Editor

I will definitely enjoy the Mario Kart 8 Booster Pass more, trying to put everything in 3 stars; it’s much easier said than done in 200cc! Beyond that, I’ll definitely be playing more Triangle Strategy, which I’ve loved so far. It’s a real gem, so anyone who loves tactical games should at least try the prologue demo.

Elsewhere I’m still very early in Elden Ring, so I’ll try (and probably fail) to make any significant progress!

Goncalo Lopes, critic

A nice bundle from neighboring country delivered three physical versions of games I’ve always wanted to try, namely Maglam Lord, Death’s Gambit: Afterlife, and (finally) Disco Elysium: The Final Cut. Chapter XII comes next in Triangle Strategy, so that’s my weekend sorted.

Game of the Week would be F-Zero X again if not for my abysmal inability to play it properly with the Pro Controller. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe takes pole position this time with the new tracks becoming the perfect excuse to return to blue shell hell.

Zion Grassl, video producer

Don’t tell my partner, but I’ve been in a relationship with Pokemon Legends: Arceus for two months, and I think it’s time to finally break up. I’m nearing the official end with only a few months to add to my dex and I’m just not sure I have the strength in me to finish things off. If I had paced myself a little better, I might still have made the most of my time, but I feel a bit exhausted, especially since the last ones I have to catch are either locked behind a data wall of backup, either have somewhat grumpy and lucky requirements. Maybe I’ll come back to it if the game gets a fun new event or DLC, but for now I think I’ll put it to rest.

That being said, I’m flying to GDC next week to sit down for dev talks and to play some indies, and I think I’d like to start something new on my return flight! Maybe something supposedly short and sweet like Later Alligator or Octodad? The Great Ace Attorney Chronicles has been on my bucket list since its release last summer, but I’m not sure I’m ready to commit to another 50+ hour dialogue adventure. Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze is another one I’d like to remove from my backlog of shame! Oh, and Triangle Strategy is asking for his attention and I would really love to fall headfirst into the HD-2D world but engagement is another big deal! Recommendations ?

As always, thanks for reading! Be sure to leave us a comment below with your weekend game plans!