Nintendo Switch Sports Hands-on: Reviving a Guaranteed Formula for Fun

It’s hard to believe We Sports It came out over 15 years ago. But the strangest thing to me is that despite being one of the most memorable Wii games of all time, Nintendo hasn’t made any proper sequel, yet.

I have a chance to check Nintendo Switch Sports Ahead of its official release on April 29th, and I’m very happy it’s back. Just like the original, switch sports It is a collection of virtual sports games that rely heavily on motion controls. In other words, it’s best played standing up, ideally with a group of friends or family members.

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Back from the original is tennis and bowling, which are more fun than ever. And like all built-in sports, the game supports both online and local play (with up to four players on a single TV). And for children who may not have been there during the first period We Sports Mad, it’s a great way to introduce motion controls. But for me, the real stars are the four new additions: football, volleyball, badminton and chambara.

In volleyball there are various gestures for things like bumping, tuning and blocking, and the ability to play full 2v2 matches locally is a surefire formula for instant fun. The gestures seemed surprisingly natural once I stopped timing, to the point where I was having flashbacks about my high school gym class. Just don’t forget to use your Joy-Con wrist straps, because no one wants to see a console-shaped crack on their big screen TV after going high.

Bowling is one of the two returning games from Wii Sports on Nintendo Switch Sports


Soccer takes a slightly different approach because, for now, it relies on console inputs rather than extreme volatility, which means it plays like Rocket League from actual football. There’s even a jump command that’s hard to land, but very satisfying when you do.

However, in shooting mode, you can attach the Joy-Con to your favorite kick tip using the Nintendo leg strap. The belt comes included with the $50 physical version of the game, but is also available separately for $10 if you opt for the $40 digital version. It’s the same belt that comes with it A ring fit for adventureso if you already have it you don’t need to buy another.

For soccer, you can use Nintendo's leg strap attachment to enable motion controls in shooter mode (and in the main game mode later this summer).

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I found timing in the penalty shootout mode to be the hardest of all the games, but even when I was breathing poorly, it was still a blast. And later this summer, Nintendo will release a free update that will add kick controls to the main soccer mode.

Meanwhile, Chambara allows you to live all your dreams of sword fighting. It’s frantic, while still rewarding quick reflexes in defense. You can hold your Joycon vertically, horizontally or diagonally to block incoming strikes, and if successful, you can get a free hit while your opponent is dazed.

Or you can just do what I did and pretend to be your pride Looney Tunes And try to confuse your opponent with a series of swings that don’t really work, pro tip. The goal is to get your opponent off the platform and into the water below, which can take as little as one or two hits in later rounds. There are also dual-sword charging and sword modes to spice up the action, but I didn’t try them out, which is probably a good thing because the standard mode is hectic enough.

The game of badminton on the Nintendo Switch Sports is fast and disturbing.


Finally, there is my absolute favorite: badminton. It feels twice as fast as tennis, and even though I only played one match, it might be the most fun workout I’ve had in weeks. Rallies are frenetic, and if you can make your opponent mess up his timing, you’ll be rewarded with a soft kick (indicated by a wobbly bird) that you can crush again with extra aggressiveness. There’s even a command to make a drop shot, which adds a bit of strategy.

For those who are thinking of becoming switch sports Professionals, there is an online competitive mode that allows you to rank higher while developing your skills. Bowling also gets a special survival mode that pits 16 players against each other at once. And in the fall, Nintendo will release a second free update that brings golf back into the mix.

genuinely, switch sports It’s very attractive my only question is why wasn’t something like this available when the Switch launched in 2017. 1-2 switch It was fine, but it often looked more like a tech show than a team game. And it didn’t really have the replayability or the allure of pick-and-play We Sports Submitted. But regardless, a fitting sequel will soon appear here, and from what you’ve played so far, it’ll be even better than the original.

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