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Nintendo Switch Sports: disciplines, multi, online… We take stock

Game News Nintendo Switch Sports: disciplines, multi, online… We take stock

During the last Nintendo Direct, Big N informed us about the existence and imminent arrival of a Nintendo Switch version of its well-known Wii Sports. In response to the suggestive name of Nintendo Switch Sports, there was even a release date, which is fast approaching. The moment is therefore well chosen to take stock of what we know about this title.

Summary

  • Read our preview of Nintendo Switch Sports
  • When is the Nintendo Switch Sports release date?
  • Nintendo Switch Sports, what is it?
  • Which sports are covered?
  • How does Motion Gaming work in Nintendo Switch Sports?
  • A sport, a way of playing?
  • Read our preview of Nintendo Switch Sports
  • Does Nintendo Switch Sports offer local multiplayer content?
  • What about online multiplayer?
  • Can we find the Miis in Nintendo Switch Sports?
  • What do we know about post-launch content?

When is the Nintendo Switch Sports release date?

Announced during the last Nintendo Direct, Nintendo Switch Sports will be available from April 29, 2022, exclusively on Nintendo Switch (as indicated by its name). Pre-orders are already open, currently for €39.49 on Amazon (for €39.99 on Nintendo eShop without the strap).

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Nintendo Switch Sports: disciplines, multi, online... We take stock

Nintendo Switch Sports, what is it?

Sixteen years later, Wii Sports finds a successor. Nintendo Switch Sports is indeed a sports game in Motion Gaming along the lines of the Wii episode. The concept is simple: exercise while having fun. Motion Gaming allows you to participate in different and varied sports competitions as if you were there. Everything is intended to be a general audience experience suitable for all applications.


Which sports are covered?

Nintendo Switch Sports: disciplines, multi, online... We take stock

If Wii Sports gave you five sports, Nintendo Switch Sports increases the offer to six. Among them we find mainly novelties. So in addition to the usual bowling and tennis, players can try out football, volleyball, badminton and chambara (reminiscent of the sword fight of Wii Sports Resort† Each sport uses different Motion Gaming mechanics, more or less advanced, to provide a rich gameplay experience.


If you can mimic your throws or racket strokes with the Joy-Con, like the Wiimote back then, Nintendo Switch Sports also offers to record the movement of your legs. To do this, a leg band (or the leg band) comes with the game. The players of Ring Fit Adventure will not look out of place, as this accessory was already part of the armada necessary for the proper functioning of the game.

Nintendo Switch Sports: disciplines, multi, online... We take stock

As you would expect, this belt is useful for football. Sticking your Joy-Con there allows the console to detect the movements of your leg. Note that this feature is for penalties only, the matches are played by hand. As for the other sports offered in the game, they don’t use them.

Nintendo Switch Sports: disciplines, multi, online... We take stock

A sport, a way of playing?

Nintendo promises us plenty of content for its game. The six sports are divided into several variants that enrich the experience. Bowling, for example, a great Wii Sports classic, offers alternate circuits with different obstacles. The chambara plays with the diversity of weapons (sword, charging sword, double sword…). When it comes to football, you can choose 4vs4 or 1vs1 matches. In penalty shootout mode, you can use the leg strap to score your best goals.

Nintendo Switch Sports: disciplines, multi, online... We take stock

Does Nintendo Switch Sports offer local multiplayer content?

Like its predecessor, Nintendo Switch Sports allows you to do multisport sports simulations. Nothing surprising in this, as it is mainly a title that is meant to be played with friends or family. Local multiplayer can bring together up to four players in the same room. However, keep in mind that due to their dueling aspect, some sports allow only two players to compete. This is the case with chambara and badminton.

Nintendo Switch Sports: disciplines, multi, online... We take stock

What about online multiplayer?

Nintendo Switch Sports seems to be betting big on the online portion. If it will be possible to meet players from all over the world through the classic modes of the different sports, there will also be small special variants in the game. We know that bowling offers players the opportunity to participate in crazy matches with 16 participants, but also with a battle royale between 60 competitors.

Note that by playing online you can also: climb the ranks of the pro league. This ranked mode invites you to outdo yourself to increase your rank (from E to A) in the various disciplines. Apart from your personal satisfaction, this will give you a number of trophies and rewards. In particular, these will be used to personalize your avatar.

Nintendo Switch Sports: disciplines, multi, online... We take stock

Can we find the Miis in Nintendo Switch Sports?

Nintendo Switch title ditches Mii characters in favor of more stylized avatars chibi and current. You can personalize this, both in terms of the face and the outfit worn. But don’t panic if you miss the Miis. The most nostalgic can indeed choose to find their avatar from yesteryear and thus forgo Nintendo’s new proposal.

Nintendo Switch Sports: disciplines, multi, online... We take stock

What do we know about post-launch content?

Nintendo has already announced that the game will receive several free updates after release. The first concerns: american football. The latter should thus combine the power of the Joy-Con and the leg strap to provide more complete matches, played both by hand and foot. The update is expected sometime in the summer of 2022.

In the fall, we celebrate the arrival of a new sport well known to Wii Sports players: Golf. Over time, therefore, Nintendo will enrich its offer and offer us even more sports to try. According to data miners, next on the list would be basketball and dodgeball. But this latest information is not official and should therefore be taken with a grain of salt.

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Nintendo Switch Sports: disciplines, multi, online... We take stock

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