Nintendo Switch Sports, we tried the heir of Wii Sports

Nintendo Switch Sports, we tried the heir of Wii Sports

Nintendo Switch Sports

A few days after the publication, which we remember will take place on April 29, 2022 exclusively on Nintendo Switch, we tried Nintendo Switch Sports what is in effect and without big surprises the heir to Wii Sports and Wii Sports Resort, two of the most famous of the Wii period. If not two of the main architects of the success of that Nintendo console, thanks to their ability to penetrate market niches hitherto impervious to video games.

It is, therefore, a rather heavy legacy on paper, but which, in fact, is also quite simple to collect. In fact, 16 years after the first Wii Sports, this kind of light, fast and above all lively approach to sports video games is still fresh, also because products based on motion controls have gradually disappeared from the shelves creating a void that this Nintendo Switch Sports will prepares to fill. function ready (fn) {if (document.readyState! = 'loading') {fn ()} else {document.addEventListener ('DOMContentLoaded', fn)}} ready (function () {window.addEventListener ('message', function (event) {let target_origin = ''; if (event.origin! == target_origin) return; if (typeof == "object" && ( "type") && == "embaff") {let embed_id =; if (embed_id == '520') {document.querySelector ('#_ aff_embed_520'). setAttribute ('height ',;}}}, false);}) The audience that might be interested in the game is potentially huge, making us wonder why Nintendo waited so long for a new Wii Sport. On the one hand we have, in fact, the nostalgic who will gladly return to tread the virtual bowling alleys of Nintendo, on the other the youngest who, probably, have never been able to challenge relatives and friends to this kind of experiences. Nor have they lived through the era when the Wiimote was the worst enemy of televisions.

For everyone

THE Nintendo Switch Sports avatar customization The heart of Nintendo Switch Sports, like it was for its predecessors, it is not in the numbers, but in the fun that is able to bestow a few seconds after holding a Joy-Con. As per tradition, in fact, all or almost all sports can be completed simply by shaking a single controller in a very similar way to what will be done on the screen. In other words, to make a forehand in tennis, a movement from the outside to the inside must be made with the arm, as well as for a dunk the arm will be moved from top to bottom. In some cases you can use both Joy-Con, sometimes to be held in the hand, others to be fixed to the leg through the band included with the on-board version of the game, which is the same as Ring Fit Adventure.

Thanks to the simplification of the proposed disciplines, as always rather dry and in some aspects automated, and to the precision of the Joy-Con it is simple and immediate to get in tune with Nintendo Switch Sports, something that has always made the series very suitable to be played by people of all ages. The tutorial that exists before each sport, fortunately skipped, explains in detail everything that can be done in the game, then the rest is up to the players.

As always, in fact, behind the superficial veil hides a certain degree of depth that allows the better players to do that little bit more than the newcomers. Which, however, will surprise veterans by correctly mimicking the movements of the real disciplines or simply through some stroke of luck.

In other words, reversals are always the order of the day and even those who are more gifted (you will understand better in the next paragraph) risks losing against those who are much less so (you will understand better in the next paragraph).

Are 6 disciplines enough?

Nintendo Switch Sports will arrive on Nintendo Switch with 6 different sports , namely soccer, volleyball, bowling, tennis, badminton and chanbara, to which golf will be added with an autumn update. This is a number that, on paper, would seem sufficient to guarantee several afternoons of fun, but that we do not hide, it disappoints a bit. It is true that the quality of the experiences must be considered, but after 16 years we would have expected a sort of compilation of all the sports created so far by Nintendo, not a selection between the two previous games. The first Wii Sports, in fact, could count on 5 disciplines (Tennis, Baseball, Bowling, Golf and Boxing) while Wii Sports Resort had 11 (Chambara, Frisbee, Archery, Basketball, Table Tennis, Golf, Bowling. , Motosurfing, Rowing, Cycling and high altitude sports). We emphasize, quality comes before quantity, but a greater effort from this point of view would have been greatly appreciated.

The challenge

The soccer of Nintendo Switch Sports We took advantage of the invitation of Nintendo to try out Nintendo Switch Sports to carry out a challenge on several fronts between the writer and the Editorial Manager of Vincenzo Lettera. A challenge that has seen different battlefields such as Mario Kart, Mario Golf or Wario Ware and that will see its climax with Mario Strikers: Battle League Football.

Again the challenge was very balanced, with different front changes even within the same sport. The most technical, complex and noble disciplines such as volleyball and football have been dominated by myself, while the most popular and simple national ones such as bowling or penalties have been won by the Letter.

Nintendo Switch Sports bowling The two team sports are perhaps the most complex ones, as they require you to move your Miis on the screen, as well as perform different actions, even simultaneously. It's about jumping and hitting with the right timing, as well as controlling the stamina and not abusing the shot, as happens in football. This allows you to have a greater degree of tacticism and therefore have a learning curve of a certain type, which allows you to discover over time everything that is possible.

Bowling also has these kinds of characteristics but, being a rather faithful re-proposal of the original discipline, as well as of the Wii Sport / Resort versions, it was easy to pick up on the effects and trajectories that can be imparted to the bowling ball. Penalties, on the other hand, are a rather simple discipline in which you simply have to move the leg (on which the leg band is placed) with the correct timing.

A dunk at Nintendo Switch Sports Surprising, however, were the epilogues of Chambara and Badminton. With wooden swords in hand, the Letter initially used your Jedi techniques to enforce his will. After the initial surprise, however, our parenting experience took over. Imagining that we had a slipper instead of the Joy-Con, we began not only parrying the three types of slash that can be performed in Nintendo Switch Sports, but we began to strike with admirable precision and violence, which would have made grandmothers proud. .

Badminton has also had a change of dominator in the running. Despite the precision and beauty of our blows, it took a couple of distractions to land the shuttlecock and lose the match in the third set. In this case, in order not to make the game last forever, Nintendo progressively increases the force of the blows until one of the two players is forced to dive to save the blow, leaving the rest of the field free to the opponent.


Tennis in Nintendo Switch Sports The final challenge, therefore, took place on a tennis court. Unlike the Badmington, in this case you have to control both players of the double (unless you play 4 and in that case each controls his Mii) and not only will you have to hit the ball with timing, but you can impart an effect and the direction. This means that it will also be possible to make mistakes much more frequently, by angling the shot too much or giving an effect to going out along the line.

And it is precisely on these details that the match was decided. On the one hand we had a player at the mercy of events who limited himself to hitting the balls, on the other a talent who created tennis, invented magical trajectories and showed endless class. Too bad this noble and vigorous attitude was not rewarded by the game, as several shots went off the pitch. A good sign for the future of the discipline, given that there is room for improvement, less for our challenge, won by Vincenzo who, obviously, has been making it difficult for us for days.

The only note from do is on the beats. We do not know if it is our mistake or a lack, but it is not possible to have a great deal of control over this fundamental. Obviously we hope this is not the case, since it would guarantee a higher level of depth to our games.

We came out of this test of Nintendo Switch Sports with the conviction that the new chapter of Nintendo's "sports" series has it all. the right paper to entertain as the original chapters did years ago and has the potential to bring together many generations of different gamers in front of a TV, Joy-Con strap tightly on the wrist. Accessibility, immediacy and movement, in fact, are a formula that worked 16 years ago as today. There is still a little voice in our head that asks us if something more could not be done in terms of the number of disciplines and their variety, but only the review will be able to give a definitive answer to this doubt. >


Immediate and fun Precise controls Deeper than you might think Magnetic in a group DOUBTS Are 6 disciplines enough? I lost Did you notice any errors?

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