It is curious to compare the Nintendo Switch Sports release with its Wii counterpart. Honestly, after playing all six sports included in Nintendo Switch Sports, I understand why they didn’t deliver it the same way Wii Sports did: free for anyone who bought a console. Of course it’s always a risk, the loss in millions of euros is hard, but without Reggie Fils-Aimé it would never have happened and it is likely that the console would not have been a phenomenon and the resounding success commercial, it turned out to be.
Bowling, Tennis and Chambara (known as Sword Play in Wii Sports Resort) return in this new title. These games work similarly to the Wii Sports version, so they end up having simpler and easier moves than the other three games. Tennis is the usual slow game of strategic placement of the yellow ball on the opponent’s court. In tennis you don’t need analog, just wave your arm with the Joy-Con in your hand to simulate a racket hitting the ball. The game is very precise and it is very rare that there is an error in the recognition of our gestures by the movement sensors of the controller.
Then I played Bowling and surprisingly found two game modes: Normal and Special. Again, this sport will be a fantastic game to invite friends over and play multiple sessions all night long until you’re declared the big winner of the party. What is special about the special mode? There are obstacles in the middle of the track which include moving bridges, appearing and disappearing objects, and spinning discs. It all turns out to be a lot of fun and challenging, especially for those smarties who already know the trick to add strikes consecutive. Thus, this mode requires you to give spin to the ball, in addition to having additional precision to hit the missing pins to obtain a spare part.
Among the repeat sports we always have Chambara, which has changed its nomenclature in Nintendo Switch Sports. This modality, which requires throwing the opponent off the platform, is played in three different ways: with a normal sword, with a charge sword and also with two swords at the same time. In the first two modes, you play with a single Joy-Con and the gesture of your arm is used to make sword swings, while pressing one of the triggers blocks the attacks that your opponents will apply to you. Obviously, as the name suggests, Double Swords requires you to use both Joy-Cons, as they replicate the use of a sword in each hand.
Chambara’s objective is simple: push your opponent off the platform where the fight is taking place to make him fall into the water. The trick to being victorious in battle is to have a good defense and then go on the offensive relentlessly. The defense is done with blocks and these are done with the sword at an angle. In other words, if your opponent attacks you with the sword vertically, you must defend with the sword horizontally. The idea is to be able to almost make a perpendicular with your opponent’s sword. It’s fun and the gameplay experience is quite hands-on, whereas Charge Swords involves more strategy and patience before going on the attack.
In this half of the six games included in Nintendo Switch Sports, the house of Kyoto plays a lot with our nostalgia and even puts some interesting news. Between Bowling, Tennis and Chambara, the one who takes the cup is of course the game where you have to knock down pins, especially because of the new game mode that includes, as well as the clever ones who already do it strikes eyes closed will have an added challenge.
New are volleyball, football and badminton, three interesting games where there is a clear winner. They’re all fun in their own way, but while volleyball and soccer have a steeper learning curve, badminton stands out for its simplicity and good times. In Volleyball, you must learn four techniques and be ready to perform them in the order they appear: receiving the ball after an opponent’s attack, passing, shooting and, if necessary, blocking near the net. As good as the concept of this game is, playing volleyball is all about hitting the schedule correct movements and in my sessions it was difficult to reach the required times, namely when the opponent attacks.
It’s strange to make this comparison, but playing football on Nintendo Switch Sports is a lot like rocket league. We have a huge ball that we have to kick or direct, and we have to run down the field with the left analog stick. We also have Free-Kick mode, where you have to put one of the Joy-Cons on your leg strap (accessory used for Ring Fit Adventure) to perform kicks when you kick in the air. It’s definitely not the most fun game in this set, as it has the most erratic recognition of our movements.
The king sport of Nintendo Switch Sports is undoubtedly badminton. The movements are very easy to execute, just shake your arm as if you had a racket in your hand and press the triggers for when you want to make a amortized – a stroke of skill or force so that the shuttle goes towards the ground of the opponent’s field. do good rally long is especially fun and serves to increase the pressure between players and whoever is strong enough to withstand the bumps on the shuttlecock wins.
If you invest a lot of time in Nintendo Switch Sports, you will definitely want to customize your avatar – your virtual in-game representation. These are much more detailed dolls than previous Mii dolls and have lots of clothing to collect and trade. Graphically, the whole game has a neat presentation, but without great visual details. The game was designed for fun, not for visual fidelity.
It is easy to identify the market share for which this game is intended: it is the same one that fascinated, in 2006, when they inserted the disc supplied with the console. Do you host parties with enough guests at home to play video games? Nintendo Switch Sports is a great choice for a night out. If you expect to find a product with complex and deep gameplay, this is not where you will find it. It’s a shame that not all games have the mechanical brilliance of Bowling and Badminton, but even the other four games will keep you entertained for hours.