Test Nintendo Switch Sports, does it win the gold medal?
The competition is on: can Nintendo Switch Sports do better than its predecessor Wii Sports? Answer in this test.
Remember Wii Sports ? Most of today’s gamers must have played it during their childhood or teenage years, and it’s still one of the most iconic games Nintendo has released for the Wii. The firm’s motivation to repeat the experience with a brand new opus on Nintendo Switch is therefore obvious.
Nintendo Switch Sports is both a return to childhood and a way for Nintendo to bring together young and old around a family game that is sporty and accessible. The firm’s challenge is to combine nostalgia and modernity to create a title that will leave its mark on the video game era, just as its predecessor did. Has Nintendo reached the end of its ambitions, or is it staying on the sidelines for this time? Answer in this Nintendo Switch Sports
review. For a quick review, feel free to watch our video review below!
3, 2, 1, go!
As you’ll have gathered from our hands-on experience with the game, Nintendo Switch Sports
has already won us over in part, although we’ve only had a brief glimpse of what it’s capable of. As a reminder, it offers you to roll up your sleeves and take part in 6 sports disciplines, some of which are already known to the public. On the menu are the iconic tennis and bowling, chambara, soccer, volleyball and finally badminton.
There is something for everyone with both team and individual sports, outdoor and indoor. Some of them have managed to make their way since Wii Sports or its Resort
version released some time later. It’s with happiness and enthusiasm that we rediscovered tennis and bowling, which are in every way similar in terms of mechanics. Be careful with bowling though, as it requires a lot of skill to master the ball effects, which are sometimes too arbitrary.
As for the little new ones, they are just as pleasant to handle as the old ones. Badminton and volleyball are perfect examples of Nintendo’s mastery of the sensations, since these are two fairly technical sports that require a little time to get used to. Victory is not handed to you on a platter, it is often precision that reigns supreme. This is also the case for chambara, which does not really leave room for chance.
Only soccer gets special treatment, and thankfully so, otherwise it would be hard to keep up. The Nintendo Switch Sports version does not strictly apply the rules of real soccer, but the difficulty is found in the game mechanics, as evidenced by the Joy-Con that you must use in pairs only for this sport.
So the program is varied and the activities offered by Nintendo are all choice disciplines. Some of them, like bowling or chambara, have special modes, which allow you to rediscover sports from a different, even more entertaining angle. You can also completely customize your games with built-in settings and options such as “play all together” for bowling, for example. This is an especially necessary addition if Nintendo wants to keep its players happy in the long run.
However, we wouldn’t have said no to a handful of additional sports, even if it meant taking more inspiration from what was offered in Wii Sports. If we know that the studio will delight us with a new sport in the fall – namely golf – we hope that it won’t be the last addition planned. Still, Nintendo Switch
Sports has a more than decent replayability, which is also enhanced by an online mode, which we’ll talk about later.
Don’t be afraid to get wet
When it comes to sports games, Nintendo is on familiar ground. Apart from Wii Sports, there have also been a few notable titles, including Wii Fit and Ring Fit Adventure. In comparison, Nintendo Switch Sports
is clearly not as intense, but after an hour of play, you’ll probably come out with a few sore arms.
However, you never come out of a Switch Sports
session feeling like you’ve been through a workout. The diversity of the disciplines offered and the fun they provide ensure that every minute spent on the game is pure entertainment. Moreover, Nintendo innovates with this opus by integrating the first sport that can be played with the legs. It’s not soccer (yet), but penalty kicks, which require a headband to hold the Joy-Con.
This is the great strength of the studio: to manage to make something new out of something old, by offering a gameplay that is always more innovative but accessible. If we were to take each sport one by one, we would surely find things we like more or less. But if tastes and colors are not debatable, we can objectively say that all the disciplines are both realistic and affordable in terms of difficulty. No need to be jealous, they all take the top spot on the podium.
SoNintendo Switch Sports
is a game that we think bridges the gap between generations, bringing together both novices and experienced players, franchise connoisseurs and newcomers alike. Nintendo has understood its strength, and uses it once again to good effect.
You don’t change a winning team, you modernize it
In addition to the entertaining and competitive aspects, Nintendo Switch Sports
has a beautiful and colorful universe, which is a testament to the console’s graphic performance. There’s nothing wrong with the general look of the game or even its visual feel (perspectives, camera angles, etc). We appreciate the effort of immersion with the virtual sports complex that is the Spocco Square. This changes the soulless menus of its predecessor.
Also new, the Mii, famous characters that appeared with the Wii, are replaced by new heads, more stylized and in the era of time. When you create your profile, and at any time during your session, you can customize your character, as well as his clothes. From what we’ve seen, the customization options are very limited by default, and you’ll have to earn points if you want to trade them in for additional outfits and accessories. Purists will also appreciate the fact that Miis are still an option.
Of course, Nintendo Switch Sports is also the perfect opportunity for you to play with your friends and family, as most games support local multiplayer for up to four people. As such, it should quickly take a backseat to parties or family gatherings, alongside Mario Kart 8 Deluxe
Join the global competition
As a last step, we wanted to measure ourselves against players around the world in this Nintendo Switch Sports
test. To do this, head over to the online mode, which has a few things going for it. If the way Spocco Square works is almost the same, and you have access to the same sports, there are a few nuances to be made for some game modes.
For example, there’s a difference in bowling, which takes on the appearance of a battle royale online. With a selection in 3 rounds, you must try to win against 15 other players. This takes the competition up a notch and we must admit that it’s even more exhilarating than competing against your friends. As the game progresses, things get tougher and you come up against more and more formidable opponents.
However, we forget the special mode for bowling and the penalty shootout for soccer, only chambara keeps its fancy game modes by offering as usual the energy sword and the double swords. There are some advantages, however, including the ability to check off multiple games, which allows you to search for multiple games at once, or to start a random match.
With each victory, you earn points for your participation and can earn cosmetic items to customize your character. This is done randomly and according to temporary collections, which encourages you to play to give your virtual avatar a makeover. Nintendo Switch Sports also rewards fair play by awarding some points even to losers. After all, the important thing is to participate!
After a good two hours of play, still no trace of leagues, so we imagine that they will be unlocked either after a certain level, or that they will be available a little later. More details will be brought on this test when we will know more.
Nintendo Switch Sports excels where Wii Sports succeeded. With its six sports that are both nostalgic and innovative, the game is almost flawless, its only flaw being that it makes us feel “too little”. Even more fun than its predecessor, Nintendo Switch Sports has the potential to bring young and old together around a title that whispers “welcome home” in our ears. It’s another game that’s going to be a hit, and not the red, or even the yellow.
- The visual universe of Spocco Square
- The diversity of the sports offered
- Soccer, a great asset!
- The very affordable difficulty
- Not enough sports for our taste
- Bowling effects lack precision