Nintendo Switch Sports

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Nintendo Switch Sports
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Box for Nintendo Switch Sports
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Developer(s) Nintendo
Publisher(s) Nintendo
Release date(s) World April 29th, 2022
Platform(s) Nintendo Switch
Rating(s) ESRB: ESRB E10.png - Everyone 10+
CERO: CERO A.png - All ages
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Nintendo Switch Sports is a game released in 2022 for the Nintendo Switch in the Wii Sports series.[1]. Online play is available. An online play test was available at specific times from February 18th, 2022 to Feburary 20th, 2022.[2]

The location for this game is Spocco Square.

Gameplay

Nintendo Switch Sports consists of three different multiplayer modes: Play Globally, Play Locally, and Play with Friends. In each mode, players can chose one of 6 sports to play: Volleyball, Badminton, Bowling, Soccer, Chambara, and Tennis. Golf is planned to be added in a future update.[3] There is also an option to randomly select sports to play. All sports use the Joycon's motion controls. The player uses the controllers to perform actions similar to the real-life counterparts of these sports, such as using the remote as a tennis racket or a sword. When playing a sport for the first time, the player will be up against CPUs instead of real players, even if they're online.

This is the first game in the Wii Sports series where characters other than Miis are playable. They are called Sportsmates and are the default characters in the game that make up the NPCs in the backgrounds of each locations. Miis are only used as optional, playable characters.

Play Globally is the main mode of this game, though it requires a Nintendo Switch Online membership to access. It can be played with up to two players locally, while the rest of the players encountered can be from around the world. As players play sports, they can earn points that can be used to exchange for items. Every 100 points allows players to draw for a randomly selected item in a limited-time collection they chose. The items that can be gained are outfits & accessories, titles, stamps, and equipment. After getting a full set in each collection, players win a completion bonus set, which includes outfits & accessories and equipment.

If players do not have Nintendo Switch Online, selecting "Play Globally" will start Trial Mode. Trial mode uses CPUs for all the competitors that would have been players found online. Players using Trial Mode can only get up to two items per week however.

Play Locally is another mode in Nintendo Switch Sports. It supports up to 4 players locally, though single player modes of each game can be accessed through this mode. Players can choose the difficulty of the CPUs they will face, with three options called Normal, Strong, and Powerhouse. Unlike previous Wii Sports games, all CPUs will be Sportsmates instead of Miis.

Play with Friends allows for up to two local players, but up to a maximum of 8 players in a room. This game allows for players to host rooms with their friends. It requires a Nintendo Switch Online membership to join or create rooms. Hosts can set a password for the room and enable voice chat as well (voice chat requires the Nintendo Switch Online smartphone app).

Different sports have different requirements in order to make them playable in Play with Friends: Badminton, Chambara, and Tennis need exactly two Nintendo Switch systems, Volleyball can be played with only up to 4 players, and Bowling and Soccer can be played with up to 8 players. Each player needs two Joy-Cons to play Soccer.

Items

Main article: List of Collections in Nintendo Switch Sports


Development

Nintendo Switch Sports started out as an entry in the Wii Sports series. It initially had no motion controls. Before the design of Sportsmates was finalized, multiple character designs were proposed, including round characters with no arms similar to Miis, college students, and robots. Spocco Square also had multiple designs, including an intercollegiate sports stadium and an ancient Olympian stadium, but was redesigned into the final gym-like structure to make it more welcoming to casual players.[4]

Trivia

  • In the staff credits, there is a tennis mini-game where the player can hit the ball against the scrolling wall of names. Performing 50 consecutive hits awards the player with the "Staffer" title.
  • Every 15 minutes, a large red bus can be spotted driving by during gameplay.[5]

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References

Wii series games
Other Mii-centered games
Non-Mii games for the Wii
Non-Mii games for the Nintendo 3DS
Non-Mii games for the Wii U
Non-Mii games for the Nintendo Switch
Non-Mii games for other platforms