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My Nintendo Switch Sports Review

Hello, Gamers! As promised, here is the review for Nintendo Switch Sports. It is a little late and I apologize but I encountered some technical difficulties and ended up losing the file for some reason and had to start over. Despite all that, I have this review ready for you today so let’s get right into it.

The way I plan on structuring this article is pretty simple. I’ll start off with a little bit of history about the series, some information about the game I feel is important, and then I’ll move into my review. The review will start off with what I liked about the game, then what I didn’t like about it, and my overall rating. With that, let’s jump right in!

Nintendo Switch Sports History

This game was first announced during the February 9, 2022, Nintendo Direct and it was released on April 29, 2022. It is the successor to Wii Sports, Wii Sports Resort, & possibly Wii Play on the Nintendo Wii and Wii Sports Club on the Nintendo Wii U. Wii Sports proved to be incredibly popular, probably mostly due to it being bundled with the Wii during its early years, so it was quite exciting for some players to see a Switch title in the series.

About The Game

I have the main elements of the game broken up into four different parts; Modes, sports, character customization, and options. Let’s talk about each one in a little bit more detail now.

Modes

Nintendo Switch Sports has three gameplay modes; Global, Play Locally, and Play With Friends. You can read more about each one below. 

  1. Global (Online, 1-2 Players)
    1. This is the mode you will probably spend most of your time in, as it is the only way to unlock the extra character customization items. In this mode, you’re competing against players from around the world in whatever sport you pick and you accumulate points while doing so. Each sport has a specific amount of participating points and you earn more for how well you do during the match. Get 100 points and you can unlock a random item from one of the sets featured for that week. 
  2. Play Locally (Offline, 1-4 Players)
    1. This is where you and up to three other players in the same room can compete against each other and CPUs in each of the game’s six sports. 
  3. Play With Friends (Online, 1-2 Players)
    1. In this mode, you can create or join an online room to play with other Nintendo Switch owners. Up to 8 players can join a room, and you can take a single person with you into the room. When creating your own room; you can name it, set a password, or choose whether or not you want to enable voice chat through the Nintendo Switch Online smartphone app.

Sports

This is a list of sports currently in the game and what has been announced to be added at a later date. 

  1. Volleyball
  2. Soccer
  3. Badminton
  4. Chambara
  5. Bowling
  6. Tennis
  7. Golf
    1. Announced, coming in the Fall.

Character Customization

This is a brief overview of the character customization section. Current options are a bit limited, but they plan on adding more weekly. Currently, items from the Simple Collection, the Cute Collection, and as of today, the Soccer Collection can be unlocked. You can check what the newest set is in the news section on the Nintendo Switch home menu.

  1. Face and Hairstyles
    1. Face
      1. There are 6 faces in total; 3 with eyelashes and 3 without. 2 faces within each type have wrinkles, and the first face of each type does not.
      2. Skintone
      3. Eye colors
    2. Hair
      1. Color
      2. Style
    3. Eyebrows
    4. Makeup
  2. Outfits & Accessories
    1. Outfits
    2. Hats
    3. Glasses
    4. Masks and Earrings
  3. Body
    1. Human Body
    2. Play as a Mii (replaces the regular character head with a Mii head)
  4. Titles
  5. Name
  6. Stamps (emotes)
  7. Equipment (for each sport)

Options

The options in the game are mostly for choosing your dominant hand for each of the sports, revisiting tutorials, or viewing the credits. However, I’ll list them anyway.

  1. User Settings
    1. Dominant Hand (Left or Right)
      1. For each sport
    2. Pro League Settings (On or Off)
    3. Other (Camera and Map)
    4. Delete User
  2. How To Play (Tutorials)
    1. Volleyball
    2. Soccer
    3. Chambara
  3. Alternate Color Mode (On or Off)
  4. Staff Credits
    1. View the staff credits and beat the minigame within to earn a surprise.

Overall Thoughts

Now let’s discuss my overall thoughts on the game, starting off with what I liked about it and then talking about my dislikes. After that, I’ll give my final rating.

What I Liked About The Game

  1. Unisex customization options
  2. Wide range of skin tones, eye colors, and hair colors
  3. Several hairstyle options with the potential of more being able to be unlocked at a later time.
  4. Frequent Safety and break reminders.
    1. If the game has been running for an hour, regardless of whether or not you have been playing or just having it sit there, it will ask if you want to take a break. You are also frequently reminded to use the wrist straps for the joy-cons during play. As there have already been several accidents regarding improper joy-con usage during play, it is highly recommended that you use the wrist straps.
  5. Sports offered are fun and engaging.
    1. You don’t need to be incredibly athletic or good at sports to play any of the sports in this game, which is something I really like as a person who was most definitely not an athlete during school and actually loathes physical activity. The games are genuinely fun and I think the unlocks are a great incentive to keep playing.
  6. The game is just overall, very visually appealing.
    1. The game is gorgeous. The water surrounding Spocco Square sparkles and glistens, the square seems populated as you’re watched by NPCs during all of your matches. The lighting is really soft and immersive. The color palette is also bright and vibrant. It’s just an all-around pretty game. 

What I Don’t Like About The Game

  1. Limited customization when it comes to faces.
    1. There are only 6 faces to choose from and while I understand why they did what they did; young, middle-aged, and elder as choices for the two types of faces, each face has a different eye shape. I think it would be better to allow players to choose their preferred eye shape and then choose whether or not they want to have wrinkles.
  2. The game is a bit lacking in content compared to its predecessors.
    1. We are missing several sports from the game’s predecessors, mainly from the Wii era. While some may never see a return due to copyright, here’s the full list anyways.
      1. Boxing
      2. Baseball
      3. Other Sword Play Options (Chambara came from this)
        1. Dual, Speed slice, Showdown
      4. Wakeboarding
      5. Frisbee
      6. Archery
      7. Basketball
      8. Table Tennis
      9. Power Cruising
      10. Canoeing
      11. Cycling
      12. Air Sports
        1. Parachuting, Dogfighting, and Piloting
  3. Tennis forces doubles, even if only one person is playing.
    1. This gets really tedious, especially due to an issue I’ll mention next. I think it would just be best if Nintendo bit the bullet here and just made a singles mode.
  4. Joy-cons do not always accurately read movements.
    1. This can become quite an issue during certain sports, like Tennis, Badminton, and Chambara. I also notice it during Volleyball, Soccer, and Bowling but it isn’t quite as devastating.
  5. Ability to use leg strap limited to local play only. (We haven’t tested Play With Friends mode yet).
    1. Despite being shown off in all promotional material as being the primary way to play soccer, this actually isn’t the case. It almost makes buying the physical version for the leg strap worthless.

Overall Rating

Now I’d like to give my overall rating for Nintendo Switch Sports. Given everything I’ve talked about and experienced, I’d give it a solid 8/10. It’s a good game for what it is, although it still is in need of a few tweaks and more content, the latter of which we have already been told we will be getting as time goes on. I’m really excited to see how much this game grows over the coming months.

Wrapping Up

That’s all I have for you for today, Gamers! Have you decided to pick up your own copy of Nintendo Switch Sports? Or, if you already have, what would you rate it? Let us know in the comments below.

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