Preview: Nintendo Switch Sports – My Nintendo News

Following on from the wildly popular Wii Sports series, the Nintendo Switch finally has its own iteration, with an event once again aimed at getting people off the couch and swinging their arms and legs with family and friends. Ahead of the April 29 release date, we had the pleasure of getting our hands on the game at a one-hour closed-door preview event at Nintendo’s UK headquarters to see how it came to be.

If you’ve played Wii Sports — let’s face it, everyone and their grandmothers have played it in the past — then you’ve got a pretty good idea of ​​what Nintendo Switch Sports has to offer. Recreating three familiar games from Wii Sports; Tennis, Bowling and Chambara (aka Swordsmanship), Switch Sports has added three more activities to the lineup for people to enjoy at launch; Football, Volleyball and Badminton. Additionally, Nintendo is promising to add Golf via free DLC later this year. All of these can be played online if you subscribe to Nintendo Switch Online, and of course, each sport can be played in local multiplayer as well.

During the one hour hands-on session, I played all six sports accessible from the Sprocco Center Center menu. After pairing up with our good friend Nathan from Pocket Tactics, we tackled each of the six sports, some of which we played cooperatively while others pitted us against each other in competitive play. A Nintendo representative pointed out which modes we can and can’t play to preview, but don’t worry, our full review will go live later this month, and we’ll cover all available games and modes without restrictions at launch.

After creating our avatar with basic hair and clothing color choices, and being reminded that players can easily import their Miis, we grabbed our Joy-Con and jumped right into the volleyball. After everyone went through the short but crucial tutorials, we played against a few CPUs, and in no time, Nathan and I were calling each other, quickly setting up powerful, well-timed shots, and generally having fun mastering the controls rights and play as a team. Initially, the motion controls took a bit of getting used to, I think volleyball in particular needs more than 30 seconds of introduction to fully nail down the technique, but the action feels smooth and the on-screen prompts help us decide when to pass the ball, or to the opponent.

After a quick sip of my drink to stay hydrated, we entered a badminton game. Like tennis, but at a naturally slower pace, I quickly got enough points for me to win. It is worth mentioning that badminton stands out as one of the most interesting games in the practice session. Replacing the tennis ball with the shuttlecock gives me more time to plan my next move; the extra breathing room and the ability for the ZR to catch your opponent off-guard with a powerful shot is great stuff.

Bowling is next on the list, and in addition to a wave of nostalgia due to my family’s iconic memories of playing and enjoying Wii Sports equivalents, I’m ready to revive my questionable skills and get some good shots.this didn’t go quite It went as planned, but lining up my shots while taking turns with the opponent felt familiar. The Joy-Con’s motion controls felt accurate enough that I could get at least some decent points by twisting my wrist at the last second, but sadly you can’t “accidentally” throw the ball into the virtual spectator like you can back in the virtual spectator sky. Unfortunately, I didn’t play any of the other modes available in the full game, such as simultaneous bowling and 64 knockout, as we play strictly offline and are subject to strict time constraints, but as mentioned earlier, we will be in our Learn more about these modes in the comments.

Next is Shamballa. Since it is possible to choose between different types of “swords”, I decided to proceed with caution and opt for the standard variant. Learning the ropes through the tutorial, we went head-to-head, and in order to get poor Nathan to fall into the water below the stage, I turned my attention to defense while waiting for the perfect moment to deliver some powerful blows to him. Chambara became a test of patience as I watched his moves closely, throwing in some fake stances to throw him off and making sure to get the most out of blocking stances. Another round of wins for the My Nintendo News team! Granted, I often find myself holding down X to recalibrate the controller, and I get some serious Skyward Sword vibe from the sport, but every move feels impactful and I wish I had more time Come and play this event. Chambara could be a worthy replacement for Wii Boxing, but that remains to be seen.

One sport I’m eager to see how things will work is football (or football in the US). Here, I tried two modes: one where my journo friend and I were paired in a 4-a-side, and the other, Shootout, which required the use of the same leg strap accessories as the Ring Fit Adventure. Nintendo is now selling the accessory separately, and it will also be bundled with the physical Nintendo Switch Sports edition. As for the 4-player system, use the left joystick to control movement and the right joystick to control the camera, and the action is performed in a split-screen, third-person perspective. Squeezing the ZL caused my avatar to rush across the court, draining the stamina meter, which quickly hampered my ability to salvage some shots from other teams. Still, with some well-timed arm swings, we found ourselves passing the ball with astonishing accuracy. Since football is bigger than life, the game played very similar to Rocket League, but that’s certainly not a bad thing.

Meanwhile, the shootout mode has me using the leg strap to attach the Joy-Con on the left to my right leg to score fewer goals with each successful shot. Now, I’m not ashamed to admit that I haven’t played for as long as I want to remember, but after a few practice kicks, it felt great to finally score, especially since a golden ball was thrown at me on the screen to get Double points. A Nintendo representative mentioned that while the leg straps are currently only available in shootouts, we can expect it to be used in other football modes after launch.

And finally tennis, where we played a doubles match. Like bowling, things felt familiar due to my long immersion in Wii Sports, and it didn’t take long for us to try to outsmart each other with powerful lobs, sneaky backhands, and effective shots. It’s too early to tell, but my impression is that the Joy-Con feels more accurate and fine-tuned than the Wii Remote. The focus on getting the hit back just right, rather than simply waving and hoping for the best, is a recurring theme that runs through every sport I play.

In my brief time working with Nintendo Switch Sports, it has become clearer that it is trying to appeal to the vast majority of the Switch’s massive player base thanks to its easy-to-use controls, friendly aesthetic, and motivation to go back to the living room. fun, as Wii Sports did nearly 16 years ago. Can it succeed in recapturing the hearts of those who spent hours breaking a sweat two generations ago, and will the rather limited amount of physical activity offered at launch be enough for people to spend their cash? We’ll find out soon.