Nintendo Switch Sports Review – Sony has done better


  1. the rules of the game are learned quickly;
  2. playing locally with friends, you can spend a pleasant two or three hours.


  1. the mini-games are too simple – you get bored too quickly here;
  2. the game lacks a lot of content, and the promised free updates won’t change that much;
  3. after two or three hours you already know all the attractions of the game and you have no reason to come back to it;
  4. it is a big regression compared to the previous edition of the cycle;
  5. absurd price for such content.

A collection of five mini-games using motion controllers Sports Wii in 2006 was a revolution that ensured the success of the Nintendo Wii console, opened up the gaming world to a host of casual players (local bowling was very popular, among other places, in American retirement homes) and created the fashion for games of movement. But that was 16 years ago. At that time, Nintendo and the competition were not sleeping. In 2009 Sports Wii it has a formula that has a strong expansion and offers many disciplines Wii Sports Complex. A year later, Sony creates a competitor sports championswhich, in turn, stood out for its perfectly reproduced physics – I like to this day to go back to the variety of disc golf and gladiator fights offered here, which in terms of realism are always so delicious. In the context of these two and many other games – also those available on “Pstryczek” – Nintendo Switch Sports turns out to be a big step… backwards.

The mini-games are very simple and they quickly become boring.

Easy to learn, difficult to… What difficulty again?

Made up of Nintendo Switch Sports there are six movement mini-gamesthat can be played solo, with friends or online. These are volleyball, football, badminton, tennis, bowling and a variety of fencing called chanbara. Returning to the comparisons of the previous paragraph – this is the same as in sports championsone more than the original Sports Wii and only half of what he offered Wii Sports Complex. The seventh discipline – golf is to be added to the set as a free update in some time.

They are all designed to be very easy to learn. And sadly, it’s been overdone, automating many aspects of the gameplay and stripping it down to bare bones, without any deep foundation. For example, in bowling, we can define the direction of the throw, but it doesn’t really matter how we perform the movement. In badminton, tennis, or volleyball, we focus almost exclusively on rebounding at the right time, with little or no influence on our character positioning. As a result, the rules of the game are effectively mastered in trimiga, but at the same time you also reach the highest level of skills very quickly and you start to get bored.

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For me football is the best mini game available in the set. And I don’t even like football.

Only chanbara, which requires careful observation of opponents’ movements and exploits their weaknesses, and football, which allows you to use both motion controllers and gives you full freedom to run around the field, offer a little more depth. Here, however, there is no question of having fun for long hours – these are still very innocuous mini-games. Such simplicity could have been acceptable in the kit that came free with the console. Sports Wiibut the Japanese rely on Nintendo Switch Sports as much as a game that is too big – in this category, when the competition is for example full of content Mario Golf Super Rush, the price seems unsuitable for the content offered.

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kick the ball

Nintendo Switch Sports it is sold in bundle with the famous brand Ring shaped adventure a band that allows you to attach the Joy-Cona to the leg. This function is currently only used in a special football mode, in which we can shoot the karniaki while swinging our leg. And just as the standard version of football here is still fun, this mode gets boring in no time. As part of the free update, group support will be added to real football in a while. And only then, perhaps, will it be something more than an interesting little treat.

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It is best to play Nintendo Switch Sports with your friends.

We thank the lonely

The pleasure variants on offer are also disappointing. Loners will find nothing for themselves here – just what Nintendo Switch Sports it has to offer them, there is no need to fight with artificial intelligence. Best played locally with a group of friends, although again we only have the basic possibilities of playing single matches in individual minigames – no option to create local tournaments or events which could add color to the whole.

What Nintendo Switch Sports stands out from its predecessors is the network mode. We are forced to test this one, if we want to unlock more interesting possibilities of customization of our avatar – the progression system that gives the cosmetic only works in this variant of the game. very limited, so if it is important for us to express ourselves in the game, we will have to spend time competing against other players from all over the world, whether we like it or not. The web code works well and I didn’t experience any issues, although the options for communicating with others are so poor that it’s often hard to tell if we’re actually playing with other people or with bots behind them. In both cases, the simplicity of the mini-games means that this form of gameplay is quickly boring anyway – without the friends who wave to me next door, with whom we can chat and laugh, it’s definitely not the same thing.

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In volleyball, it’s all about flicking the stick at the right time.

Some disciplines have different variations of the fun, but again, these changes affect gameplay much less than you’d like. In bowling we can activate the presence of obstacles on the lanes, but they are so easy to avoid that they hardly make a difference. Chanbara offers three types of skirmishes – standard weapons, charged weapons, and dual sword weapons. On paper, this looks like a nice diversion, but in practice, it suddenly means an additional type of attack appears. The most interesting thing is football again, where we can play in 1v1 or 4v4 teams (and trigger the karniaki shooting mode using the blindfold, which I mention in the frame) – and that’s only here that the differences are actually noticeable.

Not enough for a big game

All in Nintendo Switch Sports There’s not enough – disciplines, variants of pleasure, attractions for solo sailors, and above all, depth. We can’t even rely on visual deviations – matches always take place on the same pitches, courts or arenas. As is the case with Nintendo, everything works as it should, we do not encounter any technical errors, the motion controllers register our swings correctly. But what if the entertainment is enough for two or three hours, if we have a group of friends at hand – and for much less when we play alone or on the Internet.

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If we don’t program a bit online, the customization possibilities of our avatar will be very poor.

Therefore, in its current form, I cannot recommend this set. There’s no shortage of better games on the Switch, be it board games (Mario Golf Super Rush, Super Mario Party, Snipper Clips), or focused on using motion controllers (again Mario Golfbut also Ring shaped adventure if fitness boxing 2). Nintendo Switch Sports it doesn’t do anything better than the above. And in comparison with its predecessors or with sports champions Sony is just poor. This game should have been released 5 years ago and offered as a free add-on for Nintendo Switch buyers, as it was supported 16 years ago Sports Wii. As a stand-alone product, sold at the price of a big game, Nintendo Switch Sports it does not work.


I like motion games a lot – currently I’m starting the PlayStation 3 mainly to play sports champions or some rail shooters. I have triumphs on PlayStation VR VR box and beat the saberI’ve played more than any other VR game combined. I spent many hours on the Switch with Ring adjustment, fitness boxing or series just dance. And each of these titles gave me more pleasure than that Nintendo Switch Sports. I write and talk about pop culture on your Twitter account.


We received a free copy of the game from ConQuest Entertainment, Nintendo’s distributor for the Polish market.

Michal “Czarny Wilk” Grygorcewicz |

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