Nintendo Switch Sports Is Finally Coming—Here’s What to Know About the Wii Sports Sequel – The New York Times

February 11, 2022 by No Comments

Wii Sports is one of the most beloved games of all time, selling more than 80 million copies. Who can forget those Wii Sports late-night tournaments with family, friends, and frenemies? If you miss those days, here’s good news: Nintendo Switch Sports is on the way. It’s bringing some new challenges with updated features, sports, and customizable Miis, along with online play, a first for the series. Reliving the memories of a beloved Nintendo game with friends around the country—or down the street, if in-person isn’t an option—might make it even better.

Nintendo Switch Sports. Image: Nintendo of America

Image: Nintendo of America

Nintendo Switch Sports. Image: Nintendo of America

What is Nintendo Switch Sports?

Nintendo Switch Sports is an interactive game that lets players take on sports like soccer, tennis, volleyball, badminton, and bowling. With the Joy-Con controllers, you can swing a badminton or tennis racket, throw a bowling ball, or even swing a sword. Nintendo is also offering a new Leg Strap accessory, which will integrate with Switch Sports’ various games later this year. You can compete against family and friends in your living room and even players worldwide with new settings like online play. Other features are reminiscent of those in Wii Sports Resort, including its cruise-resort theme and multiplayer options. Plus, more updates are expected, including golf.

Will it be worth buying?

As a sequel to the Wii’s best-selling game, Nintendo Switch Sports should offer all of the benefits of the original and more. Nintendo is likely to add more sports, player-setting options, and other enhancements over time. And the new bowling survival mode, which can add up to 16 players, is a nod to avid Wii Sports bowlers. Whether you’ve played Wii Sports or are entirely new to these games, it will likely be a fun option that people of all ages can enjoy. And it’s releasing just ahead of summer, when kids will be out of school. If you’re not into sports, you may be better off grabbing a more traditional video game staple like Kirby and the Forgotten Land. If you want more competitive multiplayer gameplay, Splatoon 3 has you covered.

When can you play?

The game is scheduled for release on April 29, but Nintendo is holding an open play test for Nintendo Switch Online members February 18 through 20. During the event, players will be able to try out sports like tennis, bowling, and chambara.

This article was edited by Arthur Gies and Treye Green.



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