After Wii Sports, the next generation of family games is called Nintendo Switch Sports. Scheduled to be released on April 29, 2022, the title marks the return of a major landlord license.
After nearly sixteen years, the time has finally come to put on your straps again to dive back into a legendary license. Sold over tens of millions of copies worldwide, Wii Sports has established itself as an image of its generation. Now the next generation promises to be assured of Nintendo Switch Sports, a family sports program that combines many classics and new disciplines. Will this, in turn, be important for its platform?
A taste of nostalgia
Spocco Square, a sprawling sports complex built by Nintendo Switch Sports, is home to several courts. Some don’t have a job yet. Chambara, bowling and tennis, is already known to Wii gamers, close to some new ones: football, badminton and volleyball. Golf will be added next fall to this somewhat different program. The contents will be free and part of a formula that will benefit from gradual expansion to maintain good engine oil. Before starting your first sports session, it is important to wear your avatar. Coming out of the traditional Mii and their angular time faces, the new heroes put forward are adopting more circular, slower features. For now, customization is limited to its suggestions, but the result is very nice. If you don’t want to, note that it’s possible to swap your new sportsman against your good old Mii pre-made on your console.
Once you have your outfit on, it’s time for you to try out your first games alone or with others. With always catchy music and supercharged decorations, Nintendo Switch Sports reveals a more welcoming aura. Discard the classic aliasing on the hybrid machine and a few framerate drops and you get a very nice and hot rendering. From the beginning, Switch Sports pulled on the heartstrings of nostalgia and that’s what we loved.
An experience for everyone
Wrist strap, the first activities can begin. Each discipline has its own instruction that dictates all actions to be assimilated. The step is essential to interpret the movements. Management is usually easy. The player can choose to draw very simple movements or perfect his style by releasing some raises and cuts with his tennis ball, for example. The experience easily adapts to all ages, even equipping oneself with three relatively balanced levels of difficulty.. Naturally, badminton is one of the easiest disciplines to master. And we can easily understand that strike time is important. If this fails, the avatar will stumble and find himself unable to get up in time to turn the steering wheel. A little disappointing mechanic. But the activity, like the other five, was completely fun. And that’s basically all we asked of him.
With more than two players, tennis like volleyball, which is more technical in its part, can also be very good fun. About the latter, though, an uncomfortable feeling when you go to three on the split screen. The action became less readable, and we found ourselves squinting to follow the game right. It’s also not easy to do without some worries of inaccuracies: motion gaming can be improved, a point observed in some estimated throws. Perfect shots are hard to get, even if all possible efforts are focused.
Classic and new
Perfectly combining the disciplines we were hoping to find in some new features, Nintendo Switch Sports even improved on some classics with nice variations.. Let’s talk about chambara in particular, these duels featuring Wii Sports Resort involve kicking the opponent off the platform by giving him saber blows and parrying. The activity is as fresh as it quickly and completely lends itself to sessions in less than five minutes. It comes with many different types of accessories for proper replayability: a sword, a spoken sword, or two swords. Eventually bowling will also go to the next level. In addition to the noble possibility of being able to play all at the same time, the game now offers obstacle courses. A very good idea to spice up an activity that is usually fairly routine. Online, it even has a survival mode for up to 16 participants.
Other fantasies can also be seen on the football side. Discipline offers a unique game and invites us to use joy-con sticks even more to move the characters on the screen. The leg strap, a nice addition for the stage, is currently only compatible with penalty shootouts. Until this summer, traditional matches were only played by hand with large balls. At the root of a less nervous Rocket League, players compete for a big ball on a big field.. And despite a good dose of fun, there are a few flaws: Here, if passes are allowed, tackles aren’t. shame. We also noticed that the area width serves as a very limited sprint gauge. The player spends a lot of time chasing his ball, which inevitably creates small moments of float. In the end, the AI ally is likely to remain relatively hidden on defense. And yet, it’s hard to complete a game without releasing some bursts of laughter.
- An experience suitable for the whole family
- It’s so much fun to be together all the time
- The perfect formula between the new and the license classic
- Fun variants of classics (bowling, chambara)
- A colorful and very warm translation
- Some bugs on the part of motion gaming
- Split screens are sometimes difficult to read
- An unbalanced sprint gauge for football
Nintendo Switch Sports is probably the new must for family gaming. The formula applies to all player profiles. The experience is fun and accessible from top to bottom despite the small flaws it can’t avoid: split screens that make it difficult to read some actions, slight framerate drop, lack of accuracy and unbalanced sprints in football games. But the fun remains constant and Nintendo Switch Sports serves up a variety of sports programs that will appeal to the whole family and we can’t wait to see the expansion in the coming months.
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By TiraxaJournalist jeuxvideo.com