April 17, 2024


Like All Trades

Nintendo Switch Sports review: “Really is a social game through and through”

Nostalgia can sometimes be a dangerous thing. As I dive into Switch Sports, I have almost visceral visions of Christmas 2006, with my usually non-gamer parents brandishing Wii Remotes as they took another literal swing at Wii Sports tennis with dangerously full bellies. As vivid as those Wii Sports memories are for many of us, it’s now 2022 and Switch Sports has to do more than reignite a few wistful looks back at overzealous family gatherings. 

What Nintendo Switch Sports does well is to mix that nostalgia with plenty of freshness. Tennis, bowling, and sword fighting (now Chambara) return from Wii Sports and its sequel Wii Sports Resort, and then there are three new sports entering the ring – badminton, volleyball, and football. There are brilliantly simple tutorials for each sport, both new and old, and the controls are equally easy to grasp. The accessibility and intuitiveness of the controls have always been such a huge part of the appeal of these games, and thankfully Switch Sports doesn’t mess with any of that. If anything, controls are more refined and nuanced thanks to the Joy-Cons’ responsiveness.