Let’s not mince our words. Wii sports is one of the best and most important games of all time. Sure, over time it’s become a poster child for “waggle,” a type of motion control that often makes it feel like your movements don’t really matter as long as you shake the controller – but for a few years there, In the mid 2000s, this was the little game that could.
In addition, it decided. There was a reason people threw their controllers over-the-top through their expensive new 720 flat-screen TVs so often, that Nintendo had to invent silly little flak vests for the Wii Remote – it was addicting. People got so used to it that they moved their bodies a lot more than they needed to, and then the grip loosened slightly and… whoops!
However, fatigue quickly built up. There was a veritable cavalcade of junk aimed at siphoning off this huge Wii Sports audience; So we’ve got hoots like Wii Play and Wii Party, 2K’s Carnival games, and a whole lot more. Then the actual successor, Wii Sports Resort, pulled a classic Nintendo move and required a silly, expensive accessory to play with. That’s what killed this game for me; Wii Sports was the best multiplayer and there’s no way I would buy four of those things. A trip to the Wii U is as forgotten as the Wii U itself.
But time has passed. Those missteps feel far in the rearview mirror, and I now feel a great deal of nostalgia for Wii Sports. I realize how good it was. I’ve been hungry for another for a while.
That meant there was a lot of pressure when I went to a practical session Nintendo Switch Sports, the new Joy-Con Waggling Revival. However, here’s the caption: I loved it. it’s brilliant It’s not a revelation, but it will probably be one of my favorite games of the year nonetheless.
Switch Sports content feels like the result of a carefully thought out mathematical equation. Two sports return from the original Wii Sports (tennis and bowling), one returns from Wii Sports Resort (sword fighting, shown here as chambara, which is a Japanese word used to describe samurai movies), and three brand new sports.
As more sports are added via DLC, I’d say the core launch pack has everything you could want from this sequel.
So how is it? Well it’s fine! I wasn’t sure the Joy-Cons were quite as good as the Wii Remote at motion control, particularly the later iteration of that controller – but they certainly felt pretty accurate. The three returning games all feel very similar to how they did in their original forms. Sword fighting requires the most finesse and is basically about reading your opponent’s blocking stance and working around it. It “just works,” and if the calibration is off, there’s a two-button reset that you can hammer at any time without stopping the action.
The magic of Wii Sports has always been that it made you feel like you were actually playing the sport rather than actually doing it. That’s why people smashed their TVs and punched holes in the walls because of the game; You’d get so addicted to tennis that you’d stumble to stretch to reach the ball for a desperate lob throw—even though you don’t have to move your feet. In bowling, you can use the full-blown movements of a throw to add the desired spin to the ball. All of that – the game’s X-Factor magic that so many imitators couldn’t replicate – is still present here.
It is also present in the new sports. Badminton is pretty simple; A tennis-like game that basically works the same as this game, but thanks to the difference in the projectile takes on a significantly different tone and pace, just like in real life. It’s fun, but it’s the least I have to say about it.
However, football will probably be the most talked about sport. And here’s why: It’s basically Rocket League. I hadn’t really made that connection just by looking at the footage, but the 2v2 format in a walled arena where jumping is as important as shots on target is very reminiscent of that game. It’s Rocket League… without the cars! It sounds lame when you put it that way, but it’s anything but. It’s a lot of fun – and actually quite fast-paced and exciting, like Rocket League.
It’s also the most traditional controls of the group, with player movements handled using the analog stick. Kicks and ridiculous all-in headers are executed with movement. I can see this is very popular and competitive online. On top of that, Ring Fit Adventure’s leg strap lets you throw some serious kicks – which is fun, but admittedly a bit of a gimmick. Kids will love it though.
Last but not least, the new trio’s game that probably has the most of that over-the-top, jump-promoting energy is volleyball. It consists of a handful of movements; Flip the ball up for your teammate, jump and spike the ball to score, and jump up to block. You don’t actually have to jump – you could play this while seated if you wanted to, just by making whatever hand motions you want – but you’ll inevitably get in and find your feet off the ground. Because of the way you can tip your teammate in this sport, I think it will be the new four-player king – much more engaging and team-oriented than tennis doubles.
This feeling, which is exemplified in volleyball, carries these games. There’s something about them that inspires a subtly larger-than-life suspension of disbelief – and that’s what kicks in the door to feeling competitive in these goofy, simple little mini-games. Other changes are downright smart, like doing away with Miis for equally caricatured, much better-looking avatar characters (you can still import a Mii to be converted) – but what drives this game, what seals the deal, is that nebulous feeling . Nintendo has once again brought this to the point.
Probably the best thing I can say after playing Nintendo Switch Sports for a few hours is that I can immediately see how it will fit into my life. I left practical work thinking about how my partner will love it, how it will probably be a staple again by Christmas and how I have a group holiday to a cottage this summer where a lot of it is likely to be played out when extremely drunk am . When Nintendo gets these types of lifestyle event games right, they always hit the spot – and while it doesn’t reinvent the wheel, Nintendo Switch Sports is pretty much what I wanted.
https://www.vg247.com/nintendo-switch-sports-preview Nintendo Switch Sports is an extremely formulaic sequel – which is pretty much perfect