Nintendo is introducing a new iteration of the Wii Sports series, Nintendo Switch Sports, coming to the system April 29, 2022.
Play sports such as bowling, tennis, and chambara (sword fighting) as well as three new additional sports including soccer, badminton, and volleyball. Golf is coming to the game via a software update in the fall, as well.
Nintendo says the game will support local mutliplayer on one Switch as well as online multiplayer. An online playtest will take place Feb. 18-20 with bowling, chambara and tennis available with random matchmaking. Only Nintendo Switch Online subscribers will be able to take part in this online playtest.
In Nintendo Switch Sports, you can swing, kick, spike and bowl your way to victory! With multiple options for multiplayer fun, family and friends can join in on the same system* or online.** Play online and face opponents near and far, and aim for the Pro League in every sport. With Soccer, Volleyball, Bowling, Tennis, Badminton and Chambara (swordplay), you can get moving and put yourself directly in the game using Joy-Con controllers. Plus, a seventh sport is planned to be added via a free update this fall; get ready to Golf!***
New to the world of video game sports? No problem! This collection is built for players of all skill levels, so everyone can play together and enjoy. With intuitive controls, anyone – from rookies to pros – can instantly have fun. With controlled motions, you can curve your bowling ball, add spin to a tennis shot or even use a Joy-Con with the included Leg Strap accessory to kick the ball in a Soccer Shoot-Out. A free update will arrive in the summer, expanding the Leg Strap accessory compatibility to Soccer matches, too.***
Plus, Nintendo Switch Sports introduces new customizable characters called Sportsmates. As you play online in random matchmaking, you’ll be able to earn points that you can redeem for in-game rewards like outfits, sports accessories and gear for your Sportsmates, fireworks for your Soccer goal and even a costume to play as a squirrel! New items will rotate in each week, so check back and see what’s available! You’ll also still be able to play as the classic Mii characters, so you can keep serving those swings and custom looks you’ve grown fond of.
The digital version of Nintendo Switch Sports is available now in Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch, the My Nintendo Store and select retailers for $39.99 (Leg Strap accessory sold separately). A physical version of Nintendo Switch Sports that includes a Leg Strap accessory is available at a suggested retail price of $49.99. The Leg Strap accessory from Ring Fit Adventure is also compatible with Nintendo Switch Sports, and a Leg Strap accessory can be purchased separately at a suggested retail price of $9.99, as well. For more information about Nintendo Switch Sports, visit https://nintendoswitchsports.nintendo.com/.
You can try the Nintendo Switch Online service free for a week. One month costs $3.99, three months cost $7.99 and a year costs $19.99 — but the best value is a family plan that costs $34.99 a year and accommodates eight people with free Nintendo Accounts. If you want to play Switch game online (Splatoon 2, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, etc.), you’ll need to sign on with this service anyway.
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