Why Nintendo Switch Sports Can’t Live Up To Wii Sports

A review of Nintendo Switch Sports



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By: Oliver Tabbal, Journalist

Nintendo Switch Sports is Nintendo’s upcoming game, and people rightfully have some complaints. It comes out on April 29th, 2022 and people already have very, very strong opinions about it. If you take a look back at where it all began, it starts to make more sense.

Back in 2006, the Wii was released and along with it: Wii Sports. It came with most Wiis sold and people instantly loved it. It had a uniquely charming art style and was goofy enough for everyone to give it a shot. It has 5 different games, all taking advantage of the Wii’s motion controls. The best part of Wii Sports is the infinitely customizable Miis that you play as. You can make virtually anything from video game characters to your friends to yourself. Wii Sports instantly rose to the top in game sales, ending up #1 in Wii game sales, and #4 of all time. It is also #2 at the time and #1 best selling one platform game. All of this shows how wildly successful Wii Sports was, and it would be hard to live up to.  There was even two different spin offs of Wii Sports on the Wii, Wii Sports Resort and Wii Sports Club. All of this leads up to the new release in 2022.

Nintendo Switch Sports seems like it takes one of the main advantages of Wii Sports and throws it in the garbage. The art style. The funny and comical Miis and the simplistic art style that made Wii Sports successful were changed so drastically for the new game. They let you use Miis, but the Miis are plastered onto a normal human sized body with very little customization. Most fans are already disappointed in the game, and it isn’t even out yet.

Nintendo Switch Sports will have six minigames at launch, with another coming in fall 2022. The minigames are tennis, volleyball, badminton, sword fighting, soccer, and bowling. Golf comes a little later. Tennis and bowling are from the original Wii Sports, but they left out the fan favorites: baseball and boxing. Golf and sword fighting are both from Wii Sports Resort. The rest of the minigames are original to this game, but all of them seem really fun from the limited tests that people could do. Nintendo Switch Sports could have potential, but it will never live up to the legacy that Wii Sports left behind.

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