Mixed or average reviews - based on 103 Critic Reviews

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  1. Positive: 51 out of 103
  2. Negative: 3 out of 103
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  1. 100
    My time with Nintendo Switch Sports has been one of the most fun experiences I have had with a co-op game. And frankly, the most fun I’ve had with anything sport-related ever.
  2. May 6, 2022
    In its own right, Nintendo Switch Sports is fantastic, doing everything you hoped it would. Super-responsive controls, family-friendly fun, and a solid online and offline co-op system. However, when you look at what we could have got, and when you compare this to Wii Sports, has the game built on that foundation enough in the last 16 years? I don’t think it does. Again, it’s a great game and one that I will sink many hours into because it’s essentially Wii Sports on the Switch – but when you look at the bigger picture, there is endless potential on what Nintendo could, and probably should, have done. Golf has been confirmed, and I hope that there is more on Spocco Square’s horizon, as, with a few more sports and features, Nintendo Switch Sports could become THE must-own game on the system.
  3. Apr 27, 2022
    Nintendo Switch Sports does the impossible — it builds on Wii Sports in clever ways, creating a new version for a new generation while also breathing life into dormant rivalries over a decade on. It’s a great showpiece for the Switch, and is easily one of the platform’s finest games — if you have friends to play it with.
  4. Apr 27, 2022
    Nintendo Switch Sports is all about multiplayer action. With more to come in the future, it truly is excellent to have Sports back for the latest generation of Nintendo console.
  5. Apr 27, 2022
    Those looking to rekindle a family gaming session akin to ones enjoyed in the past with Wii Sports will find this a sure winner.
  6. Apr 27, 2022
    Its simple and direct formula still works as a charm and the selection of sports is attractive. It's ideal for a quick multiplayer fun at home, although the concept is not as groundbreaking as it was 16 years ago.
  7. Aug 11, 2022
    Nintendo Switch Sports has brought back everything we loved about Wii Sports and given it a refresh fit for 2022. Old favourites like tennis and bowling are back, while new games have also been added to the mix including badminton and football. This game is really fun to play.
  8. Edge Magazine
    May 19, 2022
    Without seeking to damn a fine game with faint praise, another succinct design philosophy comes to mind: it just works. [Issue#372, p.100]
  9. May 13, 2022
    Α worthy sequel to the series. The controls are super responsive and intuitive and multiplayer fun is guaranteed. If only there were more available sports.
  10. May 10, 2022
    Where Wii Sports began to lose its grip on you the moment no-one was available to share the joy with, the online and enthusiast-focussed nature of Nintendo Switch Sports is a very good incentive to keep coming back. Even after earning all of the cosmetic offerings on offer for the week, Nintendo Switch Sports continues to be an enticing outlet any time I feel like experiencing the highs of close, edge-of-your-seat competition against another human being.
  11. May 9, 2022
    Nintendo Switch Sports doesn’t revolutionize motion-controlled gaming, but instead brings it back at its peak with six enjoyable sports that play great locally or online. Some events, like volleyball or tennis, may feel more shallow than their compatriots, and the absence of a traditional online bowling mode against strangers is hard to overlook. But whether you’re looking to rise through the Pro League ranks or for a fun afternoon with family and friends that doesn’t involve sitting on the couch, Nintendo Switch Sports has plenty to offer gaming fans of all ages that are looking to clash swords, score goals or knock pins.
  12. 80
    Overall, Nintendo Switch Sports is an enjoyable return to the classic Wii Sports style that is incredibly fun to play both online and off, even if it does leave a little bit to be desired.
  13. May 4, 2022
    It’s not a radical reimagining of the original Wii Sports, but Nintendo Switch Sports does a good job of translating a lot of the fun to a modern system. But the fun is largely about playing with friends. The three same-y court sports drag the collection down a bit, but we’re hopeful that the good parts will be augmented by further development support in the future.
  14. May 3, 2022
    Nintendo Switch Sports really is a game of two halves. Offline the game is sorely lacking in features but may still be enough for 'casual' families looking for some simple fun. Solo players, however, will want to head online, which is where the game's progression system (and its real longevity) can be found.
  15. May 2, 2022
    One of the biggest party games ever made is back with a solid new entry, that does improve things, but focuses more on the online modes.
  16. May 1, 2022
    A well-thought-out online mode lifts Nintendo Switch Sports from being a sheer nostalgia trip, to an experience well worth the investment.
  17. May 1, 2022
    Even more efficient than its predecessor, Switch Sports has won us over with the technicality offered by certain disciplines such as Chambara or Volleyball, with the precision of the Joy-Con movements and especially with the implementation of a competitive ranking. Unfortunately, to enjoy this incredible "esport" addition, matches against players from all over the world or even cosmetics to customize your avatar, you need to have the Online subscription. Of course, it is possible to enjoy the title locally with friends, but the strength of Switch Sports lies in its competitive version.
  18. Apr 29, 2022
    When Nintendo gets these sort of lifestyle ‘event’ games right, they’re always a slam dunk. Sometimes, the accuracy of MotionPlus is missed. One can see how Nintendo could've done more new, and included more all-new stuff. And yet... Nintendo Switch Sports is pretty much exactly what I wanted. I can see how it'd be one of my absolute favourite games of the year. That's Nintendo's magic power.
  19. Apr 29, 2022
    Nintendo Switch Sports is about the friend that smacks his hand on the corner of the table as he prepares a Serve in Tennis. It's mom and dad running to catch the shuttlecock in Badminton (nobody told them that the character runs automatically). It's the younger brother flailing the controller in the air because his safety strap isn't properly attached. In this regard, Nintendo Switch Sports honors that unique spirit that Wii Sports gave us way back in 2006. It will surely be a great addition to any group dinner.
  20. Apr 28, 2022
    Each sport in Nintendo Switch Sports is enjoyable and uniquely developed. Just like its predecessors, is this a perfect game to play at parties because of the easy-to-master controls. If you're planning to play by yourself I wouldn't recommend this game, because it will feel more like a tech demo instead of an actual videogame. The new Sports Mates also lack the charming characteristics of the Mii characters, so each match will feel like you’re playing against the same boring robot over and over again.
  21. Apr 27, 2022
    All in, a wonderful title that brings back a lot of memories for those of us who have been gaming for a while, while creating a whole new ‘this is cool’ feel for newcomers. Either way, it brings friends and family together and will spark as many laughs in your living room as frustrated yelps when you’re beaten into submission by a five-year-old.
  22. Apr 27, 2022
    Nintendo Switch Sports brings a beloved series onto modern platforms with aplomb. Though some minigames are slightly weaker than others, some impressive standouts – namely Chambara and Football – deliver an exceptionally good time. Better yet, Nintendo Switch Sports‘ £31 price tag is cheaper than most Nintendo games, and that sort of value’s hard to argue with.
  23. Apr 27, 2022
    None of these sports would be enough to sustain a game alone, but together, and paired with Nintendo’s charming and slick aesthetic and brain-infesting music, they are the makings of a good time.
  24. Apr 27, 2022
    Nintendo Switch Sports has a few flaws, but overall it’s just as fun as the version we probably all played when we were younger. Especially soccer was a nice addition while badminton is rather disappointing.
  25. Apr 27, 2022
    Nintendo Switch Sports is probably the new must-have for family gaming. The formula works with all player profiles. The experience is fun and accessible from top to bottom despite the small flaws it can't escape: split screens that make certain actions difficult to read, slight framerate drops, lack of precision and unbalanced sprints in football games. But the fun remains constant and Nintendo Switch Sports serves up a varied sports program that will appeal to the whole family and that we can't wait to see expand in the coming months.
  26. Apr 27, 2022
    Nintendo Switch Sports is not a series revolution, although there is a special, partly Rocket-League-like new football mode. But the game does not need to be a revolution. It is just an entertaining sports and party game, with a lovely presentation that's a pleasure to play, even alone, but especially together with friends.
  27. Apr 27, 2022
    Overall, the experience with Switch Sports is extremely positive and fulfills its role very well: meeting and having fun with friends and family - something that has really been missing up until now on Nintendo Switch after all its existence. And, despite having other games with the same purpose like Smash Bros., Mario Kart and Mario Party, none of them are equally accessible to people who aren't video game fans. That's why Nintendo Switch Sports is amazing and necessary nowadays.
  28. Apr 27, 2022
    Intuitive, responsive motion controls successfully recapture the easygoing magic of the Wii’s heyday, and will likely make Switch Sports a family game night staple and chart-topper for years to come.
  29. Apr 27, 2022
    There's some valid criticisms to be made over the shallow game roster and even shallower character customization, but at its core, Nintendo Switch Sports is an absolute blast and is simple enough for anyone who wants to give it a try.
  30. Apr 27, 2022
    As an offline package, Nintendo Switch Sports is a hoot just for Bowling and Chambara alone. The other games are worth trying at least once. Volleyball might even grow on some people. Unfortunately, Badminton, Tennis, and Soccer lost steam with me after a while, but half a package that I'll return to again and again is certainly nothing to sneeze at. I hope this is a collection that will continue to grow, because I had forgotten what a crowd-pleaser the Wii Sports era was. It's good to have that spirit back.
  31. Apr 27, 2022
    Nintendo Switch Sports is a game that arrives in a situation of need: two years after a pandemic that led us to isolation, Nintendo brings us something that encourages us to connect with others again. I will continue to play it until my body takes it... or until my friends get tired of me after taking the game with me everywhere.
  32. May 3, 2022
    Nintendo Switch Sports is a funny game for the whole family. Sports selection could have been wider and bolder, just like Wii Sports Resort, but as a light-hearted party game, it still works fine.
  33. May 9, 2022
    Nintendo Switch Sports promises roughly what you imagine: giving some surprises in some cases, making a thread turn up your nose for its abstruse narrowness in some others, but in general confirming itself at 360 °. All in all, however, one thought can be affirmed with certainty: if you had enjoyed yourself a dozen years ago, you will return to do so even today. Perhaps even with more taste than expected, because at the base of this collection of mini-games there are intriguing and much less trivial gameplay solutions than it seems, however, packaged in an excellent package to look at and listen to. If, on the other hand, this weird all-motion control madness wasn't your thing then, it will be nearly impossible to somehow make you change your mind today.
  34. May 1, 2022
    Nintendo Switch Sports is really fun, with good motion controls, and it can entertain anyone, from the beginners to the hardcore gamers. Anyway, if you don't have someone to play it in multiplayer offline, it isn't deep enough to last long. More contents and - maybe - sports will be added in the future.
  35. Jun 16, 2022
    Nintendo Switch Sports reignites that old fun factor of the original Wii sports games. While some are not that great, some are amazing, and some will be added in the future for free; starting 6 disciplines will surely give you and your friends a great time around the TV. Just don’t forget to strap on your JoyCons.
  36. Apr 27, 2022
    Nintendo Switch Sports is a worthy successor to Wii Sports. With lovely new character models, a solid collection of sports, plenty of multiplayer modes, and a fun-filled atmosphere, you'll enjoy competing with chums and chums-to-be alike.
  37. Nintendo Force Magazine
    Jun 28, 2022
    As it stands at launch, Nintendo Switch Sports is a good game and a fun way to revisit the spirit of the Wii Sports era. But if you're on the fence, wait a few months (or a year) to see if the added-later content adds more value. [Issue #59 – May/June 2022, p. 68]
  38. Jun 24, 2022
    Switch Sports is a game that everyone in your family can enjoy. Just don't expect much more than that.
  39. Nintendo Switch Sports has been a fun party game despite its limited game mode. Playing alone is boring, but when you are in a large group as intended, the enjoyment of the game increases exponentially.
  40. May 10, 2022
    The revival of the legendary 'Wii Sports'. It seems they successfully reflect the company's color. The addition of multiplayer and Pro Rank system allows players to indulge into the game alone, while the competitive system is also simple and easy to challenge. However, it is noticeable that the single play contents are less than the previous title and some games are not easy to fall into.
  41. May 6, 2022
    Nintendo Switch Sports shows that the company still knows how to make simple but extremely satisfying experiences intended for everyone. The simplified representation works wonders for old and new sports, and the controls are easy enough that anyone can become good at their favorites in no time. Solo players who don't go online will be disappointed at the lack of content, but those looking to play against others either locally or online will have a blast. Be sure you're a Nintendo Switch Online subscriber if you want to squeeze the most out of those unlocks.
  42. May 6, 2022
    While the title doesn’t soar as high as it’s predecessors it is an absolutely competent release in this pseudo series. Players of all ages will be able to pick up and play and it even provides hardcore players a hook to keep the game installed/inserted into the console. Given that it is announced that golf would be added as a free addon later in the year, one would hope that some other missing sports can be added post launch (give me back baseball and boxing damn it!). Let’s just hope that Spucco Square can be expanded to something like a rectangle or anything. The foundation is solid, let’s hope Nintendo will build more on it!
  43. May 6, 2022
    It's funny to me how a game can be so much fun that my biggest gripe with it is that there isn't enough of it. But that's exactly the case with Nintendo Switch Sports: It's a very fun, very bright game, with too little content.
  44. May 5, 2022
    The ever-popular Wii Sports has been given a Switch adaptation and the result is a fine title. Several sports are great fun to play, including in multiplayer. The entry threshold is also very low, making it suitable for everyone. Know that the emphasis is on the multiplayer, because on your own it can get relatively boring after a few hours. Also, the price is a bit on the high side compared to the content the game offers.
  45. May 4, 2022
    When Nintendo Switch Sports was announced, I was ecstatic. When Nintendo provided the code for this review, I couldn't stop smiling. However, when I opened the game and started playing it, I embarked on a nostalgic adventure that took me to simpler and happier times. However, it was towards the end of my evaluation period that I really understood that Nintendo Switch Sports had accomplished the mission. When bringing the game back to the IGN Brasil newsroom, I could see the other team members gathered, curious about the game and looking forward to testing it. Upon defeating a friend, smiles opened, simulations of sports narrations took the place of the sound of keys being pressed and the purest happiness took over the environment. Yes, there are modes missing for a game of this importance and with the price range that It's commercialized, and not all of the ones available have pleased me, but the truth is that I've already fit Switch Sports into my routine, like my daily exercise session.
  46. May 4, 2022
    Online mode helps keep Nintendo Switch Sports alive if you play it solo, but the game doesn’t offer much besides the sports you expect it to have. It doesn’t reinvent the wheel so don’t expect something brand new, but if you have friends nearby, you will definitely have a good time.
  47. May 4, 2022
    A seemingly endless supply of rotating collectible packs and skill-based intensity makes the game’s online multiplayer dynamic. Even classic sports like Bowling and Chambara are improved with elimination rulesets and charge/twin swords, respectively. However, after a few fun-filled hours, I experienced all of Switch Sports’ playable components and occasionally lost interest after long stints of game time. Switch Sports doesn’t step out of Wii Sports’ long shadow, but it’s still a solid runner-up.
  48. May 3, 2022
    The big hits are back and just as good as I remembered. Volleyball and soccer also medal in this version. However, Nintendo Switch Sports is lacking in overall content out of the gate.
  49. Apr 29, 2022
    Some sports hit harder than others, but the core of Nintendo Switch Sports is solid, and begs to be played endlessly.
  50. Apr 27, 2022
    Gameplay-technically, Nintendo Switch Sports makes a big impression; especially the subtle adjustments in the recurring sports feel refreshing. In addition, badminton and football are excellent additions that would not have looked out of place in the acclaimed original. The total package still feels a bit bare, so that you get bored of the less fun sports a little too quickly.
  51. Apr 27, 2022
    Nintendo Switch Sports skillfully brings back Wii Sports for the whole family, but also misses out on old sports.
  52. Aug 8, 2022
    Playing the tennis and bowling game modes don’t exactly bring anything particularly new to the table, but it’s hard not to let muscle memory kick in after an extended period away. Volleyball and badminton also make for a grand entrance that are suitable additions to a bag filled with varied game modes.
  53. Jul 8, 2022
    Playing by myself for an extended period of time was boring and monotonous, and the absence of certain single-player modes is a major oversight. But Nintendo Switch Sports is a fantastic multiplayer game that, for the most part, invites anyone and everyone to pick up a controller and flail their limbs about. It has its issues, but they fall away when you have other people to play with and are joyously going toe-to-toe in virtual sports. As with the original Wii Sports, Nintendo Switch Sports finds beauty and fun in simplicity. And bowling is great. Better than real-life bowling.
  54. Jun 28, 2022
    Nintendo Switch Sports is a modern retelling of the Wii classic. Despite somewhat less precise motion controls, it’s about as fun as its predecessor, mostly thanks to the emphasis on online play.
  55. May 23, 2022
    You can have a lot of fun with Nintendo Switch Sports, whether online or in-person with friends. If you’re playing alone, though, its severe lack of content won’t keep you busy for long. Of course, that would be forgivable if it were a pack-in like the game that spawned this series, but as a game you have to actually purchase, players should expect more.
  56. May 7, 2022
    More a party game than a real sports game, Nintendo Switch Sports naturally follows in the footsteps of Wii Sports and Wii Sports Club. And it's true that we have fun, as long as we have a few friends at hand and a subscription to Nintendo Switch Online. These two conditions are indeed necessary to have fun over the long term, because the absence of any scripted mode means that solo play has almost no interest.
  57. May 5, 2022
    As a party game to play with friends and family and bring a group together, this is a good pick. For those who have played this style of game before, it is familiar with just enough twists of new elements. It's easy to learn to play without being too boring for experienced players. When it comes to solo play or online play, I think it will become redundant and dull quickly.
  58. May 5, 2022
    Frustrations aside, there’s plenty of fun to be had in Nintendo Switch Sports, no matter how you choose to play. It’s a valiant nod back to Wii Sports, slightly more grown-up and refined this time around. Perhaps it’s not quite as fun – though maybe that’s just because we’re older and more world-weary than we were back in 2006 – but it’ll undoubtedly still be a game to pull out at any family gathering. It’s just a shame that earning new cosmetic items is locked to online play.
  59. May 5, 2022
    Nintendo Switch Sports is a fun and easily enjoyable game, but could use some more content.
  60. May 4, 2022
    Nintendo Switch Sports is trying to take us back to the Wii era of simple fun with motion controls and it does that surprisingly well, the only problem is that the new version lacks content and innovation so it seems like the potential of this return is not fully realised, at least for now.
  61. It’s a party game more than anything else, and one that warmly welcomes just about anyone who can swing an arm. And while the Wii was rife with this sort of casual fare, the Switch could use a few more. That’s why Nintendo Switch Sports earns an easy recommendation for families looking for some straightforward multiplayer fun.
  62. May 4, 2022
    Nintendo Switch Sports seeks to bring us back the essence of the original game but it betrays itself. It lacks innovation and doesn't feel as exciting as it used to be. With a good performance and a majestic graphic detail I can say that it is acceptable for now.
  63. May 3, 2022
    Nintendo Switch Sports scores a few points for successfully revitalising the heart of the original Wii Sports, with impressively gorgeous graphics and wonderful online performance. I only hope it can keep up pressure in the second half, by eventually adding enough content and sports to make it feel like a full package.
  64. May 3, 2022
    Nintendo Switch Sports is a fun sequel that does online right. Those looking for that throwback Wii Sports feel with solid online play will fit right at home. It's great with friends and family in the living-room, too. The main drawback, however, is the lack of content - Golf being absent at launch and returning sports. Nintendo Switch Sports is a solid start, with that familiar feel and the potential to add more content in the future.
  65. May 3, 2022
    Nintendo Switch Sports is a fun and nostalgic romp that offers nicely-upgraded visuals and well-implemented motion controls, but there simply isn’t enough of it. With a meagre six sports (only two of which bring anything truly new to the table) and very few extras, this one probably won’t compete for your attention for long.
  66. May 2, 2022
    Nintendo Switch Sports goes to prove there’s still plenty of fun to be had in swinging and shaking away with imaginary sports equipment. With a more generous dose of sports, this could have been fantastic, but instead, Nintendo seems to have settled on pretty good. While some sports certainly score harder than others, the overall package nonetheless remains entertaining, easily accessible and surprisingly competitive online.
  67. May 2, 2022
    Before you pick up Nintendo Switch Sports, carefully weigh your options of how many people you'll have readily available to play.
  68. May 1, 2022
    Nintendo Switch Sports is the worthy heir of Wii Sports. With a tasty mix of nostalgic and innovative disciplines, the game capture the magic of the first two games in the series.
  69. Apr 29, 2022
    A disappointing, stripped-down and basic sequel to Wii Sports Resort, which too often feels like a remake of the even older Wii Sports. Nevertheless, tennis and bowling remain fun, and volleyball and badminton prove to be very nice sports to play while swinging against friends.
  70. Apr 27, 2022
    Nintendo Switch Sports aims to bring back one of the most iconic Wii experiences, and it achieves this thanks to several implementations that improve some of the classic proposals of the series, and the presence of new sports that, football aside, have been very well interpreted. The negative note is given by a content that, despite having a pending update that will include golf in the autumn, is far from the most complete installment of the franchise. However, it is still a safe value as a party game and comes at a reduced price.
  71. Apr 27, 2022
    Switch Sports is a solid multiplayer game that is fun to play, even if there is a limited number of sports and game modes to engage with.
  72. Apr 27, 2022
    Nintendo Switch Sports, like Wii Sports and Wii Sports Resort before it, is best played as a party game, broken out for any gathering that needs a quick injection of goofy, active fun. While its sparse mixture of old and new sports varies in quality, Switch Sports largely sticks the landing on what made its predecessors memorable: intuitive motion controls, the ability to effortlessly get a group of people up and moving, and some killer menu music that’s liable to get stuck in your head all day. Just don’t expect to spend a whole lot of time with it before the novelty wears off.
  73. Apr 27, 2022
    Overall Nintendo Switch Sports brings forward a fun, first-rate, much-loved Wii series to the Switch console. Classics such as bowling and chambara can now be enjoyed by newcomers, while long-time fans of the series can relish new additions to said classics - for example, special bowling - as well as new mini games. Time will tell if the update brings another level to the game, and whether DLC additions will make the roster of events more attractive (golf is due, post-release); but right now, Nintendo Switch Sports is a lively reinvention of a Wii-era essential.
  74. 70
    Nintendo Switch Sports is well-made, with the gorgeous, “lifestyle” aesthetics that have always been characteristic of this series. The motion controls work well, and in local multiplayer it is good fun, as Wii Sports was 16 years ago. However, it lacks the zeitgeist quality that Wii Sports had, and I just can’t see this resonating to anywhere near the same degree. I don’t think there’s any scenario where Nintendo could recapture the magic that made Wii Sports such a mass culture phenomenon, and as well as Nintendo Switch Sports is made, it doesn’t get there.
  75. Apr 27, 2022
    Nintendo Switch Sports shows that Nintendo still does motion control multiplayer games better than any other company, but a few different decisions would have made it a much easier recommendation.
  76. Apr 27, 2022
    Nintendo Switch Sports is exactly what it needs to be. It’s an intuitive package of Wii-era sports minigames with more precise motion controls and full online integration. Addictive activities like bowling and badminton make it one of the Switch’s best multiplayer party games, though overly complicated minigames like soccer miss the simple appeal of the series. With long-term support planned, I’m hopeful that Nintendo can build up the currently thin offering and turn it into the kind of console staple that any Switch owner needs to have installed.
  77. Apr 27, 2022
    Nintendo Switch Sports is an admirable attempt to fill the void left by the Wii Sports series, but a lack of offline progression and small selection of sports means it doesn't quite reach those heights.
  78. Apr 27, 2022
    Enjoy casual spins on popular sports, such as soccer and tennis, in this motion-controlled game collection for the Nintendo Switch. Although volleyball and a few other new additions feature disappointing controls, returning fan favorites showcase just how exciting it is to move your body while playing a video game.
  79. Apr 27, 2022
    If you've been missing playing Bowling and Tennis in your living room, and are keen to add Football and Badminton to your repertoire, then Switch Sports is the game for you. If you're hoping for a modernisation of everything Wii Sports had to offer, you won't find it here. Switch Sports is the Gerrard slip made video cartridge - so close to greatness, yet so far.
  80. Apr 27, 2022
    All of these games are great in short bursts. It's only over repeated play sessions that they start to falter. To that end, your enjoyment is tied to your playstyle. Will you bust out Nintendo Switch Sports whenever friends drop by or log on? Perfect. You'll get months of use out of this game. But if you lean too hard on these activities all at once, you'll be burnt out in a couple of days. On the other hand, if you've been pining for a return to the glory days of Wii Sports, this game is perfect for you. You can even use the old-school Miis instead of the fancier character templates. Just remember to keep your living room clear of obstacles. All of this swinging around is dangerous, after all.
  81. Apr 28, 2022
    Although the foundations of the experience are quite solid, the lack of content and restricting the progression in the online component are Nintendo Switch Sports' biggest mistakes.
  82. Apr 29, 2022
    Given the track record of the Wii Sports series, we expected Nintendo Switch Sports to be a relatively well-rounded product, but both the small amount of content and its online instability for games such as Chambara and Badminton left us a bittersweet taste.
  83. May 5, 2022
    Nintendo Switch Sports is a silly and lighthearted option for game night, but with a limited roster of sports, its appeal and longevity is restricted. Rather than games such as Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, Mario Party Superstars, and Super Smash Brothers Ultimate, which game nights are usually built around, Nintendo Switch Sports feels more like an intermittent game to play with friends while transitioning to the stronger multiplayer experiences the Switch has to offer.
  84. May 24, 2022
    Nintendo Switch Sports wants to revive a past that's buried in the memory of Wii users. The game lacks some experiences or ones that feel newer. The rewards are not that attractive and much less a reason to play for hours. Online games work, but nothing more. I was expecting something more than the same old thing.
  85. May 17, 2022
    Nintendo Switch Sports has a weird emphasis on online play, a frustrating unlock system, and is sadly underwhelming compared to its predecessors, which launched over a decade ago.
  86. May 17, 2022
    Nintendo Switch Sports is a tricky one to consider. It’s as fun as the series has ever been, and online interactions ensure that you have a reason to keep playing between holidays. If all you’re looking for is the chance to bowl with your family without pulling out an aging Wii, Switch Sports is great, if overpriced. It could just use more – more sports, more mini-games, more progression, more cosmetics, and so on. There are so many ways that the concept could be expanded upon and made more robust without sacrificing its simplicity.
  87. May 5, 2022
    Competent core with little flesh: The disciplines of Nintendo Switch Sports work well and are welcome party guests, but Nintendo has sloppy in scope, modes and many subtleties.
  88. 65
    As much fun as Nintendo Switch Sports games are, it’s hard not to feel as if Nintendo didn’t exactly push the boat out on the game. 6 games might have been enough for a new game in 2006, but not these days, and not for a full-priced game. That and the lack of extra modes and options make it feel like it’s a half-game, something that should have been bundled in with Nintendo Switch Online instead of sold at full price. It’s still a fun distraction, perfect for engaging the non-gamers in your family… as long as you’ve spent enough hours unlocking some accessories first.
  89. Apr 27, 2022
    Nintendo Switch Sports keeps the spirit of Wii Sports alive, but there are some compromises in its design that hold back its potential. But still, multiplayer is fun as ever.
  90. May 17, 2022
    Nintendo Switch Sports is competent, but unremarkable. It fails to recapture the magic of the Wii days, even though all of the tools are available. It does exactly what it says it will, but little else.
  91. May 11, 2022
    It’s a real shame that the best way to play (with someone else) seems to have been given the backseat to a more solo-focused experience, even though the games are far too shallow to hold any one person’s attention for long.
  92. May 9, 2022
    Nintendo Switch Sports has moments of fun, but they’re buried under forced, inaccurate motion controls and lacking minigames. Only 2 and a half of the six sports on offer here are really fun or engaging, character customization is shockingly sparse, and the novelty wears off in minutes. This feels more like a cheap imitation of Wii Sports, which was free, than anything close to worth the price of entry.
  93. May 8, 2022
    Nintendo Switch Sports is a great way to satisfy any urge to play motion control games. Unfortunately, it doesn't make any effort at being more than that.
  94. 60
    While everything appears like an improvement, at its core, Nintendo Switch Sports fails to evolve the series.
  95. May 5, 2022
    Nintendo's manic revival of Wii Sports could use more variety, but its lively appeal is a joy for the whole family.
  96. May 3, 2022
    This could have been so much better. New Nintendo Sports title is “just” a bit of multiplayer fun with not enough disciplines to do the concept justice. There’s no career mode, additional content is locked behind a subscription. Still, it’s a brilliant game to whip out during a family gathering.
  97. Apr 29, 2022
    A muddled reimagining of the groundbreaking Wii Sports, with an unwarranted focus on online play and new game additions that are never as much fun as the originals.
  98. Apr 27, 2022
    As much fun as it is to see Nintendo Switch Sports bring back some of that Wii magic, that party room vibe, it’s hard not to look at this as anything but a missed opportunity. Having all progression and customisation locked to online play feels like a missed opportunity, and although we couldn’t test the online stuff during the review period it’s hard to see how the Wii Sports formula would substantially improve on the same-room formula.
  99. Apr 27, 2022
    Nintendo Switch Sports attempts to capture the magic of the first two games in the series. Its efforts in doing so are not bad per se, but they are extremely basic and do not build upon the previous concepts in any revolutionary way.
  100. May 11, 2022
    Despite the prospect of fun multiplayer moments, there's just too little content in Nintendo Switch Sports, and the minigames that it does offer have been done better elsewhere in Nintendo's own library.
  101. May 18, 2022
    There's a lot of work to be done to make Nintendo Switch Sports even half as fun as its predecessors, and as it stands now, it's a game that Switch owners can safely skip.
  102. May 11, 2022
    Switch Sports is not in an enviable position. It’s predecessor – Wii Sports – was without a doubt an iconic gamechanger that had a big stake in the Wii’s success. Sixteen years after its release the basics are unchanged. It remains pleasant to waddle and wave wildly in the direction of a television screen while ‘playing tennis’ with your partner, grandparents or kids alike, but it seems that magical Wii-spark is no longer there. It’s been sixteen years, remember? Unfortunately, the magic is gone.
  103. May 9, 2022
    This game should have been released 5 years ago as a free bonus to the console itself, just like Wii Sports years ago. As a stand-alone game for a full price, Nintendo Switch Sports simply doesn't cut it.
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  1. May 9, 2022
    Nintendo Switch Sports is a good entry in the series, but it also needed more dedication.
  2. Apr 27, 2022
    While Switch Sports isn't nearly as accurate or as visceral as sports games in VR, it has something VR still lacks: A way to play with my family in the same room together. Those moments, as silly and random as they are, are worth the effort.
  3. Apr 27, 2022
    Nintendo returns to motion controls with a suite of sports that offer true delight. [Eurogamer Recommended]
  4. Apr 27, 2022
    Nintendo Switch Sports is the triumphant return of the series that began on the Nintendo Wii with Wii Sports. The six disciplines included are all a lot of fun to play, especially with friends while the Joy-Con ensures the precision necessary to offer hours of pure fun. [Review in Progress]
  5. A few of its mini games (there are six in total) are terse and rulebook-driven. Some are mechanically straightforward to the point of profound dullness. Others still are primarily about wildly flailing the controller side to side. None are particularly athletically taxing, at least not in the same ways I remember “Wii Sports.” [Provisional Score = 70]
  6. Apr 27, 2022
    With a small selection of sports to participate in and a lack of options to choose from when it comes to modes, Nintendo Switch Sports won’t, in its current state without updates, keep solo players interested for long. It’s abundantly clear that this title is aimed at local multiplayer, and it will go down as a treat when it’s coupled with an intense round of Mario Party Superstars. There’s a fair chance that my overall thoughts may improve when the online portion of the game becomes available, as there’s a Pro League Rank feature and, of course, the ability to tackle sports with faraway friends. We’ve also got Golf on its way in a summer update, but, right now, there’s still a modest amount of local fun to be had thanks to its obvious competitive nature and quick set-up with each sport. I’m left hoping that the online functionality will boost its longevity, due to it being the only way to unlock any accessories and outfits. For now, though, it doesn’t offer a whole lot more than what Wii Sports gave us nearly 16 years ago, and that came at no additional cost. [Review in Progress]
  7. Apr 27, 2022
    Nintendo Switch Sports is a good evolution of Wii Sports that includes new elements such as fun sports and the charismatic Sportsmates. However, it quickly falls short of content. [Review in Progress]
  8. Apr 27, 2022
    We’re hoping that as soon as the online functionality is live Nintendo Switch Sports will make a lot more sense, but as a purely local game there’s a lot to be desired to make this a worthwhile purchase. If you’re keen on simply playing some motion-controlled Wii Sports-like games on your Switch then Nintendo Switch Sports might bring you a good bit of enjoyment, but if you’re looking for something a little deeper and with a bit more variety than the game you first played on Wii, you’ll probably be left somewhat disappointed. [Review in Progress]
  9. Apr 27, 2022
    Nintendo Switch Sports targets this audience, from the retired to the new parents, nostalgic for a type of gaming experience that hasn’t quite been recreated since. These are the final generations widely unfamiliar with modern video game controllers. And for Nintendo, that audience may be more than enough. That said, I do hope younger folks give this game a shot. I think they might once the game’s online mode is available, a place where people under the age of 35 are far more likely to play games. Until I can try those features, though, I’m happy to think of this as Nintendo’s love letter to the old and the old at heart. The company took over a decade to make the game, but maybe they were waiting for folks like me to age into it.
  10. Nintendo Switch Sports feels familiar, yet still remains fun after all these years, especially when played with groups of friends. Whilst the offline offering is a little bit basic, we're hopeful that what's on offer online will take advantage of the easy to play, hard to masters gameplay mechanics. [Review in Progress]
  11. Apr 27, 2022
    This will make Nintendo Switch Sports a constantly evolving title that can even double its content over the course of a year or two. The only hope is that Nintendo does not put too much hands on the price of future DLCs and that maybe it can include them in the Online package as already done with other additional content, such as that of Animal Crossing: New Horizons. [Review in Progress]
  12. Apr 28, 2022
    Another generation of the Nintendo Sports series, that once again delivers a truly enjoyable and entertaining experience. Still, the singleplayer experience could use some love.
  13. Apr 27, 2022
    Wii Sports was critical to the Wii’s massive success. While I don’t think Nintendo Switch Sports will have the same impact on the Switch, I know it will come in handy for a party.
  14. Apr 27, 2022
    Nintendo Switch Sports is a fun reminder of the Wii Sports craze, bringing back some classic sports and adding some new ones that make use of the Joy-Con and motion controls in more advanced ways. It's all just a bit shallow, though, and difficult to wholeheartedly recommend unless you expect to play online a lot or constantly break it out for local head-to-head battles. [Review in Progress]
  15. Apr 27, 2022
    When the game releases on Friday, you’ll get the patch and be off and whacking balls with your mates online. But some people won’t, whether they can’t get online or can’t afford it, paywall-ing some of the stuff that could elevate this above Wii Sports and bring back that craze for a new generation. Wii Sports was free, Wii Sports Resort wasn’t, but it had a lot more going on than what we’ve played thus far. I hope I can delete most of this review and finish it off strong when the patch releases. [Review in Progress]
  16. Apr 27, 2022
    The optimist in me hopes that, for everyone else, there’s a future in Switch Sports’ competitive online play and regular updates. That’s in spite of the pessimist in me seeing this staggered approach as nothing more than a grab for more long-term Nintendo Switch Online subscribers, but that’s beside the point. If it all comes together, I suppose there’s something decent if not overly special here, but that’s a big ol’ question mark hanging over this review for the time being. As it stands Nintendo Switch Sports is a fun, nostalgic collection of motion-controlled sports that are sure to be a hit at gatherings in much the same way that Wii Sports was, but it’s an awkward package that’s hard to justify forking out for right now. [Review in Progress]
User Score

Mixed or average reviews- based on 219 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 91 out of 219
  2. Negative: 76 out of 219
  1. Apr 30, 2022
    Disappointment. The game is not bad in itself, but this habit of selling games without content, only based on promises is annoying. I don'tDisappointment. The game is not bad in itself, but this habit of selling games without content, only based on promises is annoying. I don't care you add sports in six months, I bought my game NOW. And how it is possible to sell, 13 years after Wii Sports Resort, a game that has LESS content? Tennis is as bad as it was in the first Wii Sports, new sports aren't great, and bowling, again, has LESS content than in previous installments. Full Review »
  2. Apr 30, 2022
    To the surprise of nobody released another unfinished lazy excuse of a game early and it costs 40 whole dollars. The gameplay in general isn’tTo the surprise of nobody released another unfinished lazy excuse of a game early and it costs 40 whole dollars. The gameplay in general isn’t awful just extremely average and disappointing when compared to its predecessors. It’s agonizing slow and is ungodly boring. I like how this game has only 6 minigames which is half the amount they had all the way back in 2009. This has to just come down to flat out laziness from the devs. They expect me to wait 6 months for golf when I can just play it on resort or the original and probably have way more fun. Half the games are just tennis with very minor tweaks that ultimately make them less fun. Never ever considered playing this game by yourself as it sucks out what little enjoyment was in the game and turns it into unplayable, unentertaining, mindless snooze fests. Badminton is easily the worst of the bunch as it’s just nothing but pointless rallys for seemingly forever. Nintendo has seemed to have just forgotten what made the older games so much fun. I mean it’s missing the 2 best sports being Basketball and Baseball. And instead of adding more to these already great minigames they instead make Tennis 3 times. The music is actually quiet catchy harkening back to the great tracks from Resort and Wii. But it still can’t save the boring gameplay that is seen in most of the sports. Nintendo Switch Sports turned out to be another barebones unfinished cashgrab to poke at everyone’s nostalgia. Full Review »
  3. May 1, 2022
    Rubbish comparing with wii sport or wii sport resort.
    A totally disaster.
    I’m amazed but just how terrible Nintendo can be. Golf isn’t Even
    Rubbish comparing with wii sport or wii sport resort.
    A totally disaster.
    I’m amazed but just how terrible Nintendo can be. Golf isn’t Even in the game. You have to play with Computer AI on bowling and online with friends just isn’t that fun. No more leveling up your mii with friends.
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