After months of anticipation, the mega-popular Nintendo Switch Sports was released on April 29, 2022. With stellar reviews so far, the game allows players to participate in six different sports, including badminton, bowling, chambara (sword fighting), soccer, tennis, and volleyball, allowing for endless hours of exercise- fueled fun for the whole family to enjoy.
Nintendo Switch Sports adds to a long line of highly amusing athletic video games that feature multiple sports in one collection, with many also adhering to Nintendo’s charming sensibilities that capture the childlike sense of wonderment.
1-2 Switch (2017)
Released around the time of Switch’s launch in 2017, 1-2 Switch is an entertaining party game that, like Switch Sports, places emphasis on using the Joy-Con controllers to mirror a player’s motion. With 28 minigames that include table tennis and a quick-draw shooting competition, players face each other and compete almost entirely through the motion-controlled Joy-Cons.
Additional minigames in 1-2 Switch include samurai training, baseball, boxing gym, sword fighting, and more, making it ideal for those who want to try their hand at different athletic challenges unavailable in Switch Sports.
Mario & Sonic At The Olympic Games (2007)
It’s always a treat when Mario and Sonic team up, and there’s never been a bigger stage for them to compete than the Olympic Games. The awesome multiplayer Wii party game tracks players’ motion through the console’s paddle joysticks, allowing for physical exercise and competitive gameplay at once.
With an exhaustive amount of events and different sports to play, the game includes athletics, archery, aquatics, gymnastics, rowing, shooting, fencing, and ping-pong, all of which comply with official Olympic rules and regulations. It’s a perfect game for expert and beginner athletic gamers alike.
Mario Tennis Aces (2018)
The newest iteration in the long-running Mario Tennis series, Mario Tennis Aces is an absolute blast to play with friends and family. Using the Joy-Con motion controls, a huge roster from the Super Mario universe competes in a slew of tennis matches, circuits, tournaments, and other competitive settings.
However, it’s the addition of the story mode that separates the game from the pack. When a supernatural tennis racket called Lucien possesses Luigi, Wario, and Waluigi, Mario and Toad set out to rescue them before it’s too late. With tons of DLC characters added as well, the Switch game will keep Mario and sports fans alike amused for countless hours.
Mario Golf: Super Rush (2021)
The sixth and most recent entry in the mainline Mario Golf series, Mario Golf: Super Rush allows players to compete as their favorite Super Mario character across a massive collection of cool golf courses. In this excellent Mario sports game, players can use normal controls or use motion control to simulate their golf swing, giving passive and active options depending on one’s mood.
With Golf Adventure, Battle Golf, and Speed Golf game modes added for the first time in the series, Super Rush provides tons of options for gamers to indulge. Moreover, since golf was a major part of the original Wii Sportsfans who are upset that Switch Sports left the game out can fill the void via Super Rush.
Mario Party Superstars (2021)
A fairly recent release, Mario Party Superstars is absolutely worth the price of admission. With 100 awesome minigames pulled from Mario’s past, including five classic game boards from the N64 Mario Party series alone, the 12th franchise entry feels fresh and nostalgic at once. Such boards include “Horror Land,” “Yoshi’s Tropical Island,” “Woody Woods” and more.
Boasting a solid 80 Metascore, the 2021 game is absolutely ideal for Nintendo Switch Sports fans who enjoy endless hours of content, and multiplayer fun but still insist on Joy-Con motion control to help accelerate their heart rate.
Ring Fit Adventure (2019)
As the title suggests, Ring Fit Adventure puts added emphasis on fitness, exercise, and improved health. The acclaimed Nintendo Switch release is an exercise action RPG that tracks motion via Ring-Con controllers. Ring-Cons includes a Pilates ring held in one hand that attaches to one Joy-Con and a Leg Strap that attaches to the other Joy-Con.
Hailed as an upgrade to Wii Fit, Ring Fit Adventure is great for doing yoga, calisthenics, and Pilates, it’s the immersive role-playing that stands out. Players team up with a sentient ring to bring down an evil dragon, which is so engaging that gamers almost forget how hard their physical workout becomes while playing.
Super Monkey Ball: Banana Blitz HD (2006)
Despite the lack of Joy-Con motion controls, it’s hard to omit the early Wii smash hit Super Monkey Ball: Banana Blitz, which has also been ported to Switch in High-Def. The highly amusing party game features 50 minigames, including Monkey Race, Monkey Target, Monkey Bowling, Monkey Wars, Monkey Billiards, Monkey Golf, and several hard Monkey Ball stages to conquer.
With snowboarding, whack-a-mole, and online Decathalon competitions, Super Monkey Ball offers fun carnival games and extreme sports, with nearly every option in between. As such, it’s an ideal alternative for Nintendo Switch Sports nearly every gamer can enjoy.
Carnival Games (2007)
Fans of Nintendo Switch Sports looking for a bunch of fun games to play without the rigors of athletic competition ought to try out Carnival Gamesthe latest iteration of which was released on Switch in 2018. Similar to Wii Sports in style and gameplay, players can indulge in Alley Bowling, Lucky Cups, Hoops, Buckets of Fun, Nerves of Steel, and Day at the Races.
With fun hole-in-1 challenges and a slew of easter eggs to be discovered as well, Carnival Games is perfect for those who don’t necessarily want to break a sweat or wear themselves out while playing minigames with slightly lower stakes.
Clubhouse Games: 51 Worldwide Classics (2020)
Nintendo Switch Sports fans will have a hard time resisting the sheer number of athletic and competitive party game challenges featured in Clubhouse Games: 51 Worldwide Classics. The stellar Nintendo sports game fuses the Switch Sports with the Wii Play experience, allowing players to participate in everything from chess, dominoes, and backgammon to bowling, fishing, darts, golf, tennis, soccer, air hockey, and even curling.
The definitive board, card, tabletop, and toy-sports game compilation on record, Clubhouse Games currently boasts an 82 Metascore for the sheer breadth of gaming options, difficult AI challenges, and the quick matchmaking engine.
Wii Sports (2006)
If Nintendo Switch Sports fans try one other game, the one they should boot up is Wii Sports, clearly the game’s biggest inspiration. With the exercised-based Wii motion-controlled paddles, players get to play baseball, bowling, boxing, golf, and tennis in what was hitherto the most realistic and tactile ways imaginable outside of the real thing.
For those looking for more extreme additions to the five aforesaid sports, try Wii Sports Resort, a sequel that also includes archery, wakeboarding, cycling, canoeing, and more. Simply put, without Wii Sports paving the way, Nintendo Switch Sports would not exist.
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