Nintendo Switch Sports details: Release date, beta testing, gameplay, new modes

Nintendo Switch Sports has been revealed, expanding on the beloved Wii Sports series with new games and fan-favorite modes for the upcoming release. Here’s what we know so far, including release date, beta testing details, and all the sports minigames.

The latest entry in the Nintendo sports franchise is bringing back games like Tennis and Bowling while showcasing Soccer and Badminton for your Miis to compete in.

We can expect classic gameplay from Wii Sports to shine in Nintendo Switch Sports, but with more ways to connect with friends and compete online. Here’s what we know about the long-awaited sequel, including when it’ll launch and all the sports minigames it’s included.


Nintendo Switch Sports

The next entry in the Wii Sports series is coming to the next-gen console with ‘Nintendo Switch Sports.’

Nintendo Switch Sports release date

Nintendo Switch Sports will release on April 29, 2022 with six basic game modes and multiplayer for both local and online play. DLC will be added down the line.

To test online connectivity, Nintendo will hold an online playtest prior to the official release to evaluate all technical aspects of the multiplayer.

Nintendo Switch Sports Platform

It’s actually in the title, but Nintendo Switch Sports will be a Switch-only title. It won’t come to other console or PC platforms.

Nintendo Switch Sports Trailer

The Nintendo Switch Sports trailer is three minutes long was one of the headline activities of Nintendo’s February 2022 Live presentation.

In it, the developers showcased all the new and returning game modes, and shared a free DLC that will be coming later in the year with Golf. This has raised hopes that even more mini-games will be added to the line.

Nintendo Switch Sports Online Beta Test: How to Sign Up

Before official release, Nintendo Switch Online Sports Test will open between February 19 to February 20. You can find the exact times below.

  • February 19
    • 3AM – 3:45AM GMT
    • 1PM – 1:45PM GMT
    • 7PM – 7:45PM GMT
  • February 20
    • 3AM – 3:45AM GMT
    • 1PM – 1:45PM GMT

Only replay modes like Bowling, Champara, and Tennis will be available during the demo. Other than that, it will only include random online matchmaking, with the ability to play with friends once it’s officially released.

If you want to sign up for a beta test, here’s how

  1. Go Nintendo Switch Sports store listing from February 16 onwards.
  2. Confirm you want to participate in beta testing. This may require you to pre-order the game and subscribe to Nintendo Switch Online.
  3. Wait for one of the online beta testing windows to open.
  4. Go online as they go live and play some Sports on Nintendo Switch!
Nintendo Switch Soccer kicks with feet

You can lace up your legs and kick in the new Nintendo Switch Sports mini Soccer game.

Nintendo Switch Sports game: Added all sports

Nintendo Switch Sports will feature a mix of returning favorites from Wii Sports and Wii Sports Resort, as well as a host of new minigames.

Tennis, Bowling, and Champara will return at launch. Golf will also launch, but will drop by the end of 2022. The big news are three new sports: Football, Badminton and Volleyball.

The soccer mini-game in Nintendo Switch Sports has a bit of a Rocket League flair, but you can actually strap on your feet and kick the ball – just like in real life. Badminton offers a high-octane tennis feel, while Volleyball will keep you bumping, setting, and racing to win.

The fact that Golf will be added later in 2022 means we’ll likely see even more sports DLC added to Nintendo Switch Sports.

We’ll keep you updated on all the news about the classic game’s return to the Switch as it arrives. Nintendo Switch Sports details: Release date, beta testing, gameplay, new modes

Emma Bowman

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