Nintendo Switch Sports Release Date: Find out when you can get started

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Get ready for some Wii-inspired good times, with Nintendo releasing Nintendo Switch Sports.

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The new title is the latest in the Wii Sports series - with some classic sports returning.

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Latest - Promising start

The Switch was brought into the gaming world back in 2017, and it's safe to say, that it has been an overwhelming success for Nintendo.

But despite finding roaring success through the likes of Mario Kart 8, Animal Crossing, and Super Smash Bros, there has been one title that we've been pining for since the release. That is, of course, Nintendo Switch Sports.

After what seems like an eternity of waiting, the sequel to the spectacular Wii Sports has arrived, but was it worth the wait?

Read our Nintendo Switch Sports Review.

Release Date

The new Nintendo Switch Sports game was released on Friday, 29 April 2022.

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Nintendo also held an online play test from Friday, 18 February through to Sunday, 20 February which was exclusive to Nintendo Switch Online members.

WATCH - Announcement Trailer

The Nintendo Switch Sports official announcement trailer was released on Nintendo's YouTube channel on Wednesday, 9 February.

Watch the official trailer below:

The trailer showcases the fun that can be had whilst playing Nintendo Switch Sports but also gives us a taste of the controls.

The classic games like Tennis and Bowling will be played the exact same way as the previous title, but you'll need to get to grips with the controls for some of the new sports such as Chambara.

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Once Soccer is introduced after the first free update, you'll be able to attach a JoyCon controller to a leg strap accessory so that you can play shoutout mode with intuitive kicking motions.

Mii characters are back

We weren't sure about the new look characters coming to Nintendo Switch Sports, but those fears have subsided following the latest trailer.

The classic Mii characters are returning, meaning we can use our favourite looks in the new game.

Check out the latest trailer featuring all six sports below:

Included Sports

So far, Nintendo has confirmed that six sports will be available from the initial release date.

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Two of the classic Wii Sports games make the first cut with Bowling and Tennis sure to excite fans.

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EN GARDE - Knock your opponent off the stand in Chambara

Badminton and Volleyball should both be excellent inclusions as they offer similar playing styles to those we have seen in the past.

We are most looking forward to seeing Chambara in action though, as the fencing-style sport looks awesome!

Full List of Included Sports:

  • Badminton
  • Bowling
  • Chambara
  • Soccer
  • Tennis
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  • Volleyball

Coming soon

Nintendo also announced two updates will be following the release late in the year.

"Two free software updates are planned for release in summer and autumn.

"The first update arriving this summer will allow you to play football matches with a Joy-Con controller and the Leg Strap accessory.

"The second update coming this autumn will add Golf as a new sport to the game."

Golf was a fan-favourite in Wii Sports, so we can't wait to see that late in 2022!