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Saturday, June 22, 2024

Nintendo Launches Virtual Sports Lineup

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Gamers who still have a Wii can pack their consoles up. Nintendo announced the launch of Nintendo Switch Sports, a game mirroring the activities found on Wii Sports.

With tennis, bowling, and chambara available once again, Nintendo added soccer, badminton, and volleyball to its list of virtual competitions. Similar to the Wii remote, users will be able to move the Switch’s Joy-Con controllers to serve, hit, and bowl with their very own customizable “Mii.”

Those who have an active Nintendo Switch subscription will be able to play Feb. 18-20 in an online play test ahead of the game’s official release on April 29. An annual subscription costs $19.99.

  • This summer, Nintendo plans to release a leg-strap accessory for a soccer shootout, which will be included with the physical version of Nintendo Switch Sports.
  • Later in 2022, Nintendo plans to add golf.

New & Old Nintendo

The Switch became Nintendo’s best-selling home console earlier this month at 103.54 million consoles sold, beating out the Wii’s 101.63 million. Nintendo also released its OLED Switch in October, but it hasn’t all been bright for Nintendo in the last year.

For the nine months ending Dec. 31, 2021, Nintendo’s sales fell 6% year-over-year to $11 billion — hardware sales deflated 21% year-over-year. The company also lowered its fiscal-year sales goal from 24 million units to 23 million due to the ongoing semiconductor shortage.

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