Nintendo Switch Sports is motion controlled gaming that brings family together

There was a time about 15 years ago when a lot of TVs were damaged.

Wii console controllers were being inadvertently flung across the country at said goggleboxes as gamers intensely playing Wii Sports got so involved in the title they lost control of both their senses and grip.

Well, at least that’s how it felt like it went anyways, but I'm probably wrong.

And now, with the return of that fantastic motion-controlled madness in the new Nintendo Switch Sports game, it is time to make sure you’ve still got those Joy-Con straps somewhere in the house to avoid potential destruction of yet more home property.

Because this multi-sport title takes six great games, some of which featured in that previous console’s 2007 original, all neatly packaged up into a corker of a cartridge.

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Nintendo wants us to ‘let our inner sports star out’ and you really will thanks to play with pals and family on the telly screen.

Switch Sports is one of those rare handheld titles you really should play properly on the big screen.

Dock your console, split up the controllers and let loose. The sports you can play include Football, Volleyball, Bowling, Tennis, Badminton and Chambara.

Each is controlled by real movement, so you’ll have to bowl the ball by holding down a trigger and swinging your arm.

Chambara, or more basically fighting with sticks, is all about swinging your arms around the front room like you’re a kid again wielding a lightsaber.

Football is the only different one, where you can strap a Joy-Con to your leg thanks to the included leg strap in the packet and kick in goals in a shootout style competition.

If you played Wii Sports all those years ago it’ll be instantly familiar to you.

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And for newcomers, like my kids, they seemed to pick up the simple gameplay mechanics with instant ease.

And while tech has come on a lot since then, the core gameplay is pretty much the same, even down to the odd miss-hit as the controller fails – rarely I should add – to properly simulate on-screen your wild real-life movements.

It’s huge fun and when being played all together in a room really brings out the laughs and competitive streaks.

The new games fit well into the older Tennis and Bowling ones, so Volleyball really gets you jumping and spiking in the living room while football has you kicking legs all over the place in an on-screen mix of wild action shots and Rocket League-esque design.

You can play online against friends or randoms but sadly we were unable to do this ahead of launch.

By playing online, you can earn cool gear for your character to wear. The selection refreshes every week.

If you’re good enough, you can earn a Pro Certification in each sport, climbing the rankings online to take on the very best players globally.

And you can customise your avatar, changing their faces, clothes and hairstyles to give you a unique look on each playing field.

You can also play as your Mii character too if you prefer to give it that real old-school vibe. And it doesn’t all end on launch day later this week.

The makers will be adding Golf as an extra playable sport, just like the Wii original, come Autumn as well as leg-strap capability in the main football matches away from shootouts this summer.

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.

VERDICT 4/5

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