Every sport, ranked from worst to best


Nintendo Switch Sports has finally arrived, bringing this classic Sports Wii energy to a new generation of Nintendo consoles. As fan-favorite sports like tennis and bowling have returned to the franchise, Nintendo Switch Sports also featured four other games: chambara, football, badminton and volleyball. Each offers a unique experience to get players moving and in the spirit of competition. But which sport reigns supreme? Here are all the sports of Nintendo Switch Sportsranked from worst to best.

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6. Soccer

I was especially excited to play football, especially because it gave me another chance to use the leg strap I received with Ring shaped adventure. However, I found the mini-game somewhat disappointing. The controls were too awkward in multiplayer matches, as everything is done by hand with Joy-Cons, not legs. Isn’t the goal of football to use your feet?

Some Reddit fans felt the same way. One user wrote, “I really wanted to enjoy football mode, but it just feels rudimentary. Everything from movement to stamina is just too clunky. There are no bike kicks or power hits either, and that’s disappointing. The ball is big and buoyant, it’s like playing with a beach ball.

5. Badminton

I hope badminton players won’t hate me for this, but badminton felt like a less exciting version of tennis. Only two players can participate, with a singles match being the only option. And while playing against a super competitive friend can be fun, badminton quickly lost its charm for me. There weren’t many options: either swing the Joy-Con up and down or left and right. And with a smaller field, missing a hit is nearly impossible, making games excruciatingly long.

“The only things that seem to matter are the timing of your swing and whether you hold down the ZR button to drop shot (a weaker shot to land near the net). The result is a version of the sport that seems devoid of any nuance, skill, or real fun,” one Reddit user wrote.

4. Volleyball

Disclaimer: I was never good at volleyball in real life, and that apparently hasn’t changed since. Nintendo Switch Sports. This was another sport where the controls felt a little too clunky and complicated. It also wasn’t very fast – the ball seemed to move slow enough to give the player just enough time to remember, “Hey, I’m supposed to block this time.”

On the other hand, there were a lot of moves (although they were quite stereotypical and patterned) – serving, punching, putting, stabbing, blocking. Rinse and repeat. As many fans on social media have pointed out, this sport is much more fun with a cooperative friend on the couch as it takes teamwork to get the ball back into the net.

3. Tennis

In addition to graphical updates, Nintendo Switch Sports tennis looked a lot like Sports Wii tennis. But there’s nothing wrong with that; I like a dose of nostalgia. Yet, as fun as a doubles tennis match is, it’s also quite simple and repetitive. Also, the controls sometimes seemed out of sync, leading to quite a few out-of-bounds shots.

“I had issues with the control of both players in tennis. There were times when I wanted my back character to respond, but the front player was swinging very late, sending the ball out of bounds. -just be bad timing on my part,” one Reddit user explained.

2. Bowling

Bowling was by far the best game of Sports Wii (mostly because of the jump the Miis made when you threw the bowling ball back, let’s be honest). Imagine my surprise when I dropped the bowling ball and it didn’t even show a reaction from the audience! It was disappointing, but I digress.

The commands looked like Sports Wiiso it was refreshing. Change sports also added a single round with 16-player tournaments and special lanes, which made it even more competitive.

1. Chambara

Chambara, Change sports‘ take on the sword fight, had by far the greatest variety. Players could choose to use a base sword, a charge sword, or even twin swords for more fun. Then there were multiple hits to perform depending on the type of block an opponent was using. I couldn’t just swing the Joy-Cons and hope for the best like in tennis or badminton; this would likely have resulted in hitting the opponent’s sword again and again.

I liked that each move took a moment of careful planning. As one person wrote on Reddit, “Half the battle is a mind game.”

Nintendo Switch Sports is now available on Nintendo Switch.

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