2006 feels like a different life these days, but that’s when Nintendo released the Wii, the world’s very first motion-controlled game console. But with a gadget like that, people were going to have to experience it to be convinced, so Nintendo did what any smart company would do and offered some exciting free software that came with the console, and that’s it. is how Wii Sports was born.
The original game featured five sports to showcase the console’s features. In 2009, Nintendo released something of a sequel with Wii Sports Resort, which offered a dozen sports to choose from. Then, more recently, we had Nintendo Switch Sports. From the original game, we got tennis and bowling; Wii Sports Resort offered swordplay (Chambara), and newcomers to soccer, badminton, and volleyball also entered the mix. Golf is also on the way as DLC, apparently in 2022.
But, did anyone really want these particular games? Because Nintendo Switch Sports has been around since its April 2022 release to the reception, so good – it has a 72/100 on Metacritic, with other reviews hovering in the same neighborhood. Fans have praised the haptic responses and some of the games included, but many agree that different sports, such as but not limited to, would have made the game much better.
9 Ice Hockey
Hockey is one of the four major competitive sports in North America, along with baseball, American football and basketball. And while the NHL is smaller than the MLB, NFL and NBA (OMG, acronyms), that doesn’t mean their fans aren’t going wild. I’ve only been to one hockey game, but the energy stayed with me – those fans mean business.
Additionally, hockey is by far the most popular sport in Canada – it is considered their national pastime. And although people around the world would appreciate it too, even if it’s just for the good of Canada.
8 Disc golf or dog frisbee
The first time I played disc golf in real life, I was, in a word, terrible. Despite a thorough tutorial from my extremely patient date, eager to share his passion for a sport where he has won tournaments, I still almost managed to get my disc into traffic. We went ahead and blamed the park for their course design instead of my poor skills.
Frisbee sports were introduced in Wii Sports Resort, and you had several options there. Frisbee Golf is what it sounds like, but Frisbee Dog was also excellent. In this, you have to play with a deliciously rounded digital puppy, which shakes its buttocks and then drags itself after the disc. It was like fetching, and we could all really use a puppy play date these days.
seven Another ball sport, any ball sport
We had football in Nintendo Switch Sports, and it was a solid choice – it’s the most followed sport in the world, with dozens of countries between Europe, Africa and the two Americas having national teams . And with the popularity of the game in Nintendo Switch Sports, it looks like other ball-based field sports would have done well too.
Rugby and American football are immensely popular, with rugby being mostly watched in the UK and its Commonwealth countries, and American football being popular in America. The sports are similar, but rugby players wear much less protection. American footballers hit the pitch in hard-shell helmets and plush padding, but rugby players walk out in nothing but shirts, shorts, socks and their moxie.
When the Switch launched in 2017, Nintendo released a few games to energize its player base, but no title moved consoles like The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. In fact, if you ask any Nintendo fan to list famous fictional archers, they’ll probably put Link in their top three – we did, anyway.
Not only was there archery at the Wii Sports Resort, it was popular for being fun and challenging. With the improved response of the Joy-Cons over the Wii Remotes, it seems like this would have been Nintendo’s chance to tweak something gamers were already enjoying.
Cricket, the second most popular sport in the world, has millions of followers. He has a wide following of passionate fans, everywhere from East Asia to South Africa, and although he never achieved the same popularity in Japan or Western countries as in those places, he certainly still has the numbers to support his inclusion.
Even aside from its popularity, it would be fun to play a Nintendo game, anyway. Cricket sees the batsmen hitting the ball while the opposing team tries to knock down the wickets on top of the posts (known as stumps). It might take a bit of precision to figure out from Nintendo, especially for couch co-op, but it looks like it would get intense.
Speaking of ball sports, where the hell is baseball? It was my favorite game in the first Wii Sports game, and I excelled at it too, usually forcing a rule of mercy so that my enthusiastic and good-natured but not exactly coordinated mother didn’t have to try to close the gap. in our scores.
Baseball is also very popular around the world. It is said to be descended from cricket, and not only is it one of the most popular sports in the United States, but it is also very popular in East Asia and Latin America. Global, fun and fairly easy to pick up and play? Count on us.
3 Yoga (with Wii Fit Trainer, of course)
Nintendo has always tried to use its motion controls to get people off the couch – after all, this article is literally about a sports game. Between lively dancing, playful adventures with auxiliary accessories and wild robot arms, Nintendo has never been shy about wanting us on our feet. 2008’s Wii Fit, where Nintendo’s Yoga was born, is still one of the best-selling games that didn’t ship with a console.
I spent the summer of 2008 perched neatly in my living room, stretching and breathing with the iconic Wii Fit Trainer, and loving every minute of it. Yoga is good for many things – posture, pain relief and relaxation, to name a few – and there’s not a person alive who doesn’t need it. help with at least one of these things.
2 Boxing, and bringing Matt back
The mere mention of boxing is enough to make the blood boil for many who tried the sport back in the day. The Wii may have been the first motion-sensing console, but it wasn’t the best because boxing was hard sometimes. I’m not too proud to admit that some victories have been won by waving my arms at my digital opponents and hoping for the best.
But Nintendo has had time to work on its motion control responses. While the Switch isn’t always perfect, it’s certainly better at accurately recording your inputs than the Wii was. And besides, we have a good number of hand-to-hand combat games on the Switch, so they must have solved the problems. They put Matt, an absurdly tough boxing champion, in place of Chambara, but I don’t feel as mad at him, and beating him isn’t as satisfying either. Let me hit it again, Nintendo. Please.
1 Golf, and it shouldn’t have been a DLC
Golf has always been a popular sports game: it’s simple, easy to design, fun, and begs to be played again without feeling the same. Nintendo has been churning out golf games for decades, even branching out into its own franchises with Mario Golf for N64 in 1999. My brother and I spammed that game’s voice call buttons; I can still hear Charlie’s missing character growling, “Hey, as long as we’re young!”
Golf is indeed coming as DLC for Nintendo Switch Sports, but it seems strange to have excluded it in the first place. The sport was popular enough that they capitalized on its success with regular golf games that also included new, less traditional and more ridiculous versions of the sport. Maybe I’m just nostalgic for nights on the couch with my family, but there are certainly plenty of people eager to see golf make its triumphant return.
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