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Nintendo Switch Sports Spocco Square concept

Although Nintendo Switch Sports is naturally about the sports themselves, the game introduces a new setting in the form of Spocco Square. In an interview shared today, the developers explained how the setting came to be.

Interestingly, Spocco Square wasn’t the original plan. Art director Junji Morii said Nintendo considered going with “a place where intercollegiate sports are played as well as a setting that looks like an ancient Olympian stadium.” In the end though, “none of them seemed to match the feelings that players would experience playing this game.” That led to the teaming coming up with “a gym where people could drop by more casually, with a stylish facility that makes everyone want to visit.”

nintendo switch sports character

Nintendo has provided a look at early character concepts that were considered for Nintendo Switch Sports with brand new concept art.

While the game ultimately has human-looking characters and Miis, the team almost went in a different direction. Early on, college students were considered. There was even talk of using robots that made it to the prototype stage.

Developers Takayuki Shimamura, Yoshikazu Yamashita, Shinji Okane, and Junji Morii revealed the following regarding character concepts for Nintendo Switch Sports:

Why Nintendo Switch Sports took so long

A bit over five years into the Switch’s lifecycle, we finally saw the arrival of Nintendo Switch Sports. The announcement took many by surprise as some thought this would be the type of title we’d see earlier on.

Director Yoshikazu Yamashita and producer Takayuki Shimamura explained the long wait in a just-published interview on Nintendo’s website. According to Yamashita, Yoshiaka Koizumi requested a new entry in the Wii Sports series. However, Yamashita felt “that there weren’t any sports left to be added.” That led the team to create gameplay “without swinging the Joy-Con controller”, but “it didn’t go well in the end”. After realizing they took the wrong direction, years passed and Nintendo went back to the drawing board.

Here’s the full excerpt from the interview:

My Nintendo Nintendo Switch Sports Spocco Square cooling towel

Another physical reward has just been added to My Nintendo in North America, with members now able to spend their points on a Nintendo Switch Sports Spocco Square cooling towel. It’ll set you back 550 Platinum Points.

Here’s the official product description:

nintendo switch sports initial sales nintendo president

Nintendo president Shuntaro Furkawa has commented on the initial sales performance of Nintendo Switch Sports, noting that the game is “off to a very good start” worldwide.

Thus far we only know that the game sold nearly 200,000 physical copies in Japan in its first week. The game has since moved 300,000 units in the country as of May 8.

Nintendo Switch Sports review

System: Switch
Release date: April 29, 2022
Developer: Nintendo
Publisher: Nintendo

If, like me, you grew up when the Wii was current, you no doubt put some time in on Wii Sports. Packed in with each new console here in the west, the title was a lot of players’ first introduction to the console’s motion controls, as well as their first time being able to engage with family members who wouldn’t usually think of playing video games. Wii Sports itself became a system-seller and its popularity is still raging to this day, with many homes still dusting off their Wii for play sessions at family gatherings to entertain kids and adults alike. Now with Switch’s success, a new entry in the series has arrived – but will it reach the acclaim of its predecessors?

Nintendo Switch Sports releases today, and to commemorate the occasion Nintendo have shared a new trailer for the game, showing off the gameplay and various features. Learn more about the game and check out the new trailer below:

Nintendo Switch Sports update 1.1.0

A day one update for Nintendo Switch Sports is now available, which brings the game to version 1.1.0. It’s largely intended to enable online support for the title.

The official patch notes are as follows:

Nintendo Switch Sports pre-order bonus

Nintendo Switch Sports is just under a month away from release, so we’ve started up a pre-order guide for the game and it will be updated with news about bonuses at stores. Right now the title can be reserved at most major retailers.

For those that missed out on the original announcement, Nintendo Switch Sports is looking to capture the magic of the Wii Sports games, though with some changes and updates. Soccer, volleyball, bowling, tennis, badminton, and chambara (swordplay) are all included with golf planned for an update this fall. It’s also possible to face off against others worldwide and attempt to reach the Pro League in every sport. Additionally, players can earn points while going up against others users, which can then be spent on rewards for their avatar.

Nintendo has gone live with a new Switch commercial for Japan highlighting the console’s fitness and sports aspects. Other than a tease with the Ring Con, Nintendo Switch Sports is the main highlight of the advert.

Speaking of Nintendo Switch Sports, here’s some information about the game:

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