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The Nintendo Switch Online Game Trial program is still going strong, and Nintendo has announced that Golf Story is the next featured game in Japan. It can be played entirely for free between January 7 and January 14. Additionally, all progress carries over to the full version.

A sale is planned as well. Golf Story will be available at a 33 percent discount between January 7 and January 23.

Sports Story

You might be wondering about the status of Sports Story, the sequel to Golf Story. Outside of the game being indefinitely delayed last August, there hasn’t been much news.

The good news is that Sidebar Games has made considerable progress since then. On Twitter, the developer said that “everything is coming together now.” It also sounds like we can expect more regular updates – starting with the screenshot of Wall Bounders above.

Sports Story does not have a release date at this time. Check out our interview that we shared shortly after the original announcement here.


Sports Story

Sports Story, the next game from Golf Story developer Sidebar Games, has been delayed.

Sports Story was originally expected in Switch in mid 2020. However, there was some concern about the project’s status after a listing on Nintendo’s website changed the release window to “TBD”.

One of the big announcements coming out of the last Indie World Showcase was Sports Story. Building off of the highly successful Golf Story, Sidebar Games’ next project will have even more sports and activities to do such as dungeon exploring and fishing.

We recently caught up with developer Andrew Newey to learn more about what to expect from Sports Story. We have information on improvements that have been made following feedback from Golf Story, how fishing will play out, and tidbits on “stealthy infiltrations”. Newey also teased something like GALF for the new game, multiplayer support, a possible physical version, and more.

Here’s our full discussion:

Nintendo published a new interview this week with Andrew Newey, the designer of Golf Story. Newey spoke about a few topics, including why the decision was made to create a game based around golf, how certain aspects came together at the very last minute, and more.

Here’s a full transcript of the interview:

It was nearly a year ago that Golf Story debuted on Switch. With that in mind, we recently caught up with Sidebar Games about the well-regarded title.

We chatted with the studio’s Andrew Newey about a number of topics, including Golf Story’s Wii U origins and plans when it was in development for the older console. Newey also discussed some scrapped ideas (including DLC that never materialized), and we also had to ask about Sidebar’s next game – though he was understandably quiet on that front.

Limited Run Games has opened pre-orders for the physical version of Golf Story. A number of different options are available, including a standard copy and collector’s edition.

The collector’s edition contains:

Limited Run Games has announced that pre-orders for the physical version of Golf Story open next week. Fans will be able to reserve a standard copy or collector’s edition starting September 28. We have a look at the collector’s edition above.

Limited Run says it already has the first 10,000 copies available. While the collector’s edition won’t ship until later, you’ll be able to have the game shipped separately from the rest of the CE.

Lastly, Spoony Bard Productions has been brought in to make a functional version of GALF for the NES. It’ll be released on cartridge for the NES “or favorite clone console.”


Golf Story is officially getting a physical release. Announced during the Limited Run Games press conference, it’s slated for September.

Golf Story

Golf Story originally made it to Switch at the end of September 2017. Since then, the game has only been available digitally on the eShop. That could be changing soon.

Toady, the ESRB added in a rating for Golf Story on Switch. The classification is suspicious given how it’s been months since the title originally debuted. It could be a sign of an upcoming physical version, though we’ll need to wait on an actual announcement before we can say that it’s happening.


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