“Nintendo Switch Sports is a title that becomes more appealing when you play it online.”
As part of Nintendo’s Financial Results Briefing for the Fiscal Year ending March 2022, the Big N undertakes a Q&A session with their investors. With the English version now available, we get to see Representative Director and President, Shuntaro Furukawa and Executive Officer, Hajime Murakami, speak out on a number of subjects.
In this particular piece, Shuntaro Furukawa dodges giving out the exact sales figures for Nintendo Switch Sports, and goes on to focus on the game’s online appeal:
Shuntaro Furukawa on Nintendo Switch Sports’ Online Appeal:
Nintendo Switch Sports is off to a very good start in every region. With this title, players can experience sports through intuitive controls using the Joy-Con controllers, and since it is approachable even for those who do not usually play video games, we believe it has the potential to broaden the range of consumers.
Also, Nintendo Switch Sports is a title that becomes more appealing when you play it online, and even those who do not usually play games online can easily participate and enjoy online matches with it. For example, you can team up with a family member to compete online with other players. On its initial release, the game has mainly been purchased by consumers who already own a Nintendo Switch system. In Japan, it is being picked up by consumers from a wide range of age groups.
In Europe and North America, consumers in their mid-20s who have experienced Wii Sports and Wii Sports Resort are the main demographic. We are planning to release Splatoon 3 in the current fiscal year, which can also be enjoyed online. We would like to promote these titles throughout the year and communicate the fun of online gameplay to consumers, including those who may become new hardware purchasers.
About Nintendo Switch Sports:
Get moving* with Soccer, Volleyball, Bowling, Tennis, Badminton, and Chambara (Swordplay) using Joy-Con™ controllers! Controls are intuitive, so you can hit the court (or lanes, or field, or arena) and get started. With controlled motions you can curve your bowling ball, add spin to a tennis shot, or even use a Joy-Con with the Leg Strap accessory to kick the ball in a Soccer Shootout. Family and friends can join in on the fun on the same system** or online***. Plus a seventh sport is planned to be added via a free update this fall; get ready to Golf!****
Play online and face opponents near and far to earn in-game rewards or aim for the Pro League – Face off against opponents worldwide and strive to reach the Pro League in every sport. As you play online*** in random matchmaking, redeem points you earn for in-game rewards like outfits, sports accessories, gear, and much more for your avatar. The selection of items will rotate each week, so check back and see what’s in stock!
Play with friends and family in the same room or across the world – Bowl, spike, and duel with friends in all 6 sports! Pass a Joy-Con controller to a friend** for some 1v1, 2v2, or a free-for-all that will get everyone moving. In Bowling, all players can bowl simultaneously—no waiting for your turn. Play each game online***, or team up with a friend on the same system to take on opponents near and far in team sports like Volleyball and Tennis.