Tips and Tricks for Nintendo Switch Sports!

Looking to improve your motion control skills in the Nintendo Switch™ Sports play? There are six sports* to master: tennis, volleyball, football, chambara, badminton and bowling, so let’s jump right into the tips and tricks! We will start with general information first and then come to individual sports tips later in the article.

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Unlock costumes and items for your Sportsmate:

When you play online, you will earn points after each match (it doesn’t matter if you win or lose, but you can get bonus points if you play very well). After every 100 points you earn, you’ll redeem them for a random item from a themed collection of your choice. Items can include things like hairstyles, fun and fancy looking rackets or swords, face paint, or stamps that you can use to get excited during a match.

Now, if you complete an entire collection, you’ll get something called a “Completion Bonus,” which is usually a fancy outfit or costume. Collections come and go on a rotating basis, so keep an eye out for what’s available!

Trial mode:

If you don’t have a Nintendo Switch Online membership, you can try “Test Mode” in the “Play Global” menu (Internet connection required). In this mode, you play against CPU opponents and can earn up to two items per week.

Unlock Pro League:

Ready to raise your game? First, keep playing online in random matchups – as you get better and start racking up wins in specific sports, you’ll unlock the Pro League for that sport. Think of the Pro League as your journey to becoming a top-tier player: you’ll rise through the ranks and be matched with players of a similar skill level. Let’s hope this mode inspires a feeling of competition!

Note: If you want to take a break from the Pro League, you can also “Pause Pro” in the Pro League settings menu.

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Practice alone:

It can be a bit intimidating to play against real life people early on. Don’t forget that you can play against CPU opponents in the Play Local menu.


To serve faster, your character must hit the ball when it is at its highest point in the air. The trick is to start your swing a little earlier so there is enough time for the racket to reach the ball. Don’t feel bad if you can’t get the hang of it at first – it will take a bit of practice!


Just like in tennis, timing is important! To make a faster smash, jump a little before your partner sets it: the goal is for you and the ball to make contact at the same time in the air. Pickaxe as usual and you may get some “Quick!” indicator to show that you succeeded.


There are three different weapons when you start a match: Sword, Charge Sword, and Twin Swords. You may be thinking that Twin Swords will always win, but that’s not the case! The normal sword has the most powerful blow, the charged swords can unleash powerful charged blows after careful vigilance, and the twin swords have a spinning blow move. Try all three options to see which one you like best.


We know it’s tempting, but try not to do it all by yourself in a 4v4 match! Remember that you can pass your teammates by holding ZR while kicking. Plus, use your minimap to see where your teammates, opponents, and the ball are. Often you will want to be where the ball ends up and not where it currently is.

Oh, and if no one is guarding your goal, try backing off and being a goalkeeper for a bit. Sometimes the best defense is a good… defense.


To perform a quick hit, gently swing down when the shuttle (yes, it’s called a shuttle) has started to descend from its highest point in the air. After you get used to that, try the Drop Shot by holding down the ZR or ZL buttons and rocking them gently. These two types of shots will come in handy: alternate between spikes and drop shots to keep your opponent guessing.


Last but not least, let’s talk about bowling. Don’t forget that you can move/rotate your character before bowling (see the button prompts at the bottom of the screen). Also, try gently twisting your wrist toward your body before the ball releases to give it a bit of spin. It may take some getting used to, but practice, practice, practice!

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*Golf will also be added to the game at a later date.

**Any Nintendo Switch Online membership (sold separately) and Nintendo Account required for online features. Not available in all countries. Internet access is required for online features. Terms apply.