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Nintendo Switch Includes Basketball Update in July

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By Christian Webster - - 5 Mins Read
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Calling all ballers! A free update arriving in July for Nintendo Switch Sports will add basketball to the game, expanding the total number of sports to eight after the addition of golf in 2022.

The update lands on July 9th in North America and July 10th in the UK.

In different game modes, players will use their Joy-Con controllers to imitate dribbling, passing, and shooting movements, providing an enjoyable and immersive experience for both individuals and groups.

For players seeking to hone their shooting prowess, the solo Three-Point Challenge presents a perfect opportunity.

This mode challenges players to sink as many baskets as possible within a set time limit.

Imagine yourself as a star athlete lining up the perfect shot – a flick of the wrist (or Joy-Con) sends the ball soaring through the net. Can you establish yourself as a three-point legend?

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Teamwork Makes the Dream Work

For those looking to test their teamwork and communication skills, the Five-Streak Battle offers a thrilling two-on-two experience.

Teams compete to accumulate the most points before the timer expires. This mode emphasizes strategic planning and coordination.

Players can strategize with their teammates, call for screens, and identify open lanes for high-scoring opportunities.

Remember, a strong defence is crucial for victory, so don't neglect to block shots and contest passes to keep opponents at bay.

Battle of the Long-Range Specialists

The Three-Point Contest allows players to showcase their shooting skills in a head-to-head battle against up to three friends.

Each participant receives a designated time limit to sink as many three-pointers as possible.

Will you consistently drain shots from beyond the arc, or will your friends steal the show with their hot hands?

Accessibility and Immersion

The Nintendo Switch Sports basketball update prioritizes capturing the excitement of basketball in a way that is both accessible and immersive.

The intuitive motion controls make the game easy to pick up and play, regardless of prior gaming experience.

Players of all skill levels can jump in and experience the thrill of sinking baskets or executing strategic plays.

A Legacy Lives On

Nintendo Switch Sports is the spiritual successor to the widely popular Wii Sports, revolutionising motion-controlled gaming when it launched alongside the Wii console.

Similar to its predecessor, Nintendo Switch Sports leverages motion controls to bring the games to life, ensuring a fun and engaging experience for everyone.

Since its release in 2022, Nintendo Switch Sports has become a top-seller for the Nintendo Switch, exceeding 13.11 million copies sold.

The addition of basketball promises to enhance the game's appeal further, offering players a fresh way to stay active and have fun with friends and family.