Nintendo Switch Sports: Online Play Test - How to Play, Sign Up, Times, Release Date, and Everything We Know

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Nintendo Direct always brings a few surprises, though we weren't banking on a Wii Sports successor. Called Nintendo Switch Sports, that'll launch this Spring with Tennis, Bowling, Chambara, Soccer, Badminton and Volleyball.

Launching on April 29, 2022, that offers online multiplayer, and Nintendo is looking to make sure everything's up to standard before launch. Just be aware, this will not work on Nintendo Switch Lite.


So, if anyone looking to dive into Nintendo Switch Sports sooner, you can do so through an Online play test later on this February. If you're hoping to join in for that, here's everything we've been told.

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How to Play The Nintendo Switch Sports: Online Play Test

Registration for the Nintendo Switch Sports Play Test has opened up through the official website. However, to sign up, you'll need an active Nintendo Switch Online membership, though trial membership is also accepted.


Nintendo Switch Sports: Play Test - Release Date and Times

Nintendo Switch Sports Online Play Test is available during these times:

  • February 18: 7:00 – 7:45 PM PT
  • February 19: 3:00 – 3:45 PM, 11:00 – 11:45 AM, and 7:00 – 7:45 PM PT
  • February 20: 3:00 – 3:45 AM PT

What Sports Can We Play?

Nintendo confirmed three sports will be available during the Nintendo Switch Sports Online Play Test, stating:

To prepare for the launch of the Nintendo Switch Sports game on April 29, we’ll be conducting an Online Play Test to evaluate various technical aspects and help improve the quality of the game by testing out online random matches for Tennis, Bowling, and Chambara.

That's all we know for now about the Nintendo Switch Sports Online Play Test, but we'll keep you informed if anything changes.