Free update for Nintendo Switch Sports coming next week

Original Story: Nintendo has announced a free update coming to Nintendo Switch Sports next week. From July 27th at 11am AEST, you’ll be able to play soccer with the leg strap attachment, Volleyball has some new moves added and a couple of other smaller additions as well.

Those additions include two new ranks in the only Pro League including S and Infinity Rank. You can now also join friend matches, even if you’re not friends with everyone using Room IDs.

That’s it, that’s the update for now. Golf is still coming sometime later this year.

Update: The free update is out now, the game is now at Version 1.2.0 – here’s what has changed.

Ver. 1.2.0 (Released July 26, 2022)


  • One-on-One and Four-on-Four Soccer can now be played using the leg strap.
    • Play Globally – On the sport-selection screen, highlight¬†Soccer¬†and press the X Button.Play Globally sport-selection screen
    • Play Locally – On the screen showing how to hold the Joy-Con controllers, press the + Button. Play Locally Joy-Con demonstration screen
    • Play with Friends – On the screen showing how to hold the Joy-Con controllers, press the + Button. Play with Friends Joy-Con demonstration screen
  • A new camera mode has been added. To use it, go to the sport-selection screen, then¬†Options‚Üí¬†User Settings¬†‚Üí¬†Other¬†(for Two-Hand Mode only).
  • The camera can now be reset during play by pressing the X Button.
  • Players will no longer jump too high when kicking repeatedly, and it should also be easier to jump to the maximum height (for Two-Hand Mode only).


  • You can now perform Slide Attacks, a coordinated move where a player crosses the court before leaping to spike the ball.
    • To do a Slide Attack, move the Stick left and right after bumping the ball. This move is great for catching opponents off guard.
    • To block a Slide Attack, quickly start moving toward the opponent who is getting ready to spike the ball by using the Stick to get into position.
  • You can now perform Rocket Serves.
    • When serving, toss the ball high and hit it at its apex to do a Rocket Serve.


  • Adjusted how the pins fall.
    • It is now slightly harder for the pins to fall when bowling straight.
    • It is now slightly easier for the pins to fall when bowling with a curve.
Play Globally
  • S Rank and ‚ąě Rank (Infinity Rank) have been added to the Pro Leagues.
    • Those at ranks A30 through A39 before the software update will be moved to ranks S0 through S9.
  • Added a setting to turn off the display of opponent nicknames and titles.
    • This setting can be found on the sport-selection screen. Go to Options ‚Üí User Settings ‚Üí Other.
  • Strengthened measures against disruptive behavior.

Play with Friends

  • When creating a room, you can now choose to give it a Room ID. This will let you play online matches even if your opponent is not a Friend.¬†
    Creating a Room with a Room ID
    • Host – In Make a New Room, check the Room ID (Invite Anyone via ID) option. Make a note of the Room ID you see, then select OK.¬†
      Note: Your Room ID will also be shown on the Member Reception screen.Creating a room to play with friends.Give the Room ID to those you want to invite to the room, then wait at the Member Reception screen.
    • Invitees – Press the + Button in Join Room, then enter the Room ID.Join a room by pressing the + Button in Join Room.
  • A new difficulty option called Auto Select is available for Bowling when in Play with Friends. This option measures the average skill of participating players to set the overall difficulty.


  • An icon will now appear if the connection to a player becomes unstable during online play.
    • If an opponent‚Äôs connection becomes unstable, the icon will appear on your own screen as well.
    • Highlighted icon indicating a poor connection quality while playing Tennis in Nintendo Switch Sports.
  • A message will now appear when Joy-Con controller connection becomes unstable during play.
  • Several issues have been fixed to improve the gameplay experience.

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