Narona Sports (Switch)

Play a handful of sports in colorful 2-D areas with Narona Sports on Switch.  Unlike most sports games, where you view the action in 3-D or in top down fashion, here it’s a side scrolling affair and kind of reminds me of a game I reviewed earlier this year called Kung-Fu Kickball.  You’ll play games like Soccer, Basketball, Volleyball, and even some I’ve never heard of like Ulama and Basque Ball.

Controls in all the sports are super simple.  Run around with the control stick, press down to slide on hills, and use a jump button to bump and hit the ball.  Most of the games have you do this to get a ball into a goal, whether it be on the ground, in the air, or on a wall, depending on the sport.  You can compete in single matches or do a tournament with a set number of matches per random sport.

The main problem I had was with the controls.  You are forced to play with a JoyCon on its side, so it makes it really hard to play in handheld mode for single players.  I wish they would’ve allowed you to have more control options.  And the simple gameplay is a curse, too, as I never felt like I had full control of the ball when playing.  Also, you unlock new sports and characters by playing, but it never saved my progress when I would stop.  So all that made this one very frustrating.  Only get this one if you are planning to do multiplayer only.

Kid Factor:

Nothing violent or objectionable here.  Reading skill is helpful for some of the text, but not necessary just to play.  Narona Sports is rated E for Everyone.

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