Nintendo Switch Sports (Switch): Software updates (latest: Ver. 1.2.0 / Next: Ver. 1.3.0)

On this page, you will find all there is to know about the various Software updates for Nintendo Switch Sports on Nintendo Switch (originally released on April 29th 2022 in Europe, North America, and Japan)!

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Nintendo Switch Sports – Ver. 1.3.0

  • Release date: Holiday 2022
  • Patch notes:

No patch notes available yet. This update brings the following:

  • adds a new sport: Golf
    • adds 21 holes from the Wii Sports series
    • adds a new mode: Survival Golf (up to 8 players play at the same time

Nintendo Switch Sports – Ver. 1.2.0

  • Release date: July 26th 2022 (North America) / July 27th 2022 (Europe, Japan)
  • Maintenance: Yes (more details)
  • Patch notes:
  • 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 Locally
      • On the screen showing how to hold the Joy-Con controllers, press the + Button.
    • Play with Friends
      • On the screen showing how to hold the Joy-Con controllers, press the + Button.
  • A new camera mode has been added. To use it, go to the sport-selection screen, then OptionsUser SettingsOther (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 ∞ 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 → User Settings → 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. 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.
  • 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.
  • A message will now appear when Joy-Con controller connection becomes unstable during play.
  • Several issues have been fixed to improve the gameplay experience.
  • Unlisted changes:
  • adds Mii CPU to offline modes (thanks OatmealDome for the heads up!)

Nintendo Switch Sports – Ver. 1.1.0

  • Release date: April 28th 2022 (North America, Europe, Japan)
  • Patch notes:
  • You can now play “Play Globally” mode.
  • You can now play “Play with Friends” mode.
  • Several issues have been addressed to improve gameplay.

How to download updates for Nintendo Switch Sports for the Nintendo Switch?

To download the updates for Nintendo Switch Sports, you have three options:

  • let the console do its thing if you have automatic downloads activated, and didn’t completely turn it off

If not…

  • try to launch the game from the Home Menu while being connected to the internet. You should get a prompt when doing so: simply follow the instructions on screen;


  • select the game > press either + or – to go to the Options page > select Software update > select Via the Internet.

To check that you have the latest version installed, simply select the game on the Home Menu, and press – or + to go to the Options: the version number is displayed just below the game title.



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