Nintendo demonstrates a firm grasp of motion-controlled fighting, the retro boom gets tough and Sonys racer gets a revamp
Nintendo Switch, Nintendo, cert: 12
Some gaming genres boast a fine lineage, but there is no great pedigree among motion-controlled fighters.
The category has been stymied by clumsy, frustrating experiences, that lack the depth offered by traditional gamepads. Nintendo Switchs take on the genre uses the consoles Joy-Cons (one in each hand) to fire extendable arms at enemies in fierce battles, and genuinely hits the mark. Players use motion control to move, hit, block, dodge and arc punches, with just the shoulder buttons used to jump and dash. Its simple, but as with all the best multiplayer games, there are hidden depths. Each fighter comes with multiple arms that can be mixed and matched, and battles are kept competitive through power-ups, bombs and frenzied attacks. The single-player is admittedly relatively basic, and aside from a few mini-game contests, there arent many modes. But make a proper fight of it online or local and this sits alongside Mario Kart as a true Nintendo multiplayer gem. CD