How to Update Nintendo Switch Sports

In this article, you'll learn how to update Nintendo Switch Sports.


  • This update must be applied in order to use the game’s online features.

  • A Nintendo Switch Online membership is required to use the game's online features.

  • Save data will still be available for use after downloading the update.

  • The update will download and install automatically if the console is connected to the internet and the Automatic Software Updates setting is enabled. If there is not enough space in the system memory or on a microSD card to download the update, you will first need to expand or free up memory space and then follow the steps below.

On 29 November 2022, a new software update for Nintendo Switch Sports became available for download. Please take a moment to download and install this update while your Nintendo Switch console is connected to the internet.

Complete these steps

  1. Connect the Nintendo Switch console to the internet.

  2. From the HOME Menu, highlight the icon for the software you wish to update without actually starting the software.

  3. Press the + Button or - Button, then select Software Update, followed by Via the Internet.

  4. Once the update is installed, the newest version number will be displayed on the title screen.

Update history

Ver. 1.3.0 (Released 29 November 2022)


  • Golf has been added. It can be enjoyed in all modes: Play Globally, Play Locally and Play with Friends.

  • We added a Shot Assist mode in Golf to make it easier for beginners to play. To use it, go to Options → User Settings → Other.

    • This setting only applies to Play Locally and Play with Friends.

    • Please be aware that even if you have Shot Assist enabled, your settings will revert to "OFF" in Play Globally mode.

How to Update Nintendo Switch Sports Golf Settings

Play with Friends


  • Several issues have been fixed to improve the gameplay experience.

Ver. 1.2.3 (Released 20 October 2022)

Bug Fix

  • Resolved the issue where, for some players, downloading the previous update data (Ver. 1.2.2) didn't fix the issue causing the software to close. Please check this page for details.

    • Note: For some players, the order of items in the “Accessories (head)” sections under "Customize" will be different from the order before the update. This will not affect gameplay.

Ver. 1.2.2 (Released 18 October 2022)

Bug Fixes

  • We fixed an error that occurs during pre-match loading under certain conditions, causing the software to close.

    • This update data (Ver. 1.2.2) may not resolve the issue this time for some players so we are preparing the next update data (Ver. 1.2.3) distribution for them.

Ver. 1.2.1 (Released 13 October 2022)

Play Globally

  • Data for available items was added.

  • Strengthened measures against disruptive behaviour.

Ver. 1.2.0 (Released 27 July 2022)

  • Football

    • One-on-One and Four-on-Four Football can now be played using the leg strap.

      • How to Change to Leg-Strap Mode

        • Play Globally

          On the sport-selection screen, highlight Football 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 Options → User Settings → 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).

  • Volleyball

    • 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 towards 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.

  • Bowling

    • 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.

      • Players between ranks A30 and A39 before the software update will be moved to ranks S0 to 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 behaviour.

  • 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.

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          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.

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  • 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.

  • General

    • An icon will now appear if the connection to a player becomes unstable during online play.

      • If an opponent’s connection becomes unstable, the icon will appear on your own screen as well.

      • If you see this icon often, please visit this link for assistance.

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  • A message will now appear when Joy-Con controller connectivity becomes unstable during play.

  • Several issues have been fixed to improve the gameplay experience.

Ver. 1.1.0 (Released 29 April 2022)

  • General

    • You can now play "Play Globally" mode.

    • You can now play "Play with Friends" mode.

    • Several issues have been addressed to improve gameplay.