Super Dodgeball Beats (Nintendo Switch) Review

By Shane Jury 01.12.2021

Review for Super Dodgeball Beats on Nintendo Switch

Hailing from western Spain in the city of Lleida, developer FinalBoss Games first foray into the market was with 2018's Vesta, a quirky puzzle adventure that graced all major formats. Achieving solid ratings and recognition, the team would then move onto something even more unique: a marriage of a popular USA sport and a rhythm game, with Super Dodgeball Beats releasing the following year. With the indie-friendly nature of the Nintendo Switch as strong as ever, how does this fresh take of the sport fare on the system?

Starting up Super Dodgeball Beats brings up four menu options. Championship is where the real meat of the game lies, and kicking things off is a comic book-like, stylish telling of the story. Three unpopular high school kids decide to form a dodgeball team and gain adoration. To do so requires not only learning this strange new take on the sport, but facing off against all sorts of weird and wacky characters, like Pensioner Sportsmen, a Giant Tentacle Monster, and even a Vampire complete with Bat minions.

Right before the first match of this mode is a tutorial that covers the fundamentals; four team members in a diamond formation to correspond to the Face buttons of the controller, and a required button press to match the light rings below each character in time with the music. Successful button timing sends a dodgeball projectile at the opponent's team, and builds up a weapon indicator, which when used grants a temporary buff or ailment to foes. A gauge at the top of the screen keeps record of which team is scoring the best, and determines the winner at the end of the music track.

Screenshot for Super Dodgeball Beats on Nintendo Switch

Super Dodgeball Beats uses the sport much more as an aesthetic than a basis for the gameplay, but it is still a stand-out combination and works very well. The matches run at a super smooth frame-rate, and the response time for button presses is solid. Plus a very catchy and enjoyable music track list plays along to it all. The feedback via the Joycon and Pro Controller HD Rumble adds that little special something to the beat as well.

Progressing through the story in Championship mode and its multiple difficulty-based chapters, unlocks a multitude of different teams, weapons and songs to use in two of the other modes: Multiplayer and Training. The latter is as expected. A quick play of any unlocked content, though it strangely doesn't offer its own Tutorial as a potential refresher of sorts. Multiplayer is where the real longevity of Super Dodgeball Beats will come into play, and the two Joycon of the system are tailor-made for this setup with each player having the diamond-button configuration needed. Sadly, this lacks online support, but two local players can still have a blast together, in what is a well-built, tricky, but satisfying package of a video game.

Screenshot for Super Dodgeball Beats on Nintendo Switch

Cubed3 Rating

7/10
Rated 7 out of 10

Very Good - Bronze Award

Rated 7 out of 10

Super Dodgeball Beats stands tall among the sheer glutton of Switch eShop games available, as a singular experience unlike any other; a fun, sports-themed, rhythm title backed by a virtuous narrative, and plenty of unlockables. A lack of online support and leaderboards will likely call time on this match before long, however.

Developer

FinalBoss Games

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Genre

Sport

Players

1

C3 Score

Rated $score out of 10  7/10

Reader Score

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European release date Out now   North America release date Out now   Japan release date None   Australian release date Out now   

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