Sports Story Press Kit


Release Date: Q2 2020

Developer: Sidebar Games

Release Platforms: Nintendo Switch






The Game

Sports story is a game about sports, but not always. Various non-sporting pursuits provide variety. Alternate activities like dungeon exploration, stealthy infiltrations and fishing expeditions mean something unexpected waits around every corner. Sometimes it is even sports.

Here are some of the things you can do in the game:

  • Embark on a golfing adventure in both ordinary and fantastical places.
  • Undertake full-time study at a renowned tennis academy.
  • Make friends and enemies in your quest for sporting excellence.
  • Dungeons, espionage, mini games, buried treasure and you get to meet the queen.
  • Make your coach proud by competing in Decasportathon.

Sports Story releases mid 2020. Stay tuned for details.

Audio Samples

Sports Story Theme

Rustling Vale

Tennis Theme

Secret Theme

Sports Story interview with leading journalist

Q: Sidebar is getting a reputation for superb sports RPG games. What new projects does Sidebar Games have down the pipeline?

A: We can reveal we're currently working on a game called Sports Story. It wouldn't do us any good to reveal other games so far ahead.

Q: Is this a sequel to Golf Story?

A: We like to think of it as a separate game that features the same characters and takes place shortly after the events of Golf Story.

Q: Did you have to reduce sound quality due to cartidge space, and will you remove 25% of the game and offer it as a download to use a smaller cartridge?

A: Sports Story will be available for download from Nintendo eShop. If we put it on a cartridge, we'll just put the whole thing on there.

Q: Wouldn't it have been easier to just make “Tennis Story” instead?

A: Yes, but it's far too late for that now. It seemed a lot easier before we started doing it.

Q: Which Sidebar team is doing this game – the same people that did Golf Story or a new team?

A: This game is important to us so we've got our main team working on it.

Q: Isn’t it true that Sports Story was originally planned for a home release only?

A: Yes, it's true. But you can also take your Switch out with you.

Q: Will the switch controller’s infrared camera function be used for the home version of Sports Story?

A: We might check your heartrate after a close match play if we can figure out how to use it.

Q: Can you tell us about the new characters?

A: We're not talking about characters today. We're just here to talk about the game in a very general sense. We can't reveal anything you don't already know.

Q: What got left on the cutting room floor?

A: We're still working on the game so everything is presently on the cutting room table.

Q: Why didn’t you port Golf Story to other platforms? Did other platforms show any interest in the game?

A: The Nintendo Switch is the best and most powerful console, so we found it most suited to our needs.

Q: Which Nintendo games do you like, and which ones (if any) influenced any of Sidebar Games’s games?

A: We like Mario Golf, Mario Tennis, Mario Soccer, Mario Baseball and Mario Sports Mix. As far as influences... I'm not sure. I feel like we kind of go our own way.

Q: What do you think of the Virtual Boy?

A: It's a decent piece of technology and I'm excited to see what they do with it.

Q: Do you have any titles in development for it?

A: Not presently, the main team is currently concerned with Sports Story.

Q: Will you be using any trilinear mipmapping?

A: We don't have plans to use it at this time.

Q: What are the offical Joycon colors of sidebar games?

A: Based on the logo - blue on the left, nothing on the right.

Q: How many switches do you own?

A: 8

Q: How have you approached the tennis programming?

A: Start in the middle and work our way outwards. It's really just upside down golf if you think about it.

Q: Since there is no dedicated physics chip in the switch, is there a performance dip when you have so many sports in action at once?

A: Oh, I didn't think about that. We might have to reconsider how we've approached this game.

Q: Why are the characters very slightly taller in this game?

A: They're able to reach counters now which allows us to explore new gameplay possibilities.

Q: Final Question. Any message for your fans out there?

A: We hope you've enjoyed the Sports Story press kit. Please look forward to further press kits from us.