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Mario Bayside Sports is a water sports Mario spin-off for the Nintendo Switch. Players will use Lone Planet Productions' "Balance Pad", an updated version of the original Wii Balance Board, to control various water-based vehicles and boards.
As already mentioned, this game will use the Balance Pad, a modified Balance Board designed by Lone Planet. While using the Pad you will also need to hold both Joy-Con controllers for various commands. You can also play using only the Joy-Cons, but you may not get the full experience.
The Balance Pad controls are pretty simple. Standing in the center rectangle uses the default position. You can change direction and speed by using the four quadrants. If you push your body weight towards the front quadrants, you will move faster, and if you push it to the back, you slow down. Likewise, leaning to the left or right will let you turn in that direction.
Pressing the A/B/X/Y buttons on the right Joy-Con allows you to use any items you have in stock. Additionally, the left Joy-Con's D-Pad can be used to switch characters in Octopush.
- Surfing: A summertime classic. Keep your balance as you ride the waves and go with the flow. Don't forget to pull some neat stunts as you go along.
- Wakeboarding: Like surfing, but the board is smaller and you are dragged forward by a motorboat.
- Jetboat Racing: 16 characters race against each other in jetboats in a competition similar to a Mario Kart game.
- Classic Diving: Leap off a diving board and perform as many twists and turns as you can before you reach the pool.
- Synchronized Diving: Try to dive exactly the same way as your partner.
- Cave Diving: Contestants race through the dark caves of Isle Delfino, but they must also find air bubbles to breathe in so they can avoid drowning. Note: in this event, players lay flat on their abdomen to use the Balance Pad.
- Octopush: Otherwise known as underwater hockey. Players are split into teams of eight; each team must attempt to slide the puck into the other team's goal.