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Nintendo Switch is getting some skateboarding love thanks to OlliOlli

Both games in one package

Our options for skateboarding games on Nintendo Switch will be a little less limited as of next month. Roll7’s side-scrolling OlliOlli series is heading to the system as OlliOlli: Switch Stance, a bundle of both games. This new Switch version releases digitally on February 14 for a reasonable $14.99.

If you’ve never tried OlliOlli or OlliOlli 2, the controls are streamlined in a way that’s approachable for beginners while still providing a rewarding challenge when you’re striving to meet certain goals in every level. With practice, you’ll get to the point where you can string all of your tricks together in one big satisfying line. Suddenly, none of your high scores are good enough. Just “one more run.”

This may not be the coveted Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater Switch port of our dreams (skating games, in general, have had such ridiculous highs and lows over the years), but it’s going to draw out smiles. OlliOlli is a swell little series that you can pick up and play without much fuss. Having it readily accessible on Switch is a no-brainer, and maybe this can help set Roll7 up for another sequel.

In the meantime, I’ll continue making my way through Spyro: Year of the Dragon. Prior to playing Spyro Reignited Trilogy, I had no idea there was a skateboarding game lurking in here. The trick system and physics can be weirdly fussy, but it’s an okay distraction from the treasure-collecting platforming. If that sounds like Stockholm syndrome taking effect, you might be right. These are desperate times.

All I’m saying is we need more good-ass skateboarding games. Add OlliOlli to your list if it’s new to you or you’re down to double dip on Switch. Otherwise, there’s Skater XL, Session, and Skatebird.

OlliOlli: Switch Stance [Nintendo via GoNintendo]

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