While in general there’s been a lack of diverse sports games on the Switch, despite the past popularity of skiing and snowboarding games on Nintendo systems winter sports have been particularly under-represesented. Helping to fill the gap, at least to some degree, Grand Mountain Adventure isn’t an ambitious over-the-top third-person action title with an emphasis on big air and tricks… instead it may be best compared to arcade classics like Alpine Ski, though greatly upgraded in terms of complexity and variety, of course. You’ll have the ability to freely switch between skis and a snowboard, and depending on your task at hand each have their strengths. While you will have the chance to catch air and do some stunts, that isn’t as often the focus as simply carving up the slopes to slalom between gates, avoid obstacles, and try to minimize your time in order to unlock new challenges and entire mountains to explore. The real joy here though is simply exploring the various mountain ranges in search of medals, some of which are a serious challenge to grab, and enjoying the opportunity to do things at your own pace and simply enjoy the experience. It will do nothing to make the pain of waiting for a new 1080 Snowboarding, SSX Tricky, or even Snowboard Kids subside, but it is still a great mix of challenge and chill that’s worth a look.
Justin Nation, Score:
Nindie Choice! [8.1]