With Nintendo stealing the show with its many surprises at this year’s E3, you’d be forgiven if you inadvertently sidestepped Dodgeball Academia and let it fly under your radar. Humble Games’ action-sports RPG was first announced at this year’s PC Gaming Show, but get ready to dip and dive as a Switch version of the game is also coming in hot and fast.

The most recent trailer explains the game’s storyline. Back during the Great Dodgeball Wars, which took place in an unspecified amount of time before the game’s main events, the Hero’s Dodgeball was thrown. It’s a ball that was thrown with such force that it remains spinning eternally, generating the energy needed for the academy to thrive. With a single touch, it has the potential to unlock “the ultimate power” within a destined dodgeball player.

 

 

Throughout the game you’ll play as Otto, a student at the academy who is determined to become the ultimate dodgeball champion. As you’ll see in the gameplay in the latter half of the trailer, you’ll train alongside fellow students, build a team, and take on tough opponents in tournaments. Between matches, you can explore the academy in true RPG style, complete with main quests, side quests, and minigames.

Dodgeball Academia will launch on Nintendo Switch and other platforms on August 5th, 2021.

 

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Written by Reece Heather

A lifelong Nintendo fan and a longtime editor at Zelda Universe, Reece will forever be grateful that he somehow dodged the Naughty List of Christmas 1998, when Santa delivered the life-changing gift of a Nintendo 64 with Super Mario 64, Banjo-Kazooie, and Mario Kart 64. When he's not playing games, Reece is usually reading Punisher comics, delving helplessly into the weirdest depths of anime and manga, or spending time with his cocker spaniel Gracie -- the goodest girl ever!

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