Finest Nintendo Swap Soccer Video games
As we post this, the 2020 European Championships are starting … in 2021. Yes, it was strange, and we’ve also found that being a soccer / football fan who happens to own a Switch can be difficult. Nintendo’s system misses out on both of the premium games while being bombarded with other smaller releases, and it can be difficult to know which to get.
We haven’t checked every soccer game on the Switch, so let’s be upfront and say there will be some missing from this list that are worth checking out. We’ve reviewed enough of them to share 11 of the better ones here – oh yeah, how very wise of us – and there’s tons of variety too. Whether simulation, tactics, comedy or arcade action, there is something for you here.
Below we’ve selected – in no particular order – the best football games we’ve played on Switch. Enjoy!
Editor: Psyonix Studios / Developer: Psyonix Studios
Release date: November 14, 2017 (USA) / November 14, 2017 (UK / EU)
Let’s get that out first just so pedantic arguments can be immediately debated. No, Rocket League is technically not a football – cars don’t have feet. But it’s fantastic, has a very solid port on Switch, and involves working as part of a team to get the ball into the opponent’s goal. Sounds a lot like soccer, the main difference being that you’re in turbocharged cars.
Not only does it run pretty well on Switch, but the online play is completely cross-platform, you are guaranteed to find games (casual or ranked), and all of the regular content updates are here. It’s a full version of one of the world’s most popular games, which is nice to have.
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Editor: SNK / Developer: SNK
Release date: 02/14/1992 (USA) / November 22, 2017 (UK / EU)
The Neo Geo had a number of soccer games and some of them are on the eShop. You have great sound design in this author’s opinion, although of course you should expect basic ‘arcadey’ action.
Soccer Brawl, for example, has some similarities to Super Sidekicks, except that the players wear body armor and there are virtually no rules; it’s silly and bold, so it can be a lot of fun at short intervals. Rebound shots from walls, fouled with impunity – it’s like the old days playing 5-across at school.
Editor: SEGA / Developer: Interactive sports
Release date: Dec 14, 2020 (USA) / Dec 14, 2020 (UK / EU)
Football Manager is responsible for many lost jobs, failed degrees, and failed relationships; Never before has a glorified spreadsheet been so engaging and addicting. Therapy groups are likely to exist for those who have sunk thousands of hours on the show and carefully assemble powerful squads to lead Newport County AFC to Champions League glory.
The Switch versions of the Tactical Sim series are based on the ‘Touch’ titles originally released for phones and tablets. Some actually prefer this semi-skimmed version of the series as it takes a bit of the complexity of the main full-fat games. It’s still detailed enough, while arguably bringing the series closer to the easier times of the ‘Championship Manager’ days, and is a great way to while away the time on the Switch.
Editor: Bandai Namco / Developer: Tamsoft
Release date: 08/28/2020 (USA) / 08/28/2020 (UK / EU)
This series is quite popular in Japan and has encompassed all types of media and games for decades. in the West? Not as much. Because of this, getting Captain Tsubasa: Rise Of New Champions last year was a pleasant surprise, and it’s actually a very solid game while being a pretty unique take on the sport.
You can play through a couple of story segments, and after that there is Vs CPU and online gaming – although online gaming can prove difficult to get. It’s a crazy version of football, with all sorts of evasive maneuvers, combinations and endurance sticks to watch out for; This is not your typical soccer game. It looks great and offers a fun time with a completely over-the-top view of the sport.
Editor: FiveAces Publishing / Developer: New star games
Release date: January 31, 2019 (USA) / January 31, 2019 (UK / EU)
You might think “Football Manager is on the list, that’s enough for sim games,” but it’s not that simple. For one thing, not everyone wants to dive into complex management, and this title – despite its mobile origins – takes a slightly different approach.
For one, team selection and strategy feel more like a card-based strategy game, while your club’s infrastructure work can feel more like a simple construction simulation. Once you get into matches, you are actually playing attack highlights and putting the game in your hands instead of just passively watching. It’s a bit of low-fi, but it does enough unique things in its approach to keep us interested.
Editor: Ant workshop / Developer: Size five games
Release date: 06/18/2020 (USA) / June 18, 2020 (UK / EU)
This is a fun entry to add to the list as it was created by critically acclaimed game maker Dan Marshall, who happily admits he didn’t know anything about football. So this is ultimately a comedic exterior take on the beautiful game, and it’s pretty good.
It costs less than a cup of coffee and relies heavily on humorous writing and absurd notions of the rules – the playing field is round, the ball can ricochet off the sides, a shot on goal gets you a “big sloppy kiss” from the referee who as the is called ‘referee’ and much more madness. As an inexpensive and silly time to go, Switch is definitely worth a look.