The 2020 European Championships are in full swing … in 2021. Yes, that’s a little weird. Do you know what’s also a little weird? Be a football / soccer fan who owns a Switch. Nintendo’s system somehow misses the “Premier” games while being bombarded with many smaller versions, and it can be difficult to know which ones are worth it.
We haven’t reviewed every football game on the Switch, so let’s be frank and say that some will be missing from this list and may be worth checking out. However, we’ve looked at enough to share 11 of the top winners here – oh yes, how smart we are – and there is a lot of variety to be found. If you want simulation, tactics, comedy, or arcade action, there will be something here for you.
Below we’ve picked out – in no particular order – the best soccer games we’ve played on Switch. Grab your sweaters, set your goals and enjoy!
Editor: Psyonix Studios / Developer: Psyonix Studios
Let’s start with this one, just so the pedantic arguments can be exposed right away. No, the Rocket League isn’t technically football – cars don’t have feet. But he’s fantastic, has a very solid port on Switch, and involves working as a team to put the ball into the opposing goal. It sounds a lot like football, the main difference being that you are in turbocharged cars.
Not only does it work quite well on Switch, but online play is fully cross-platform, you’re guaranteed to find matches (casual or ranked), and all of the regular content updates can be found here. It’s a full version of one of the most popular games in the world, which is nice to have.
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Editor: SNK / Developer: SNK
The Neo Geo has had a number of football matches, and a few of them are on the eShop. they have impressive sound design in the opinion of this writer, although of course you should expect some basic “arcadey” action.
Soccer Brawl has some similarities to Super Sidekicks, for example, except that players wear body armor and there are hardly any rules; it’s silly and brash and hence can be a lot of fun in short bursts. Bouncing off walls, foul with impunity – it’s like the good old days playing 5 at school.
Editor: SEGA / Developer: Interactive sports
Football Manager is responsible for many lost jobs, failed degrees and failed relationships; never has a glorified spreadsheet been so exciting and addicting. There are likely therapy groups for those who have spent thousands of hours on the series, carefully creating powerful teams to bring the Newport County AFC to Champions League glory.
The Switch versions of the Tactical Simulation 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 away a bit of the complexity of the full main games. It’s still pretty detailed while arguably bringing the series closer to the simpler times of the “Championship Manager” era, and it’s a great way to spend some time on the Switch.
Editor: Bandai Namco / Developer: Tamsoft
This series is quite popular in Japan, covering all kinds of media and games for decades; in the West? Not really. That’s why it was a pleasant surprise to have Captain Tsubasa: Rise Of New Champions last year, and it’s actually a very solid game while still being a pretty unique take on the sport.
You can play through a few story segments, and there’s CPU Vs and online gaming after that – although getting games online can be tricky. It’s a wacky take on football, with all kinds of dodging, combos, and stamina bars to watch out for; it is not the typical game of football. He looks great and provides an entertaining time with a completely over the top approach to the sport.
Editor: FiveAcesEdit / Developer: New Star Games
You might be thinking “Football Manager is on the list, it’ll do the trick for simulation games,” but it’s not that simple. Not everyone wants to dive into complex management, on the one hand, and New Star Manager – despite its mobile origins – takes a slightly different approach.
On the one hand, team selection and strategy is more like a card-based strategy game, while your club’s infrastructure work can be more like a simple building simulation. Once you enter the matches, you to play attack the highlights, put the game in your hands rather than just passively watching. It’s a bit low-fi, but does enough unique things in its approach to interest us.
Editor: Ant workshop / Developer: Size Five Sets
This is a fun entry to the list, as it was made by critically acclaimed game creator Dan Marshall, who readily admits he knows nothing about football. So it’s ultimately a comedic outside look at the beautiful game, and it’s pretty good.
Here comes the Kickmen cost less than a cup of coffee and rely heavily on humorous writing and silly rules – the pitch is round, the ball can bounce off the sides, scoring gets you a ‘big sloppy kiss’ of. the part of the referee who is called ‘the referee’, and much more madness for that matter. As an inexpensive, silly moment, it’s definitely worth a look on Switch.