Best Nintendo Switch Football Games – Soccer Brawl – Nintendo Life

As we publish this the European Championships 2020 are about to start… in 2021. Yes, it’s been weird, and we also realised that it can be tricky being a football / soccer fan that happens to own a Switch. Nintendo’s system both misses out on the premium games while getting bombarded with other smaller releases, and it can be hard to know which ones to get.

We haven’t reviewed every football game on the Switch, so let’s be upfront and say that some will be missing on this list that may be worth checking out. However, we’ve reviewed enough of them to share a winning 11 of the better ones here – oh yes, how very clever of us – and there’s also plenty of variety to be found. It you want simulation, tactics, comedy or arcade action, there’ll be something here for you.

Below we’ve picked out – in no particular order – the best football games we’ve played on Switch. Enjoy!

Rocket League (Switch eShop)Rocket League (Switch eShop)

Publisher: Psyonix Studios / Developer: Psyonix Studios

Release Date: 14th Nov 2017 (USA) / 14th Nov 2017 (UK/EU)

Let’s get this one out there first, just so pedantic arguments can be had out right away. No, Rocket League isn’t technically football – cars don’t have feet. But it is fantastic, has a very solid port on Switch, and involves working as part of a team to put the ball in the opposition’s goal. Sounds very much like football, with the main difference being you’re in turbo-charged cars.

Not only does it run pretty well on Switch, but online play is fully cross-platform, you are guaranteed to find matches (casual or ranked), and all of the regular content updates are found here. It’s a complete version of one of the world’s most popular games, which is nice to have.

Please note that some external links on this page are affiliate links, which means if you click them and make a purchase we may receive a small percentage of the sale. Please read our FTC Disclosure for more information.

Soccer Brawl (Neo Geo)Soccer Brawl (Neo Geo)

Publisher: SNK / Developer: SNK

Release Date: 14th Feb 1992 (USA) / 22nd Nov 2017 (UK/EU)

The Neo Geo had a number of football games, and a couple of them are on the eShop. They have awesome sound design in this writer’s opinion, though of course you should expect basic ‘arcadey’ action.

Soccer Brawl has some similarities to Super Sidekicks, for example, except the players are wearing body armour and there are practically no rules; it’s silly and brash and as a result can be a lot of fun in short bursts. Rebound shots off walls, foul with impunity – it’s just like the old days playing 5-a-sides at school.

Football Manager 2021 Touch (Switch eShop)Football Manager 2021 Touch (Switch eShop)

Publisher: SEGA / Developer: Sports Interactive

Release Date: 14th Dec 2020 (USA) / 14th Dec 2020 (UK/EU)

Football Manager is responsible for many lost jobs, flunked degrees and failed relationships; never has a glorified spreadsheet been so enthralling and addictive. There are probably therapy groups for those that have sunk thousands of hours into the series, carefully crafting mighty squads to take Newport County AFC to Champion’s League glory.

The Switch versions of the tactical sim series are based on the ‘Touch’ titles initially released for phones and tablets. Some actually prefer this semi-skimmed version of the series, as it strips away a little of the complexity of the full-fat main games. It’s still detailed enough while arguably taking the series closer to the simpler times of the ‘Championship Manager’ days, and is a great way to pass time on the Switch.

Captain Tsubasa: Rise Of New Champions (Switch)Captain Tsubasa: Rise Of New Champions (Switch)

Publisher: Bandai Namco / Developer: Tamsoft

Release Date: 28th Aug 2020 (USA) / 28th Aug 2020 (UK/EU)

This series is rather popular in Japan, spanning all sorts of media and games for decades; in the West? Not so much. That’s why it was a pleasant surprise to get Captain Tsubasa: Rise Of New Champions last year, 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 there’s Vs CPU and online play after that – though getting online games may prove tricky. It’s a wacky take on football, with all sorts of dodges, combos and stamina bars to pay attention to; this isn’t the typical game of Soccer. It looks terrific, and offers an entertaining time with a completely over-the-top take on the sport.

New Star Manager (Switch eShop)New Star Manager (Switch eShop)

Publisher: FiveAcesPublishing / Developer: New Star Games

Release Date: 31st Jan 2019 (USA) / 31st Jan 2019 (UK/EU)

You may be thinking ‘Football Manager is on the list, that’ll do for sim games’, but it’s not quite that simple. Not everyone wants to delve into complex management, for one thing, and this title – despite its mobile origins – goes for a slightly different approach.

For one thing, team selection and strategy feels more like a card-based strategy game, while your club’s infrastructure work can feel more like a simple building sim. Once you get into matches you actually play attacking highlights, putting 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 keep us interested.

Behold the Kickmen (Switch eShop)Behold the Kickmen (Switch eShop)

Publisher: Ant Workshop / Developer: Size Five Games

Release Date: 18th Jun 2020 (USA) / 18th Jun 2020 (UK/EU)

This is a fun entry in the list, as it was made by critically acclaimed game maker Dan Marshall who happily admits to knowing nothing about football. So this is ultimately a comedic outsider’s take on the beautiful game, and it’s rather good.

It costs less than a cup of coffee and leans heavily on humorous writing and absurdist takes on the rules – the pitch is round, the ball can bounce off the sides, scoring gets you a ‘big sloppy kiss’ from the referee who is called the ‘Umpire’, and much more madness besides. As an inexpensive and silly time it is definitely worth a look on Switch.

Please follow and like us:

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

YouTube
YouTube
Instagram