Given the pick-up and play portability of the Nintendo Switch, it makes sense that there are already several brilliant sports games to play on the device. You can just grab your Joy-Cons and jump into a game, even when you’re out with friends. This makes it easy to play sports games with multiple players in short bursts.
But the best thing about Nintendo’s pocket powerhouse, is that you can just slip into your dock at home and have the whole family get involved in motion-controlled sporting action. Even if you are a single player, you can still enjoy your sport fix by sitting down with a manager sim for a few hours before you go to bed. You may wonder which games to buy to make the most of the console’s incredible versatility. In this article we will review some of our favorite Nintendo Switch games. We’ll also discuss a wide range of titles that can be enjoyed by all ages.
Mario Tennis Aces
Some of the best sports games are fine-tuned reflections of the real thing, but sometimes it can be even more engaging to elevate certain parts of the gameplay into the absurd. Mario Tennis Aces is an excellent example of this, as it turns the racket-based sport into a fighting game with a few quirky mechanics.
You can have intense rallies and close matches with up to four people in online or local multiplayer. However, you can also break each other’s rackets using special attacks and deliver incredible curving backhands that will send your opponents flying.
Mario Tennis Aces is tons of fun with friends, but the additional story mode turns a great package into an essential pickup, allowing solo players to get in on the action too.
Soccer with remote-controlled cars might not be something you can see at a stadium near you, but it absolutely becomes a sport when you start learning the tricks and trying to score goals against other players in local or online play. Psyonix’s Rocket League is massively popular for good reason: it’s the perfect game if you want to quickly settle a score on the Nintendo Switch.
Grab your Joy-Cons, and let the grievances flow to the arena. But, don’t get caught in overtime. Learning to use your boost correctly and float through the air to secure goals is an art, which is why Rocket League‘s clumsy gameplay is so moreish.
Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020
If watching this year’s Olympics has got your family itching to compete, then you should definitely consider trying out virtual versions of the events on your Nintendo Switch with Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020.
This bumper minigame package contains over 30 events to play and a charming, historical story mode to enjoy in your solo downtime. You can have hours of fun with your group, and the sports are all consistent. Let’s face it, Mario is a natural at kickflips.
Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1 + 2
Speaking of kickflips, players can expand their Olympic skateboarding ambitions on the Nintendo Switch with Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1 + 2, a superb remake of the iconic action sports games from the dawn of the century.
The Nintendo Switch’s handheld nature makes it easy to use buttons. There are two games and many challenges to complete.
You can also hop into multiplayer to share your best lines with friends and strangers on the skateboard. The game’s amazing soundtrack blends retro and modern skateboarding songs will make you want to crank up your volume.
Football Manager 2021 Touch
Suppose you’re more interested in sports management than getting in the middle of the action yourself. In that case, you might want to consider Football Manager 2021 Touch, a great port of the beloved Sports Interactive series that lets you fight through the seasons, nurture talent, and shape your club’s journey.
The console control scheme can be difficult to master if the series is new, but it is worth considering if you are looking for a more meaty sports game than some of the others.
Mario Golf: Super Rush
As proven by Mario Tennis Aces, developer Camelot Software Planning knows how to elevate a sports game on the Nintendo Switch, so it’s no surprise that Mario Golf: Super Rush turns teeing up into an exciting arcade adventure for solo players and families.
In the adventure mode of the game, you will rise up the ranks to become a Mii Rookie and take on difficult courses in rough terrain. You’ll also enjoy a funny narrative filled with classic Mario characters. You can also play with up to four other friends, and enjoy the thrill of a good shot while you try to score that hole-in-one.
The addition of quirky modes such as Speed Golf or Battle Golf means that even less-skilled golfers have the chance to create chaos, but it’s clear that this game can get serious with more skilled players.
Ring Fit Adventure
If you want to add that extra element to your sports gaming experience on the Nintendo Switch and burn some calories, then you should pick up Ring Fit Adventure.
Equipped with a leg strap and a custom ring peripheral, players can squeeze and stretch to perform gamified routines, from squats to yoga poses and targeted muscle exercises. You can level up and fight monsters in a role-playing gaming game.
Ring Fit also offers some turn-based multiplayer games and a rhythm mode where you can work out to some top Nintendo tunes. This one is difficult to find. It’s because it’s so effective as a regular exercise program.
Written by Jordan Oloman on behalf of GLHF.