We all love to play sports with our thumbs, and while Nintendo's known for introducing new ways to game, the Switch is still somewhat lacking in the sports department. That's not to say there aren't plenty of great sports games on the Switch; rather, there aren't as many as, say, the PS4 or Xbox One. Where the Switch shines, however, is in its console exclusives. In fact, the best Nintendo switch sports games are often the ones that focus on Mario, Toad, Luigi, and all your favorite Nintendo superstars.
Whether you're looking for football games, soccer games, or even hybrid golf simulators, the Switch's growing library has plenty of options (unless you're looking for wrestling games, in which case you're basically out of luck). You can play as your favorite athletes in FIFA or NBA 2K21, or put the peddle to the metal in Rocket League. In Mutant Football League, you can smash the living daylights out of your opponents as you coast into the end zone, and in Golf Story you can work on your putting skills while leveling up your character.
What do you think are the best Switch sports games? Vote for the ones that make you work up a sweat (even when you're on the couch).
- Photo: Camelot Software Planning
Metacritic Score: 75
Harking back to the days of the Virtual Boy, the Mario Tennis franchise has been one of the greatest Nintendo sports series of all time. Mario Tennis Aces may just seem like a fun take on the world of tennis. However, it actually requires you to employ numerous strategies so that you can out-maneuver your opponents.
The game also allows you to switch over to Swing Mode, letting you once again take in all Wii Sports has to offer. It's a charming game filled with your favorite Nintendo characters.
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- Release: 2018
- Developer: Camelot Software Planning
Lonely Mountains: DownhillPhoto: Megagon Industries
Metacritic Score: 65
A seemingly standard biking game that's surprisingly immersive, the premise of Lonely Mountains: Downhill is pretty straightforward: ride your bike downhill as quickly (and safely) as possible. You'll cross various forests, rivers, and teeny tiny mountain trails as you try your darnedest not to crash and burn.
While the game works perfectly well while docked, it particularly stands out in handheld mode, as each new obstacle becomes even more hazardous.
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- Release: 2019
- Developer: Megagon Industries
- Photo: Psyonix
Metacritic Score: 86
Rocket League is one of the most unique sports games you'll find on the Switch. You can't exactly play the sport depicted in real life, and that's what makes it so entertaining. Plus, if you're willing to shell out for some DLC, then you can ride in some of the most famous vehicles of all time like the DeLorean from Back to the Future. All you have to do is kick back, relax, and take part in the most intricate game of soccer you've ever experienced.
The Nintendo Switch (and all modern consoles, honestly), are pitifully lacking in the soccer department, and while Rocket League may not be as technical as, say, FIFA, it definitely gets the job done.
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- Release: 2015
- Developer: Psyonix
Mutant Football LeaguePhoto: Digital Dreams Entertainment
Metacritic Score: 66
There aren't too many football games on the Switch, why is why Mutant Football League is such a gem. As the spiritual successor to Mutant League Football, it was developed by the same designer and features many of the same style and gameplay elements. Sort of like a hark back to the NFL Blitz days on the N64, Mutant Football League features over-the-top action with tons of bone-crushing plays.
The game features 7-on-7 matches with teams comprised of cool and creepy mutants. The team names are both cooky and fun, and the gameplay is extremely intuitive. If you love ridiculously crazy sports games, you've love this.
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- Release: 2017
- Developer: Digital Dreams Entertainment