FIFA on Switch is an odd one. If you've never played a modern FIFA game and picked up any of the Switch entries, you'd likely think it's a fine game. You wouldn't be wrong — the base footy experience here is very solid and enjoyable — but veterans of the series will find it hard to overlook the cut corners and caveats of the 'Legacy' Switch versions. These games are missing key modes from their counterparts on PS4 / PS5 and Xbox One / Xbox Series X|S, so if you're FIFA enthusiast with access to those, it's hard to recommend these versions.
If you're not comparing like-for-like, however, and you're just looking for a decent kickaround on Switch, FIFA 18, 19, 20, 21, and 22 deliver a decent game, although the latter two literally updated the kits and player rosters for their respective years and nothing else. Frankly, we've lost patience with EA's cynical attitude to Switch-owning series fans, so we'd hunt down a copy of 19.
Also correctly known as Football, Tactics & Glory in various parts of the world, this is another intriguing and relatively unique take on the tactical angle of the beautiful game. Sure, you assign scouts to find players, complete transfers and set a formation, but this has a nice twist of its own.
Actual games play out a bit more like turn-based strategy, in which you carefully choose moves on a grid-like pitch. When players clash there's a bit of old-fashioned dice rolling, though if your team is better you will have better (but not perfect) odds. It's a title - like many of this ilk - that has its share of flaws, but is also unique enough to merit consideration. [See also Ganbare! Super Strikers, which has some similar ideas but without the management side of the game]
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Golazo! is definitely one for those with nostalgia for the classics of the '90s; this game is literally set in 1992. You choose from international teams and compete across a few modes, with the options keeping things relatively simple.
It's bonkers in its way, though, with unlockables including bizarre customisation options for players. It's very coin-op and arcade-style in terms of gameplay, is particularly fun in multiplayer and has a 'VHS' filter for that authentic '90s look. Not perfect but a good time, albeit the bizarre absence of Scotland among the playable teams irritated our reviewer, for obvious reasons...
This one was developed by Atooi, which is better known for Mutant Mudds Collection and various other titles. It's pretty simple in its goals — 2v2 fast-paced footie.
Soccer Slammers is the definition of chaos football, with play never stopping regardless of the absurdity of the fouls committed. Single player may feel a little limited due to the lack of fluidity you'll find with your AI companion, but if you can find three buddies and a couple of extra Joy-Con controllers, that's where this snappy title can be a rather fun way to pass some time.
We're not sure that this original is considered the best in the series (Super Sidekicks 3 has its fans) but it's the only option at this time on the eShop; its two immediate sequels were actually released on Nintendo's store but are no longer available to purchase.
If Soccer Brawl was a Neo Geo title trying to introduce Soccer to NFL-obsessed gamers in the US, Super Sidekicks is just the classic game without all of those tweaks. It's a glorious throwback to the arcade era, even if the camera is arguably a bit too close for any strategy beyond 'hoof it up the pitch'. The presentation and audio are downright irresistible, though.
Mario Strikers: Battle League is a masterclass in competitive game design. What it lacks in options is more than made up by just how much fun the game is, and it’s absolutely gorgeous to boot. As it stands it already feels like a complete product, but the promise of future updates down the line gives us even more to get excited about. If arcade sport action isn’t your bag, it’ll likely do nothing to sway your opinion, but if you have even a passing interest in this kind of caper, Mario Strikers: Battle League is the best sports game on Switch right now.
And that's the final whistle. There you have it! We did our best to pick out a variety of football games on Switch to suit any taste. Let us know your favourites down in the comments!
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