As we write this, it’s almost time for SUPER BOWL 2022, which we understand needs to be shouted out with a lot of excitement. For a bit of history, here at NL Towers during Thanksgiving 2021 we had a brilliant idea – “let’s make a better NFL style roster for Switch, like the
correct football/soccer we did this summer!”
Oh how we congratulated ourselves, and have now revisited this list knowing that the Super Bowl (or Superb Owl for you wittiest ones) is one of the greatest sporting occasions in the world and – as we write this – is just around the corner. Even if your humble scribe is (stupidly) a Chicago Bears fan and has no bears in the upcoming fight, I’ll be watching the big game in the early hours of Monday morning in Britain while munching on pretzels. This is the dream.
On Thanksgiving last year, we diligently scoured the Switch eShop and the internet to determine which exciting games to include in this list and settled on… all. To say these were slim picks would be an understatement. corn there is now an additional game – Retro bowl is fresh on the eShop, joins the list, and is great, so that’s good.
Editor: FiveAcesEdition / Developer: New star sets
Retro Bowl, like most of the games on this list, takes a stylized approach inspired by the Tecmo Bowl; it’s quite addicting. You are General Manager / Head Coach / Quarterback in this game; the “sim” part allows you to choose players from the draft, trade players, play nice with the owner, renew contracts, appease fans and much more. The actual gameplay is all about backing up and playing quarterback, and it’s a lot of fun. A cool distraction either in preparation for a big game or to get you through the long, long off-season.
Editor: Digital dreams / Developer: Digital dreams
We didn’t really praise this in our review, but the developers promised many moons ago to add the missing content in a free update. Some also enjoy this game, a spiritual successor to a cult classic on SEGA Mega Drive; it plays to some extent like “real” football, although of course the concept means there are all sorts of extravagant and violent shenanigans going on too.
SNK produced a wide range of sports games for the Neo Geo, so naturally this is the American football entry in the series. It has big sprites familiar to fans of the company’s production, with some neat touches like over-the-top player celebration animations and a fancy spiral ball when it’s in the air. As expected, of course, the Arcade Archives version on Switch has plenty of little goodies and options thanks to the work of HAMSTER.
Editor: Run games / Developer: Run games
This is only available on the North American eShop (we can’t find it on the UK store in any way), this is a premium iteration after a previous mobile release. It’s inspired a bit by the Tecmo Bowl but naturally offers more modern visuals, faster pacing and added depth in terms of gameplay selections. It also features fights for comedic effect, while a season mode has a few RPG-lite twists. All told, it’s a game that seems to best cater to modest expectations, short bursts, and relaxed fun.
It’s a game that has a place in many hearts, especially the original NES release which (at the time) offered dizzying depth considering the technology. It’s kind of cool, then, that we get to experience the technically more impressive version that was found in many arcades in the late 80s. It’s surprising how much different from the iconic 8-bit versionso if you’re curious what Tecmo could achieve without battling hardware limitations, this eShop version is worth checking out.
Editor: Techmo / Developer: Techmo
Yes, we had to cheat to get six games, that’s how limited the range of American Football titles is on Switch. This is the rather different but fondly remembered NES version of the game. It’s not on the eShop, but it is is in the NES app for Nintendo Switch Online subscribers. Yes this not worth signing up for NSO, so we don’t know what to say…
Lo and behold, it’s time for victory training. Not exactly a feast, is it? We’ve done our best, but the Switch doesn’t come with many American football games. Either way, let us know your favorites – and any we somehow missed! – down in the comments.
Honestly, we’d like to flesh this out a bit – please tell us we missed it!