Here are the best Nintendo Switch games for sports fans

sports games for Nintendo Switch

With its HD Rumble, Joy-Con controls, and focus on couch co-op or competition, the Nintendo Switch is perfect for sports games. And though it didn’t boast many at launch, slowly but surely, the system has acquired some excellent sports titles from major franchises and indie developers, making some of the best Nintendo Switch games you can buy right now. Whether you’re looking for something silly or realistic, these are the best Switch sports games.

Mario Tennis AcesMario Tennis Aces

★ Featured Favorite:
Mario Tennis Aces Nintendo Switch

Mario Tennis Aces brings the Mario Tennis series back with an impressive serve after the lackluster Wii U entry. A laidback single-player mode will get you into the game and accustomed to its controls, but the meat of Mario Tennis Aces is in its online multiplayer.

Fifa 21 Switch ScreenshotFifa 21 Switch Screenshot

FIFA 21 Legacy Edition

FIFA 18 helped pioneer major, realistic sports gaming in its return to Nintendo consoles, proving the Switch could handle the detailed graphics and complex matches. The latest version of FIFA for 2021 includes the latest kits, clubs, and squads from some of the world’s top leagues. There is also an enormous roster of popular players making appearances across numerous teams, and of course, Ultimate Team mode.

$39 at Amazon

Golf Story screenshotGolf Story screenshot

Hole in one:
Golf Story for Nintendo Switch

Golf Story swung seemingly out of nowhere to find a home among the other indie successes on Switch. Especially given that the system so far lacks a strong Mario Golf title, Golf Story fills that gap and more with its decent-sized story and meaty replayability. Just be warned: this one has a classic 2D 8-bit art style, which might not be for you. This little gem offers sports and a dramatic story for those wanting a little more than just hitting a ball.

$15 at Best Buy

Nba 2k21 Switch ScreenshotNba 2k21 Switch Screenshot

Fast break:
NBA 2K21 for Nintendo Switch

NBA 2K21 is the best basketball game you’re going to find. You can play MyGM mode, MyLeague, and MyCareer, where you create your own player and follow them as they build their skills, sign with teams, and (hopefully) win a lot of basketball games. The Neighborhoods mode offers a somewhat open world where players can meet others playing simultaneously and play pick-up games.

Fitness Boxing 2 CalendarFitness Boxing 2 Calendar

Fitness Boxing 2

This boxing game isn’t competitive in nature, but it does use the Nintendo Switch’s motion controls for one massive benefit. That benefit is to get you moving, as Fitness Boxing 2 is all about giving you a fun cardio workout. The best thing about Fitness Boxing 2 is that you don’t need other controller peripherals, just the Joy-Cons that came with your Switch. And if you played Fitness Boxing before, your profile will transfer to Fitness Boxing 2! Easy peasy! Now get movin’!

Football Manager Touch 2021 SwitchFootball Manager Touch 2021 Switch

Be the coach:
Football Manager Touch 2021

Less keen on playing sports and more interested in management? Football Manager made its way to Switch with Football Manager Touch 2018, and despite worries that it would be far too scaled down to be enjoyable, it’s actually a solid entry in the series. The 2021 iteration is similar to the versions before it. This club simulator includes over 117 leagues from 52 nations, or you can create one of your own for any league in the game, then play either against AI or online with friends and strangers.

Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games: Tokyo 2020 javelin throwMario & Sonic at the Olympic Games: Tokyo 2020 javelin throw

Go for the gold:
Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 for Nintendo Switch

Mario and Sonic characters come together in this crossover Olympic game extravaganza! Beloved fan favorites from both franchises find themselves caught up in a scheme by Bowser and Dr. Robotnik, and end up in a retro Olympic-themed video game from 1984, where the Olympics were held in Japan. Go through a story mode or play Olympic sports mini-games with friends. The game switches between 2D pixel art to modern 3D graphics. Each character has its own strengths and weaknesses, so choose wisely!

Ring Fit AdventureRing Fit Adventure

Burn those calories:
Ring Fit Adventure for Nintendo Switch

Ring Fit Adventure is this generation’s Wii Fit. With the Ring-Con and Leg Strap accessories, you can get a full-on workout with your Nintendo Switch! Ring Fit Adventure has a campaign mode with a story to go through, and you must battle enemies by doing various exercises, along with running in place to move around. If the Adventure mode isn’t your thing, the game has custom workouts and sets of exercises that you can do too. Either way, you’ll definitely work up a sweat with this game. No gym membership is required!

Rocket League SwitchRocket League Switch

Start your engines:
Rocket League Ultimate Edition

Customize your car and then hit the field in this fast-paced game that combines racing and soccer. Compete in competitive matches online and take advantage of special modes and in-game events available for a limited time that give you the chance to unlock special items. Progression is made across platforms, whether through tournaments and completing challenges to show off your skills.

$50 at Amazon

Mario GolfMario Golf

Hit the green:
Mario Golf: Super Rush for Nintendo Switch

The Mushroom Kingdom has made it to the course! Choose your favorite character and either enjoy a nice, calm, traditional game of golf or add chaos with battle golf. Keep track of your stats and become a golf pro.

Tony Hawk Pro Skater SwitchTony Hawk Pro Skater Switch

Shred it:
Tony Hawk Pro Skater 1+2

These classic skateboarding titles have been totally rebuilt and improved for play on the Switch. Players get all the same original game modes, create features, tricks, and soundtracks with upgrades. Get back to the pipe, and let’s roll.

Rbi BaseballRbi Baseball

Home run!:
R.B.I. Baseball 21

Customize your own player, customize your own team, play a quick game, or play online. With R.B.I. Baseball 21, there are many ways to play and customize your experience. Will you make it to the World Series?

$30 at Best Buy

Get your sport fix on Switch

While we may not all be athletic, sports is something that everyone can enjoy, whether it’s actually actively participating or spectating. But sports-themed video games let us play whenever we want and have fun doing it. The Switch didn’t start with many sports titles in its library, but it’s steadily growing over time.

We like all of these sports games, but which one should you get? Naturally, it depends on which sports you like, but if you want something that many different people can pick up and learn quickly, Mario Tennis Aces is it. It’s not only tremendously fun, but also lets up to four people play at a time. Be sure to grab it with the tennis racket accessory for your Nintendo Switch if you really want to turn it up a notch.

And if you want to actually burn some calories while you’re playing video games, then make sure to get Ring Fit Adventure. It has a ton of different exercises to do, and believe me, you do work up a sweat playing, so it does work and costs less than a year of a gym membership!

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