It’s Thanksgiving in the US when we publish this article, and here at NL Towers we had a good idea – “Let’s make an NFL-style list for Switch like this
correct Football / soccer we did in the summer! “
Oh the way we patted ourselves on the back knowing Thanksgiving was an NFL day for many, lots to eat and see. Even as British, your humble writer is (stupidly) a fan of the Chicago Bears and will watch the traditional first game of the day in a battle of centuries against the Detroit Lions. [Erm, have you seen their records? – Ed.]
We took a careful look at the Switch eShop and the internet to find out which exciting games to include and made up our mind … all of them. To say these are a slim selection is an understatement. In fact, these are all the American football games we could find.
And we had to cheat to include five. Well, at least the Retro Bowl is coming soon.
So yes, Have fun.
Editor: Digital dreams / Developer: Digital dreams
We didn’t exactly shower this with praise in our review, but the developers promised many moons ago that they would add missing content in a free update. Some like this game too, a spiritual sequel to a cult classic on SEGA Mega Drive; to a certain extent it plays like “real” football, although the concept of course means that all sorts of extravagant and violent gimmicks take place.
SNK has produced a wide range of sports games for the Neo Geo, so of course this is the American football entry on the series. It has chunky sprites familiar to fans of the company, with some nice touches like over-the-top player party animations and a fancy spiral ball when it’s in the air. As expected, the Arcade Archives version on Switch offers lots of little goodies and options thanks to HAMSTER’s work.
Editor: Run games / Developer: Run games
This is only available in the North American eShop (we can’t find it in the UK store anyway), which is a premium iteration of a previous mobile version. It’s inspired by Tecmo Bowl but of course has more modern graphics, a faster pace, and added depth in terms of game selection. It throws in some comedic effects battles too, while a season mode features some RPG-lite twists. All in all, it’s a game best suited to low-key expectations, short breakouts, and laid-back fun.
This is a game that has a place in many hearts, especially the original NES version which was dizzying depth (at the time) considering the technology. So it’s pretty cool that we can experience the technically more impressive version that was found in many arcades in the late 1980s. It’s surprising how different it is from the iconic 8-bit version. So if you are curious what Tecmo could achieve without hardware restrictions, this eShop version is worth a look.
Editor: Tecmo / Developer: Tecmo
Ok, we told you we had to cheat to get five games, the American football game selection on Switch is so limited. This is the slightly different, but fondly remembered, NES version of the game. It’s not in the eShop, but it is is in the NES app for Nintendo Switch Online subscribers. if the it’s not worth registering with NSO then we don’t know what to say …
And that’s it, time for the winning formation. Not exactly a party, is it? We did our best, but the Switch doesn’t have many American football games. Be sure to let us know your favorites – and any that we somehow missed! – in the comments below.
In all honesty, we’d like to expand this a bit – please tell us we missed some!