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Every American Football Game On Nintendo Switch

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American Football games on Nintendo Switch
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We’ve given this guide a good refresh ahead of the 2024 Super Bowl, which takes place on 11th February and sees defending champions the Kansas City Chiefs go up against the San Francisco 49ers. There’s a lot at stake here, so to help diffuse the tension, why not grab some game snacks and check out what American football games you can get on Nintendo Switch…

American football — or just football depending on where you are in the world. For some, it’s a way of life. For others, it’s another sport. But the thrill of watching teams duke it out over control of the ball is simply unmatched.

Given how huge the NFL is and the magnitude of the annual championship game, the Super Bowl (or Superb Owl for you witty types), you’d be surprised at how few American football games are out there, especially on Nintendo Switch. The Super Bowl is one of the world’s biggest sporting occasions and — contrary to popular belief — there do exist a handful of non-Americans who enjoy it. Even though your humble scribe is (foolishly) a Chicago Bears fan, you’ll find me watching the big games in the early hours in Britain while munching pretzels. It’s the dream.

Anyway, Nintendo Switch and American football aren’t the dream love affair we all want, but there are a handful of games you can get a touchdown in on the little hybrid console. And if it’s football / soccer you’re after, then it’s good that the list is covered too.

So let’s have a look at them in no particular order — the Best Nintendo Switch American Football Games, the Worst Nintendo Switch American Football Games… indeed, ALL the Nintendo Switch American Football Games. Enjoy!

SNK produced a broad range of sports games for the Neo Geo, so naturally this is the American Football entry in the series. It has chunky sprites familiar to fans of the company’s output, with some neat touches like over-the-top player celebration animations and a fancy spiralling ball when it’s up in the air. As expected, of course, the Arcade Archives version on Switch has a lot of little goodies and options thanks to HAMSTER’s work.

This is only available on the North American eShop (we can’t find it on the UK store, in any case), with this being a premium iteration after a previous mobile release. It draws some inspiration from Tecmo Bowl but naturally offers more modern visuals, a faster pace and additional depth in terms of play selections. It also throws in some fighting for comedic effect, while a season mode has some RPG-lite twists. All told it’s a game that seems to best suit modest expectations, short bursts and relaxed fun.

This is a game that has a place in many hearts, in particular the original NES release that provided (at the time) dizzying depth considering the technology. It’s rather cool, then, that we can experience the more technically impressive version that was found in many arcades in the late ’80s. It’s surprising just how different it looks to the iconic 8-bit version, so if you’re curious about what Tecmo could achieve without battling hardware limitations this eShop version is worth a look.

Coming from the publisher of such software as AAA Clock, AAA Clock Happy Edition, and AAA Clock Ultra Happy Edition (to name just three of the 38 AAA Clock classics available on the Switch eShop), we declined to review this one and therefore can’t speak to its quality… or anything else about the game, in all honesty. It appears to be a race-based party game with football trappings, but at $14.99 we’re not about to investigate to find out how much gridiron this one actually contains. We’d wager ‘not much’, though.

What’s that? It spends most of the time on sale at just $1.99, does it? Nah, you’re alright. We’ll watch this one from the sidelines.

We have to admit that Upside Down Bird’s Axis Football 2023 passed us by. Billed as a “simulation-style” affair, “featuring the industry’s best franchise mode, massive customization, and realistic gameplay,” it certainly talks the talk. A quick trip to Metacritic shows only one critic review across all platforms, although it’s an 85 for the PC version. So it’s possible this is a gem despite the very uninspiring key art. Let us know in the comments if you’ve touched down with this one.

And that’s it, time for the victory formation. Let us know your favourites — and any we’ve somehow missed! — down in the comments.

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