Welcome to suplex city. If you’re after some of the best wrestling games out there, you’ve come to the right place. Even if you don’t necessarily follow promotions such as WWE, AEW, Impact Wrestling, or New Japan Pro-Wrestling, you might still like to put on some tights and beat the holy hell out of your opponents in the ring. Trust me, it’s therapeutic after a long and arduous day – you get a spear, and you get a spear, everybody gets a spear.
So, what are the best wrestling games on Nintendo Switch and mobile? Well, I put on my attire, strutted my stuff to some epic theme music, and hit the opposition with an RKO outta nowhere, all just so that I could find all the crowd-pleasing titles. Sure, I came across a few duds, but I sent them on their last ride.
If rolling around with sweaty people isn’t your thing, not to worry. You could always look at our picks for the best basketball games, fishing games, football games, cricket games, and dating games if you’re after a different type of physical activity. We also have a list of the best dress up games, in case you want to make a fashion statement.
Without further ado, here are our picks for the best wrestling games on Switch and mobile.
WWE 2K18 – Switch
Yes, we’re going back a few years with this one, but you should thank me for that, given WWE 2K20 was enough of a car crash that the series went on a two-year-long hiatus – the first time in decades that a wrestling game didn’t release. Anyway, WWE 2K18 lets you suplex some dudes, pedigree others, and give a few an attitude adjustment. What more do you need?
Okay, some features in the game include a career mode that lets you choose between being a face or a heel. You should choose your path wisely, as each one opens you up to different storylines and opportunities. They also have different perks – I admit, the heel branch is more fun. You can also create your own path with any brand in the universe mode, though it’s not quite as good as subsequent releases.
Wrestling Empire – mobile
This is a decent wrestling game to take on the go. Is it going to end up in the hall of fame one day? No, but for what it is, this is a worthwhile wrestling game for any fan. You get to create your own character, and take them on a journey to stardom – this is your story to create, become a legend by any means necessary, and remember, there’s truth to the saying ‘nice guys finish last.’
You can also run your own promotion in Wrestling Empire, so get out there and see if you have what it takes to be an Eric Bischoff, Stephanie McMahon, William Regal, or Teddy Long.
NJPW Strong Spirits – mobile
Are you ready? Here’s a game based on a real promotion that isn’t a WWE title. I know, shocking. Anyway, NJPW Strong Spirits is a mobile title centred on New Japan Pro-Wrestling, so it shouldn’t surprise you to see some familiar faces, assuming you follow the professional wrestling circuit. Even if you’re not a die-hard NJPW fan, it’s a worthwhile game, especially since it offers a certain authenticity that other smartphone wrestling games lack.
WWE 2K Battlegrounds – Switch
WWE 2K Battlegrounds is a surprisingly good game that I was honestly expecting to piledrive into the bin. Instead, it remains in my collection and can quench any wrestling urges I might have. Granted, the arcade-style title isn’t as good as the mainline WWE 2K series, but it was a good filler when its big brother had to miss its annual release due to WWE 2K20 being offensively bad.
Overall, there are more than 70 superstars to choose from, including legends, current stars, and future hall of famers. I must admit, it’s fun to see some of the best moves in professional wrestling be exaggerated to the point of hilarity.
WWE SuperCard – mobile
If you like wrestling and card games, this is a title that you should play. WWE SuperCard is a deck-building game, as such, you collect cards to build the ultimate team, and it features many of your favourite stars from the past, present, and future, including John Cena – not that you can see him or anything – Randy Orton, Becky Lynch, Hulk Hogan, The Rock, Stone Cold Steve Austin, the Undertaker, and more.
There are plenty of game modes to sink your teeth into, including one-on-one battles and a mode dubbed survivor, the latter of which pits you against nine other players, and only one of you can reign supreme.
80s Mania Wrestling Returns – mobile
While you all waited for GM mode to return to the WWE games, this mobile hit the market and gives you everything you could want in a wrestling general manager game, and the fact it’s got an 80s theme makes it that much better – nobody can deny that’s the heyday of professional wrestling, back before things slowly became more and more PG.
In 80s Mania Wrestling Returns, you get to manage hundreds of fictional wrestlers, create rivalries, and place them in exciting matchups. Remember, grown men can throw the biggest tantrums, so don’t make promises you can’t keep when it comes to title opportunities – but equally, assert your authority, never be afraid to say those infamous words, ‘you’re fired!’
There you have it, some of the best wrestling games on Switch and mobile. Now then, if you really want to know what The Rock is cooking, mosey on over to our list of the best cooking games on mobile.