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9 great new sports games coming out in 2021

You don't have to do extreme sports to feel the thrill.

Just because 2020 ruined outdoor activities doesn’t mean 2021 cannot be sporty! Whether you are a hardcore sports fan or just want to chill with friends, I have gathered the best sports games coming out in 2021 to help you find your next favorite sports game.

Mario Golf: Super Rush

Developer: Camelot
Publisher: Nintendo
Release Date: June 25, 2021
Platforms: Nintendo Switch

This is a game I’ve been dreaming of for a long time! The original was initially released in 1999 on the NES; now, Mario and his friends are back to hit the green in Mario Golf: Super Rush. It has been a while since the world’s most famous plumber swung his club on the big screen, as Mario Golf games have only been available on mobile consoles since its GameCube version.

Mario Golf: Super Rush – Announcement Trailer – Nintendo Switch

The Nintendo Switch is finally welcoming a new Mario Golf title, and not just a digital remaster of an older game. Mario Golf: Super Rush will be available on the Nintendo Switch this June, right in time to get our polos and clubs ready.

Blood Bowl 3

Developer: Cyanide
Publisher: Nacon, Bigben Interactive
Release Date: 2021
Platforms: Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, PC

Have you ever dreamt of watching the Super Bowl, but instead of Tom Brady it’s an orc charging into an elf? No? Well, Blood Bowl 3 will change the way you see football forever.

Blood Bowl 3 is a fantasy football game set in the universe of Warhammer. Even though Blood Bowl 3 is a sports game, it makes you forget all notions of sportsmanship. To win, you will have to break a few jaws, explode a couple of enemies, and cheat your way to the top. Blood Bowl 3 is Madden gone mad. It is the perfect sports game to unwind with by pulverizing your friends before scoring a touchdown.

SkateBIRD

Developer: Glass Bottom Games
Publisher: Glass Bottom Games
Release Date: 2021
Platforms: Nintendo Switch, Xbox One, PC, MacOS

Just as its name suggests, SkateBIRD is a skateboard game with birds. But not any birds! These rockstars slay the skatepark with their tricks, little flappy wings, and awesome sunglasses. I could spend hours just looking at those birds flapping around while doing ollies.

As birds aren’t exactly the same size as humans, SkateBIRD adjusted its skateparks. You can ride on a bendy straw, cardboard, sticky tape, or even a stapler. The camera is really well thought through, following our birdie action perfectly.

SkateBIRD looks really fun but hasn’t yet announced a multiplayer mode. That would be a great addition, as seeing your friend fly and miserably fail their trick is a big part of the fun of a skating game.

Gran Turismo 7

Developer: Polyphony Digital
Publisher: Sony Interactive Entertainment
Release Date: 2021
Platforms: PlayStation 5

Does Gran Turismo still need an introduction? The PlayStation exclusive is a staple when it comes to car race games. The game provides an incredible amount of details for your car, and at times it gives off strong Fast and Furious vibes.

Gran Turismo 7 - Announcement Trailer | PS5

Besides great graphics, the real innovation of Gran Turismo 7 should come from its rework for the PlayStation 5. The game will take advantage of the latest console’s technical features, such as the Dual Sense controllers’ haptic feedback, real-time ray tracing effects, and 3D audio. Gran Turismo 7 seems poised to make driving in games more realistic than real life, but way safer.

Windjammers 2

Developer: Dotemu
Publisher: Dotemu
Release Date: 2021
Platforms: Nintendo Switch, PC

Windjammers may ring a bell to our most seasoned readers – or your parents, if you are below 25. This disc-throwing simulation was initially released in 1994, on the Neo Geo arcade system. Two decades later, Windjammers is finally back.

Gameplay-wise, Windjammers 2 is similar to Pong, but instead of throwing a mere ball, you get to launch a frisbee at your opponent. They either throw it back or lose the game. And… that’s it for the rules! This simplicity makes Windjammers 2 a great sports game to play with friends, whether hardcore gamers or Candy Crush lovers.

Space Jam: A New Legacy

Developer: Other Ocean
Publisher: Warner Bros. Entertainment, Microsoft
Release Date: July 2021 (TBC)
Platforms: Xbox Series X/S, PC

In Space Jam: A New Legacy, LeBron James is teaming up with another basketball legend: Bugs Bunny. You zoomers might not know this, but the famous rabbit also plays ball, and the video game adaptation of Space Jam’s is all about that.

One of the most unique aspects of the video game adaptation of Space Jam: A New Legacy is that… it does not exist yet. As Microsoft didn’t seem to have much inspiration for yet another basketball game, the company asked Space Jam fans to submit their own ideas. Throughout December, coders of all ages could use Microsoft’s dedicated workshop to create their version of Space Jam’s newest video game.

The final version of Space Jam: A new Legacy will be available for Xbox Game Pass Ultimate owners later this year – probably around the movie’s release date, in July.

RetroMania Wrestling

Developer: Retrosoft Studios
Publisher: Retrosoft Studios
Release Date: February 26, 2021
Platforms: Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC

Do you remember the time of the old arcade sports games? If you do, RetroMania Wrestling will hit that nostalgic vibe with its 2D sprites and fast-paced gameplay.

RetroMania Wrestling is the sequel to Wrestlefest, a 1991 arcade game. Just as its predecessor, RetroMania Wrestling lets you control a professional wrestler. Choose your character among the 16 available wrestlers and knock out everyone you can see.

RetroMania Wrestling was supposed to come out on Feb. 26, but the launch date had to be postponed, as is the case with many other games these days. A new trailer should be available soon.

Riders Republic

Developer: Ubisoft Annecy
Publisher: Ubisoft
Release Date: 2021
Platforms: PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, PC

Ubisoft is back with another sports game! After Steep and its snowy mountains, now is time for bike lovers to step into the game. Riders Republic is a massively multiplayer racing game dedicated to outdoor extreme sports. Besides the snowboard and wingsuit we already got in Steep, Riders Republic adds mountain bikes and other fun ways to slide down a slope.

While Riders Republic seems similar to the studio’s previous sports game, Steep, it does seem to also add a lot of new ideas to the extreme sports sim genre. Steep was already a good game, and it seems Ubisoft Annecy will take it one step further with this new game. I for one can’t wait to see how it turns out.

Roller Champions

Developer: Ubisoft Montreal
Publisher: Ubisoft
Release Date: 2021
Platforms: PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, PC

If you are a fan of Ubisoft games but don’t feel like sliding down yet another mountain, we have some good news for you. Ubisoft Montreal is working on another sports game for 2021: Roller Champions.

Roller Champions is like NBA 2K but for rollerblading fans. You can create your character, unlock sponsors to gain money and fans, and of course play in various game modes. Roller Champions includes a ranked system for competitive players and people who like dunking on their friends. If you are not feeling that competitive, you can also enjoy the Skatepark or Custom Games. The best thing about Roller Champions? It is entirely free to play.

Are you ready to get sweating with our selection of the best sports games coming out in 2021? Stay tuned to SQUAD for more gaming news and content!

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Ophélie Castelot

I was born with a gamepad and played my first MMORPG at 8. I'm scared to death by Resident Evil's dogs. FPS enthusiast, I like to pewpew people. I love both video games and writing, so naturally, I'm a gaming writer. Want to pitch an idea or debate the latest game you played? Let's talk!
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