This is the 16th edition of Sukma Games since its introduction in 1986. It will be the second time the state held such a national sporting event. All states held their respective Sukma Games except for Kelantan. Prior to this games, Sarawak has hosted the 1990 Sukma Games where it emerged as overall champion. As the Malaysia largest state held such a grand national sporting event for the second time, many of the sports venues and facilities were either renovated, newly completed or in use.
Before this, the optional sports games under the Annual Games System, was scheduled to be hosted by Kuala Lumpur and known to public as the 2015 Sukma Games. It was a proposed major Malaysian multi-sport event due to be celebrated in the tradition of the Sukma Games under the said system, as governed by the National Sport Council of Malaysia. The games is expected to be held in May 2015 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. It would have been the fifth time Kuala Lumpur host the event and the third time it co-host the event with the other states hosting the games main event. In February, The sports minister announced that the games has been cancelled.