The Nintendo Switch is quickly becoming a haven for rpg fans. As more and more games are released, the library becomes more and more robust with great content. Rpgs in general take a pretty big time investment. With that in mind, here are 10 Rpgs on the Switch that will be worth your time.
10. Child of Light Ultimate Edition
Ubisoft re-released this turn based rpg late last year, and for those who missed it the first time, you can be thankful they did. Child of Light has a touching story, a great water color artstyle, and real time combat guaranteed to keep you satisfied through the 15 hour story. The dialogue, told through prose, is unique and entertaining. Child of Light is one that turn based rpg fans shouldn’t miss.
9. I Am Setsuna
I am Setsuna was a worldwide launch title for the Nintendo Switch, joining a short list of games released on March 3rd of 2017. A smaller title in the vein of old school rpgs, Setsuna is a throwback to simpler times. The game consolidates a modern rpg into an easily digestable, and ultimately quite satisfying experience. The story is exceptional, and the soundtrack which features a single piano is a significant achievement in modern gaming. Old school jrpg fans will be happy with this loving throwback.
8. Valkyria Chronicles 4
Valkyria Chronicles 4 follows Claude and Squad E through a civil war that strategy rpg fans will likely enjoy. The character interaction is a highlight, as each member of the Squad has their own backstory, and the combat out on the field is very strategic as the player progresses. The story is one of the strongest in the series, a strong return to form after some complaints with the third entry. Strategy rpgs like these are becoming few and far between, so if you like the genre, do yourself a favor and check this one out.
7. Golf Story
Sidebar Games released Golf Story for the Switch to high acclaim. The story follows an aspiring golfer trying to make it to the pro tour. Along the way, you’ll play tournaments, do skill challenges, and learn the ins and outs of becoming a professional. The dialogue in the game is so smart, and avid golfers will get a kick out of all the clever references to the sport. The golfing in the game even holds its own, with club selection, spin, and loft all available to the player. Golf Story is great!
6. South Park: The Stick of Truth
Ubisoft has been supportive of the Switch with older releases, and they chose a good one with South Park: The Stick of Truth. Fans of the series will be elated with the nods to early seasons, with plenty of music and classic characters appearing throughout. What might be surprising is just how good this turn based rpg is as an actual video game. The combat is excellent, the questing, fun, and the story engaging as the boys go through an epic romp around town. Be warned, this game is rated M for mature, and for good reason. But if you don’t mind all that, and you are a South Park fan of any degree, you’ll love this game.
5. YS VIII: Lacrimosa of Dana
YS is back for the first release in 8 years, and the first time on a Nintendo platform since 2006. YS has a long and storied history in the rpg genre, but it’s one of the lesser known franchises, especially in the west. YS VIII is a beautiful game with a heartfelt story, and that alone would make it worthwhile. The real time, fast paced combat is where the game really shines though, and this one should bring in plenty of new fans to the series.
4. Mario + Rabbids: Kingdom Battle
Ubisoft makes the list again, this time with the strategy rpg featuring Mario and… Rabbids? What seems at first as an odd pairing ends up meshing together surprisingly well. The Rabbids offer their own brand of humor, and are a perfect compliment to the comparatively blank slate of the Mario characters. The gameplay is incredibly fun and the strategy elements get quite challenging later in the game. This is one of the few times where Nintendo has lent their IP to a western studio, and Ubisoft absolutely held up their end of the bargain.
3. Octopath Traveler
When Octopath Traveler was shown in an early Nintendo Switch Direct, there was intrigue surrounding the title, especially the artstyle. It’s a modern take on 16 bit rpgs, Square Enix even coined the phrase HD-2D to convey the message of HD graphics meeting 2D sprites. The game holds up to those lofty expectations very well. The game follows 8 heroes with 8 seperate stories, each with unique traits and fighting styles. To long time jrpg players, you’ll feel right at home, both with the style of game and the combat. It isn’t just a great throwback jrpg, it pushes the modern jrpg into uncharted waters, making us all question why it took so long for this type of game to happen. It’s easy to envision Square Enix continuing to make games in a similar style going forward.
2. Pokémon Let’s Go!
Pokémon makes its first appearance on the Switch with a not-so-traditional approach. A merging of Pokémon Go and the traditional games comes together to form Let’s Go! A remake of Pokémon Yellow, but with some new changes and a fresh coat of paint. Gone are random battles, replaced instead with a new catching mechanic that Go players will find quite familiar. The games trainer and gym battles keep the old approach though, so there is plenty to love for fans of the series. Pokémon Let’s Go Pikachu and Pokémon Let’s Go Eevee is a really good rpg, motion controls and all.
1. Xenoblade Chronicles 2
Xenoblade Chronicles 2 is the latest in the Xenoblade series, a story driven rpg with a sprawling world, great characters, and hundreds of hours of gameplay. The battle system is excellent, where the Driver uses their humanoid Blade as a weapon. This offers tons of variety with different combinations, and part of the fun of the game is trying to unlock all of the rare Blades. The story is heart wrenching as the main character Rex tries to beat the antagonist Malos and safely deliver his blade Pyra to Elysium. I don’t mean to oversell this game, but I think it is incredible, and certainly, right now, the best rpg available on the Switch.
So what do you think? Did we miss any rpgs for the Switch that you think should have made the list? Sound off in the Comment section below. Do it. Do it.