Fire Emblem: Three Houses
Nintendo's flagship strategy game on the Switch, Fire Emblem: Three Houses is the most ambitious and technically impressive game in the series. Interspersing its finely honed turn-based fantasy tactics with fully voiced story scenes, there's nothing else that quite matches it.
Into the Breach
From the maker of FTL: Faster Than Light comes this astonishingly good follow-up. It's a dark take on turn-based strategy, where survival is your main aim above such quaintly noble concepts as 'victory'.
Sid Meier's Civilization VI
The first time you realise you can play Civilization VI on your ickle Switch is one of those 'what a time to be alive' moments. The daddy of 4X strategy games plays really well on Nintendo's console, too. If you are unaware of the Civilization series, you take the role of a ruler in a certain country and become one of its greatest historical leaders. For example Cleopatra in Egypt, Caesar in Rome or Alexander the Great, well, you get the point. Then you start developing every aspect of your country, including scientific research, culture, military and urban development.
Of course, there is a lot of diplomacy involved, and it gets spiced up with religion as well as the natural disasters. It's a wonderful blob, making it one of the best strategy games for Nintendo Switch and the rest of the platforms.
A bit of an Intelligent Systems tribute, this one. Take Fire Emblem's fantasy setting and political wrangling, mix in the pep and charm of Advance Wars, and you have Wargroove - a delightful turn-based strategy megamix.
Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle
It's an unlikely match-up, Nintendo's mascot and Ubisoft's... rabitty... creatures. And in a strategy game, of all things. But this team-based team up really works, with a surprisingly tactical edge and adorable presentation.
Bad North is one of the best things to happen to strategy in a while, taking the real time strategy basics and honing them for intuitive play. There's a little tower defence here too, as you defend your islands from the Viking hordes.
XCOM 2 Collection
One of the finest team-based strategy games comes to Switch. XCOM 2 Collection gives you an incredibly generous package filled with lavish 3D tactical battles, even if the graphics have had to be scaled back a few notches.
If you are not familiar with the setting of XCOM, let go through it swiftly. Aliens are invading the Earth, and as the governments fall they are looking to seal the fate of all humanity. You are leading the last remaining resistance that won't give up so easily, trying to drive the aliens back while barely surviving their constant attacks and pressure. Although it looks like a twist of a bad movie and a total cliché it's not.
The game will bring up the constant unease as you always lack something and your decisions can have dire consequences, leaving you with the game over screen before you know it. Try the XCOM 2 if you are a fan of tactical strategy games for Switch.
Pikmin 3 Deluxe
With the Pikmin series, Nintendo has essentially tried its hand at the real time strategy genre, with predictably charming results. Marshal teams of industrious sentient plants, sending them into battle and recovering exotic bric-a-brac.
SteamWorld Heist: Ultimate Edition
Showing that turn-based strategy doesn't have to be dry and remote, SteamWorld Heist gives you up-close side-scrolling battles between a memorable cast of clanking automatons. As funny as it is tense.
Mutant Year Zero: Road to Eden - Deluxe Edition
Mutant Year Zero: Road to Eden - Deluxe Edition brings a little twist of something different to the team-based strategy genre. The game's Swedish role-playing game origins give a little extra flavour to some solid XCOM-like battles.
SD Gundam G Generation Cross Rays
If you prefer your Advance Wars/Fire Emblem tactical gameplay to involve giant manga robots, then SD Gundam G Generation Cross Rays is the strategy game for you. It's an appropriately hulking achievement.
An epic PC city builder that's been expertly shrink-wrapped for Nintendo's console, with thoughtfully rejigged menus and streamlined systems. It's the ultimate way to build and run your very own banana republic on Switch.
As in any other Tropico title you'll take the role of a ruler of the tropical paradise island and decide what are you going to make out of it. Whether you'll rule as a dictator and try to repress any form of freedom to try and have a firm grip over every citizen, or will you be revered as the avatar of freedom and give them a choice to live their life as they like and prefer is up to you. Either way, prepare for riots, management of the economy, freedom (or repression), diplomacy and a lot of funny random events and comments from random citizens and your right hand, Penultimo!
Tropico is a simulation strategy game for Switch that will give you a lot of fun playtime!
The Banner Saga
You can play the entire Banner Saga series on Switch, and we'd encourage you to start from the beginning. But narrative adventure, part team-based strategy game, and with a memorable Nordic fantasy art style, it's a thing of hardbitten beauty.
In all three parts of this beautiful saga, you'll follow the stories of different characters in the potential Ragnarok setting. Each of them having it's own goal, personality and skills. Your choices will have a meaningful impact on the rest of the game, so choose wisely.
Strategic part of the game will set you on the battle grid as figures, as well as your opponents. Every character can take up different space, has it's own speed, defence - you get the point. It's a real chess game in a way. Real fans of RPG strategy games shouldn't miss out on this wonderful story on Switch.
Volta-X has you building gigantic robots and sending them into crashing, smashing, but never less than strategic one-on-one battles. If that doesn't excite your tactical senses, well, maybe you're the real robot here.
A real time strategy (RTS) game with a Scandinavian tinge, Northgard is an altogether smaller scale, more personal 4X experience. And it works well on Switch.
A cute turn-based strategy game in the Advance Wars mould, with chunky futuristic tanks and outlandish anime characters. And all with the kind of appealing 3D graphics Advance Wars never quite got around to.
Isometric stealth par excellence, with a memorable comic book sci-fi universe and a pronounced focus on stealth. Invisible, Inc looks and plays a little bit different.
Rollercoaster Tycoon 3: Complete Edition
You might call Rollercoaster Tycoon 3 more of a job management sim, but there's a solid strategic heart to it. Build your park with a view to maximising profits, keeping the traffic flowing, and maintaining that essential novelty factor.
The Escapists 2
Flipping the script on Prison Architect, The Escapists 2 places you in the crisp boiler suit of the freshly incarcerated, then tasks you with finding a way to escape. Don't let your daily duties slide, though, if you want to avoid attention.
This War of Mine: Complete Edition
This War of Mine: Complete Edition is one of the grittier, more downbeat games you'll find on a Nintendo platform. But it's also really good, a side-on slice of survival strategy set in a post-apocalyptic world.
A management game that places you in control of a sprawling correctional institution. Build up your prison from scratch, then run it in any way you see fit. Just don't let anyone escape.
Dungeon of the Endless
A unique roguelike that combines dungeon crawling with tower defence elements. Transport a crystal though randomly arranged sci-fi levels, fending off enemy waves.
Valkyria Chronicles 4
Valkyria Chronicles was doing 3D turn-based strategy mixed with JRPG melodrama well before Fire Emblem: Three Houses - and with its own steampunk style, too. Number four is one of the best entries yet.
Langrisser I and II
The Langrisser seriesis a lesser known contemporary and rival to Nintendo's Fire Emblem. It might not have scaled the same heights, but this bundle of the first two games offers plenty to those seeking more turn-based fantasy tactics.
PixelJunk Monsters 2
You can always trust Q Games and its sprawling PixelJunk series to deliver a quirky take on any genre it turns its hand to. PixelJunk Monsters 2 is a lovely little tower defence game that gives you a singular hero to control and a lovely tilt-shift world to defend.