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Top 25 best RPGs for Nintendo Switch

Top 25 best RPGs for Nintendo Switch

Looking for the perfect Switch RPGs? Look no further

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Updated on September 23, 2021 - Reworded and added a couple of links

Looking for the best Switch RPGs? As always, we've got you covered. The Nintendo Switch is now home to an absolute bounty of brilliant games including RPGs. The compact console may lack the technical capabilities of the PS4 or Xbox One, but its unique portability means that it's the only console to let you continue your adventure on the road. Or the toilet.

When it comes to games which astonishing playtimes it's the Nintendo Switch RPGs that really serve as the attention-holding powerhouses, be that because of their stories, expansive worlds or clever mechanics. If you're looking for a great new way to spend your time on this portable console, look no further than our list of the top 25 best Switch RPGs.

How do you recognize the best Nintendo Switch RPG?

When your average RPG takes tens, if not hundreds, of hours to complete, the increased accessibility that the Switch offers turns out to be a massive bonus. Why wait to get home before you delve into that dungeon? Get started on the bus, the train, or in the carpool. When you add the Switch's sheer popularity into the equation, it's easy to see how Nintendo's hybrid console has assembled such an exemplary roster of role-playing games.

These games come in all shapes and size too - classic rereleases, major platform exclusives, lavish rereleases, and quirky indie efforts all sit side by side in what is one of the strongest game libraries of all time.

So, without further delay, click on the big blue button below to find out what are, in our opinion, the top 25 best Switch RPGs.

Original story by Emily Sowden, updated by Jon Mundy & Dann Sullivan
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Xenoblade Chronicles: Definitive Edition

One of the finest JRPGs - scratch that, one of the finest games - of the Wii generation finally gets the HD treatment it was always crying out for. Xenoblade Chronicles is the real deal, offering a vast adventure that will last you into the triple digits.

Monolith's game offers one of the most imaginative and wonder-filled worlds in gaming, a whole civilisation built up on the carcasses of two hulking god-beasts. Another highlight is the game's snappy, MMORPG-influenced battle system.

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The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

If you've never heard of The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim you've probably had your head in a hole for years (I'd get that checked out). Besides missing out on many 'arrow to the knee' memes, you've also got some catching up to do on one of the greatest RPGs ever.

Though this RPG looks a little outdated on the Switch, you're going to be far too busy getting your hands dirty, killing mythic beasts, taking on malevolent enemies, travelling across beautiful landscapes, and trying not to accidentally steal a wheel of cheese from an ally's house.

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Darkest Dungeon

From light-hearted and adorable to disturbing and difficult, Darkest Dungeon isn't here to give you an easy ride. With a whole team of carefully-chosen explorers to keep an eye on, you need to be a good manager and send them off to heal up, gain skills, or complete missions.

That sounds pretty standard, but a huge element of Darkest Dungeon is your heroes' stress level. You can help them chill out, of course, but if left unchecked your hero might start behaving difficultly. Too much stress and they might just die of a heart attack, so try NOT to get to that point. This is one of the must play Switch RPGs!

While we haven't got a Switch review for it, we do have a Darkest Dungeon review on iOS right here. And before you ask, yes, it is as dark and bloody as you might expect!

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Battle Brothers

This is a pretty classically-styled RPG with meaty turn-based combat, where you're piloting war pawns. It might sound confusing, but bear with me here. While we would like to see it a tad bit more realistic, it is, in fact, extremely spot-on. This almost chess-like game relies on tactics and strategies more than it does on graphics.

In a way, it smartly modernises and streamlines certain aspects, so you can focus on the actual role-playing aspect more so than on other more distracting elements. It is, simply put, one of the best RPGs on Switch at the moment.

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Diablo III: Eternal Collection

Though Diablo III belongs in a few categories, it absolutely has a place in this here list of best Switch RPGs. Choose between a number of different classes and stand strong in Sanctuary as angels and demons throw their hat in the ring for it. Better still, this collection comes with the Reaper of Souls and Rise of the Necromancer expansion, so there's even more to do.

If you don't fancy going at it alone, you can always call in a few pals to help out in the game's local co-op mode. There's never been a better time to crush demons in your slobs. We've stood by in in the past, and we will continue to do so in our game review right here. If you want some insight on how it actually plays on Switch, check it out!

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In a world where you need to fight your opponents non-violently, Undertale offers up a unique and engaging story. With an emphasis on humour, dialogue, and player choice, your experience is affected by your actions alone. So, don't go blaming the mailman for delivering your parcel at a bad time, kay?

Running at about eight hours long, you're faced with a mixture of narrative and bullet hell combat systems in each enemy encounter. The key idea is to be nice to your foes to make them like you, but if you prefer to do things the hard way that's cool too.

Oh, and if you still want more, here's a bonus one. Deltarune, another Undertale-esque game from Toby Fox is also available on Nintendo Switch. So, if those aren't some of the best Switch RPGs you could delve into for hours, I don't know which are!

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Bravely Default II

Bravely Default II gives players, without doubt, one of the most wholesome RPG experiences. This ambitious game has everything that one might expect from the genre: a sprawling story, a vast open world, meaningful narrative choices, deeply tactical combat, and an involving character customisation system.

There are many reasons why this creation should be in everyone's inventory of RPGs, but from one player to another, I'll just mention THAT feel when you can finally experience one high-quality RPG the way it should be experienced. It's that good.

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Golf Story

Golf Story is another indie RPG well worth playing, even if you're not that fond of golf in real life. Play as a determined golfer as he pulls out all the stops one to make it big in this charming tale.

More than just teeing up and hitting balls, there are tons of characters to meet and tasks to complete on your journey to being the best golfer ever. As well as playing through a neat variety of unique environments, Golf Story offers up some of the best implementation of the Switch's HD Rumble to date. And yes, we've even got a game review from yours truly right here!

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Octopath Traveler

An ambitious JRPG from the Square-Enix team behind Bravely Default, Octopath Traveler stands out for its phenomenal tilt-shift art style and wonderful turn-based combat. This Switch original really is something to behold.

We weren't entirely taken with its fragmented approach to storytelling - splitting things up into eight unconnected stories doesn't quite work - but it's heartwarming to see a major studio concocting something so fresh with such well-worn materials. Yeah, it's not a 10/10 best Switch RPG, but we would definitely give it a solid 8.5!

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The Witcher III: Wild Hunt

Not just one of the finest Switch RPGs, The Witcher III: Wild Hunt is one of the finest RPGs of the past decade, with memorable writing and a rich dark fantasy world to explore. It's remarkable that this graphically rich open world masterpiece has been made to work - and work well - on Nintendo's wonder-hybrid.

The game's narrative provides that genuine Witcher experience we all know and love from the books and from the PC games, and the fact that it's on a handheld device doesn't change a thing. It's certainly one of the must-play titles in our book!

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The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel III

There are an awful lot of high quality JRPGs available to Switch owners, to the point where some brilliant examples can fall through the cracks. Don't let The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel III be such a game.

This is a full-sized adventure with lavish 3D graphics, a vast cast of well-formed characters, and a compelling sci-fi world to dive into. The turn-based battle system isn't half bad either.

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Tales of Vesperia Definitive Edition

This reworked JRPG classic takes the decade-old original, polishes it up, and makes the full experience available to a Western audience for the first time. And what a splendid adventure it sends you on.

Tales has always been known for its semi-real-time combat system, and that's all present and correct here. If you usually find JRPG battles a little stilted, this is the game for you. The story, meanwhile, is a series high point.

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Pillars of Eternity: Complete Edition

RPG specialist Obsidian went back to the genre's '90s heyday with Pillars of Eternity, a classic isometric adventure from the Baldur's Gate mould. As the name suggests, this is a complete package, with all of the additional content that followed its initial 2015 PC release.

While its heart is firmly in keyboard-and-mouseland, it works surprisingly well on console. Of course, if such old school RPGs haven't been your bag in the past, Pillars of Eternity will do nothing to change your mind. But for hardcore fans of the genre, this is a blast. We could even say it's among the best Nintendo Switch RPG games out there.

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Pokemon, Let's Go: Pikachu/Eevee!

It may have divided folks when Pokemon, Let's Go: Pikachu/Eevee! first launched, but it's a fun experience that's rather hard to put down overall. Set in the Kanto region with more than 150 Pokemon to encounter, you'll fight tons of NPCs to gain XP, items, and Gym badges on your journey to become a Pokemon Master.

Unlike its Pokemon Yellow inspiration, Let's Go has a distinct Pokemon GO-vibe which is most apparent in its combat. You can also call a friend in to help you out even if you're mid-battle, which makes it great for younger children to play. As for the actual games, as you can tell we're pretty torn between the two. So, it's all up to you to decide which one to get - maybe you can even try out both! We even got a Pokemon, Let's Go: Eevee! review right here!

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Xenoblade Chronicles 2

Do you fancy a game that offers the sprawling open world wonder of Breath of the Wild with the rhythmic underpinnings of an MMORPG and a meaty JRPG plot? Meet your new friend, Xenoblade Chronicles 2.

Featuring one of the most evocative settings in gaming - the whole world is built on the backs of god-like titans - Xenoblade Chronicles 2 takes you on a truly epic quest. It's not flawless, but boy is it ambitious.

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This stunningly looking game is an action RPG that will leave you breathless. It's beautiful in style, and amazing in gameplay and narrative. What makes it even more of a winner though, is its flawlessly done Switch adaptation. The game will keep you glued to your screen for hours, and you might even get a sore finger or two - but that will not matter if you just get to slay one more enemy.

Hades is one of those rare gems that appear and stay with you for the foreseeable future. It's not exactly your idle or classic RPG, but an action-packed one that wants nothing less than your undivided attention. It's definitely a must-play and one of the best Switch RPGs!

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Torchlight III

If you've exhausted Diablo III, or just don't find its brand of by-the-books fantasy particularly appealing, Torchlight III (or even the old Torchlight II) is a brilliant alternative. You're still wandering around bashing stuff, but with a much brighter and more interesting steampunk setting.

It gives you a few skills to learn and upgrade, much like in many other games belonging to the genre, and it feels extremely smooth on the console. You should definitely check it out.

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West of Loathing

You're probably not expecting to play anything like West of Loathing, but you really should give it a shot. This slapstick comedy RPG is set in the Kingdom of Loathing universe where you've got to punch skeletons, deal with demon cows, and enjoy a wide variety of hats to don.

It's weird, wild, and western – all excellent qualities to find in an open-world RPG, wouldn't you say? We definitely believe so after getting our hands on the game!

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Journey to the Savage Planet

You might very well label Journey to the Savage Planet a first person adventure game, or a survival game. Given its focus on exploration and character progression, we're happy to call it a first person RPG and move on.

Resisting categorisation is just one of the game's many charms. Exploring a strange, colourful planet, harvesting resources, scanning the local flora and fauna, and steadily accruing more abilities makes for a unique experience.

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Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age

Final Fantasy XII is a standout game in the mammoth JRPG series. It dared to try something new, with a completely fresh combat system that nodded towards MMORPGs rather than the rigid tit-for-tat system the series is known for.

Its story, too, is less concerned with whiny teens than you might be accustomed to, which is refreshing. Add in a fresh lick of paint, and this is a brilliant RPG presented at its absolute best.

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The Outer Worlds

The Outer Worlds is a game that owes a huge debt to the more recent Fallout games. But then, given that developer Obsidian once made the brilliant Fallout: New Vegas, we'll let it slide.

This is a much cheekier, planet-hopping universe than Fallout's, with a corporatised humanity having conquered the stars rather than blown itself up. That doesn't mean there aren't tough narrative decisions to be made and countless raiders to be popped, though. If your variant of best Switch RPGs includes guns instead of swords, try this one!

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Pokémon Sword and Shield

It's easy to forget that Pokemon Sword and Shield is an RPG. It's all cute and fluffy and super-popular with kids. But at its heart you've got wandering around an overworld map, chatting with NPCs and taking part in countless turn-based battles.

Pokémon Sword and Shield might not be the best entry to the series yet, but it's unquestionably the most lavish. This is also the first mainline Pokémon game you can play on your TV, which is something to be celebrated.

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Stardew Valley

For any of you who haven't had the joy of playing Stardew Valley yet, it's another essential for the platform. As a farmer new to the small, community-driven Pelican Town, it's up to you to clean up your late grandpa's old farm. Sure, you'll start of weeding and clearing out the debris, but soon you'll be ankle-deep in mud, fish, and friendship, and you'll love it.

Whatever your preferences in RPGs, Stardew Valley offers up a light-hearted experience perfect for all ages. You'll plant up your farms by season, chat up the villagers, maybe find true love, and uncover deeper stories as you go. Fair warning: you'll tell yourself 'just one more day', but it'll never be just one more. Never. Trust us, we've been there, and you can catch out our Stardew Valley Switch review right here.

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An oldie but a goodie, Bastion is a cracking RPG that'll leave you thinking about it long after you've shut the system down. With more than 40 gorgeous environments to explore, you'll follow 'The Kid' on his mission to collect the Cores that once powered Caelondia. Only then can he hope to prevent the Calamity that destroyed his home.

Combining its beautiful graphics, a fitting score, fantastic narration, and engaging story, this is one RPG you absolutely don't want to miss.

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Ni No Kuni Remastered: Wrath of the White Witch

Having started life on the Nintendo DS with Ni no Kuni: Dominion of the Dark Djinn in 2008, Ni No Kuni finally came full circle with this remastered Switch port of the greatly enhanced Ni No Kuni Remastered: Wrath of the White Witch.

If ever there was a JRPG that belonged on a modern Nintendo platform it was this, with its lavish Studio Ghibli-co-created world and bright, bouncy tone. We hope you liked our list of best Switch RPGs and that we helped you pick the proper one! Enjoy countless pleasant hours.

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