The Nintendo Switch is a new platform perfect for RPG fans! Of the 115 RPGs that competed for this list, only 25 were chosen. Whatoplay presents 25 of the best Nintendo Switch RPGs so far! All arranged by playscore. For more list of top titles, please visit our page of the best Nintendo Switch games.
Opening this Switch RPG list is a fascinating combination of dungeon-crawling and shop-keeping. Moonlighter’s hybrid of different genres push players into a constant stream of grinding and adventure. The punishing roguelike elements might intimidate some players. A playscore of 8.27.
One of Ubisoft’s debut titles to the Switch isn’t exactly child-friendly. Ubisoft’s video-game adaptation of the hit cartoon is a raunchy superhero trip to South Park. Colorado. This sequel ups the ante of their RPG goodness with more depth to its turn-based combat, as well as its signature toilet humor. A playscore of 8.28.
23. Trials Of Mana
One of Square’s beloved series, Trials of Mana is a rebirth of the acclaimed Seiken Densetsu classic. New players will find the magical world of Mana spellbinding, while series veterans will appreciate the numerous additions to its story and gameplay. It receives a playscore of 8.29.
The definitive edition of NiS America’s iconic RPG has all the good things new and old fans will appreciate. It’s still packed with all the same quirky dialog the series was known for. This Complete edition contains more than 100 hours of gameplay and includes all the DLCs since Day 1. A playscore of 8.37.
Ever Darkness & The Secret Hideout introduces a brand new story arc with fresh characters into the mix. Fans of the series will find its improved alchemy and crafting great, while new players find something addicting in its exploration. A playscore of 8.39.
It may not be as breathtaking compared to the PC, PS4 and Xbox One versions, but this award-winning RPG from CD Projekt Red still wows Switch users with its impressive performance for such a small device. Geralt’s biggest journey yet goes portable, and that’s the best thing about this Switch port. A playscore of 8.43.
An indie game breaking the conventional ‘one character’ rule. Control an entire family of heroes and enjoy a wild rogue-lite adventure where hacking and slashing is the key to survival. The ever-changing dungeons pose new threats, but their hardened familial bonds don't break that easy. A playscore of 8.44.
Speaking of unconventional RPGs, Toby Fox’s indie phenomenon paved a different kind of path for the genre with its interesting take on turn-based combat and dialogue. This PC port welcomes the new and old fans of the series as they embark on a crazy trip to videogame wonderland at the palm of their hands. A playscore of 8.48.
Now localized for the Western market, CAPCOM’s best-selling RPG is finally on the Switch. Nintendo users join the hunting season in this massive RPG experience where players slay beasts, carve their hides, and make armors and weapons out of them. A playscore of 8.49.
This latest installment of the Xeno franchise pushes the limits of Nintendo’s hybrid console with its groundbreaking presentation of open-world design and fast-paced combat. It’s similar to Nintendo’s very own Zelda with Breath of the Wild’s massive scale, and with a great story too! A playscore of 8.51.
Videogame’s most agonizing and patience-testing title is finally on the Switch. Visually polished to near-perfection, the only thing stopping players is in its dated mechanics. If anyone’s looking for a challenge, this Remastered welcomes players with open arms. A playscore of 8.52.
14. Stardew Valley
Who says building a farm is not an RPG? Chucklefish’s delightful farming game is a mix of all the good things Harvest Moon introduced to the gaming world, but with a touch of indie charm. Rack up hours and hours of farming, dungeon-crawling, flirting and more. A playscore of 8.52.
Lead a traveling band of 8 unique characters in a journey that touches the hearts of old and new fans of the role-playing genre. Octopath Traveler is a familiar, yet fresh spectacle of all the great things that make JRPGs great. It’s full of magic, good storytelling and personality and it has a playscore of 8.54.
This definitive edition isn’t just a regular remaster, instead of just the regular visual polish, it also comes with a variety of additions including a fully voice-acted story with two new characters for old and new players to enjoy. A playscore of 8.64.
The Pokemon Go experience is made even better. With Eevee as the player’s companion, travel around the Kanto region and catch pokemon and battle them out in the traditional Pokemon fashion. It doesn’t bring anything new to the table, but it’s a neat little companion piece for PoGo enthusiasts and it gets a playscore of 8.70.
Bethesda’s crown jewel of medieval RPGs. Now in portable format, the epic journey of the Dragonborn stops no one. This Switch version makes use of its features including touch and gyro controls, letting players enjoy the limitless possibilities of its open-world playground. A playscore of 8.70.
Much like Stardew Valley, enjoy a part-sim, part-dungeon crawling adventure where multitasking is the key to survival. It’s a near-identical port to the 3DS classic and it’s perfect for players who just want to relive the journey of this amnesiac girl. A playscore of 8.71.
Rebuilding a broken world takes more than just collecting resources. This sequel balances JRPG and voxel-based sandbox elements that encourages players to explore and experiment in its vibrant fantasy playground. It has a playscore of 8.79.
Embark on a whimsical tale of friendship and love in this collective effort between Japanese Animation giant Studio Ghibli and developer Level-5 Games. Praised for its childlike innocence and breathtaking score, the world of Ni No Kuni is still a charming place with memorable characters. A playscore of 8.79.
Nintendo’s relentless experimentation of various genres brought Ring Fit Adventures into the market. It’s an effective integration of RPG tropes into an exercising game. It makes use of the Switch’s Joy-Cons as the bread and butter of this magical journey. It is weird, and somehow rewarding and it has a playscore of 8.81.
The Zodiac Age is the perfect addition to the Switch RPG line-up as it is the definitive version of the FFXII experience. The introduction of the International Zodiac System brings more depth to its combat, whereas the option to control characters opens another realm of possibility for new and old players. A playscore of 8.81.
Pokemon Shield, alongside its counterpart, Pokemon Sword, ushered in one of their biggest generations yet. Not only did it give players three new 8th gen starters, it also introduced a lot of new features into the mix. It provided fans with countless hours of raids, training and exploration in its new open-world setting. A playscore of 8.82.
Blizzard’s isometric hack and slash RPG turns portable and it brings together all of the game’s expansions including the Rise of the Necromancer. Although it didn’t really add anything new for the Switch, at least the major issues that plagued the game’s initial release are somewhat resolved. A playscore of 9.02.
The gold standard of the tactics genre in Nintendo’s world. Three Houses’ excellent balance of gameplay and story is what makes this the best Fire Emblem game to date. It’s interesting cast of relatable characters might charm or appall players. It’s a fantastic JRPG with a playscore of 9.07.
1. And the best Switch RPG is none other than DRAGON QUEST XI S: Echoes of an Elusive Age - Definitive Edition
The best version of Dragon Quest XI. Considered as the best of the series yet. It comes with additional features built just for the Nintendo Switch console. It is a combination of all the good things Dragon Quest was known for and it’s not afraid to take risks when pushing the franchise to new heights. A playscore of 9.26.