The 25 best RPGs for Nintendo Switch: playing serious games on a portable

There are many great role-playing games on the Nintendo Switch. This console is compact and doesn't have the technical capabilities of a PS4 or Xbox One, but its portability means you can continue your gaming experience on the go. When an average RPG requires tens or hundreds of hours of gameplay, this accessibility is a huge bonus. Why wait until you get home before you go deeper into another dungeon when you can start right on the bus?

As a result, Switch managed to collect a huge list of RPGs of various types and subgenres-from reissues of classics to modern exclusives or original indie projects. The 25 best role-playing games for Nintendo Switch are here:

Xenoblade Chronicles: Definitive Edition

One of the best JRPGs of the Wii generation has finally received an HD version. Xenoblade Chronicles is a project that offers an epic and long adventure that will last up to hundreds of hours. The project from Monolith offers one of the most creatively designed and magic-filled game worlds, an entire civilization with attractive characters and an interesting combat system inspired by MMORPGs.

< /p>The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

It's unlikely you haven't heard of The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim – missing out on this famous RPG would be a crime, not to mention the number of memes it spawned. It may look a little outdated on the Switch, but it has not lost its fun, so traveling through great locations and fighting with enemies is still waiting for you.

Darkest Dungeon

Darkest Dungeon can seem frivolous and delightful or disturbing and complex – it remains entertaining in any case. Managing a team of carefully selected characters, you will have to be both a brave warrior and a good manager to gain new skills and complete challenging missions.

This sounds pretty standard, but Darkest Dungeon also has an unusual element - the stress level of your characters, which affects their behavior (everything is just like in real life). Too much stress – and the characters can just die of a heart attack, so try not to reach the extreme point and, if possible, save the nerves of the heroes of the game.

Battle Chasers: Nightwar

This is a JRPG made in a classic style with turn-based battles, dark dungeons and a rich fantasy world. Among other things, Battle Chasers: Nightwar expertly modernizes and optimizes certain aspects of the genre, so you don't have to play it for 100 hours to see all the available content – the value of the game is immediately visible. Beautiful graphics can also be considered a plus.

Diablo III: Eternal Collection

Despite the fact that Diablo III can be attributed to several genres, it certainly takes pride of place among the RPGs for Switch. Choose between different classes and go to the Sanctuary, destroy demons alone or with friends in local co-op mode. The project comes with the additions Reaper of Souls and Rise of the Necromancer, so there will be a lot of hours of gameplay.


In the game world of this title, there are also enemies, but there is no place for cruelty, but a unique exciting plot is present. The game is full of humor and interesting dialogues, and a lot depends on your choice and decisions. The gameplay is non-linear and takes about eight hours, but the authors managed to put in them a deep narrative, a bullet hell-style combat system, and a lot of opponents. The key idea of the game is to win the favor of your enemies in order to avoid bloodshed, but a tough scenario is also provided here.

Golf Story

Golf Story is a decent indie RPG that can captivate even those who are not a fan of golf. In addition to the game itself, there is a storyline through which you will have to guide your hero. He will meet with different characters, communicate with them, missions and tasks, travel to unique locations and many exciting activities-golf will be the main, but not the only one.

Divinity: Original Sin 2

If the prizes were distributed here, Divinity: Original Sin 2 would receive the award as the purest, classic RPG. This ambitious port from the developers of Larian offers all the best at once: an entertaining story, a huge open world, the ability to choose and make decisions, deep tactical battles and a well-thought-out system of character customization.

Octopath Traveler

This ambitious JRPG from the publishers of Square-Enix and the team behind the development of Bravely Default attracts attention with its original mechanics and visual style based on the movement of the screen tiles. In addition, the carefully designed turn-based battle system deserves mention. The storyline of the project is divided into eight separate stories, and such fragmentation may not appeal to everyone, but in general, the title is worthy of attention.

The Witcher III: Wild Hunt

Not only is this one of the best RPGs on the Switch console - The Witcher III: Wild Hunt is one of the best role-playing games of the last decade. It attracts great storytelling and a well-depicted dark fantasy world populated by colorful characters. The graphically complex open world of this game perfectly fits into the concept of a portable console and perfectly unfolds on it.

The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel III

There are many high-quality JRPGs available to Switch owners, but this one is one of the best. The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel III promises gamers a full-fledged adventure with spectacular 3D graphics, a selection of original characters and a thoughtful sci-fi world, which is very interesting to dive into. In addition, the turn-based combat system of this project is also attractive.

Tales of Vesperia Definitive Edition

This reworked JRPG is based on a decade-old classic, well-polished and adapted for a Western audience. It offers exciting adventures with semi-real-time battles that have survived porting well and look more natural than in most other Japanese role-playing games. The storyline and narrative can also be attributed to the advantages of this project.

Pillars of Eternity: Complete Edition

The masters of RPG creation from the studio Obsidian decided to return gamers during the heyday of the genre, offering them to play Pillars of Eternity, an isometric classic in the style of Baldur's Gate. As the name suggests, this is a complete game with all the existing additional content. It works very well on the console, although initially the control was based on the use of the keyboard and mouse. If the old-school RPG in the style of the 90s is to your taste, pay attention to this one – it is worthy of attention.

Pokemon, Let's Go: Pikachu/Eevee!

Gamers ' opinions on Pokemon, Let's Go: Pikachu/ Eevee! divided, but overall, this is a decent project, providing an entertaining gaming experience. In it, you will collect more than 150 Pokemon, communicate with tons of NPCs, earn experience points and fight to become a real Master. Unlike Pokemon Yellow, Let's Go is a bit like Pokemon GO, especially when it comes to battles. In this game, you have the opportunity to call your friends for help in the event of a serious battle, which is especially good for beginners and young gamers.

Xenoblade Chronicles 2

If you like open-world games in the style of Breath of the Wild, rich plot, similar to what is in most JRPGs and, and MMORPG elements, you will definitely be interested in Xenoblade Chronicles 2. The epic setting of this project is combined with exciting quests and, of course, battles – and this is a win-win, rather ambitious combination.

Dragon Quest XI S: Echoes of an Elusive Age - Definitive Edition

Here is a port of the latest JRPG from Square Enix, with impressive graphics and a lot of different adventures. Its action takes place in a huge open world, full of cartoon characters and all sorts of content. And the full storyline, and all sorts of additions-all this is provided here.

Torchlight II

If you are tired or just never particularly attracted to Diablo III, a good alternative to it will be Torchlight II. The bright steampunk setting of this project may interest you more than the dark fantasy world of the Diablo series. In any case, the game is worth taking your time, and looks great on the Switch screen.

West of Loathing

It is unlikely that you have come across something like West of Loathing, so give the project a chance – it is unlikely that you will regret your choice. The action of this open-world comedy RPG takes place in the Kingdom of Loathing, where you will have to fight with skeletons, communicate with demon cows and do other unexpected, but funny things. Weird, wild, western – three qualities that distinguish this game and turn it into something original.

Journey to the Savage Planet

Journey to the Savage Planet can be called a first-person adventure or a survival game, but since the creation and development of the character in parallel with the exploration of the game world here are in the first place, the main genre of the project we would still call an RPG from the first person. The game offers a lot of exciting activities-exploring an unusual alien planet and its colorful world, collecting resources, scanning local flora and fauna – and all this for a unique gaming experience.

Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age

Final Fantasy XII stands alone among most JRPG games. It tries to bring something new to gamers – a fresh battle system and the ability to get rewards-and all this in the style of an MMORPG. In addition, the project is characterized by bright graphics and polished gameplay – everything to become the star of our list.

The Outer Worlds

The Outer Worlds is a game that resembles the Fallout series. Its authors from the Obsidian studio once worked on Fallout: New Vegas, so the similarity is not surprising. But in this project, humanity treated the planet a little more humanely and managed to survive by going to the stars. At the same time, here you will find both a deep narrative, and raids, and adventures - quite worthy, you will agree.

Pokémon Sword and Shield

It's easy to forget that Pokemon Sword and Shield is still an RPG. It looks too cute and is very popular with children. However, it offers travel and adventure in a vast world, communication with NPCs and many turn-based battles.

Pokémon Sword and Shield may not be the best game in the series, but one of the cutest is without a doubt. In addition, this is the first game of the main series dedicated to Pokemon, which can be played on TV screens.

Stardew Valley

If you have not yet encountered Stardew Valley, be sure to pay attention to this title – in that case, of course, if you are not looking for cruelty, medieval darkness and battles. The project is designed for gamers of all ages, it is simple and cute. To be engaged in the arrangement and clearing of the old farm-this will especially appeal to casual players. Here they are waiting for communication, an extensive plot, as well as harvesting and other farming activities that will be surprisingly entertaining.


Long-existing, but still relevant, Bastion is the kind of RPG that will make you think about its plot for a long time. In it, you will find 40 spectacular locations that you will have to explore to find something that will save the world from destruction. The project combines excellent graphics, detailed and deep narration, as well as interesting plot twists. It is hardly worth losing sight of.

Ni No Kuni Remastered: Wrath of the White Witch

This franchise first appeared on the Nintendo DS in 2008 with the project Ni no Kuni: Dominion of the Dark Djinn. Now you have a completely redesigned port for the Switch console, which turned out to be very successful and worthy of being included in our list. The game world of this title is one of the most striking examples of a really high-quality classic JRPG, which looks great on a modern device.