In terms of the best Nintendo Switch RPG games, there is absolutely no shortage of variety open to you. Whether you’re into minituarized 2D epics that let you experience full-scale fantasy thrills, want to fight evil with a pocket monster by your side or forge your own legend in a ravaged but beautiful world, these Nintendo Switch RPG games will quench that thirst.
The Pokémon Let’s Go games on Nintendo Switch are the very first HD games in the series, offering devoted fans a look at what all their favourite catchable monsters look like in stunning graphics and colour. Both games are JRPGs that play near identically, with the only difference being that you either have Eevee or Pikachu as your starter Pokémon. From here you’ll get to explore the region of Kanto at a pace that suits you, using the Let’s Go games’ unique motion controls to catch each one of the original 150.
Octopath Traveller rolled back the clock and took things back to basics, being a fantasy-set turn-based RPGs that pays tribute to classic titles like Final Fantasy VI. This is all thanks to a 16-bit art style that Square Enix refers to as “2D-HD”, which utilises character sprite art but offers them a sense of depth that makes it look like you’re playing on a diorama board. Each of the 8 playable characters feature stories that interweave with each other, making it easy for you to create and form the best party suited to defeat the many foes that lie ahead.
The Nintendo Switch’s premier launch game threw out the rulebook when it came to how players thought of modern open world RPGs. This is because The Legend of Zelda: Breath of The Wild doesn’t hold your hand or offer guidance, instead encouraging you to take in everything this painterly version of Hyrule Kingdom has to offer. You no longer need stick to the rigid dungeon design of previous games and there’s less emphasis on finding key items. Just step out and explore to your heart’s content on a journey that could last you anywhere up to 150 hours.