The best Switch RPGs

Head out on an open world adventure with the help of our list of the best Switch RPGs

What are the best Switch RPGs? That’s a question we aim to answer in our definitive list. But before we get onto that, we should address the elephant in the room: how do you define an RPG and is The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild an RPG?

It may sound like a silly question, particularly if you’ve played many of them, but when you actually break it down it’s pretty complicated. Because, the reality is, there are so many facets that determine whether a game is an RPG. So, to be clear, we consider an RPG to be, primarily, tied to three basic tenets: an explorable world, deep character progression, and a strong sense of narrative.

So, yes, by our definition The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is, indeed, an RPG. There’s a big world to explore, Link considerably increases in power over the course of the adventure, and, though you have to actually dig to find it, there is a narrative thread underlying the whole experience. So, without further ado, here is our list of the best Switch RPGs.

The best Switch RPGs:

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The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

Link’s latest adventure trades the gloomy dungeons for a beautiful, wide-open world full of enemies to battle, puzzles to solve, and surprises to uncover. If you can only afford one game on this list, make sure it’s Breath of the Wild.

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Pokémon Sword and Shield

The latest Pokémon adventure didn’t reinvent the wheel so much as refine it. The result is one of the best Pokémon RPGs yet, though one that will be familiar to those that have played previous entries.

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The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

Arguably one of the finest RPGs to ever grace our planet, Skyrim is available on Nintendo Switch. It’s got an enormous open world to explore and you can build any character imaginable. If building your own character from scratch is your primary goal when playing an RPG, you can’t do better than Skyim.

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Fire Emblem: Three Houses

Prefer your RPGs to be full of tactics? Fire Emblem: Three Houses is the choice for you. It’s the latest entry in the long-running series that sees you train up your own heroes, which you then send out into battles. Death is permanent, though, so do be careful.

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Stardew Valley

Stardew Valley is so much more than just an RPG. You can develop your own successful farm, make new friends, and even find love. Of course, you can also explore dank caverns and whack enemies with big weapons. It’s got it all.

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Octopath Traveler

3D meets 2D in Octopath Traveler, which is simultaneously inspired by the classics and rather progressive in its gameplay. You recruit a team of very different characters, each of which has its own personality and fighting style, and explore an intriguing world full of adventure.

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Xenoblade Chronicles 2

If you like the sound of a combination of an angsty, drama-ridden JRPG story and open world that stands up next to Breath of the Wild, Xenoblade Chronicles 2 is the game for you. It’s a terrific adventure with a combat system that feels ripped right of of an MMORPG.

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Diablo III

The latest (and greatest) action RPG finds a comfortable home on Nintendo Switch, which lends itself really well to a quick Nephalem Rift or two while you’re on the bus to work.

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Dragon Quest XI

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Divinity: Original Sin 2

If you’re into your classic RPGs, like Baldur’s Gate and PlaneScape Torment, you will absolutely love this. In fact, Original Sin 2 was so good that developer Larion was selected to helm Baldur’s Gate 3. That’s quite the achievement.

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The Witcher III: Wild Hunt

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Golf Story

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Final Fantasy XII

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Undertale

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Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch

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Dark Souls: Remastered

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Tales of Vesperia

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Battle Chasers: Nightwar

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Ys VIII: Lacrimosa of Dana

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Darkest Dungeon

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Disgaea 5: Alliance of Vengeance

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Dragon’s Dogma

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The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel III

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Monster Hunter Generations

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South Park: The Fractured But Whole

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Pillars of Eternity II

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Valkyria Chronicles 4

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