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

The latest entry in the long-running JRPG series may have come to Switch late, but it arrived in a definitive edition that allowed you to play the entire game in classic, SNES-era visuals.

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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

Arguably the finest RPG in the past decade, The Witcher III found a comfortable home on Switch. It might not be the best-looking version, but it is the most portable. It also supports cross-saves with the PC version, so there’s that.

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Golf Story

If you miss the good old days where you couldn’t play handheld games in the dark due to the lack of a backlight, Golf Story will make you happy. Not because it’s a dark game. Because it’s a bit like Mario Golf.

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Final Fantasy XII

You can swap this for any entry of Final Fantasy that’s currently available on Nintendo Switch, as they’re all great. We think XII is the best of the ports though, at least, and holds up well today thanks to its intriguing combat system.

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Undertale

Fancy something a little bit different? Well, it doesn’t get much more different than Undertale. It trades up the typical combat of a classic JRPG for… petting dogs, dancing with slimes, and whispering secrets to knights.

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Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch

We don’t think there will come a day where Ni No Kuni doesn’t blow you away with its visuals. That’s a testament to the ability of Studio Ghibli, the beloved animation studio that helped create this wonderful adventure.

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Dark Souls: Remastered

If you love a challenge, you’ll get a kick out of Dark Souls Remastered. This spruced up version of the first entry arguably remains the series’ finest hour.

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Tales of Vesperia

The Tales of series surprisingly only has a single entry on Nintendo Switch, so it’s a good thing that it’s Tales of Vesperia. Fans will debate long into the night which Tales game is best, but this regularly appears at the top of lists, and for good reason.

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Battle Chasers: Nightwar

Marrying the gameplay of classic JRPGs with the visuals of the modern day, Battle Chasers: Nightwar has enough in its locker to please genre fans new and old.

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Ys VIII: Lacrimosa of Dana

The latest entry in the action-focused Ys series sees you wash up on a desert island and have to forge a survival alongside the washed up crew members. It’s a departure from the norm, and well worth a look in.

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Darkest Dungeon

Monsters might pose a threat, but they’re not the most challenging aspect of Darkest Dungeon. No, that’s managing the sanity of your adventurers, who will start to lose it as you progress through the eponymous dungeon.

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Disgaea 5: Alliance of Vengeance

If you like your JRPG endless, Disgaea 5 is the choice for you. There’s just so much content in these games that you can easily lose hundreds of hours leveling up your dream team.

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Dragon’s Dogma

JRPG meets western RPG in Dragon’s Dogma, and old school entry by Capcom. You’ll explore a wide-open world alongside fellow adventurers, battling massive monsters and getting all of the loot.

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The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel III

What’s novel about the The Legend of Heroes series is that it follows the same cast of characters, rather than rebooting everything each time a new game comes out. It’s nice to check back in each time a new version drops.

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Monster Hunter Generations

Not a fan of that story nonsense, and would rather just fight powerful monsters and craft your gear out of their hides? Monster Hunter Generations offers that and then some. It’s also got some excellent multiplayer for those that like to play with friends.

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South Park: The Fractured But Whole

While humour is at the forefront of The Fractured But Whole (I mean, the name speaks for itself), it doesn’t skimp on the RPG. There’s a decent combat system here, which is good, as there’s fighting aplenty.

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Pillars of Eternity II

If Baldur’s Gate III had been released at the turn of 3D visuals, it would play like Pillars of Eternity. Both entries in this series are head-over-heels in love with Baldur’s Gate, PlaneScape Torment, and the other Infinity Engine games, but introduce many modern sensibilities that make the experience more palatable for today’s gamer.

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Valkyria Chronicles 4

Set during a WW2-inspired war, Valkyria Chronicles 4 takes place during the same timeframe as the original entry in the series. If you enjoyed that, you’ll love experiencing the story from a different angle, with the gorgeous, painterly visuals making a return.

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Don’t let the number scare you, this is a standalone entry in the franchise and a spectacular HD debut to boot. While it doesn’t do many new things, this is a really solid JRPG that builds on typical elements like different jobs and classes, while giving them all some really smart quality of life improvements and delivering a heartfelt, funny, and surprisingly dark story.

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This RPG focused spin-off of the main Monster Hunter series could be a fantastic entry point for younger fans. Exploring the vibrant world, and capturing and collecting monsters, all sounds very familiar to Pokemon fans. But a few smart twists on the formula and some really impressive online features mean this title is one of the most impressive RPG titles any younger Switch owner can hope to play. Though adults shouldn’t dismiss it either, especially if they’re looking for another monster-collecting adventure.

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