The Nintendo Switch might not be the most powerful console on the market, but it has a huge back catalogue of great RPGs that you can play on it, including some really special titles. We’ve gathered the cream of the crop for you to check out, right here.
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
There couldn’t have been a better launch game to sell Switch consoles than Breath of the Wild. A long time in the making and more than a year delayed, it was well worth the wait as it’s one of the best role-playing games ever made.
The massive, open-world RPG has many facets. Every nook and cranny of the marvellous game world is filled with adventure and puzzles. And while it adds crafting to the well-trodden themes, it’s not obtrusive and fits in beautifully.
Disco Elysium – The Final Cut
Quite possibly the best and most ambitious RPG of modern times, Disco Elysium tells the story of a single crime that you, a drunken detective, must solve. Its script is quite simply on another level, and the freedom it gives you to approach matters in your own way is unparalleled.
It won’t be to everyone’s tastes, wordy as it is, but the Switch is a perfect place to play it, letting you drop in for quick sessions as you try to piece together just what is going on in the decaying docks of Revachol.
The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening
Link’s Awakening fills the gap nicely as we wait for the sequel to Breath of the Wild, with its isometric action-RPG charm and fiendish puzzles. It’s a from-the-ground-up remake of the GameBoy classic that everyone over a certain age will remember. But, even if you do, it is well worth a revisit as it feels completely fresh in its own right.
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt – Complete Edition
Informally dubbed The Switcher, the Switch version of The Witcher 3 is nothing short of a technical wonder. The enormous open-world RPG was a major feat on Xbox One and PS4, let alone on a portable games console. And while it has been cut back a little graphically, everything that makes it one of the best games of all time is there on Switch too.
Animal Crossing: New Horizons
If you want a change of pace while living an escapist fantasy, the newest Animal Crossing might just be the perfect game for you. It’s relaxing, delightful and sweet, and will never threaten you with the stress of some more “mature” games on this list. We’ve loved every minute of our time with it, and know that it’s going to capture hearts and minds as time goes by.
Fire Emblem: Three Houses
The latest instalment in the storied Fire Emblem franchise is an absolute doozy, with replayability coming out its ears. You play as a professor at an officers’ academy, and quickly choose one of three houses to teach. That choice will see you pursue drastically different storylines, but all the strands share its two gameplay pillars. Those are brutal strategic battles with turn-based combat, and leisure time that you can spend getting to know a huge cast of memorable characters. This is a game to fall into for hours at a time.
Diablo III: Eternal Collection
The classic top-down dungeon slayer is great as a special edition for Switch, feeling surprisingly fresh and playable despite arriving years after its original release. That it’s playable in portable format takes the game to a whole other level and gives the Switch something that’s often been absent from previous Nintendo consoles: adult content.
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
Skyrim is one of the largest, most highly revered role-playing games of all time. To release the entire game, DLC and more, on a portable platform is nothing short of a miracle.
What’s more, it is the remastered version that appeared on the latest-gen consoles so you get so much more for your bucks. It is a true technological marvel and something you will find yourself still playing many months on.
More about this story
Every game in this list has been tested and played through by our team, to make sure that it merits inclusion.
We’ve played through their campaigns, sunk hours into their multiplayer offerings, and carefully compared them to direct competitors to make sure that they represent the most satisfying and rewarding options out there on their platform.
We aren’t interested in pointless number crunching or extraneous details – we just want to provide an easy to understand review that gives you an idea of what it’s going to be like to play. And don’t for a second think that the games aren’t tested fully because the reviews are concise.
We’ve been covering tech and games since 2003, and, in many cases, have not only reviewed the game in question, but the previous generations, too – right back to the first release on the market. There are also plenty of titles we’ve considered that didn’t make the cut in each of our buyer’s guides.
Writing by Max Freeman-Mills.