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Nintendo Switch is the successor of Nintendo Wii and Wii U consoles and is widely considered to be the first hybrid console on the market. It allows users to play games either at home on a big TV screen or while travelling. This is possible thanks to its revolutionary design, which combines features of both stationary and handheld consoles. It is composed of two main parts: the console unit, which is a 6.2" screen tablet based on Nvidia technology, and the docking station necessary to connect the console to a TV set. Nintendo Switch was released worldwide on March 3, 2017.

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Octopath Traveler (Switch)
Octopath Traveler (Switch)

RPG 13 July 2018

A Japanese role-playing game by Square Enix and Silicon, the creators of i.e. well-received Bravely Default: Flying Fairy and Bravely Second. Project Octopath Traveler features a unique style, which blends 16-bit sprites with 3D pixel-art surroundings. During the game, you visit various locations and complete many quests given by the NPCs. The game also features turn-based fights, in which to defeat your opponents you have to make proper use of your characters' abilities.

Pokemon (2019) (Switch)
Pokemon (2019) (Switch)

RPG 2019

Pokemon (2018) is another installment of the extrermely popular jRPG series that was created by Game Freak in the 1990s. It is the first game of the series that was released on home video game consoles. The game's story focuses on a novice pokemon trainer who begins their adventure with a pokemon of their choosing. Our hero explores more and more locations and faces other trainer in order to prove that he/she is the best pokemon trainer in the region. Combat is turn-based. Key to victory lies in skillful usage of our pokemon's attacks and abilities. Each pokemon has its own unique stats, move sets, and abilities that influence its capability in combat. The game has eye-pleasing, cartoonish visuals.

Xenoblade Chronicles 2 (Switch)
Xenoblade Chronicles 2 (Switch)

RPG 01 December 2017

Xenoblade Chronicles is the third entry in the Xenoblade series. The previous entries were Xenoblade Chronicles for Wii and Xenoblade Chronicles X for Wii U. The new entry isn’t directly related to its predecessors, but similarly to Final Fantasy series it shares some common elements with them, including enemies, available items, attacks and character skills. During the adventure the player assumes the role of a boy named Rex. Together with his friend Pyra he starts an epic journey in search for the mythical Elysium that is humanity’s last hope for survival. In order to reach it, the pair and their companions met during the adventure must travel through a vast fantasy world created on the back of monstrous titans.

Pokemon: Let's Go, Pikachu! (Switch)
Pokemon: Let's Go, Pikachu! (Switch)

RPG November 2018

Pokemon: Let’s Go, Pikachu! is a role-playing game. The players are traveling through a three-dimensional world with the titular Pikachu and they are capturing other pokemons, training them and making them fight in turn-based combat against other trainers’ pokemons. The game was designed as an introduction to the series for novice players who might find main entries in the series too complicated.

Harvest Moon: Light of Hope (Switch)
Harvest Moon: Light of Hope (Switch)

RPG 29 May 2018

Harvest Moon: Light of Hope is another installment of the popular game series that blends elements of JRPGs, adventure games, and farming simulators. It was developed by the Japanese studio Natsume, which got the rights to the Harvest Moon franchise in 2014. In comparison with the previous games of the series, Light of Hope has a more complex scenario with clearly stated goals. We play as a sailor whose ship sank near a small island. Seeing that the island's port town was destroyed by a hurricane, our protagonist decides to help its citizens in rebuilding. As we play, we will farm, rear farm animals, and rebuild various buildings. Our ultimate goal is the restoration of a lighthouse that towers above the island. We will be able to make friends with the islanders and even start our own family.

The Caligula Effect: Overdose (Switch)
The Caligula Effect: Overdose (Switch)

RPG 2019

The Caligula Effect: Overdose is a remake of the turn-based jRPG from 2016. In comparison to the original, this title has not only updated graphics but also an extensive campaign which is twice as big.

Shining Resonance Refrain (Switch)
Shining Resonance Refrain (Switch)

RPG 10 July 2018

A remaster of Shining Resonance published on PlayStation 3 in 2014. The game offers new playable characters, improved graphics, and - in contrast to the original - it is released also outside Japan.

Dragon Quest XI: Echoes of an Elusive Age (Switch)
Dragon Quest XI: Echoes of an Elusive Age (Switch)

RPG 2019

The eleventh major installment of the popular jRPG series by Square Enix. The action of Dragon Quest XI: In Search of Departed Time takes place in a fantastical land of Lotozetasia, while the player assumes the role of a inhabitant of the Ishi village. On his 16th birthday, he discovers that he is an incarnation of a hero who saved the world from annihilation many years ago. Since then, the youngster’s life takes a radical turn, and his further fate is uncertain. Accompanied by loyal friends, the protagonist embarks on a journey which will seal his destiny. The production is very sandbox — at its core are exploration of the environment, conversing with non-player characters, and performing quests given by them. Turn-based combat is an integral part of the gameplay. To win a battle, we have to adequately develop our character and adjust our equipment accordingly.

Ys VIII: Lacrimosa of Dana (Switch)
Ys VIII: Lacrimosa of Dana (Switch)

RPG 26 June 2018

Ys VIII: Lacrimosa of Dana is the eighth installment of the fantasy action RPG series from Nihon Falcom. The game takes place in the same Greek mythology-inspired fantasy world as the series' previous installments. Once again we play as the warrior called Adol Christin who, after the ship he was traveling went under, ends up with the rest of the crew on the cursed island Seiren. Our hero's dreams about the mysterious girl named Dana turn out to be the key to solving the mystery of the island. As per the series' tradition, we will spend most of our time on fighting with various enemies. The game features an arcade combat system. We are accompanied by many characters with different abilities in our adventures and we can switch between them anytime we want to. Every once in a while we will also play as the titular Dana. Her parts of the game are more riddle-oriented.

God Wars: The Complete Legend (Switch)
God Wars: The Complete Legend (Switch)

RPG 31 August 2018

An improved version of tactical RPG God Wars: Future Past. Players are taken to a fantasy world inspired by Japanese myths and take part in an adventure of Princess Kaguya.

Fallen Legion: Rise to Glory (Switch)
Fallen Legion: Rise to Glory (Switch)

RPG 29 May 2018

A pack of games for Nintendo Switch consisting of Fallen Legion: Sins of an Empire and Fallen Legion: Flames of Rebellion. It is the work of YummyYummyTummy studio.

The Lost Child (Switch)
The Lost Child (Switch)

RPG 19 June 2018

A dungeon crawler RPG developed by the Japanese developer Kadokawa Games, led by Takayasu Sawaki - the creator of El Shaddai: Ascension of the Metatron. The main protagonist of The Lost Child is a journalist who investigates a suicide committed on the Shinjuku station in Tokyo. As it turns out, beings from another world are involved in the mystery, and the main protagonist comes into possession of a weapon called Demon Gun Gangour, which is capable of enslaving the fallen angels. Players observe from the first-person perspective how the main protagonist ventures through vast underground tunnels and fights the demons inhabiting them. Combat is turn-based and the defeated enemies can be enslaved in order to use their unique traits in the battles to come. Occasionally, the player gets to the surface where they can acquire useful information from NPCs - the interactions have been designed to resemble the form of visual novels. The game features visuals resembling the ones featured in manga.

Valkyria Chronicles 4 (Switch)
Valkyria Chronicles 4 (Switch)

RPG September 2018

The fourth full-fledged entry in the series of tactical role-playing games. This time the story revolves around Claude Wallace, a commander who together with his Squad E is trying to determine the outcome of the war.

Disgaea 5 Complete (Switch)
Disgaea 5 Complete (Switch)

RPG 23 May 2017

Disgaea 5 Complete is another installment in the strategic/tactical RPG series created and developed by the Japanese studio Nippon Ichi Software since 2003. Disgaea games are characterized by a high dose of fourth-wall breaking humor and frequent references to pop-culture. Disgaea 5 is the first game in the series that was released on Nintendo Switch. We play as Killia, a young demon who wants to free his world from the rule of the dark lord of the underworld. To defeat the enemy, Killia has to unite all of the conquered and threatened worlds. He goes on a dangerous journey along which he recruits many unusual allies. Most of the time we will spend on three dimensional battlefields covered with square tiles. Combat is turn-based. In battle, we will use combinations of attack, spells, and special abilities. Along with the new classes, the developers have introduced the option of banding our heroes into units, and the Revenge system connected with that option. Disgaea 5 has the same characteristic visual style of the previous iterations and looks like an interactive anime.

Tales of Vesperia: Definitive Edition (Switch)
Tales of Vesperia: Definitive Edition (Switch)

RPG November 2018

Tales of Vesperia: Definitive Edition is a refreshed version of the Japanese action role-playing game that originally debuted in 2008. The remaster is focused on improving the graphics of the game, but it also features some other attractions – including content that was originally available only in the Japanese version of the game.

Dragon Quest Builders 2 (Switch)
Dragon Quest Builders 2 (Switch)

RPG December 2018

A continuation to the well-received spin-off of the Dragon Quest series. The player again assumes the role of a hero gifted with a power of creation - their task will be to face the forces of darkness. Compared to its predecessor, the game introduces a series of changes, improvements and completely new concepts - above all, one can swim or glide in mid-air, fill cavities or player-made pools with water, and place three times more blocks on top of one another while constructing. What is also worth noticing, is the multiplayer mode, which allows up to three other players to join one's game.

Yo-kai Watch 4 (Switch)
Yo-kai Watch 4 (Switch)

RPG December 2018

Lost Sphear (Switch)
Lost Sphear (Switch)

RPG 23 January 2018

Japanese RPG title inspired by classic games from the genre, developed by team of Tokyo RPG Factory. Lost Sphear is set in fantasy world and follows the story of a boy named Kanata, who wakes up from nightmare only to discover that his village mysteriously disappeared. And so he and his friends set on a journey to save the world with the help of magical power of Memory, which lets them materialize memories and thoughts of mortals. Gameplay focuses on exploring the world and performing various tasks, while travelling is done through a special map. Battles use system known from earlier entries in Final Fantasy series: after performing an action, a character must wait some time before it can again engage in combat. As players progress through the game, characters earn experience, which lets them develop individual skills and statistics.

For the King (Switch)
For the King (Switch)

Strategy 2019

For the King is an interesting hybrid that blends the elements of JRPGs, roguelikes, and strategy games, developed by the independent studio IronOak Games. The game takes place in a fantasy land engulfed by chaos. Heroes, led by the player, decide to defeat the evil forces. Both the world and the adventures within it are generated procedurally. Each time we start, we will feel as if we were playing a different, new game. Gameplay in For the King focuses on exploration (our party moves in turns through a map divided into hexagonal tiles, traveling not only on foot, but also by boat) and fighting with the encountered enemies. Our victory in battle depends on how, and when, we use our party members' abilities and on how good their equipment is. For the King offers a wide range of game modes, both single player and multiplayer. The game has good looking, colorful, and cartoonish visuals.

Nights of Azure 2: Bride of the New Moon (Switch)
Nights of Azure 2: Bride of the New Moon (Switch)

RPG 24 August 2017

A sequel to the action RPG from the Japanese studio Gust. Nights of Azure 2 lets us revisit the dark fantasy world, in which humanity rules only by daylight, while night belongs to demonic minions of the Night Lord. However, we won’t see any old faces from first game, as the second game focuses on completely new characters. Players take role of Ashule, a warrior who dies while trying to defend her friend Liliana from a powerful demon and is reborn as half-demonic being. Her main objective is to find and rescue Liliana. Similarly to its predecessor, Nights of Azure 2 is a typical hack and slash with an arcade battle system and TPP view. As she gets more experience, Ashule will unlock more skills and get more powerful in the process. She can also be helped by female companions, and the more often she does that, the stronger bond she creates with them. This in turn lets her learn new powers or unlock news quests.

Touhou Genso Wanderer Reloaded (Switch)
Touhou Genso Wanderer Reloaded (Switch)

RPG 17 July 2018

A 2D Japanese RPG with roguelike elements. This is a refreshed version of Touhou Genso Wanderer from 2016, which includes all content from the original game along with its DLCs. Additionally, the production offers brand new characters and scenarios.