In a world where you need to fight your opponents non-violently, Undertale offers up a unique and engaging story. With an emphasis on humour, dialogue, and player choice, your experience is affected by your actions alone. So, don’t go blaming the mailman for delivering your parcel at a bad time, kay?
Running at about eight hours long, you’re faced with a mixture of narrative and bullet hell combat systems in each enemy encounter. The key idea is to be nice to your foes to make them like you, but if you prefer to do things the hard way that’s cool too.
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
If you’ve never heard of The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim you’ve probably had your head in a hole for years (I’d get that checked out). Besides missing out on many ‘arrow to the knee’ memes, you’ve also got some catching up to do on one of the greatest RPGs ever.
Though it looks a little outdated on the Switch, you’re going to be far too busy getting your hands dirty, killing mythic beasts, taking on malevolent enemies, travelling across beautiful landscapes, and trying not to accidentally steal a wheel of cheese from an ally’s house.
For any of you who haven’t had the joy of playing Stardew Valley yet, it’s another essential for the platform. As a farmer new to the small, community-driven Pelican Town, it’s up to you to clean up your late grandpa’s old farm. Sure, you’ll start of weeding and clearing out the debris, but soon you’ll be ankle-deep in mud, fish, and friendship, and you’ll love it.
Whatever your preferences in RPGs, Stardew Valley offers up a light-hearted experience perfect for all ages. You’ll plant up your farms by season, chat up the villagers, maybe find true love, and uncover deeper stories as you go. Fair warning: you’ll tell yourself ‘just one more day’, but it’ll never be just one more. Never.
From light-hearted and adorable to disturbing and difficult, Darkest Dungeon isn’t here to give you an easy ride. With a whole team of carefully-chosen explorers to keep an eye on, you need to be a good manager and send them off to heal up, gain skills, or complete missions.
That sounds pretty standard, but a huge element of Darkest Dungeon is your heroes’ stress level. You can help them chill out, of course, but if left unchecked your hero might start behaving difficultly. Too much stress and they might just die of a heart attack, so try NOT to get to that point.
Battle Chasers: Nightwar
Battle Chasers: Nightwar is an RPG with distinct flavours of classic JRPG in its presentation. Packed full of turn-based combat, dungeons, bosses, secrets, puzzles, and so much loot a pirate would blush, you won’t be getting bored of this one any time soon.
From its gorgeous art style to its rather different upgrade systems and fleshed-out party, you don’t have to be a seasoned expert to enjoy this title. It’s not actively sending your characters insane like some, but don’t expect this RPG to hold your hand either.
West of Loathing
You’re probably not expecting to play anything like West of Loathing, but you really should give it a shot. This slapstick comedy RPG is set in the Kingdom of Loathing universe where you’ve got to punch skeletons, deal with demon cows, and enjoy a wide variety of hats to don.
It’s weird, wild, and western – all excellent qualities to find in an open-world RPG, wouldn’t you say?
Diablo III: Eternal Collection
Though Diablo III belongs in a few categories, it absolutely has a place in this here list of Switch RPGs. Choose between a number of different classes and stand strong in Sanctuary as angels and demons throw their hat in the ring for it.
Better still, this collection comes with the Reaper of Souls and Rise of the Necromancer expansion, so there’s even more to do. If you don’t fancy going at it alone, you can always call in a few pals to help out in the game’s local co-op mode. There’s never been a better time to crush demons in your slobs.
Golf Story is another indie RPG well worth playing, even if you’re not that fond of golf in real life. Play as a determined golfer as he pulls out all the stops one to make it big in this charming tale.
More than just teeing up and hitting balls, there are tons of characters to meet and tasks to complete on your journey to being the best golfer ever. As well as playing through a neat variety of unique environments, Golf Story offers up some of the best implementation of the Switch’s HD Rumble to date.
Xenoblade Chronicles 2
Do you fancy a game that offers the sprawling open world wonder of Breath of the Wild with the rhythmic underpinnings of an MMORPG and a meaty JRPG plot? Meet your new friend, Xenoblade Chronicles 2.
Featuring one of the most evocative settings in gaming – the whole world is built on the backs of god-like titans – Xenoblade Chronicles 2 takes you on a truly epic quest. It’s not flawless, but boy is it ambitious.
An ambitious JRPG from the Square-Enix team behind Bravely Default, Octopath Traveler stands out for its phenomenal tilt-shift art style and wonderful turn-based combat. This Switch original really is something to behold.
We weren’t entirely taken with its fragmented approach to storytelling – splitting things up into eight unconnected stories doesn’t quite work – but it’s heartwarming to see a major studio concocting something so fresh with such well-worn materials.
Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age
Final Fantasy XII is a standout game in the mammoth JRPG series. It dared to try something new, with a completely fresh combat system that nodded towards MMORPGs rather than the rigid tit-for-tat system the series is known for.
Its story, too, is less concerned with whiny teens than you might be accustomed to, which is refreshing. Add in a fresh lick of paint, and this is a brilliant RPG presented at its absolute best.
An oldie but a goodie, Bastion is a cracking RPG that’ll leave you thinking about it long after you’ve shut the system down. With more than 40 gorgeous environments to explore, you’ll follow ‘The Kid’ on his mission to collect the Cores that once powered Caelondia. Only then can he hope to prevent the Calamity that destroyed his home.
Combining its beautiful graphics, a fitting score, fantastic narration, and engaging story, this is one RPG you absolutely don’t want to miss.
Tales of Vesperia Definitive Edition
This reworked JRPG classic takes the decade-old original, polishes it up, and makes the full experience available to a Western audience for the first time. And what a splendid adventure it sends you on.
Tales has always been known for its semi-real-time combat system, and that’s all present and correct here. If you usually find JRPG battles a little stilted, this is the game for you. The story, meanwhile, is a series high point.
Pokemon, Let’s Go: Pikachu/Eevee!
It may have divided folks when Pokemon, Let’s Go: Pikachu/Eevee! first launched, but it’s a fun experience that’s rather hard to put down overall. Set in the Kanto region with more than 150 Pokemon to encounter, you’ll fight tons of NPCs to gain XP, items, and Gym badges on your journey to become a Pokemon Master.
Unlike its Pokemon Yellow inspiration, Let’s Go has a distinct Pokemon GO-vibe which is most apparent in its combat. You can also call a friend in to help you out even if you’re mid-battle, which makes it great for younger children to play.
Divinity: Original Sin 2
If we were giving out awards here, then Divinity: Original Sin 2 would without doubt get the RPG purist’s choice. Larian’s ambitious port has got the lot: a sprawling story, a vast open world, meaningful narrative choices, deeply tactical combat, and an involving character customisation system.
The Witcher III: Wild Hunt
Not just one of the finest RPGs on Switch, The Witcher III: Wild Hunt is one of the finest RPGs of the past decade, with memorable writing and a rich dark fantasy world to explore. It’s remarkable that this graphically rich open world masterpiece has been made to work – and work well – on Nintendo’s wonder-hybrid.
Dragon Quest XI S: Echoes of an Elusive Age – Definitive Edition
Amazingly, this is pretty much the ultimate edition of Square Enix’s latest fantasy JRPG. By all accounts this is an impeccable port of a graphically rich adventure with a sprawling open world and lush cartoony character art, and it even adds additional story content.
If you’ve exhausted Diablo III, or just don’t find its brand of by-the-books fantasy particularly appealing, Torchlight II is a brilliant alternative. You’re still wandering around bashing stuff, but with a much brighter and more interesting steampunk setting.