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Immerse Yourself In The 25 Best JRPGs Currently Available On The Nintendo Switch

Updated October 14, 2020 154 votes 21 voters25 items

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There's no question that Japanese role-playing games usually take a bit longer to play considering the length of their campaigns and the breadth of content, but hey, we're not complaining. Over the past few years, the Nintendo Switch has proved to be one of the best ways to play for long stints due to its portability and versatility. Whether you're looking for something strategic, something with social simulation mechanics thrown in, or a title that is going to challenge not only your gaming skills but your resolve and tenacity, the best JRPGs on the Switch offer something for every type of gamer.

While the 'J' in JRPG stands for Japanese, this list isn't simply focusing on RPGs made in Japan. Instead, it features classic Japanese role-playing games that exude a certain gameplay style, namely games that place a heavy emphasis on deep, thought-provoking plots and comprehensive character development. From Switch exclusives like Fire Emblem: Three Houses and Pokémon Sword and Shield to epic JRPGs like Trails of Cold Steel III and Dragon Quest XI, there are tons of options to help you get your RPG fix at home or on the go, with plenty of great games coming to the Switch in the not-too-distant future. Of course, the Switch is also home to a growing library of older RPG classics, including all the PS1-era Final Fantasy games.

Check out all the top Switch JRPGs and vote up all the games you loved playing the most, that way other gamers can see which titles to check out next.

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  • Dragon Quest XI: Echoes of an  is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Immerse Yourself In The 25 Best JRPGs Currently Available On The Nintendo Switch
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    One of the few modern RPGs that still rely on traditional turn-based battles, Echoes of an Elusive Age harks back to the glory days of SNES and PS1-era JRPGs when it comes to combat. As the latest most recent entry of the long-running Dragon Quest series, XI is often listed as one of the best JRPG titles ever made. In fact, it's already sold more than 5.5 million copies worldwide.

    Certain gameplay elements can sometimes be exhausting, but if nothing else, Dragon Age XI proved that players also value engaging worlds and characters and that those elements can be just as important to some as the gameplay. Smash Bros. Players may also recognize the game's titular character as he was introduced as DLC character in 2019.

    • Release: 2017
    • Developer: Square Enix
    • Genres (Video game): Role-playing
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  • The most recent entry in the beloved and long-running Fire Emblem series, Three Houses is a tactical RPG that also includes social simulation elements, keeping with the tradition of the franchise. The game did well with critics and fans alike, as it became the highest-rated Switch exclusive, due to the game's masterful balance of both halves of the core gameplay, those being the social aspects and the battle mechanics.

    The game also has incredible replayability value and considering that a single playthrough can already take anywhere from fifty to a hundred hours to complete, Three Houses is a game players will continue to enjoy for quite some time.

    • Release: 2019
    • Developer: Intelligent Systems, Koei Tecmo Games
    • Genres (Video game): Tactical role-playing
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    The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel III

    The Legend of Heroes: Trails o is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Immerse Yourself In The 25 Best JRPGs Currently Available On The Nintendo Switch
    Photo: Nihon Falcom

    Picking up a year and a half after the events that transpired in the previous game, The Legend of Heroes: Trials of Cold Steel III exudes all those traditional JRPG elements you've come to love in the series: epic turn-based battles, a comprehensive leveling system, and ultra-complex character development. 

    The soundtrack, the style, and the characters are all top notch, and the Switch port is equally as flawless. That said, it's recommended that players be familiar with the first two games, as stepping into the third installment unprepared will definitely have an impact on how you view the characters and the plot. 

    Release: 2017
    Developer: Nihon Falcom
    Genres (Video game): Role-playing

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    • Octopath Traveler is a turn-based RPG where players choose from one of eight protagonists to play at the start of the game, each with their own individual storyline. Each playable character also has unique abilities, meaning each has their own distinguishable gameplay feel, as well as narrative.

      Featuring memorable characters and a fantasy setting that really stands out, Octopath has become a modern favorite of RPG fans. Upon release, the game received favorable reviews and has gone on to sell more than two million copies, making it one of the best-selling games on the Nintendo Switch.

      • Release: 2019
      • Developer: Square Enix
      • Genres (Video game): Role-playing
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