Best RPGs for Nintendo Switch 2022: the ultimate role-playing game
The Nintendo Switch may not be the most powerful console on the market, but it has a huge back catalog of great RPGs to play on it, including some really special titles. We’ve collected 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. Long in the making and delayed over a year, it was well worth the wait as it is one of the best role-playing games ever made.
The massive, open-world RPG has many facets. Every nook and cranny of the awesome game world is filled with adventure and puzzles. And while it adds tinkering to the well-trodden themes, it’s not obtrusive and blends in beautifully.
Disco Elysium – The Final Cut
Perhaps 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. The script is just on another level, and the freedom it gives you to approach things your own way is unparalleled.
It won’t be to everyone’s taste, long-winded as it may be, but the Switch is a perfect place to play it, allowing you to pop in for quick sessions while trying to summarize what’s going on in the rotting 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 completely new version of the GameBoy classic that everyone over a certain age will remember. But even if you do, it’s definitely worth another visit as it feels totally fresh on its own.
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt – Full Edition
Colloquially called The Switcher, the Switch version of The Witcher 3 is nothing short of an engineering marvel. The massive open-world RPG was a major achievement on Xbox One and PS4, let alone on a handheld game console. And while it’s been trimmed down a bit graphically, everything that makes it one of the best games of all time is also present on Switch.
Animal Crossing: New Horizons
If you want to change the pace while living an escapist fantasy, the latest Animal Crossing might just be the game for you. It’s relaxing, delicious and sweet, and will never threaten you with the stress of some of the more “adult” games on this list. We have loved every minute of our time with it, and know that it will conquer hearts and minds over time.
Fire Emblem: Three Houses
The latest installment in the legendary Fire Emblem franchise is an absolute doozy, with replayability coming right out of its ears. You play as a professor at an officer academy and quickly choose one of three houses to teach. That choice makes you pursue drastically different storylines, but all parts share the two gameplay pillars. That’s brutal strategic combat with turn-based combat and free time that you can spend getting to know a huge cast of memorable characters. This is a game to drown in for hours on end.
Diablo III: Eternal Collection
The classic top-down dungeon slayer is great as a special edition for Switch, and feels surprisingly fresh and playable, despite arriving years after its original release. Being playable in a portable format takes the game to a whole other level and gives the Switch something often absent on previous Nintendo consoles: adult content.
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
Skyrim is one of the greatest, most respected role-playing games of all time. To release the entire game, DLC and more on a portable platform is nothing short of a miracle.
Plus, it’s the remastered version that appeared on the latest generation of consoles, so you get so much more bang for your buck. It is a true technological marvel and something you will be working on for many months to come.
More about this story
Every game in this list has been tested and played by our team to make sure it’s worth getting included.
We’ve played through their campaigns, put hours into their multiplayer offerings, and carefully compared them to direct competitors to make sure they represent the most satisfying and rewarding options on their platform.
We’re not interested in meaningless fiddling with numbers or weird details – we just want to provide an easy-to-understand review that gives you an idea of what it’ll be like to play. And do not think that the games are not fully tested, because the reviews are concise.
We’ve been covering technology and games since 2003 and in many cases have reviewed not only the game in question, but the previous generations as well – all the way back to the first release on the market. There are also plenty of titles we considered that didn’t make it into every one of our buyer’s guides.
Written by Max Freeman Mills.