Nintendo Switch has turned out to be quite a gaming platform, and it’s no wonder that this popular console has a range of excellent RPG games to offer—so many that even a top 50 list wouldn’t cover them all.
Choosing what to play next can be a bother, especially if you’re indecisive, so we’ve decided to cut the list down to the top 5 RPG games on the Nintendo Switch. You can get all the games listed below at the Nintendo store right now and start your next adventure.
1 – The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
Taking heavy inspiration from the original 1986 The Legend of Zelda game, Breath of the Wild finally brought players what they asked for ages—an open world full of adventures to explore without restrictions.
Hyrule, as depicted in Breath of the Wild, is beautifully designed and lets players complete the main story quests in a non-linear fashion, and every nook and cranny brings some other type of collectible or gear to unlock and use for completing missions and solving puzzles.
This game is easily one of the best RPG titles on Switch as it received critical acclaim for its open-ended gameplay and brilliant attention to detail. If you love The Legend of Zelda franchise, then step into the kingdom of Hyrule and let Link take you on an adventure you won’t forget.
2 – The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
Old but gold. Skyrim has been around for a long time, but it’s no surprise how it often makes the list of the best RPG games on pretty much all gaming platforms. The world of Skyrim brings so much to do and explore that you can easily rake up more than 100 hours in the game, and you have total freedom in choosing how to do it.
The visuals might give off a bit of the “blast from the past” vibes, but the game compensates in every other way. In Skyrim, you can build your character the way you want, become a member of a guild, fight giants and dragons, or even become a werewolf.
Zelda fans will find some familiar items in the game as well—let’s just say that, if you climb high enough, you can find Master Sword, Hylian Shield, and Champion’s Tunic and gallivant around Skyrim looking like Link.
3 – The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
When we’re discussing The Witcher titles, we have mostly good things to say and ever since its release, Wild Hunt has been one of the most successful games on the Nintendo Switch console.
The events of The Witcher 3 take place all over the Continent, featuring some iconic locations from this universe such as Skellige Islands, Novigrad, and Kaer Morhen, while players take control of Geralt of Rivia, a white-haired monster slayer who is searching for Ciri, his adopted daughter on the run from the otherworldly Wild Hunt.
At this point, The Witcher 3 is a real classic thanks to its incredible world-building, character progression, stunning visuals, and so many things to do. If you’re one of the few people who have never played any Witcher games yet, go for it because you’re in for a treat.
4 – Fire Emblem Engage
Fire Emblem games are a Nintendo staple, and Engage is the latest addition to that universe. If you like tactical, turn-based RPGs with numerous characters, unit types, weapons, and even adoptable pets, this is the game for you.
You play as the Divine Dragon who needs to stand against the awakening forces of evil and collect 12 Emblem Rings to use the essence and powers of past heroes of the Fire Emblem universe in the upcoming fight.
While the jury is still out on whether Fire Emblem Engage is better than Fire Emblem: Three Houses, you are guaranteed hours of fun and excitement if you opt for this game as the next addition to your Nintendo Switch collection.
5 – Pokémon Scarlet and Violet
Another household Nintendo name, the Pokémon series might not be your first idea when thinking about new RPGs to play. Still, Scarlet and Violet are the first Pokémon games that fully embrace all the standard RPG elements, including an open world full of adventures and—well, Pokémon.
Whether you’re there for an engaging story or exploration of Paldea or you just want to catch some ‘mons and battle it out with NPCs or your friends, the world of Pokémon Scarlet and Violet is waiting and singing the sweet and alluring siren song—just that, in this case, it’s probably Jigglypuff.
We hope that one of these top 5 Nintendo Switch RPG games grabbed your attention. Enjoy trying them out and let us know if you feel like some other game should have made our list. If you want to try something a bit different, check out our recommendations for the best Nintendo Switch golf games or explore our list of the best games with high-quality graphics for your iOS or Android phone.
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