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The 10 Best RPGs for Nintendo Switch

The Nintendo Switch platform delivers spectacular graphics and some of the most powerful, responsive gameplay. Whether it’s exploring open worlds or engaging in unrelenting combat, it’s all here in these 10 RPGs for Switch.

10. Transistor

Supergiant Games

Transistor is a 2014 science-fiction-themed action RPG. You play as a Red, a popular singer in the futuristic city of Cloudbank. You’ll battle robotic enemies collectively known as the Process. Red gains control of an extraordinary weapon of unknown origin after a mysterious group of assailants nearly kills her with it.

9. Stardew Valley

Screenshot from Stardew Valley

Stardew Valley is a 2016 farming game where players choose their own path. Should you spend time raising crops or caring for animals? Or should you spend time in the local village befriending the townspeople? Maybe it’s best to explore the mysterious mountain caverns and slay dreadful monsters. Perhaps you can do it all and be crowned the Stardew Hero?

8. Diablo III: Eternal Collection

Diablo III: Eternal Collection
Blizzard Entertainment

Diablo III: Eternal Collection from 2018 combines the original 2012 online-only hack-and-slash RPG with two expansion packs. It adds the 2013 expansion Diablo III: Reaper of Souls, and the 2017 expansion Diablo III: Rise of the Necromancer. Return to the town of Tristram and master devastating new powers and abilities to defend Sanctuary.

7. Monster Hunter Rise 

Monster Hunter Rise

Monster Hunter Rise from 2021 is the sixth installment in the series. You play as the ultimate monster hunter in the ninja-inspired land of Kamura Village. While exploring lush ecosystems, you’ll battle fearsome creatures. Your main foe is a new terrifying monster that threatens to plunge the land into chaos. New features include a canine companion and high-flying “wire action.”

6. Hyper Light Drifter

Hyper Light Drifter
Heart Machine

Hyper Light Drifter is a 2016 2D action RPG in the vein of the best 8-bit and 16-bit classics. However, it utilizes modernized mechanics and designs on a much grander scale. It’s inspired by nightmares and dreams alike. Players explore a vast world that’s simultaneously ruined and beautiful. It’s riddled with unknown dangers and lost technologies.

5. NieR: Automata – The End of YoRHa Edition

NieR: Automata - The End of YoRHa Edition
Square Enix

NieR: Automata – The End of YoRHa Edition is the Nintendo Switch version of 2017’s award-winning post-apocalyptic action RPG NieR: Automata. This version adds three types of Coliseum’s and costumes based on NieR Replicant. It also contains content of the “3C3C1D119440927” DLC, which requires players to have progressed a certain way into the main story of the game.

4. Xenoblade Chronicles 3

Xenoblade Chronicles 3
Monolith Soft

Xenoblade Chronicles 3 from 2022 is the third installment in the open-world Xenoblade Chronicles series. It depicts the futures of the worlds featured in the previous two installments and concludes the narrative of the trilogy. The game is story-driven, but there’s plenty of combat. Players venture to the world of Aionios, home to two hostile nations.

3. Xenoblade Chronicles: Definitive Edition

Xenoblade Chronicles: Definitive Edition
Monolith Soft

Xenoblade Chronicles: Definitive Edition is a 2020 expanded remaster of the original 2010 game that launched the trilogy. It features a new epilogue scenario titled “Future Connected” that’s set one year after the main game’s events. It includes enhanced visuals utilizing the art style and graphics of Xenoblade Chronicles 2. There’s also an updated user interface and remastered music.

2. Bastion

Supergiant Games

Bastion is a 2011 action and fantasy-themed RPG. The player controls “The Kid” as he moves through floating environments and battles enemies of various types. It features a beautiful, hand-painted, colorful art style. You’ll have two weapons at your disposal. You collect special shards of rock to power a structure, the Bastion, in the wake of an apocalyptic Calamity.

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1. Xenoblade Chronicles 3: Expansion Pass Wave 4 – Future Redeemed

Xenoblade Chronicles 3: Future Redeemed
Monolith Soft

Xenoblade Chronicles 3: Expansion Pass Wave 4 – Future Redeemed is a 2023 expansion pack and original story set before the events of 2022’s Xenoblade Chronicles 3. New characters join familiar characters in a story connecting the trilogy. This expansion pack features new battle mechanics. One new addition is the Unity Combo, which allows two characters to attack in unison.

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