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5 Best Overlooked JRPG on Nintendo Switch

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Without people noticing, Nintendo Switch has become one of the best and the first thing you should get for a handheld. The games are as amazing as in consoles, as well as in RPG section. There are a lot of titles shared between the Nintendo Switch and other non handheld consoles but with less popularity. So if you owned the device, here are the 5 best overlooked JRPG on Nintendo Switch.

1. Romancing SaGa 2

Romancing SaGa 2

Romancing SaGa 2 is a RPG developed by Square and released for the Super Famicom in Japan on December 1993. The game is the fifth title in the SaGa series. In March 2010 the Super Famicom version was released on the Wii Virtual Console in Japan. In January 2014 the game was released on Wii U Virtual Console in Japan and the Nintendo 3DS Virtual Console released on August 2017.

The Emperor or Empress of Avalon begins the game as King Leon and later plays as his various heirs down through the game years. Leon hands his kingdom over to his son, Gerard. At the end of Gerard’s reign, the player is able to choose his or her own successor and pass on Gerard’s abilities to them. At the end of each generation, he or she will be given a choice of four heirs.

2. Trials of Mana

Trials of Mana

Trials of Mana or also known as Seiken Densetsu 3 in Japan, is a 1995 action RPG developed and published by Square (now Square Enix) for Super Famicom.  It is the sequel to the 1993 game Secret of Mana, and is the third installment in the Mana series. The game was designed by series creator Koichi Ishii, directed by veteran Square designer Hiromichi Tanaka and produced by Tetsuhisa Tsuruzono.

The game is set in a high fantasy world, and follows three heroes as they attempt to claim the legendary Mana Sword and prevent the Benevodons from being unleashed and destroying the world. The game features three lengthy main plotlines and six different possible main characters, each with their own storylines, and allows two players to play simultaneously.

3. Ys VIII: Lacrimosa of Dana

Ys VIII: Lacrimosa of Dana

Ys VIII: Lacrimosa of Dana is an action RPG developed by Nihon Falcom and published in North America and Europe by NIS America. The game is a part of the Ys series and first released in Japan by Falcom for PlayStation Vita in July 2016, with later worldwide releases for Android, iOS, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, and Microsoft Windows.

The game covers Adol’s adventures written in his diary, which is set 2 years (21 AC) before the event of Ys Seven with Altago and the Romun Empire still at war. The story starts with Adol and Dogi aboard a ship called The Lombardia until the ship was attacked and sunk by a giant creature which Adol failed to defeat. Drifted ashore of a mysterious island, Adol ventures searching the other survivors and uncovers the island’s secret.

4. Dragon Quest XI S: Echoes of an Elusive Age

Dragon Quest XI Western Release

Dragon Quest XI: Echoes of an Elusive Age is a Japanese RPG developed and published by Square Enix. It is an entry of the long-running Dragon Quest series, and released initially in Japan (2017) for 3DS and PlayStation 4. Later on, it was released worldwide for PC and PlayStation 4 in 2018. An enhanced version, Dragon Quest XI S: Echoes of an Elusive Age – Definitive Edition was released in 2019 for Switch.

The game tells about the 16 year old main protagonist who grew up in a serene and quiet town. One day, when he participates in a certain village’s ceremony, he discovers that he is the reincarnation of a hero who has a great mission to save the world. Together with his allies: a child prodigy, a rude thief, and an entertainer he embarks on a journey trying to save his world from perils.

5. Tales of Vesperia: Definitive Edition

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Tales of Vesperia is Namco Tales Studio’s JRPG which was originally released for Xbox 360 in 2008. This game is the tenth mothership title in the Tales series and features a new version of the series’ trademark action-based Linear Motion Battle System. A remastered version, Tales of Vesperia: Definitive Edition was released in 2019 for Switch, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC via Steam.

Tales of Vesperia is set in the world of Terca Lumireis, which uses an energy source called blastia for all its needs, including creating protective barriers around its cities. The story focuses on Yuri Lowell, a former Imperial Soldier who forms a guild called Brave Vesperia to aid Estelle, a noble woman he encounters on a mission. As they explore the world, Yuri is forced to confront his friend and former comrade Flynn.

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Nintendo Switch probably is a handheld, but once you know what JRPG it has, you will stop underestimating it. The game it has is shared with flagship consoles such as PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, so you don’t need to question the quality anymore. Speaking about a favorite, I will choose Tales of Vesperia: Definitive Edition since I’m a fan of the series and it has a lot of improvement from its predecessors.

Which overlooked JRPG on Nintendo Switch is your favorite? Do you also think that this handheld is awesome? Please share your thoughts in the comment below.

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A fellow RPG addict who played a lot of classic masterpieces from Square, Square-Enix, and Tri-Ace. "The epoch may change, but the classics will remain eternal"

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