Nintendo Switch has successfully surprised us with its performance and popular titles. For that reason, we can say that it is the best handheld right at this moment. And for JRPG lover, Switch has prepared some titles for you to play. Thanks to Metacritic, now we can count on its survey and pick the best game around. So here are the top 7 JRPG you can play on Switch including the Metascore.
7. Atelier Ryza: Ever Darkness & the Secret Hideout (Score: 84)
Atelier Ryza: Ever Darkness & the Secret Hideout is a RPG developed by Gust, and originally released in Japan for the PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, and Microsoft Windows in September 2019. It was released in North America in October 2019 and rest of the world in November 2019 for the same consoles. The game is the twenty-first main entry in the Atelier series.
The game follows the story of Reisalin Stout, a girl living on Kurken Island seeking adventure. One summer day, she finds an abandoned rowboat and ventures to the mainland with her friends Lent Marslink and Tao Mongarten. Along the way, they meet the alchemist Empel Vollmer with his companion Lila Decyrus, which starts Ryza on the path of learning alchemy.
6. Dragon Quest Builders 2 (Score: 85)
Dragon Quest Builders 2 is an action role-playing sandbox game developed by Square Enix and Omega Force, with Square Enix as the publisher. The game is a sequel to Dragon Quest Builders, and was released for the Nintendo Switch and PlayStation 4 in Japan in December 2018, worldwide in July 2019, and for Microsoft Windows in December 2019.
The game takes place some time after the events of Dragon Quest II, and centers around a group called Children of Hargon, who seek revenge for the defeat of Hargon and Malroth by the decendants of Erdrick, by ensuring all builders are eliminated. Players control either male or female builder, known as the Hero who is captured by this group along with all other builders in the world on a ship.
5. Bug Fables: The Everlasting Sapling (Score: 85)
Bug Fables: The Everlasting Sapling is a RPG developed by Panamanian independent studio Moonsprout Games and published by Dangen Entertainment. It was released on November 21, 2019 for Microsoft Windows, and on May 28, 2020 for Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One. The game took inspiration in art and gameplay from the first two Paper Mario games.
Bug Fables follows the adventure of Team Snakemouth, a team of bugs that composes of the three main characters, Vi the bee, Kabbu the beetle, and Leif the moth as they explore the land of Bugaria. They search for ancient artifacts to find hints towards finding The Everlasting Sapling, which is rumored to give bugs eternal life.
4. Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age (Score: 85)
The original Final Fantasy XII is a fantasy JRPG developed and published by Squaresoft for PlayStation 2 in 2006. The game is a part of Final Fantasy series with some changes in gameplay: an open world, a seamless battle system, a controllable camera, and many more. In 2017, Square Enix released Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age as a high-definition remaster of the International Zodiac Job System on multiplatform.
The game takes place in the fictional world of Ivalice, where the empires of Archadia and Rozzaria are waging an endless war. Ashe, princess of Dalmasca which caught between the warring nations meets Vaan, a young adventurer who dreams of becoming a sky pirate in command of an airship. By creating a resistance movement, Ashe and the party rally against the tyranny of the Archadian Empire.
3. Monster Hunter Rise (Score: 88)
Monster Hunter Rise is an action RPG developed and published by Capcom for the Nintendo Switch. It is the sixth mainline installment in the Monster Hunter series after Monster Hunter: World (2018), and was released worldwide on March 26, 2021. A Microsoft Windows version is currently in development and is planned for an early 2022 release.
Rise follows many of the new conventions established for the series in World while also introducing new features and mechanics, including a new animal companion called a Palamute that can be used to ride across the map or into battle, and the use of Wirebugs to traverse the game world and mount and ride certain monsters.
2. Xenoblade Chronicles: Definitive Edition (Score: 89)
Xenoblade Chronicles is an open world action RPG developed by Monolith Soft and published by Nintendo initially for the Wii in 2010. It is the first entry in the Xenoblade Chronicles series, a subseries which forms part of the Xeno metaseries. An expanded remake of the original game, Xenoblade Chronicles: Definitive Edition, was announced in September 2019 during a Nintendo Direct presentation..
Xenoblade Chronicles takes place on the frozen bodies of two warring titans, the Bionis and the Mechonis. The people of Bionis, including the human-like Homs, are in a perpetual war with the Mechon machine race of Mechonis. Key to the Homs’ efforts in fighting against the Mechon army is the Monado, a sword that is said to have been wielded by the Bionis.
1. Dragon Quest XI S: Echoes of an Elusive Age – Definitive Edition (Score: 91)
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.
Read also: Top 7 Most Underrated RPG on Switch in 2019
Switch is an amazing console. From the games it has, we can tell that Nintendo really puts an effort in making this handheld into a more than just decent gadget. Look at the JRPG titles it has, like it was made for us JRPG lovers. Talking about a favorite, I would go with Dragon Quest XI S: Echoes of an Elusive Age – Definitive Edition, but to tell you frankly I’m quite sure all the above games are really good.
Which one is your favorite JRPG on Switch? Please share your thoughts in the comments below.