Nintendo Switch has all it needs to be the most popular handheld around. With all the great games it has, RPG lovers also have their portion of games under the label of RPG. The year of 2019 and 2020 have passed with a lot of RPG released on Nintendo Switch, but apparently there are some which were overlooked despite of the good quality. So here are the top 7 most underrated RPG on Switch in 2019.
7. Dragon Quest I, II, III
Dragon Quest is a series of RPG made by Yuji Horii, Akira Toriyama, Koichi Sugiyama, and Square Enix for a variety of video game platforms. Since 1986, the original Dragon Quest was released and has so far featured 11 games within the main series, as well as several spin off games and two animated production. 30 years after its debut, it becomes the all-time best-selling video game series in Japan.
Dragon Quest is often compared with the Final Fantasy series, created by Squaresoft. Although the Dragon Quest series started before the Final Fantasy, it continues to release titles at a slower pace within the main series. Since Dragon Quest series has become a legend, maybe you must consider playing the first three games ported to Switch, instead of suddenly jumping to the latest game.
6. Final Fantasy VIII
Final Fantasy VIII is a RPG developed and published by Square originally for PlayStation console in 1999. The game is the eighth main installment in the Final Fantasy series. Final Fantasy VIII is the first game in the series to use realistically proportioned characters consistently. A remastered version was released for Switch, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC in September 2019.
The game follows a group of young mercenaries, led by Squall Leonhart, as they are drawn into a conflict sparked by Ultimecia, a sorceress from the future who wishes to compress time. Duriing the quest to defeat Ultimecia, Squall struggles with his role as a leader and develops romance with one of his comrades, Rinoa Heartilly.
5. Tales of Vesperia: Definitive Edition
Tales of Vesperia: Definitive Edition is a JRPG developed by Namco Tales Studio which is a remastered version of the original Tales of Vesperia (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, while also introducing another new element such as online scoring boards.
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.
4. Collection of Mana
Collection of Mana is an anthology release of the first three titles of the Mana series. It was released initially in Japan in June 2017, including Final Fantasy Adventure, Secret of Mana, and Seiken Densetsu 3 in their original format. The Collection of Mana was launched in the West in June 2019 with a localized version of Seiken Densetsu 3, now titled Trials of Mana.
3. Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age
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.
2. Grandia HD Collection
Grandia is a series of RPG developed by GameArts throughout the whole series and have been published over the years by Entertainment Software Publishing, Sony Computer Entertainment, Ubisoft, Hudson Soft, Square Enix, and GungHo Online Entertainment. The Grandia HD Collection, compiling the first two games was released for Nintendo Switch in North America and Europe in 2019.
1. Dragon Quest Builders 2
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.
Now we know that there are amazing RPG that were underrated among the many popular titles on Switch. If you are paying attention, those titles above are actually famous franchise, but since most on the list are ported version their popularity is not as high as the new released games. My favorite goes to Grandia HD Collection for the classic one and Tales of Vesperia: Definitive Edition for the modern one.
Which one is your favorite underrated RPG on Switch? Please share your thoughts in the comments below.