The 8 Best Nintendo Switch Role-Playing Games to Buy in 2018

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The Nintendo Switch is gaining momentum with the role-playing game genre and has a promising future with over 50 third-party independent developers offering support. Like the days before it with previous Nintendo consoles, the Switch is on a journey to return to form, allowing for more role-playing games to its console. And there are already role-playing games released and lined up that are ready for any RPG enthusiast to dive into.

Below you'll find the best role-playing Nintendo Switch games. Games range from classic hits to odes to the 16-bit era and a first party Nintendo game that is already winning hearts. Sure there will be more RPG games available in the future, but these are our favorites right now.

Best Overall: Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle

Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle makes the best Nintendo Switch role-playing game overall due to its positive acclaim, fresh creative design and fun gameplay. The winner of over 50 E3 awards and nominations brings a brand new cross over role-playing game with tactical play style only exclusive on the Nintendo Switch.

Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle is a turn-based tactical role-playing game that features Nintendo’s Mario alongside with Ubisoft’s Raving Rabbids franchise. The game includes both a single and multiplayer campaign mode with each level consisting of a series of battles. Each side, both the player and enemy, take turns moving around a battlefield while taking shots at one another with laser guns. The easy-to-learn-but-hard-to-master game takes into consideration the player’s positioning and range, maximum movements, as well as other conditions that make for a fun and strategic gameplay.

Runner-Up, Best Overall: The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

Considered one of the best role-playing games of all time, The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim finally comes to the Nintendo Switch, allowing for intense portable gameplay on the go. With over 200-plus Game of the Year Awards, Skyrim’s open-world adventure is one of the most immersive and brings to the Switch new features such as motion controls and items from the Legend of Zelda series.

In The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, players can do virtually anything and become anyone. The game is filled with tons of interactive characters that players can have conversations with, leading to friends, foes and even wars. Skyrim’s main story focuses on a dragon set to destroy the world, but players can take plenty of detours with side missions and subplots to gain new abilities, level up their character and postpone any obligation to save the world.

Best JRPG: Xenoblade Chronicles 2

Xenoblade Chronicles 2 is a beautiful epic Japanese role-playing game with a cinematic presentation. Its cut-scenes feel larger than life (often like watching a well-written anime movie) and include an optional original Japanese voiceover dub, giving the players the game’s original authentic form.

Players control one main character out of a party of three in an open world environment in Xenoblade Chronicles 2. The action role-playing game includes a streamlined real-time action-based combat system that requires quick decision making for utilizing each character’s abilities such as magic, healing and blunt force attacks. Players have to keep a close eye on their companions, waiting for cool down periods and opportunities to attack. Xenoblade Chronicles 2 includes a soundtrack with performances by the Bratislava Symphony Choir, giving it a more epic and emotional feel with each choreographed action scene and quest.

Best for 90s Nostalgia: I am Sestsuna

I am Setsuna is a story about a perpetual winter that centers around a mercenary and a maiden named Setsuna who must sacrifice herself to save her people. The game has a heavy theme of sadness and evokes 1990s style RPG gameplay using an active time battle system similar to Chrono Trigger.

I am Setsuna has a game time of about 25 hours, so you can finish it over a long weekend. It is perfect for anyone that wants to get cozy, plug in some headphones and utilize the Nintendo Switch’s handheld portability option. Its design is a marriage of old and new style, thanks to its gameplay battle system, music and art direction.

Best for Newbies: Battle Chasers: Nightwar

Gritty and rough, Battle Chasers: Nightwar is a role-playing game that’s straightforward in its turned based combat, taking elements from former JRPGS of the past and modernizing it into a solid RPG experience. For anyone who wants to understand the familiarities of how role-playing games work, Battle Chasers: Nightwar is a good starting point for any beginner.

The game includes RPG staples with unique changes such as a dual mana system for super attacks, an active initiative bar for various strategies, as well as tons of collectible items that can be forged and crafted into awesome gear. The game includes randomly generated dungeons, so players can get used to the unpredictability of mazes, traps and spawns that help them develop situational awareness and vigilance. Naturally, when player’s progress, so do their character's development of their abilities, perks and other customizable traits.

Best for Old Schoolers: The Longest Five Minutes

The Longest Five Minutes is unlike any other RPG on the list due to its risk-taking by providing a different style of gameplay. In this game, players make choices in their character’s memories that ultimately change the present, allowing multiple story paths and outcomes.

With its birds-eye-view camera and 16-bit art direction, The Longest Five Minutes pays tribute to the 1990s RPG games of the past. The charming heartwarming story aims to be a practical RPG style game, filled with light-hearted comedy, unique characters and emotional storytelling that makes it an instant classic. The game makers behind The Longest Five Minutes are RPG fans themselves and have made a game specifically for fans that grew up playing them during their most prevalent decades.

Best Content: Disgaea 5 Complete

Disgaea 5 Complete is just as its name suggests: a jam-packed RPG filled with a ton of stories and gameplay hours that easily make it the best on the list for its content. Disgaea 5 Complete comes with the original Disgaea 5 story along with eight bonus scenarios, seven updated fan-favorite characters and multiple classes from past Disgaea games.

Classified as a tactical role-playing video game, Disgaea 5 Complete is both over-the-top in its multiple strategies and hilarious story, offering hundreds of hours of content. Players can recruit new units and select over 50 jobs and classes that can be expanded upon as they level up; up to 100 characters can be displayed on the screen while in battle. The game comes included with multiple language options, with complete English and original Japanese in-game voices.

Best Imported: Seiken Densetsu Collection (Secret of Mana Series)

If you’re a die-hard JRPG fan, then there is no better role-playing game for the Nintendo Switch out there than the Seiken Densestu Collection. The Seiken Densetsu Collection (Secret of Mana Series) is a compilation of the first three Secret of Mana games all ported to the Nintendo Switch.

If you’ve been a fan for a while and understand Japanese, the Seiken Densetsu Collection (Secret of Mana Series) is the perfect addition to your RPG collection for your Nintendo Switch. The games within a game include a three-player co-op mode for the Secret of Mana and Seiken Densetsu 3, so you and some friends can relive the classic groundbreaking series.

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