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- #42 The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom
- #41 Crisis Core Final Fantasy 7 Reunion
- #40 NieR: Automata
- #39 Victor Vran
- #38 Divinity: Original Sin II -Definitive Edition
- #37 Nobody Save the world
- #36 Tails of Iron
- #35 The World Ends With You: Final Remix
- #34 The Swords of Ditto: Mormo's Curse
- #33 Ender Lilies: Quietus of the Knights
- #32 Kingdom Hearts 3
- #31 Pokemon Legends: Arceus
- #30 Fire Emblem Warriors
- #29 Kingdoms of Amalur Rereckoning
- #28 Titan Quest
- #27 Torchlight II
- #25 Dragon’s Dogma Dark Arisen
- #24 Portal Knights
- #23 Monster Hunter Generations Ultimate
- #22 Transistor
- #21 Ys Origin
- #20 Crosscode
- #19 Dying Light
- #18 Minecraft Dungeons
- #17 Warframe
- #16 Hyper Light Drifter
- #15 Bastion
- #14 Tales of Vesperia
- #13 Persona 5 Strikers
- #12 Diablo III Eternal Collection
- #11 The Outer Worlds
- #10 Borderlands
- #9 Monster Hunter Rise
- #8 Hollow Knight
- #7 The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
- #6 Dark Souls Remastered
- #5 Xenoblade Chronicles Definitive Edition
- #4 The Elder Scrolls V Skyrim
- #3 Hades
- #2: Xenoblade Chronicles 2
- #1: The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
The Nintendo Switch has established itself as a platform that’s home to an insane amount of software spanning a multitude of genres. If you’re looking for Nintendo Switch Action RPGs, then here are some of the best games available on the platform.
#42 The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom
Release Date: May 12, 2023
When it comes to big titles, few can match up to The Legend of Zelda Tears of the Kingdom, and for numerous reasons. But if you’re going into this game to enjoy the action, you’ll have plenty to satisfy you. Once again, Link will have numerous weapons he can pick up on the go to fight off hordes of monsters. But in a twist, he can make them stronger via the “Fuse” ability! You can turn arrows into bombs or use certain jellies to freeze enemies solid, and that’s just the beginning of the possibilities! You can also merge things with your shield so that your defensive weapon can be offensive too! For example, you can attach a flamethrower to it and burn enemies as you defend against their attacks!
#41 Crisis Core Final Fantasy 7 Reunion
Platform: PC PS4 Xbox One Switch PS5 XSX|S
Release Date: December 10, 2022
Square Enix has been working hard on its RPG game recently, and Crisis Core Final Fantasy 7 Reunion is another example of them bringing back the classics to help ensure the future.
This remaster of the PSP title will let you play the prequel story to the events of their most beloved game. In it, you play Zack Fair, a member of the SOLDIER group run by the Shinra Corporation. He is the catalyst for many of the things that happen in the main game, and you’ll see through his eyes how things went with Sephiroth, Cloud, Tifa, Shinra, and more.
The game looks and plays better than ever with updated graphics and a new battle system.
#40 NieR: Automata
Platform: PC PS4 Xbox One Switch
Release Date: October 06, 2022
In an alternate future, robots have taken over Earth and have driven humanity off the planet. To fight back, humans make unique androids to fight back. You’ll play as 2B, 9S, and more as you attempt to take Earth back.
But the further you progress, the more you’ll come to question what you were told and whether things went as your masters have said.
Fight through the robotic hordes in intense matches, with boss fights to push your skills to the brink. How you choose to do things will affect the ending you can get, and there are quite a few to see.
#39 Victor Vran
There’s nothing that keeps you glued to a console like isometric action RPGs, and if you’ve had your fill of the likes of Diablo, Victor Vran is bound to satisfy the craving for more. You play as Victor Vran, a demon hunter working to cleanse Zagoravia of demons as you dodge and attack your way to victory.
There’s loads of customization from the unique weapon types, consumable items, and Destiny cards which grant passive abilities. You can even tweak difficulty between areas and dungeons, and even play in co-op with a friend!
#38 Divinity: Original Sin II -Definitive Edition
If you enjoy the likes of DnD and emergent gameplay systems, Divinity: Original Sin II – Definitive Edition should be on your radar. With a wealth of content and expansive RPG systems, Divinity: Original Sin II offers a deep and authentic role playing experience that can be shared with friends.
There’s countless ways to build out your character as you progress through the fantastic narrative, and if you’ve wanted a DnD equivalent to play on a handheld console like the Switch, Divinity Original Sin II – Definitive Edition has you covered.
#37 Nobody Save the world
While most top-down action RPGs play fairly similarly, the same can’t be said for Nobody Saves the World. With the main premise being able to swap between 15 unique forms, as you mix and match abilities for situations as you see fit. It sports the same charm seen from Drinkbox Studios previous work, Guacamelee.
As you progress, you’ll unlock new abilities for each form, which can then be combined with abilities from other forms to compensate for weaknesses. There’s a satisfying level of thought and strategy that goes into Nobody Saves the World that’s bound to keep players coming back for hours on end.
#36 Tails of Iron
Tails of Iron is a hand-drawn action RPG with brutal combat, set in a grim land plagued by war and strife. Players take the role of Redgi, heir to the rat throne, as you set out across the land to restore the kingdom and eradicate the ruthless Frog Clan.
Picking and choosing your equipment is crucial to the tough-as-nails combat system, because while heavy armor provides more defence, it’ll also slow down your evasive capabilities. You can also brew recipes and craft weapons to gain the upper-hand in combat, which you’ll need to best some of the challenging boss fights.
#35 The World Ends With You: Final Remix
A remaster of a 2007 game of the same name, The World Ends With You: Final Remix is a rhythm based action RPG where players are thrust into the Reaper’s Game as protagonist Neku. If Neku can’t complete a series of tasks set by the Reapers, he’ll be erased from existence.
The World Ends With You offers a deep combat system rooted in the idea of street wear and rhythm, with different attacks being activated by different motions. The game oozes style, while always emanating an aura of dread given the nature of Neku’s situation. The Final Remix version also includes a brand new story expansion, which is quite sizable.
#34 The Swords of Ditto: Mormo’s Curse
The Swords of Ditto: Mormo’s Curse is a tight action RPG that has unique adventures for each playable character in the conquest against the titular Mormo. Every run has implications for the next, allowing you to run back and retrieve gear and recover loot from fallen heroes. If you need an extra helping hand, jump into the coop mode to have someone to aid you on the journey.
With a plethora of weapons to choose from, and a number of stickers that power you up and supply you with perks, there’s plenty of RPG systems to dive into here, as you battle through dungeons in any order, completing side quests and main quests. If you want a cute, chill rogue-like to play with a friend, The Swords of Ditto: Mormo’s Curse is right up your alley.
#33 Ender Lilies: Quietus of the Knights
There’s nothing that melds with a dark fantasy action RPG quite like exploration does. Ender Lilies: Quietus of the Knights touts that exact combination, with an immersive world to explore as you unravel the mystery of the kingdom destroyed by “The Rain of Death”
With a strong focus on difficult, but rewarding combat and bringing a world to life via gorgeous 2D art, Ender Lilies never fails to encapsulate players into its open-ended progression through the Land’s End.
If you’re a fan of Hollow Knight or Souls-likes, Ender Lilies: Quietus of the Knights is bound to scratch that action RPG itch.
#32 Kingdom Hearts 3
There aren’t many series with a pedigree like Kingdom Hearts. A match-made in heaven between Disney and Final Fantasy, Kingdom Hearts 3 is an action RPG that sports a heartfelt story, thrilling hack n’ slash combat, and Disney worlds brought to life in game format.
There’s something for everyone here regardless of age, with worlds going as far back as Hercules to ones as new as the likes of Frozen. Couple all of this with a flashy combat system and deep RPG mechanics, and you have a game that’s just as engaging to watch as it is to play.
#31 Pokemon Legends: Arceus
Pokemon Legends: Arceus is the Pokemon game you wanted to play as a kid. Roaming around the region of Hisui from a third person perspective as you catch and battle Pokemon in unfamiliar environments. Hisui touts a wide range of explorable biomes, all with unique Pokemon to catch and research as you fill out your Pokedex.
It’s a fresh take on a tried and true formula that any fan of the franchise is sure to enjoy. The story sees players looking into why certain Pokemon are behaving in a more violent manner than usual, with a much stronger emphasis on plot and characters. As you explore Hisui, you’ll evolve Pokemon as they grow stronger to face the upcoming challenges in your journey, providing an RPG experience that feels like Pokemon with a fresh, new twist.
#30 Fire Emblem Warriors
Fire Emblem Warriors is at the bottom of this list for two main reasons. Firstly, it lacks the charm of Hyrule Warriors, which is to be expected, as the source material is vastly different. Secondly, the game’s story isn’t that interesting. However, the game still manages to be an addictive hack-and-slash romp using characters from the Fire Emblem series, such as Chrom, Ike, and Marth. With Fire Emblem Warriors: Three Hopes out at the end of June, you may want to consider diving into this version before then.
#29 Kingdoms of Amalur Rereckoning
Kingdoms of Amalur launched in 2012 for PC, Xbox 360, and PlayStation 3 to a polarizing reception, which eventually led to its financial failure. The game failed to break-even, only selling 330,000 copies by March 2012 in the US. That being said, Kingdoms of Amalur Rereckoning was released on other platforms in 2020, with a Nintendo Switch version arriving in March last year. This remaster has brought the game to a new audience, and it looks like most people saw it an a positive light. If you’re interested in a traditional fantasy RPG, then consider giving this one a go.
#28 Titan Quest
Sometimes, it’s nice to play a game set in a historical-inspired world. Titan Quest is an action-RPG set in a pre-Roman times; it allows you to explore Greece, Egypt and other locations. Throughout the game, you defeat randomly generated enemies using hack-and-slash gameplay mechanics. The Nintendo Switch version includes all of its DLC as part of the anniversary edition.
#27 Torchlight II
Torchlight II boasts a variety of randomly generated dungeons where players are tasked with exploring to defeat monsters and acquire loot. This second instalment also features co-operative multiplayer modes, in addition to online PVP.
#25 Dragon’s Dogma Dark Arisen
Capcom’s high-fantasy series, Dragon’s Dogma, will be celebrating its 10th anniversary this year, so you may want to consider purchasing Dark Arisen on Nintendo Switch. Dark Arisen is an expanded version of the original title, with various improvements that the developers received from players. Overall, it’s a fun action-RPG that is often overlooked.
#24 Portal Knights
In Portal Knights, you can explore a sandbox environment with your friends, where you can fight monsters and build structures. Portal Knights also features a cutesy aesthetic, with the developers citing various JRPG’s as their inspiration.
#23 Monster Hunter Generations Ultimate
Monster Hunter Generations Ultimate is essentially a definitive edition of 2016’s Monster Hunter Generations on Nintendo 3DS. The main concept for this instalment in the franchise is for players to defeat iconic monsters from the series’ long history. Additionally, it also features the same strategic monster-hunting action that fans have become accustomed to.
Transistor is an action-RPG that utilises an isometric point-of-view, where you battle enemies in a real-time combat system, in addition to a frozen planning mode that allows you to be more selective. This is similar to Final Fantasy 7 Remake’s ATB system, as you are able to be more strategic during enemy encounters. Transistor also features an interesting story that will keep you motivated throughout the adventure.
#21 Ys Origin
Ys is an obscure JRPG franchise with a strong and passionate fanbase. Ys Origin was originally released in 2006, but a remaster was released for Nintendo Switch in 2020. This instalment is a prequel to the previous nine games in the series, so you might want to play those before diving in here. However, some fans do consider this game to be a decent entry point for those looking to check out the series. The gameplay consists of traditional action-RPG gameplay from a top-down perspective, with some similarities to games such as Diablo.
Crosscode is a top-down action-RPG where you take control of Lea as you explore a fictional MMORPG known as Crossworlds. In a way, the idea is similar to Sword Art Online, just without the dying in real-life part… Overall, the game will allow you to encounter a variety of enemies while you also solve puzzles and interact with other characters to progress the story.
#19 Dying Light
Surprisingly, Dying Light on Nintendo Switch is a solid port of the 2015 Zombie-themed parkour game. Dying Light tells the story of an undercover agent named Kyle Crane who is tasked with infiltrating a quarantine zone in a post-apocalyptic world plagued by the undead. Unlike other games that use zombies as the main threat, traditional weapons are useless, as your main objective is to silently kill enemies or evade them using some crazy parkour skills.
#18 Minecraft Dungeons
Minecraft is a household name at this point – everyone knows about it! However, if you’re looking for a Diablo clone using Minecraft visuals, then Minecraft Dungeons is the answer to that specific question. It may lack the difficulty compared to other games in the genre, but that can easily be adjusted thanks to the post-launch updates that added new levels of challenge.
Warframe rose to popularity due to its insane amount of required grinding to reach its greatest points, though this is rarely an issue. Warframe’s community is close-knit, as players tend to help one another out and are welcoming to new players. The game launched on Nintendo Switch in 2018 and continues to receive the same updates as other platforms. Again, don’t expect the definitive version, as you need to remember the hardware limitations compared to other platforms.
#16 Hyper Light Drifter
Hyper Light Drifter is a game that harkens back to the SNES era of gaming, with the developers at Heart Machine citing The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past as one of their inspirations for the project. This is evident through its gameplay, as it has a greater focus on exploration through its interesting world.
Bastion is a landmark when it comes to the rise of indie games, being one of the early examples during the early 2010’s. The developers at Supergiant Games have crafted a beautifully designed game with a gorgeous art-style, and some addicting gameplay mechanics. If you enjoy a game that simply lets you explore, then Bastion is worth your time.
#14 Tales of Vesperia
The “Tales of” series consists of a variety of beloved JRPG’s that have become classics in their own right, with Tales of Vesperia often being considered to be the fan-favourite. Unlike other JRPG’s at the time, Vesperia uses a Motion Battle System that is similar to the likes of a fighting game. Although future instalments improve on these mechanics, Vesperia is still a must-play action-JRPG.
#13 Persona 5 Strikers
Although most of the Persona series is unavailable on the Switch, Persona 5 Strikers is a great direct sequel to 2017’s Persona 5. However, if you haven’t played Persona 5, you can still enjoy the brilliant hack-and-slash gameplay and hilarious adventures of the Phantom Thieves. Hopefully, we will receive news about a potential port of the main game.
#12 Diablo III Eternal Collection
Everyone is probably familiar with the Diablo series, so we won’t go overboard with information here. Diablo III on Nintendo Switch is a great way to experience one of the most beloved dungeon crawlers of all time, while also including all its previously released DLC. You won’t want to miss this one!
#11 The Outer Worlds
The Outer Worlds doesn’t hide from its main inspiration – Fallout New Vegas – as the developers at Obsidian Entertainment worked on the beloved post-apocalyptic title. Although the Nintendo Switch version has its performance issues, the game still manages to be the addictive role-playing game that we adored on other platforms.
The Nintendo Switch version of Borderlands (like many other games on this list), is by no means the ideal way to play the iconic-looter shooter. That being said, the hybrid nature of the console allows you to take the experience on the go, and the arcade-like gameplay is perfect for it. Since launch, the Switch version has received a bunch of patches to boost its performance, so now is the perfect time to dive in.
#9 Monster Hunter Rise
Monster Hunter Rise may seem like a step-down from 2018’s Monster Hunter World, but that’s no the case whatsoever. MH Rise stands on its own, as the game adds a plethora of mechanics that makes this entry in the series the most accessible for new players. Veterans can still get a kick out of the monster-slaying romp with the addition of Wirebugs and Switch Skills, thus making Rise one of the most satisfying games on Nintendo Switch.
#8 Hollow Knight
If you’re in the loop when it comes to Nintendo-related meme culture, then you’re probably familiar with the painful wait for Hollow Knight Silksong, the sequel to 2017’s Hollow Knight. However, the original game is still a worthwhile experience for those looking for a Metroid Vania style game set in an interesting bug-themed world. Hollow Knight is a very tough game, especially towards the end, but you should definitely give it a go for its rewarding gameplay.
#7 The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
The Witcher 3 on Nintendo Switch is a surprisingly well-made port, though it’s definitely the least optimal way to play the game, especially with the recent launch of Valve’s Steam Deck. However, if you’re looking to become the Switcher, the entirety of The Witcher 3 can be experienced on Nintendo Switch with all its downloadable content.
#6 Dark Souls Remastered
Prepare to Die. Dark Souls is easily one of the most challenging yet satisfying games of all time, and the Nintendo Switch version allows you to experience that on the go. It may not be the definitive way to experience the game by any means, but it still goes down as one of the most important games in recent memory.
#5 Xenoblade Chronicles Definitive Edition
Over the years, Xenoblade Chronicles has been able to develop a cult following, establishing itself as a must-have title for any RPG fan. Everything about the game is absolutely fantastic, especially the musical score and tight action-RPG gameplay. If you have yet to play Xenoblade Chronicles, then the Definitive Edition on Nintendo Switch is the best place to start.
#4 The Elder Scrolls V Skyrim
Not much needs to be said about Skyrim, as everyone is probably familiar with it, especially considering the number of ports released over the years – I’m looking at you, Todd! The Nintendo Switch version of Skyrim retains the addictive exploratory gameplay and excellent world design, while also letting you experience the adventure on the go. If you’re like me, it’s likely that you have bought Skyrim multiple times, and the Nintendo Switch version was something I purchased immediately.
Hades is an awe-aspiring action-RPG that launched in 2020 and took the world by storm. Unlike other games with rogue-like elements, Hades manages to deliver an elaborate story by making each escape attempt a worthwhile contribution to the game’s ongoing narrative. Combine that with tight controls and satisfying options in combat, then you have one amazing game.
#2: Xenoblade Chronicles 2
Some fans may get irritated over this entry on this list, as the original Xenoblade Chronicles is considered to be the better instalment in the franchise. However, Xenoblade Chronicles 2 manages to deliver an emotional tale, in addition to being inventive with its worldbuilding.
Xenoblade Chronicles 2 is a massive game, clocking in at just over 65 hours according to HowLongToBeat.com. That being said, that time can easily be extended with the absurd amount of content available in the game, such as side quests and grinding for experience points. An expansion named Xenoblade Chronicles 2: Torna The Golden Country was released in 2018, and serves as a prequel to the amazing story featured in the base game.
#1: The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
Every once and a while, a game comes along and decides to shake the industry by storm. The Zelda franchise is no stranger to this concept, as the original game, The Legend of Zelda, set the standard for early adventure games when it debuted in 1985. The same could be said for The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time in 1998, which is still considered to be the “best videogame of all time”. In 2017, Nintendo released The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild to critical acclaim from both fans and critics.
It reinvented the classic Zelda formula that had been the foundation for nearly twenty years, by allowing players to explore an open-world with near-endless possibilities. For many, it replaced their previous favourite Zelda game, and kicked off the Nintendo Switch in a powerful, unrivalled way. If you have yet to play this masterpiece of a game, then you owe it to yourself to give it a go. With the sequel to Breath of the Wild scheduled for release sometime in 2023, now is the perfect time to dive in.