The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild – As the headlining title for the Switch’s launch lineup, Breath of the Wild isn’t just the best game available on the Switch right now, it’s also one of the best RPGs we’ve ever played. While it doesn’t exactly feature traditional JRPG elements like turn-based combat or leveling, it makes up for that with fantastic world-building and exploration, along with 120 shrines full of puzzles and brainteasers for you to try.
Xenoblade Chronicles 2 – If Breath of the Wild was a great start to the Switch’s 2017, then Xenoblade Chronicles 2 was the perfect bookend to the year. This massive JRPG features a staggeringly large open-world with a whole multitude of side quests for you to tackle. The combat and upgrade systems are deep, and it definitely has a rather steep learning curve. But if you can stick with it, you’ll easily lose a hundred hours to this game.
Disgaea 5 – Disgaea 5 is already available on the PS4, but this is still one of the best JRPGs you can take with you on the go because of how it’s structured. The turn-based tactical combat system offers up a lot of depth in how you can approach various encounters, and if you’re a player who loves seeing numbers continuously go up and the idea of hitting level 1,000 appeals greatly to you, look no further. The trope-ish story and characters can get a little grating at times, but it’s a small price to pay for the fun combat that Disgaea 5 offers.
I Am Setsuna – Despite the story feeling a little generic at times, I Am Setsuna is kind of like a comfort food type of JRPG that takes its cues from classic games like Chrono Trigger and Final Fantasy VI. Except with small 3D models instead of 2D sprites, which was a huge misstep on the developers’ part. Still, the turn-based combat system is very similar to that of Chrono Trigger’s, and its lovely soundtrack will keep you engaged for a while.
Romancing SaGa 2 – Originally released in 1993, Square Enix has completely remade Romancing SaGa 2 to give it a fresher look, and also to update its various systems and mechanics to keep up with the times. The game’s hook is that any of your characters could die at any point in time, but because you’re taking control of whole generations of family members in the Avalon bloodline, you’ll always have another character to take a dead character’s place. It’s still a little dated by today’s standards, but the improved controls make this gem much more user-friendly, and JRPG fans shouldn’t skip this one.
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
As the headlining title for the Switch's launch lineup, Breath of the Wild isn't just the best game available on the Switch right now, it's also one of the best RPGs we've ever played. While it doesn't exactly feature traditional JRPG elements like turn-based combat or leveling, it makes up for that with fantastic world-building and exploration, along with 120 shrines full of puzzles and brainteasers for you to try.