A Quick Look at the JRPG’s on Their Way to Nintendo Switch
The Nintendo Switch is out in March, but what is there for those that love JRPG’s? Considering the Wii U has been the home of some of the best JRPG’s of the last few years, many will be hopeful the Nintendo Switch keeps that up. It seems they could definitely be in luck.
First up there are ports of old games from other consoles. Disgaea 5 Complete, I Am Setsuna, Dragon Quest X are those games, with Disgaea 5 and I Am Setsuna due out in the first few months of the consoles release. Fans will be happy to know that the likes of Dragon Quest XI, which is meant to be releasing this year on 3DS and PlayStation 4, will also be appearing on Nintendo Switch.
There are several long rumoured games that we are still yet to see anything of too, including an untitled Tales game, an untitled Shin Megami Tensei game and a new Pokémon game. The latter is the only one that the developer hasn’t confirmed is in development. A home console version of a classic Pokémon game is something that fans have been longing for, for a long time and it does seem like a foolish thing NOT to do. Especially as the console is a home console and handheld hybrid.
Off shoots of popular JRPG series will also be making an appearance, with a port bundling together the hack and slash adventure Dragon Quest Heroes I and II and a new Fire Emblem release due out this autumn following the same formula called Fire Emblem Warriors. Fans of Fire Emblem will no doubt happy to see the characters not on a handheld device and in a game that isn’t part of the Smash Bros. series.
There is more Fire Emblem coming to the Switch though. Unfortunately not much is known about it at the moment apart from it will be out in 2018. It will be the first Fire Emblem game on a home console since Radiant Dawn, which released back in 2008 on the Wii in Europe.
So far it all sounds good right? Well what if I told you there’s also going to be a follow up to one of the best games on the Wii U, Xenoblade Chronicles? What if I told you that, at the moment, it is also tentatively being listed as a 2017 release? OK calm down. Hopefully it’s a release date that sticks, but even if it isn’t the fact the Switch is getting Xenoblade Chronicles 2 early on in its life could definitely help the console.
If that’s not enough for you to be at least quietly optimistic about the state of JRPG’s on the Switch then the team behind the Bravely Default series are releasing a new game, currently being called Project Octopath Traveler. It looks to be a lovely mishmash of graphic styles and it will be interesting to see what it develops in to. The small glimpse of it we have seen looks nice though. Make sure to keep an eye on PushStartPlay for updates on the Switch and its JRPG’s.