8 still missing RPGs on Switch that are driving us crazy
Role-playing games (RPGs) are excellent. If you don’t agree with that sentiment, it’s awesome that you even clicked on this post and congratulations. Either way, Nintendo Switch has become a stronghold of great RPGs, but some critically-acclaimed RPGs from the past and even the present are still missing – eg. no good reason. Here’s a sample of just eight RPGs that really should be on Switch but are currently missing.
8. Final Fantasy Tactics
Final Fantasy Tactics is one of the most famous strategy RPGs of all time, but it’s only available on mobile devices and PlayStation platforms – and not even running PlayStation platforms. The lack of availability of such a famous and influential game, even on PC, is just strange. A Savage Leak suggested that a remaster of Final Fantasy Tactics maybe finally in the works for modern platforms so hopefully that will work. Otherwise, you will need to familiarize yourself with a phone or PSP to play Final Fantasy Tactics: War of the Lions.
7. Legendary Edition of Mass Effect
Maybe the Nintendo Switch can’t handle the full suite of upgrades that the Mass Effect trilogy received on other platforms recently with Legendary Edition. To that we say, fine, nerf the thing and release it on Switch anyway. People don’t buy Nintendo Switch because it’s a beast machine; it’s not. They buy it, in part, for the extraordinary convenience of portable gaming, and it would be the rule to play Mass Effect anywhere anytime.
BioWare itself has not closed the door to this possibility, and the fact that Aspyr recently carried the Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic is at least a goodwill gesture that is worth more than nothing. It might be wishful thinking, but I think a certain version of Mass Effect Legendary Edition will eventually land on Switch.
6. Chronicles of Xenoblade X
Xenoblade Chronicles X is arguably the best Wii U game that still lacks a Nintendo Switch port, and it’s certainly one of Switch’s most unique RPGs. Granted, her story is an afterthought almost non-existent, but the sense of exploration is amazing thanks to colossal environments and the giant overpowered robots that you use to explore those environments. His absence is badly felt on Switch.
In all fairness, this is a rare case where the lack of an RPG on Switch makes sense. Xenoblade Chronicles X made heavy use of the Wii U GamePad, which would cause translation issues to Switch, and that would only costs a lot of resources to bring such a huge game to Switch. So, we hope that this RPG does make it to Switch someday, but we can certainly forgive Monolith Soft if that doesn’t happen. (The developers are busy with something new right now anyway.)
5. Super Mario RPG
It’s the first Super Mario role-playing game, and if you’re the good kind of cranky and completely resistant to change, this is still the best Super Mario Roleplay. Mallow and Geno are memorable characters, the situations Mario puts himself in are creative, and the pseudo-3D art style holds up better than allowed. Yet this beloved and well-received SNES classic is missing from the Switch RPG lineup, despite appearances on Virtual Console and Super NES Classic.
Square and Nintendo created Super Mario RPG together, so it’s not as easy as letting go of Nintendo ownership Paper mario on the Nintendo Switch Online Expansion Pack. But at the same time it’s not a title like Secret of Mana Where The Legend of Final Fantasy that Square will never repackage in a collection. So Square and Nintendo might as well go into the details to get Super Mario RPG on Nintendo Switch Online, as soon as possible.
4. Persona 5
Included between Persona 5 and its upgrade Royal, the Atlus RPG has sold over 4.6 million units. This is the game that ultimately introduced the school life simulation / dungeon exploration franchise, bringing in more spinoffs like Persona 5: Dancing in the light of the stars and Persona 5 attackers, the latest of which came to Switch. However, Persona 5 itself is absent from the RPGs available on Switch, and it’s hard to argue that hardware power has been the reason since the original. Persona 5 also launched for PlayStation 3.
It could still come to Switch – leaks claim that Persona 3 Portable and Persona 4 Gold both arrive, after all. Personally, I think it will happen. But the fact that it hasn’t happened already is a little weird, just like it’s a little weird how long it took to Persona 4 Gold come to PC (especially in the wake of its explosive sales the).
3. EarthBound (and EarthBound Beginnings / Mother 1 and Mother 3)
Three games in one is cheating, but I’m right so it doesn’t matter. the Mother the series is a Nintendo IP, and the fact that not even a cult classic of SNES Tied to the earth is available to stream on Nintendo Switch Online – not even in Japan – is mind-boggling. Of all the RPGs that might be missing on Switch, there’s no excuse for Mother be among them.
Rumors persist that maybe Mother 3 was never localized for the West due to some hard-to-locate content (the difficult genre Magypsies) or, more questionably, legal issues regarding the soundtrack sampling. (There’s a song that sounds a little bit as the Batman theme song.) Yet even if these statements are very true, it has nothing do with Tied to the earth and its predecessor not being available on Switch. Basically, unless there’s some sort of behind-the-scenes situation with series creator Shigesato Itoi that we don’t know about, the absence of these games is completely incomprehensible.
2. Final Fantasy Pixel Remaster – all (I, II, III, IV, V and VI)
Alright, six video games in one is definitively cheating, but you will surely forgive it. The first six Final fantasy the games were all born on Nintendo hardware, and most of them are quite iconic and hugely influential games. (FFVI, to say the least, is a masterpiece.) The fact that the Pixel Remaster series is currently only available on PC and mobile is, to say the least, stupid. Either Square Enix really didn’t have the resources to bring the games to more platforms simultaneously, or they are deliberately withholding a console release in the hopes that fans will double down and buy it twice or maybe even. thrice when that exit finally arrives.
Either way, it’s hard to imagine a scenario where the Final Fantasy Pixel Remaster the series ultimately does not come to Nintendo Switch and other consoles. It would simply be leaving too much money evident on the table. More, Final Fantasy VI Pixel Remaster is apparently using HD-2D for the opera stage, and it would be downright criminal to deny that to Switch.
1. Chrono trigger
Let me say this for the thousandth time: the trigger of a stopwatch is the greatest game of all time, its soundtrack is the best gaming soundtrack of all time, and your arguments otherwise are invalid to the point of laughing. It is the only universal truth in life. Accept it. But what is more difficult to accept is that the trigger of a stopwatch is still missing from the range of RPGs available on Nintendo Switch.
The game has been available on PC and mobile for years now, and while the UI is still a nasty mess even on PC, it is none the less. the trigger of a stopwatch running on modern devices. It was once easily (now less) accessible through PlayStation Store as well. And it already has a pretty good improved DS version. What I’m saying is that Square Enix was quick to put the trigger of a stopwatch on many platforms in the past, so it’s a little frustrating that he doesn’t want to “complete the look” and put the game on Switch. However, this could change over time, perhaps in conjunction with reports from a Chrono Cross remaster.
There are still a lot more RPGs that we would have loved to see on Nintendo Switch where it came from – Mario and Luigi, Lunar, Lufia, Tactical ogre, golden sun, Xenosaga, Dragon age, Live alive, more Grandia and Breath of fire, the Soul Blazer trilogy if we include action RPGs etc. The list is long. But we’ve tried to focus on some of the more egregious absences from this list. Let us know which RPGs are missing from Switch that really hurt you!