10 cheap J-RPGs to do on Nintendo Switch

Game News 10 cheap J-RPGs to do on Nintendo Switch

As a Nintendo console, the Switch houses many Japanese-style role-playing games that follow some well-defined rules. If you want to devour one of these titles without spending too much money, the JV editors offer you a selection of J-RPGs available on Nintendo’s hybrid console for under €20.


  • Main Battle Brigade
  • CrossCode
  • Dragon Quest III
  • Final Fantasy VII-VII-IX
  • undertale
  • Star Ocean First Departure R
  • THE LAST REMNANT Remastered
  • Valkyria Chronicles Remastered
  • Ys Origin

Main Battle Brigade

With the main theme of the cooking world, Main Battle Brigade is a title that combines action, platform and role-playing elements, all sprinkled with puzzle game elements. The story is set in the universe of Victusia where the members of the Battle Chef Brigade are worshiped for transforming the most ferocious monsters into delicious dishes. But to join this elite, the chefs must face each other in a tough competition. This is how we track Mina and Thrash’s progress throughout the tournament, so they can finally become Sergeants. Controller in hand, the game is divided into two parts. First of all, you have to defeat enemies in 2D action platforming stages in a very successful drawn style. Then, in a second step, the cooking takes the form of puzzle game challenges, in which you have to match elements to make the best possible dish. Enjoy your meal !


In the 80s-90s, Squaresoft renamed some games in the West to stick the Final Fantasy name on them and appeal to a wider audience. That’s why the first installments of the SaGa franchise are known in the United States as Final Fantasy Legend. Thanks to Collection of SaGa: Final Fantasy Legend which therefore brings together the three games released on the Game Boy, players can discover the origins of the SaGa series in more comfortable conditions. As a reminder, these are turn-based role-playing games with rather specific rules, but which served as an influence for the Pokémon franchise. To counterbalance the dated aspect of these titles, the collection offers some comfort options such as increased game speed, the ability to zoom in, adjust the background or even activate the vertical mode once the Joy-Con is removed.



to summarize CrossCode, you could say it’s one of the best German J-RPGs. Developed by Radical Fish Games, a small German studio, it is an action role-playing game in a 2D retro style reminiscent of 16-bit consoles. Bringing the gameplay to the forefront, the title offers to explore dungeons that combine puzzle and classic action-adventure stages with frenetic combat. To succeed, you must exploit the weaknesses of your opponents through a variety of equipment. It is up to you to discover a huge world made up of seven different and unique zones where 120 types of enemies and more than thirty bosses await you. Finally, the title has seven dungeons with their own puzzles, as well as 90 skills that let you fight however you want.

  • Buy CrossCode in the eShop

Dragon Quest III

Classics par excellence, the Dragon Quest series released its first episodes on Switch a few years ago. Of the three games available on the console, it’s hard not to advise you Dragon Quest III which is considered by many to be one of the best episodes in the saga, if not the best. While you’re waiting to get your hands on the 2D-HD remake, which is scheduled for an unknown date, you can discover the original game in a version that has been updated in terms of graphics. As for the story, we embody Elric, the child of Ortega, hero of the kingdom of Aliah, who must eliminate Baramos, the master of darkness, an adversary so terrible that even his father failed to defeat him. . Before embarking on an adventure, it’s up to you to assemble your team with the help of three other companions whose job you can choose. Enough to assemble the best group to defeat all the opponents that stand in your way.

Final Fantasy VII-VII-IX

For a few years now, there have been many Final Fantasy games from the era of PlayStation 1 and 2 on the Switch. For example, the three numbered games have been released on Sony’s first console, namely Final Fantasy VIIFinal Fantasy VIII Remastered and Final Fantasy IX, are all available for less than twenty euros. In any case, you will face three great adventures with turn-based battles, epic and moving moments, cult characters, all accompanied by the music of Nobuo Uematsu, the flagship composer of the saga. Unfortunately for more recent episodes like Final Fantasy X / X-2 HD Remaster and Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac AgeFinal Fantasy XI Online since it is an MMORPG available today only on PC, these exceed the twenty euro bar, but we recommend them anyway.

  • Buy Final Fantasy VII from the eShop
  • Buy Final Fantasy VIII Remastered from the eShop
  • Buy Final Fantasy IX from the eShop


Independent production that has become a cult over the years, undertale is a turn-based role-playing game with minimalistic graphics and a truly unique approach. We embody a child who one day falls into a hole and will have to explore the world of monsters to get out. As he progresses, the player discovers terribly endearing characters who will more or less try to help him find his way. The great originality of Undertale is that it allows you to face or not face all the monsters you encounter, which will radically change your future. In addition, the battles are also special, because when your opponent attacks you, you can dodge his blows through all kinds of mini-games that you have to tackle. A truly unique experience that will not leave anyone indifferent. Finally, if you’ve already flipped the title, we remind you that the first two chapters of Toby Fox’s new game, Deltarunean anagram of Undertale, is available for free on the Switch eShop.

Star Ocean First Departure R

Remake of the very first star ocean released in 1996 in Japan, Star Ocean: First Departure R is an action role-playing game set in a universe that combines science fiction and medieval fantasy. We play Roddick, a young boy who lives on the primitive planet of Roak and is a member of the local defense force, responsible for protecting the peaceful village of Kratus. But one day, our hero discovers that a mysterious disease that can paralyze infected people without killing them is spreading in the neighboring town. While he goes there with his friends Millie and Dorne, they discover the existence of a cure and set out in search of Mount Metorx. But on top of the latter, they meet Ronyx and Silvestri who will turn their lives upside down. With its colorful and updated 2D graphics, the title also benefits from new artwork for the characters with the best effect.


Can’t wait to hear from you Final Fantasy XVI † So why not try one of the director’s previous games, Hiroshi Takai? After all, in 2008, the latter was at the head of The last remnant, a Japanese role-playing game notable for its unique combat, which was entitled to a remastered version on Switch. Like Final Fantasy XII, the title plunges us into the skin of Rush Sykes who sees his life turned upside down when his sister is kidnapped. He then finds himself on the battlefields and encounters David Nassau, the Duke of the city of Athlum, who decides to take him under his wing. The great originality of the title is based on the battles in which you lead an army and where the morale of the troops is central. A true experimental production from the PS3-Xbox 360 era signed Square Enix for being the Japanese publisher’s first game developed using the Unreal Engine 3 engine.

Valkyria Chronicles Remastered

Real gem of the J-RPG on PS3, Valkyria Chronicles Remastered was entitled to a remastered version on PC, PS4 and Switch. In an atmosphere strongly reminiscent of World War II without mentioning its name, the adventure takes the form of a tactical role-playing game where you move your troops turn by turn before aiming and firing ‘firearms’. In addition to a moving screenplay about the consequences of a conflict, the title benefits from a beautiful and quite unique cel-shaded artistic direction with a very pronounced pencil style. A truly successful tactical experience, the fourth installment of which is even available on Switch and this time takes place on the Eastern Front, in the heart of the snowy lands.

Ys Origin

While the Ys series isn’t the best known of its kind, it’s still one of the oldest J-RPG sagas still in existence. This time it’s aboutYs Origin, an episode released in 2006 on PC, on PS4 and PS Vita in 2017, and finally on Switch in 2020. If you can manage to ignore the title’s really dated graphics, you’ll be able to enjoy an action role-playing experience that particularly nervous thanks to the dynamic movements of the three characters that it is possible to embody. Each of them is part of an elite unit sent by the rulers of Ys to explore a monumental tower overrun by demons. An effective action RPG that blows off steam, but may scare some people off with its dated graphics.

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