Game News 10 cheap J-RPGs to do on Nintendo Switch
As a Nintendo console, the Switch hosts a lot of Japanese-style role-playing games that follow a number of well-defined rules. If you want to devour one of these titles without spending too much, the JV editorial staff offers you a selection of J-RPGs available on Nintendo’s hybrid console for less than €20.
- Battle Chief Brigade
- COLLECTION of SaGa FINAL FANTASY LEGEND
- Dragon Quest III
- Final Fantasy VII-VII-IX
- Star Ocean First Departure R
- THE LAST REMNANT Remastered
- Valkyria Chronicles Remastered
- Ys Origin
Battle Chief Brigade
With the world of cooking as its main theme, Battle Chef Brigade is a title that mixes action, platform and role-playing elements, all sprinkled with puzzle-game elements. The story takes place in the universe of Victusia in which the members of the Battle Chef Brigade are adored since they can transform the most ferocious monsters into delicious dishes. But to join this elite, the chefs must compete against each other in tough competition. Thus, we follow the progress of Mina and Thrash throughout the tournament so that they can finally become brigadiers. Controller in hand, the game is divided into two parts. First of all, you have to defeat enemies in 2D action-platforming phases in a very successful drawn style. Then, in a second step, cooking takes the form of puzzle-game challenges, in which you have to align elements to make the best dish possible. Enjoy your lunch !
COLLECTION of SaGa FINAL FANTASY LEGEND
In the 80s-90s, Squaresoft used to rename some games in the West to stick the Final Fantasy name on them and try to speak to a bigger audience. So, that’s why the first installments of the SaGa franchise are known in the United States as Final Fantasy Legend. Thanks to the Collection of SaGa: Final Fantasy Legend, which brings together the three games released on Game Boy, players will be able to 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 faster game speed, the possibility of zooming, the customization of the wallpaper or even the activation of the vertical mode once the Joy- Con removed.
- Buy COLLECTION of SaGa FINAL FANTASY LEGEND on the eShop
To sum up CrossCode, we could say that it is one of the best J-RPGs… in Germany. 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. By putting the gameplay in the foreground, the title offers to explore dungeons that mix puzzles and classic action-adventure phases with frantic combat. To succeed, you must exploit the weaknesses of your opponents through a variety of equipment. It’s up to you to discover a vast world made up of seven different and unique zones in which 120 types of enemies and more than thirty bosses await you. Finally, the title has seven dungeons that have their own puzzles, as well as 90 skills to allow you to fight as you wish.
- Buy CrossCode on the eShop
Dragon Quest III
Classics par excellence, the Dragon Quest series released its first episodes on Switch a few years ago. Among the three games available on the console, it’s hard not to recommend Dragon Quest III, which is considered by many to be one of the best opuses in the saga, if not the best. While waiting to get your hands on the 2D-HD remake scheduled for an unknown date, you can discover the original game in a version brought up to date 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 did not succeed. to defeat him. Before going on an adventure, it’s up to you to build your team with the help of three other companions whose job you can choose. Enough to compose the best group to defeat all the opponents who stand in your way.
Final Fantasy VII-VII-IX
For a few years now, the Switch has hosted many Final Fantasy games from the PlayStation 1 and 2 era. Thus, the three numbered games released on Sony’s first console, namely Final Fantasy VII, Final Fantasy VIII Remastered and Final Fantasy IX , are all available for less than twenty euros. In any case, you will have to deal with three great adventures which offer turn-based combat, 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 Age, Final Fantasy XI Online being an MMORPG available only on PC today, these exceed the twenty euro mark, but we still recommend them.
- Buy Final Fantasy VII on the eShop
- Buy Final Fantasy VIII Remastered on the eShop
- Buy Final Fantasy IX on the eShop
Independent production that has become cult over the years, Undertale is a turn-based role-playing game with minimalist graphics and a truly unique approach. We embody a child who one day falls into a hole and who will have to explore the world of monsters to get out of it. 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 offers you the possibility of facing or not all the monsters you come across, which will radically change your future. Moreover, the fights are also particular because when your adversary attacks you, you can dodge his blows through kinds of mini-games which will require you to address. A truly unique experience that leaves no one indifferent. Finally, if you’ve already turned the title around, we remind you that the first two chapters of Toby Fox’s new game, Deltarune, an anagram of Undertale, are 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 that takes place in a universe that mixes science fiction and medieval-fantasy. We play Roddick, a young boy who lives on the primitive planet Roak and who is a member of the local defensive forces, in charge of protecting the peaceful village of Kratus. But one day, our hero learns that a mysterious disease capable of paralyzing infected people without killing them is spreading in the town next door. While he goes there with his friends Millie and Dorne, they discover the existence of a cure and go in search of it on Mount Metorx. But at the 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 illustrations for the characters of the most beautiful effect.
THE LAST REMNANT Remastered
Can’t wait for news of Final Fantasy XVI? So why not try one of its director, Hiroshi Takai’s previous games? Indeed, in 2008, the latter was at the head of The Last Remnant, a Japanese role-playing game which stands out for its single combats and which was entitled to a remastered version on Switch. Much like Final Fantasy XII, the title immerses us in 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 will meet 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 its battles in which you lead an army and where the morale of the troops plays a central role. A real experimental production from the PS3-Xbox 360 era signed Square Enix since it is the first game from the Japanese publisher developed using the Unreal Engine 3 engine.
Valkyria Chronicles Remastered
A true pearl of J-RPG on PS3, Valkyria Chronicles Remastered was entitled to a remastered version on PC, PS4 and Switch. In an atmosphere strongly reminiscent of the Second World War without saying the name, the adventure takes the form of a tactical role-playing game in which you move your troops turn-by-turn before aiming and shooting using ‘fire arms. In addition to a touching scenario on 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 real successful tactical experience, the fourth episode of which is even available on Switch and which this time takes place on the Eastern Front, in the heart of the snowy lands.
If the Ys series is not the best known of its kind, it is nevertheless one of the oldest J-RPG sagas that still exists today. This time it’s about Ys Origin, an episode released in 2006 on PC, on PS4 and PS Vita in 2017 and finally on Switch in 2020. If you can ignore the really dated graphics of the title, then you can enjoy a particularly nervous action role-playing experience thanks to the dynamic movements of the three characters that it is possible to embody. Each of them is part of an elite squad sent by the rulers of Ys to explore a monumental tower overrun by demons. An effective Action-RPG that lets off steam, but which may put off some people with its dated graphics.
By TheXsandJournalist jeuxvideo.com
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