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10 Best Square Enix Games On Switch

May 08, 2023

Square Enix has a great catalog of games on Nintendo Switch.

Square Enix has developed and published some of the most well-known video game series ever, including Dragon Quest and Final Fantasy. It's unsurprising that the video games the company continues to produce are expected to have this same high quality.

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The Nintendo Switch's library of Square Enix games is wide, offering a lot of excellent RPGs to enjoy, each with distinct settings and a unique story to tell. Whether you want to play a retro classic remastered for the first time or take on a completely new adventure in a modern title, there's something for you to find within the collection.

Although a sequel to Chrono Trigger, Chrono Cross: Radical Dreamers differs from its predecessor in many ways while still alluding to Chrono Trigger's events. Chrono Cross follows Serge, a teenager who finds himself unwittingly thrust into an alternate universe where he died as a child.

Determined to discover what truly happened, Serge eventually decides to help Kid on her quest to obtain the Frozen Flame. Chrono Cross also boasts a large cast of characters, with it being possible to recruit 45 party members. This edition features the Radical Dreamers story, which was the foundation for Chrono Cross itself.

In Legend of Mana, you’re appointed with the responsibility of restoring the world of Fa’Diel to its former glory. You use artifacts that you collect on your journey to create ‘Lands’ - towns or dungeons that you can then traverse.

It's this mechanic that drives the game forward and separates it from other Mana and RPG titles. The remaster's delightful art direction retains the original's charm with a mix of sprite work and hand-drawn backgrounds. If you’re looking for a different, non-linear RPG experience, give Legend of Mana a try.

Nier: Automata has you playing as 2B, an android stationed in a post-apocalyptic world that has been attacked by alien forces. The game has 26 endings and an additional one with the DLC, so multiple playthroughs are necessary to discover the full truth of the story.

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The poignant story has resonated with many people, with it discussing various profound themes, such as the traumatic experiences of war and how this can affect people. The Switch version includes the DLC, which gives you access to three colosseums and additional costumes.

In Octopath Traveler, you pick one of the eight characters to start your journey, where you travel through Orsterra, encountering each different character on the way. Every character has their own story to tell, as well as a ‘job’ that dictates which abilities they can use in battle.

Throughout the game, characters can take on different jobs, allowing you to customize your party. As well as its unique approach to turn-based battles, Octopath Traveler's positives lie in its HD-2D graphics, which helped it to revitalize the pixel graphic medium.

In Dragon Quest Builders 2, RPG elements combine with block-building mechanics to create an engrossing experience that, rather than being a generic builder sandbox game, delivers on both genres.

You don't need to have played the previous title to enjoy this one either, as its story and characters are entirely new. The malevolent cult, the Children of Hargon, has forbidden creation, so you will have to harness your abilities to become a true builder. Alongside its single-player story, you can play with up to four others online to work together on new and creative builds.

Final Fantasy 9 is set apart from other titles in the series due to its return to classic fantasy tropes and emphasis on deep messages, contrasting its whimsical and cartoon-like graphical style. The game's main characters have thought-provoking arcs that fold into the narrative's most important themes.

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It's a familiar yet new experience, drawing on older Final Fantasy tropes but still doing something wholly original. If you’ve never played a game in the series before, it's a good place to start – but even if you have, playing FF9 on the Switch is the perfect excuse to experience it again.

In Final Fantasy 7, mercenary Cloud Strife is hired by Avalanche, a group hoping to take down the Shinra Electric Power Company that has been draining the planet's life energy. While trying to save the planet, Cloud uncovers more about his past and his connection to Sephiroth.

The game is hailed as one of the best RPGs ever made due to its compelling characters, customizable Materia system, and a poignant story revolving around protecting the planet from the corrupt government. If you’ve yet to experience this praised game, the Nintendo Switch version is the perfect option to do so.

In Live A Live, you journey through different time periods, choosing which of the protagonists to begin your travels with. Each character's story is different – for example, you’ll explore the Wild West with Sundown and Edo Japan with Oboromaru.

The Nintendo Switch version is the first time the game has been made available in the West, as its original launch was only in Japan. The remaster also has HD-2D graphics similar to that of Octopath Traveler, giving the pixel graphics a new lease of life.

Dragon Quest is known as one of the most long-standing classic RPG series, with each entry exploring key fantasy elements. Dragon Quest 11 is definitely up there with the best, taking aspects from other entries and polishing them for an updated while familiar experience.

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If you want a game that you’ll sink hundreds of hours into, Dragon Quest 11 is the one to pick up. Even though it's the eleventh mainline game, you don't need to have played any prior titles, as the story is completely independent and stands on its own.

A sequel to 2007's The World Ends With You, NEO: The World Ends With You maintains the original game's success but presents it with a new story and characters. In NEO, the protagonist, Rindo Kanade, inexplicably finds himself in the Reapers’ Game alongside his friend Fret.

You don't need to have played the first game to have fun with this one; however, if you have, you’ll enjoy the returning characters all the more. Exploring the colorful Shibuya is an exciting experience, and you’ll want to discover every inch of it to find new pins and clothes to use in battle. The soundtrack, composed by Takeharu Ishimoto, is upbeat and pumps you up to defeat some Noise.

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Casey is a first-class English Literature graduate with a love for both gaming and writing creative pieces. After university, she shared her passion for Nintendo, horror games, and RPGs through her blog where she writes think pieces and fun top 10s on a wealth of games. As well as new games, she enjoys looking back on classics like Silent Hill, Chrono Trigger, and Final Fantasy VII. In her free time, Casey enjoys spending time with her English Bull Terrier, adding to her ever-growing figure collection, and creating embroidery pieces of her favorite characters.