If you’re looking for great JRPGs, the Nintendo eShop is the place to be. Here you will find a huge selection of role-playing games, some of which are exclusive, from complex AAA titles to newly released classics and indie insider tips. In this article, we will introduce you to some particularly exciting JRPGs that are not just good games, but also demonstrate the diversity of the genre with their different approaches and gameplay ideas:
Persona 3 Portable + Persona 4 Golden
Persona 3 Portable & Persona 4 Golden – New release trailer released
Persona 3 Portable and Persona 4 Gold you can get both individually and together in a bundle in the Nintendo eShop. Both are technically improved switch versions of the JRPG hits. Persona 4 Golden is also expanded in terms of content compared to the original. As usual in the Persona series, we experience the everyday life of a Japanese high school student during the day, while traveling to a parallel world at night. In Persona 3, this is the so-called Tartarus Dungeon, which the school turns into every night. In Persona 4 we try to solve a series of murders in the mysterious TV World. In the turn-based battles, we have powerful mythological beings, the Personas, at our side.
Persona 3 Portable + Persona 4 Golden Bundle for €38.99 in Nintendo eShop
Final Fantasy VII
Final Fantasy 7 – Trailer for the new edition
Final Fantasy is one of the great classics of the JRPG genre. As a mercenary Cloud Strife, who joins a resistance group to fight an evil corporation, you will experience an exciting and twisting story here. But the most fascinating thing is the game world, which only opens up after a few hours and reveals its full diversity. Combat isn’t strictly turn-based, but features a more dynamic system called Active Time Battle, which uses a timeline to determine each character’s next attack opportunity. The Nintendo eShop is still available until March 30th 50 percent discountyou can also get many more here right now more Final Fantasy classics in special offer.
Final Fantasy VII instead of €15.99 now for €7.99 in the Nintendo eShop
Digimon World: Next Order
Digimon World: Next Order – Everything you need to know before the release on Switch
Released in February, Digimon World: Next Order is a Pokémon-style monster-collecting RPG. In total there are over 200 different Digimon that you can collect and raise. On our mission to restore order to the digital world that has been overrun by Machinedramon, for the first time in the series we can be accompanied by two Digimon at the same time. It is important that the two not only build a good relationship with us, but also understand each other in order to fight effectively. Digimon World: Next Order also has elements of a construction game: you take care of your own city and try to expand it into a metropolis.
Digimon World: Next Order for €59.99 in the Nintendo eShop
Chained Echoes – Trailer for the German pixel RPG
Although Chained Echoes does not come from Japan but from Germany, it looks confusingly similar to classic 16-bit JRPGs such as Chrono Trigger. With your group of heroes you have to end a war between three kingdoms. You explore a game world that not only has a varied landscape, but also mixes fantasy elements such as magic and dragons with science fiction elements such as combat robots. Your characters can even use mechs themselves. You also get your own airship. Chained Echoes has received rave reviews from around the world. The average rating on OpenCritic is a whopping 89 points, which puts it in the top 10 best games of 2022.
Chained Echoes for €24.99 in the Nintendo eShop
Sea of Stars
Sea of Stars – The fantasy RPG gets a release date and a demo
Although Sea of Stars won’t be released until August 29th, you can already find a free demo in the Nintendo eShop. It’s a traditional JRPG with turn-based combat and beautiful pixel graphics, which at first glance is very reminiscent of the classic Earthbound. However, Sea of Stars is said to have a creative round combat system that not only allows complex combo attacks, but also places great value on perfect timing. In the large game world, the three characters of our party should also have a lot more to do than just fight and deal with fishing, cooking or sailing, for example. Composer Yasunori Matsuda, who was responsible for the legendary Chrono Trigger soundtrack, is to contribute tracks.
Download the free demo of Sea of Stars from Nintendo eShop
Featuring 3D graphics with an overhead perspective, Ys Origin is one of the most action-packed JRPGs on our list. Depending on which of the three characters you play, you use swords, axes and claws to engage in fast-paced hack & slash battles or fire powerful spells at your enemies. In between, there are also one or two small puzzles to take a deep breath. The story tells the history of the time-honored Ys series, which has been running for over 35 years. Centuries before the events of the first part, Ys is ruled by goddesses who are chased away by demons. The task of the heroes is to track down the escaped goddesses and persuade them to return.
Ys Origin for €19.99 in the Nintendo eShop
To the Moon & Finding Paradise
Finding Paradise – The To The Moon sequel is now available on Nintendo Switch
To The Moon instead of €11.99 now for €9.59 in the Nintendo eShop
The games kept in a nice 16-bit look To the Moon and Finding Paradise are playfully comparatively simple JRPGs, which have an all the more complex and demanding story. Both revolve around Dr. Rosalene and Dr. watts Their job is to enable the dying to start their lives all over again and achieve their dreams, if only in their heads. To the Moon is about Johnny who desperately wants to go to the moon. Finding Paradise is about Colin’s paradoxical desire to change something in his life without changing anything. Both games are on the Nintendo eShop right now 20 percent reduced. By the way, To the Moon was released first, but you can easily play Finding Paradise first.
Finding Paradise instead of €11.99 now for €9.59 in the Nintendo eShop
Atelier Ryza 3: Alchemist of the End & the Secret Key
On March 24th, Atelier Ryza 3: Alchemist of the End & the Secret Key will be the latest part of the famous Atelier series. When a strange group of islands suddenly appears near her home, the alchemist Ryza travels there to investigate a possible threat. Like all Atelier games, Atelier Ryza 3 is a classic JRPG in which we’ll travel with a group of characters. Up to ten companions join Ryza in battle. The everyday life of an alchemist does not only consist of action. Ryza’s job also includes finding and gathering materials that she can then use to create useful and powerful items with the right recipe.
Atelier Ryza 3: Alchemist of the End & the Secret key for €59.99 on Nintendo eShop
Eastward – Launch trailer for the hit Nintendo Switch that you should all play
Eastward is not only reminiscent of early Zelda games because of its detailed pixel graphics, but also because of its mixture of role-playing game and action-adventure. Exploration, puzzles and battles are also skilfully combined in Eastward, with the latter having a special trick since we can switch between two different characters with different weapons at any time. We play the miner John and the supernatural Sam. Both are banished from their subterranean hometown as punishment for Sam’s curiosity and must now make their way onto the dangerous surface of the earth. Together they embark on a long journey to find out the truth about Sam’s powers.
Eastward for €24.99 in the Nintendo eShop
Undertale & Deltarune
What is…Undertale? – This game has an average rating of 94%
Undertale for €14.99 in the Nintendo eShop
The now famous Undertale was a big surprise hit when it was released. The RPG looks simple, but convinces with creative gameplay and great writing. We play a child who falls through a hole in the ground into an underground world full of monsters. In search of a way to the surface, we enjoy an impressive level of playful freedom: we can behave completely peacefully, or we can kill any monster that comes our way. However, the characters in the game never forget what we’ve done, even if we start the game over. delta rune is the successor to Undertale and has the same strengths, but also contributes new ideas. You can get the first two chapters completely for free in the Nintendo eShop.
Delta Rune on Nintendo eShop
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