Fire Emblem, Octopath Traveler and Final Fantasy, the role-playing games coming to Nintendo Switch in 2023

Game news Fire Emblem, Octopath Traveler and Final Fantasy, the role-playing games coming to Nintendo Switch in 2023

2022 was a great year for Switch gamers in terms of role-playing games. Xenoblade Chronicles 3, Triangle Strategy or Live A Live, there was plenty to do. The good news is that this trend will continue in 2023, as we will see in this list of role-playing games planned for Switch in 2023.

Summary

  • Fire Emblem Engage
  • Thearrhythm Final Bar Line
  • Tales of Symphonia Remastered
  • Octopath Traveler 2
  • Atelier Ryza 3: Alchemist of the End & the Secret Key
  • Mato Anomalies
  • Trinity Trigger
  • Metal Slug Tactics
  • Fuga: Melodies of Steel 2
  • Suikoden I & II HD Remaster: Gate Rune and Dunan Unification Wars

Fire Emblem Engage

Four years after the cartoon of Three Houses, the Fire Emblem saga returns to Nintendo Switch with an all-new episode for its main series. Entitled Engaged, this new adventure takes place in the continent of Elyos which is made up of four kingdoms that surround a holy land. A thousand years ago, a terrible war opposed the inhabitants of this Earth to the Fallen Dragon and the latter seems to be on the verge of rebirth. In this setting, you play as Alear, who can be male or female, who wakes up after a thousand-year slumber with no memory of his past other than being part of the revered royal family of dragons. what gods. As usual, Fire Emblem Engage takes the form of a tactical role-playing game with turn-based combat in which you move your units on a battlefield divided into squares. But the great originality of this episode is above all that we find characters from previous titles in the saga who return in the form of a spirit, like Marth, hero of the very first Fire Emblem.

  • Release date : January 20, 2023
  • Nintendo Switch Exclusive

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Thearrhythm Final Bar Line

Among the many Final Fantasy spin-offs that exist, Theatrhythms have always had a special place in the hearts of fans. Surely you know it, but the music plays a very important role in this saga, with many themes that today are among the best known pieces of video games. So, inevitably, when we do spin-offs that take the form of rhythm games with role-playing elements in which we find all these cult songs, there is something to please the fans. After two episodes on 3DS, Theatrhythm is back this time on Nintendo Switch with Final Bar Line. On the program, 385 tracks from games in the series will be available and the formula always remains the same, namely to form a team and participate in rhythm game sequences in which you have to press the right keys at the right time. A simple principle but terribly addictive and which gains in complexity as you progress in the adventure and unlock new features.

  • Release date : February 16, 2023
  • Also coming out on PS4

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Tales of Symphonia Remastered

First 3D game of the saga, Tales of Symphonia returns to Switch and other media in early 2023 in a remastered version. A great Gamecube classic and considered one of the best episodes of its series, Symphonia takes us on the adventures of Lloyd Irving in a dying world that awaits the arrival of a Chosen One who will awaken among the people. and will raise these lands from their ashes. During his journey, he will be responsible for protecting Colette, a young woman who is entrusted with the mission of regenerating the world. If you’ve never played a Tales of in your life, we remind you that these are action role-playing games in which battles take place in real time in small arenas. But in the new features of this Remastered version, a local cooperation mode for up to four players will be added, while we can also count on gameplay improvements and obviously updated graphics.

  • Release date : February 17, 2023
  • Also out on PS4, PS5, Xbox One and Xbox Series

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Octopath Traveler 2

While the first episode was a great success with Switch owners, Octopath Traveler returns with a new adventure soberly titled Octopath Traveler 2. From the first images that we have seen so far, we find everything that had the charm of the first episode. From a visual point of view, the HD-2D graphics are still there, that is to say a pixel art that takes advantage of 3D effects to give more depth and life to the whole. In terms of adventure, we discover a cast of eight completely new characters who each have their own story. Finally, in terms of gameplay, it will always be about turn-based combat with an elemental weakness system that plays a central role. By all these small additions, these new adventures seem to have taken into account the reproaches made to its elder to offer an even more beautiful and captivating experience.

  • Release date : February 24, 2023
  • Also available on PC, PS4 and PS5

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Atelier Ryza 3: Alchemist of the End & the Secret Key

Long considered a niche series, the Ateliers saga has gradually managed to find its place among the modern sagas of role-playing games. As proof, all the episodes are now released in the West and some are even translated into French like Atelier Ryza 2. It is moreover its sequel that we are going to talk about today since at the beginning of next year, we will be entitled to Atelier Ryza 3: Alchemist of the End & the Secret Key which will conclude the trilogy of the adventures of young Ryza. And if you’ve never played a title in the franchise before, know that these are role-playing games with real-time combat in which exploration plays a key role. By searching each area, we recover ingredients which are then used to make alchemy which is the central feature of the Workshops. Thanks to alchemy, we can create equipment as well as make useful objects in combat and otherwise. A formula that has proven itself for years and which should offer Ryza and his friends a nice conclusion.

  • Release date : February 24
  • Also available on PC, PS4 and PS5

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Mato Anomalies

Among all the Japanese games that we find in this list, we can say that Mato Anomalies is… an anomaly. Developed by the Shanghai studio Arrowiz, it is a role-playing game with turn-based combat that benefits from an anime aesthetic thanks to its cel-shaded rendering. With its universe between cyberpunk and demon, Mato Anomalies is reminiscent of the Shin Megami Tensei saga, another series of role-playing games that we know today mainly for personas 5. In a retro-futuristic version of Shanghai, we follow the adventures of private detective Doe who finds himself transported to a parallel dimension populated by strange creatures who try to attack him. Luckily, our hero then meets Gram, a taciturn and unsympathetic exorcist, who will get him out of trouble. Together, they then collaborate to fight the mysterious organization Nightshade. With its original aesthetic, Mato Anomalies promises to be an astonishing project since apart from the confrontations against demons that we perform with Gram, we are entitled to interrogation phases with Doe which take the form of a card game. .

  • Release date : March 10, 2023
  • Also out on PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One and Xbox Series

Trinity Trigger

Beneath its anime tunes and colorful graphics, Trinity Trigger is a top-down action role-playing game reminiscent of Secret of Mana. On the ground, we therefore find ourselves with three characters, Cyan, Elise and Zantis, and the experience is obviously playable for up to three players in local cooperation. Each of them has a Trigger, kind of cute little creatures that can shapeshift into different types of weapons at will. A very practical option since all the subtlety of the combat system is based on exploiting the weak point of the enemies to overcome them more simply. Thus, all three together, our heroes will travel the continent of Trinita exploring different biomes and dungeons, obviously with the aim of saving the world.

  • Release date : First semester 2023
  • Also coming out on PS4 and PS5


Initially planned for 2022, it is finally next year that Metal Slug Tactics will land on Switch and PC. As its name suggests, it will therefore be a tactical role-playing game, but where the formula is original is that it applies to the Metal Slug series, known for being one of the great arcade game sagas with its 2D shooter gameplay. The little bonus to all this is that this project signed DotEmu and Leikir Studio will also include a rogue-lite dimension to give a unique side to each game. For the moment, the title is quite discreet and we know little about what the final experience will offer, except that we find the famous, particularly detailed sprites of the time which retain all their charm.

  • Release date : 2023
  • Also released on PC

Fuga: Melodies of Steel 2

Relatively discreet past in 2021, Fuga: Melodies of Steel is a very personal project for the developers of Cyber ​​Connect 2, who have been best known in recent years for their video game adaptations of famous anime such as Naruto Shippuden Ultimate Ninja Storm or more recently Demon Slayer: The Hinokami Chronicles. Far from these licenses known to the general public, Fuga is a rather surprising experience since it is a role-playing game with elements of strategy, shooter, but also roguelike. As for the story, the action takes place in the small world of Little Tail Bronx populated by anthropomorphic animals, that is to say animals with human appearance. While their village has been destroyed by the Empire, we follow a group of eleven children who have managed to survive and who take refuge in a gigantic tank which will be used to save their family. Unfortunately, the path will be paved with sacrifice and tragedy which makes this story all the more touching. If little is known about the sequel, Fuga: Melodies of Steel 2we should find many elements that made the charm of the first.

  • Release date : 2023
  • Also out on PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One and Xbox Series

Suikoden I & II HD Remaster: Gate Rune and Dunan Unification Wars

We end this selection of role-playing games to come on Switch next year with a compilation of two games: Suikoden I & II HD Remaster: Gate Rune and Dunan Unification Wars. Behind this extended title, there are updated versions of the first episodes of Suikoden, two cult titles originally released on the first PlayStation of the name. Among the novelties, all the portraits of the heroes have been redone in HD, as have the sprites of the characters and the environments which will be able to benefit from many beautiful visual effects. Ambient sounds will also be added to make the adventure more lively. In addition to all this, game comfort options will also be integrated such as an automatic mode for combat, the possibility of accelerating the speed of confrontations, as well as a chat log.

  • Release date : 2023
  • Also available on PC, PS4 and Xbox One

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