The Best Emotional Games for Nintendo Switch

Update, : The Spirit and the Mouse added at rank #11.
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My Child Lebensborn (2018)

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《My Child Lebensborn》is a story driven nurture game based on real events. Play as the adoptive parent of Karin or Klaus, and experience the struggles they go through along them. Balance your time and resources wisely, while helping your child cope with effects of hatred.

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  • emotional
  • choices
  • life
  • war
  • simulation
  • hand-drawn
  • time-management
  • story
  • historical
  • atmospheric
  • crafting
  • narration

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Opus: Echo of Starsong - Full Bloom Edition (2022)

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Echo of Starsong is a visual novel style adventure game. Eda, a girl who can hear mysterious sound waves known as starsong, crosses paths with a young man in search of their source. Together, they venture out to the heart of space to unravel an ancient myth.


  • visual-novel
  • emotional
  • japanese
  • walking-simulator
  • soundtrack
  • resource-management
  • driven
  • fiction
  • space
  • 2.5d
  • adventure
  • story
  • exploration
  • interactive
  • anime

3

Before I Forget (2020)

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Explore the present to uncover the past, in a short story of love and loss and a life well-lived.A narrative exploration that examines a world where memories are constantly fading and jumbled. A game about dementia and what happens when you can't hold onto the things you've done or the people you've loved.

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  • walking-simulator
  • short
  • exploration
  • emotional
  • beautiful
  • mystery
  • narrative
  • atmospheric
  • first-person
  • thought-provoking
  • stylized
  • 3d
  • piano
  • colour
  • dream

4

No Longer Home (2021)

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"No Longer Home" is a semi-auto-biographical point and click game, about two recent graduates preparing to move out of their flat.

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  • lgbtq
  • emotional
  • fiction
  • point-and-click
  • semi-autobiographic
  • philosophical
  • conversation
  • minimalist
  • narrative
  • stylized
  • surreal
  • atmospheric
  • interactive
  • visual-novel
  • relaxing

5

Coffee Talk (2020)

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Coffee Talk is a visual novel developed by Indonesian indie studio Toge Productions, and released on 29 January 2020 for Microsoft Windows, macOS, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One. The game was released in Japan for Nintendo Switch a day later on 30 January 2020.[1] The game follows a barista working in a coffee shop in a fantasy version of Seattle as they listen to the concerns of the coffee shop's various patrons and prepare drinks. The game features an aesthetic inspired by 90s anime, pixel art, and the lo-fi chillhop genre of music.[2]

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  • conversation
  • visual-novel
  • foreign
  • lgbtq
  • pixel
  • philosophical
  • emotional
  • fiction
  • anime
  • fantasy
  • relaxing
  • choices
  • multiple-endings
  • experimental
  • atmospheric

6

The Gardens Between (2018)

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The Gardens Between is a puzzle video game developed by Australian studio The Voxel Agents, released in September 2018 for Microsoft Windows, macOS, Linux, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

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  • time
  • puzzle
  • surreal
  • nostalgia
  • manipulation
  • narrative
  • short
  • emotional
  • soundtrack
  • walking-simulator
  • travel
  • relaxing
  • logic
  • linear
  • story

7

Aery - A Journey Beyond Time (2021)

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In Aery – A Journey Beyond Time you are in the role of a flying god-like creature which observes the world and their inhabitants while they grow and evolve through time. Are you ready to explore time itself?

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  • emotional
  • walking-simulator
  • relaxing
  • flight
  • god
  • colourful
  • exploration
  • simulation
  • minimalist
  • 3d
  • nature
  • story
  • third-person
  • casual

8

Before Your Eyes (2021)

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Embark on an emotional first-person narrative adventure where you control the story—and affect its outcomes—with your real-life blinks. With this innovative technique you will fully immerse yourself in a world of memories, both joyous and heartbreaking, as your whole life flashes before your eyes.


  • narrative
  • story
  • emotional
  • walking-simulator
  • first-person
  • innovative
  • interactive
  • fiction
  • philosophical
  • hand-drawn
  • blink
  • colourful

9

Sumatra: Fate of Yandi (2019)

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Lost and alone after a terrible landslide, Yandi must find his way home in this old-school point and click adventure set deep in the Sumatran jungle! Will he make it out alive?

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  • investigation
  • point-and-click
  • emotional
  • thriller
  • nature
  • drama
  • psychological
  • story
  • old-school
  • pixel
  • mystery
  • 2d
  • exploration
  • atmospheric
  • puzzle

10

Sea of Solitude: The Director's Cut (2021)

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Adventure through a beautiful and troubling world where nothing is as it seems, to confront and conquer your fears. Kay knows monsters. Monsters that you know, too. Loneliness, depression, and abandonment take on the form of frightening beasts and fantastical creatures in the award-winning Sea of Solitude, an action/adventure game revisited for the Nintendo Switch, now as The Director’s Cut.

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  • platform
  • emotional
  • narrative
  • dark
  • atmospheric
  • semi-linear
  • walking-simulator
  • uk
  • exploration
  • adventure
  • pulse-pounding
  • heart-pounding
  • 3d
  • character-driven

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