The Best Narrative Games for Nintendo Switch

Update, : The Cosmic Wheel Sisterhood added at rank #10.
1

Beacon Pines (2022)

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Xbox Series X Nintendo Switch PC Windows Xbox One

Dive into the mysteries of Beacon Pines, a charming yet eerie adventure where you control the fate of the story. As Luka, you'll uncover hidden truths, meet memorable characters, and explore stunning hand-drawn landscapes. With multiple endings to discover, you'll be captivated by this immersive tale filled with surprising twists.


Pros:
  • Intriguing and creative story
  • Well-developed, memorable characters
  • Multiple endings based on your choices
  • Stunning hand-drawn art
  • Engaging gameplay mechanics
Cons:
  • The large number of characters can be overwhelming

  • choices
  • narrative
  • visual-novel
  • mystery
  • cute
  • cozy
  • adventure
  • narration
  • exploration
  • story
  • emotional
  • colourful
  • interactive
  • horror
  • conspiracy

2

Venba (2023)

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Nintendo Switch Xbox Series X/s Playstation 5 Xbox One PC Windows Xbox Series X

Venba is a short narrative cooking game, where you play as an Indian mom, who immigrates to Canada with her family in the 1980s. Players will cook various dishes and restore lost recipes, hold branching conversations and explore in this story about family, love, loss and more.

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  • narrative
  • cooking
  • 1980s
  • puzzle
  • conversation
  • visual-novel
  • emotional
  • soundtrack
  • cinematic
  • stylized
  • fiction
  • story
  • interactive
  • choices

3

Mutazione (2019)

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PC Windows Playstation 4 IOS iPhone Mac OS Linux Xbox One Nintendo Switch

Get lost in the magical world of Mutazione, a narrative-driven adventure game where you explore an island filled with quirky mutant characters and their secrets. Grow musical gardens, attend BBQs, and embark on a spiritual journey to save the community from a looming darkness. With beautiful hand-illustrated art and unpredictable twists, Mutazione is a mutant soap opera that you won't want to miss.

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Pros:
  • Unique and beautiful art style
  • Relaxing music
  • Story-focused gameplay
  • Quirky and interesting characters
  • Encourages the player to slow down and relax
Cons:
  • Repetitive gameplay, mostly a visual novel
  • No voice acting
  • Slow parts may be boring for some players
  • Contains adult themes that may not be suitable for younger children

  • drama
  • narrative
  • supernatural
  • relaxing
  • adventure
  • walking-simulator
  • point-and-click
  • nature
  • exploration
  • fiction
  • music
  • story
  • scroller
  • bird
  • procedural

4

Sumire (2021)

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PC Windows Android Mac OS IOS iPhone Nintendo Switch

In Sumire, you'll embark on a one-day journey through a picturesque Japanese village, meeting charming creatures and making choices that shape your reality. Experience a beautiful and touching story with multiple outcomes, and learn valuable life lessons in this enchanting indie narrative adventure game.

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Pros:
  • Beautiful and touching story
  • Multiple possible outcomes
  • Gorgeous art style
  • Character growth
  • Valuable life lessons
Cons:
  • Some symbolic figures not explored
  • Grinding for achievements

  • narrative
  • choices
  • adventure
  • visual-novel
  • card
  • fiction
  • anime
  • emotional
  • colourful
  • supernatural
  • relaxing
  • collectathon
  • cute
  • interactive
  • well-paced

5

The Forgotten City (2021)

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Playstation 5 Xbox One PC Windows Playstation 4 Xbox Series X Nintendo Switch

Unravel the mysteries of The Forgotten City, a time-looping adventure set in an ancient Roman city. Engage with well-crafted characters, navigate ethical dilemmas, and uncover secrets that will keep you hooked. Despite its humble origins as a Skyrim mod, this game offers a captivating experience with multiple endings, making every decision count.


Pros:
  • Gripping story with clever twists
  • Immersive, detailed visuals
  • Strong voice performances
  • Thought-provoking themes and ethical dilemmas
  • Multiple dialogue options and quest-solving approaches
Cons:
  • Backtracking can be tedious
  • Limited impact of player's chosen backstory
  • Occasional slowdowns and glitches
  • Fixed map despite vast experience

  • mystery
  • narrative
  • adventure
  • rpg
  • story
  • historical
  • exploration
  • skyrim
  • combat
  • crime
  • thought-provoking
  • discovery
  • puzzle
  • first-person

6

Bugsnax (2020)

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Playstation 5 IOS iPhone Mac OS PC Windows Nintendo Switch Xbox Series X Xbox One Playstation 4 (IOS iPhone)

Catch mysterious living snacks and feed them to your friends in this unusual island adventure!


  • puzzle
  • narrative
  • mystery
  • adventure
  • cute
  • muppet
  • horror
  • inventive
  • first-person
  • story
  • discovery
  • colourful
  • controller-support
  • physics
  • comedy

7

Gerda: A Flame in Winter (2022)

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Nintendo Switch PC Windows

Walk the path of Gerda as her quiet life is turned upside down during the World War 2 occupation of her small Danish village. Choose where to go, how to act, and who to trust in this intimate narrative RPG-lite experience inspired by real life events. How far would you go to protect your loved ones?

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  • world-war-2
  • narrative
  • rpg-lite
  • dice
  • war
  • historical
  • slow-paced
  • rpg
  • emotional
  • adventure
  • top-down
  • narration
  • multiple-endings
  • difficult
  • stylized

8

Wayward Strand (2022)

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Xbox One Nintendo Switch PC Windows Playstation 4 Playstation 5 Xbox Series X Xbox Series X/s

Wayward Strand is a heartfelt story told in a curious way. Hop aboard an airborne hospital and meet its fully-voiced cast of eclectic characters. As time passes for everyone on board, explore the interwoven lives of the patients and staff; discover something new on each and every playthrough.


  • narrative
  • wholesome
  • cozy
  • choices
  • story
  • drama
  • emotional
  • conversation
  • real-time
  • relaxing
  • adventure
  • book
  • stylized
  • historical
  • mystery

9

Life is Strange: True Colors (2021)

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Playstation 5 Playstation 4 PC Windows Xbox Series X Xbox One stadia Nintendo Switch IOS iPhone

Experience a bold new era in the award-winning Life is Strange series with Life is Strange: True Colors. Uncover the shocking secrets behind your brother's death as you navigate through an emotional roller-coaster of an adventure. Harness the power of Empathy to change fate and forge deep relationships with the townsfolk. Make tough decisions, explore the vibrant town of Haven Springs, and discover your own voice. With a captivating story, unforgettable characters, and an exclusive soundtrack, this game is a must-play.

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Pros:
  • Beautiful graphics and realistic scenery
  • Engaging slice-of-life gameplay
  • Unique power to control emotions
  • Realistic portrayal of difficult topics
  • Enjoyable romance options
Cons:
  • Predictable plot and lack of impactful choices
  • Episodes feel rushed and underdeveloped
  • Limited character interaction after emotional moments
  • Short gameplay and shallow character relationships

  • narrative
  • episodic
  • supernatural
  • mystery
  • story
  • drama
  • choices
  • romance
  • adventure
  • local
  • romantic
  • puzzle

10

The Cosmic Wheel Sisterhood (2023)

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Nintendo Switch PC Windows

Step into the enchanting world of The Cosmic Wheel Sisterhood, where you, as Fortuna, a witch in exile, form a pact with a forbidden creature to regain your freedom. Craft your own Tarot-like cards, delve into the pasts and futures of your Witch friends, and uncover a political plot that will shape the fate of the Cosmic Witch society. With a captivating narrative, beautiful visuals, and enchanting music, this game will keep you spellbound.

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Pros:
  • Engaging story with impactful decisions
  • Well-developed characters with intriguing twists
  • Trans-friendly representation
  • Beautiful art and design
  • High replayability due to choices that matter
Cons:
  • Gameplay doesn't meet expectations
  • Disappointing ending
  • Difficulty in collecting certain energy

  • card
  • narrative
  • pixel
  • interactive
  • deckbuilder
  • fiction
  • politics
  • political
  • crafting
  • visual-novel

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