The Best Strategy turn-based Games for Nintendo Switch

Update : Worldless added at rank #19.
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The Battle of Polytopia (2016)

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IOS iPhone PC Windows Linux Mac OS Android Nintendo Switch

The Battle of Polytopia is a simplified 4X game that allows players to experience the Explore, Expand, Exploit, Exterminate aspects of the genre in under an hour. Available for mobile devices, it's the pocket-sized 4X that anyone can play anywhere.


What we like:
  • Distillation of the 4X genre in a great turn-based action game
  • Mechanism for competitive play
  • Addresses limitations of chess
What could be improved:
  • Limited multiplayer and co-op options
  • Not ideal for players who want a longer game

  • turn-based
  • 4x
  • strategy
  • civilization
  • diplomacy
  • empire
  • multiplayer
  • building
  • economy
  • tactical
  • real-time

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Mario + Rabbids Sparks of Hope (2022)

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Nintendo Switch

Mario + Rabbids Sparks of Hope is an innovative turn-based tactical RPG. You play as Mario and his Rabbid allies as they battle a space monster named Cursa and her Darkmess. The game captures the energy of the Rabbids, and provides supercharged weapons, flinging allies into the air, and Sparks to power up your team.

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What we like:
  • Innovative gameplay
  • Vibrant and lively atmosphere
  • Strategic maps without grids
  • Lots of fun characters with unique abilities
  • Smooth controls
What could be improved:
  • Not for those who don't like turn-based tactical RPGs
  • Some jokes may be too dumb for some players

  • tactical
  • turn-based
  • battle
  • grid
  • strategy
  • cover
  • combat
  • crossover
  • puzzle
  • rpg
  • exploration
  • fight

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The Banner Saga 2 (2016)

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

The Banner Saga 2 is a gripping Norse-inspired fantasy adventure that engages you with its exceptional narrative and captivating art direction. The game features a turn-based combat system that challenges your strategic thinking, new creatures and obstacles, and battles resolved through primary objectives rather than max-murdering the other side. Make difficult decisions that can lead to starvation, mutiny or death, while defying traditional conventions and rejecting typical rules of morality. The sequel is a must-play, with vastly improved combat, deep and rewarding narrative, and an immersive visual and sound design.


What we like:
  • Engaging narrative
  • Captivating art direction
  • Improved combat system
  • New creatures and obstacles
  • Battles resolved through primary objectives
What could be improved:
  • Difficult for new players who did not play the first game
  • Console controls are awkward and obtuse
  • Environmental art can make combat harder to navigate
  • Not very action-packed
  • Characters can die without notice

  • turn-based
  • tactical
  • battle
  • strategy
  • rpg
  • combat
  • narrative
  • story
  • grid
  • fantasy
  • hand-drawn

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Let's! Revolution (2023)

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Let’s! Revolution! is a colorful roguelite puzzle mashup about stopping a narcissistic King from ruining your world. Flip tiles to uncover the hidden path to the King. Use deductive reasoning to avoid his cronies or take them all down in strategic turn-based combat.


  • turn-based
  • rogue-like
  • tactical
  • grid
  • strategy
  • movement
  • dungeon-crawler
  • logic
  • tile
  • perma-death
  • class
  • hand-drawn
  • procedural
  • puzzle
  • colourful

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Fuga: Melodies of Steel 2 (2023)

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

The sequel to the captivating tale of Fuga: Melodies of Steel has arrived! This turn-based RPG is back with a ramped up battle system for more strategy, as well as a brand new event system that gives you more thrilling choices to affect your experience!


  • turn-based
  • rpg
  • japanese
  • tactical
  • strategy
  • jrpg
  • tanks
  • war

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Wargroove 2 (2023)

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PC Windows Playstation 4 Nintendo Switch

Trouble stirs on the shores of Aurania. An ambitious new faction has unearthed forbidden relics capable of catastrophic consequences. But how far will they go to achieve glory? Take to the battlefield, sea, and sky with a cast of new Commanders, using your wits to wage turn-based war!

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  • tactical
  • turn-based
  • rogue-like
  • strategy
  • campaign
  • battle
  • traditional
  • pixel
  • wargame
  • fantasy
  • war
  • cooperative
  • family-friendly
  • rpg

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Wartales (2021)

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PC Windows Xbox One Xbox Series X Nintendo Switch

In Wartales, you will lead a group of mercenaries through an open-world medieval landscape, filled with treasure and mysteries to uncover. Customize your team with specialized skills and equipment, as you traverse a vast terrain via horseback or on foot. With a turn-based combat system, anticipate encountering various enemies requiring strategic planning and coordination for success. Bond with your fellow comrades and celebrate an accomplished day of pillaging with a well-earned feast. In this harsh world, will you endure and prosper? Play Wartales and find out!


What we like:
  • Exciting turn-based combat
  • Extensive customization options
  • Immersive map interactions
  • Amusing lock picking and puzzle-solving
  • Enticing exploration opportunities
What could be improved:
  • Harsh early-game difficulty
  • Repetitive late-game combat
  • No horse-riding option for faster travel
  • Lack of hints for in-game quests
  • Troop deployment is somewhat illogical

  • turn-based
  • rpg
  • tactical
  • open-world
  • medieval
  • combat
  • low-fantasy
  • strategy
  • battle
  • survival
  • cooperative
  • skill
  • crafting

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Sid Meier's Civilization VI (2016)

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

Lead your civilization to greatness in Sid Meier's Civilization® VI by expanding your cities and engaging in espionage. With endless customization options and challenging diplomatic relationships, you will enjoy an engaging and rewarding experience. The game is packed with content, has brilliant visuals and a fantastic musical score, making it an utterly compelling and deeply satisfying experience for players of all ages.


What we like:
  • Attention-grabbing gameplay
  • Endless possibilities and variables to account for, including many DLCs
  • Fun to play with friends
  • Good for all ages
What could be improved:
  • Aesthetic choices may not appeal to all
  • Agenda system can be annoying
  • Workers expire after improvements
  • Might be a letdown for fans of Civ V

  • strategy
  • empire
  • turn-based
  • military
  • 4x
  • tile
  • war
  • tactical
  • city-building
  • historical
  • economy
  • resource
  • card

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Fire Emblem Engage (2023)

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Nintendo Switch

Fire Emblem Engage is a tactical JRPG series that brings together classic elements of Fire Emblem and adds modern touches. You will take part in strategic battles, build relationships with your team, and find magical rings to defeat a dark dragon.

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What we like:
  • Challenging difficulty levels
  • Rewind feature to turn back turns
  • Variety of customisation options
  • Engaging storyline and characters
  • Beautiful level design
What could be improved:
  • Unpredictable luck system in some parts of the game
  • Limited activities outside of combat
  • Traditional narrative structure might not appeal to all players

  • tactical
  • battle
  • rpg
  • strategy
  • turn-based
  • grid
  • combat
  • narrative
  • fight
  • japanese
  • anime
  • war
  • skill
  • remake

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The Last Spell (2021)

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PC Windows Nintendo Switch Playstation 4 Playstation 5

The Last Spell is a captivating turn-based tactical RPG game where you'll lead a squad of heroes in a battle of survival again an endless swarm of brutal monsters. With procedurally generated enemy waves, unlockables, and a headbanger soundtrack, the game will keep you entertained until the real world collapses.


What we like:
  • Variety in runs and viable weapons
  • Immersive world and stunning graphics
  • Unique blend of strategy and RPG elements
  • Great soundtrack
  • Well-thought variation of wave defense strategy
What could be improved:
  • High time commitment required
  • Meta progression system is too essential

  • turn-based
  • tactical
  • rpg
  • strategy
  • rogue-like
  • fantasy
  • tower-defense
  • perma-death
  • post-apocalyptic
  • pixel
  • base-building
  • wave
  • dark

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