Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle is a must have for Switch-owning fans of turn-based tactical games. More importantly, such is the style and depth on offer that it's also ideal for those that haven't played much of the genre, for whom 'XCOM' sounds like a silly acronym from a war movie. It introduces the concept in the best possible way, and then utilises its own ideas for what becomes a smart and - at times - deliciously challenging experience. Even if you don't actually like the Rabbids, this game - and its familiar Mario cast and setting - is so good that even Ubisoft's mascots become likeable. Well, almost.
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As far as strategy games are concerned on the Switch, Wargroove is one of the best titles you can find on the eShop. Extremely deep and diverse strategy gameplay, ridiculous amounts of replayability, and charming presentation all combine to make this one an easy recommendation to anybody looking for a deep and cerebral experience for their Switch. Advance Wars may only exist nowadays in our memories, but Wargroove stands as a worthy successor to the franchise; if Intelligent Systems does ever decide to revive its cult classic series, it’s going to have some stiff competition to contend with thanks to Chucklefish's efforts.
Including all DLC from the original, this edition of Disgaea 5 Complete plays beautifully on the go and offers an extraordinary volume of content, its own quirky approach to storytelling and a complex set of systems that complement each other well. Its user interface is a little unwieldy, which might not make it the best start for genre newbies, but series fans are likely to adore this hardcore approach.
For strategy RPG fans we still give it a hearty recommendation, but with the proviso that it's more demanding and tougher to master than many of its genre contemporaries. If you're up for the challenge and time investment, and can tolerate its zany characters and settings, then it's well worth adding to your Nintendo Switch collection. If you end up falling in love with the series, Disgaea 1 Complete and the upcoming Disgaea 4 Complete+ should keep you occupied for hundreds of hours.
This War of Mine Complete Edition is an affecting survival strategy experience on Switch and this edition is a comprehensive package. A couple of minor technical issues do little to diminish its power and, although the lack of touch controls is odd, sleep mode is a winner for squeezing in a few days as-and-when you can. Switch arguably helps make this downbeat game as accessible as possible and it deserves to be played - a very welcome addition to Switch’s diverse catalogue.
Valkyria Chronicles 4 is a sublime strategy experience that fans of the genre won’t want to miss out on. The engaging, character-driven plot, third-person action, deep customisation options, and high replayability make this one an easy recommendation, although pacing issues and cumbersome menu management may make it a little more intimidating to newcomers to the genre. if you're au fait with SRPGs, though, this is a great entry point to the series for Nintendo fans.
Alternatively, the original Valkyria Chronicles still holds up impressively well and is likewise some of the best strategy action that gaming has to offer - now available on-the-go. It may be marginally rougher around the edges than its great-grandchild, but you really can’t go wrong with either entry.
SteamWorld Heist: Ultimate Edition is a fantastic port of a fantastic game, and it fits perfectly on the Switch. Deep, engaging gameplay and stylish presentation combine to make this one a standout indie release; a great example of a well put-together game. If you are at all a fan of strategy games, or are just looking for a fun diversion to occupy your time for a couple weeks, pick up this game. It puts a neat twist on standard turn-based strategy gameplay, and stands as another fantastic entry in Image & Form's SteamWorld series.
There was a lot riding on it, but we can confidently say that Fire Emblem: Three Houses lives up to the hype and will stand as a highlight in the series for years to come. The expanded gameplay styles, retooled combat, lovable characters, and in-depth character customization hook you fast and are almost guaranteed to keep you engaged for dozens, if not hundreds, of hours as you come to understand this enormous game in its entirety. Fans both new and old won’t want to miss out on what Fire Emblem: Three Houses has to offer; this sets a new standard for what a strategy RPG can be and most certainly proves itself to be a must-have release for the Nintendo Switch.
That's a fine selection of 'stractics' games, right there. Think we've overlooked something? Let us know below with a comment and we could very well add it to the list!