9 Best Japanese Switch Games That You Should Know Update 03/2024

Best Japanese Switch Games

People all over the world have long admired the high quality and cutting-edge technology of Japanese video games. Nintendo is one of the most well-known and popular Japanese game companies. It has been at the top of the Japanese game industry by making unique game consoles.

All of Nintendo’s games, from the portable Game Boy, Game Boy Advance, and Nintendo DS to the Nintendo Entertainment System (Family Computer), Nintendo 64, Nintendo GameCube, Wii, and the newest Nintendo Switch, have been loved by many people for many years.

Since it came out in 2017, Nintendo Switch has been one of the most popular games in the world. People play it all over the world, in part because they can play online with people from all over the world. As of 2019, there are more than 400 software games for Nintendo Switch.

So, which Nintendo Switch game should you play first? Or, what should you play if you want a suggestion for the next game? I, a Japanese Otaku, have chosen the 15 best Nintendo Switch games ever. Let’s play these fun games on Nintendo Switch.

Luigi’s Mansion 3

Luigi’s Mansion 3

Luigi’s Mansion 3 (3) is one of the best Nintendo Switch games for people who like the Mario Series or other Nintendo characters. It came out in 2019, after the first game for the GameCube came out in 2001 and the second Dark Moon game came out for the Nintendo 3DS in 2013. Luigi is the main character of this action-adventure game. He uses a new vacuum cleaner called Poltergust to get rid of ghosts in a big haunted hotel. In the multiplayer mode, up to 8 people can play at once.


Supergiant Games, an American game developer and publisher, made Hades, a roguelike action role-playing game that has been played by a lot of people around the world since it came out in 2020 for Nintendo Switch and other consoles. Hades takes place in the Underworld, which is run by Hades in Greek mythology. A player tries to get out of the dungeons of the Underworld as Zagreus’s son.

Super Mario Party

Mario Party Superstars

Super Mario Party ( ), which came out in 2018, is the most recent Mario Party game. Since the Nintendo 64, Nintendo has made 15 Mario Party games for different consoles. Super Mario Party can be played by up to 4 people at once, and it has about 80 games that kids and adults of all ages can play.

Monster Hunter Rise

Capcom made and released the latest part of the popular action role-playing game series Monster Hunter Rise () in the spring of 2021. It was the first game in the series to come out for Nintendo Switch. In Kamura Village, a Hunter goes around the world with 14 weapons to fight monsters and catch them. Monster Hunter Rise Sunbreak, a major paid add-on, will be out in the summer of 2022.

DRAGON QUEST XI S: Echoes of an Elusive Age – Definitive Edition

The latest game in the legendary role-playing video game series, DRAGON QUEST XI S: Echoes of an Elusive Age – Definitive Edition (XI S), came out in 2019. Since the first game came out for the Nintendo Entertainment System (Family Computer) in 1986, DRAGON QUEST has been one of Japan’s most popular game series.

The Battle Cats (Nyanko Daisensou)

The Battle Cats (Nyanko Daisensou)

This game came out for iOS and Android for the first time in 2011 under the name Nyanko Daisensou, which means “Great War in Nyanko.” Later, updated versions came out for mobile devices in 2014, Nintendo 3DS in 2016, and Nintendo Switch in 2021. It was briefly available in English app stores in 2012 under the name The Battle Cats before it was taken down. This means that the franchise is still only available in Japan.

The Battle Cats is a typical tower defence game in which players make a team of cats to fight hordes of enemies. The game has all the best parts of a popular Japanese series: it’s fun to play, it’s cute, and it’s weird. If it comes out on Switch outside of Japan, western gamers will be able to see how fun this game is.

Momotaro Dentetsu: Showa, Heisei, Reiwa Mo Teiban!

It’s rare for a video game to be at the top of foreign sales charts even though it hasn’t been released in the west yet, but that seems to be the case with the latest Momotaro Dentetsu game. The game is like a mix of Mario Party and Monopoly. One to four people can play a virtual board game where they buy properties and businesses from each other.

This game has a lot of charm, just like Nyanko Daisensou, thanks to its cute graphics and typical weirdness. This game is a huge hit in Japan, which makes sense since the COVID-19 pandemic has kept everyone inside. It’s the perfect game for the whole family to sit down and play together.

Taiko No Tatsujin: Drum ‘N’ Fun!

Taiko No Tatsujin Drum 'N' Fun!

The Taiko no Tatsujin series has been around for many generations of consoles. It first showed up in Japanese arcades in 2001, and a year later, it was released on PlayStation 2. The latest game, Taiko no Tatsujin: Drum ‘n’ Fun!, is the first game in the series to come out in North America since the PlayStation 2 in 2006. The rhythm game franchise is known for using fake Taiko drums to play.

The newest one came out in the West in November 2018 as a digital-only release. It has songs from popular anime and video games as well as songs that are popular in Japan. If the next game in the series had more western music, it might be as popular as other rhythm games like Just Dance.

Big Brain Academy: Brain Vs Brain

Young people in the West are busy playing games like Fortnite and Minecraft, so it’s not surprising that an educational puzzle game hasn’t caught on anywhere else. The game is made up of a bunch of different activities and mini-games that are meant to test five different types of thinking.

The first game in the series came out on Nintendo DS in 2005, and the next one came out on Nintendo Wii in 2007. This new game for Switch is the first in the series to come out since then, so maybe people in the West just forgot about the franchise. But it seems like Japanese people still want to learn through play.