If you own a Nintendo Switch and are into visual novels, you’re in luck! There are quite a few on Switch. Here are the best ones.
Nintendo Switch has become very popular thanks to the combination of a portable system and a home console, which allows you to play it on the go and on TV. Consequently, a wide variety of people with different tastes choose the games available on the Nintendo Switch, resulting in more variety.
One of the popular genres on Nintendo Switch is the visual novel. This genre usually focuses on story and choices players make, rather than action and enemy battles. For people who prefer more interactive story games, this genre can be a lot of fun. And many different titles fall into this category.
Code: Realize ~Guardian Of Rebirth~
The Code: Realize series includes many games, and this one in particular stands out for its charming setting and characters. You play as Cardia, an amnesiac woman who lives in an abandoned mansion and obeys the orders of her father, who forbids her to leave.
Soon, Cardia’s father disappears and her life is turned upside down. Cardia meets unique and quirky characters based on historical and literary characters such as Victor Frankenstein and Count Saint-Germain. Each lover is well-written and cute, their characters are different from each other. In addition, the game has ramifications, making it the perfect otome.
In the unique visual novel Coffee Talk, you control the owner and barista of the cafe of the same name. During the game, you interact with clients of different fantasy backgrounds, including orcs, elves and even mermaids.
Coffee Talk lasts two game weeks. You go through every day and interact with many interesting characters, while learning about their lives and concerns. The game boasts great graphics and a relaxing atmosphere. This title is relaxing, satisfying, albeit short-lived.
Collar X Malice
While Collar X Malice may seem like a typical otome at first, there is something about it that makes it stand out from the crowd. You play as a police officer who is attacked and ends up wearing a poison-filled collar around her neck. The plot tells the story of the investigation of this event by five former (and handsome) police officers.
Collar X Malice differs from other similar titles in plot and mystery. As you progress through each route, you learn more and more about the massacre streak and get closer to solving them. This is a darker take on the genre of romantic visual novels with delicious mystery and hilarious mini-games.
Doki Doki Literature Club Plus
An extended version of the original Doki Doki Literature Club available on PC. At first glance, the game is a quintessential romantic visual novel in which you play as a high school student who joins the high school literature club to get to know the female participants better. The scenes change depending on which girl you’re focusing on.
However, this game is not what it seems. She greets you with a warning that the title is not suitable for children and the faint of heart. And that’s all, because as you progress, horror elements appear that make the game truly special.
AI: The dream Files
Created by genius and author of the Zero Escape trilogy, Kotaro Uchikoshi, AI: The Somnium Files follows an amnesiac detective named Kaname Date investigating a series of mysterious and grisly murders.
The game is immersive thanks to fully voiced dialogues and a variety of plot moves and endings. In addition, the title has a scheme that allows you to jump back and forth in time to go through storylines that you have not yet seen. The sequel was recently announced in 2022, so now is the time to dive into the world and secrets of this game.
The House In Fata Morgana
This visual novel is one of the few top rated games on Metacritic. At one time it had a rating of 100. The title was created for all players who love stories, regardless of gender and age. The House in Fata Morgana follows an amnesiac character who wakes up in a mansion and sees a maid. Together, the two characters explore the mansion’s past, trying to understand its history and restore the protagonist’s memories.
The House in Fata Morgana boasts a great gripping storyline that makes you feel like you’re reading a novel. All this incredible text is complemented by immersive and beautiful visuals that look painterly and semi-realistic. The soundtrack with a lot of vocal tracks makes you feel the atmosphere as much as possible.
An improved version of the original visual novel by Steins; Gate. The title has unique innovations, such as animation, which makes it look like an interactive movie.
At Steins; Gate Elite, a group of students find a way to change the past. Players make their choice as the main character Okabe. Each action dramatically changes the plot of the game and leads to one of many endings. Fully animated and voiced, the game lets you experience a beloved visual novel in a new way.
A visual horror novel available across multiple platforms including Nintendo Switch. The game takes place in the H City area of Tokyo, where something strange begins to happen to people.
People are rumored to start showing strange mole-like spots shortly before they die a horrible death.
A unique romantic visual novel for those who really love games. The title is set in an alternate version of 20XX, where there was no crisis in the PC gaming industry in the 1980s and arcade games still dominate the market.
The player creates his own character. The character gets a job in Funplex, a popular arcade game, and the story unfolds based on the choices the player makes and the relationships built with other characters.
VA-11 Hall-A is set in a dystopian future. The title is a visual novel in which the player works as a bartender in VA-11 Hall-A bar, often referred to by his regulars as Valhalla.
The player will have to talk to people who come to the bar every evening. You will learn the stories of the characters, their favorite drinks and discover some pretty interesting information about the world.
Night In The Woods
Slightly different from other visual novels because it has a lot of exploration. But it’s still more of a story-driven and dialogue-based game.
In it, the player controls a college dropout protagonist named May, who recently returned to her hometown, the small and dying mining town of Possum Springs. But when May tries to reconnect with friends she knew before leaving for college, she begins to realize that there may have been more changes than she imagined.
A dating visual novel in which the player creates his character, a single father who recently moved to a new neighborhood with his daughter Amanda.
In the process, you will meet many fellow single fathers from the area, each with their own unique storyline. The protagonist can then build a relationship.
Monster Prom: XXL
Nintendo Switch version of Monster Prom that includes all content and DLC. This game is a competitive dating visual novel in which the player must match up for the upcoming prom.
There are several different monster classmates to choose from, but if someone else chooses the same classmate, be prepared for tough competition.
The Charming Empire
A dating visual novel set during the Taisho era in Japan in the early 20th century.
The game tells the story of the main character, Aman Kosaka, who led a quiet but happy life in the countryside until her brother and ruler Soshi Amazaki called her to the bustling city. The title is set in the palace, where Amane Kosaka realizes that everything is not what she thought.
Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney Trilogy
One of the most famous series of visual novels, and for good reason. This long-running franchise combines point-and-click elements, logic puzzles, and legal drama. It turns out to be an excellent judicial series. The trilogy lets you try three of the best games in the series.
You play as Phoenix Wright, a lawyer tasked with identifying inconsistencies in witness testimony, finding evidence and proving the innocence of his clients in court. Each game offers tons of things to do with a great storyline, quirky humor, and gorgeous characters that will surely impress you.
A romantic visual novel originally released in 2004, it has become a fan favorite again after being re-released on the Nintendo Switch. This visual novel is played over and over again by fans of the genre, and for good reason.
The game tells the story of Tomoya Okazaki in his final year of study. As the player makes different choices and builds relationships with different characters, branches of the story unfold. Thanks to this, replaying the game is always interesting.