Best visual novel games for Nintendo Switch iMore 2020

For visual novel fans, there is not really a lot on offer for the Nintendo Switch. On occasion, point-and-click adventure games can stray dangerously close to the world of visual novels, but it's not quite the same. As it currently stands, other platforms offer far more selection when it comes to this type of gaming experience. That being said, the Switch has been out for a while now, and we are starting to see some titles that quench the very specific thirst which visual novels create. Here are the best games on Nintendo Switch to come close to the mark and some that totally nail it.

★ Featured favorite: Steins;Gate Elite

One of the most amazing visual novels ever created is making its way to the Nintendo Switch. If you are interested in diving into a stellar game that does just about everything right and pushes the boundaries of what narrative can do in a game, you can pre-order it now so you can start playing when it comes out February 2. You will be glad that you did.

$57 at Amazon

The Non-Traditional: OxenFree

Visual novel purists would likely claim that Oxenfree does not come anywhere near close to ticking off all the boxes required to be counted in the category. It does, however, focus heavily on character development and story. If you're in the market for a pure visual novel experience, then this probably won't cut the mustard. But if you love a great story inhabited by well-rounded and deep characters, this will probably be right up your alley.

$20 at Nintendo

Horror Story: The Coma: Recut

While The Coma still doesn't hit the nail on the head when it comes to visual novels, it does come a little closer. There is a large element of 2D side-scrolling at play. However, it does lean heavily on text and dialog. In addition, the visual aspect of the game is at times reminiscent of a traditional visual novel.

$20 at Amazon

The Dating Game: The Charming Empire

If you're looking to get a true visual novel game on the Switch, then The Charming Empire is likely going one of the only options for now. With a thrust on reading that's bolstered by gorgeous manga styled art, this one definitely checks all the boxes. Like so many visual novels this story is about love and relationships and the choices you make to get there

$25 at Nintendo

Dudes-a-Plenty: The Men of Yoshiwara: Ohgiya

Another pure-bred visual novel option for your Nintendo Switch would have to be The Men of Yoshiwara: Ohgiya. It's a popular romance game in Japan which has been localized for a western audience. The gameplay will be familiar to any fan of romance visual novels. You are faced with a cadre of beautiful young men vying for your attention and it's up to you to decide who to develop a relationship with.

$15 at Nintendo

Currently, the options are pretty limited when it comes to visual novels on the Nintendo Switch. I am sure we will see more games ported over as the console matures. I can tell visual novel-loving Switch users that you just have to hold on a bit longer. Some more great titles are on the way. The Switch seems like the perfect platform for the genre and I am sure that developers are starting to catch on to that.

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