Fire Emblem: Three Houses

Nintendo’s flagship strategy game on the Switch, Fire Emblem: Three Houses is the most ambitious and technically impressive game in the series. Interspersing its finely honed turn-based fantasy tactics with fully voiced story scenes, there’s nothing else that quite matches it.

Into the Breach

From the maker of FTL: Faster Than Light comes this astonishingly good follow-up. It’s a dark take on turn-based strategy, where survival is your main aim above such quaintly noble concepts as ‘victory’.

Sid Meier’s Civilization VI

The first time you realise you can play Civilization VI on your ickle Switch is one of those ‘what a time to be alive’ moments. The daddy of 4X strategy games plays really well on Nintendo’s console, too.


A bit of an Intelligent Systems tribute, this one. Take Fire Emblem’s fantasy setting and political wrangling, mix in the pep and charm of Advance Wars, and you have Wargroove – a delightful turn-based strategy megamix.

Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle

It’s an unlikely match-up, Nintendo’s mascot and Ubisoft’s… rabitty… creatures. And in a strategy game, of all things. But this team-based team up really works, with a surprisingly tactical edge and adorable presentation.

Bad North

Bad North is one of the best things to happen to strategy in a while, taking the real time strategy basics and honing them for intuitive play. There’s a little tower defence here too, as you defend your islands from the Viking hordes.

XCOM 2 Collection

One of the finest team-based strategy games comes to Switch. XCOM 2 Collection gives you an incredibly generous package filled with lavish 3D tactical battles, even if the graphics have had to be scaled back a few notches.

SteamWorld Heist: Ultimate Edition

Showing that turn-based strategy doesn’t have to be dry and remote, SteamWorld Heist gives you up-close side-scrolling battles between a memorable cast of clanking automatons. As funny as it is tense.

Mutant Year Zero: Road to Eden – Deluxe Edition

Mutant Year Zero: Road to Eden – Deluxe Edition brings a little twist of something different to the team-based strategy genre. The game’s Swedish role-playing game origins give a little extra flavour to some solid XCOM-like battles.


The Banner Saga

You can play the entire Banner Saga series on Switch, and we’d encourage you to start from the beginning. But narrative adventure, part team-based strategy game, and with a memorable Nordic fantasy art style, it’s a thing of hardbitten beauty.

SD Gundam G Generation Cross Rays

If you prefer your Advance Wars/Fire Emblem tactical gameplay to involve giant manga robots, then SD Gundam G Generation Cross Rays is the strategy game for you. It’s an appropriately hulking achievement.


A real time strategy (RTS) game with a Scandinavian tinge, Northgard is an altogether smaller scale, more personal 4X experience. And it works well on Switch.

Tiny Metal

A cute turn-based strategy game in the Advance Wars mould, with chunky futuristic tanks and outlandish anime characters. And all with the kind of appealing 3D graphics Advance Wars never quite got around to.

Invisible, Inc

Isometric stealth par excellence, with a memorable comic book sci-fi universe and a pronounced focus on stealth. Invisible, Inc looks and plays a little bit different.

Prison Architect

A management game that places you in control of a sprawling correctional institution. Build up your prison from scratch, then run it in any way you see fit. Just don’t let anyone escape.

The Escapists 2

Flipping the script on Prison Architect, The Escapists 2 places you in the crisp boiler suit of the freshly incarcerated, then tasks you with finding a way to escape. Don’t let your daily duties slide, though, if you want to avoid attention.

This War of Mine: Complete Edition

This War of Mine: Complete Edition is one of the grittier, more downbeat games you’ll find on a Nintendo platform. But it’s also really good, a side-on slice of survival strategy set in a post-apocalyptic world.

Dungeon of the Endless

A unique roguelike that combines dungeon crawling with tower defence elements. Transport a crystal though randomly arranged sci-fi levels, fending off enemy waves.

Valkyria Chronicles 4

Valkyria Chronicles was doing 3D turn-based strategy mixed with JRPG melodrama well before Fire Emblem: Three Houses – and with its own steampunk style, too. Number four is one of the best entries yet.

Langrisser I and II

The Langrisser seriesis a lesser known contemporary and rival to Nintendo’s Fire Emblem. It might not have scaled the same heights, but this bundle of the first two games offers plenty to those seeking more turn-based fantasy tactics.

PixelJunk Monsters 2

You can always trust Q Games and its sprawling PixelJunk series to deliver a quirky take on any genre it turns its hand to. PixelJunk Monsters 2 is a lovely little tower defence game that gives you a singular hero to control and a lovely tilt-shift world to defend.


Another game that proposes to rethink the whole real time strategy think for console. Element largely succeeds through bite-sized levels, a clean art style, and smartly arranged controls.

Disgaea 5

Some might call Disgaea a JRPG, and we wouldn’t necessarily disagree. But it’s also one of the deepest, lengthiest, and most distinctive turn-based strategy games on the eShop.

Worms W.M.D.

Worms? A strategy game? It’s hardly Civilization, we’ll confess. But Team 17’s multiplayer classic has tight turn-based tactics at its wriggly centre – and plenty of explosive laughs to boot.

Skulls of the Shogun

Guiding a recently-dead feudal Japanese lord through the underworld, gathering an army to literally storm the gates of hell, might sound pretty deep. That it turns out to be downright hilarious is a tribute to developer 17-bit.

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