Best Visual Novels For Nintendo Switch Leave a comment

The portability of Nintendo Switch makes it a great system to play a wide variety of genres, and while visual novels can be enjoyed perfectly well on your TV, there’s something about playing them on a handheld which just feels ‘right’. Since launch, the console has accrued some great examples of the genre, and the catalogue of great visual novels on Switch is growing all the time. Everyone loves a good book, right?

We’ve collected a selection of the best visual novels on Switch for your perusal. These are our personal picks, so whether the games below are a total visual novelty, you’re dipping a toe into the genre pool for a second or third time, or you regularly burn through visual novels like matches, you’re sure to find something to suit all tastes below. You’ll also find the odd crossover puzzle/adventure game element in some of the titles below — be sure check out our selection of the best point and click games on Switch if your VN tastes lean on the adventure-y side.

So, let’s pull up a nice comfy chair, make sure your Switch is fully charged, and take a look — in no particular order — at the best visual novels on Switch.

Famicom Detective Club: The Missing Heir & Famicom Detective Club: The Girl Who Stands Behind (Switch eShop)Famicom Detective Club: The Missing Heir & Famicom Detective Club: The Girl Who Stands Behind (Switch eShop)

Publisher: Nintendo / Developer: Nintendo

Release Date: 14th May 2021 (UK/EU)

A release from Nintendo right out of left-field, which the company describes as a ‘deep cut’ from its archives. The originals on NES (and one SNES re-release) were all Japan-only, and even these remasters / remakes only have Japanese voice-acting with localised subtitles. Considering the settings and stories, however, that kind of works, and they’re wonderfully animated and atmospheric experiences. We give both titles a hearty recommendation; a bundle is mandatory in Europe, and there’s a discount for buying both of the individual downloads in North America.

Dream Daddy: A Dad Dating Simulator (Switch eShop)Dream Daddy: A Dad Dating Simulator (Switch eShop)

Publisher: Game Grumps / Developer: Game Grumps

Release Date: 2nd Jul 2019 (USA) / 2nd Jul 2019 (UK/EU)

Dream Daddy puts you in the shoes of a single-parent father moving to a new area improbably filled with beautifully buff and sexily sensitive dads. It’s a feelgood game, from its tongue-in-cheek Dream Weaver-esque theme tune to its message of acceptance and generally being excellent to one another. Head out to concerts and coffee shops with your newfound friends and chat about the trials of raising kids alone, keeping your finger on the pulse of modern culture as a cool dad, and — maybe — find something more. There’s real heart to the stories here, with textured characters dealing with a multitude of situations life throws at them. It’s a wonderfully observed, toughing and hilarious visual novel with fun little mini games that’s definitely worth a look.

Spirit Hunter: NG (Switch)Spirit Hunter: NG (Switch)

Publisher: Aksys Games / Developer: Aksys Games

Release Date: 10th Oct 2019 (USA) / 10th Oct 2019 (UK/EU)

Spirit Hunter: NG itself is a really great game steeped in the traditions of Japanese horror, with a creepy plot and likeable and intriguing characters. It is dark and brutal, yet never needlessly so, and the horror always plays out in the context of infusing its antagonists with real depth and relatability.

And if you like this, there’s always its predecessor, Death Mark, to enjoy, too.

Neo Cab (Switch eShop)Neo Cab (Switch eShop)

Publisher: Chance Agency / Developer: Fellow Traveller

Release Date: 3rd Oct 2019 (USA) / 3rd Oct 2019 (UK/EU)

Some chats with cab drivers can be a real trial of your patience — fortunately, the conversations you’ll strike up in Neo Cab will hook you into an engaging cyberpunk story that tackles contemporary issues with characters that feel genuine and interactions that feel meaningful. It might not be the most technologically advanced title, but Neo Cab takes you on one hell of a journey.

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