If you’ve been following along with my Great Music RPG series, then you might be wondering what happened to everything in between the SNES and the Switch, but don’t worry! Since the Switch has been out for quite some time now, I thought it was appropriate to temporarily jump ahead of the console timeline and recognize some of the music that has graced it thus far. Please keep in mind that this list contains both exclusive and non-exclusive Switch titles, so things like Ys VIII are fair game.
If you’d rather skip over my commentary, you can find a complete, pre-compiled playlist at the very bottom of this article.
Blossom Tales: The Sleeping King – Blossom Town
Our resident staff member Phillip wrote an amazing review of this game earlier this year, and for good reason. Blossom Tales is a fantastic throwback to older top-down Zelda games, with a more modern mechanical paint job. Whether or not Blossom Tales or Zelda games in general are actually RPGs, I’ll leave up for you to decide.
The point I’d like to make today is that Blossom Tales has an incredible soundtrack. In the case of Blossom Town, I found myself wandering around the village just so I could hear more of it.
Earthlock – Whispering Seedlings
I reviewed this game when it was first released, and I still stand what was said in it. Earthlock does a lot of things right, and I feel like it hasn’t received the recognition that it deserves. The issue lies with it originally being released as Earthlock: Festival of Magic on other platforms, which was met with mediocre reviews.
The Switch version of Earthlock is a soft reboot of sorts, and fixes a lot of the problems people had with the first version. But the average consumer isn’t going to know the difference between Earthlock and Earthlock: Festival of Magic unless they know the backstory, leading to mass confusion on what the product really is capable of (and which version is which on Metacritic), but I digress.
Whether you are a fan of the game or not, the soundtrack is pretty great. This piece plays in your home away of home, which is all I will say as to not spoil it for you. It is such a soothing piece that I could see myself letting it play in the background for hours on end.
Battle Chasers: Nightwar – Awe
I had a tough time selecting what track to put in the spotlight for Battle Chasers. Not only is the entire soundtrack great (seriously, go listen to it), but all of the tracks are layered in such a way that its complexity captivates you in different ways with each listen. In other words, you may think your favorite track is Awe, but then you listen to something like Mana Surge and then you begin to question which is actually your favorite. I’m not going to fight that battle today, and instead will just say that this track is great (but go listen to the rest, too). You can also go check out my review here.
Disgaea 5 Complete – Invisible Zoon
Heavy anime-inspired aesthetics are a huge turn off to me in general, but I still give many of those same games a chance before I totally dismiss them for it. Disgaea 5 is a perfect example of something that I would immediately turn my nose up to on paper. Fortunately, it’s such a dang good game that it doesn’t matter what it looks like to me.
I could care less about most of the soundtrack, but Invisible Zoon carried me through hours upon hours of Disgaea 5’s item world, and for that I am grateful. I’m not even one to normally like anything remotely techno-styled (or whatever you’d classify it as), but this one made those grinding sessions that much more enjoyable.
Dragon Quest Builders – BGM 3
Dragon Quest Builders took me by complete surprise when it released on Switch. Although my love affair with RPGs began in the late 80s, I have had very little experience with the mainline Dragon Quest Series. However, this game alone made me more than excited for the upcoming DQXI while also encouraging me to go back and play the older games.
While I realize that the track in question is a reimagined version of DQ1’s overworld theme, it doesn’t change the fact that it is superb in its own right. Can we get a Switch release date for DQXI already? While we wait, perhaps you might want to read my review of Dragon Quest Builders? If that is your sole outlet for waiting on DQXI, you may have to read it a few thousands times over though.
Romancing Saga 2 – Empire City Avalon
Romancing Saga 2 is likely the most old school JRPG experience you’ll find on the Switch right now. While I haven’t had much time to devote to it just yet, rest assured I will get around to it eventually. Much like with any early Square game, Romancing Saga 2’s soundtrack is exceptional, this particular track pumping out regal goodness with every note.
Ys VIII: Lacrimosa of Dana – Eroded Valley
I’ll be totally transparent here: this is probably my favorite track on the entire list. It is truly a masterpiece of a song, with it’s only flaw being that its usage in-game is limited to a single area. I’ll let the track speak for itself, and you can take a gander at my full review while you listen to it.
Lost Sphear – Memory to be Spun
I may have roasted Lost Sphear quite a bit in my full review, and I stand by those sentiments. Although it turned out to be an underwhelming experience to me, the soundtrack is something I’ve found myself coming back to time and time again. You get to hear this particular tune often as it is the main battle theme. But to me, it never gets old.
Zelda: Breath of the Wild – Hateno Village (Day)
Historically speaking, I’ve never been much of a Zelda fan. Sure, I played A Link to the Past back when I was younger, but that’s about it. Since I almost exclusively play RPGs, the extremely light RPG elements in most Zelda games have never been enough to keep me entertained long-term. That is, until Breath of the Wild came along and completely floored me.
My choice for this list was between Hateno Village and Zora’s Domain, but in the end I felt it necessary to give the honors to the former. It is a beautiful depiction of just getting started on your epic adventure, and gives you the freedom to appreciate the calm before the storm.
Xenoblade Chronicles 2 – Kingdom of Uraya (Day)
Aesthetically speaking, XC2 is another game that I would historically have a hard time getting into, but am glad that I gave it a chance. While not my favorite RPG on the Switch thus far (that would have to go to Zelda or Ys VIII), it is a fantastic game that will provide you with hours of entertainment.
When I first heard this song, my jaw literally hit the floor and had me in tears due the raw, emotional power emitted from it. Much like my Ys choice, the only real negative is that you are limited to hearing it in a single zone, and the fact that any sort of combat interrupts it only makes things worse.
Playlist – Great RPG Music On: Switch
We currently have 179 RPGs in our Switch database, so I’m sure that I missed some great tracks. What are your picks for great RPG music on the Switch so far?