SwitchRPG Awards 2020: The Nominees Are…

The time has come to announce the nominees for the Third Annual SwitchRPG Awards! The nomination process this year went back forth between exciting and insufferable, as the hefty batch of quality RPGs released this year on the Nintendo Switch made for some hard fought debates as to which would make the cut. Per the rules, all the nominees this year were released between December 1, 2019 and November 30, 2020, and are spread across 10 categories!

What’s changed from last year? A lot, actually. We’ve further refined our categories this year in hopes of better representing all facets of the genre without going overboard on the number of brackets. That said, we’re always looking to improve our awards ceremony, so please let us know if you have any suggestions for future content!

Regardless, one crown remains most treasured of all, no matter what changes may come now or in the future. Only one game will walk away with the title “RPG of the Year.” What can you expect beyond the nominations? Keep your eyes on Twitter starting today, as we’ll be engaging with the community to vote on their picks for the awards. In the meantime, our staff will continue the backstage debates, getting ready to announce the official winners in the back half of December.


Best Story

Which game tells the best story? Whether it be a quiet, personal tale, or a grandiose epic.


Hades

Bug Fables

Xenoblade Chronicles: Definitive Edition

Wintermoor Tactics Club

Honorable Mention: Operencia: The Stolen Sun


Best Combat

Whether it be turn-based, action, or something in between – whose combat system is best designed?


Hades

Bug Fables

Xenoblade Chronicles: Definitive Edition

SaGa Scarlet Grace: Ambitions

Honorable Mention: Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE Encore


Best Progression System

Job systems, town-building, and character advancement – which progression system feels the most satisfying and unique?


Xenoblade Chronicles: Definitive Edition

Hades

Bug Fables

Rune Factory 4 Special

Honorable Mention: Sakuna: Of Rice And Ruin


Best Side Quests

Travel off the beaten path, talk to the locals, and decide which side quests are the most compelling and rewarding.


Xenoblade Chronicles: Definitive Edition

Bug Fables

CrossCode

The Outer Worlds

Honorable Mention: The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel III


Best Dungeons

Which dungeons feature the best puzzles, most fearsome foes, and the greatest and most engaging challenges?


Xenoblade Chronicles: Definitive Edition

CrossCode

Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE Encore

Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles Remastered Edition

Honorable Mention: Paper Mario: The Origami King


Best World Design

Towns, villages, wildlife, history, lore, and mysteries to the found – which world is the best to explore?


Trials of Mana

Hades

Xenoblade Chronicles: Definitive Edition

Bug Fables

Honorable Mention: Ara Fell: Enhanced Edition


Best Visuals

Graphical fidelity and art direction – what package comes together to create a visual experience unlike any other?

Hades

Xenoblade Chronicles: Definitive Edition

Bug Fables

Ori and the Will of the Wisps

Honorable Mention: Star Ocean: First Departure R


Best Music

What tunes best set the mood – somber, uplifting, action-packed, or otherwise – and immerse the player in the game world?


Xenoblade Chronicles: Definitive Edition

Hades

Trials of Mana

Bug Fables

Honorable Mention: Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles Remastered Edition


Best Characters

Heroes, villains, and the supporting cast from both – which game has the best ensemble of interesting characters?


Xenoblade Chronicles: Definitive Edition

Bug Fables

Trials of Mana

Hades

Honorable Mention: Later Daters


RPG of the Year

The one to rule them all!


Xenoblade Chronicles: Definitive Edition

Bug Fables

CrossCode

Hades

Honorable Mention: Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE Encore


Want your voice heard in determining the best RPGs to hit the Switch in 2020? Keep your eyes on the SwitchRPG Twitter feed for daily polls, or leave your comments below. SwitchRPG staff picks and community favorites will be announced later this month!

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Ben T.

Ben

Owner, Webmaster, and Content Creator. Lifelong RPG fan. Husband. Dog Dad. Beer Enthusiast. Weight Lifter.

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