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Best Nintendo Switch Warriors Games – Every Switch Musou Game Ranked

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Updated with Fire Emblem Warriors: Three Hopes. Remember, this is a dynamic, reader-rated list that automatically reorders based on each game’s rating in our database. Three Hopes is a new title, but after enjoying it a lot (as you can read in our opinion), we imagine that he will climb the ladder quite quickly as more and more people play and rate.

In order to rate any of the games in the list below out of 10, users logged in to Nintendo Life can simply press the “star” and give each game a personal rating. Enjoy!


The Warriors series may have taken its time getting off the ground in the West, but in recent years there has been an explosion of mainstream Musou, with more players than ever before discovering the delights of hacking hundreds of enemies at once, slicing your way around a map controlling crowds while capturing and holding forts, and generally commanding the playing field while inflicting colossal amounts of pain in wave after wave of grunts.

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Developer Omega Force gave birth to the Musou genre with the Warriors franchise – made up of not just the original Dynasty Warriors line (itself derived from Koei’s Romance of the Three Kingdoms) with its expansions Xtreme Legends and Empires, but also samurai warriors and Orochi Warriors (the latter being a Dynasty X Samurai crossover series), as well as the many ‘guest’ IPs who enjoyed the ‘crossover’ releases of Warriors and ushered in a new era of mainstream popularity for the genre. The One Piece: Pirate Warriors series, for example, a four entries at the time of writing (two on Switch), and on the Nintendo side we’ve seen two Zelda-based on Hyrule Warriors games and a brilliant Fire Emblem too. Not two!

We recently asked Nintendo Life users to rate the Warriors games they’ve played, and the ranking below is the result. Remember: this list is not fixed. Registered Nintendo Life users can always click on the stars below and rate games out of 10, and watch the leaderboard change in real time based on each game’s score in our games database – so even if you have missed the “vote” step, your scores will still count and can potentially influence the order below.

Besides Omega Force, other studios have also picked up the torch from Musou, and we’ve decided to add Marvelous’ Fate/Extella: The Umbral Star and Fate/Extella Link into the mix below; they may not be Warriors games developed by Omega Force – much like Persona 5 Strikers – but they’re both good examples of the Musou experience. Don’t you think they should be there? Just mentally remove them from the list and the command remains just as valid.

Alright, ready to go? Let the battle begin!

To note. We only included Musou games released in the West, so no Samurai Warriors: Spirit of Sanada, Samurai Warriors 4 DX, Dynasty Warriors 8: Empires, Orochi Warriors 3 Ultimateor the Japanese Switch launch game Dragon Quest Heroes.

Dynasty Warriors 9: Empires (Switch)Dynasty Warriors 9: Empires (Switch)

Editor: Koei-Tecmo / Developer: Omega Strength

Release date: February 15, 2022 (UNITED STATES) / February 15, 2022 (UK/EU)

Dynasty Warriors 9: Empires is a bad Switch port of a disappointing entry in the long-running spin-off series. This is an extremely downgraded version of the game, with seriously revamped visuals that fail to put a stop to the constant frame rate issues during the heat of battle. With a lack of game modes, no multiplayer options, terrible AI, and cosmetic customization options gone at launch – Koei Tecmo opting to go the DLC route instead – it’s a really lackluster package, bargain. great deals with a premium price, and a Dynasty Warriors game you can feel comfortable enough to skip completely.

Touken Ranbu Warriors (Switch)Touken Ranbu Warriors (Switch)

Editor: Koei-Tecmo / Developer: Omega Strength

Release date: May 24, 2022 (UNITED STATES) / May 24, 2022 (UK/EU)

Touken Ranbu Warriors is a game best suited for players with little experience with the Dynasty Warriors series in general. If it’s intended to appeal primarily to fans of free-to-play games – with much lower expectations for action games – as a big part of Touken Danshi’s fan service, it’ll be a great addition to their collection. For players less versed in the world of Touken Ranbu, this is a much harder sell, offering a repetitive, rote gameplay loop that does little to quench your thirst for a gaming experience. more meaningful and scalable. This criticism could no doubt apply to everything Warriors games, sure, but where the biggest license-based games add to the formula, Touken Ranbu Warriors feels like distillation. In many ways and for some audiences, this is fine. The Dynasty Warriors machine produces a well-oiled, refined and polished product; the gaming equivalent of a Honda Civic. But even with a beloved product as reliable as this, there comes a time when it’s just time to adapt to the times.

Orochi Warriors 4 (Switch)Orochi Warriors 4 (Switch)

Editor: Koei-Tecmo / Developer: Omega Strength

Release date: October 16, 2018 (UNITED STATES) / October 19, 2018 (UK/EU)

It’s not for everyone, but Warriors Orochi 4’s countless hordes can be fun to wade through, despite the game feeling by the numbers in many ways. It’s simply Afterand while fans can forgive the bland presentation, we bet non-fans would have a much better time with the Zelda or Fire Emblem spin-offs – with the characters, settings and getup you know and like to help temper the monotony when you’re not quite “in the zone”.

Dynasty Warriors 8 Xtreme Legends Definitive Edition (Switch eShop)Dynasty Warriors 8 Xtreme Legends Definitive Edition (Switch eShop)

Editor: Koei-Tecmo / Developer: Koei-Tecmo

Release date: December 27, 2018 (UNITED STATES) / December 27, 2018 (UK/EU)

Although it might seem odd that in 2018 Omega Force chose to wear the then five-year-old Dynasty Warriors 8 more Dynasty Warriors 9, it was the right decision for Nintendo Switch owners. Not only was Dynasty Warriors 8 Xtreme Legends Definitive Edition the best version since Dynasty Warriors 5it’s come to the hybrid platform offering more stable performance than the versions that once graced the PS3 and Xbox 360. Even when its frame rate takes a hit when playing co-op, it’s a remarkably port sturdy with a obscene quantity of contents fresh out of the box.

Orochi Warriors 4 Ultimate (Switch)Orochi Warriors 4 Ultimate (Switch)

Editor: Koei-Tecmo / Developer: Omega Strength

Release date: February 14, 2020 (UNITED STATES) / February 14, 2020 (UK/EU)

Warriors Orochi 4 was a solid, albeit uninspired, Musou game, and this “Ultimate” edition fleshes things out with new characters and modes, significantly beefs up the story, and tweaks the core gameplay here and there. However, the additions that have been made sometimes seem like the least amount of effort. The new playable characters, while fun, are pretty much integrated without fanfare, the new weapons don’t even have unique skins, and Infinity Mode feels like a missed opportunity. Warriors Orochi 4 Ultimate is certainly an improvement over the vanilla version of the game – and absolutely the way to go if you’re keen but haven’t picked it up yet – but it’s also a rather disappointing little game that has quite a hefty price tag for loyal fans who want to upgrade from the base version.

Destiny/Extella Link (Switch)Destiny/Extella Link (Switch)

Editor: XSEED Games / Developer: Marvelous Inc.

Release date: March 19, 2019 (UNITED STATES) / March 22, 2019 (UK/EU)

The nature of the genre makes it quite difficult to make a Musou game Wrongbut it is also quite difficult to make one that is really right, providing an experience capable of rising above repetition and of relatively easy difficulty. Coming from Xseed and developer Marvelous (not Koei Tecmo and Omega Force), Fate/Extella Link manages to do just that, including all the trappings of a Musou release while sprinkling in a handful of fun, engaging, or creative changes. to the design and styling package to elevate this version a little above the competition (and certainly above its predecessor). If you’ve never been a fan of insane hack ‘n’ slash games, this is a great way to test whether this genre is for you. If you consider yourself a Musou nut, this is one of the best distillations of the concept we’ve ever seen.

Fate/Extella: The Umbral Star (Switch)Fate/Extella: The Umbral Star (Switch)

Editor: XSEED Games / Developer: Marvelous Inc.

Release date: July 25, 2017 (UNITED STATES) / July 21, 2017 (UK/EU)

A real treat for anime-action fans, Fate/EXTELLA is an adorably frenetic affair with a feeling all its own. Developer Marvelous has created engaging characters and an irresistible sense of style that draws you into its world, along with addictive, satisfying gameplay and excellent writing to keep things exciting throughout. It suffers from some common Musou-like ills, like minimal enemy variety and subpar AI, and it’s far from a technical showcase for the system, but if you’re looking for a slash-’em-up fun and fast – or to seriously complicate your relationship with one of Rome’s most infamous sons – Fate is a perfect choice.

Samurai Warriors 5 (Switch)Samurai Warriors 5 (Switch)

Editor: Koei-Tecmo / Developer: Koei-Tecmo

Release date: July 27, 2021 (UNITED STATES) / July 27, 2021 (UK/EU)

Samurai Warriors 5 takes the long-running franchise, gives it a wonderfully vibrant coat of paint, adds some great new combat mechanics, and fills its story mode with well-directed cutscenes, making for a sleek, stylish addition to the series that doesn’t sure to please fans and newcomers alike. Yes, it’s a bit of a fumble here and there – we don’t like its cranky system of leveling up your Dojo and your blacksmith, it sometimes limits your character choices in the campaign and this stripped down list will certainly annoy some – but Overall, what’s here is a nice addition to Switch’s lineup of Musou titles. It’s a fast and flashy hack and slash effort that looks and plays amazingly well and, more importantly, works almost flawlessly while doing it.