Review – Baten Kaitos I & II HD Remaster (Switch)

Experience the World of Baten Kaitos on Nintendo Switch

In recent news, a remaster of the beloved Baten Kaitos series has caught the attention of RPG fans. Developed by Monolith Soft, the same team behind the highly successful Xenoblade Chronicles series, these two RPG games have been given a high-definition makeover and are now available on the Nintendo Switch. While not widely known among RPG enthusiasts, Baten Kaitos has garnered a dedicated following and offers a unique gaming experience.

Embark on an Epic Journey

The first installment, Eternal Wings and the Lost Ocean, introduces players to the protagonist Kalas. Set in a village, Kalas seeks revenge against the Empire that has stolen everything from him, including his home and family. As players progress through the game, they will make choices that directly impact the story and the lives of the main characters.

One of the standout features of the Baten Kaitos remaster is its stunning visual quality on the Nintendo Switch. While the original GameCube release may not have showcased the game’s true potential, the remastered version boasts impressive graphics and smooth performance. Monolith Soft has once again demonstrated their expertise in creating visually striking games that run flawlessly on the Switch, despite its technological limitations compared to other consoles.

A Unique Card-Based Battle System

Baten Kaitos offers a refreshing twist to traditional RPG gameplay with its card-based battle system. In combat, players utilize offensive and defensive cards to engage their opponents. These cards come in various forms, including swords for offensive moves, helmets for defense, and even food items for healing. Additionally, players have the opportunity to capture memorable moments by taking photos of their enemies and selling them for in-game currency.

The turn-based battles in Baten Kaitos evolve as players progress. Stronger enemies and elemental affinities introduce a strategic element that revolves around deckbuilding. Adaptability and smart card selection become vital for success in combat.

Baten Kaitos Battle

While Baten Kaitos offers a unique and engaging gameplay experience, there are a few drawbacks to consider. Some conversations with NPCs feature unnecessary fading transitions that can slow down the pace of the game. Additionally, the game’s battle system occasionally pauses with a damage display, disrupting the flow of combat. However, the remastered version does include helpful features such as a speed boost mode and the option to disable enemy encounters or increase damage output.

Baten Kaitos Origins: Further Exploration

Baten Kaitos Origins, the second entry in the series, simplifies the card-based gameplay from its predecessor while introducing combo mechanics. Each character can perform combos based on the cards they use, gradually building a level meter. This meter allows players to unleash powerful spell cards. Although initially confusing, the card system in Baten Kaitos Origins becomes easier to grasp with practice, enabling players to create potent and unstoppable combos.

Both Baten Kaitos I and II offer captivating stories that deviate from traditional RPG tropes. For those who prefer a more streamlined experience, there are systems in place to breeze through the main narrative. However, I highly recommend immersing yourself in the unique battle system, as it adds a layer of depth and excitement to the gameplay. It’s worth noting that while the games lack an English voice dub, they still deliver an unforgettable experience.

This article contains a review based on a Nintendo Switch code provided by BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment.