The game was built on the same principles as the previous entries in the series. It takes place in a fantasy world and it focuses on turn-based combat. During the battles, the players command a small squad of characters selected from a large gallery of warriors that can be recruited during the campaign. Each warrior features unique traits and skills that can be additionally improved with experience points gathered while fighting.
Fire Emblem Switch features advanced tactical combat system. Winning requires the player to select proper units for battles and to take advantage of their talents. Taking advantage of the shape of the terrain and of the surroundings is important as well.