After spending so much money buying a Nintendo Switch, you probably don’t have enough money to buy all the games you want.
Fortunately, the Nintendo eShop has a solution: free-to-play games. There are many great games that you can download and start playing without spending a single cent.
If you don’t know where to start, here are some of the best free-to-play games you can get on your Nintendo Switch.
It’s been coming for a while, but in 2022 we finally got to see Fall Guys on Nintendo Switch for the first time. The good news is that when the game finally came out, it became a free-to-play game. Did that make it worth the wait? That’s probably up to you to decide.
What is true is that this game is still crazy, charming and fun to play. You control your own Fall Guy, which you can customize with different skins, accessories and emotes. There are also many different games that you can play alone, with random players, or with friends and family. The main goal is to beat as many minigames as possible and earn experience, Kudos (the in-game currency of this game) or Crowns.
While Fall Guys may feel repetitive if you play it for too long, it’s still a fun game to play in your spare time or when you want to play something that doesn’t require a lot of skill.
If you like Pokémon, puzzles and free games, you will definitely love Pokémon Café ReMix. Formerly known as Pokémon Café Mix, this game lets you manage your own café and serve food and drinks to the Pokémon that visit you.
The gameplay is quite simple: you mainly have to serve your customers and bring them the dishes they want. You make these dishes by solving puzzles and using the right ingredients. If a Pokémon likes your services and your cafe, they may even start working for you.
Admittedly, this game may not be for you if you are more of a competitive player. But if you want a different Pokémon experience and have a nice relaxing time, you should definitely try it. After all, the game is free to download on your Nintendo Switch and you can also play it on your smartphone.
You’ve probably heard of Yu-Gi-Oh! before, but did you know there is a game that you can play on your console for free? Master Duel brings everything Yu-Gi-Oh! fun and competitive for the Nintendo Switch.
Like regular Yu-Gi-Oh!, Master Duel lets you create your own deck using many cards from the trading deck. You can then use your deck against players around the world to reach different ranks. Or you can take your deck to Solo mode where you play against the computer and earn lots of rewards.
While the game is a lot of fun, it’s worth noting that you can’t access all of these cards from the get-go. As with many other trading card games, you have to pay for the chance to unlock multiple cards. In addition, some of the most competitive card games require two or even three copies of the same card, which may be a bit difficult and expensive for most of us.
So even though the game is free, microtransactions can ruin your experience. The good news is that once you start, the game will give you a large number of gems, so you should be able to build a really good deck without spending a dime.
Who ever said that Tetris and Battle Royale games don’t mix well? Tetris 99 is an online version of the classic Tetris games. In it you compete against up to 98 other players.
The gameplay is the same as regular Tetris, so your goal is to clear your board as much as possible by lining up your tiles in rows to make them disappear. One of the main differences is that you can send “garbage” to other players to eliminate them. That is of course easier said than done.
Surprisingly, the competitive aspect of Tetris 99 makes the game a really fun experience. Plus, winning a game feels much more satisfying.
It’s worth noting that while Tetris 99 is technically free, you’ll need a Nintendo Switch Online subscription to play it. If you are already subscribed then this game is worth checking out.
Fortnite is a game that needs no introduction right now. This game has become so popular that it has even partnered with other popular names in the entertainment industry such as Ariana Grande, Marvel and Dragon Ball.
Fortnite is one of the biggest online multiplayer and battle royale games available, and one of the reasons is that the game is completely free to play.
You can buy everything from skins to emotes and battle passes with the in-game currency, V-Bucks, which you can get by playing or with real money, but you don’t need that to play the game and have some fun.
Fallout Shelter is a Fallout game like you’ve never seen before. Instead of exploring the wasteland using only your skills and weapons, you are responsible for managing a vault and keeping the people inside happy (and alive).
Each person, or resident, has different stats to help you keep your safe working properly. Depending on their SPECIAL stats, the inhabitants can help you produce water, energy or entertainment. And, of course, since you’re still living in a post-apocalyptic world, some of the inhabitants are really good at fighting, which is great if you have to deal with plagues every now and then.
Fallout Shelter is not an action packed game, but if you like management simulators and want to explore the wasteland, keep residents alive and expand your vault into a fully operational facility then this game is fun and you will keep playing on your Nintendo Switch or smart phone.
If you don’t want to run a cafe for Pokémon, you can always try having them fight in an arena. Pokémon Unite is an interesting multiplayer game in which you control a Pokémon and fight against other players online.
The game mechanics are very similar to games like League of Legends, so you probably already know if this game is for you or not. You enter an arena with four other players and start fighting against another team.
The battle system is completely different from the main Pokémon games, so don’t expect your fire-type Pokémon to be super-effective against your opponent’s water-type Pokémon. Instead, you have to rely on your skills and special moves to defeat the opponent.
Pokémon Unite is one of the best MOBA games you can play today. You will have a great time if you are a fan of the Pokémon franchise.
Have fun without spending money
These days it’s pretty easy to play really cool video games without spending a dime, and the Nintendo Switch is no exception. You can try any of these games and see which one you like. Of course, you should always be careful with microtransactions because that’s how free-to-play games make money.