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Top 15 best free Switch games

Top 15 best free Switch games

Sometimes you don't have the budget to buy them, so here are the best free Switch games

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Updated on May 12, 2022 - Added 5 more titles and the video for each one. Original Post by Jupiter Hadley, updated by PocketGamer staff.

Do you have a Nintendo Switch but don't have a lot of cash to spend? We've devised a list of the best free Switch games for you!

Looking for something new to play, but don’t want to commit to paying for something? Luckily for you, the Nintendo Switch store is full of free games that you can actually download and directly play, from the Nintendo eShop, right to your Nintendo Switch. There is an entire section of the store that has titles listed for free, completely free, but there might be too many for you to choose from.

So, we have taken the time to try out these free games for Switch and share the ones that we feel are well worth the limited space on your console!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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1
Apex Legends

There's no better title to kick off the list than a good ol' battle royale. Apex Legends is one of the titles that, if you love the genre, you'll probably end up playing for a very long time. It is pretty similar to Fortnite (which we're pretty sure you've heard of) but from a first-person perspective.

It's intense, fun, and highly competitive. You may not think that being on Switch makes it that popular, but boy would you be wrong. The console makes it even more enjoyable, and the first-person point of view only adds to the intensity. It's by far one of the best free Switch games you could get your hands on.

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2
Tetris 99

You've heard of Tetris, I've heard of Tetris. Tetris 99 is a kind-of-battle-royale stylised Tetris, where you are playing a game of Tetris that gets more challenging and quicker as time goes on. You are also playing against a bunch of other players and can attack them, picking your strategy and targeting those who you want to knock out or who are above you. It's an intense version of Tetris.

This fairly nostalgic epic is a must-play, especially if you want to try your skills against a bunch of other players. Of course, the more training you got, the better you'll do (goes without saying, right?). Also, it's worth noting that you do need a Nintendo Online subscription to play.

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3
Rocket League

Rocket League is a super popular Switch sports title that takes racing cars and mixes them with football - or soccer for our American friends. This creates an intense arena game that is super addictive. You can drive your car up the side of the arena, drive into the ball to slam it towards your opponent's net, and continue to boost and race around the arena!

You can play in teams of three, and the team with the most points wins. It's super intense, and it takes PvP to a whole new level. You wouldn't believe how addictive it could get once you get a taste of victory - we know that first-hand.

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4
Fortnite

Fortnite, though not available currently on the App Store, can be found for free on Nintendo Switch. If you've not heard of Fortnite, it's a battle royale where you and a bunch of people are all dropped onto an island, building and fighting it out until only one person survives.

You can find items to help you survive and explore the map, but make sure you are always watching your back and keeping a lookout for others! Along with Apex Legends, these two make some of the best free games on Switch, that should be in every player's collection. However, if you're not a fan of the action-shooter genre, you could take a look at some of the other titles on this list.

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5
Super Kirby Clash

Super Kirby Clash is a free-to-start title that builds on Team Kirby Clash Deluxe from the 3DS. This game is full of boss battles, where you and three of your friends can team up as your selected Kirby to take on bosses.

Defeating them one after another in hopes to make it further. Of course, on the downside, there is some stuff you might have to purchase down the line. However, that doesn't mean you can't enjoy the free parts as much as possible. It's adorable, it's fun, and it's everything you could ever dream of from the adorable alien.

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6
Brawlhalla

Brawlhalla is a fighting-based game, much like Super Smash Bros: Ultimate. There are loads of characters to choose from, weapons to learn and arenas to fight in. It has a ton of characters to try out, which provides a lot of content, and there is a big community as well. Brawlhalla is a more straightforward fighting title - easier for people to pick up and play. We just want to highlight the huge collection of characters you can play as. The ever-increasing number of heroes you can learn is astonishing, and with each carrying unique combos and skills, there's always more to be discovered.

Again, another highly competitive title, but we can't help it since it's one of the best free Switch games! We promise the next entry will be less-PvP-oriented! If you decide to try it out, use our Brawlhalla tier list to make your game extra pleasant.

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7
Pokemon Cafe ReMix

Here is one entry that will appeal to most Pokemon and casual game players alike. This relaxing puzzler makes for a charming entry that will lure you with a delicious cup of coffee and keep you with a collection of adorable Pokemon customers. It's got touch-based puzzles that can get quite challenging, not gonna lie, but that's only part of it. The other part is you growing your Pokemon-filled cafe and becoming one of the best cafe owners out there. Be warned though, this title is extremely addictive!

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8
Fallout Shelter

Fallout Shelter, a free-to-play Switch title that's also been released on mobile. It allows you to build vaults that will resist the toxicity of the world. You are able to build up an entire radiation-proof resort, with bedrooms, food, and electricity, that everyone will want to move to. There are quests, people to converse with, and a lot to manage. It does have in-app purchases, but you can basically ignore them and still enjoy the free game to the utmost extent.

It might not be your typical RPG action that we've all gotten used to from the Fallout franchise, but it's a much-welcome change that can be played on the go easily. Oh, and it could even be considered a good idler if you're looking for something a tad bit more passive.

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9
Warframe

Warframe is an action looter-shooter with beautiful graphics and a lot to unpack and understand. You'll be exploring, looting and battling on an alien planet, taking on other players and conversing with NPCs as you explore.

It's an impressive title and to be fair, it's quite shocking that the entire game is free-to-play. But don't get it wrong - we're not complaining. In fact, we're quite happy about it! You should definitely check it out because we're confident this open-world, high-quality action will keep you on your toes. And the fact that it's free only makes us enjoy it even more.

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10
EMERGENCY HQ

This strategy simulation is one of the best free Switch games you can currently get your hands on. It's an intense, fast-paced title where you can join forces with other players to aid in emergency situations - fires, accidents and whatnot. You can deploy various units to handle the situations at hand, and that's just the start of it.

You'll get to build, expand and train more units, and complete specialized missions. It's actually a lot better than it sounds here, and you should definitely check it out! However, you are going to need a Nintendo Switch Online subscription. But if you have it, EMERGENCY HQ is a must-have!

Don't forget to take a look at the best Switch simulation games while you are still around! Also, check out 2 more articles that we have for you!

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11
Pokemon UNITE

If you're a fan of MOBAs and Pokemon, then you really need to check out Pokemon UNITE - the one and only MOBA featuring some of your favourite characters from Pokemon. Each player will choose a role, then pick a character and use its skills to conquer more of the enemy territory and ultimately reach their base.

It's a lovely game to play with friends or to make new friends, and if you haven't had a chance to try it out yet, you should do it ASAP. We've also got a Pokemon UNITE tier list to help you get started!

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12
Super Animal Royale

If multiplayer online games are your bread and butter, Super Animal Royale is a battle royale type of game where your main characters are little fluffy and adorable animals. In a 2D setting, you will explore a massive map, and try to defeat anyone that comes your way - no matter their intentions. The goal is to be the last man (or in this case, critter) standing, and there should be nothing and nobody distracting you from that plan.

Super Animal Royale is one of the few battle royale PvP games that is as adorable as it is intense - there's not much bloodshed, at least not as much as in other BRs, but it surely is merciless! A true contender in our best free Switch games of 2022.

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13
Asphalt 9: Legends

Racing games that look cool and play as well as they look are rare, but the Asphalt series is no stranger to making a successful game. In Asphalt 9: Legends you will have the same lovely setup, but with several updates - new cars, new tracks, and new setups to help players delve into a genuine racing experience on Switch.

It is one of the best, most fun free games on Switch that you can try out right now - and if you're curious whether or not it's cross-platform, we got the answer for you.

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14
The Elder Scrolls: Blades

A lovely game that feels like it never quite gets outclassed, The Elder Scrolls: Blades is one masterpiece that everyone should play. It's a free game for Switch that will see you crawling through dungeons, fighting off enemy after enemy, and slowly working towards restoring your city. If you never played The Elder Scrolls, you need to give it a shot - Blades costs absolutely nothing, and the narrative and play style are some of the best in the series.

You can even play it across multiple platforms, as the game is cross-play - so, grab your friends and challenge them in the 1v1 PvP arena to show them who's the mightiest!

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15
World of Tanks: Blitz

Wrapping up our list of top 15 best free Switch games, we have one pick that is a favourite of many. World of Tanks: Blitz is the mobile version of World of Tanks, the battle royale game featuring all sorts of tanks. That might not sound like much, but gameplay is actually extremely fun and exciting, leaving no room for doubt.

Just like in many other PvP games, you have several game modes and more than enough characters (in this case, tanks) to choose from. Master a couple of them and your preferred role, and then start climbing the ranks of the leaderboards. The game is no stranger to events either, every week featuring something new and exciting.

We even have a list of codes for WoTB, so check that out too if you decide to give it a shot!

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