Regular sales have become a welcome fixture on the Nintendo Switch eShop and there are huge numbers of cheap and discounted Switch games available at any given time. With so much choice it can be tough to know exactly is worth your hard-earned cash and precious time.
Never fear – Nintendo Life is here to help you sort the wheat from the chaff! Here we choose our Top 5 cheap Switch games in the Switch eShop sales so you can be sure you’re getting a great deal on a great game. In fact, there are so many great games under £10 this holiday season that we’ve doubled the list from five to ten.
What do we mean by ‘best cheap Switch games’ exactly? We’re thinking anything discounted to around £10/10€ or under (GBP and EUR prices will obviously differ and sometimes won’t reflect the same percentage discount). In addition to the best cheap Switch games, we’ll also highlight a ridiculously cheap eShop game or two — we’re talking Switch games under a quid — which may be worth investigating for a few pennies, if only for a half hour or so.
If you live in the US (or have a US Nintendo Account), you might want to check out our equivalent article on the best cheap games on the US eShop.
Publisher: 505 Games / Developer: Paul Helman
90% off – was £10.99 / 14,99€, now £1.09 / 1,49€ until 31st Dec 2020
Horace is something very special — the only vaguely negative thing we can say about it is the fact that there are so many spectacularly brilliant indie games on Switch already vying for your attention that we fear Horace may fall somewhat by the wayside. If you have any interest in superb level design, excellent storytelling, terrific art, evocative music, great characters, hilarious situations and emotional gut-punches, Horace is a no-brainer. It’s moving without being manipulative, clever without being smug, and nostalgic without being a lazy rehash. It’s a platformer, but it’s so much more than that.
So yes, Horace is another indie masterpiece, and every gamer who enjoys quality experiences should play it; a masterpiece that owes so much to its medium, but has the strength, creativity and identity to stand alone as something very, very special. Buy this.
Publisher: Annapurna Interactive / Developer: Buried Signal
70% off – was £11.99 / 14,99€, now £3.59 / 4,49€ until 6th Jan 2021
The Switch’s eShop is saturated with bucket loads of high-quality content. This is great in one way, of course, but stumbling across hidden gems within it will get tougher as time goes on. Gorogoa is one such gem; a puzzle game quite unlike any other that deserves your attention. It is a little on the short side, but the creativity that has been put into its design, and the effect it will have on you during your time exploring its gorgeous world, is something that you’ll want to experience. If you’re looking for something new to try, this would be an excellent choice.
50% off – was £17.99 / 19,99€, now £8.99 / 9,99€ until 31st Dec 2020
With its single table, often obtuse mechanics and sometimes brutal difficulty, Demon’s Tilt isn’t going to be to everybody’s tastes, but if you have even the slightest interest in pinball games then you really should check this out. While more tables would have been welcome and it’s a shame that some of the visual effects have been toned down on Switch, what we have here is a game of stunning depth and complexity which rewards methodical players who aren’t afraid to invest a lot of time learning all of the secrets and hidden tactics. The ability to play the game in portrait mode makes this Switch port even more appealing.
Publisher: Klei Entertainment / Developer: Klei Entertainment
75% off – was £17.99 / 19,99€, now £4.49 / 4,99€ until 31st Dec 2020
Mark of the Ninja: Remastered is an utterly stellar stealth game and it’s lost none of the magic that made the original such a critical darling. Strong art direction, an engaging story, well-paced open gameplay, and a slew of extra content all combine to make for a near-flawless experience that you certainly won’t want to miss out on. We’d give this game a high recommendation to all Switch owners; it’s the best stealth game money can buy in the Switch library, and one of the best ones in any console library.
Publisher: Cellar Door Games / Developer: Cellar Door Games
66% off – was £10.99 / 14,99€, now £3.73 / 5,09€ until 31st Dec 2020
Rogue Legacy is a simple take on the tried-and-true roguelike formula, but it executes what it sets out to do exceptionally well, making for an endlessly replayable and enjoyable action adventure that no fan of the genre will want to miss out on. A high difficulty level, funny writing, tight controls and rewarding RPG mechanics make this one an effortless recommendation; the design of the game makes it easy to play in short bursts or long sessions, which means it’s a great fit for the Switch. If you enjoyed Dead Cells, Castlevania, or any 2D sidescroller in that style, you’re almost certain to have a blast with this one.
Publisher: Team 17 / Developer: Villa Gorilla
75% off – was £15.99 / 19,99€, now £3.99 / 4,99€ until 6th Jan 2021
A regular fixture on this list, but one we’ll continue to pick until every last one of you has given it a try. Yoku’s Island Express is a genuine breath of fresh air, combining pinball and Metroidvania mechanics in a way that feels truly inspired. Add in a calming soundtrack and one of the most appealing fantasy worlds you’ll find on the eShop, and you have yourself an instant left-field classic.
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Publisher: Annapurna Interactive / Developer: Giant Sparrow
70% off – was £17.99 / 19,99€, now £5.39 / 5,99€ until 6th Jan 2021
What Remains of Edith Finch is a ‘Walking Simulator’ that doesn’t just tell an unforgettable story – it’s genuinely unforgettable. As tragic as its tale is, it always manages to entertain. As one section ends and as you fight back tears, you’ll always carry on, because the next story is as engrossing as the last. If you want a strong feature-length story that doesn’t waste a minute, Edith Finch is the one you need.
Publisher: Annapurna Interactive / Developer: Ben Esposito
Donut County is perfect if you’re looking for a short, relaxing, funny puzzle game. It’s an enjoyable experience that has just enough charm to justify its existence, and although some might find the relatively high price tag a tough pill to swallow for three hours max of content, it’s a tasty little treat of a game that you can devour in a single sitting. Short and sweet, indeed.
Publisher: Powerhoof / Developer: Powerhoof
70% off – was £12.99 / 14,99€, now £3.89 / 4,49€ until 31st Dec 2020
We really like Crawl, and we’d bet our collected stash of gold and wrath you will, too. A dungeon-crawling hack-and-slash affair, it’s great fun in single-player thanks to some aggressive AI that will hound you at every moment, but that consistent danger takes on a new lease of enjoyment when you and three of your friends are jostling for XP and that all important killing blow. Couchplay doesn’t get much better than this on Switch.
Publisher: Subset Games / Developer: Subset Games
50% off – was £11.39 / 14,99€, now £5.69 / 7,49€ until 5th Jan 2021
Into The Breach is a brutal, uncompromising game of making hard decisions and living with your mistakes, but the short length of battles and endless variety of playthroughs makes for an extremely addictive experience. Though the graphics are nothing special, the gameplay is some of the very best you’ll find in the strategy genre on Switch, and we can easily recommend this to anybody who’s looking for an in-depth game that’ll make you think. Into The Breach feels right at home on the Switch, and whether you play more at home or on the go, you’re more than likely to get plenty of value out of this release.
And with the growing trend of games plummeting to mere pennies, here’s our sub-£1 / 1€ pick(s) for a super cheap game that’s worth the memory space it takes up on your Switch…
Publisher: Curve Digital / Developer: Infinite State Games
90% off – was £9.99 / 12,99€, now £0.99 / 1,29€ until 31st Dec 2020
Rogue Aces is a stellar, fresh experience – even more so if you never played spiritual forerunner Wings of Fury – that landed on Switch eShop seemingly out of nowhere. It not only delivers an audio-visual treat, but also an overwhelmingly entertaining stimulation of the senses thanks to the frenetic aerial ballets you take part in. Easy to pickup but devilishly hard to walk away from, Rogue Aces demands just the right amount of arcade shmup skills and strategic planing with the odd lucky break when something just works out. All of this is complimented by some excellent humour in the form of audio quips from your Captain, the enemy Baron aces and the one-liners from ally pilots. Kick the tires and light the fires, fellow Switch pilots; this war won’t be winning itself with you sitting pretty on that carrier deck.
Publisher: Microids / Developer: Paul Cuisset
93% off – was £13.49 / 14,99€, now £0.90 / 1,00€ until 6th Jan 2021
Flashback on Switch is the definitive edition of a truly special science fiction platform/puzzle solving/shooting video game that already more than proved itself to be a 16-bit classic. If you were too young to play this the first time, this package will give you the best possible way to experience it with current hardware. For veteran gamers, Flashback has lost nothing of what made it special all those years ago. Pass the holocube, please.
Keep an eye on this page as we cycle in new bargains. If money’s no object, be sure to check out our list of the Best Nintendo Switch games, period. In the meantime, happy gaming!