The growing trend of free-to-play games has well and truly hit the Nintendo Switch with some of today’s most popular titles following this model, such as Fortnite. We here at TBG like to make things simple for you so here’s a quick recap of everything that is currently available for free on the eShop.
Many, if not all, will contain in-app purchases of some sort whether it’s in the form of a season pass for new content or purely cosmetic items, either way, it is something to consider – especially with trigger happy young ones involved. Additionally, some are online multiplayer titles so will now need a valid Nintendo Online Subscription.
Arena of Valor
Explore and command a roster of over 35 fearless heroes, with roles including Tanks, Assassins, Mages, Support, Warriors, and Marksmen. Build the ultimate team with your friends to crush your opponents in real-time online battles!
Download: Arena of Valor
Brawlhalla is an epic free-to-play platform fighting game. Join casual free-for-alls, queue for ranked matches, or make a custom room with your friends. Millions of players. Frequent updates. Over thirty unique characters. Come fight for glory in the halls of Valhalla!
Color Zen is a new kind of puzzle game. With simple, intuitive controls, the game invites you to relax and immerse yourself. There are no points or penalties for failure; just an abstract world of color to move through at your own pace. So put on your headphones and find your way, with Color Zen.
Download: Color Zen
Dawn of the Breakers
Defeat the impending menace, the mysterious Ghouls! Utilize new abilities with each transformation of your Heroes! Discover the fate that awaits a young man afflicted with amnesia… Embark on an unpredictable journey in the fully realized Story Mode! Play with friends in co-op, or compete against them for glory in the Arena*! Form a team with 6 Heroes, and terminate the Ghoul threat with explosive techniques!
Download: Dawn of the Breakers
Fallout Shelter puts you in control of a state-of-the-art underground Vault from Vault-Tec. Build the perfect Vault, keep your Dwellers happy, and protect them from the dangers of the Wasteland.
Vault-Tec has provided the tools, but the rest is up to you. What are you waiting for? Get started building your Vault today for FREE.
Download: Fallout Shelter
Season 7 – Available now!
Jump in to be the last one standing in the free 100-player Battle Royale. Build huge forts. Outwit your opponents. Earn your victory. Squad up together online with friends in the same room or around the world!
A global cosplay battle! GetAmped, the global 3D action game with over 30 million users worldwide, is now on Nintendo Switch!
Take to the 3D stages, equip styles like Ninja, Superman, Esper and more. Combine weapons, styles and accessories in hundreds of ways to blow your opponent’s away! And with the “Skin” feature, customize your appearance however you want as you battle it out!
Download: GetAmped Mobile
GALAK-Z: Variant S
GALAK-Z: Variant S is a brand new, one-of-a-kind, space-shooting action-RPG that is specially crafted to take advantage of all of the unique features of the Nintendo Switch.
Experience stunning space combat from the cockpit of a sleek spaceship or a giant Mech! Battle space pirates, squish giant bugs, challenge Dark Bot bosses, and crush the evil Baron’s army of nasty Imperial troops through more than a hundred endlessly replayable missions in a full-scale story campaign. Fight against player-created squads in the Bot Battle League and earn Trophies to reap better rewards. Collect upgrades, salvage, relics, and Bots to make your spaceship and Mech even stronger, and fight to become the highest ranked pilot in the galaxy!
Download: GALAK-Z: Variant S
Kittens killing robots (for a good cause)!
Sadistic robots have enslaved orcas at SeaLand Marine Park. The evil Sheep Puncher robot has kidnapped sheep for the twisted wool industry. Only the Kitten Squad is up to the task of saving these gentle animals. Players must guide the Kitten Squad, armed with weaponry ranging from carrot rocket launchers to yarn ball guns, on missions to defeat the evil robots and free the animals in this action game brought to you by PETA.
Download: Kitten Squad
Epic battles await: Take the role of a powerful magic hero and play the multi-award winning Trading Card Game, now on Nintendo Switch.
With hundreds of cards available, each deck is unique and represents your personal play-style. Collect and trade cards to become the ultimate hero of Tantos. It’s up to you to decide the future of Tantos! Start your legend today!
Japanese-style MMO action RPG traveling in Japan!
In a Japan filled with spirits and monsters, ages ago, the land itself was rocked by chaos. From the depths rose the terrible Kamikui who carved a path of destruction through all.
Play alongside famous figures from history and myth like Shizuka Gozen, Miyamoto Musashi, and many others to battle the mysterious Kamikui!
Travel through Japan using your skills and weapons to conquer your foes! Utilize the MMORPG features to play alongside other party members!
PAC-MAN VS. Free Multiplayer-only Ver.
PAC-MAN™ VS. (Free Multiplayer-only Ver.) is a free download from Nintendo eShop which allows you to play PAC-MAN™ VS. with another player who owns NAMCO MUSEUM™ for Nintendo Switch.
Become Pac-Man or a ghost and challenge up to three other players in classic gameplay with a multiplayer twist!
Download: PAC-MAN VS. Free Multiplayer-only Ver.
Join 25+ million players in Paladins, the free-to-play fantasy team-based shooter sensation. Wield guns and magic as a legendary Champion of the Realm, customizing your core set of abilities to play exactly how you want to play.
Pinball FX3 is the biggest, most community focused pinball game ever created. Multiplayer matchups, user generated tournaments and league play create endless opportunity for pinball competition.
Pinball FX3 is home to the most exciting pinball library, with tables based on the biggest brands in entertainment including Aliens™, Family Guy, TellTale’s The Walking Dead, Portal® and more!
Download: Pinball FX3
Tumblecube Island is the setting for Pokémon Quest, a rambunctious action RPG created by GAME FREAK inc., the developer of many of your favourite Pokémon titles.
With so many Pokémon to befriend and treasures to discover, Pokémon Quest is sure to delight Pokémon fans everywhere!
Download: Pokemon Quest
Enter the Battleground of the Gods!
Join over 25 million SMITE players! SMITE is the multiplayer online battle arena that puts the power of the Gods in your hands. With an ever-expanding roster, new events, variety of skins, and biweekly updates, there is always something new and exciting in the Battleground of the Gods!
Stern Pinball Arcade
Stern Pinball Arcade is the most realistic and accurate pinball game ever created!
Stern Pinball Inc® has created many of the all-time greatest pinball tables. They are the most experienced and largest producer of real pinball machines in business today!
Download: Stern Pinball Arcade
A blockbuster battle royale!
99 players…but only one will remain! TETRIS® 99 is the iconic puzzle game as you’ve never seen it before. Can you pick the right strategy to best 98 other players online – all at the same time?!
Download: Tetris 99
The Pinball Arcade
Pinball Arcade is the most realistic and comprehensive pinball simulation ever created!
Play digital versions of over 90 real pinball tables including Ghostbusters™ Premium, The Addams Family®, Star Trek: The Next Generation™, Terminator 2: Judgement Day®, Doctor Who, Twilight Zone™, Creature from the Black Lagoon™, and Medieval Madness™!
Download: The Pinball Arcade
CHOOSE YOUR WARFRAME
With more than 30 Warframes, each fully customizable with their own unique abilities, you can create the perfect Warframe for you.
Zaccaria was founded by three brothers (Marino, Franco, & Natale) and was the 3rd largest manufacturer of pinball machines in the world (behind Bally & Williams). They had created and produced more than 35 different pinball machines between 1974 and 1987.
Download: Zaccaria Pinball
Nintendo Switch Essentials:
Well, that’s your lot for now, we hope you find something different to play! Be sure to check back as we will update every time a new free-to-play title is added to the evergrowing catalogue of titles on the eShop.