These are the best free Nintendo Switch games available

Your one-stop shop for a round-up of the best free games available on Nintendo Switch.
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As a lot of gamers are focused on the next-gen showdown between PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X, there are also rumblings that Nintendo is finally going to dip its toes in the high-fidelity waters with a 4K switch.

While that’s just a rumour at this stage, should it prove true, it’s likely a 4K-capable Switch upgrade won’t be cheap, at least not compared to current Switch models. The good news is there’s money to be saved whether you’re waiting for this rumour to prove true or already own a Switch. Read on for where to find free games for the Switch.

Best free Nintendo Switch games

Unlike the If you want the best free Nintendo Switch games, you’ve got these three options:

  • Nintendo eShop free-to-play games
  • Nintendo eShop demos
  • Nintendo Switch Online subscription

Best Nintendo eShop free-to-play games

There are scores of free-to-play games you can download and play today. Fire up the Nintendo eShop to find our pick (and more) of the top 10 free-to-play games on Nintendo Switch:

  • Tetris 99
  • Super Kirby Clash
  • Pokémon Quest
  • Pinball FX3
  • Fortnite
  • Brawlhalla
  • Warframe
  • Kitten Squad
  • Paladins
  • Dauntless
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Best paid Switch games

Exhausted all the Nintendo eShop’s free titles? We’ve sorted the treasure from the trash and rounded up the best Switch games across seven categories: multiplayer, open-world, RPG, FPS, platformer, relaxing and fitness.

Best free Nintendo Switch demos

At the time of writing, there were close to 400 Switch games with free downloadable demos. Head to the Nintendo eShop to check out our pick of the top 10 free Nintendo Switch demos playable today:

    • Pokémon Mystery: Rescue Team DX
    • Yoshi’s Crafted World
    • Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker
    • Pokkén Tournament DX
    • Arms
    • Moving Out
    • Hidden in Plain Sight
    • SpeedRunners
    • Yooka-Laylee and the Impossible Lair
    • Ori and the Blind Forest: Definitive Edition


Best free Nintendo Switch Online games

As with the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, you need to pay for an online subscription to play multiplayer on Nintendo Switch. Called ‘Nintendo Switch Online’, the multiplayer subscription service also includes access to an expanding list of free downloadable Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) and Super Nintendo Entertainment System (SNES) games.

At the time of writing, there were 54 NES and SNES games that are free to download and play as part of the Nintendo Switch Online subscription.

Best free Nintendo Switch Online NES games

Here’s our pick of the top 10 free NES games that come with a Nintendo Switch Online:

    • Double Dragon
    • Donkey Kong
    • The Legend of Zelda
    • Super Mario Bros. 3
    • Yoshi
    • Metroid
    • Kirby’s Adventure
    • Punch-Out!! Featuring Mr. Dream
    • Kid Icarus
    • Clu Clu Land


Best free Nintendo Switch Online SNES games

And here’s our pick of the top 10 free SNES games that come with a Nintendo Switch Online subscription:

  • Pilotwings
  • Super Tennis
  • Super Mario Kart
  • Kirby’s Dream Land 3
  • The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past
  • Super Metroid
  • Star Fox
  • F-ZERO
  • Super Punch-Out!!
  • Donkey Kong Country

Free games for other platforms

If you’ve somehow found yourself on this best free Switch games page in the hopes of finding free games for other platforms, we have pages for those: