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How to get Nintendo Switch games for free

How to get Nintendo Switch games for free
Jeremy Milliner

Jeremy Milliner

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Getting a new console is the first step on the glorious journey of adventure-seeking and happy gaming. Whether it’s Undertale, Breath of the Wild, Super Smash Bros, or Fortnite, the Nintendo Switch has a colorful array of titles and characters both new and familiar.

Unboxing a new Switch doesn’t mean you own any of those titles, however, and you’ve got to drop some more money on specific games before you’re able to hop in Splatoon 2 or Stardew Valley.

Or do you?

That's right. You can play Super Mario Bros 3 literally upon unboxing.
Everything in this picture is available on Switch for free.

It’s on the down-low, but there are actually 25 games and apps that you can get on the Switch completely for free. This guide will show you how to access these free items so you’ll have something to sink your teeth into while you’re waiting on that paycheck or researching which games are going to be your top priority. Here’s where you can find a bunch of free games on Switch in 5 easy steps:

How to get free games on Switch

1. Open the Nintendo eShop

As soon as you boot up your Switch you’ll be confronted with various icons on the dashboard: Signing in, adjusting settings, syncing controllers, etc. The one that you’ll want to click on is the Nintendo eShop, which is symbolized by a bag that looks like this:

From there you'll need to sign in
Click this symbol to be taken to the Nintendo eShop

2. Sign in

After you click the eShop button you’ll have to sign in. Put in your email and password, or if you don’t have an account yet, now’s a good time to make one. You can do so right here. The process should take less than five minutes.

3. Click ‘Search’

Once you’re looking at the huge variety of games and products on the Switch store it’s time to refine our hunt.

Did we mention that Minecraft plays really well on Switch too?
The left menu can also be used to redeem codes, see new releases, or keep within your price window

Click the ‘Search’ portal on the top left and it will offer a handful of common search filters.

4. Filter by price range

From the list of available filters, simply choose the one that says ‘Price Range.’

This is also a useful filter for keeping gaming within your budget.
Click the Search portal, then filter by price range

You’ll be transported to games divided by price range.

5. View free options

Scroll down to the bottom of the page and you’ll see the category for games (and apps!) that you can download for the fabulous price of $0.

Get them now before they think better of it!
There are over 20 items you can grab for 100% free.

Click ‘view more’ in order to get the full list. On it, you’ll see options such as:


Yep. You can get the YouTube app for free, just like on a desktop or mobile device.

Or snuggle in bed with the handheld Switch too.
Stream YouTube to your TV with the Switch!

Now you can stream videos right on your Switch!


Fortnite is free on desktop, console, and mobile, so why shouldn’t it be free on Switch too?

Stream it to your TV too!
The game plays really smoothly on Switch, too.

Download it now and you’ll be diving off the party bus before you know it.

Nintendo Entertainment System – Nintendo Switch Online

For the retro gamer, this is the best news about getting a Switch: You’ll immediately have access to dozens of old Nintendo games:

Donkey Kong, Ice Hockey, Yoshi, Balloon Fight, River City Ransom, Double Dragon, Dr. Mario, and a ton more. All for free!

Color Zen

One of our favorite games, Color Zen is a chill-out, zone-out game for de-stressing and relaxation.

Simply match the colors one by one and solve simple puzzles to unwind at the end of your day or pass the time. The Nintendo Switch’s touchscreen capabilities really shine in Color Zen, too.

And a lot more!

If those titles don’t grab your interest you can also get the original Zelda games, Warframe, Fallout Shelter, Pokemon Quest, Kitten Squad, Coloring Book, Brawlhalla … the list goes on. So enjoy your new gaming platform in style with the Nintendo Switch, and let us know in the comments below which free item is your personal favorite!

Jeremy Milliner

Jeremy Milliner

Jeremy is an avid gamer, writer, musician, and instructor. He has been teaching for over 15 years, with his primary focus on music, and has written all manner of gaming articles, reviews, FAQs, walkthroughs, strategy guides, and even the odd screenplay or two. He has run the gamut of tech reviews, game guides, lifestyle content, and more. His focus as a writer is to give fair feedback of products, highlighting their strengths and weaknesses in a clear, concise, and entertaining manner.

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