Start Playing The Best Free Games On Switch

Let’s see immediately which games we can try on the Nintendo Switch for free, without subscriptions and without buying cartridges

We bought a Nintendo Switch, and, immediately after taking it out of the box, we couldn’t wait to play with it and have some healthy hours of fun. Unless you bought one Nintendo Switch with a bundle we won’t have any games integrated into the console to start playing right away, thus making the first experience on the Switch quite empty”.

In the following guide, we will show you how to start playing free games on the Switch right away, downloadable directly from the store integrated within the console. The only requirement is to have a Nintendo Account, which we can create directly from the console or from a PC since this is the official site.


1) Best free Switch games

In the list below, we have collected the best games that you can download for free on the Nintendo Switch, so you can start playing right away without spending a penny:

  • Fortnite: popular free online shooter game with very nice graphics, very rich multiplayer mode and integrated voice chat. Unfortunately it is necessary to create a new account: at present it is impossible to transfer existing accounts to Android or PC.
  • Warframes: Free-to-play third-person shooter set in space. Great for those who like adventure and online games based on cooperative campaigns, so they can immediately start playing with friends or with other available online users.
  • Super Kirby Clash: an excellent multiplayer action RPG in which to grow our Kirby as a warrior, also taking advantage of various types of classes. The game can also be played offline against computer opponents.
  • Paladins: another valid multiplayer shooter in which to grow our character with shots of defeated enemies, upgrading skills and weapons up to the highest combat classes (with greater rewards).
  • Brawlhalla: online fighting game with a huge variety of characters in cartoon graphics. It can quickly become a great pastime thanks to the simple controls and instant access to the most furious attacks.
  • Arena of Valor: multiplayer online game with various combat modes. Indeed, we can participate in 5v5, 3v3 and classic head-to-head (1v1) fights.
  • Pokémon Cafe ReMix: very fun Pokémon-themed game in which we will have to satisfy the culinary requests of the cute little monsters by solving puzzles and riddles on the ingredients to use.
  • Rocket League: multiplayer game in which we will have to play football (but also basketball) using small cars equipped with turbos and capable of “flying” throughout the arena. Probably one of the most fun to try on the Switch.
  • World of Tanks Blitz: multiplayer online game in which we will have to win wars by choosing the best tanks available around. Unprecedented and very entertaining.
  • Pokémon Unite: another Pokémon game but in this one we will have to fight in online multiplayer arenas, trying to accumulate as many points as possible in 10 minutes.
  • SMITE: online multiplayer fighting game in which we can impersonate more than 100 gods from human mythology. Frantic fights and spectacular attack moves await you in a well-curated and entertaining game.
  • Fallout Shelter: simulation game in which we will have to manage a post-atomic bunker, satisfying the needs of all the survivors and protecting the entrance from invaders and monsters.
  • TETRIS 99: a dive into the past, in the most beautiful and fun game that we can still try on Switch. We combine the blocks in the right order to eliminate the wall and move forward, facing levels that are increasingly difficult to solve.

All of these games can be downloaded to the Nintendo Switch by launching the console, opening the Nintendo eShop, and typing the name of the game we want to download.

To find more free games playable on the Switch, we can check out the free games list (unlimited) and the demo games list (with limited levels or time limits).

2) Games included in Nintendo Switch Online

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By subscribing to a Nintendo Switch Online subscription we can access another list of classic games for the NES and Super NES, a collection of games that have shaped the history of Nintendo consoles and that can be played without limits on the portable console.

The subscription is free to try for 7 days with no obligation to renew; only if we want to continue beyond 7 days will we have to enter a valid payment method (PayPal is also fine for this type of subscription).

The games included in Nintendo Online vary according to the type of subscription chosen.

  • Nintendo Switch Online Membership: access to NES game list and to SNES games listoptimized for Nintendo Switch.
  • Nintendo Switch Online Membership + Add-on Pack: in addition to the games included in the standard subscription, we also find Nintendo 64 games, Sega Mega Drive games and access to preview games.

The cost of the Standard subscription is €19.99 for 12 months, although it is possible to choose more orthodox subscriptions (3 months for €7.99 and 1 month for €3.99); for the subscription with additional packages, the only option is the annual subscription for €39.99.

Those who have more than one Switch can also use the family subscriptions, which allow you to connect up to eight accounts within the same subscription (starting at €34.99 per year).


Who said that to play on the Nintendo Switch, you necessarily have to pay for a subscription? In the store integrated within the console, over 70 free games are available, all of which can be downloaded without limit into the console’s memory immediately after creating a Nintendo Account.

Those who want to play the old Nintendo glories can try the Nintendo Switch Online membership free for 7 daysso you can further expand your free play possibilities without spending a single euro.

To learn more, you can read our guides for playing old Nintendo, SNES, and Sega Megadrive games online, both original and free, and for how to play Mario Kart on Android and iPhone.


Professional writer with a passion for technology and all things related to personal computing. With years of experience in the field, William has honed his craft as an expert in writing about how to use PCs, laptops, mobile devices, and staying up-to-date with technological updates.

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