The Best Free Games On The Nintendo eShop
By Marie Pritchard
Published 1 day ago
The Nintendo eShop is filled with free-to-play games, but which ones are the best?
There is a saying that goes ”The best things in life are free” and recently that has been the case with games on the Nintendo eShop for the Switch. There are numerous titles that you can download and play for free! From puzzle-solving games to intense battle royales, there’s something to suit everyone’s taste.?Even though Apex Legends and Fortnite are free games, they didn’t make this list as everyone knows about them.?
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It’s important to remember though that many of these games have options for micro-transactions. Also, there are a few titles that only let you access certain levels, modes, or parts of the story for free. However, that being said, there are some that are definitely still worth checking out.
Important: None of the games shown here require the Nintendo Online Membership.
If you want a simple but fun and relaxing thing to do on your Switch then the Coloring Book game is for you. When you download it, you will get 12 pages to color for free but if you want more then you will need to purchase them separately. You even get a surprise appearance from the Om Nom from Cut The Rope as one of the pages.
When you color a page you can choose to do it as an individual drawing or as part of a larger image. The latter would put six of your coloring pages together into one larger image. In the free part of the game, this would be the jungle-themed image. The color palette is varied which gives you a good choice overall and there are several brushes that you can use too.
Fallout Shelter isn’t a unique game to the Switch but it is one of the best free ones. Taken from the classic Bethesda franchise, Fallout Shelter puts you in charge of your very own Vault. You need to build the Vault from scratch and house survivors within it. You are known as the Overseer (posh term for you’re in charge). It became so popular it’s now a board game.
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You will need to make sure your vault-dwellers have enough food and water. You will build living quarters for them as well as a lot of specialized rooms. Where the dwellers work is up to you, so you need to read their profiles to figure out where would be the best place in your Vault to assign them. You can even send them out on missions into the Wasteland and sometimes they can bring back valuable materials. It’s a brilliant extension to the Fallout franchise.
Color Zen is an extremely relaxing color-matching puzzle game. The aim of the game is to match two of the same color together in order to fill the screen with that color. You only get to fill the screen with a color once, so once you use blue you cannot use it again.
Your goal is to end the puzzle by filling the canvas with the color shown around the border of your screen once you have no other shades left. Color Zen requires just the right amount of thought to?keep your attention but not so much that it feels tedious after a while. If you’re in need of a calming game, this is it.
Ever wanted to be a hero and rescue mistreated, trapped animals? Well now you can if you join the Kitten Squad! There are many quests to undertake in this game and for all of them, you will become a kick-butt feline. You will need to battle your way through fierce robots and evil enemies if you want to save innocent animals.
The gameplay is surprisingly challenging and the enemies that you face in the levels are constantly changing. This means that you rarely battle the same enemy twice in a row so the rotation keeps the game feeling fresh. The game also provides valuable education on the mistreatment of animals and how cruel some people can be to them.
1…2…3…DODGEBALL! Knockout City brings the classic school game to the digital gaming world with style. In this action-packed game, you get to run across a stylized city and take part in an intense battle. You get all the joy of dodgeball without the pain of having a rubber sphere smack you in the face.
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Your free trial of?Knockout City ends when you reach level 25, however, it’s a good taster of a great game. You can play with friends too or against complete strangers. One of the most amusing features of Knockout City is that if you lose your ball, you can just become the ball and let your teammates throw you around instead!
The golden age of racing games came with simple tracks that relied on your skill as a gamer and well-known cars. Asphalt 9: Legends brings everything good about classic racing games to the Switch. You have a career mode where you can speed around tracks across the world to become the best.
While there are micro-transactions in this game, they are done through in-game currency which you can earn by completing tasks. It’s a whole game in itself for free but you can purchase extra expansion packs for different cars or blueprints to unlock the cars. If you’re into the old-school racing games then this should be right up your alley.
Pokemon quest has a basic premise. In the game, you get to battle your Pokemon against other ones out in the wild. At base camp, you can cook up recipes with items you have collected from the battles and use these recipes to lure in wild Pokemon. Once they are at your camp, you can collect them as your own. The design of the games makes the world look like pixels so it has a retro feel to it.
You can take three Pokemon out on quests with you and you can change your team line-up anytime whilst at base camp. For more experienced Pokemon players, it can be an easy process to form a powerful team. For newer players, it can be tricky but luckily trial and error with battling with different line-ups will still earn you valuable XP points!
This is a free-to-play battle royale game from the Bomberman series. In this game, you get to compete against other people from across the world to become the ultimate bomber. You are stuck in a small maze with other players and need to strategically place your bombs to defeat them.
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However, your bombs can hurt you too so you need to be careful that you don’t blow yourself up. There are also numerous powerups and special weapons that you can pick up in-game that make the battle even more chaotic. You can even customize your Bomber character to make them look as cute or as cool as you want.
Rogue Company is an intense third-person?shooter game. In the game, you are put into a team of four with your friends (or total strangers) and you have to go up against another group to complete a challenge. What challenges you need to complete depends on which mode you play. Either way, you will win the mode by eliminating the opposing team.
To win in?Demolition Mode, you need to secure a bomb and set it off at one of the two given points on the map. The other team can disarm your bomb once it is active. The rounds?will go on until there is a clear winner. At the start of each round, you are reset to the dropship and here you can purchase upgrades for your weapons using in-game currency. For people who play a lot of PvP games then this one is definitely worth a try.
Ninjala is a multiplayer game that is complete chaos but extremely fun. One of the best things about the game is that before you can do anything, you need to go through the training. This might seem a bit tedious but it’s really important as the game has a lot of tips and tricks that can help you win the fights.
You get to create your own little ninja character and thrust them into battle against other players across the world. There are no other words to describe this game apart from organized chaos. You are permitted to hit each other with large weapons and to fly around the course using your unique powers. You can beat up other players to gain points or destroy the prompted items. Ultimately, your goal is to come first when the time runs out to become?a master Ninja!
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Marie has been gaming since she was 4. Ever since her first Spyro game she has been hooked on platformers, RPG’s, adventure games, and even retro gaming!
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