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With so many games hitting the Nintendo Switch eShop each week, regular sales have become a welcome fixture on the Switch and there are huge numbers of cheap and discounted games available on the Switch eShop at any given time. With so much choice, though, it can be tough to know where to start and exactly what is worth your hard-earned cash and precious time.

Never fear - Nintendo Life is here to help you sort the wheat from the chaff! Here we will choose our Top 5 cheap Switch games in the Switch eShop sales so you can be sure you're getting a great deal on a great game.

What do we mean by 'best cheap Switch games'? We're thinking anything discounted to around $10 (or under). In addition to the top 5 best cheap Switch games, we'll also highlight any ridiculously cheap eShop games (we're talking Switch games under $1) which may be worth investigating for a few cents, if only for a half hour or so.

We'll update this page with new games and deals as and when they cycle in and out, so keep an eye on it.

So, let's have a look at the five best deals on the Switch eShop!

The Best Cheap Games On The Nintendo Switch eShop

Here's our pick of the top 5 best deals for cheap games on the Switch eShop right now:

Earthlock (Switch eShop)

Earthlock (Switch eShop)Earthlock (Switch eShop)
Publisher: SnowCastle Games / Developer: SnowCastle Games
Release Date: 8th Mar 2018 (USA) / 8th Mar 2018 (UK/EU)

80% off - was $29.90, now $5.98 until 29th Jan 2020

An indie adventure with a lush world, fun characters, and enjoyable battles, Earthlock brings the soul of PS1-era JRPGs to the Switch with excellent results. Inconsistent dialogue and notable load times are among its few missteps, but as a package, it captures the appeal of the epoch wonderfully. If you’re looking for a fresh-feeling JRPG that still calls back to the classics, this is a lovely choice.

Lovers in a Dangerous Spacetime (Switch eShop)

Lovers in a Dangerous Spacetime (Switch eShop)Lovers in a Dangerous Spacetime (Switch eShop)
Publisher: Asteroid Base Inc. / Developer: Asteroid Base Inc.
Release Date: 3rd Oct 2017 (USA) / 3rd Oct 2017 (UK/EU)

50% off - was $14.99, now $7.49 until 23rd Jan 2020

Lovers in a Dangerous Spacetime caught us by surprise; we were expecting a great multiplayer party experience but ended up with something much more than that. If you have a great bunch of friends and the necessary controllers, be sure to gather everyone round for some challenging but hilarious teamwork. If you don’t, or if you prefer playing alone, load the game up anyway and enjoy an intense, strategically-minded campaign with a warm and welcoming exterior. Lovers in a Dangerous Spacetime deserves to be played and should most definitely be on your eShop wishlist – we’re still in love, for sure.

Killer Queen Black (Switch)

Killer Queen Black (Switch)Killer Queen Black (Switch)
Publisher: Liquid Bit / Developer: Liquid Bit
Release Date: 11th Oct 2019 (USA) / 11th Oct 2019 (UK/EU)

50% off - was $19.99, now $9.99 until 5th Feb 2020

Killer Queen Black does for Nintendo Switch what TowerFall Ascension did for PS4, offering up a 2D multiplayer extravaganza that’s easy to pick up but devilishly tricky to master. The support for local multiplayer (through split Joy-Cons and/or wireless play) really sells this as a crazy couch play experience, while the inclusion of online play and a Spectate mode gives room for a potentially vibrant competitive scene. The learning curve is steep, and it's chaotic to track when playing on anything other than a massive TV, but it’s likely to become a cult mainstay for indie multiplayer aficionados.

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Gear.Club Unlimited (Switch)

Gear.Club Unlimited (Switch)Gear.Club Unlimited (Switch)
Publisher: Microids / Developer: Eden Games
Release Date: 21st Nov 2017 (USA) / 1st Dec 2017 (UK/EU)

80% off - was $44.99, now $8.99 until 5th Feb 2020

Gear.Club Unlimited is a highly entertaining racing game that sits firmly at the casual end of the realistic racer spectrum. It can be a thrillingly immediate experience, particularly on the go, where you can blast through one of its sweeping courses in just a minute or so. Switch owners hoping for a Gran Turismo or a Forza won't find something of that calibre here, and what was a commendably rounded console-like racer on mobile seems just a little bit lightweight on Switch, but it's still a fun racing experience.

Nidhogg 2 (Switch eShop)

Nidhogg 2 (Switch eShop)Nidhogg 2 (Switch eShop)
Publisher: Messhof / Developer: Messhof
Release Date: 22nd Nov 2018 (USA) / 22nd Nov 2018 (UK/EU)

55% off - was $14.99, now $6.74 until 29th Jan 2020

Nidhogg 2 is a prime example of how simplicity isn’t always a bad thing; this is a deliciously compelling couch multiplayer experience that’s both approachable and in-depth, potentially leading to dozens of hours of fun. The weak single-player offering and online lag are certainly low points, but the trippy visuals, chill soundtrack and frantic gameplay all combine to make this a recommendation for those of you looking for another great title for playing with friends; solo combatants may wish to exercise some caution, however. At this price it's certainly worth investigation.


And with the growing trend of games plummeting to mere cents, here's our sub-$1 pick for a super cheap game that's worth the memory space it takes up on your Switch...

Akane (Switch eShop)

Akane (Switch eShop)Akane (Switch eShop)
Publisher: QubicGames / Developer: Ludic Studios
Release Date: 17th May 2019 (USA) / 17th May 2019 (UK/EU)

80% off - was 4.99, now $0.99 until 6th Feb 2020

While Akane might not share the intricate levels and levelling up mechanics of Hyper Light Drifter, it balances out its lack of topographical variety with a simple yet challenging set of rolling objectives and an increasingly tough variety of enemies to slay. Death is constant in those first few hours, but persevere and you'll discover a hack 'n' slash survival game that rewards precision, position and quick-thinking. With a brilliant chiptune/synth soundtrack and an art style that wears its influences front and centre, Akane has plenty of charms for those willing to learn to wield its blades – even if it does become slightly samey over time.


Keep an eye on this page as we update it removing old deals and cycling in new bargains. If money's no object, be sure to check out our list of the Best Nintendo Switch games, period. Happy gaming!