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Regular sales have become a welcome fixture on the Nintendo Switch eShop and there are huge numbers of cheap and discounted games available at any given time. With so much choice it can be tough to know 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 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 best cheap Switch games, we'll also highlight a ridiculously cheap eShop game or two (we're talking Switch games under $2 — apparently the lowest limit now permitted on the store) which may be worth investigating for a few cents, if only for a half hour or so.

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

The Best Cheap Games On The Nintendo Switch eShop

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

Forgotton Anne (Switch eShop)

Forgotton Anne (Switch eShop)Forgotton Anne (Switch eShop)
Publisher: Square Enix Collective / Developer: ThroughLine Games
Release Date: 9th Nov 2018 (USA) / 9th Nov 2018 (UK/EU)

60% off - was $19.99, now $7.99 until Feb 3 2021

Forgotton Anne is an evocative, artistic triumph that nails that feeling of a ‘living anime’. Sure, the puzzles are hardly mind-blowing, and some later sections may test your patience, but the beauty of the art and the gentle humour of the writing should carry you through these irritations. Animation buffs should dive in without reservation, and we’d recommend anyone with even the slightest interest check this out.

Octahedron: Transfixed Edition (Switch eShop)

Octahedron: Transfixed Edition (Switch eShop)Octahedron: Transfixed Edition (Switch eShop)
Publisher: Square Enix Collective / Developer: Demimonde
Release Date: 17th Jan 2019 (USA) / 17th Jan 2019 (UK/EU)

84% off - was $12.99, now $2.07 until Feb 3 2021

With the purity of its twitch platforming mechanics and the clever way developer Demimonde exploits user-generated platforms, Octahedron: Transfixed Edition certainly lives up to its new subtitle. The soundtrack alone is worth the price of admission – especially if you’re partial to some big EDM beats – and if you’ve ever enjoyed the likes of Downwell, Crypt of the NecroDancer or Celeste, this TRON-loving indie is likely to entrance you.

Blossom Tales: The Sleeping King (Switch eShop)

Blossom Tales: The Sleeping King (Switch eShop)Blossom Tales: The Sleeping King (Switch eShop)
Publisher: FDG Entertainment / Developer: Castle Pixel
Release Date: 21st Dec 2017 (USA) / 21st Dec 2017 (UK/EU)

50% off - was $14.99, now $7.49 until Feb 10 2021

Judging a game on its own merits is very important. However, when a title happens to borrow just about every aspect of its design from an iconic game series, it’s hard not to acknowledge. Thankfully in the case of Blossom Tales: The Sleeping King, the developer has intentionally crafted it with a sense of love and admiration of classic Zelda games which makes it far more than a mere clone. While it’s not as flawlessly executed as the series it draws inspiration from, it's still a heartfelt tribute to the earlier entries in Nintendo’s long-running series.

The Spectrum Retreat (Switch eShop)

The Spectrum Retreat (Switch eShop)The Spectrum Retreat (Switch eShop)
Publisher: Ripstone / Developer: Dan Smith Studios
Release Date: 13th Sep 2018 (USA) / 13th Sep 2018 (UK/EU)

50% off - was $12.99, now $6.49 until Jan 28 2021

The Spectrum Retreat is a valiant stab at a Portal-esque puzzler which largely pulls off what it sets out to achieve. It lacks the dynamite script and surgical timing of Valve’s masterpiece, but the test chambers (sorry, ‘authentication challenges’) withstand the comparison. If Gone Home’s pace is a touch too navel-gazing for your liking, we’d heartily recommend a trip to The Penrose Hotel.

Dex (Switch eShop)

Dex (Switch eShop)Dex (Switch eShop)
Publisher: QubicGames / Developer: Dreadlocks
Release Date: 24th Jul 2020 (USA) / 24th Jul 2020 (UK/EU)

70% off - was $19.99, now $5.99 until Jan 26 2021

Dex is a well-made game, packing all the features you'd expect from a cyberpunk adventure. If that sounds like damning it with faint praise, it isn't; there's passion here for its world, and while you'll find it familiar territory if you've ever seen a cyberpunk game before, it's always fun to get your hands dirty and dig into its seedy, nasty little world. Fans of both RPGs and Metroidvanias should find something to like here. A compelling little mash-up that takes a little time to reveal its charms, but definitely delivers if you've got the patience for it.


And with the growing trend of games plummeting to mere cents, here's our sub-$2 pick(s) for a super cheap game that's worth the memory space it takes up on your Switch...

RIVE: Ultimate Edition (Switch eShop)

RIVE: Ultimate Edition (Switch eShop)RIVE: Ultimate Edition (Switch eShop)
Publisher: Two Tribes / Developer: Two Tribes
Release Date: 17th Nov 2017 (USA) / 17th Nov 2017 (UK/EU)

87% off - was $14.99, now $1.99 until Jan 28 2021

RIVE is a fantastic addition to the Switch eShop and stands as an amazing twin-stick shooter. Incredible presentation, tight gameplay, high difficulty, and lots of replayability combine for an unforgettable experience that we would highly recommend you check out. Two Tribes outdid itself with its final game and although the company will be sadly missed, it couldn’t have gone out with more of a bang.


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!