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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 favourite 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:

Dicey Dungeons (Switch eShop)

Dicey Dungeons (Switch eShop)Dicey Dungeons (Switch eShop)
Publisher: Distractionware / Developer: Distractionware
Release Date: 15th Dec 2020 (USA) / 15th Dec 2020 (UK/EU)

50% off - was $14.99, now $7.49 until Aug 4 2021

Terry Cavanagh's Dicey Dungeons is easily one of the best roguelike titles you can play on Switch. Loads of gameplay variety, fantastic music, a high skill ceiling and friendly visuals make this a thoroughly gripping and fun experience you won’t want to miss out on. If you like roguelikes or card games, we’d highly recommend you pick this up as soon as you can – and even if you don’t, we’d still encourage you to check it out regardless.

Danmaku Unlimited 3 (Switch eShop)

Danmaku Unlimited 3 (Switch eShop)Danmaku Unlimited 3 (Switch eShop)
Publisher: Doragon Entertainment / Developer: Doragon Entertainment
Release Date: 13th Mar 2018 (USA) / 13th Mar 2018 (UK/EU)

50% off - was $9.99, now $4.99 until Jul 28 2021

Danmaku Unlimited 3 is a brilliantly executed ‘best of’ bullet hell shmup ideas wrapped up into a phenomenal package. It is one of the very best shmups money can buy in the whole Switch game library. Even if you don’t particularity like shmups - or if Japanese bullet hells are not your particular favourite flavour within the genre - exposure to the insane lightshows provided by this game might just turn you into a die-hard fan. We can only fault one particular ‘glitch’: every other shmup on the system feels slow and dull in comparison.

Dragon Ball FighterZ (Switch)

Dragon Ball FighterZ (Switch)Dragon Ball FighterZ (Switch)
Publisher: Bandai Namco / Developer: Arc System Works
Release Date: 28th Sep 2018 (USA) / 28th Sep 2018 (UK/EU)

84% off - was $59.99, now $9.59 until Jul 30 2021

Dragon Ball FighterZ on the Switch is, simply put, the one of the best fighting games we've seen on the system. Arc System Works went the extra mile in capturing the essence of the source material and distilled it into an incredible brawler that has lost nothing in the transition to Nintendo's hybrid console. The stunning visuals, intense action and easy-to-master controls make FighterZ a game all fans of the genre should have in their library. If you only play this kind of game casually, it remains a must-own.

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Celeste (Switch eShop)

Celeste (Switch eShop)Celeste (Switch eShop)
Publisher: Matt Makes Games / Developer: Matt Makes Games
Release Date: 25th Jan 2018 (USA) / 25th Jan 2018 (UK/EU)

75% off - was $19.99, now $4.99 until Jul 28 2021

Celeste is an exemplary amalgamation of style, mechanics and character. A devilishly brilliant action platformer with enough skill required to excite genre purists and the speedrunning community, while at the same time featuring a breakdown of gameplay elements to customize and cater for all audiences. While the game mechanically is great, if familiar, the art style and narrative are truly special, showing both a visual and emotional range and depth that will resonate and inspire. Celeste is the absolute peak of personal exploration and discovery on Nintendo Switch.

Katamari Damacy REROLL (Switch eShop)

Katamari Damacy REROLL (Switch eShop)Katamari Damacy REROLL (Switch eShop)
Publisher: Bandai Namco / Developer: Bandai Namco
Release Date: 7th Dec 2018 (USA) / 7th Dec 2018 (UK/EU)

75% off - was $29.99, now $7.49 until Jul 30 2021

In a cynical era where nostalgia is pumped for all its worth with endless soulless remasters, Katamari Damacy Reroll serves up an engaging and rewarding game that hasn’t let any of its original charm or personality be lost in the transition from one platform to another. With support for gyro controls and multiplayer – not to mention a degree of performance that sees it run smoothly in both handheld and docked mode – this Switch edition is easily the best way to play it outside of blowing the dust off your old PS2.

Taiko no Tatsujin: Drum 'n' Fun! (Switch)

Taiko no Tatsujin: Drum 'n' Fun! (Switch)Taiko no Tatsujin: Drum 'n' Fun! (Switch)
Publisher: Bandai Namco / Developer: Bandai Namco
Release Date: 2nd Nov 2018 (USA) / 2nd Nov 2018 (UK/EU)

80% off - was $49.99, now $9.99 until Jul 30 2021

You’ll want to consider forking out for the taiko peripheral to see the Japanese drum-fun of Taiko no Tatsujin: Drum ‘n’ Fun! at its best, but Switch’s touchscreen makes this an easier recommendation than it would otherwise be. The motion controls should be avoided with extreme prejudice – they’re simply unworkable – and a few odd design decisions, not to mention an excess of loading screens, take the shine off what is a beautifully bold and bouncy game. Fortunately, the Party Game section helps shore things up, offering short bursts of multiplayer fun as a credible stopgap until a Rhythm Paradise arrives on Switch.

Wild Guns Reloaded (Switch)

Wild Guns Reloaded (Switch)Wild Guns Reloaded (Switch)
Publisher: Natsume / Developer: NATSUME ATARI
Release Date: 17th Apr 2018 (USA) / 17th Apr 2018 (UK/EU)

50% off - was $19.99, now $9.99 until Aug 4 2021

Wild Guns Reloaded sets a benchmark on how to bring back old Super Nintendo titles to the current generation of gamers. It not only manages to remain faithful to everything that made up the original such a stellar effort, but actually offers some worthwhile new content. With the continued absence of the Virtual Console service on Switch (and the rising costs of a complete-in-the-box original Super Nintendo versions of the game), it's fantastic to welcome one of Natsume’s finest games 'home'. Solid, memorable and fun arcade shooting action that will keep you coming back for more, even if only to see Bullet hovering about while grappled by his lethal drone.

Mark of the Ninja: Remastered (Switch eShop)

Mark of the Ninja: Remastered (Switch eShop)Mark of the Ninja: Remastered (Switch eShop)
Publisher: Klei Entertainment / Developer: Klei Entertainment
Release Date: 9th Oct 2018 (USA) / 9th Oct 2018 (UK/EU)

75% off - was $19.99, now $4.99 until Aug 12 2021

Mark of the Ninja: Remastered is an utterly stellar stealth game and it’s lost none of the magic that made the original such a critical darling. Strong art direction, an engaging story, well-paced open gameplay, and a slew of extra content all combine to make for a near-flawless experience that you certainly won’t want to miss out on. We’d give this game a high recommendation to all Switch owners; it’s the best stealth game money can buy in the Switch library, and one of the best ones in any console library.

Yoku's Island Express (Switch eShop)

Yoku's Island Express (Switch eShop)Yoku's Island Express (Switch eShop)
Publisher: Team 17 / Developer: Villa Gorilla
Release Date: 29th May 2018 (USA) / 29th May 2018 (UK/EU)

75% off - was $19.99, now $4.99 until Aug 12 2021

Yoku's Island Express is a genuine breath of fresh air, combining pinball and Metroidvania mechanics in a way that feels truly inspired. Add in a calming soundtrack and one of the most appealing fantasy worlds you'll find on the eShop, and you have yourself an instant left-field classic.

Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch (Switch)

Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch (Switch)Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch (Switch)
Publisher: Bandai Namco / Developer: Level-5
Release Date: 20th Sep 2019 (USA) / 20th Sep 2019 (UK/EU)

80% off - was $49.99, now $9.99 until Jul 30 2021

Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch is an experience unlike any other on the Switch, expertly blending standard RPG tropes with a heartwarming story, innovative art style, and an immersive soundtrack composed by some of the best in the business. In more ways than one, this is a ‘dream project’ that’s very existence is a gift to fans of the genre the world over. That said, it also notably falls short of being an undisputed masterpiece, as pacing issues and shoddy AI drag down an otherwise pitch perfect experience. Those issues aside, this still proves to be lightyears ahead of many other RPGs. If you consider yourself a fan of the genre – or even if you’re just looking to get your feet wet – you owe it to yourself to give Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch a shot.


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

Urban Flow (Switch eShop)

Urban Flow (Switch eShop)Urban Flow (Switch eShop)
Publisher: Baltoro Games / Developer: Baltoro Games
Release Date: 26th Jun 2020 (USA) / 26th Jun 2020 (UK/EU)

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

Urban Flow's title isn't a misnomer; the gameplay is as smooth as the graphics and once the pieces are in place you shouldn't have any trouble getting your head around its Zen-like trafffic-directing gameplay. Accessibility has been rather masterfully welded to a relatively complex, punishing task, here. We dare say it might be difficult to think of your own ventures out into the city centre the same way ever again. After all, Urban Flow will quickly make you an expert at directing traffic — if only real people would pay attention!

Dex (Switch eShop)

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

87% off - was $14.99, now $1.99 until Jun 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.


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!