USeShop

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:

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)

50% off - was $19.99, now $6.79 until 16th Feb 2020

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.

Please note that some links on this page are affiliate links, which means if you click them and make a purchase we may receive a small percentage of the sale. Please read our FTC Disclosure for more information.

Child of Light: Ultimate Edition (Switch eShop)

Child of Light: Ultimate Edition (Switch eShop)Child of Light: Ultimate Edition (Switch eShop)
Publisher: Ubisoft / Developer: Ubisoft
Release Date: 11th Oct 2018 (USA) / 11th Oct 2018 (UK/EU)

75% off - was $19.99, now $4.99 until 24th Feb 2020

Child of Light is an easy recommendation for those who didn’t catch it on Wii U the first time round. The ‘light’ in the title sums things up nicely – you get game mechanics usually reserved for massive RPG epics in a concise package that’s as beautifully refreshing as when it was first released. It’s a shame to see framerate hitches – however occasional they may be – but they’re not enough to cast a shadow on this delightful adventure.

Runbow (Switch eShop)

Runbow (Switch eShop)Runbow (Switch eShop)
Publisher: Headup Games / Developer: 13AM Games
Release Date: 3rd Jul 2018 (USA) / 3rd Jul 2018 (UK/EU)

80% off - was $14.99, now $2.99 until 1st Mar 2020

Runbow is a great example of a party game that can cater to solo and multiplayer preferences alike, and almost certainly deserves a cheeky purchase on Switch - certainly at this price! The gameplay is great fun, the presentation is to die for, and unlocking Nindie heroes through a really nicely put together adventure mode is the icing on the cake. We felt there was a little left to be desired with some elements of the multiplayer modes, and this might just make some think a little harder before jumping in, but we absolutely recommend giving this one a go if you’re interested regardless.

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 1st Mar 2020

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.


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...

Crypt of the NecroDancer (Switch eShop)

Crypt of the NecroDancer (Switch eShop)Crypt of the NecroDancer (Switch eShop)
Publisher: Brace Yourself Games / Developer: Brace Yourself Games
Release Date: 1st Feb 2018 (USA) / 8th Feb 2018 (UK/EU)

80% off - was $19.99, now $3.99 until 19th Feb 2020

A roguelike at heart with a rhythm-game soul, Crypt Of The NecroDancer is a sublime experience that’s a must-play for fans of the genre(s). Its upbeat, uptempo take on dungeon crawling is infectious, and there’s enough content here to last even the savviest of spelunkers for many, many dance-fuelled dives into the depths — if you’ve never tangoed with the NecroDancer, this fully-featured Switch edition is the perfect way to jump in. For anybody who never played this but loved the Zelda spin-off Cadence of Hyrule (and was left wanting more), what are you waiting for?

Hyper Sentinel (Switch eShop)

Hyper Sentinel (Switch eShop)Hyper Sentinel (Switch eShop)
Publisher: Huey Games / Developer: Four5Six Pixel
Release Date: 11th May 2018 (USA) / 11th May 2018 (UK/EU)

95% off - was $12.99, now $0.49 until 17th Feb 2020

Hyper Sentinel is 'neo-retro' executed to perfection. Once you accept that the visual and audio directions are both design choices made to pay tribute to the original Commodore 64 game and sit down to take on your first Super-Dreadnought, you’ll be hooked. Every time you get a 'Game Over', the only thing on your mind will be on how to prevent whatever got the best of you in preparation of your next sortie (while, at the same, time browsing the leaderboards to see how your friends are faring in each level).


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!