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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 top 5 best cheap Switch games, we'll also highlight a ridiculously cheap eShop game (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 on a weekly basis, so keep an eye on it.

So, let's have a look at this week's 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:

Velocity 2X (Switch eShop)

Velocity 2X (Switch eShop)Velocity 2X (Switch eShop)
Publisher: Curve Digital / Developer: FuturLab
Release Date: 20th Sep 2018 (USA) / 20th Sep 2018 (UK/EU)

75% off - was $19.99, now $4.99 until 22nd Jun 2020

In an age where indie titles are becoming increasingly more reliant on procedural generation to do all the heavy lifting, it can be immensely satisfying to play a game that is tailor-made for one specific experience. Velocity 2X excels in this regard, offering up an immaculately designed, endlessly replayable arcade experience - half shoot 'em up, half platformer - that shows just how engaging twitch gameplay can be. This is one you definitely don’t want to miss out on. We're usually happy enough to experience the 'no filler' part of the well-known phrase, but Velocity 2X supplies the 'killer' too.

Runner3 (Switch)

Runner3 (Switch)Runner3 (Switch)
Publisher: Nicalis / Developer: Choice Provisions
Release Date: 22nd May 2018 (USA) / 22nd May 2018 (UK/EU)

93% off - was $19.99, now $1.39 until 15th Jun 2020

Runner3 is wonderfully creative and funny, relying on a style of play that belies the challenge at its heart. A few moments of unbalanced control or obstacle design can frustrate, but this will pass when Commander Video finally nails a sequence of movements and makes you feel like a fast-fingered expert.

Mechstermination Force (Switch eShop)

Mechstermination Force (Switch eShop)Mechstermination Force (Switch eShop)
Publisher: Horberg Productions / Developer: Horberg Productions
Release Date: 3rd Apr 2019 (USA) / 4th Apr 2019 (UK/EU)

25% off - was $11.99, now $8.99 until 11th Jun 2020

While certainly less of a head-turner than something like Cuphead (which released in close proximity to this), Mechstermination Force is a more approachable take on boss rush platforming, with less of an emphasis on twitch-based, pixel-perfect precision. The game is peppered with ingenious design and amusing writing and we thoroughly enjoyed our time with it. We'd recommend it as a more accessible alternative to (or appetiser for) Studio MDHR’s game. If you enjoyed Gunman Clive, this is a great expansion on the concept and well worth investigating.

Thumper (Switch eShop)

Thumper (Switch eShop)Thumper (Switch eShop)
Publisher: Drool / Developer: Drool
Release Date: 18th May 2017 (USA) / 18th May 2017 (UK/EU)

75% off - was $19.99, now $4.99 until 14th Jun 2020

Thumper is a fantastic video game, an extravagant rhythm experience that's also a brutal assault on the senses. It's extremely difficult - painfully so at times - yet we feel the need to persevere, retrying tough stages over and over again. Even when that's done, the drive for better ranks remains simply because the game compels us to play on. The only real flaw of Thumper, in actual fact, is that it offers so little respite and no 'easy' mode for players. Some may scoff at that, saying it's a game designed to be tough, but the downside is that without that optional concession the game will be inaccessible and impenetrable for some players. That's a pity, as for those up for the challenge it's a wonderful - albeit gruelling - gaming experience.

Planet Alpha (Switch eShop)

Planet Alpha (Switch eShop)Planet Alpha (Switch eShop)
Publisher: Team17 / Developer: Planet Alpha
Release Date: 4th Sep 2018 (USA) / 4th Sep 2018 (UK/EU)

75% off - was $19.99, now $4.99 until 7th Jun 2020

It’s impossible to not be caught up in the puzzle platforming charms of Planet Alpha. The product of one man and a small indie team from Denmark, it’s a game that runs remarkably smoothly considering the detail of its environments and the vibrancy of its art style. The platforming won’t necessarily blow you away - especially if you’ve become trained in the twitch arts of Hollow Knight and the like - but with some brilliant puzzles, a rewarding balance between endangered stealth and peaceful exploration, and some of the most intense set-pieces we’ve ever played on Switch, Planet Alpha has secured a place as one of the console's best indie releases and it deserves your attention if it passed you by.


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...

VASARA Collection (Switch eShop)

VASARA Collection (Switch eShop)VASARA Collection (Switch eShop)
Publisher: QUByte Interactive / Developer: QUByte Interactive
Release Date: 15th Aug 2019 (USA) / 15th Aug 2019 (UK/EU)

90% off - was $9.99, now $0.99 until 16th Jun 2020

Vasara Collection jumps from obscurity onto Switch and offers both original brilliant titles without any technical hiccups. It supports the ever-popular TATE option and comes with a whole new game that proves to be one of the few proper four-player options of the genre on the system. The zany characters and plot just make things sweeter, and make up for the somewhat derivative origin of the series. Considering the relative obscurity of the original releases, for a reasonable asking price you might just end up with three quality, 'brand new' manic shooters in your collection.


Aaand because the eShop is overflowing with incredibly cheap games at the time of writing, here are a couple more sub-$1 games you might want to investigate before they're gone...

VSR: Void Space Racing (Switch eShop)

VSR: Void Space Racing (Switch eShop)VSR: Void Space Racing (Switch eShop)
Publisher: SONKA / Developer: SONKA
Release Date: 20th Jul 2018 (USA) / 20th Jul 2018 (UK/EU)

92% off - was $4.99, now $0.39 until 11th Jun 2020

VSR: Void Space Racing is a surprising, one-of-a-kind racing game that finds itself very welcome in the Switch library. There is simply nothing quite like it; you're wrestling with raw physics as much as your rival racers, and the overall experience is brutal yet incredibly rewarding. Be prepared to swallow your pride in the first few sessions - during which you will be nothing short of a space pinball - and then aim for the stars.

The Way Remastered (Switch eShop)

The Way Remastered (Switch eShop)The Way Remastered (Switch eShop)
Publisher: SONKA / Developer: SONKA
Release Date: 20th Apr 2018 (USA) / 20th Apr 2018 (UK/EU)

93% off - was $14.99, now $0.99 until 11th Jun 2020

The Way Remastered is a faithful homage to the old Delphine Software titles that inspired it and players should expect no more or less. It’s a poignant story with beautiful visuals and intricate puzzles, but your enjoyment will depend very much on your temperament and your affection for those cinematic platformers of old. Provided you’re comfortable with its slow, cerebral pace and can overlook the stiff remnants of its influences, there is much to enjoy here.


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!