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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. There's also a huge sale across the eShop this week, so the picks below are just the tip of the iceberg. Great games like Child of Light, Overcooked, Yoku's Island Express, Ape Out, Golf Story, Don't Starve, GRIS, Rayman Legends, The Messenger are all under $10 at the time of writing, and any one of them could easily sub onto the list of games below. Good times.

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.

Firewatch (Switch eShop)

Firewatch (Switch eShop)Firewatch (Switch eShop)
Publisher: Campo Santo / Developer: Campo Santo
Release Date: 17th Dec 2018 (USA) / 17th Dec 2018 (UK/EU)

70% off - was $19.99, now $5.99 until 17th Jun 2020

Firewatch is just as engrossing and enchanting on Switch as it was the first time around. From the warm glow of its forests in the morning summer light to the subtle tension of exploring a rocky gorge in the isolating silence of night, Shoshone National Forest is a character in its own right. With a story that’s both funny and heartbreaking – and enhanced by some brilliant performances by its two central actors – this is an essential purchase, irrespective of whether you're playing it for the first time on Switch or simply using it as an excuse to revisit an old favourite.

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.

75% off - was $39.99, now $9.99 until 17th Jun 2020

Super Bomberman R is a no-frills entry in a series which has been dormant for far too long. The Switch's unique focus on local multiplayer makes this a perfect fit - we can finally put the Sega Saturn version with its cable-tangling multitap accessory in the cupboard. Support for Switch Pro Controller as well as single and dual Joy-Con play - along with local network and online multiplayer - made this the go-to multiplayer launch title for old-school gamers and a steady flow of free updates means it's only got better since then. For those flying solo it might be a less fulfilling experience, but if you've never played a Bomberman title before and want to see what all the fuss is about, check this out with a bunch of friends.


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!