Regular sales have become a welcome fixture on the Nintendo Switch eShop and there are huge numbers of cheap and discounted Switch games available at any given time. With so much choice it can be tough to know exactly 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' exactly? We're thinking anything discounted to around £10/10€ or under (GBP and EUR prices will obviously differ and sometimes won't reflect the same percentage discount). 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 a quid) which may be worth investigating for a few pennies, if only for a half hour or so.
If you live in the US (or have a US Nintendo Account), you might want to check out our equivalent article on the best cheap games on the US eShop.
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:
67% off - was £22.60 / 25,79€, now £7.45 / 8,51€ until 20th Aug 2020
Almost impossible to categorise yet utterly compelling as a result, Hand of Fate 2 is a unique RPG experience. Fusing the basic premise of a deck-building card game with the heart of an action-RPG, there’s just so much to enjoy here; the rewarding premise of its deck-building, the endless depth of its questing, the simple pleasure of its combat. This is a handheld port that’s practically indistinguishable from the version you can play elsewhere. Do yourself a favour and get this fantasy romp in your digital library right now.
90% off - was £13.49 / 14,99€, now £1.34 / 1,49€ until 6th Sep 2020
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.
70% off - was £11.29 / 12,49€, now £3.38 / 3,74€ until 9th Aug 2020
Valley might be more like a book than a video game; you pick it up, you experience its story to your satisfaction, you put it down. Given the low impact of the bulk of its gameplay, it’s almost puzzling that they bothered to include a few moderately challenging sections at all amid what is mostly just a pleasant jaunt through an appealing world. As long as a would-be player understands that this is not your typical FPS and it’s a somewhat shorter experience as well, there is something cool and refreshing to be found here. In a games market often trying to operate as either an endless buffet or a sticky-sweet dessert parlour, Valley is a satisfying meal that doesn't outstay its welcome.
This recently featured on our selection of the best 'walking sims' on Switch, so if you're after something contemplative and relaxing, now might be a good time to pick it up.
90% off - was £11.99 / 12,50€, now £1.19 / 1,25 until 10th Aug 2020
While we’ve seen plenty of games that have similar themes and mechanics, the way they’re presented in Death Squared makes for a rare experience. Having a game that is cooperative at its core but imminently playable as a solo experience is a boon, but it must be said its wily charms are exponentially more effective when sitting next to a friend or loved one whilst you giggle at each other’s faux pas. If you want your puzzlers to be thought-provoking with a dash of dry humour, you can’t go wrong with Death Squared - certainly not for this price.
We recently chatted with the head of SMG Studio about the developer's approach to discounts on eShop and how they affect sales, so be sure to check that out for a glimpse behind the sales curtain.
80% off - was £22.49 / 24,99€, now £4.49 / 4,99€ until 23rd Aug 2020
An indie adventure with a lush world, fun characters, and enjoyable battles, Earthlock brings the soul of PS1-era JRPGs to the Switch with excellent results. Inconsistent dialogue and notable load times are among its few missteps, but as a package, it captures the appeal of the epoch wonderfully. If you’re looking for a fresh-feeling JRPG that still calls back to the classics, this is a lovely choice.
And with the growing trend of games plummeting to mere pennies, here's our sub-£1 / 1€ pick for a super cheap game that's worth the memory space it takes up on your Switch...
79% off - was £4.49 / 4,99€, now £0.94 / 1,04€ until 6th Sep 2020
Toki Tori is a charming, fun, and pleasingly tricky puzzle game that will put your mind to the test in simple, but challenging levels. While the goal always seems almost too easy on the surface, the game’s deceptive nature actually forces players to come up with perfect solutions throughout – which is no easy task! The fact that the game’s level editor still hasn’t made its way from PC to consoles is a shame, as creating levels on the fly could have worked nicely, but the puzzles themselves should be enough to justify a purchase to those who have never played the game before.
Keep an eye on this page as we cycle in new bargains. If money's no object, be sure to check out our list of the Best Nintendo Switch games, period. In the meantime, happy gaming!