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.
- 1 Scott Pilgrim vs. The World: The Game – Complete Edition (Switch eShop)
- 2 Subsurface Circular (Switch eShop)
- 3 Velocity 2X (Switch eShop)
- 4 Child of Light: Ultimate Edition (Switch eShop)
- 5 Rogue Aces (Switch eShop)
- 6 Rayman Legends: Definitive Edition (Switch)
- 7 LEGO Marvel Super Heroes 2 (Switch)
- 8 Urban Flow (Switch eShop)
- 9 Super Chariot (Switch)
35% off – was $14.99, now $9.74 until Jul 22 2021
Those of you looking for the next Castle Crashers or Streets of Rage need look no further, as Scott Pilgrim vs. The World: The Game – Complete Edition is a great beat ‘em up for your Switch. Available to purchase once again after years in delisted purgatory, its bombastic presentation and crunchy combat gameplay make it enjoyable from start to finish. Though it can feel like it runs a bit short, and the difficulty spikes can be rather intense, anybody looking for a fun, short game to play in co-op is in for a treat. Let’s just hope it sticks around for longer than four years this time.
Publisher: Bithell Games / Developer: Ant Workshop
50% off – was $5.99, now $2.99 until Jul 22 2021
Subsurface Circular is a landmark moment in interactive storytelling. The elegance of its escalation is simply unmatched, as it tells a story that makes you feel like you’re in completely over your head, and yet still perfectly believable. The characters you meet along the way all feel unique with their own personality, which makes interacting with them a test of wit and cunning as you use the conversational mechanics to their full effect. There’s nothing quite else quite like Subsurface Circular, and when that uniqueness is combined with the phenomenal narrative at hand, you have all the ingredients for a simply unforgettable and very special journey aboard the subway.
Publisher: Curve Digital / Developer: FuturLab
75% off – was $19.99, now $4.99 until Jul 23 2021
In an age where many indie titles are becoming increasingly 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.
75% off – was $19.99, now $4.99 until Jul 22 2021
Child of Light is an easy recommendation for those who didn’t catch it 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.
Publisher: Curve Digital / Developer: Infinite State Games
80% off – was $12.99, now $2.59 until Jul 19 2021
Rogue Aces is a stellar, fresh experience — even more so if you never played spiritual forerunner Wings of Fury — that landed on Switch eShop seemingly out of nowhere. It not only delivers an audio-visual treat, but also an overwhelmingly entertaining stimulation of the senses thanks to the frenetic aerial ballets you take part in. Easy to pickup but devilishly hard to walk away from, Rogue Aces demands just the right amount of arcade shmup skills and strategic planing with the odd lucky break when something just works out. All of this is complimented by some excellent humour in the form of audio quips from your Captain, the enemy Baron aces and the one-liners from ally pilots. Kick the tires and light the fires, fellow Switch pilots; this war won’t be winning itself with you sitting pretty on that carrier deck.
75% off – was $39.99, now $9.99 until Jul 22 2021
Despite its ‘Definitive Edition’ moniker, the vast majority of what you get in the Switch version of Rayman Legends has been seen in every other edition. The only truly new features here are a complete character roster for the first time and a tournament mode for its football mini-game. That’s not to say it’s a bad game, though; that couldn’t be further from the truth — Rayman Legends is one of the best plumber-free platformers ever made, and this budget price makes the Switch version the perfect opportunity to jump in if you missed it on Wii U.
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Publisher: Warner Bros / Developer: TT Games
75% off – was $29.99, now $7.49 until Jul 20 2021
LEGO Marvel Super Heroes 2 offers the kind of warm-hearted, knock-about action the series has become famous for, all wrapped up in a truly impressive open world package. It’s a shame that the underlying mechanics remain so defiantly clunky, while the controls seem a little haphazard in places. Multiplayer is curiously inessential, too. Ultimately, though, LEGO Marvel Super Heroes 2’s generosity of spirit and lightness of tone mean that it’s likely to win over a whole new generation of fans. If you’re after something to play with younger kids who are Marvel/Lego fans, you’re in luck.
And with the growing trend of games plummeting to mere cents, here’s our sub-$2 pick(s) for a super cheap game that’s worth the memory space it takes up on your Switch…
Publisher: Baltoro Games / Developer: Baltoro Games
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!
90% off – was $14.90, now $1.99 until Jul 23 2021
Super Chariot is a fitting metaphor for life – you can journey alone and endure all hardships as you struggle to make your way to the end, or you can share the burden with another person and help each other reach new heights along the way. Brilliantly designed and beautifully crafted it’s not hard for us to recommend you embark on this co-op journey. May the King rest peacefully, for his chariot is made of sturdy stuff indeed.
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!