The best free games on Nintendo eShop

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There is a saying that goes “The best things in life are free” and recently that has been the case with games on the Nintendo eShop for the Switch. There are many titles that you can download and play for free! From puzzle-solving games to intense royal battles, there is something for everyone. Even though Apex Legends and Fortnite are free to play games, they didn’t make this list because everyone knows them.

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It is important to remember, however, that many of these games have options for micro-transactions. Additionally, there are a few titles that only give you free access to certain levels, modes, or parts of the story. However, that being said, there are some that are definitely worth checking out.

Important: None of the games featured here require a Nintendo Online membership.


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Coloring book

Nintendo Switch eShop Coloring Book

If you want something simple, yet fun and relaxing to do on your Switch, then Coloring Book is the game for you. When you download it you will get 12 coloring pages for free, but if you want more you will have to purchase them separately. You even get a surprise appearance of the Om Name from Cut The Rope as one of the pages.

When coloring a page, you can choose to do so as an individual drawing or as part of a larger picture. The latter would consolidate six of your coloring pages into one larger image. In the free part of the game, that would be the jungle themed image. The color palette is varied giving you a good choice overall and you can also use multiple brushes.

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Fallout shelter

Fallout Shelter Beginner's Chest

Fallout Shelter isn’t a game unique to the Switch, but it’s one of the best free-to-play. Taken from the classic Bethesda franchise, Fallout Shelter puts you in charge of your own safe. You have to build the safe from scratch and house the survivors there. You are known as the overseer (a fancy term for you are in charge). It has become so popular that it is now a board game.

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You will need to make sure that your vault dwellers have enough food and water. You will build housing for them as well as many specialized rooms. Where locals work is up to you, so you should read their profiles to determine what would be the best place in your vault to assign them. You can even send them on a mission to the Wasteland and sometimes they can bring back valuable materials. It’s a brilliant expansion of the Fallout franchise.

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Zen color

Color Zen title screen

Color Zen is an extremely relaxing color matching puzzle game. The object of the game is to match two of the same color in order to fill the screen with that color. You only fill the screen with a color once, so once you use blue you can’t use it anymore.

Your objective is to complete the puzzle by filling the canvas with the color displayed around the border of your screen once you run out of other shades. Color Zen requires just the right amount of thought to keep your attention, but not so much that it gets tedious after a while. If you need a calming game, this is it.

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Squad of kittens

Kittens Squad Title Screen

Always wanted to be a hero and save abused and trapped animals? Well now you can if you join the Kitten Squad! There are many quests to take on in this game and for each of them you will become a kicking feline. You will have to fight your way through fierce robots and evil enemies if you want to save innocent animals.

The gameplay is surprisingly difficult, and the enemies you face in the levels are constantly changing. This means that you rarely face the same enemy twice in a row, so the spinning keeps the game fresh. The game also provides valuable education on animal abuse and how cruel some people can be to them.

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City KO

Image of the Knockout City loading screen

1 … 2 … 3 … DODGEBALL! Knockout City brings classic school play to the digital gaming world in style. In this action-packed game, you roam a stylized city and take part in an intense battle. You get all the joy of the dodge ball without the pain of having a rubber sphere slap in the face.

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Your Knockout City free trial ends when you reach level 25, however, this is a great taste of a great game. You can also play with friends or against complete strangers. One of the funniest features of Knockout City is that if you lose your ball you can just become the ball and let your teammates throw you instead!

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Asphalt 9: Legends

Asphalt 9 Legends Halfway Shoot

The golden age of racing games came with simple tracks that relied on your skills as a player and well-known cars. Asphalt 9: Legends brings all the good of classic racing games to the Switch. You have a career mode where you can travel tracks around the world to become the best.

While there are micro-transactions in this game, they are done through in-game currency which you can earn by completing tasks. It’s a full game in and of itself free, but you can buy additional expansion packs for different cars or blueprints to unlock cars. If you like old school racing games, this should be right for you.

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Pokémon Quest

Pokemon Quest Title Screen

The Pokemon quest has a basic premise. In the game, you have to fight your Pokemon against others in the wild. At Base Camp, you can cook up recipes with items you’ve collected in battles and use those recipes to attract wild Pokémon. Once they are in your camp, you can collect them as your own. The design of the games makes the world look like pixels, which makes it look retro.

You can take three Quest Pokémon with you, and you can change your squad composition at any time at base camp. For more experienced Pokémon players, it can be easy to build a powerful team. For new players this can be tricky, but luckily trial and error with fights with different formations will always earn you valuable XP points!

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Super Bomberman R Online

Super Bomberman R Title Screen Online

This is a free battle royale game from the Bomberman series. In this game, you compete against other people from all over the world to become the ultimate bomber. You are stuck in a small maze with other players and must strategically place your bombs to defeat them.

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However, your bombs can hurt you as well, so you need to be careful not to explode yourself. There are also many bonuses and special weapons that you can collect in the game that make the battle even more chaotic. You can even customize your Bomber character to be as cute or as cool as you want.

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Thug company

Rogue Company Title Screen

Rogue Company is an intense third person shooter. In the game, you are put in a team of four with your friends (or complete strangers) and you have to face another group for a challenge. The challenges you have to complete depend on the mode you are playing in. Either way, you will win the mode by eliminating the opposing team.

To win in Demolition Mode, you must secure a bomb and trigger it at one of the two points shown on the map. The other team can disarm your bomb once it is active. The rounds will continue until there is a clear winner. At the start of each round you are reset to dropship and here you can purchase upgrades for your weapons using in-game currency. For people who play a lot of PvP games this one is definitely worth checking out try.

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Ninjala

Ninjala loading screen illustration

Ninjala is a multiplayer game which is complete mayhem yet extremely fun. One of the best things about the game is that before you can do anything you have to go through the training. It might sound a bit tedious but it’s really important because the game has a lot of tips and tricks that can help you win the fights.

You can create your own little ninja character and launch it into battle against other players across the world. There are no other words to describe this game apart from organized chaos. You are allowed to hit yourself with big guns and fly around the course using your unique powers. You can beat other players to earn points or destroy requested items. Ultimately, your goal is to get there first when the time is up to become a Ninja Master!

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