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Did you or your kids get a new Nintendo Switch over the holidays? The handheld device allows gamers to bring the fun and excitement a full-sized system anywhere they go. You can choose to play it as a handheld video game or plug it into a TV to get the full, immersive gaming experience. With hundreds of games to choose from that start at $9.99 each, adding new games to your Nintendo Switch collection can get pricey.
If you’re looking for a way to try new games and not spend a dime, then we have good news for you. There are quite a few games you download and play free on your Nintendo Switch, and we have a roundup for you to consider adding to your playlist.
To download these free games, simply visit the official Nintendo games website and click the free download button on each title. Note: all of these games are free to download, but some may have in-game purchase features.
Arena of Valor
With 39 characters to choose from including Tank, Assassin, Mage, Warrior and Marksman, Arena of Valor is a multiplayer online battle arena game that will bring you and your friends into a fantasy world filled with action, excitement, magic and tons of adventure. Rated T for Teen.
Asphalt 9: Legends
This fighting game is designed with an anime flair. In Brawlhalla, 40 unique characters battle in an online arena to prove who reigns supreme. Rated E for Everyone.
Dauntless casts the gamer as a Slayer of Ramsgate as you and your online co-players can team up against huge mythical beasts all while creating your own armor and weapons. Rated T for Teen.
Deltarune Chapter 1
A spin-off of Undertale, Deltarune has the look and feel of an old-school role-playing game. So, if you’re into the ’90s gaming nostalgia trend, you might want to check out Deltarune Chapter 1. (And no word yet from Nintendo about a release date for Chapter 2, according to ElecSpo.) Rated T for Teen.
It’s been the top-rated battle royale game for some time, and the original Fortnite is still among the most-played games in Nintendo’s catalog. In Fortnite: Chapter 2, you can play for free along with a hundred of your closest friends. Rated T for Teen.
Paladins: A Tigrons Tale
Become a Champion of the Realm in Paladins, which lets players to customize their character’s abilities for the battle arena. All gameplay features can be unlocked strictly through playing the game; no purchase necessary except for cosmetic enhancements. Rated T for Teen.
Take your favorite Pokémon on an expedition across Tumblecube Island. This one-player game is free to start and allows players to customize their base camp to earn bonuses for your adventure. Pokémon Quest is rated E for Everyone.
Realm Royale is another battle royale-style game, but this one is set in a fantasy world of knights, mages, hunters and warriors. You have the chance to create your own legend in this universe. Rated T for Teen.
Super Kirby Clash
The classic and adorable Kirby is back in this multiplayer game in a battle to bring down some big bosses. Super Kirby Clash is a free-to-start game, so you get a chance to sample the game before making in-game purchases to enhance and continue the gaming experience. Rated E for Everyone.