Best Free To Play Nintendo Switch Games
Glenn Alexander 2021-04-20
Show me one gamer who simply does not like free games? I think as gamers, the joy and excitement one gets when you know you’re able to get something for free just triggers happy vibes all-around. Free character skins, free DLC, free maps and updates and best of all free games.
Today, my focus is on the Nintendo Switch. The Nintendo Switch is a video game console developed by Nintendo and released worldwide in most regions in March 2017.
The console itself is a tablet that can either be docked for use as a home console or used as a portable device, making it a hybrid console.
The big appeal for Switch owners is the portability factor allowing gamers to play on the move without lugging a lot of gaming equipment around. For me what started out as a secondary console has quickly become a favourite of mine over the past 6 months.
Not only is there an amazing 1st party library out there for the Switch but the ability to STILL play games even when we get hit with our dreaded load shedding is a winner in my mind.
Before I jump right into my list of what I personally think are the best F2P games on the Switch, last month we celebrated MAR10 Day. Say what? What is Mar10 Day?
History of Mario Day
Mario Day came about when it was noticed that, when writing out the day Mar.10, it just happens to spell out the name, "Mario". From that point forward, the day just seemed to take off!
March 10 marks Mario Day, or MAR10 DAY, according to Nintendo. The unofficial holiday pays homage to the beloved video game character.
The Italian, overall-wearing, moustache sporting mascot was introduced in the gaming world in 1983, making Mario one of the most iconic characters in the video game world.
While Mario day was probably created by clever fans, the Nintendo company finally endorsed it as Mario Day in 2016.
In fact, the company has even been known to promote the day by offering discount prices on Mario’s games, so it might be a good idea to consider buying these classic games at a lower price next year.
Did You Know?
The character of Mario was first introduced in Nintendo’s game Donkey Kong. He didn’t even have his own feature game right away!
When he originally appeared in this game in the early 1980’s Mario was not the plumber that would be recognised today. In fact, in the early days his name was simply "Mr. Jumpman" and he was a carpenter.
So with a little bit of Nintendo trivia out of the way, let’s jump into my list of what I think are the best F2P Nintendo Switch games at the moment.
My Top 10 FREE To Play Nintendo Switch Games (Alphabetical
- Arena of Valor
- Asphalt 9: Legends
- Color Zen
- Pinball FX3
- Rocket League
- Super Kirby Clash
- Super Mario 35
- Tetris 99
Notable mentions but I just could not bring myself to add them to my Top 10
list as it would be tough to replace the other games already
- Fallout Shelter
- Pokemon Quest
Then just like I’ve done with my previous F2P list’s I’ve gone and highlighted 5 of my personal favourites to give you a little bit of more info into the game.
Video games are fun and all, but there's still a lot to be said for grappling with a pinball table, and with Pinball FX3 there's a whole stack of real pinball tables to be played with, perfectly emulated for some old-school arcade fun.
Naturally you'll need to cough up some actual money to get your hands on most of them, but Pinball FX3 starts you off with a free table, and if you keep your eyes peeled you'll spot the occasional promotion that'll earn you extra free tables.
Kirby's one of Nintendo's B-list characters, an amorphous pink blob with the ability to inhale enemies and absorb their powers for a limited time, and he's been quietly doing his thing over the years without ever really having the impact of the likes of Mario or Link.
He's hard not to love, though, and Super Kirby Clash – an updated version of Team Kirby Clash Deluxe on the Nintendo 3DS – is a great showcase.
It's an RPG with plenty of fighting as you assemble your own Team Kirby to save the Dream Kingdom.
Sadly this was available for free to Nintendo Switch Online members until 31 March2021, Super Mario 35 is another multiplayer take on a classic title.
This time it's the original Super Mario Brothers, and you're racing against 34 other players to complete a random selection of courses with just 35 seconds on the clock.
You earn extra time by stomping enemies, which also sends them to your opponents' courses, and once again the last surviving player is the winner.
Football with cars! That's the pitch, and you have to admit that it's a pretty enticing one.
Jump into a surprisingly nimble car that not only features a turbo boost but also the ability to jump and even spin in mid-air, and use it to try and hoon the ball into the other team's goal; what more do you need to know?
Play it online and rise through the ranks, or find a friend and play it split-screen in the comfort of your living room; it's fast, furious and utterly ludicrous.
Classic Tetris is a beautiful thing; just you against endlessly falling blocks, trying to arrange them into rows so that they disappear. Tetris 99, however, is a lot more vicious.
You're up against 98 online players, and every time you clear two or more rows at once, you can fling garbage blocks at your opponents to ruin their game, and the last player standing is the winner.
Tetris 99's free, but you'll need a Nintendo Switch Online account to get it.
Well that is all for this month. Hope you’re enjoying my take on what I think are the best F2P games out there. Besides these really cool free games, ensure you have enough space on your Switch in order to download the games and all of these titles will do well with an entry level 10Mbps uncapped fibre connection or better. But if you feel you need to upgrade your internet connection have a look on FibreTiger (https://www.fibretiger.co.za) to see the best fibre and LTE/WiFi internet deals (https://www.fibretiger.co.za/network/lte).
GlennZA is an Xbox MVP & Xbox community leader who demonstrates an exemplary commitment to helping others get the most out of their gaming experience.
Having grown up as a gamer after receiving his first console way back in the late 80's (Atari 2600), He acquired his first Xbox console, the Xbox 360 Arcade Core in 2006.
He has since been a part of the Xbox Family for 14 years and is still going strong.