Thanks to our tutorial, you can now download a multitude of free video games on Nintendo Switch. It is a totally legal possibility offered by Nintendo’s hybrid console thanks to its extensive catalog of free-to-play cutting titles,available through the eShop or Switch digital store. So, thanks to our guide, you can quickly start enjoying a good handful of high quality games that are offered at no cost on Switch; and no, we’re not talking about demos, we’re talking about complete video games at no cost. And if you follow our method, you can easily view the entire catalog of free Switch video games on a single screen, so you can choose your favorites and download them in a few steps. Then how to download free games on Nintendo Switch.

    How to download free games on Switch

    To find the catalog of free video games on Nintendo Switch the first thing you have to do is to access the console’s eShop, the official Nintendo Switch game, and app store. To do this, tap on the shopping bag icon at the bottom of your Switch’s home screen.

    Press the Search icon in the upper left corner of the screen. Now we will enter the search screen, where we can type keywords or choose search filters at the bottom. Tap on the price limit icon to display different price ranges of video games in the eShop, including free ones.

    Once we have accessed the menu of games classified by their price, we must go down to the Free Download category, through which we must click on Show more, below the games in that menu. Now you can see all the free games available for Nintendo Switch.

    Tap on the game you want to download from a large selection of free games.

    Now click on the Free Download icon to the right of the screen about its age rating to add that video game to your digital account through the game’s own menu, where you can also see screenshots of the title or its description, among other information.

    This will give you access to the “purchase” confirmation screen or free download of the selected video game. Just tap the Free Download icon again to confirm the action. The game will start downloading. Depending on its size and your internet connection, after a few moments or minutes it will have already been downloaded and you can start playing without spending a penny.

    What is a Nintendo Switch free to play game

    Free to play games are those games whose distribution and sale to the public is free through digital platforms such as the shop itself (the Nintendo Switch digital store). However, while downloading and accessing a game that is completely free, it is normal to contain monetization systems like ads. This means that within such games you can spend real money to gain certain advantages or unlock other content, to a greater or lesser extent.

    On the other hand, paid games are also included that offer parts of them as a trial, and that if you want to continue playing the full version, you can always unlock by paying the full price. In addition, some of these games offer multiplayer modes, so you’ll need a Nintendo Switch Online subscription.

    Steps to download free games on Nintendo Switch

    • Make sure your console is connected to the Internet
    • Create a Nintendo Account or sign in if you already have one
    • Find the free or free to play title you want to download from the eShop
    • Click the in-game purchase or download button
    • The game will automatically be downloaded to the console
    • Once downloaded and installed, you will be able to access to play

    Nintendo Switch’s best free games

    Nintendo Switch’s eShop or digital store offers a wide range of free video games. Here’s a list of the best free to play games on the Nintendo console:

    • Arena of Valor
    • Asphalt 9: Legends
    • Brawlhalla
    • Breakers Dawn of Heroes
    • Color Zen
    • Coloring Book
    • DC Universe Online
    • Deltarune Chapter 1
    • Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2 Lite
    • Fallout Shelter
    • Fortnite
    • Galak Z: Variant S
    • Growtopia
    • Kitten Squad
    • Lightseekers
    • Onigiri
    • PAC-MAN VS
    • Paladins
    • Pokémon Quest
    • SMITE
    • Stern Pinball
    • Super Kirby Clash
    • Tetris 99
    • Warframe

    Possible problems when downloading free games on Switch

    If after following our steps to download free video games to Nintendo Switch they do not download or install on your console, you may have some of the following issues or setbacks.

    • The console is not connected to the internet
    • Your internet connection has some kind of problem (try to reboot the router)
    • The console is not close enough to the router
    • The console is not set up as the main console in your Nintendo Account
    • The console does not have enough storage space; try deleting some games
    • Check the HOME menu to see if any downloads are in progress
    • Try to redownload the game

    If finally none of these possible solutions have worked contact Nintendo Customer Service.


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