All free Nintendo Switch games

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Sometimes in life, you start to run a little low on cash. We have all been there at one time or another. However, just because you don't have a ton of money to spend doesn't mean you're not interested in playing some new games. Not all of the best Nintendo Switch games have to cost money, though. In fact, you can have more fun with some of these free Nintendo Switch games than you would be paying the premium price for others. 

We've divided this list of free Switch games into categories which you can access by using the page drop-down menu at the top. Most free-to-play games feature in-game purchases, so you'll want to make sure to set up parental controls on Switch when children play these games so they don't purchase anything they shouldn't. 

*Note: All titles with an asterisk (*) have features only available with a Nintendo Switch Online or Nintendo Switch Online + Expansion Pack membership. This does not necessarily mean you must have a membership to play, but may indicate that Cloud Save backups or other features will be unavailable without one.

Rebecca Spear
Gaming Editor

Gaming aficionado Rebecca Spear is iMore's dedicated gaming editor with a focus on Nintendo Switch and iOS gaming. You’ll never catch her without her Switch or her iPad Air handy. If you’ve got a question about Pokémon, The Legend of Zelda, or just about any other Nintendo series check out her guides to help you out. Rebecca has written thousands of articles in the last six years including hundreds of extensive gaming guides, previews, and reviews for both Switch and Apple Arcade. She also loves checking out new gaming accessories like iPhone controllers and has her ear to the ground when it comes to covering the next big trend.