Best Nintendo Switch games under $30 in 2021

Mario Minecraft
Mario Minecraft (Image credit: Xbox Game Studios)

It's true that many of the best Nintendo Switch games can cost a pretty penny for you to play them. But there are also dozens of low-cost titles for people of all ages to enjoy. Whether you're on a budget or are simply looking for some fun titles to play, you can find games that won't break your wallet, if you just look carefully. Here are the best Nintendo Switch games for $30 and under.


Minecraft is one of the most iconic games in the world, for good reason. You can go it alone in the survival mode, fighting Creepers and other mobs, you can design your own unique world or you can do it with friends. There's a never-ending amount of options, with developer Mojang continuing to update the game with new materials and more.

Oceanhorn 2: Knights of the Lost Realm

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Oceanhorn 2: Knights of the Lost Realm is perfect for anyone looking for a game similar in spirit to the Zelda titles. It's a classic fight against the forces of evil as you undergo an epic quest.

Carnival Games

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Maybe you're looking for not just one big game, but a lot of smaller games? Then Carnival Games is perfect. You can have competitions between yourself and friends or family across 20 traditional carnival-themed mini-games.


Terraria (Image credit: 505 Games)

If you're looking for another sandbox game that'll let you build to your heart's delight, but in 2D side-scrolling fashion, Terraria is the game for you. Like any popular survival game, you can go alone or play together with some friends in multiplayer.

SnipperClips Plus

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If you're looking for a truly unique puzzle game, SnipperClips Plus is a solid choice. Up to four players work together to "snip" each other, altering their characters' shapes as needed. It's a different way of solving puzzles that takes full advantage of the Joy-Con controllers.

Overcooked! All You Can Eat

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Overcooked! All You Can Eat edition combines the first two games into one fun package. It's everything you could want, with more chefs and more recipes, which means more cooking in zany situations. Up to four players can work together and attempt to cook under stressful conditions.

Dead Cells

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Brutal roguelikes more to your speed? Look no further on the Nintendo Switch than Dead Cells. Every time you die, you'll need to restart. It's a relentless, stylish adventure in escaping a locked-down prison. To make it even more complicated, every run means the map changes.

Ori and the Blind Forest

Ori And The Blind Forest Definitive Edition Switch Screenshot (Image credit: Xbox Game Studios)

Ready to cry and leap for joy, then cry again at one of the most beautiful games on the Nintendo Switch? Then Ori and the Blind Forest is the game for you. This platformer sees young light spirit Ori attempt to save the forest of Nibel while battling forces of darkness.

Resident Evil 4

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Resident Evil 4 is one of the most beloved horror games of all time, and for good reason. This game helped solidify third-person horror as a viable option, eschewing the series' prior tank controls. Thanks to the Nintendo Switch, it's an iconic experience that you can take on the go.

Little Nightmares

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Little Nightmares is a horror game that uses perspective to make you feel truly tiny in an unnerving, uncomfortable world. As you make your way across a strange ship, you'll uncover all sorts of terrifying things, so be careful, as the monsters could be anywhere.

LEGO Marvel Super Heroes 2

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LEGO Marvel Super Heroes 2 is perfect for anyone who enjoys the formula of LEGO games but wants to play with a ton of different classic Marvel heroes. There are tons of characters to unlock and puzzles to solve.

Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle

Mario Rabbids Kingdom Battle (Image credit: Ubisoft)

What happens when Mario meets the Rabbids franchise, and that combination meets turn-based strategy? An absolutely excellent-XCOM-like title, Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle is great regardless of whether you're a seasoned strategy veteran or new to the genre.

Just Dance 2022

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If you're ready to have fun and get some exercise in at the same time, it's time to play Just Dance 2022. You can go it alone or in a group with tons of the latest songs.

The best Nintendo Switch games for $30 or less

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There are so many good Nintendo Switch games selling for $30 and under. Whether you're looking for fun multiplayer games or something a solo player can sink their teeth into, our list has you covered.

The game we recommend the very most is Minecraft. It encourages creativity by allowing players to unlock new materials and build giant structures. You can get sucked in and create your own personal world.

I also love Oceanhorn 2: Knights of the Lost Realm. It's the perfect fix for Zelda lovers while not costing nearly as much. Plus, it throws in its own mechanics and art style to give you a fun new world to explore.

Finally, if you're looking for a good multiplayer game, I highly recommend getting Overcooked! All You Can Eat. Whenever I play it, my friends and I always laugh and scream at each other. Work together to complete orders in time while running around ridiculous kitchen setups.

Samuel Tolbert

Samuel Tolbert is a freelance gaming writer who started working for iMore and its sister sites Windows Central and Android Central in July 2019. He handles news, previews, reviews, and exclusive original reporting, and has also been featured on TechRadar.

With a background studying engineering before he shifted his focus to gaming journalism, he's skilled at identifying technical advantages and disadvantages provided by different hardware. If he’s not writing something, he’s off playing video games, spending time with his pets, exercising, or reading. He's also fond of trying to draw things with his iPad.