The 10 best cheap Switch games under $25
Since the Switch’s release, many things have gone right for Nintendo’s machine, both critically and commercially.
It’s home to some already-classic titles, and enjoying great sales across the world.
There are however some really good games available for cheap prices. We’ve put together this list of 10 Switch games that you can pick up for under $25, with many cheaper than $20. So if you’re looking for some great titles for cheaper prices, look no further than this list.
10. Shovel Knight: Treasure Trove
The original Shovel Knight released to critical acclaim in 2014, launching on PC, Wii U and 3DS after a successful kickstarter campaign.
Based on classic NES 2D platformers, the game sported a distinctly 8-bit aesthetic, you take control of the Shovel Knight and battle your way through stages, collecting treasure and fighting against enemies of the Order of No Quarter
This version for the Switch is essentially the definitive edition, featuring the original, and each subsequent successful kickstarter-funded expansion, including Plague of Shadows and Spectre of Torment, in which you control the different characters of Plague Knight and Spectre Knight respectively.
Shovel Knight is a must-play for any fan of 2D platformers. In a saturated genre, it rose above the rest to achieve stellar sales and an overwhelmingly positive critical reception upon release. This version is the definitive edition, and will eat up a lot of your time if you buy it.
Voez is a rhythm game, originally released for mobile platforms, but ported to the switch a couple of months after launch.
It’s a simple premise, in which the player must respond to different songs by either tapping, holding, sliding or swiping depending on where each note falls on a vertical line cross the screen.
Voez manages to capture the magic of the great rhythm games of yore, by executing its simple premise elegantly, and adopting a forgiving but satisfying difficulty curve. It’s a great game to play on-the-go – but remember to wear headphones!
8. World of Goo
Originally released for the Wii in 2013, World of Goo was ported to the Switch on launch, and is available for a budget price.
The game is unique in concept, and involves the player building large goo structures made of goo balls, making the structure expand across the level to the end, where they must deposit a specific number of goo balls in order to complete the level.
The levels have various hazards including pits, chasms, spikes and windmills, and the game gets pretty intense as it goes on.
There’s a reason World of Goo is still enjoying releases today – it’s simply a brilliantly done game. It’s a lovely puzzler that should be on your Switch if you like deviating to smaller games for a break from the big guns.
7. Cave Story+
The original Cave Story released way back in 2004 for the PC, releasing on the Wii in 2011 and the 3DS in 2012.
Cave Story is a 2D platofrmer in which the player finds themselves wake up in a cave, and they must explore the cave to discover how they got there and how they can escape.
The game is a Metroidvania-style gameplay, meaning the player can return to already-visited areas with newly acquired abilities to unlock new areas. It features multiple weapons and many tricky puzzles.
Cave Story+ is a worth addition to your Switch collection, and a must for anyone who enjoys Castlevania or Metroid.
6. Puyo Puyo Tetris
Released on launch, Puyo Puyo Tetris takes two beloved puzzle franchises and combines them successfully into a unique and addictive puzzler.
Those familiar with Tetris will know that falling blocks must be stacked so they form lines (Tetriminoes) which then disappear, allowing for more vertical space. Where the Puyo Puyo element comes in, is that each block is coloured specifically, and connecting coloured blocks will also cause the blocks to disappear.
This extra dimension serves as another layer of depth to the classic Tetris formula, and is perfect for short-burst style plays on commutes/journeys.
Snipperclips was the flagship digital launch title for the Switch, and was one of the more critically successful titles on the machine.
Best played with 2 players, in Snipperclips two characters have to solve various logic puzzles by using the mechanic of overlapping and cutting out the overlapped portion of their partner’s body.
It’s fairly hard to describe but after a minute of playing you’ll have picked up the concept, and if playing with a friend you’ll be hooked from the start. The excellent presentation also helps, with Snip and Clip (the two characters) charmingly designed.
Probably not worth picking up if you don’t play multiplayer games too often, but if you’re looking for something to play with your friends or family then it’s about as good as the system has to offer in terms of multiplayer outside of Mario Kart right now.
4. Fast RMX
Fast RMX is an enhanced and expanded version of the Wii U’s sleeper hit Fast Racing Neo, a futuristic racer of the same ilk as F-Zero and WipeOut.
Technically the game is extremely impressive, hitting 1080p at 60 frames per second – something most other titles on modern consoles fail to do. Even the 4 player split-screen racing never drops a frame, providing a smooth, blistering experience.
Fans of this niche genre should be appeased, particularly as it’s been 3 console generations now since F-Zero GX on the GameCube. Strong sales of FRN could send a message to Nintendo that there’s appetite for a new F-Zero, which for some might be sufficient reason alone to make the purchase.
3. Little Inferno
Little Inferno is probably the oddest game on this list. Another enhanced Wii U original, the game is set entirely in front of a fireplace, in which the player plays with and burns various objects in order to stay warm and earn money to buy more objects to burn.
The are no constraints or pressures on the player, no time limits or fail states. The game allows the player complete freedom with what they do, and there is no right or wrong way to play.
It’s about as unique an experience as they come, and it won’t be for everyone. Check out some videos and review first before buying, but it’s a very well-made game.
2. Snake Pass
Released just after launch, Snake Pass is the first 3D platformer on the console.
The player takes control of a snake across 15 levels spread across 4 themed worlds. The player must solves puzzles using the snake’s windy body, and traverse across the levels by wrapping themselves around objects and swinging around in order to reach collectibles.
Anyone who enjoys 3D platformers will feel right at home with snake pass, and controlling a snake brings about just enough originality to differentiate this from other game sin the genre. It’s also technically superb, managing to hold its own when compared with the PS4/Xbox One versions in the visual department.
Described as ‘Spelunky, but a shooter’, GoNNer is a Roguelike inspired by the procedurally generated side-scrollers that have become popular in the last few years.
The player must traverse across 4 worlds, acquiring different heads and limbs for their character that influence the gameplay, for example making bullets larger or the character quicker.
GoNNer released to critical acclaim, with reviewers citing the tight controls, charming graphics and addictive Roguelike gameplay as factors. If you’re a fan of the genre and fancy some action on the Switch, pick it up.
GoNNer is available for $9.99 on the Nintendo eShop. Grab a digital code here from Amazon.