Five free games for Nintendo Switch that you must play

You can not say that there is a shortage of great games to buy on the Switch, but there are also some that are free. There was a time when a free-to-play game looked like something unsatisfying. Now, free games can often be as good as paid games and, sometimes, they're not even full of intrusive microtransactions. These are some of those that are worth reviewing in the Nintendo Switch.


The Digital Extremes online shooter came to Switch at the end of 2018. Although this is a port of a game that originally started on PC, the developers have hardly touched anything. Science fiction environments are still beautiful and combat is fun and feels just as accurate. The basic premise makes you level up and customize the extraterrestrial adventures as you travel through the solar system fighting through enemy unions that have taken control of different regions.

The game was originally launched in 2014, and came to Switch with years of additional content and new updates that arrive every two months. It's the kind of game you can play on a desert island and spend years with it, at least if the desert island has WiFi.


Before Nintendo launched Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, the Switch had another great platform fighting game called Brawlhalla. Although it is not as big as the Nintendo fighting game, Brawlhalla still has 40 characters, a lot of different scenarios and quite nuances in his apparently simple combat.

Each character has two unique weapons that give them multiple fighting styles. All follow the same system of combination of light, heavy and special attacks to keep things relatively simple. What makes the game feel very good, however, is air freedom. The fighters have three jumps and can grab walls at will, opening many possibilities. And although the game is free, the artistic style and the combat animations look great.


Overwatch it's not in the switch, but Paladins yes and it does not cost anything to start playing. The team-based shooter was defamed as a copy since it was revealed in 2016, but the fundamentals are all solid. The game has three modes: capture the objective, team combat and one that is a hybrid of the two, along with a few dozen heroes that have unique abilities that you can increase by equipping the cards with bonuses that you can win by playing.

What Paladins It really has to its favor is an impressive 60 fps, even in portable mode. Some visual fidelity is sacrificed for a smoother and more responsive action, but it is a worthwhile compensation. There are enough characters unlocked from the beginning and free so you can experience a good part of the different defensive and offensive roles without spending the money it costs to buy them all.

Arena of Valor

Arena of Valor is a multiplayer online battle arena, or MOBA, that had its start in the mobile, where it exploded in China. Last year, Tencent made the port to Switch, which makes it the best game of the genre that can be played on a console, unlike the competitors Dota 2, Heroes of the Storm and League of Legends.

As in those games, two teams of five fight on one map in an attempt to destroy the other's base, while leveling up, winning gold and buying better teams. For people who have not played a MOBA before, it can be intimidating, but in reality it is not, especially in the case of Arena of Valor. The characters attack automatically as you move them, while the buttons display special abilities. The games are short, which allows you to get the satisfaction of going through a normal progression of the role-playing game in only about 20 minutes.


Almost every week there is something new to do in Fortnite. Although the fundamentals of skydiving on an island, the search for weapons to shoot people and the construction of your own refuge have not changed, other things, like the special elements and the map itself, are always changing. There is also a lot to do even outside the general battle circuit to shoot other people until you are in the last position.

Sometimes it's fun to simply walk the map looking for new secrets or complete challenges to rank the game's free battle pass to unlock new emotes and skins. There is also a Play Zone mode where those who just want to build can do so in peace, essentially by making Fortnite it becomes a mini free version of Minecraft. And since Epic Games recently implemented the cross game, you can join friends no matter which platform they are playing on.