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The best deals on Nintendo Switch games right now

Fill out your Switch library with discounts on some of our favorite titles

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Right now, there are discounts on Stardew Valley and a handful of other essential Switch titles.
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The Nintendo Switch is one of the most popular consoles ever released, one with an ever-expanding library of games to choose from. Odds are if a game is capable of working on the Switch’s hardware, it’s either already available or it will be soon.

Thankfully, a number of games are currently receiving price breaks if you’re looking to expand your collection, including first-gen offerings like The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild and remasters like Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1+2. However, if you want to add some less conventional titles to your collection, pixelated platformer Thomas Was Alone and Metro: Redux, a brutal post-apocalyptic FPS, are also discounted right now.

Below, we’ve rounded up some of the deals on Nintendo Switch games. In many instances, the Nintendo eShop is typically the best place to find deals on digital downloads, especially if you prefer the indie variety, but there are some exceptions where retailers will discount titles that would otherwise be full price on Nintendo’s storefront.

However, these deals could change in the coming weeks with Prime Day on the horizon. But you can always check out our collection of early Prime Day deals for all the best sales that are happening right now.

Kirby is just one of those characters that provides an immediate hit of serotonin just by looking at him. The latest adventure for the adorable pink monster, Kirby and the Forgotten Land, is chock-full of lighthearted whimsy, clever puzzles, and fun platforming. It’s a familiar formula, but one that comes with a handful of new features, including two-player, couch co-op, and a “Mouthful Mode” that allows Kirby to turn into objects that are just a little too big for him to eat. Whether he’s attempting to scarf down a traffic cone or a two-door sedan, this mechanic always manages to amuse. And while the game itself may not be particularly challenging to veterans of Nintendo platformers, this doesn’t detract from what is an overall excellent Kirby adventure. Read our review.

Super Mario Odyssey

Super Mario Odyssey

  • $49
  • $60
  • 19% off

The keystone Mario title for the Nintendo Switch, Super Mario Odyssey, doesn’t disappoint. The latest installment in the Mario franchise brings plenty of fun, new mechanics, and ample charm. Perhaps the most interesting and prevalent twist is Mario’s ability to possess just about anything in the game world, thanks to his new companion, Cappy. Inhabiting creatures and objects isn’t just hilarious — it also plays a big role in solving the Odyssey’s numerous challenges and puzzles.

Super Mario Odyssey is a game with a firm understanding of what the franchise has done well in the past and builds on it in some interesting and unexpected ways. It’s an absolute must for fans of Mario, platformers as a whole, or just about anyone who owns a Switch. Read our review.

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

Taking place in a massive open world, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is a much different take on the Zelda series, one that stresses exploration, experimentation, and emergent gameplay. BOTW is much tougher than previous entries in the franchise but presents multiple, unconventional ways to tackle the game’s more difficult challenges. Mastery of the game comes more from learning and exploiting the systems in the world rather than looting a bunch of sweet gear.

Years after its release, players are still discovering new wrinkles in the aging classicWhile this isn’t the most recent title to feature Link, Breath of the Wild remains an essential entry in the franchise. It offers all of the hallmarks of a traditional Zelda title, including challenging combat and puzzles, but within a gorgeous, open-world design. Read our review.

Animal Crossing: New Horizons

The latest Animal Crossing game came at a time when many of us needed it most. This sim has been a popular choice to play during the pandemic because it provides a necessary escape. Animal Crossing: New Horizons lets you go outside and enjoy life with neighbors, pick some flowers, catch a few bugs, and just relish the moment.

Animal Crossing: New Horizons lets you build and grow your own persistent island and eventually handle the overall welfare of the cast of characters that will call your island their home. By harvesting resources and trading with other islands, you’ll slowly turn the vacant island into something truly unique. Read our review.

Luigi’s Mansion 3

  • $50
  • $60
  • 17% off

A sequel to Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon, Luigi’s Mansion 3 sees players controlling the titular Luigi as he explores a haunted hotel in an effort to rescue his brother and friends. Despite only having text dialogue that's supplemented by jibberish and pantomime, this 3D platforming adventure is surprisingly witty and comical, with plenty of Nintendo’s trademark charm to go around. And while some of the puzzles can be cumbersome and the controls overly complex, there are few games like it. Not nearly enough games star the taller Mario sibling, but Luigi’s Mansion 3 proves that Luigi is more than capable of holding his own. Read our review.

Super Smash Bros

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

  • $50
  • $60
  • 17% off

Nintendo’s latest brawler pits beloved characters from the company’s franchises (as well as plenty from outside of Nintendo’s own realms) against one another. While the high skill ceiling for this long-standing fighting franchise can be intimidating to newcomers, sucker-punching your foes as Jigglypuff has an almost universal appeal.

Since the game’s debut, the roster of fighters in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate has also expanded to include a massive list of 74 characters. Everyone from Solid Snake to Samus is here, and even lesser-known characters make an appearance (ahem, Wii Fit Trainer). Regardless of your level of skill, though, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is the most fun you can have while battling your friends for bragging rights. Read our review.

Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1+2 updates the core elements of the original Tony Hawk games into an experience fit for modern consoles. The collection is a faithful remake of the original two games, and everything from the levels to the collectibles has been translated with remarkable accuracy.

The gameplay experience is largely unchanged, but what additions have been made are certainly welcome. Some extra objectives have been added to THPS 1 levels to be more on par with what THPS 2 offers, and there are larger meta-objectives to accomplish if you want to unlock different cosmetic options. This collection is easily the best way to experience — or re-experience — these staples of gaming history. Read our review.

Fire Emblem: Three Houses

Fire Emblem: Three Houses

  • $35
  • $60
  • 42% off

Fire Emblem: Three Houses is a remarkably deep, turn-based strategy game. While most games in this genre treat your units as disposable pawns, Three Houses forces you to become attached to these units by having specific characters lead them into battle. These characters each have their own distinct strengths, weaknesses, and personality quirks that become more apparent as you build relationships with them between missions.

This can make some missions extremely tenuous as you try to balance the benefits of bringing characters into battle, each with their own unique strengths while risking their potential death. This option can be switched off for a more relaxed experience, but this is one of the features that sets Fire Emblem apart from its peers. This latest entry in the Fire Emblem franchise is excellent for first-timers or returning fans. Its turn-based battle has never been sharper, and the characters and plot are memorable. Read our review.

Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity is best described as Dynasty Warriors by way of Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. This title shares a similar aesthetic to the 2017 hit but is drastically different in terms of its gameplay. In it, you’ll take control of a cast of familiar characters from Breath of the Wild, like Impa and Zelda, and guide them through a linear narrative that leads up to the events that precede Breath of the Wild.

You can swap between characters during battles to make use of their combos and special abilities, but you’re also responsible for directing legions of soldiers to assist you in completing your objectives. Age of Calamity provides fans of Breath of the Wild with more backstory in a game that feels wholly different but strangely familiar in the best ways. Read our review.

Splatoon 2

  • $50
  • $60
  • 17% off

Splatoon 2 is likely the most colorful shooter you’ll ever play. The multiplayer-focused game has players dousing maps with a variety of weaponized painting tools, ranging from paint rollers to airbrushes. It’s the perfect shooter for players that typically don’t enjoy shooters, namely because of its vivid color scheme and lighthearted approach to the genre.

While hunting down other players certainly has its benefits, victory in a given match and your personal score isn’t determined by how many players you knock out but by how much of the map you paint with your team’s respective color. This objective-based gameplay allows anyone, regardless of skill, to contribute to the success of their team. Read our review.

Thomas Was Alone

  • $2
  • $10
  • 81% off

Thomas Was Alone, an award-winning platformer, will have you catching feelings for a bunch of colored polygons before you finish. The narrative-driven game has you switching between different blocks, each of which has its own unique colors, shapes, and abilities. While each of these “characters” can tackle certain obstacles on their own, it's how they interact with one another that really brings out the game’s puzzle elements. Each level encourages you to find new ways for these otherwise disparate elements to cooperate to overcome different obstacles.

The game’s aesthetics may be simple, but through compelling narration, Thomas Was Alone manages to elicit complex emotions tied to themes like sentience, relationships, and loss. The entire adventure is backed up by a warm and inviting ambient score that's perfect for chilling out on a rainy afternoon.

You got your Zelda in my Dance Dance Revolution! But really, Crypt of the NecroDancer is a rhythm-based dungeon crawler with a colorful pixel aesthetic. The game is played on a four-directional grid and has you jumping your character around to the beat of an awesome soundtrack composed by Danny Baranowsky who worked on titles like The Binding of Issac and Super Meat Boy.

Crypt of the NecroDancer is a roguelike, meaning that it changes certain elements, like its level layout every time you play. The layouts of individual levels may change, but as you memorize specific songs and patterns to enemy attacks, you’ll slowly improve. The Nintendo Switch Edition of this game is largely the same as the original PC version but includes some additional Nintendo-themed content by way of additional songs and characters.

Stardew Valley

  • $12
  • $15
  • 21% off

Stardew Valley, the poster child for farming simulators, is all about making an awful lot out of relatively little. Once you’ve taken over your grandfather’s farm, you’re given a handful of seeds, a plot of dirt to till, and little else. However, with some time, patience, and diligence, you’ll have a self-sufficient farm. As time goes on, you’ll also develop relationships with the various residents of Stardew Valley, which lends the game some narrative depth.

While Stardew Valley could certainly be associated with Animal Crossing in terms of its gameplay, it takes a decidedly more relaxed approach. While Animal Crossing generally limits the amount of stuff you can do in a number of real-world hours, Stardew Valley never limits your progress or penalizes you for not playing for a set amount of time.

Citizen Sleeper

  • $18
  • $20
  • 11% off

Citizen Sleeper, a dice-powered choose-your-own-adventure title, has your character attempting to eke out a living on a crippled space station alongside other miscreants attempting to do the same. Most of the decisions you make in the game are powered by dice rolls, however, the kind of dice you roll and how many you roll are dictated by the class you choose at the start of the game. Your class also determines the different actions you can take on a given day, whether that's hacking, mining, or repairing.

Outside of the decisions you make, there aren’t many other mechanics in Citizen Sleeper. That said, it does present you with frequent moral dilemmas, which require you to weigh the potential benefits and consequences of your actions.

The free-running, zombie-survival simulator Dying Light is all about staying mobile, scavenging by day, and staying alive once the sun goes down. The open-world game also gives you the opportunity to practice your parkour skills in a post-apocalyptic hellscape, one that requires you to gather the materials you need to become a better zombie-killing machine.

The Definitive Edition includes all of the content that was added since the title’s launch seven years ago, and includes four pieces of story DLC in addition to 22 bundles of cosmetic unlocks.

Metro 2033: Redux

  • $6
  • $25
  • 76% off

Metro 2033: Redux is effectively a bundle that pairs the remastered version of the inaugural title in the Metro franchise, Metro 2033, with the second entry, Metro: Last Light. The discounted collection also includes all of the post-release DLC and other content for both games.

Based on the novels penned by Dmitry Glukhovsky, this bleak, single-player FPS has players exploring irradiated ruins and dark tunnels with equipment that could hardly be called reliable. The enemies you encounter can range from the post-apocalyptic to the paranormal, and while games like Fallout might take a decidedly tongue-in-cheek approach to the end of the world, the world of Metro is brutal, horrifying, and unforgiving.

The gameplay of the Metro franchise funnels you down a narrative path, but will often present you with optional quests and choices that can impact the player down the line. While it isn’t open-world, you’ll occasionally revisit familiar places giving you the opportunity to trade and upgrade your gear. However, in an interesting wrinkle, bullets also serve as the player’s currency, forcing you to make some difficult decisions about how you want to approach certain foes.