The Nintendo Switch has some truly incredible games from the likes of Super Mario Odyssey to The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild to smaller indie titles such as Dead Cells and Golf Story. While these premium paid games are worth your time and attention, what if you want to try out something on the less expensive end of the scale, namely, free-to-play games?
Free-to-play games are in abundance on Switch, especially if you are a fan of multiplayer experiences. There are well over one hundred free games to start playing right away on Switch but not all of them are worth your time. The following free-to-play games can be played right now and are best enjoyed with other people since they are generally multiplayer games by nature.
7 Pokemon Unite
If for some reason you haven’t heard of Pokemon Unite then just know you are missing out on an incredibly fun and accessible MOBA (multiplayer online battle arena). MOBAs, by nature, are generally impenetrable to new players and often breed tight-knit communities that can be tough to break into, especially if you also happen to be new to the genre.
Fortunately, Pokemon Unite strays away from the traditional MOBA tactics by mixing the regular strategic team versus team gameplay with the fun and lovable nature of Pokemon. In Pokemon Unite, you play as one or many of your favorite Pokemon as they attack and defend strategic points all while leveling up, gaining new abilities, and getting stronger overall. It’s a fun gameplay loop wrapped up in a free-to-play package with a bevy of content to sink your teeth into.
Fortnite is a cultural phenomenon and a free-to-play gaming juggernaut. Unless you have been living under a rock, you have likely heard of Fortnite’s success. This highly colorful, vibrant, and long-running battle royale continues to thrive year after year, well into its third chapter. What makes Fortnite so special is how many gameplay options it has, especially for those wanting a multiplayer experience.
Of course, the game is known for its solo, duo, trio, and quads battle royale modes, however, if you decide to eschew the battle royale gameplay, you can easily hop into a boatload of creative-type matches and game modes. Multiplayer fans can hop into Fortnight right away since the game is only monetized with completely optional cosmetic goodies.
5 Yu-Gi-Oh! master duel
It’s pretty crazy to think that the traditional Yu-Gi-Oh! card game has been around for over two decades and still continues to draw in new players. The most recent game on this list, Yu-Gi-Oh! Master Duel takes the tried and true competitive multiplayer card game and ups the ante with beautiful animations, hundreds of cards, and brand new ways to enjoy this long-running game on Switch.
Yu-Gi-Oh! Master Duel is a great free game to play on Switch since it encourages players of all skill levels to hop in and enjoy its card game goodness. If you happen to be brand new to Yu-Gi-Oh! in general, the game kindly provides an in-depth tutorial to get you up to speed so you can gather more cards and take on other players in rotating tournaments.
4 Super Animal Royale
Are you someone that likes battle royale games? If you answered no to that question, what about trying a fun and fierce multiplayer version of the genre where you get to play as a host of adorable animals? Super Animal Royale is just that, a battle royale game that features super colorful graphics where you play as a cat, a dog, a fox, a bird, or any of the other dozens of characters as you duke it out across an expansive map.
On paper, Super Animal Royale isn’t that much different from other battle royales in that you must avoid an ever-shrinking play area while defeating the other players in a given match. However, this game is much more accessible since the map is not too large, the loot pool is smaller, and most matches finish up in under ten minutes or so. Gather your animal friends together to try this one out on Switch.
3 Knockout City
Knockout City might just be one of the most creative multiplayer games on the Switch. Knockout City is a free-to-play dodgeball game where you and your small team must face off against another team in a fantastic assortment of themed maps. This game thrives off of its jazzy charm, host of well-crafted characters, and nuanced dodgeball gameplay.
On the surface, it might sound quite simple to just throw a dodgeball at another player in order to knock them out, however, Knockout City actually allows for strategic play with specific throws, jumps, dodges, and even some awesome special balls to throw around . If you are looking for a fast-paced, kinetic multiplayer game then Knockout City is a no-brainer on the Switch.
Ninjala might be one of the most underrated free multiplayer experiences on the Switch, mostly because it’s a game that is hard to pin down in terms of gameplay. So what exactly is Ninjala? The most obvious comparison when looking at gameplay or screenshots would probably be Splatoon, whereby you play multiple rounds in third-person on smaller maps, but, without the paint-splashing gameplay.
Ninjala is essentially a multiplayer action game where you play as cartoony ninjas who use gum-based weapons and abilities to deal damage and to lay the smackdown on opponents. Your goal in each match is to use your character’s specific gum attacks and abilities to knock out opponents while getting the highest score for style and substance. It’s a wacky game but has a great community and plenty of content to enjoy.
Dauntless is a unique monster-pummeling game that feels like equal parts Monster Hunter and a Saturday morning cartoon. Dauntless has you and your party take on gargantuan monsters across multiple biomes and lands. While not as complex and nuanced as something like Monster Hunter, this free-to-play game rewards you for patience, teamwork, and specializing in the various weapons on offer, namely, giant swords, axes, hammers, and the like.
Dauntless is sort of the unsung hero in the realm of free-to-play games on Switch, or on any platform for that matter. You don’t hear too many people talking about how fun it is to smash giant monsters in the face with a team of players, however, for those that have played it, it provides a deep, expansive, and highly enjoyable experience.
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