Not sure if you’ll really like a game? Find out if you truly enjoy the game before buying it by playing these free demos.
Have you ever wanted to buy a Nintendo Switch game, but you weren’t sure if you would actually enjoy it? There are plenty of games on the eShop that have free demos for you to play before you purchase the game. Here is every Nintendo Switch game with a free demo that you can play right now.
- Puyo Puyo Tetris
- Dragon Quest Builders
- Pokkén Tournament DX
- Just Dance® 2020
- Rayman® Legends
- Just Dance 2017
- project OCTOPATH TRAVELER
- Blaster Master Zero
- Disgaea 5 Complete
- Spelunker Party!
- Heroes of the Monkey Tavern
- Kirby Star Allies
- Dark Witch Music Epsidoe
- Mighty Gunvolt Burst
- Piczle Lines DX
- League of Evil
- Star Ghost
- Embers of Mirrim
- Max: The Curse of the Brotherhood
- Pic-a-Pix Deluxe
- Lost Sphear
- Sushi Striker: The Way of the Sushido
- Monster Hunter Generations Ultimate
- Mega Man 11
- Monster Boy and the Cursed Kingdom
- Katamari Damacy REROLL
- Cadence of Hyrule
- NBA 2K20
- Puzzle Quest: The Legend Returns
- Ori and the Blind Forest
- AeternoBlade II
- Disgaea 4 Complete
- Resident Evil 6
- Resident Evil 5
- Mario and Sonic at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020
- Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker
- Pokémon: Let’s Go, Eevee!
- Pokémon: Let’s Go, Pikachu!
- Fitness Boxing
- Yoshi’s Crafted World
- Dragon Quest Builders 2
- DAEMON X MACHINA
- Dragon Quest XI S: Echoes of an Elusive Age – Definitive Edition
Puyo Puyo Tetris
Puyo Puyo Tetris is a puzzle-solving game based on the best-selling game of all time with a little Sega twist. This game has both a single-player and multiplayer mode in which you can face off against friends. You can also play online against other players to test your skills against others.
Dragon Quest Builders
Although the full game isn’t available until February 9, you can play the demo until that day comes out. Dragon Quest Builders is a building and combat game where you have to build up a town’s level while also defending it from the evil Dragonlord’s monsters.
This is a multiplayer puzzle-solving game that’s great when you have friends over. You will have to figure out how to snip your friends into a particular shape and fit it into the hole to get through each level. Some levels have different challenges you have to complete, which always include fitting into one shape or another.
Pokkén Tournament DX
Every Pokémon lover was thrilled when this game came out because it was finally a Pokémon game on the Nintendo Switch. You get to fight Pokémon in an arena against AIs, but you can play against your friends too.
Just Dance 2020
Just Dance 2020 has over 500 of your favorite songs to dance to as you play against your friends or on your own. With songs by artists like Ariana Grande and Lil Nas, there’s sure to be something for everyone.
Seeing Rayman back on the screen is great, and you can play this game with four of your friends as well! As Rayman, Globox, and the Teensies, you and your friends can tackle every map as your favorite characters. You can also play against your friends in tournaments with wireless multiplayer.
Project OCTOPATH TRAVELER
Project OCTOPATH TRAVELER is still in the making, but you can play what has been released in the available demo. This is an RPG similar to games like Fable or Destiny, where you can choose which path to take with your character. You have control over your choices, which will change your story.
Blaster Master Zero
This game is an old-school arcade-type game, similar to classic Super Mario Bros. This 8-bit side scroller is a great adventure game that will take you back to your arcade days without having to spend your own tokens.
Disgaea 5 Complete
Disgaea is an RPG game where you have to stop the evil Killia from taking over your realm. You’ll have to go through the world and form alliances to take on all of the evil beings.
This 3D storyteller, initially released for iOS in 2013, has you on an adventure to figure out why your father has left. You will make your way through Arcadia to defeat Oceanhorn, the sea monster. Grow and find your magical powers and take on the evil beasts.
Spelunker Party!, which is similar to MySims, is a multiplayer co-op game where you solve puzzles with others. This game has online and offline co-op modes, where you can play with friends or online players.
Heroes of the Monkey Tavern
Meet with the heroes in a tavern and follow a stranger who guides you to a tower full of riches. Heroes of the Monkey Tavern has plenty of puzzles, enemies, and traps for you to go through and solve.
VOEZ is all about music and capturing the notes as you see them on the screen. It takes place in a made-up Japanese town, and it follows the story of high schoolers forming a band that goes international. There are over a hundred songs you can play through, and there are three different levels of difficulty.
Kirby Star Allies
Everyone’s favorite pink puff is back in action on the Nintendo Switch! Gather up enemies by hitting them with hearts and play with four of your friends in the latest Kirby title. With so many new things to copy and new friends, Kirby is sure to be unstoppable.
Dark Witch Music Episode
This popular Dark Witch Episode spin-off is sure to keep you grooving to the beat. This game is all about timing; you have to follow the beat to defeat each boss. Whether you play by yourself or with a friend, this game will definitely keep you moving.
Mighty Gunvolt Burst
If you loved Mighty Gunvolt when it was released in 2014, then you will love Might Gunvolt Burst. This is a full-blown game, but the demo will make you feel like you’re playing the older, bite-sized game. Packed full of 2D fun, make sure to try out this game before you buy it.
Fight against XADA in mech suits in this sci-fi slasher game. Make your way through these enemies in the Avalon, the top mech suit that is sure to save the human race. Whether you choose melee or heavy weaponry, you’ll be sure to beat the XADA and save the world.
Save Slime-san as he flees from the giant worm that’s following him throughout each level. This cute platforming game is sure to keep your attention as you try to collect items while running away from your threat. You can play with a friend and make the most out of this game.
Piczle Lines DX
Connect the corresponding numbers and create a masterpiece! This art puzzle game has you create drawings while also solving puzzles, with 100 levels in story mode and over 200 levels in puzzle mode. This is a great game to sit down and relax with, so be sure to download it now.
League of Evil
Using your acrobatic skills, you’ll have to fly past traps and take down enemies from above in League of Evil. This is a fantastic platforming game that has 140 levels in all four chapters, and its 8-bit style makes it feel like a real arcade game.
Inversus is a co-op arcade shooter with a bit of a twist: you can only move on the tiles that are opposite of you. Whether you play with a friend or take them on, you have to be the first one to trap your enemy before they trap you. Download the demo now, and defeat as many stages as you can.
When her parents move her to an old and spooky house, Violett is less than pleased. This adventure-packed game takes you throughout Violett’s journey as she tries to discover why she moved to this town in the first place.
Patrol 12 star systems and take on never-before-seen enemies in Star Ghost, where you’re flying around in your ship to take down a Metagon war fleet. Make your past planets, through asteroid fields, and gaze at the stars as you take on enemies you encounter in each star system.
Embers of Mirrim
Take control of this beautiful mystical creature who has the power of both light and dark embers. Save your race as you get invaded by an alien threat, and take on anyone who stands in your way.
Max: The Curse of the Brotherhood
Join Max as he defends his baby brother in the forces of evil that are trying to take him away. His only defense is a Magic Marker that can bend the elements and protect both Max and his brother. Download the demo now as you try to save this brotherhood.
Paint by number with this game as you create art right at your fingertips. Pic-a-Pix is all about coloring in the numbers according to the picture and watching something come to life. Download this game now and get to painting.
Get your hands on the ChromaGun, a lab-created gun that can change the color of any wall. This Portal-type game has all of the fun of Portal with its own little twist. Distract the worker droids with walls of one color, and make your way through the exit. Easy enough, right?
Rebuild your beloved lost town and other parts of the world in Lost Sphear. As a power threatens the fabrication of reality, you have to use Memory to restore all that has been lost in the world. Download this demo to start rebuilding the world and your loved ones.
AeternoBlade is a game all about timing and puzzles solving, as you follow Freyja around this world. She is seeking revenge on the Lord of the Mist, who destroyed her loved ones and her village. Gain friends as you go throughout this puzzle-solving world, and download the demo to make sure you enjoy it.
This cute and compact RPG is not as it seems, it can be difficult and frustrating at times. Take on enemies as the world tries to rewrite the universe source code and get rid of all evil within it. Download the demo to try out this cute, yet tricky game so you know for sure that you can handle it.
Sushi Striker: The Way of the Sushido
Sushi Striker is a tasty match-three RPG with delicious sushi and fast-paced, frantic puzzle action. Match and devour sushi to battle enemies who stand between you and victory. This is one of the more unique match-three RPG games out there, and it’s worth a look.
Monster Hunter Generations Ultimate
Monster Hunter Generations Ultimate is the ultimate tribute to the history of Monster Hunter, and it’s great for newbies and veterans alike. Embark on epic hunts of big monsters, take them down, and use their parts to craft powerful armor and weapons to hunt even more monsters.
Mega Man 11
The latest Mega Man is here, and this demo gives you a taste of what to expect from the classic 2D action platformer. Take control of the Blue Bomber and battle the Robot Masters and take their powerful weapons for yourself, becoming the ultimate fighter.
Monster Boy and the Cursed Kingdom
Monster Boy and the Cursed Kingdom takes the best from a classic series and gives you a fresh and modern adventure. There are six forms of unique combat and platforming abilities that make the game interesting, and you can find new paths and secrets in the vast world. It’s worth looking into if you like RPGs.
Katamari Damacy REROLL
Katamari Damacy is back and now on Switch! Roll everything up and put them into the cosmos in this classic game, now updated with fresh graphics and new cutscenes with the King of All Cosmos and Prince of All Cosmos.
Cadence of Hyrule: Crypt of the NecroDancer Featuring The Legend of Zelda
If you love The Legend of Zelda and enjoy rhythm-based dungeon crawler roguelikes, then Cadence of Hyrule is perfect. It is a combo of music-based rhythm gameplay from the original Crypt of the NecroDancer and The Legend of Zelda. Plus, it includes all of the baddies from the classic franchise.
For basketball fans, NBA 2K20 is not to be missed. Play as your favorite NBA players, and even go through your career in the Story mode. The graphics are super realistic, and you won’t believe that you’re playing instead of watching an actual NBA game.
Puzzle Quest: The Legend Returns
Puzzle Quest is the original match-three RPG, and it’s now available on the Switch! This game is a remake of the original Puzzle Quest, complete with the expansion and plenty of new quests. Try it out and see how much of a challenge Puzzle Quest can be.
Square Enix is back at it again with a new JRPG, ONINAKI. This game is about a Watcher who is on a journey to protect Life from Death. What’s fun about this one are the hack-n-slash style battles, along with deep customization options for your daemons and weapons.
Ori and the Blind Forest
Ori and the Blind Forest is not a new game, but it is finally available on the Switch. This gorgeous action platformer features Ori, who must confront a dark nemesis to save the forest of Nibel.
If you enjoyed the first AeternoBlade that we mentioned, then you may want to check out the sequel as well. This is a fast-paced action puzzle platformer, where you must use the power of time itself to outwit enemies and explore mysterious new dimensions.
Disgaea 4 Complete
Disgaea 4 Complete features Valvatorez, a hero who must spark a rebellion against the corrupt Hades. Disgaea 4 has a ton of characters to recruit, train, and use in your arsenal to take down Hades.
Resident Evil 6
Resident Evil 6 is now on Switch, bringing along fan favorites and new faces to this epic chapter of the survival horror franchise. You can also play solo or with up to three other people. This includes all previous DLC.
Resident Evil 5
Another excellent entry in the popular survival horror franchise is Resident Evil 5. This one features Chris Redfield and Sheva Alomar, who both venture out to Africa to investigate an outbreak. This also includes all DLC content as well.
Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020
Mario and Sonic characters team up in this fun sports crossover game. There is a campaign story mode, as well as a bunch of sports mini-games to enjoy with friends. You’ll play in both 2D and 3D events, giving you a sense of nostalgia and modern at the same time.
For a truly unique fighting game, you’ll want to check out ARMS. Every fighter in this game has a unique ARMS style, which equates to deep, strategic gameplay with the controls. There are several different game modes as well, along with multiplayer and tournament modes.
Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker
Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker is a gem for any puzzle platformer fan. Help Toad avoid dangers while tracking treasures in trap-filled courses. You’ll also encounter some favorite Mario enemies in each course, and another player can join you too. The latest DLC adds 18 new challenges and five brand new courses.
Pokémon: Let’s Go, Eevee!
Pokémon: Let’s Go, Eevee! is a remake of the original Pokémon Blue, Red, and Yellow games, but this time you can choose Eevee as your starter Pokémon. Enjoy the classic Pokémon game that started it in all in a fresh new way, inspired by Pokémon Go.
Pokémon: Let’s Go, Pikachu!
This version of Pokémon: Let’s Go features Pikachu instead of Eevee. Otherwise, it’s the same remake of Pokémon Blue, Red, and Yellow, and features the original 151 Pokémon. The mobile Pokémon Go game inspires the gameplay mechanics.
Need to get active but don’t want a gym membership? Fitness Boxing could be a good way to get your exercise in. You can box to the beats of popular songs, and there’s a ton of content to unlock. Exercise can be fun!
Yoshi’s Crafted World
Yoshi returns in a gorgeous craft world made of everyday objects. You’ll be leaping high, gulping down enemies, and embark on an epic treasure hunt with Yoshi as he sets out to find all the collectibles. The game is gorgeous and perfect for the entire family.
Dragon Quest Builders 2
Couldn’t get enough Dragon Quest Builders? This sequel brings you even more building fun in the world of Dragon Quest! You’ll explore huge islands, gather craft materials, design your own towns, level them up, and defend them from hordes of monsters. There’s plenty of new content in this sequel, such as fast travel, swimming, dashing, gliding, and even first-person perspective gameplay.
Daemon X Machina
Daemon X Machina is a fast-paced action game featuring mech battles that will appeal to any fan of giant robots. You’re a mercenary and must defend Earth through high-speed combat against giant, corrupted robots by controlling your mech unit. It’s one of the cooler games out there, but you should try it out before buying the full game.
Dragon Quest XI S: Echoes of an Elusive Age – Definitive Edition
Dragon Quest XI S: Echoes of an Elusive Age – Definitive Edition is the latest in the main Dragon Quest games on the Switch. Take on the role of the Luminary, a hunted hero who will end up protecting the land from destruction. You can switch between HD or 16-bit visuals in this game, so you can play whichever mode you’re feeling up to at the moment.
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Updated December 2019: I’ve added in the newest demos on the Switch.
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Source of the article – iMore