Top 5 budget Switch games this week. (02.03.21)

As a collector of physical Switch cartridges, my principles forbid me to buy a digital download for more than $10. So every week I find five great budget Switch games in the Nintendo eShop discounted to $10 or less. (In no particular order.)

This week’s top five:

Horror Pinball Bundle $8.99 $2.96
Horror Pinball Bundle
It’s not uncommon to find pinball games for less than $10, but for less than a dollar a table. I think this qualifies as a great deal if you like pinball simulators. Plus, if you ask me, it’s never too early to stock up on Halloween games. This game also supports vertical orientation on the Switch, which is especially handy if you already have the FlipGrip to play retro arcade games, shoot-em-ups, and pinball games.

Blossom Tales: The Sleeping King $14.99 $7.49 (Demo Available)
Blossom Tales
This game is definitely a tribute to the classic SNES game The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past. It’s not a long story at only about 8 hours, but the intricate level design, colorful pixel-art, and challenging bosses make this adventure game a hidden gem for only $7.49.

Panzer Dragoon: Remake $24.99 $6.24
Panzer Dragoon Remake
Panzer Dragoon is an on-rails shooter originally released for the Sega Saturn console. The remake contains the same core principles and gameplay with updated graphics and controls for modern multi-stick/multi-button controllers. The on-rails shooter style isn’t for everyone, but fans of the original will love the new graphics.

The Coma (Recut) $14.99 $8.99
The Coma (Recut)
If you’re into Korean horror films like Train to Busan, Haunted Asylum, or Parasite; you’ll probably like The Coma. It’s a survival-horror game with no combat mechanics to speak of, but lots of crouching and hiding inside lockers to survive. If you’re really into this kind of K-horror survival, there’s a sequel called The Coma 2: Vicious Sisters also on sale for $8.99.

Thomas Was Alone $9.99 $7.99 (Demo Available)
Thomas Was Alone
It’s not even out yet, but I’m making the recommendation that you pre-order this game. As a fan of pixel-art platformers, the simple yet effective art-style grabbed me instantly. There’s plenty of challenging levels, multiple characters with unique abilities. A delightful story told by British comedian Danny Wallace; who won a BAFTA award for his performance as a somewhat whimsical narrator.

Honorable Mention:

Dead Cells $24.99 $12.49
Dead Cells
What would happen if you put the best parts of Hades, Dark Souls, and Castlevania in a blender? You’d get a delicious smoothie called Dead Cells. This game won Action Game of The Year at The Game Awards in 2018 for its fast-paced action, vibrant art-style, and high replay value. RNG-based equipment and maps ensure no two playthroughs are the same. This adds to the challenge because the game is already pretty hard, and you will die. A lot. But that’s part of the fun with this kind of game, trust me.

For more great deals, check out last week’s list as many of those games might still be on sale! I’ll be back next week with another list of five great budget Switch games in the Nintendo eShop discounted to $10 or less!

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