Purchasing a new games console can be expensive. Sometimes, consoles come with built-in digital games or physical copies as added value. This was the case with the popular Nintendo Wii pack-in game Wii Sports, but does Nintendo Switch come with games included? Here’s the need-to-know on whether or not Nintendo Switch and Nintendo Switch Lite come with games installed.
Does Nintendo Switch come with games installed?
Since the Nintendo Wii included Wii Sports — to huge success, no less — it seems reasonable to assume that the Switch would receive similar treatment. As a practice, built-in games still happen; PlayStation 5 hardware will include a pre-installed copy of Astro’s Playroom, for example. So, do the Nintendo Switch and Switch Lite include pre-loaded games?
Those who buy a Nintendo Switch as part of a bundle will get games included. Different retailers offer different bundle package deals, allowing customers to purchase whichever best suits their needs. Included games can be physical, digital, or a mixture of both. Purchasing a Nintendo Switch Lite bundle that includes games works in the same fashion.
Bought alone, the console will not have any games included. Some limited-edition Nintendo Switch models do come bundled with the game that they’re designed to promote (see the Animal Crossing: New Horizons console), though a standard Nintendo Switch or Switch Lite does not include games.
It’s worth noting that there are numerous free-to-play games on the Nintendo Switch platform. No games are bundled with or pre-installed on consoles as standard, but it is possible to visit the Nintendo eShop and download certain titles free of charge; Fortnite and many other popular games can be installed for free.
There’s now an exciting new way to play games on Nintendo Switch via cloud gaming. Revealed during a recent Nintendo Direct Mini, users are able to stream games including Control and Hitman 3. Here’s how it works.