Nintendo Switch Year In Review – Our Stats And Most Played Games – Nintendo Life

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Just recently Nintendo gave us an insight into our gaming years on Switch; it provided a reminder that Mario is always watching when we play, and that we’ve devoted many days of the year to this lovely hobby of ours. Depending on region you get a neat page of information that covers your most played games, handheld / docked split, number of games played and more besides.

If you still haven’t done it, head to the pages below and make sure you’re logged into your Nintendo Account.

A number of us in Nintendo Life Towers (also known as our individual home offices, but never mind) looked at our stats and some of the results were… surprising. In some cases it reminds us of big games we reviewed, or games that dominated our routines or specific months.

So, in the spirit of sharing, some of our team have decided to write about their top three games along with some thoughts on the results. Enjoy!

Actually you were number 2 (Image: Capcom)

Thomas Whitehead, deputy editor

  1. Animal Crossing: New Horizons – 141 hours
  2. The Great Ace Attorney Chronicles – 38 hours
  3. Monster Hunter Rise – 37 hours

I enjoyed reading my stats, which were a mix of the expected and some eyebrow-raising surprises. For example I expected handheld play to dominate, with 70% of my time leaving that dock empty. I knew October would be my busiest month thanks to Metroid Dread, which I played through twice within a couple of weeks.

Overall playtime was nearly half of what it was in 2020, though – Switch was my undisputed gaming system a year ago, but has had more competition this year. It’s not been gathering dust, though, and apparently I still started 38 new games this year; I don’t think I finished 38, but that’s life.

As for the top 3, number 1 was guaranteed as I play it a little every single day, it’s part of my morning routine. The Great Ace Attorney Chronicles has been a lovely surprise though, as I’ve enjoyed the very slow, gradual progression; I’ve not even finished it yet! It’s a series that has always offered amazing value for money, and let’s not forget it’s two games in one. That’s a lot of reading and OBJECTIONS.

And Monster Hunter Rise is marvellous, if anything I should have played it more. Looking over my Switch year as a whole I’ve concluded that it was a good one, especially considering the craziness of the last two years. Thanks a lot, humble little Switch.

Ah, the island life (Image: Nintendo Life)

Kate Gray, staff writer

  1. Animal Crossing: New Horizons – 184 hours
  2. Story of Seasons: Friends of Mineral Town – 71 hours
  3. Story of Seasons: Pioneers of Olive Town – 58 hours

I think this paints a rather unfair picture of me as a farm-crazy gamer! I play lots of games, and I put massive amounts of time into Ace Attorney and Fata Morgana this year… but …….


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