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

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Just just lately Nintendo gave us an perception into our gaming years on Switch; it offered a reminder that Mario is at all times watching once we play, and that we have devoted many days of the 12 months to this beautiful pastime of ours. Depending on area you get a neat web page of knowledge that covers your most performed video games, handheld / docked cut up, variety of video games performed and extra apart from.

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Various us in Nintendo Life Towers (often known as our particular person residence places of work, however by no means thoughts) checked out our stats and a few of the outcomes have been… shocking. In some circumstances it reminds us of massive video games we reviewed, or video games that dominated our routines or particular months.


So, within the spirit of sharing, a few of our staff have determined to write down about their prime three video games together with some ideas on the outcomes. Enjoy!

Actually you were number 2Actually you have been quantity 2 (Image: Capcom)

Thomas Whitehead, deputy editor

  • Animal Crossing: New Horizons – 141 hours
  • The Great Ace Attorney Chronicles – 38 hours
  • Monster Hunter Rise – 37 hours
  • I loved studying my stats, which have been a mixture of the anticipated and a few eyebrow-elevating surprises. For instance I anticipated handheld play to dominate, with 70% of my time leaving that dock empty. I knew October could be my busiest month due to Metroid Dread, which I performed by means of twice inside a few weeks.

    Overall playtime was practically half of what it was in 2020, although – Switch was my undisputed gaming system a 12 months in the past, however has had extra competitors this 12 months. It’s not been gathering mud, although, and apparently I nonetheless began 38 new video games this 12 months; I do not assume I completed 38, however that is life.


    As for the highest 3, number one was assured as I play it a bit of each single day, it is a part of my morning routine. The Great Ace Attorney Chronicles has been a stunning shock although, as I’ve loved the very sluggish, gradual development; I’ve not even completed it but! It’s a sequence that has at all times supplied wonderful worth for cash, and let’s not neglect it is two video games in a single. That’s lots of studying and OBJECTIONS.

    And Monster Hunter Rise is marvellous, if something I ought to have performed it extra. Looking over my Switch 12 months as a complete I’ve concluded that it was one, particularly contemplating the craziness of the final two years. Thanks rather a lot, humble little Switch.

    Ah, the island lifeAh, the island life (Image: Nintendo Life)

    Kate Gray, employees author

  • Animal Crossing: New Horizons – 184 hours
  • Story of Seasons: Friends of Mineral Town – 71 hours
  • Story of Seasons: Pioneers of Olive Town – 58 hours
  • I believe this paints a relatively unfair image of me as a farm-loopy gamer! I play a number of video games, and I put large quantities of time into Ace Attorney and Fata Morgana this 12 months… however after all, those I spent probably the most time in are those that reward you for normal examine-ins. I do not assume it is significantly consultant of my gaming habits, although. However, discovering out that I spent 59% of my gaming time in transportable mode is smart. I’ve at all times been a handheld gal.


    Apparently, I’ve performed 41 video games this 12 months. Not certain if that counts video games that I’ve put in, and never touched, but it surely sounds about proper. My prime genres are Action/Adventure/Simulation/RPG/Puzzle, which I in all probability might have guessed, though I’m undecided what number of puzzle video games I’ve performed this 12 months, aside from Bonfire Peaks.

    Looking at my Steam library for comparability, I spent a loooot of time in Valheim (92.9 hours) and Hades (191 hours, oh my god) in addition to 49 hours in Astroneer, 36 hours in Loop Hero, 23 hours into Raft, 17 hours in Resident Evil 4, 15 hours in Inscryption, and 31 hours in Chicory. Lots of these video games I might have performed on Switch in the event that they’d come out on the identical time… and I’m possible going to do comparable numbers with Astroneer in the case of Switch! And, properly, I can not examine how lengthy I’ve spent in Minecraft as a result of the web site is at the moment down, however I’d estimate at the least 200-300 hours. See, I’m completely an actual gamer.

    Perfect for some snatched moments of gaming timePerfect for some snatched moments of gaming time (Image: Nintendo)

    Jon Cartwright, video producer

  • Super Smash Bros. Ultimate – 176 hours
  • Tetris 99 – 47 hours
  • Animal Crossing: New Horizons – 35 hours
  • 2021 goes down as one of many Switch’s coolest years in my eyes. Tons of sudden revivals of area of interest gems that can really form how I view the system’s legacy…however my core stats replicate none of that with my three most performed video games being older releases. I performed extra video games than I did in 2020 however for a shorter period of time – I’ve excuses although!

    I had a child simply on the finish of 2020 which has impacted when and the way I play video games. My handheld ratio is much greater than docked (63% transportable play), it’s because the TV belongs to Bluey now. I’ve turn into extra selective with what video games I select to play and did not find yourself taking up many over 30 hours in size. My prime three all share one thing in widespread, these are video games I’ll play for a couple of minutes at a time however with their evergreen nature these minutes add up quick.

    You're... still playing Breath of the Wild?You’re… nonetheless taking part in Breath of the Wild? (Image: Nintendo)

    Gavin Lane, editor

    It seems that as a result of I opted to not ship all my play information to The Man, I don’t have entry to my stats like everybody else. Instead, I get the next message:

    Unfortunately, we don’t have sufficient information about your Play Activity this 12 months to offer you a full 2021 Nintendo Switch Year in Review.

    Sad faces all ‘spherical. It’s in all probability for the perfect. Despite shopping for a prodigious amount of video games, my general playtime has possible been fairly low this 12 months – thanks children — with older video games taking over a lot of my valuable free time (sure, by playtime Blasphemous might be my GOTY 2021). The variety of video games I’ve ‘played for a little while’ is, frankly, embarrassing. Triple-figure backlog. Night. Mare.

    Looking at my profile, it’s… properly, it’s a bit complicated. Having migrated to a Switch OLED in October, I haven’t redownloaded Bowser’s Fury and or Skyward Sword but, which might in any other case characteristic in my prime 3. As issues stand, Metroid Dread, Tetris Effect: Connected and er, Breath of the Wild are my most performed video games of 2021.

    It’s these Korok seeds, see? Still received a handful to search out after 280 hours. My ol’ mum did her Year in Review, although, and revealed to me that she’s put a whopping 424 hours into BOTW this 12 months alone. Retirement, eh? What a grand lark that’ll be!

    October was a busy month for a lot of usOctober was a busy month for lots of us (Image: Nintendo)

    Ollie Reynolds, reviewer

  • Tetris 99 – 27 hours
  • Metroid Dread – 20 hours
  • Cuphead – 16 hours
  • Well, this may educate me by no means to mortgage one in every of my Switches to anybody..! Just previous to the launch of the OLED I’d lent my Switch to my brother, together with entry to my major account whereas he waited for the brand new console. Truth be instructed, I have not performed one minute of Tetris 99 this 12 months, however his dependancy has brought on it to shoot to the highest spot!

    No main surprises in any other case; I’d performed my Switch probably the most on October thirteenth, which might’ve coincided properly with Metroid Dread’s launch. I’m additionally not shocked within the slightest to see the vast majority of my time has been spent in transportable mode!

    Perfect for a daily fitness routinePerfect for a every day health routine (Image: Nintendo)

    Gonçalo Lopes, reviewer

    I’m going for a pleasant little countdown for my prime 3, that are all totally different from my colleagues!

    #3 – Haven (27 hours)

    The Game Baker’s Furi is a masterpiece that spoke to me on a number of ranges, so when Haven was introduced I most actually took discover. You gained’t must play it for lengthy till you begin to deeply look after Yu and Kai’s survival on the titular planet. Well written dialogue and wonderful voice appearing are rounded up by an incredible soundtrack by Danger.

    #2 Wrestling Empire (94 hours)

    January 2022 will mark the one 12 months anniversary of this ‘hidden gem’. It additionally marks twelve months of steady free updates offered by a relentless Mat Dickie. Even with out the upcoming ‘free roam’ mode, it’s the finest wrestling recreation ever made, out-wrestling by miles its actual life inspiration’s present state. Plus you should use Nintendo 64 consoles as weapons that randomly explode on influence.

    #1 Fitness Boxing 2 (99 hours)

    After 300 days straight in Ring Fit Adventure in 2020 I wanted one thing contemporary to proceed my every day exercise routine. I picked this one after spending fairly a while with the unique and it was good to have acquainted digital P.T.s making me shadow field every day to the sound of Darude’s Sandstorm. In case you’re nonetheless questioning: Yes, these do work. It is all about self-discipline.

    Those are a few of our Switch years in evaluate; make sure you share yours within the feedback under!

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