If you’re anything like us, you’ll have a strange obsession with keeping an eye on how many hours you’ve put into your favourite games. There’s something oddly satisfying about seeing your Splatoon 2 hour count reach unhealthy numbers as you sit down for another night of inking the town neon pink – or is that just us?
Regardless, Nintendo has now issued an official list of the most-played Switch games of 2019, based on players’ play time. To be as clear as possible, the ranking below is “based on time played on all Nintendo Switch consoles with a European Nintendo Account for which data sharing is enabled”.
2. The Legend Zelda: Breath of the Wild
3. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
5. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe
6. Pokémon: Let’s Go, Pikachu!
7. Pokémon: Let’s Go, Eevee!
8. Super Mario Odyssey
9. FIFA 19
10. Splatoon 2
11. Pokémon Sword
12. Pokémon Shield
13. New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe
14. Super Mario Party
15. Super Mario Maker 2
16. Fire Emblem: Three Houses
17. FIFA 18
18. The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening
19. Diablo III: Eternal Collection
20. Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle
It’s not surprising to see that nothing could topple Fortnite’s immense popularity, but it is interesting to see just how important Zelda: Breath of the Wild is to the system. Still, despite being a launch title, the game is consistently being bought and played and seems to be serving as the Switch’s killer app.
Pokémon Sword and Shield nearing the top ten is also an impressive feat considering they were only available for a month a half of 2019.
Does this list look anything like your own? Are you surprised by any of the games listed? Share your thoughts with us in the comments below.