Nintendo Switch Catch-All 2.0

40 Switch games across 481 hours. Zelda TotK, Pokemon Violet, and Xenoblade Chronicles Definitive Edition took the lion's share of this time. No regrets

"8
total games
21
total hours"

Oh but that was before Dragon Quest Monsters Dark Prince released. That game has a playtime counter in the options menu and I'm already beyond 80 hours.

22 games, 162 total hours.

97 hours of Tears of the Kingdom! And I didn't even finish!

14 games 271 hours

175 TOTK
84 BOTW
4 Super Mario Golf Rush

Apparently I didn't use my switch for much:

100 TOTK
9 Minecraft
6 Divinity Original Sin II

I've been meaning to play my copies of Disco Elysium and Octopath Traveler. Maybe even pick up XB3. Goals for next year!

Blah blah Tears of the Kingdom blah blah most of my Switch time blah blah

How the heck did I spend 8 hours in Yoku's Island Express? I 100%ed that game back when it was new and just grabbed the Switch port on a whim when it was on sale for a couple bucks. I guess I did get my money's worth out of the double-dip.

24 Games (at least 4 were my son launching something I'd never play like Sonic Forces)
381 Hours

Tears of the Kingdom - 154 (console says 175 at the time of credits last week)
Xenoblade Chronicles 3 - 115 (plus a large chunk in December of last year)
Picross S7 - 34

I played most of my games outside those big 2 on PC.

This was a slow year for gaming for me it appears. Only 190 hours total on the Switch with only 18 games played. Two of my top three surprised me:

- Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom
- Game Boy Advance
- Metroid Prime Remastered

I honestly have no idea what I've been playing on the GBA emulator to make it into my top 3. And man, does that list remind me how hard I dropped Metroid Prime Remastered when I hit that final boss battle.

19 games and 205 hours this year.

Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom - 77 hours
Pikmin 4 - 30 hours
Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild - 19 hours

It was a Zelda year for me. Breath of the Wild was me playing the DLC for the first time in anticipation of the sequel.

Aristophan wrote:

It was a Zelda year for me. Breath of the Wild was me playing the DLC for the first time in anticipation of the sequel.

Same. Got 33 hours out of new DLC stuff mostly, and possibly a few shrines I missed 5 years ago. Pretty fun spring.

63 games and 246 hours this year.

Can you tell the Switch is my favorite console?

Fire Emblem Engage - 86 hours (funny, for a game I mostly resented)
Tears of the Kingdom - 59 hours
Prinny Presents Volume 1 - 18 hours
Kotor - 17 hours

That last one is my favorite of the year. That was me finishing off Phantom Brave, which was a huge highlight this year.

Legend of Grimrock for Nintendo Switch
* I hope it sells well but I don't need to buy it. Heck I could remember the correct pattern in several of the puzzles when watching the video.

Saw more leaks, rumors about the Switch 2 and I realized. I think I will pass on Nintendo this time - well new at least, I may buy a used one someday. The Switch has been a paradox for me - some of my favorite games of all time (Breath of the Wild 1 & 2, Astral Chain, Lugi's Mansion, and a couple others have been phenomenal but at the same time it is one of my least favorite consoles and if any game comes out on multiple platforms I will always get it on something else. It is really a first party machine and not much else but they are really failing on getting first party games out.

Totally fine to wait, of course. I disagree about them failing to get first party games out though.

Yeah if you don't like joycons or something that's fine. But be serious with criticism.

Nintendo First Party Games for Switch:

Spoiler:

Advance Wars 1+2 Re-Boot Camp

Animal Crossing New Horizons

Arms

Astral Chain

Bayonetta

Bayonetta 2

Bayonetta 3

Bayonetta Origins

Big Brain Academy Brain Vs Brain

Bravely Default 2

Cadence Of Hyrule: Crypt Of The NecroDancer Featuring The Legend Of Zelda

Captain Toad Treasure Tracker

Clubhouse Games: 51 Wordwide Classics

Daemon X Machina

DC Super Hero Girls: Teen Power

Detective Pikachu 2

Donkey Kong Country Tropical Freeze

DOOM (No “Nintendo” on Spine. Find “published by Nintendo” on back of case)

Dragon Quest Builders

Dragon Quest Builders 2

Dragon Quest XI S: Echoes of an Elusive Age

Dr Kawashima’s Brain Training For NS

Fire Emblem Engage

Fire Emblem Three Houses

Fire Emblem Warriors

Fire Emblem Warriors: Three Hopes

Fitness Boxing

Fitness Boxing 2: Rhythm and Exercise

Game Builder Garage

Go Vacation

Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity

Hyrule Warriors Definitive Edition

Kirby And The Forgotten Land

Kirby Return To DreamLand

Kirby Star Allies

Legend of zelda: Breath of the Wild (The)

Legend of Zelda Tears of the Kingdom (The

Legend of Zelda Link’s Awakening (The)

Legend of Zelda: Skywards Sword HD (The)

Live A Live

Luigi’s Mansion 3

Mario Golf: Super Rush

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe

Mario Party Superstars

Mario RPG

Mario Strikers: Battle League

Mario Tennis Aces

Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battles

Mario + Rabbids: Sparks of hope

Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3: The Black Order

Metroid Dread

Metroid Prime Remastered

Metroid Prime 4

Miitopia

New Pokemon Snap

New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe

Nintendo Labo: Toy-Con 01 - Variety Kit

Nintendo Labo: Toy-Con 02 - Robot Kit

Nintendo Labo: Toy-Con 03 - Vechicle Kit

Nintendo Labo: Toy-Con 04 - VR Kit

Nintendo Switch Sports

Paper Mario The Origami King

Pikmin 1 + 2

Pikmin 3 Deluxe

Pikmin 4

Pokemon Shield

Pokemon Sword

Pokemon Sword + Expansion Pass

Pokemon Shield + Expansion Pass

Pokemon Mystery Dungeon: Rescue Team DX

Pokemon Let’s Go Pikachu

Pokemon Let’s Go Eevee

Pokemon Violet

Pokemon Scarlet

Pokemon Legends Arceus

Pokemon Shining Pearl

Pokemon Brilliant Diamond

Pokken Tournament

Ring Fit Adventure

Skyrim (No “Nintendo” on Spine. Find “published by Nintendo” on back of case)

Snipperclips Plus

Splatoon 2

Splatoon 3

Super Mario Bros. Wonder

Super Mario Maker 2

Super Mario Odyssey

Super Mario Party

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

Super Mario 3D All-Stars

Super Mario 3D World + Bowser’s Fury

Sushi Striker: The Way of Sushido

Tetris 99

The World Ends With You: Final Mix

Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE Encore

Triangle Strategy

Wario Ware Get It Together

Wario Ware Move It

Xenoblade Chronicles Definitive Edition

Xenoblade Chronicles 2

Xenoblade Chronicles 2: Torna The Golden Country

Xenoblade Chronicles 3

Yoshi’s Crafted World

1-2-Switch

I love that you list Metroid Prime 4 as a first party exclusive for the switch. I don’t really remember much about it. It’s kind of fuzzy. I can’t remember how it played can you show me some videos?

Also, like, it's cool that Dragon Quest XI, Doom, Skyrim, etc. can be played on the Switch, but including games that were developed by third parties for other platforms, ported by other third parties, and then published by Nintendo on their platform and only their platform is really stretching the definition of "first party."

Yeah, but I think their output has been strong since switching to one platform anyway.

Well the list for Sony gets written the same way, with published by Sony tags... It's considerably shorter... With or without "announced only" games

Spoiler:

Demon's Souls
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War (Published by Sony Interactive Entertainment in Japan)
Sackboy: A Big Adventure
Marvel's Spider-Man: Miles Morales

Astro's Playroom
Marvel's Spider-Man Remastered

2021
Destruction AllStars
The Nioh Collection (Published by Sony Interactive Entertainment outside Japan)
MLB The Show 21
Returnal
Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart
Ghost of Tsushima Director's Cut
Death Stranding Director's Cut
Call of Duty: Vanguard (Published by Sony Interactive Entertainment in Japan)
PlayStation Network
Nioh Remastered (Published by Sony Interactive Entertainment outside Japan)
Nioh 2 Remastered (Published by Sony Interactive Entertainment outside Japan)
Ghost of Tsushima: Legends

2022
God of War Ragnarök
Gran Turismo 7
Horizon Forbidden West
MLB The Show 22
The Last of Us Part I
Uncharted: Legacy of Thieves Collection

2023
Final Fantasy XVI (Published by Sony Interactive Entertainment in Asia excluding Japan)
Gran Turismo 7 (PlayStation VR2 support)
Horizon Forbidden West: Complete Edition
Marvel's Spider-Man 2
MLB The Show 23
PlayStation VR2
Firewall Ultra (Download only)
Horizon Call of the Mountain (Download only)

2024
The Last of Us Part II Remastered

Announced for 2024
Concord
Helldivers II
Rise of the Ronin
Stellar Blade

And a bunch of these PS5 games came out on PC too eventually. So timed exclusive is more accurate than actual exclusive.

I love my PS5 but saying Nintendo doesn't have good first party output? Again I say, be serious.

Few would argue that Nintendo's first party output is some of, if not the, best in the business. It's a matter of whether it's so good that it makes up for its less-stellar third party support and general ecosystem, which have certainly improved quite a bit in recent years, but still lag behind the competition.

I'm in a similar situation to Farley, especially since getting a Steam Deck, which has largely supplanted my Switch as my "indies and games I want in a portable form factor" machine. My Switch is increasingly used only for big first party Nintendo releases, your Tears of the Kingdomses and Mario Wonderses.

It would be unfair to say that Nintendo is "bad" at first party releases, but it's still reasonable to question whether it's worth it for me to follow them to their next platform for one or two releases that I'm interested in in a good year.

hbi2k wrote:

I'm in a similar situation to Farley, especially since getting a Steam Deck, which has largely supplanted my Switch as my "indies and games I want in a portable form factor" machine. My Switch is increasingly used only for big first party Nintendo releases, your Tears of the Kingdomses and Mario Wonderses.

Sure. I am also in a similar situation with my Steam Deck, but this discussion was kicked off by Farley saying "they (Nintendo) are really failing on getting first party games out", which is one of the craziest gaming takes I've read in a long time.

I think that list is really stretching the definition of "Nintendo first party" to its breaking point, though. DOOM? That's an every-platform game that just by quirk happens to be (co-)published by Nintendo on the Nintendo Switch platform for the physical release. Even Nintendo.com lists the publisher solely as Bethesda.

Likewise, while Triangle Strategy is slightly more defensible, it's published by Square Enix globally for PC, published by Square Enix in Japan for Switch, and only published by Nintendo outside of Japan for Switch.

I think the core point of Nintendo having released a lot of true blue first-party titles on Switch is accurate, but that list has been subject to juuust a bit of padding.

Yes, the list is padded but even without the padding, Farley’s statement was hard to take seriously. Which is not to say everyone needs to like the Switch or want a Switch 2. There are valid reasons for that. Lack of first party support isn’t one of them. Now, if you tend not to like those games, fair enough.

Here is the list of the games Nintendo released in the last two years:

2022

Bayonetta 3
Fire Emblem Warriors: Three Hopes
Kirby and the Forgotten Land
Mario + Rabbids: Sparks Of Hope
Nintendo Switch Sports
Pokémon Legends: Arceus
Pokemon Scarlet And Violet
Splatoon 3
Triangle Strategy
Xenoblade Chronicles 3

2023

Bayonetta Origins: Cereza and the Lost Demon
Detective Pikachu Returns
Everybody 1-2 Switch!
Fire Emblem Engage
Pikmin 4
Super Mario Bros. Wonder
The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom
WarioWare: Move It!

18 exclusives over two years. I understand Farley's point about he is not sure if he is going to get the next console just to play maybe 2-3 games per year. Everyone has their own taste, but that is a pretty barren 2022 for me, and 3 games I wanted to play in 2023. If they continue putting out 8-10 exclusive games per year, everyone has to decide how many they need to care about to make it worth it to buy a Switch 2 for them and their budget.

(I removed remakes like Advanced Wars and Super Mario RPG from the list)

So there’s two different things being discussed here I think.

- Is it worth it to own a Switch or it’s follow-up for first-party titles only?
- Is Nintendo “really failing on getting first party games out”?

The first question is subjective.

The second, I think, is not as subjective. I think even Gnome’s list is very good first party output.

They are getting the games out. If it’s not worth it to you because only a couple of them interest you and you have a Steam Deck also or whatever, totally fine.

steinkrug wrote:

So there’s two different things being discussed here I think.

- Is it worth it to own a Switch or it’s follow-up for first-party titles only?
- Is Nintendo “really failing on getting first party games out”?

The first question is subjective.

The second, I think, is not as subjective. I think even Gnome’s list is very good first party output.

They are getting the games out. If it’s not worth it to you because only a couple of them interest you and you have a Steam Deck also or whatever, totally fine.

For me there are just two; both of which haven't drawn me in as much as I would have thought (listed below). Anyways, if the price is right AND it has backward compatibility I'm in. It has been a great long plane ride killer for me and I have a little bit of a backlog at this point. First and 3rd party. I got burned on the Wii-U digital purchases so I'll remain cautiously optimistic.

Super Mario Bros. Wonder - Nintendo Switch
The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom - Nintendo Switch

I’m at a place in life where 2 - 3 games per year is about all I can handle time wise. Unfortunately Nintendo alone releases 5 or 6 games I want to play and then there are various indie games.

I might feel differently if I spent significant time on my Steam Deck, but I still prefer to play most stuff on the Switch due to the Steam Deck being so big and bulky to carry around.

Yeah, I can't hang with joycons so I've got big bulky third-party replacements that make it not much smaller (although certainly lighter) than a Steam Deck anyway. Smart design decision making them swappable so that I can do that, though!

I can deal with them because I use these silicone grips that add a bump to the back to make it shaped more like a controller. They're miserable flat. I can just get by with those, otherwise I would probably prefer the Steam Deck as well.

The thing I miss most about modern Nintendo are the truly portable games. I still play a bunch of GBA and DS, because there's just nothing like those games on modern consoles.

I've got fairly big hands, so I hold the JoyCons with my fingers and that works fine.