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Back when we were kids, we only got new video game releases every now and then, which meant each game had to last a long time—otherwise we’d run out of stuff to play.
In the days of the NES, we could pad gameplay by trying to find every secret without the help of wikis. We could also get creative and invent new ways to play. But even then, there wasn’t too much to do because games were small.
These days? You can buy games that are guaranteed to last more than 50 hours. And there are plenty of them available for the Nintendo Switch! Here are the longest Nintendo Switch games.
While a few third-party, cross-platform games made it on to this list, we tried to focus on games that are exclusive to the Nintendo Switch so you aren’t re-buying games you already own.
First off, yes, you probably own this game if you own a Nintendo Switch. If you don’t have it, you should probably buy it—even if you’ve never enjoyed a Zelda game before.
Do yourself a favor: don’t look anything up. Just jump in and explore. It may take longer, but you’ll savor the experience more.
Animal Crossing is always a system seller for Nintendo, and for good reason. This series has been addictive since the start, and each iteration adds even more reasons to keep playing. Animal Crossing: New Horizons is no exception with a new setting and new systems to keep the hours ticking by.
Developer Monolith Soft has been creating deep RPG experiences that stretch well past the 50-hour mark since the original Xenogears for the PlayStation in 1998.
Even if you ignore the DLC and tons of side content available in Xenoblade Chronicles 2, the main story should take you in the neighborhood of 60 hours if you’re not rushing.
The Fire Emblem series has never been known for short games, and Three Houses may be the longest single entry yet.
One play through of the main story usually takes around 50 hours, and that’s only playing as one of the titular three houses. If you want to see everything, expect to spend much more time.
Would you expect an RPG that follows eight individual storylines to be on the short side? If so, you’d be wrong.
Even moving through the storylines as fast as you can will take you up to the 50 hour mark, and if you want to do sidequests or simply enjoy the scenery, you’re going to need much more time.
Monster Hunter isn’t a series of games, it’s a way of life. While this is a return to what the series was like prior to the smash hit Monster Hunter World, anyone who has been onboard with the series from previous entries knows exactly what to expect, and that means maybe hundreds of hours worth of playtime.
If all you do is play through the main story of Dragon Quest XI on the Switch, it will take you roughly 50 hours.
That said, there are plenty of other things to do, and as has been the case for many entries in the series, these can easily double your playtime. Considering the extras in this version, you could play this for more than 150 hours without seeing everything.
If you’re remotely interested in Skyrim, you’ve already played it, but like so many games, it just feels different playing it in handheld mode on the Switch. Try running through with a different build or just play through it again. It’s Skyrim—you never really finish it.
Saying that you can play through The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt in 50 hours is like saying you can survive on nothing but bread and water. Technically yes, you might be able to do it, but who would choose that?
This edition includes the game’s Hearts of Stone and Blood and Wine expansion packs, so expect to spend upwards of 100 hours.
10. Stardew Valley
If you’ve heard of Stardew Valley, chances are good that you already own it. That said, do you own it on the Switch? Because playing this game on the go or just kicking back on the couch may be the best way to enjoy it.
Technically, you can finish this game in under 50 hours, but who would ever want to rush through a game like Stardew Valley?
Better Nintendo Switch Gaming Sessions
The games on this list will definitely last you a long time and get you the best bang for your buck, but make sure you grab yourself a few essential Nintendo Switch accessories for better comfort and an improved gaming experience during those long hours!