Back when you were a kid, you probably only got new video games every now and then, meaning they’d have to last you. In the days of the NES and SNES, that meant finding every secret in a game and even inventing new ways to play. These days, you can just buy a game that is guaranteed to last you more than 50 hours.
There are a bunch of these games for the Nintendo Switch as well as every other modern platform. While some third-party games did make it on to this list, we tried to focus on games exclusive to the Switch in case you like to play across multiple systems.
1. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
First off, yes, you probably own this game if you own a Switch. If you don’t, 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.
2. Animal Crossing: New Horizons
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.
3. Xenoblade Chronicles 2
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.
4. Fire Emblem: Three Houses
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.
5. Octopath Traveler
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.
6. Monster Hunter Generations Ultimate
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.
7. Dragon Quest XI S: Echoes of an Elusive Age (Definitive Edition)
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.
8. The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
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.
9. The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt Complete Edition
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? Considering this edition includes the game’s Hearts of Stone and Blood and Wine expansion packs, 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?
Don’t Forget About Other Platforms
As I mentioned at the top, there are super-long games for every modern gaming system, and plenty of them are fantastic. If you don’t game exclusively on the Switch, take a look at our recommendations for the longest Xbox One games and the longest PlayStation 4 games.
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