Nintendo Switch Playtime Records Deletes after a Year

Update: Nintendo has since confirmed on Twitter that play activity are “being recorded accurately in the background”. Nintendo has also once again confirmed that a future update will come to resolve the issue.

Original Story: Nintendo Switch users are discovering certain playtime stats gathered since the console’s launch are resetting and erasing info.

On the Switch, players can go to their profile on the home menu and look at the last 20 games they have played, along with how many hours were spent in each one. The Switch takes 10 days to process playtime when a game is first booted, and with that users are noticing the stats are taking the day and month into account, not the year.

For example, if you played Breath of the Wild when it and the console launched on March 3rd, 2017, and the current date is March 5th, 2018, the stats will say you played the game two days ago, even if you have not booted the game in months.

Considering how limited the Switch’s activity log is anyway, this is a big issue for anyone who likes to keep track of their playtime, including myself. This is a substantial issue for those who care about tracking the time spent with a game. It might be a small feature in the grand scheme of things, but the playtime stats were a unique way to remind players of how much time they committed to a game, for better or worse.

Nintendo has since acknowledged the issue in a tweet, stating “Some Nintendo owners’ play activity information is displaying incorrectly. We are aware of the issue and we expect to have more information to share in the near future”.

Nintendo has since acknowledged that the playtime for each user has not been reset and will return when the update comes.

Keep your eyes on the Mammoth Gamers for further developments.

Danny Santos is a journalist at Mammoth Gamers. He enjoys games, comics, and tons of coffee. Last seen: Entering the underground Smash Ultimate Fight Club with a Gamecube controller.