The Nintendo Switch shouldn't wipe playtime data after a year, Nintendo investigating

The Nintendo Switch shouldn't wipe playtime data after a year, Nintendo investigating

Upon further investigation, some suggested that this happens because the Switch doesn't take the year into account when checking a game's last played date, only the month and day, which means if you were to check your launch day Zelda: Breath of the Wild playtime it would read zero.

This is best explained with an illustrative example. Nintendo will release an update in the near future to fix this problem. Although we've poured hundreds of hours into the game since then (how else do you think we could have made our guides?), that same Nintendo Switch now says we only started playing Breath of the Wild six days ago. The amount of time played would display as "0 days ago", leading some fans to believe that the Nintendo Switch only recorded game time for a year. The game went on to receive a score of 97 on Metacritic, as well as numerous Game of the Year awards. Therefore, once these one-year-old games hit the 376-day mark, they should revert to showing the number of hours the game has been played - at least, in theory.

Not many Nintendo Switch titles have been affected by this play data reset.

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Marvel vs. Capcom 3 may be headed to Nintendo Switch. 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.

Nintendo has since acknowledged the issue in a tweet, stating "Some Nintendo owners' play activity information is displaying incorrectly". Usually companies tend to upgrade the hardware on their consoles on their new consoles, but it looks like Nintendo will be putting their focus into other aspects of the Switch for this year instead. Thankfully Nintendo is aware of the situation, explaining that they "expect to have more information to share in the near future".