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On March 3, 2018, the Nintendo Switch became a year old. As time has passed, my virtual library grew, and my opinions on the games I own have changed. In celebration of the Nintendo Switch’s birthday, here is a review of each game I have owned thus far with the time I spent playing it.


The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild: (190 hours)

Breath of the Wild, more like yawn of the indoors. I’m kidding. The Game of the Year is a deserved award for the latest addition to the Zelda series lineup. This game expands the elements of previous Zelda classics while bringing something new. Also, with this entry being the first Zelda game I played completely, it does make it hard to go back to previous games. BOTW allows for Link to jump and climb, which wasn’t in previous renditions. This is the best Switch game I own, and with the endless things to explore, my hours will keep on growing.

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe: (40 hours)

The newest addition to the Mario Kart series could be better. It has a lack-luster line up of characters that consist of Baby Mario, Baby Luigi, Baby Rosalina, Baby Peach, and Baby Daisy. How could R.O.B. or Petey Piranha be exempt from the roster? This addition takes away the fun of unlocking characters by racing, but it does include the DLC from the Wii U version from the start. I find myself pulling out my switch to battle with friends daily. Win or lose (but usually win) this game is a great way to spend time with friends and family.

Puyo Puyo Tetris: (45 hours)

With this addition to my Switch, my skills of sorting groceries into Aldi bags has strengthened. Along with that, whenever I have a spare minute, I am always trying to beat my stacking high score. The game meshing up Puyo Puyo and Tetris gameplay gave a variety of different gaming modes for both single and multiplayer. Also, I find this to be one of the best Switch games when it comes to challenging other people. The famous blue shell will not ruin your friendship here.

L.A. Noire: (10 hours)

This game is perfect (DOUBT). This investigative thriller takes the IOS point click adventures to another level. You’re able to walk around crime scenes, engage in car chases, and interrogate suspects. Yet, it is lackluster in how easy some of the missions can get. Also, buying the physical copy of the game still forces you to download a third of the memory of the game onto the console.

Sonic Mania: (1 hour)

This is the best game to come from the Sonic franchise since Sonic ‘06. The classic Sonic levels are adapted to the controls on the Switch to make it the only compelling side-scroller game I own. If you love Sonic, you’ll love this game.

Monopoly for Nintendo Switch: (15 hours)

This exciting addition to the Switch is a must have for any casual board-gamer. The motion controls are exciting when shaking the dice. Also, the living maps allow for a new way to explore the Monopoly world. Even if virtual, taking someone’s money and forcing them to declare bankruptcy is the best.

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim: (50 hours)

Yet again, this game is ported to a new console, but the execution on the Switch was perfect. The different paths you can take within this game allows for replayability without repetition. Though, if you already own The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, this game could be a waste due to the similar structures. Yet, Skyrim still stands on its own two feet, as it offers a lot more missions and ways to execute the game.

Super Mario Odyssey: (25 hours)

Here we go, Mario Odyssey. As I already made a lengthy review here, I’ll keep my points brief. The graphics are great, but the story isn’t anything you haven’t seen before. Yet the execution is enchanting. Both 3D and 2D Mario gameplay collides for each generation of fans to have something to enjoy. The multiplayer still isn’t the best. Yet, the new inclusion of Luigi’s Balloon World is tempting to make this game a 10/10.

Night in the Woods: (2 hours)

This is the first game I ever bought twice, once on Steam, and once on the Switch. The simple reason being that the controls on the computer were aggravating. I couldn’t play more than 30 minutes. But, with the Switch’s controls, I got further than ever in the game. The graphics are gorgeous, and the writing balances comedy with mystery. This experience also includes mini-games that can distract you from time to time if you’re a Guitar Hero fan.

Splatoon 2: (115 hours)

After I played the Wii U predecessor for a half hour, I knew I had to pre-order this game. I was not disappointed at all. The gameplay takes the shooter archetype and makes it child-friendly with splats of color and creative controls. I booted up this game the day it came out and hit 80 hours of gameplay before the school year started. Something that this game does right that Mario Odyssey didn’t is multiplayer. You can’t play with two people on one Switch, but being able to play against your friends on a road trip is better than being a hat that hits coins.

Stardew Valley: (50 hours)

As someone who adored Farmville as a child, Stardew Valley quickly caught my heart. I put hours and hours into building up my fields and being the sugar daddy to my wife, Penny. This game allows for the simulator genre of farming, mining, hunting, and dating to mesh into one, and it did this perfectly. Being able to choose a variety of farms to start off with allows for replayability with more challenges.

Pokemon Tournament DX: (2 hours)

Instead of playing the classic Pokemon fight game where you spam ‘A’ on a Gameboy in order to get through a fight, why not do the same thing on the Switch? This game will bring enjoyment if you have a favorite Pokemon on the character roster and if you like to fight endlessly. This game isn’t that much fun unless you’re playing with someone else, unlike Mario Kart where the computer players are challenging, if you pick the right settings, in this game, you’re always a button mash away from victory.

Overcooked! Special Edition: (4 hours)

This is one of the Switch games that I can play competitively against my parents, who usually are unable to handle today’s controls. It is a challenge to not disappoint customers in this fun twist to the Diner Dash formula. Also, this game is one of the only Switch inclusions that you cannot play on your own. You will need another player with you. I would advise not buying this game unless you have friends.

Little Inferno: (3 hours)

This game was super short, so I will make my review short, too. Unless you’re a sucker for an M. Night Shyamalan styled twist, you will not enjoy the ending of this time waster game.

Minecraft: Nintendo Switch Edition: (25 hours)

It’s Minecraft, but for the Switch! I don’t enjoy booting up my laptop to play games, so I was encouraged to get the game on the Switch. After you get used to the controls, the game gets more engaging to play for long periods of time.

Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle: (10 hours)

When I first booted up this game I was into it. I spent my free time playing through levels and unlocking characters from both the Mario universe and the Rabbids universe. Though, after a few hours of gameplay it becomes very repetitive. It is difficult to get far in the game as there is no change in the formula except new characters and new weapons. If you enjoy strategy games that are repetitive with small difficulty boosts, then you will enjoy this.

Uno: (1 hour)

Uno is the best free-time game on the Switch. It is fun for things like road trips for when you’re trying to pass the time. The computer players can be difficult which allows for actual engagement. I enjoy having a few games that you don’t have to sit and play for an hour to get engaged. A short 5-minute round of Uno is worth the buy.

Bingo for Nintendo Switch: (1 hour)

Bingo for the Nintendo Switch is my most recent purchase for my game system. I wanted one more game before I posted this article, and I was not disappointed. Being the first game where I have yet to win, I have more to learn to become a Bingo Master. Who knew that clicking numbers that were drawn randomly would be so random.

My first year of the Nintendo Switch brought back many childhood memories. Bringing back the nostalgic feel of exploring worlds never seen before, such as the land of Hyrule and Skyrim. It also brought back the moments where I would fight against my older brother in Mario Kart. I recommend buying the Switch for the games that are available and for the games coming in the future.


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45 Responses to “My Year of the Switch”

  1. Nintendo #1 Fan on March 22nd, 2018 7:24 am

    At least you are willing to give Odyssey 10/10 this time, but 1 hour on Sonic Mania!? Sonic Mania is an amazing game!

  2. Nintendo #1 Fan on March 22nd, 2018 7:54 am

    You forgot Kirby Star Allies!

  3. Bleppy on March 22nd, 2018 8:57 am

    Maybe she hasn’t played it. Not all of the games available on the Eshop are here. These are games she’s played. Celeste isn’t here. DOOM isn’t here. Neither are ARMS, Shovel Knight, Xenoblade Chronicles 2, Street Fighter, or the other 30+ available for purchase.

  4. Kirby #1 Fan on March 22nd, 2018 11:01 am

    Idc that it wasn’t up and if she hasn’t played it she hasn’t played it, that’s no reason to hate. Also you’d just send hate comments there too saying it’s she’s “not credible”.

  5. Balkin Tuffle on March 22nd, 2018 8:25 am

    Odyssey is literally one of the worst top 10 Anime Video Games in history.

  6. ... on March 22nd, 2018 8:44 am

    Is that why it has a 97 on metacritic?

  7. Nintendo #1 Fan on March 22nd, 2018 8:45 am

    Don’t you dare. That’s a dumb comparison.

  8. Nintendo #1 Fan on March 22nd, 2018 8:46 am

    Oh yeah, Sonic Mania deserves more than 1 hour, and Sonic ’06 sucks!

  9. Truth Nurse on March 22nd, 2018 10:03 am

    Oh my Lord, take a joke! EVERYONE KNOWS Sonic ’06 was garbage. Also she’s PLAYED one hour. Not that it DESERVES one hour of play.

  10. That's Harsh on March 22nd, 2018 11:21 am

    You guys should be ashamed calling him the troll, when you guys are the ones trolling and stealing usernames.

  11. Sony #1 Fan on March 22nd, 2018 10:52 am


  12. Bleppy on March 22nd, 2018 8:46 am

    Kirby Star Allies JUST came out, dude. Chill. Also, she said it was TEMPTING to make it a 10/10 because Luigi’s Balloon World. She didn’t say it was. Read. The. Article. And not everyone is totally into Sonic. I’m not. Mostly because I’ve never played, but also because I’m not very interested. Your comment reeks with opinionated bias against Kennedy.

  13. Nintendo #1 Fan on March 22nd, 2018 9:43 am

    No, I don’t have opinionated bias, but she could’ve wrote about Kirby since it came out five days ago! And she is willing to make Odyssey 10/10, jeez, you should chill.

  14. That's Harsh on March 22nd, 2018 9:43 am

    Here comes the harsh train!

  15. Reality Doctor on March 22nd, 2018 9:44 am

    You have no idea whether he read the article or not, but he makes good point, while you just have to trash on his ideas, seriously!

  16. Nintendo #1 Fan on March 22nd, 2018 9:48 am

    Let’s not forget what the article is called. It’s her year with the switch and whether or not she got it a year ago today or earlier is not said. But I do like this article a lot, even with some flaws, but I somewhat doubt her credibility if she hasn’t talked about Kirby even if she hasn’t played it yet.

  17. Nintendo #1 Fan on March 22nd, 2018 9:49 am

    Oh yeah, she forgot about Arms, but I don’t really care, that’s a really good game, though.

  18. Bleppy on March 22nd, 2018 9:57 am

    Like I said, maybe she doesn’t have the new Kirby. You can’t and shouldn’t write about something you don’t know about.

  19. Truth Nurse on March 22nd, 2018 10:00 am

    Sir, I am afraid you have a severe case of irony and oblivious denial. In other words, your username is an opinion.

  20. Truth Nurse on March 22nd, 2018 10:52 am

    “In celebration of the Nintendo Switch’s birthday, here is a review of each game I have owned thus far with the time I spent playing it.” What do you want from her? ‘Kirby Star Allies: (0 Hours) I haven’t played this game lol’? If she was reviewing the entire Eshop, this article would go on for 15+ pages. But she’s not. I’m wracking my brain trying to figure out why you see such a big problem with her leaving out ONE specific game that you and a few other people like, but she hasn’t played. That’s like reviewing a movie you haven’t seen.

  21. Sega #1 Fan on March 22nd, 2018 10:53 am

    yeah man stop trolling

  22. Reality Doctor on March 22nd, 2018 11:07 am

    No, I’m sure he has Kirby Star Allies, Mario Odyssey, BOTW, Sonic Mania, Arms and so much more games than you think!

  23. Nintendo #1 Fan on March 22nd, 2018 11:09 am

    My username is the truth because I am the #1 Fan, and you just came out of nowhere thinking my username is a lie, and stealing part of reality doctor’s. That’s really mean to steal.

  24. Nintendo #1 Fan on March 22nd, 2018 11:13 am

    I definitely don’t think she has the game now, but 1. That doesn’t make me any less of a fan, and makes her more of a fan. That game was what literally every fan was waiting for and Reality Doctor is right, I do have all the games he said, plus Kirby. So I have a right to doubt her credibility in all situations, and you guys trash on my opinions. That’s so rude!

  25. Nintendo #1 Fan on March 22nd, 2018 11:15 am

    There are trailers from the game she could’ve done and she could’ve made as much of a review as every other game, and yeah it’s petty but i’m a motivated fan.

  26. Reality Doctor on March 22nd, 2018 11:17 am

    This is all a joke! He praised Sonic and Kirby and thought they would be more. Not his fault. You all need to chill.

  27. That's Harsh on March 22nd, 2018 11:22 am

    You guys should really be ashamed.

  28. :l on March 22nd, 2018 7:34 am

    “This is the best game to come from the Sonic franchise since Sonic ‘06.”
    This is a joke right?

  29. Bleppy on March 22nd, 2018 8:47 am

    It… Wasn’t obvious to you?

  30. Sonic #1 Fan on March 22nd, 2018 10:54 am


  31. Bleppy on March 22nd, 2018 7:50 am

    Hey, hey! You played on MY Wii U! I didn’t know you liked Splatoon that much! xD (Also I love the graphic, Link looks so confused. He knows how to Sheikah Slate, but how hero do Switch? [Apple Pay on the towers don’t work with transformy boi.])

  32. Wut on March 22nd, 2018 11:01 am


  33. Michael Jackson on March 22nd, 2018 11:05 am

    Who’s the nintendo character to the lefy7t with brown and pink hair?!

  34. Balkin Tuffle on March 22nd, 2018 11:18 am

    That’s the author of the article

  35. gamingdud on March 22nd, 2018 11:23 am

    These are rookie hours

  36. Bleppy on March 22nd, 2018 12:03 pm

    They’re the hours of someone who has a life, I’d say. And add them all up. A total of 589 hours of these games combined. They may not be balanced but that doesn’t mean she’s a rookie.

  37. gamingdud on March 23rd, 2018 11:02 am

    Bleppy u mad brah? I got 1,000 hours on 1 game and I still have a life.

  38. Mama on May 9th, 2018 7:30 am

    1000 hours on WHAT? Remember that the Switch had only been out for a year at this point.

  39. Balkin Tuffle on March 22nd, 2018 11:24 am

    There isn’t enough communist games on the Wii U
    0/10 Stars

  40. Nintendo #1 Fan on March 22nd, 2018 11:28 am

    You know what, writer? I do apologize, because you know what? I respect your opinion, even though you may not have Kirby, I still think that you should’ve played more Sonic, but who cares. I think you are a good fan.

  41. Nintendo #1 Fan on March 22nd, 2018 11:34 am

    Taking back what I said about Sonic ’06 too.

  42. Balkin Tuffle on March 22nd, 2018 11:43 am

    That makes you a hypocrite good sir 🙂
    Many Wishes

  43. Bleppy on March 22nd, 2018 12:04 pm

    I actually talked to her the day before this came out. The thing about Sonic ’06 was a joke. And I’m sorry as well. It’s silly to argue like this over the high school’s website.

  44. Nintendo #1 Fan on March 22nd, 2018 1:40 pm

    It’s okay, and on account of Reality Doctor, he’s also sorry.

  45. Nintendo #1 Fan on March 22nd, 2018 12:06 pm

    So yeah. Sorry.

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