Nintendo has had trouble with third-party games launching on its system during the Wii U era. The Switch is proving to provide a healthy mix with first-party games, if the most played games list of 2018 is anything to go by.

Eleven of the most-played 21 games are first-party titles, with robust games like Breath of the Wild, Super Mario Odyssey, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe and even the recent release of Pokémon Let’s Go fighting hard against the likes of FIFA 19, Minecraft and the crowned winner, Fortnite.

Nintendo has only provided a ranking order, rather than a breakdown with the data in terms of the amount of time gamers play each title, but humble games like Stardew Valley and Paladins are nice components of the list.

  1. Fortnite
  2. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
  3. Super Mario Odyssey
  4. Splatoon 2
  5. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe
  6. FIFA 19
  7. Minecraft
  8. Pokémon: Let’s Go, Pikachu
  9. Pokémon: Let’s Go, Eevee
  10. Xenoblade Chronicles 2
  11. The Elder Scrolls 5: Skyrim
  12. Rocket League
  13. Mario + Rabbids: Kingdoms Battle
  14. Pokémon Quest
  15. Stardew Valley
  16. Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2
  17. Octopath Traveller
  18. Super Smash Bros Ultimate
  19. Paladins
  20. Super Mario Party
  21. Mario Tennis Aces

With a promising year now upon us, it will be interesting to see how this list compares to 2019, and where the inevitable additions of new releases such as Animal Crossing, a core Pokémon game and the likely unannounced surprises Nintendo will present before us.