Nintendo Switch Activity Logs Reset After A Year


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

"Looks like Nintendo's code is only looking for the day and month you last played the game and figuring out the time since then", theorized VOOK64 on Reddit.

An entire year's worth of Zelda playtime data, gone. This includes games from publishers like EA, Capcom, Psyonix, Take-Two Interactive, Ubisoft and Bethesda, to popular "Nindies" content, indie games on Nintendo Switch made by independent publishers, including Stardew Valley from Chucklefish LTD, Overcooked: Special Edition from Team 17 and Shovel Knight: Treasure Trove from Yacht Club Games. That's why our activity log only says when we apparently began playing the game, and not how many hours we've played it for since February 24.

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This glitch was reported only a few days ago, on the cusp of the Nintendo Switch's one year anniversary. Amassing hours and hours in certain games is a longstanding achievement for gamers as well as a bragging point and evidence for expertise, and with huge games like The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild or Super Mario Odyssey still being relatively new on the Switch, the more hours logged, the better. 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.

REUTERS/Kim Kyung-HoonAn event guest plays with the Nintendo Switch in Tokyo, Japan during its announcement on January 13, 2017. This is how long it takes for your play time to show up on your Switch profile, so console owners thought nothing of it.

Following those reports, Nintendo released a tweet on March 2 that confirmed the play time feature was indeed experiencing problems while saying that it was aware of the issue and hoped to have more info in the near future.