Max Play Time

As you can imagine, we play an awful lot of games here at Nintendo Life – you should see some of the team's total playtime on games like Splatoon 2 and Zelda: Breath of the Wild – but even we can't come close to the total time put in by this fan.

If you head to your profile page from the Switch's main menu, you'll be greeted with a list of the games you've played recently and the total number of hours you've put in. You'll likely see numbers in the tens, or possibly the hundreds for your favourite titles, but Reddit user daveboy2000 claims to have reached the Switch's maximum play time counter limit in Animal Crossing: New Horizons.

What is that total, you ask? Why, it's an absolutely staggering 9,999.

Now, we've done the maths, and Animal Crossing: New Horizons only launched 560 days ago. There are only 13,440 hours in 560 days, which means daveboy2000 must have had the game running for roughly 18 hours every single day since launch – we imagine this will have involved a lot of having the game idly running in the background, but blimey.

Of course, this isn't the first time that Switch's maximum hour count has been discovered. The first time we noticed the count be reached was back in 2019, when someone hit the total in Zelda: Breath of the Wild.

As a final note, we'd like to remind you that however you like to play your games, whether that's for one hour or one thousand, is perfectly fine. You do you, just make sure to look after yourselves!