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Fortnite was the biggest Nintendo Switch game of 2018

Surprising nobody, the biggest game in the world was also the biggest game on Switch. Also, more people played with Pikachu than Eevee.



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Surprising nobody, the biggest game in the world was also the biggest game on Switch. Also, more people played with Pikachu than Eevee.

Nintendo has released a list of the top 20 (ish) most-played games on Nintendo Switch in 2018, and there are very few surprises at the top: Fortnite is in pole position.

The fact that it’s free doesn’t hurt, but for a game that only launched during June – in a surprise launch during E3 2018 – that’s impressive going nonetheless.


What is more surprising, are some of the vagaries of the list of the most-played Nintendo Switch games.

Who’d have thought that Splatoon 2 would have seen more playtime than Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, for example? Or that Xenoblade Chronicles 2 would have been above Skyrim? Or that Arms wouldn’t be on the list at all; not even sneaking in at the bottom? Or that, in spite of only launching with three weeks of the year remaining, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate isn’t higher up the list?

But most important of all, we’re wondering what Eevee did to any of you? Why is Pokémon Let’s Go Pikachu above Let’s Go Eevee, you weirdos?

Here’s the full list:

  1. Fortnite
  2. 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. 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

No, we’re not sure why the list goes down to 21 and not 20, either. Perhaps Nintendo saw that it was one of their first-party Switch games, and wanted to bulk the list up a bit?

Also, these are only the figures that have been provided to us by logging onto a Nintendo Switch in Europe. North American and Japanese charts might be quite different; let us know in the comments below.

Want to try something new? Check out this week’s new Nintendo Switch releases.

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