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Nintendo Switch playtime tracking (Beta - Premium only)

x3sphere

Administrator
Staff member
Enforcer Team
Game Info Editor
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We're excited to announce that we've added support for tracking Nintendo Switch playtime on the site! This is an early beta, and limited to Premium members only for now. We eventually plan to open it up to all members, but more testing is needed to ensure long term stability of this tracking method.

If you have a Premium subscription, a field to enter in your Switch Friend Code should now appear under the Service Details list on your account page.
The friend code should match what is shown on your Switch - i.e. SW-1839-0856-9768.

Additionally, before entering in your friend code, ensure your privacy setting for the activity log is set to "All Players" as shown in the screenshots below.

As always please let us know if you experience any issues! If all games are not shown after adding your FC for the first time, try running a manual scan.

Limitations we've noticed

The data is retrieved from the Switch activity/play log. This does not seem to be a comprehensive list of all play activity, since you can clear it and Nintendo seems to cap the maximum amount of items shown. However, if a game isn't showing up for some reason, just playing it should allow our trackers to see it. If it still doesn't show, let us know, as perhaps we are missing data for the game.

Retro games (such as NES Classics) seem to be grouped into a single entry called "Nintendo Switch Online" and aren't shown individually in the play log. Therefore,
there does not seem to be a way to retrive information on these.

Changing your Switch Friend Code will effectively pause any updates on your profile. You'll have to enter in the new Friend Code from your account page - we can't detect
changes automatically.

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D4n1v4l

Member
That sounds really cool. Can or will the Nintendo section also appear in the general overview or will it still only be accessible via Non-Tracked?
 

x3sphere

Administrator
Staff member
Enforcer Team
Game Info Editor
That sounds really cool. Can or will the Nintendo section also appear in the general overview or will it still only be accessible via Non-Tracked?
Appears in the general overview now. Like the other services there's a specific tab for Nintendo if you look on my profile page as an example

If you've manually added games from other platforms (3DS, Wii U etc) we're looking into the possibility of including them under the Nintendo tab as well, considering those will not likely ever be trackable.
 

RetroGamingJP

New Member
Amazing work! Subscribed to premium.

I'd really like an option to include other Nintendo games and manually added Switch games into the Nintendo tab (in the profile platform options).
At the moment I see manually added titles are displayed as Non-Tracked so I can't view them all at once after filtering per platform...
 

Retodon8

New Member
Neat. I have 2 rows of gaming platforms on my profile page now. :) I happen to be visiting my family who actually own the switch I played some Mario Party Superstars with them on my previous visit. Seems to work just fine. (Hmm, I know played some Luigi's Mansion 3 too, but maybe that was before I made my account or something.)

The friend code I entered in the Service Details form is "SW-" followed by 16 decimal digits, but now the form shows a hexadecimal number instead, which is also part of the URL of my Switch page. I'm a bit curious about that.
 
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x3sphere

Administrator
Staff member
Enforcer Team
Game Info Editor
Neat. I have 2 rows of gaming platforms on my profile page now. :) I happen to be visiting my family who actually own the switch I played some Mario Party Superstars with them on my previous visit. Seems to work just fine. (Hmm, I know played some Luigi's Mansion 3 too, but maybe that was before I made my account or something.)

The friend code I entered in the Service Details form is "SW-" followed by 16 decimal digits, but now the form shows a hexadecimal number instead, which is also part of the URL of my Switch page. I'm a bit curious about that.
It's the user ID. Fortunately Nintendo provides that so if you were to change your friend code and enter in the new one, we would be able to match it up with your existing profile and not create a new entry in the database. Though user lookups can only be done with the actual friend code, so that's why we can't automatically detect an FC change (This is a good decision on their part though for privacy reasons).
 
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D4n1v4l

Member
Appears in the general overview now. Like the other services there's a specific tab for Nintendo if you look on my profile page as an example

If you've manually added games from other platforms (3DS, Wii U etc) we're looking into the possibility of including them under the Nintendo tab as well, considering those will not likely ever be trackable.

So. Premium reactivated again, and what can I say?! Totally awesome idea. I really like it, because now you can finally see the games of the Nintendo Switch in the overview. Great work. Thanks for that.
 

Retodon8

New Member
It's the user ID. Fortunately Nintendo provides that so if you were to change your friend code and enter in the new one, we would be able to match it up with your existing profile and not create a new entry in the database. Though user lookups can only be done with the actual friend code, so that's why we can't automatically detect an FC change (This is a good decision on their part though for privacy reasons).
I thought it probably must have something to do with privacy, but couldn't see how. Thanks for the explanation. 👍
 
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