When playing video games, there is always one aspect of the gaming process that gamers, and non-gamers, always seem to forget about, and that is the length of the game itself. Sure, the games might look appealing because of the characters, the story, and the style of gameplay, but how long is it?
Outside of the small group of hardcore gamers that actually know the amount of time it takes to beat a Nintendo game, most people have no clue. They might know it will take a while to finish the games but without a little research, most people have no idea the time investment they are about to get themselves involved in.
So we decided to eliminate the mystery and do the research ourselves by finding the 20 longest Nintendo games you can play today.
20 Disney Magical World 2, 77 Hours (3DS)
Let's start off with a game that you probably would not expect to be on a list like ours. Disney Magical World 2 was very popular for the handheld console because it gave Disney fans a chance to play a life simulation game that requires you to build anything from furniture to clothing.
It also included many of Disney's biggest stars in the past few years including characters from Frozen, Stitch, and Aladdin. The game allows you to enter a world that is all Disney, all the time.
19 Inazuma Eleven GO 2: Chrono Stone, 80 Hours (3DS)
Most sports games do not give the you a chance to switch from playing the sport to controlling the character in a RPG-style game. Inazuma Eleven GO 2: Chrono Stone is a rare type of game that gives you the chance to do just that.
So not only are you able to play the soccer games of your character, you will also have to discover Parallel Stones and other items that you can use to upgrade your character. It gets much more advanced as you go on so the playing time just keeps increasing the longer you play.
18 Labyrinth Of Refrain: Coven Of Dusk, 83 Hours (Switch)
The Nintendo Switch was designed to give all gamers a chance to enjoy the most relaxing, and easy-to-use controllers ever. One of the most underrated aspects of the new console is the quality of games. There is a massive library of games that you will fall in love with instantly.
One of those is Labyrinth of Refrain: Coven of Dusk, a first-person dungeon crawler game that allows the player to fight their way through the game and battle monsters too.
17 Persona Q: Shadow Of The Labyrinth, 84 Hours (3DS)
Most games that blend into one game are going to end up taking a very long time to finish. Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth is a combination of Persona 3 and Persona 4 by taking characters from each game and bringing them together for one last adventure.
This is a game that features a team of five navigating through dungeons in the first-person style, similar to the Etrian Odyssey. The game time is extended because you get to play as a character from each of the previous games in two separate routes.
16 Dragon Quest VII: Fragments Of The Forgotten Past, 86 Hours (3DS)
The early 90s were a strange time for video games in America. As they continued to grow, and the battle between Sony and Nintendo began, titles got very popular and then disappeared. That's because of the number of games and consoles that kept coming out every year.
It was simply too hard to get involved in a game like Dragon Quest VII when it was on the PS1. That game was long, they brought it back for the 3DS, and it became even longer.
15 The Binding Of Isaac: Rebirth, 88 Hours (Wii U)
Not very often do they take a game that was developed as an Adobe Flash application and turn it into a video game, but they found a way to do it for the Wii U with The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth. It carried over the same style and basically gave a whole new audience a chance to enjoy the game.
The game can be a little controversial due to the content itself. You control Isaac, who lives with his "loving mother," and have to use his tears to fight off monsters. That is about all we want to say right now, you need to play it to find out the rest.
14 Dragon Quest XI: Echoes Of An Elusive Age, 90 Hours (3DS/Switch)
When it comes to the Dragon Quest video game series, it is often discussed which one is the best. Since 1986, when the original Dragon Quest was released, it grew into one of the best RPG franchises in the world. But it was not until Dragon Quest XI that the series hit another level.
After it was released in 2017, it quickly sold about four million copies worldwide, becoming the most successful game in the entire series. With such a high number of playing hours involved here, it is a shock that so many copies did hit the market. The game will see a re-release this year on Switch.
13 The Legend Of Zelda: Breath Of The Wild, 92 Hours (Switch)
In June, after Nintendo's Direct presentation at E3 ended, they surprised the audience with a teaser trailer for the sequel to The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. The shocking teaser was delivered to an audience that did not see it coming.
When Nintendo decided to tease The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild back in 2013, it took the audience a couple seconds to even realize what they were watching. Once they did, the room was lost for words as they got to see a whole new style of Zelda gameplay.
12 Terraria, 93 Hours (3DS)
With 27 million copies sold since 2011, Terraria just might have become one of the most underrated Nintendo 3DS games of all time. We were even shocked to see just how many copies of this game have been sold, especially while competing with other consoles and the rise of Minecraft.
Terraria is an action-adventure sandbox game that has been considered Nintendo's brief answer to Minecraft, only it was a big hit. It is never easy to create something that is already a hit, and then make it your own, but they did.
11 Rune Factory Frontier, 96 Hours (Wii)
When it comes to video games with ridiculously long playing times, most of the longest ones have something in common. They all involve owning a farm and dealing with dungeon crawling. Not only do you have to deal with all of that, you also control someone who can get married and make friends like in The Sims.
With everything you are required to do, it is completely understandable that you could be playing anywhere from 96 to 109 hours, sometimes even longer, depending on your level of attachment to Rune Factory Frontier.
10 Harvest Moon: 3D A New Beginning, 99 Hours (3DS)
Just as we mention the number of games on our list that involve farming, here we are with another game that focuses on running a farm. Not only do you get to run the family farm, you are able to meet people and get married. If that is not enough, you can also customize your town, do some fishing, plant crops, own pets, and even use a beehive to get honey.
If you ever dreamed of owning a farm, with the amount of gameplay involved for Harvest Moon: 3D A New Beginning, it can give a lot of people a real sense of it. Sure, it is not the real deal, but after a couple months of playing, it might feel like it.
9 Unchained Blades, 100 Hours (3DS)
Besides the farming simulation games like Harvest Moon and Rune Factory, the other style of video games that can take a very long time to complete feature something called Dungeon Crawling.
Although you might not realize it, there are a ton of games that use this style of gameplay. Dungeon crawling RPG games involve the player traveling through a labyrinth while battling enemies and getting items. However, Unchained Blades was able to turn it into an even longer style of gameplay with their mediocre 3DS release. Long, but not worth it.
8 Xenoblade Chronicles 2, 104 Hours (Switch)
After the success of Xenoblade Chronicles X, and its open world gameplay, Monolith Soft knew they had to create a new title that kept that momentum going in the right direction. So, instead of sticking to the same gameplay style of having an open world, they went back to the story driven style that turned the game into such a hit.
This was one of those games that earned unprecedented praise across the board. There was literally not a single gaming outlet that considered the game a bomb. They all loved it.
7 Story Of Seasons, 105 Hours (3DS)
Much like the Animal Crossing game series, Story of Seasons is another in the same style. Based on the fact that you are given a character to control while raising livestock and growing a farm, one can only imagine just how long that can take.
Well, we did the research and it takes a ridiculous amount of time, so you better be ready for it. This is not one of those games you can binge over the course of a couple of days and be done with it. This might take a few months, or more.
6 The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, 109 Hours (Switch)
With such an amazingly massive game map, and the ability to do pretty much whatever you want, The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim became the longest game in the entire franchise. The open-world environment gives players a chance to do missions or go around from town to town, earning money to help build yourself a home.
That's right, this game lets you either play the missions and battle dragons, or you can find yourself a beautiful location and cut down trees to start building your dream home. It gets even more involved, but you really need to play it yourself to understand the scope.
5 Xenoblade Chronicles X, 110 Hours (Wii U)
If you loved the film Avatar, then you are going to enjoy Xenoblade Chronicles X. This extremely exciting, time-consuming Wii U game gives the gamer a chance to explore an unknown planet while operating a weaponized mech called a Skell.
While exploring, you are trying to upgrade all your bots features in order to defeat your enemies while advancing in the overall game storyline. It is a very tactical game and will require a bit of skill so enjoy but be ready.
4 The Legend Of Zelda Collector's Edition, 130 Hours (GameCube)
The original Zelda games released for Nintendo and Nintendo 64 would not have qualified on our list by themselves because those consoles were not able to support that much gameplay back then. However, when Nintendo came out with The Legend of Zelda Collector's Edition for the GameCube, and combined several of the original titles into one, all bets were off.
This compilation of Zelda games included The Legend of Zelda, The Adventure of Link, Ocarina of Time, and Majora's Mask all rolled into one game so naturally, the gameplay is going to skyrocket after combining those games.
3 Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate, 147 Hours (3DS)
In March of 2013, Nintendo released another Monster Hunter game, this time for the 3DS called Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate, or Monster Hunter Tri. The video game where you are given a chance to become a monster slayer trying to save the Moga Village can take a very long time because of how it is set up.
Your character has to earn everything from the game by fighting monsters, gathering items and goods, and discovering equipment throughout the levels. The collection of the monster parts can take the majority of the gamer's time and is the reason for the high amount of gameplay time for this unit.
2 Harvest Moon: More Friends Of Mineral Town, 172 Hours (Game Boy Advance)
This is the oldest game on our list, and it is also the second longest. Harvest Moon: More Friends of Mineral Town was a big hit for hardcore Game Boy Advance gamers and continues to remain among the highest rated games ever.
In this version of the Harvest Moon game series, you get to play as a female character that is focused on growing her farm, finding a man, and building her overall strength by friendships. It even is set up to connect with another Harvest Moon game on the GameCube so you can continue to grow your character's world.
1 Animal Crossing Series, Up To 300 Hours (GameCube, DS, 3DS, Wii)
The Animal Crossing series takes the win, with ease. There are four games in the series that would have made our top four slots so we decided to be fair and bundle the entire franchise into the top spot since it runs away with it anyways.
Animal Crossing (GameCube), Animal Crossing: New Leaf (3DS), Animal Crossing: City Folk (Wii), and Animal Crossing: Wild World (DS) each can take anywhere from 250 to 400 hours to complete. In other words, you better be in love with this game when you start playing it, cause you will be married to it by Tuesday.