Gaming - Looking Back at 2021

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2021 was a weird year for me. You can see from the following stats that only a few games really grabbed me: Forza Horizon, Luigi’s Mansion, and Dragon Quest V. I really struggled to complete many games, which is something I’m planning on working on in 2022. The plan in 2022 is to actually complete 5-10 games.

We bought an Xbox Series S in August and honestly my wife has played on it more than I have. She’s completed the campaigns of Halo 1-5 (Edit: She also played ‘Halo Reach’ apparently) in preparation for Halo Infinite which released just a few weeks ago.

Unsurprisingly, Nintendo dominated my gaming hours:

Nintendo Switch140h10m
Nintendo 3DS90h26m
PC (PC Gamepass + Epic Games + Other non-steam games)35h21m

Top 10 Games in 2021 #

Luigi’s Mansion 321h10m
Forza Horizon 516h40m
Dragon Quest V16h15m
Pokémon Crystal15h53m
Diablo III15h32m
Animal Crossing: New Horizons13h50m
Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening DX13h07m
Persona 4 Golden11h37m
Dragon Quest IX10h08m
Mario Party Superstars09h45m

Luigi's Mansion 3

Monthly Breakdown #

Below are the top 3 games I played in each month of 2021.

January #

In January, I played with trains.


Pokémon Heart Gold4h12m
Disgaea 53h50m

February #

In February, we farmed and I played with more trains.

Stardew Valley

Stardew Valley5h35m
Forza Horizon 43h07m

March #

In March, I fought Monsters and played with trains (again).


Monster Hunter Stories8h13m
Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild6h10m
NIMBY Rails6h03m

April #

In April, I hunted ghosts and took lots of photographs.

Luigi’s Mansion 38h25m
New Pokémon Snap4h35m
Monster Hunter Rise3h50m

May #

In May, I hunted even more ghosts, broke a lot of pots, and got stuck in the mud.


Luigi’s Mansion 311h40m
Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening DX10h08m

June #

In June, I played one of my all time favourite games, and broke more pots.

Dragon Quest V: Hand of the Heavenly Bride16h15m
The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening DX2h59m
The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Seasons2h16m

July #

In July, I spent time at Junes Department Store.

Persona 4 Golden

Persona 4 Golden11h37m
Mario Golf: Super Rush2h30m
Luigi’s Mansion 31h05m

August #

In August, I hunted demons and farmed for a bit.

Siralim 3

Diablo III12h29m
Siralim 32h50m
Farming Simulator 192h20m

September #

In September, I started trying to be the best there ever was, and embarked on eight journeys.

Octopath Traveller

Pokémon Crystal15h11m
Diablo III3h03m
Octopath Traveller3h01m

October #

In October, I played one of my favourite DS games ever, rolled some dice, and also finally went back to my neglected island.

Dragon Quest IX: Sentinels of the Starry Skies9h26m
Mario Party Superstars4h15m
Animal Crossing New Horizons3h05m

November #

In November I was busy exploring Mexico.

Forza Horizon 5

Forza Horizon 516h40m
Animal Crossing New Horizons10h40m
Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas3h26m

December #

In December, Paper Mario set out on an adventure, and we rolled some more dice.

Nintendo 64 - Nintendo Switch Online4h10m
Mario Party Superstars3h35m
Fire Emblem Fates: Special Edition1h00m