A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
Encourages social play, body movement. Some mini-games don't have a great message, such as a Wild West shooting simulation or slashing with a virtual samurai sword.
Positive Role Models
No main protagonist because of collection of mini-games. Mostly positive, although some actions may be seen as questionable.
Ease of Play
Simple to pick up, learn, although some games require well-timed button presses.
Violence & Scariness
While not graphic, bloody, some mini-games show implied violence, such as a Wild West "quick draw" shooting game. Another game involves swinging, blocking a samurai sword.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Some sexually suggestive movements with controllers likely will go over kids' heads; shaking Joy-Con controllers slowly up and down with one hand when an on-screen soda bottle explodes is one example. Milking a cow's teats is another.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that 1-2 Switch is a collection of mini-games for the Nintendo Switch. It hosts more than two dozen multiplayer-centric mini-games that range in theme and include sword duels, musical exercises, cow-milking challenges, and more. While there's no blood or gore shown, there's implied violence, such as a quick-draw game in a Wild West cowboy setting and a sword duel where you try to block blades. There also are some sexually suggestive movements with the controller.
Is It Any Good?
This mini-game collection might be fun for a while, but it won't last for very long. 1-2 Switch is very entertaining in group settings, but the lack of depth in these mini-games -- and the fact that you can't play solo -- means you likely won't be playing this game for months on end. That said, many of the 28 mini-games are very fun. Nintendo did a great job not only in the variety of experiences but also focusing heavily on human interaction, such as looking into each other's eyes and waiting for audio cues. Whether you're facing each other in a cowboy shooting duel or playing a virtual game of table tennis, you'll have an amusing challenge. Plus, the sheer silliness of some games will no doubt crack you up; try milking a cow, eating a sandwich, shaking a soda bottle, and rocking a baby to sleep. Fun for virtually all ages and skill levels, these party games are a riot.
Many of the mini-games let you unlock some added difficulty (such as the Wild West-themed quick-draw host yelling out "File!" or "Food!" instead of "Fire!" to trick each player into shooting their gun), but the fun of these shallow games does fade over time. It would be great if Nintendo rewarded players with new mini-games that could be downloaded for free to keep things fresh. Another issue is that if you're in a party setting, it can be tough to hear some of the audio cues coming from the game. Overall, 1-2 Switch is a solid B-grade title that has a ton of breadth but very little depth. It's a great showcase of the Nintendo Switch hardware, especially the Joy-Con controllers, and really is a good launch title. Just don't expect to have the same enthusiasm for this cartridge a month from now -- unless you've invited over friends who haven't yet played it and you'll enjoy their reaction to these often silly multiplayer challenges.
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