A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this game.
What 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.
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What's it about?
1-2 SWITCH is a collection of 28 multiplayer party games, where each gamer holds one of the small Joy-Con controllers that ship with the new Nintendo Switch system. Examples include playing baseball, boxing with an opponent, rocking a baby to sleep, and more. Some games require players to look into each other's eyes and wait for a verbal cue to be shouted out of the television or, if on the go, out of the Nintendo Switch itself. As a launch title, 1-2 Switch was designed to show off the new system's capabilities at home or on the go. Depending on the game, different technologies are at play in the Joy-Con controllers, such as motion control, HD rumble (vibrating controllers), and the IR (infrared) Motion Camera.
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.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about screen addiction. With the Switch, players can take the console with them anywhere they go, so how do you set limits on the amount of time you play games? How do you know that you can put away the game or the controller when it's easy to hop into one more match?
Discuss mini-games. Are these more fun than longer, more involved games? Should these have been included in a larger game with an overarching plot?
- Platforms: Nintendo Switch
- Price: $49.99
- Pricing structure: Paid
- Available online? Available online
- Developer: Nintendo of America
- Release date: March 3, 2017
- Genre: Mini-games
- Topics: Magic and Fantasy, Sports and Martial Arts, Adventures, Horses and Farm Animals, Music and Sing-Along, Science and Nature, Wild Animals
- ESRB rating: E10+ for Mild Violence
- Last updated: April 8, 2020
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