1-2 Switch

Game review by
Marc Saltzman, Common Sense Media
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Fun but shallow collection of multiplayer mini-games.

Parents say

age 9+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 10+
Based on 5 reviews

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The parents' guide to what's in this game.

Positive Messages

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 & Representations

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. 


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.


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.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

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.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byPlert March 16, 2018

Nintendo Fun (1 2 Switch)

I think that this game is great for all ages. Once you get to an age, where you can easily understand the way to play this game, it is amazing and super fun. I... Continue reading
Kid, 12 years old March 16, 2021


This game is awesome, but it only has 28 games, so its just fine!
Teen, 15 years old Written byDaCritic December 25, 2020


I don’t know how Nintendo would even approve of this game to be sold separately AND for a whopping $50. This game is garbage. When I first got it, I played it f... Continue reading

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?

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