1-2-Switch – You bring the Switch, I’ll bring the beer
“1-2-Switch is all about looking each other in the eye as you play!” This overly bizarre concept is what intrigued me to play Nintendo’s showcase title in the first place. The ridiculous cheese-factor from the trailers had me on the fence. I couldn’t place whether it looked fun or creepy. I decided a little of both couldn’t hurt. And can’t say I’ve had many experiences playing a video game without looking at the screen (save those blind Super Mario competitions we used to play as kids….never could get past World 1-2….), so I was ready!
“1-2-Switch offers 28 unique mini-games meant to be enjoyed”
1-2-Switch offers 28 unique mini-games meant to be enjoyed in a party setting. Of this selection of experiences, I found I really enjoyed the quick-reaction games like Signal Flags and Boxing Gym, where you copy the moves yelled out by the officer or trainer (who was most definitely Doc Louis) faster than your opponent, or QuickDraw/FakeDraw which is your standard “Ready, Steady, Fire!” event (I couldn’t help but be reminded of the mini-game in Kirby Super Star on the SNES) or even Telephone where my years of working in a Call Centre finally paid off! It was these games that were the most replayable and that fostered the strongest competition.
“Other games, I felt, were incredibly difficult to perform correctly”
Other games, I felt, were incredibly difficult to perform correctly: from figuring out the impossible combo-locks in Safe Crack, to catching the downward slashes from your opponent in Samurai Training to hitting the balls in Table Tennis and Baseball. Even unraveling those damn chests in Treasure Chest was a nightmare. I can barely untangle my headphones on a good day! And that Baby game was easily one of the most frustrating experiences in my gaming history. Tipping my hat to those of you who’ve mastered the real thing!
“Two bearded dudes strutting across the living room in Runway…”
Then there were the hoards of other mini-games that turned into some pretty awkward (and lewdly entertaining) competition. Beach Flag, Eating Contest, and Copy Dance. Wizard, Plate Spin, and Sword Fight. Shave, Zen and Milk. Gorilla, Dance, and Air Guitar. We hit a point where we had to close the blinds in fear of someone seeing us in these suggestive poses through the window. Two bearded dudes strutting across the living room in Runway is probably a sight that’s best avoided.
“…the HD rumble-rhythm was outstanding.”
Of all 28; Soda Shake, Sneaky Dice, and Ball Count were probably the most impressive (albeit shortlived) for me. I’d heard of the advanced rumble features of the Joy-Cons, but being able to guess the number of balls or fizz based on the HD rumble-rhythm was outstanding.
“Each of these tracks really evokes a feeling of having fun.”
So that wraps up the gameplay. And since the graphics aren’t really much to discuss, let’s move onto the music. 1-2 Switch has a unique track from each mini-game that fits it well. None of these are particularly memorable, but each fits the tone well. Espionage scores for Safe Crack, Eastern-inspired tracks for Zen and Samurai Training. Each of these really evokes a feeling of having fun, but no track says it better than the Main Theme.
“Euphemistic to the ‘nth’ degree”
I’ll be honest, the game did come with its share of hearty laughs. Euphemistic to the ‘nth’ degree, and a few hours (and beers) went by in a blink. It’s clear though, that while this is a great party game for the casual player, it doesn’t hold much weight in the replayability factor. More of a novelty experience that offers a good intro to Nintendo’s hardware. After playing through each of the games once, I felt satisfied with putting the game back up on the shelf and never touching it again. With its awesome fidelity to the Joy-Con controllers, this was the perfect tech-demo that should have been a pack-in title.
How about you? Have you played 1-2-Switch already? How do you feel it compares to its Wii Sports or Nintendoland predecessors? Which of the 28 mini-games was your favorite? I want to know all this and more over on the Cartridge Club forums!