Published by Nintendo, Developed by Nintendo
Genres: Party (1-2 players)
US release date: Mar 3rd, 2017 | EU release date: Mar 3rd, 2017
Review written by
June 10th, 2018
1-2-Switch is one of the worst party games ever released, and, among the worst of first-party Nintendo multiplayer games.
Nintendo is often referred to an absolute master of multi-player couch games. Yet, they offered up this failure at launch.
Quite frankly, its existence drags the console and its repertoire down.
There are good multiplayer "couch" games out there. Wii Sports Resort is good. WarioWare: Smooth Moves is excellent. This game is not that game.
1-2-Switch is little more than a tech demo, at best. It will elicit some laughs from your Uncle or Grandmother, and that's about the best one can get from it. It will be put back on the shelf, and forgotten - that's being optimistic.
Pretending to milk a cow is fun. Showing your loved ones that you have slightly-faster reflexes in cowboy-draw is fun. Pretending you are a model while walking the cat-walk is slightly disturbing, especially when several family members walk into the living room right during that moment.
The graphics in this game are below-average by industry standards, and aren't very appealing, on any level. They are functional, and they are inexcusable.
The sound works. I can't recall one good track from this game. I know that every game can't be Final Fantasy or Mega Man in the sound department, but I can't recall much to anything good. There are sounds to come in at the right moments, and give the players the cue to respond at the correct moments.
Cycle through twenty to thirty mini-games while making an ass out of yourself in front of nobody or your entire family, preferably during a holiday. You can do the same thing by just purchasing a bottle of egg nog, and playing back-yard football. In fact, you'll probably suffer less physical and mental stress overall.
Unless you find this game on sale for ten dollars in a second-hand store, don't purchase it. Send a message to Nintendo that you're not going to tolerate this sub-par shit.
If you still have a Wii or Wii U, then you can buy a used copy of WarioWare: Smooth Moves, for around twenty dollars. I guarantee to any living human being in the universe that they will have a better, more enjoyable experience with that game, than they ever could with 1-2-Switch.
You can't win every time.
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