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1-2-Switch is a party game developed and published by Nintendo as a launch title for the Nintendo Switch, which was released worldwide on March 3, 2017.[1] The game extensively uses the system's Joy-Con controllers, with players facing each other performing various minigames.[2][3] By 2018, it sold over two million copies worldwide, making it one of the best-selling games on the platform, despite the mixed reception.

1-2-Switch
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Icon artwork, illustrating the "Table Tennis" and "Quick Draw" minigames
Developer(s)Nintendo EPD
Publisher(s)Nintendo
Producer(s)Kouichi Kawamoto
Platform(s)Nintendo Switch
ReleaseMarch 3, 2017
Genre(s)Party
Mode(s)Multiplayer

GameplayEdit

1-2-Switch is a party game in which players do not usually rely on what is happening on a screen, but rather make use of audio cues and the functionality of the Switch's Joy-Con controllers to play in several different games. It features 28 different minigames, most of which involve two players, who each use one of the Joy-Con controllers and are often encouraged to look at each other during gameplay. Aside from tutorial videos for each game, players mostly rely solely on audio cues and feedback from the Joy-Con's rumble feature to indicate how well they are playing each game.

DevelopmentEdit

After Nintendo announced the game at the Nintendo Switch event in January 2017, Nintendo showed off six of the minigames to the public.[2] The game was also unveiled to show off Nintendo's Joy-Con capabilities, through the HD Rumble and IR Motion Camera features.[4]

As a way to promote the milking minigame and the Nintendo Switch, several representatives of Nintendo of America took part in a cow milking competition at a dairy farm in Woodstock, Vermont.[5]

ReceptionEdit

Reception
Aggregate score
AggregatorScore
Metacritic58/100[6]
Review scores
PublicationScore
Destructoid4.5/10[7]
Game Informer4/10[8]
GameSpot6/10[9]
IGN6.8/10[10]
Nintendo Life          [11]
Nintendo World Report6.5/10[12]

1-2-Switch received "mixed" reviews, according to review aggregator Metacritic.[6] American animal rights organization PETA was critical of the milking minigame, accusing Nintendo of "sugarcoating" the act.[13]

Upon the release of its initial trailer, several commentators compared the game to the WarioWare series.[14][15] Ben Skipper of the International Business Times made note of the game's sexual innuendos.[16]

Nintendo's decision to release the game separately from the system was criticized by several commentators, arguing that the game would be better off as a pack-in game, similarly to Wii Sports, although Nintendo stated that they opted to allow consumers to select a game to purchase rather than bundling one and increase the Switch's price so as to not disinterest consumers and compromise the console's sales.[17][18][19] Cory Arnold of Destructoid criticized the lack of a true single-player mode, and went as far as to say that the minigames were worse than what was included in Wii Sports, arguing that they lacked any sort of progression.[20]

By April 2017, Nintendo reported that 1-2-Switch had shipped nearly a million copies worldwide.[21] By March 2018, that number had risen to over two million.[22] By March 2019, total sales reached 2.97 million.[23]

AccoladesEdit

Year Award Category Result Ref
2018 National Academy of Video Game Trade Reviewers Awards Control Design, 2D or Limited 3D Nominated [24][25]
Game, Music or Performance Based Nominated

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Workman, Robert (January 12, 2017). "1-2 Switch Announced For Nintendo Switch". WWG. ComicBook.com. Retrieved January 13, 2017.
  2. ^ a b Byford, Sam (January 13, 2017). "1-2-Switch is Nintendo's weirdest party game yet". The Verge. Vox Media. Retrieved January 13, 2017.
  3. ^ Sanchez, Miranda (January 12, 2017). "1-2 Switch Announced for Nintendo Switch". IGN. Ziff Davis. Retrieved January 13, 2017.
  4. ^ Seedhouse, Alex (January 13, 2017). "1-2-Switch Will Let Nintendo Switch Liven Up Parties". Nintendo Insider. Retrieved January 13, 2017.
  5. ^ Hongoltz-Hetling, Matt (March 30, 2017). "Billings Farm Challenges Nintendo to Milking Competition". Valley News. Newspapers of New England. Retrieved April 3, 2017.
  6. ^ a b "1-2-Switch for Switch Reviews". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved March 2, 2017.
  7. ^ Whitaker, Jed (March 7, 2017). "Review: 1-2-Switch". Destructoid. Enthusiast Gaming. Retrieved March 7, 2017.
  8. ^ Marchiafava, Jeff (March 2, 2017). "The Switch Gets Its System Soiler - 1-2-Switch - Nintendo Switch". Game Informer. GameStop. Retrieved March 2, 2017.
  9. ^ Dayus, Oscar (March 2, 2017). "1, 2, Switch Review". GameSpot. CBS Interactive. Retrieved March 2, 2017.
  10. ^ Pearce, Alanah (March 2, 2017). "1-2-Switch Review". IGN. Ziff Davis. Retrieved March 2, 2017.
  11. ^ McFerran, Damien (March 2, 2017). "1-2-Switch Review". Nintendo Life. Nlife Media. Retrieved March 2, 2017.
  12. ^ Koopman, Daan (March 8, 2017). "1-2-Switch Review". Nintendo World Report. Retrieved March 8, 2017.
  13. ^ Frank, Allegra (March 31, 2017). "PETA takes aim at Nintendo for 1-2-Switch's milking minigame". Polygon. Vox Media. Retrieved April 1, 2017.
  14. ^ Roberts, David (January 13, 2017). "1 2 Switch is a WarioWare-esque game where you face your opponent directly". GamesRadar+. Future plc. Retrieved January 13, 2017.
  15. ^ McFerran, Damien (January 13, 2017). "Nintendo Introduces 1-2-Switch, A Party Game Which Asks You To Ignore The Screen". Nintendo Life. Nlife Media. Retrieved January 13, 2017.
  16. ^ Skipper, Ben (January 13, 2017). "Nintendo Switch launch game 1-2 Switch's cow-milking mini game is udder filth". International Business Times. Newsweek Media Group. Retrieved January 13, 2017.
  17. ^ Frank, Allegra (January 13, 2017). "1-2-Switch is not the killer app the Nintendo Switch needs". Polygon. Vox Media. Retrieved January 13, 2017.
  18. ^ Martin, Matt (January 13, 2017). "Nintendo Switch: hands-on with Nintendo's unique and pricey new console". VG247. Retrieved January 13, 2017.
  19. ^ Madsen, Hayes (January 13, 2017). "7 Baffling Switch Decisions That Nintendo Is Making (Page 5)". Twinfinite. Retrieved January 13, 2017.
  20. ^ Arnold, Cory (January 20, 2017). "1-2-Switch is not the next Wii Sports". Destructoid. Enthusiast Gaming. Retrieved January 21, 2017.
  21. ^ Makuch, Eddie (April 27, 2017). "Nintendo Confirms No Major E3 Event This Year, Reveals 1-2-Switch Shipment Numbers". GameSpot. CBS Interactive. Retrieved April 27, 2017.
  22. ^ Arif, Shabana. "Super Mario Odyssey Hits 10 Million Sales". IGN. Retrieved April 27, 2018.
  23. ^ https://www.nintendo.co.jp/ir/en/finance/software/index.html
  24. ^ "Nominee List for 2017". National Academy of Video Game Trade Reviewers. February 9, 2018. Retrieved February 15, 2018.
  25. ^ "Horizon wins 7; Mario GOTY". National Academy of Video Game Trade Reviewers. March 13, 2018. Retrieved March 14, 2018.

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