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1-2-Switch Review: Switchcraft

/ Mar 10th, 2017 No Comments

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Nintendo has always been a leader in terms of innovation, even if that has meant crossing over to the bizarre. 1-2-Switch, a launch title for the Nintendo Switch that showcases some of the console’s capabilities, is the latest example that shows Nintendo isn’t afraid to try new things.

The collection of mini-games is an odd debut for the Switch that helps players discover the possibilities of Nintendo’s new console. Its gameplay variety and heavy multiplayer aspects are perfect for those with short attention spans and even shorter amounts of time to play games.

Getting to Know Joy-Con

1-2-Switch is a game that almost doesn’t require the use of a television. In fact, in many of the games that make up 1-2-Switch, you are asked to make eye contact with your opposing player. This is an obvious gimmick, but it is uniquely Nintendo. 1-2-Switch embraces its oddball humor by essentially requiring its players to create a personal dynamic with each other.

In the same way that Wii Sports was essentially a tutorial of how to use the Wii’s distinct features, 1-2-Switch is an introduction to the Switch’s controller. By playing these mini-games, you will see the different ways to interact with the system’s Joy-Cons.

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Bang Bang Pew Pew! I’m an adult!

Ball Count, a game where players try to correctly guess how many balls are in a box, showcases the Joy-Con’s interesting HD rumble feature. Players must “feel” around in the box by moving the controller while vibrations simulate the feeling of rolling balls. If nothing else, it is a surreal experience.

A more physically demanding title, Wizard, has players dueling as rival wizards. They must thrust forward their Joy-Con to attack and counter their opponents in a crude, hectic round.

Kings of Comedy

The greatest aspect of 1-2-Switch is its clear-cut humor and modern Nintendo tone. The mini-games are incredibly odd, yet somehow endearing.

For instance, Baby displays a crying infant on screen who just wants to go to sleep. Players compete to see who can put their baby to sleep first by taking turns gently rocking the Switch with Joy-Con’s attached. Meanwhile, Gorilla has players beating their chests in rhythm to gorilla noises in an effort to prove who the real leader of the gorilla troop is.

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Release me from this prison, mortal.

Other games, like Sword Fight, are more normal and obvious, but can also be exciting when played with friends. This variety means there is probably something for everyone in 1-2-Switch, but it’s better if you play with an open mind and a smile.

1-2 … Unlock the Rest

The oddest thing about 1-2-Switch might not be its awkward mini-games. When you first boot up the game, you may notice a limited number of mini-games available to play. That’s because you have to unlock some of these games.

This can be jarring and disappointing at first, but the game encourages you to play and easily unlock new games that help pick up the pace.

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How do I balls?

As you may have noticed, 1-2-Switch heavily encourages playing with friends. But this doesn’t include just two friends. Team Battle mode allows anywhere from two to 20 players to compete in a series of randomly selected mini-games. Players compete in teams and try to win each round until an overall winner is crowned.

This is possibly the best way to play the game, but a shuffle mode also can simulate this type of mode in a quicker match. However, the shuffle mode disappointingly doesn’t constantly shuffle, instead requiring players to select shuffle after each mini-game has been completed.


If you’re a Nintendo Switch owner, you should purchase 1-2-Switch, especially if you enjoy playing with friends. You’re probably hyped to spend time in Hyrule, but 1-2-Switch is a one-of-a-kind experience.

There is excellent variety in its games and a fun, humorous tone that makes the game more enjoyable. Additionally, it is the introduction to the Switch’s controllers and capabilities that you need.

1-2-Switch was reviewed on Nintendo Switch using a retail copy of the game purchased by the reviewer.


Greg Johnson

Greg Johnson

Associate Editor at Gaming Illustrated
Greg is a Nintendo fanboy who would cry if they ever went third party. He writes news, previews and reviews at Gaming Illustrated.
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There is an excellent variety of mini-games that provide hours of entertainment for you and your friends.


Having to unlock new mini-games is annoying, but all of the games are unique and hilarious.


The music expertly sets the tone for each mini-game.


1-2-Switch brilliantly and effortlessly showcases the variety of ways the Joy-Con can be used, including the HD Rumble feature.

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