If, for whatever reason whatsoever, you enjoy the idea of engaging in unusual mini-games with a horse that dons a royal purple tux, then boy, have we got news for you. Turns out, after several years of dipping in and out of development hell, Nintendo has finally managed to bring Everybody 1-2-Switch! out of the abyss. And honestly, we’re pretty much left with a whole bunch of mixed feelings about this one, mainly down to the fact that, well — nobody really asked for it. That said, we know a select few who’d gladly embrace a sequel — even if it is completely out of the blue and arguably one of the most random things on Nintendo’s docket this year.
Anyway, what do you actually need to know about the upcoming party game, other than its weird and wonderful aesthetic? Well, here’s everything we’ve been able to piece together based on the data provided by Nintendo to date. Everybody 1-2-Switch!: what on earth is it, and most of all, when can we expect to see it hit the market? Let’s talk.
What Is Everybody 1-2-Switch!?
In short, Everybody 1-2-Switch! is a multiplayer party game for Nintendo Switch, and the sequel to 2017’s 1-2-Switch. The idea behind it, similar to games like The Jackbox Party Pack or any other generic ice-breaking vessel for that matter, is to pit a room full of players against one another over a series of humorous, albeit questionable mini-games — all whilst utilizing the power of the Joy-Con. It’s also available to play using your smartphone too, so Joy-Cons aren’t all that necessary, weirdly enough.
“Use Joy-Con controllers or smart devices, team up, and let the games begin,” the elevator pitch opens. “Split into teams and see which group can win a certain number of games first. Many games have several variations that change up the rules or add extra challenge!” How very, very…cryptic.
It’s a party game, so it’s probably best not to go expecting any sort of in-depth storyline with this one. What’s more, as its focus will be on putting players together over high-speed rounds, chances are it won’t feature a single-player mode, either. But then, until we’re able to catch wind of the post-launch footage, we won’t really know for certain. Best take it with a grain of salt, though.
It goes without saying that, being a party game, gameplay will mostly consist of syncing either Joy-Cons or smart devices together, and engaging in a wide selection of modes and team-based mini-games. But as far as the actual mini-game titles go, Nintendo has yet to really remove the lid on them. What we do know, however, is that it’ll supposedly feature aliens and balloons. Take from that what you will.
“Mix up your next get-together with the Everybody 1-2-Switch! game,” Nintendo adds. “Grab some Joy-Con controllers or smart devices for team-based games that are easy to set up and feature everything from balloons to aliens, and more! People at your next party can get moving and show off their teamwork in this multiplayer mashup.”
What’s new this time around is the multiplayer experience — something that was only really made into a two-player thing in the original. If the sequel is to follow in the same footsteps, then these newly created mini-games should come as a 25+ collection. Anything less would be a little insulting at this point, to be fair.
Whatever lies in store for future party starters, Nintendo has already gone as far as to say Everybody 1-2-Switch! will foster a series of modes that’ll “keep you on your toes.” Quite the opposite of last year’s playtests, then, which were called out for featuring “boring” mini-games. Who knows, though — maybe 2023 has inspired the team to up the ante and bring something a little more invigorating to the palette? Only time will tell on that one.
— Nintendo of America (@NintendoAmerica) June 2, 2023
Shortly after 1-2-Switch first graced the Switch back in 2017, Nintendo had toyed with the idea of developing a sequel. It was only in 2022, completely out of nowhere, that the concept was rolled out into a testing phase, which, as a result, drew a fair amount of lukewarm feedback from its volunteers. According to them, the mini-games featured, although “memorable” and more accessible to a wider audience, were borderline “tedious” and a slight bore. As a result of this mixed feedback, Nintendo then went on to shelve the project, stating that it wasn’t entirely sure what the future of the game would hold.
Anyway, fast-forward another year, and Nintendo finally plucked the IP from out of its casket and stuck it on the front page. As for what revisions have been made since its testing phase is anybody’s guess. Either way though, we won’t have to wait all that long to see it in the virtual flesh.
Unfortunately, Nintendo has yet to post a trailer of the game, which, admittedly, doesn’t help us find a clear understanding of what the game’s all about. If we’re lucky, then the devs should publish a launch trailer in the week of its release. Speaking of which…
Release Date, Platforms & Editions
If you’ve managed to make it this far, then you’re probably wondering about the date on which the game’s supposed to release? Well, the good news is, Nintendo will be bringing the game to Switch on June 30, 2023, which means you won’t have to wait all that long to organize that next all-important get-together.
As it currently stands, Nintendo has Everybody 1-2-Switch! up for pre-order for just $30, which is half the price that was announced a couple of years back, before the 2022 playtests. We’ll let you make your own mind up on that one, to be honest.
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