1-2-Switch Review Roundup

1-2 or 9-10?

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Nintendo Switch's minigame collection, 1-2-Switch, launches simultaneously with the console on March 3. It features 28 bizarre minigames, and it'll have you doing things like waving flags, shaking soda bottles, and duelling (with pistols or wands). But is it any good?

Reviews have started to go live for the first-party title, including GameSpot's own. In our review, critic Oscar Dayus said the game "feels a little like a wasted opportunity," but that "at its best, it delivers some hilarious moments." For more, read our full 1-2-Switch review.

Take a look at the roundup below for a selection of critical opinions, or check out GameSpot sister site Metacritic to see a wider view.

  • Game: 1-2-Switch
  • Developer: Nintendo
  • Platform: Nintendo Switch
  • Release: March 3
  • Price: US $50 / £40 / AU $70

GameSpot -- 6/10

"1-2-Switch, then, feels a little like a wasted opportunity. Many of its minigames are duds that are too limited to be fun on their first attempt, let alone their 100th, and the remainder mostly don't have the depth to maintain a consistent enough high to warrant many playthroughs with the same crowd. There's no doubt 1-2-Switch should have been packed in with the Nintendo Switch, and the decision to sell it separately goes against every fibre of its varied-but-shallow DNA. But 1-2-Switch, at its best, delivers some hilarious moments. Seeing an uninitiated friend milk a cow, looking into your dad's eyes as you beat him to the trigger in Quick Draw, and making a fool of yourself strutting down Runway's catwalk is all amazing fun, even if it is short-lived.

Does it live up to Wii Sports? Not a chance. But that doesn't stop 1-2-Switch being an entertaining minigame collection--just make sure you've got enough willing friends to maintain your own fading high." -- Oscar Dayus [Full review]

IGN -- 6.8/10

"1-2-Switch is the Switch's version of Wii Sports, in that it acts as an overall mission statement for the console itself. The quirky, bizarre nature of the unique mini-games make it a funny, memorable experience, but some games are hard to play at first due to unclear tutorials and dialogue cues. Despite its oddities and flaws, I have had so, so much fun playing and watching 1-2-Switch with a small group of friends that I can recommend it in that specific situation, but I don't have much desire to go back." -- Alanah Pearce [Full review]

The Guardian -- 3/5

"As it stands, 1-2 Switch is a really fun couple of hours that may well end up being the star attraction at one or two friends or family get-togethers. However, it will then find itself at the dusty end of your games collection. Nintendo says it wants to offer value to Switch purchasers, yet we can't help but feel it's not just the cow getting milked in this scenario." -- Keith Stuart [Full review]

Nintendo Life -- 6/10

"1-2-Switch does a great job of showing off the unique feature set of the Switch and its Joy-Con controllers, but it's seriously lacking in long-term appeal. When played with a group of friends or family members it's a proper hoot, and has the same social gaming appeal that made Wii Sports a living room tradition for so many households all over the world, but there's no escaping the fact that many of these mini-games lack longevity; some are so basic that they fail to maintain your interest past the first go, no matter how inebriated you and your pals happen to be." -- Damien McFerran [Full review]

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