1-2-Switch is all about looking at your opponent rather than the screen, and is therefore built around audio and force-feedback rather than visual cues. For James Rath, this presented an interesting situation, because Rath is registered as legally blind.
Rath took the opportunity to play the game with Blind Film Critic's Tommy Edison and came away incredibly impressed with how accessible and inclusive an experience it offered:
I'm a legally blind gamer and recently purchased the Switch along with 1-2 Switch. I also got together with a friend of mine who's been totally blind since birth and it was the first time he was able to experience a mainstream Nintendo game, 1-2 Switch. I made a video of the experience and wanted to share it since I'm a big advocate for accessibility in gaming. I'm not sure if making the gameplay accessible to the Blind was intentional for Nintendo or not but they managed to pull it off and it was a lot of fun.
When you have perfect eyesight it's easy to take for granted that others out there aren't quite as fortunate, and while we're not sure Nintendo intended to make 1-2-Switch the perfect experience for those with visual impairments, it's heartwarming to see that the game can be enjoyed by blind and partially-sighted players.