Slowly and surely, in the build-up to its launch on 3rd March, we're working through some 'countdown' articles around the Nintendo Switch. This time we're going to consider 1-2-Switch, and a similar angle to our first impressions article from back in January. In that piece we said it was an ideal pack-in game, so in this case we're going to think about that a bit more but, also, consider an option that could have suited everyone concerned.
1-2-Switch is a strange game - as far as Nintendo is concerned it's a key first-party launch release alongside The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. It is important to a degree, as it's the only game on launch day that'll truly put the Joy-Con controllers through their paces, with minigames that showcase HD Rumble, motion controls and the IR sensor. There are other launch (and 'March') games that will emphasize other strengths of the controllers and system, such as the 'play anywhere' flexibility and the fact each console supports two players right out of the box. Yet as a technical showcase of the Joy-Con concept, 1-2-Switch is the main game.
A problem, though, is that gamers putting down $300+ on a system and probably a copy of Breath of the Wild then think very carefully about purchases, and there are some download-only titles due on day one or shortly after that also demand attention. Even though its price is a little lower than 'full retail', 1-2-Switch feels like a pricey addition against the context that it's conceivably an ideal pack-in. Perhaps Nintendo gamers have just been spoiled in recent generations, with both the Wii and Wii U (well, the 'Deluxe / Premium' version) having bundled games on day one that showcased the concept of each console. The 3DS didn't but, as Nintendo keeps trying to remind us, the Switch is a 'home gaming system' that happens to also work as a portable.
It's a trend, especially as more go hands on with a broader range of the 28 minigames in 1-2-Switch, for individuals to warm to the title after experiencing it; after all, it's quite charming and shows how magical those little Joy-Con controllers can be. The problem for Nintendo, of course, is that not everyone will be swayed by 'influencers', and not everyone will get hands on with it before making a purchasing decision. As a result the appeal of the game is debatable - by that we mean its appeal as a retail purchase, of course.
This writer pre-ordered the game about as grudgingly as is possible, simply because no other title - so far - is better for showing off what helps to make the Switch and its controllers so special. Some others will have done the same, while some may genuinely be putting down money with nothing but excitement in their hearts. To those people in the latter category, all we can say is that we're happy for you.
Nintendo's argument against bundling 1-2-Switch with the system has consistently come down to cost. It's looked at the development budget, the manufacturing costs of the hardware itself, and come to its own conclusions on the value of the game and hardware. That's fair enough, that's Nintendo's prerogative.
Yet there could have been another way - we'll warn you now that we're going to use an unpopular phrase here, a term so heinous that some reader's blood will come to the boil.
The concept would have been simple - each Switch would come with a small sample of 1-2-Switch pre-installed (or free to download from the eShop) that contains about half a dozen minigames. These games could showcase each of the key functions of the Joy-Con controllers, giving everyone something neat to show curious onlookers. The rest of the experience - over 20 extra minigames, play options and modes - could have been wrapped up as paid extras, either in small chunks or one bigger unlock price. Those that fancy the full collection for some minigame shenanigans with others could simply buy the upgrade via the eShop; Nintendo could have even released a retail version as an option for people, too.
It's not as if Nintendo is 'above' this idea, either. It's been dabbling with free-to-play / free-to-start on Wii U and 3DS, has gone so far as to employ Gacha-style gameplay in Fire Emblem Heroes and is bringing an Expansion Pass to The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. The company isn't entirely bound by tradition, which plenty will argue is a good thing.
As it stands, the Switch out of the box has little to showcase its concept. We can only hope that some surprises are still to come that will ensure this isn't the case - perhaps the eShop will have some demos or a piece of software to emphasize the strengths of the system and the Joy-Con controllers. Nintendo's been so darn secretive - so far - about the eShop that it's not out of the question that a treat will be offered to day one adopters to give a little extra spice to the hardware.
Time will tell. We can't help but wonder, though, about the positive impact 1-2-Switch could have if available to all in a demo / sample form. Its value as a retail title is in the eye of the beholder and certainly debatable, but as a demonstration of the Joy-Con controllers it's currently top of the class. As a potential pitch for the Switch it has real value to Nintendo and prospective system owners, and the option to experience some of its clever minigames without putting down a decent chunk of change would certainly help with word of mouth around features like the brilliant HD Rumble.
Here's hoping that early adopters of the Nintendo Switch have more than a basic user interface and a copy of Breath of the Wild with which to showcase what their new console can really do.
This is where 1,2 Switch belongs.
I thought at first it was alright but the more I see of it, the worse it gets. They can bury all those awful actors from the trailers alongside it.
There's probably some nerds out there who like it, and that's fine. For me though, it just looks dumb and not my type of game.
Some of the games look decent, but most of them look to have less appeal than your average Warioware micro game
If it ever gets in the region of a tenner I'll bite but otherwise it just seems a complete waste of time. It looks too much like a tech demo they are charging for to me.
1 2 Switch will be great with price between $20 - $30.
Very unique games, but I can quickly bored for 2 - 3 minutes same mini games.
THE JAPANESE COMMERCIAL OR SHOWCASE IS SO CRINGY ALSO ALL CAPS CUZ CAN
it would have been ideal as a pack in or not a game at all
I absolutely had to buy this, as much as it pained me to do, simply to see what all the fuss is about with this HD rumble malarkey.
I would have loved for this to have been a free to start title, or even a limited to 10 use demo, if not a pack in
I'm going for it - for family and youth group it will be fun.
I hang out with my Nintendo-loving friends often, so I gave in and ordered a copy.
Honestly, I really don't think this game had mass appeal. It's honestly only good for people that want a party game.
Mario Kart 8 Deluxe and Splatoon 2 will appeal more to the masses that want co-op play with friends and family.
I'm curious to try out the HD rumble, but not enough to pay $50 for a gimmicky mini-game collection. I'll just wait for another game to demo that feature.
Some of what I've heard from people's impressions of the game has sounded interesting and I'm interested in trying out the HD Rumble for myself, but I would really need a demo to try for myself. (And I don't think I'd want to drop $65 CAD on it either...)
I don't care about buying this at all, so a demo would have been nice to have for a quick half hour of entertainment and to try out the HD rumble before I turned my attention back to something that's actually worth the money, like Breath of the Wild or Splatoon 2. I know this is a bit cheaper, but not by much. It should have been a 20 or 30 dollar game. Maybe when they reveal all the mini games I'll change my mind, but I'm not holding my breath. Games that are just a collection of mini games are pretty much never worth that much money.
1 2 Switch has 28 minigames. Thus, it should be $28. Round that up to $30. A dollar per minigame seems appropriate.
It would have been ideal as a built-in software, like the AR games, Face Raiders and Miiplaza software. And, of course, as the first Wii Sports.
But I guess it's asking too much from a company that will let you BORROW a few NES games per subscription month.
I'm getting this at launch. But mainly because I'm going to collect my switch at midnight and my younger bros will be coming over to my house to play the switch. It should be fun....... besides it's all we got other than bomberman at launch.
I'd actually pay top brass for another warioware.
I can all but guarantee that 1-2 Switch will be a download code pack-in with systems at Christmas so for those of us skeptical about being an early adopter (again) as we were with the Wii-U, patience will have its rewards.
There's a typo at the title. It should be "1-2-Switch Would Have Been Ideal As 'Free-to-End' "
1 2 Switch doesn't appear to have single player. This makes it less appealing to be a pack in when it's not always feasible to get a second person. I remember spending good amounts of time playing Wii Sports and Nintendo Land solo. Not to mention lack of 3 or 4 player support. Causing people to be left out and children to fight. Wii Sports at least let you take turns in bowling.
I really think Nintendo blew it by not bundling this game with every system. It's CLEARLY the Switch's Wii Sports, and it probably could have helped push a fair number of systems. It's just a shame that Nintendo let their insane Kyoto-specific brand of penny-pinching get in the way of what could have been a real boon for the system at launch, even if it meant biting the bullet and taking a small loss on systems. Just my opinion, for what it's worth.
Maybe I'll buy it to play with co-workers on lunch, but if digital price is attractive.
Make it a free download for everyone Nintendo! It's not too late!
I think 1 2 Switch is a horrible idea as a pack in. It sends the wrong message about the system. Of what's available, BotW is the ideal pack in. Obviously they wouldn't do that because everyone is going to pay full price for it regardless, but that's the game that sells the message of what the Switch does. Nintendo should want everyone who picks up a Switch to experience an amazing, AAA, open world title on their tv, then have that click moment where they realize that in a matter of seconds, they can have that same console experience on the go... That's the message that needs to be sent, not that Switch is for pretending to eat a sandwich or milk a cow. Just because it's a neat-o tech demo for the Joycons doesn't make it a wise pack-in, at least not at launch. Nintendo got this one right.
@daveh30 Agree per messaging, though the free-to-start idea presented in the article sounds best, as then a vast number of Switch holders could demo the interesting joycon functionality with others. That or the the game being $20-30, I may partake, then.
Particularly, the marble counting game sounds very intriguing / interesting to try and show off, though it'd make sense that they wouldn't then just put it out for free. Could get a lot of people interested though in the possibilities, if it were standardly downloaded on the system and could be demo'd on a whim.
I'm happy to pay money for games that I want. This is a game that I want. It cost money ... to develop, to ship. Don't want it? Don't buy it.
@BAN That would be writing "system for casuals" all over the Switch though, and I don't feel like that's what Nintendo wants for the Switch. I also don't think very many people want another Wii, myself included. What I want is for Nintendo to hold nothing back, and push all the color, charm, and creativity of their games into some true masterpieces, all on the super cool system that is the Switch. Some truly great Nintendo games on a system that can be played on the TV and on the go would be a dream come true for me, and I'm sure most people would agree with that. No more casual garbage.
That's probably also the reason why they're withholding Netflix, a browser, and other apps from the system. They want it to be seen as a dictated gaming device. While I personally would like those things on the system and for 1-2 Switch to be a pack-in, I think doing those things would send the message that it's not the actual games that are selling the system, but the smartphone-like features and a game like 1-2 Switch are. While those luxuries and sales would be nice, if Nintendo is trying to win back the hardcore audience and their fans who moved on to other systems with the games alone, I'm all for it. They've certainly won me back, that's for sure. I haven't been so into a Nintendo system since the Gamecube.
it's on my to buy when discounted list, like an eshop sale or something like that.
As a game that shows off the joycons I want this but then it would have to come with a player 2 packed in with it.
It's an interesting concept, free to start. That is something that the honchos in Kyoto could have got behind. I'll be honest, it's not my type of game. I prefer meaty single player, even in games I play with friends, that's is the dessert to my single player dinner. This looks not single player at all.
So you throw in 5-7 mini games free. Great. But I would say the audience that would enjoy those games would be fine playing those 5-7 games with their friends. Premium sales would be minimal and so would profit.
I don't feel this game is well though out. It screams tech demo to me, and to many that have seen it. All the actors in commercials won't change that. We can debate what strategy would go best to move units of 1-2 Switch, or we can discuss whether they should have used the effort to make this on another game to have had available for launch month.
You can guess which one my opinion leans towards 😏
@SLIGEACH_EIRE its like you are reading my mind man!
Having said that my 4 yr old daughter will love 1,2 switch im pretty sure. Alas i will probably have to buy it... but not before i buy someone's second hand copy lol its going to be it's own shelf in ebgames just like nintendoland
Since Nintendo is dead set on a retail release of the game, here's a simple solution. They should have pre-installed 3 of the mini-games on every Switch to both show off the tech and encourage interested people into buying the full retail release. The full retail release should then be at a budget price to make it more of an impulse buy ($20 or $30). It's a simple and elegant solution that makes just about everyone happy (granted, someone is always gonna complain but I feel this would have been the most balanced approach). It would kind of be like the original Nintendo DS launch with the Metroid Prime Hunters: First Hunt cart which showed off the tech of the DS while getting people hyped for the full release.
@BiasedSonyFan It doesn't prevent it from happening, I'm just saying I like what Nintendo's doing here, and I wouldn't want the message to be made unclear by having this as a pack-in, and potentially attract the wrong kind of customer which would prevent Nintendo from making it a system intended for hardcore gamers, even to a slight degree. Perhaps that was a bit of an odd way to word that, though.
And I meant casual garbage as a broad term, not just this game. Sorry if that offends you.
Wait, 1 2 Switch at least 2 players ?
Not Single player ?
@KirbyTheVampire I mean I get what you're saying, but if that were Nintendo's thinking, then why did they A) make the game, and then B) proceed to heavily promote the game? Sorry, not trying to be rude, I just don't see how bundling 1-2 Switch would make people think the system was "for casuals" any more than Nintendo's previous/current actions around that game already have.
And for that matter, if Nintendo were opposed to giving the impression of catering to casuals, their entire Switch unveiling would, or at least should, have been completely different. Because as it was, that whole presentation was little more than a reimagining of Wii's uncomfortable pre-launch E3 press conference. "Arms" presently comes to mind as even more evidence of this, as fun as that game may be.
I agree though that Nintendo should distance themselves from the "catering to casuals" reputation they've fostered over the years. The problem is that their messaging around Switch has already rendered that impossible, in my opinion.
I feel that the same could have been said of Game & Wario for the Wii U, especially after the way that Wii Sports Club was handled. I'm surprised that Nintendo had never gotten around to turning that into a "free-to-start" game, with individual games/modes being unlockable via payments (though only a few modes in Game & Wario were worth the price of admission IMO).
The 3DS did have "pack-in" software, hence the PEGI 7 and ACB PG ratings on the box of every console, and those were Face Raiders and AR Games (you can arguably include the Sound and Camera apps which allowed for basic photo editing). Were they substantial enough to warrant a separate retail release? No, but they did a decent enough job of showcasing the uniqueness of the 3DS in an accessible and amusing fashion; so yes, Nintendo have set a precedent for "pack-in" software. Even the original DS had Pictochat, as mediocre-from-the-rooftops as it was (and the initial shipment of DS consoles also included a demo of Metroid Prime Hunters, dubbed "First Hunt", with content exclusive to the demo).
With that said, I intend to grab 1-2 Switch, if for no other reason than to be able to try out the HD Rumble feature, and because there's almost nothing else available for nearly 2 months after launch (with the next major first-party release being Mario Kart 8 Deluxe).
Perhaps we've been overly critical of 1-2 Switch considering that very few (if any) of us have actually played it. Wii Sports wasn't exactly bursting to the brim with depth, but it offered 5 activities on the table (with a lot of replay value), while 1-2 Switch is offering us more than 20. I'll reserve judgement, of course, and I'll still grab it however scathing the reviews, because I think that I'll have at least some fun with it (though I doubt that I'll be having as much "fun" as the actors depicted in the promos).
@Anti-Matter Not even at least, it's 2 players only. According to the Nintendo website.
I would welcome including some of the mini games free to try before asking for a fee to play the full game. I think at the very least the ball count game should be a built in demo to showcase the HD rumble.
A neat idea I had for this is if they would have made each minigame available for a weeklong demo. A different minigame each week, then it rotates to a different one. Be a nice side thing to play around with in the early months while the game lineup is getting fleshed out.
Hm... I see.
SO. MUCH. HYPE!
Thought it was nifty since the reveal on day one and am a little surprised at all the backlash. Is it an instant classic? Nah. But fun? Sure! I, for one, like fun things. I preordered it with all the rest of my Switch gear and look forward to trying it. Especially at a gaming party a few weeks after launch.
" Those that fancy the full collection for some minigame shenanigans with others could simply buy the upgrade via the eShop; Nintendo could have even released a retail version as an option for people, too."
So the point of the article is that 1-2-S should have been free-to-play, except that it's really saying it should have had a demo and been sold as a bunch of individual games, but also could have been sold retail exactly as-is? So basically, not free-to-play?
I pre ordered it too. I think it will be the best way to show the switch off to friends/family.
@BAN Yeah, the presentation sort of seemed a little more aimed to the casuals, which is honestly really odd, because the vast majority of people who would take an hour out of their day to watch that were probably at least somewhat serious gamers. However, that largely seems to be the exception. After all, the most casual game shown off in the first ever reveal trailer was probably Mario Kart, and that game appeals to casual and hardcore gamers alike, for the most part anyway. Plus, the superbowl trailer showed only Zelda, and the majority of the commercials I've seen have showed off Zelda and such too. There's also the talk of no Netflix or browser or other apps because it's a dedicated gaming device, and no 1-2 Switch pack-in. Aside from the presentation, it doesn't seem like they want it to be seen as another Wii. If they want it to be a hardcore system, the presentation wouldn't have messed that up too much IMO, but if they want it to be a casual system, they're royally messing up the marketing by showing so much Breath of the Wild and Splatoon 2 and so on.
A DEMO would be welcome. Even Zen Pinball lets you experiment with new tables for a minute or two.
I will be using my Amazon Prime to get it for $39.99 USD. My kids and the grandparents will love it. A perfect showcase for the joy con and a great addition for family game night.
This would of been fun as a pack in during lunch breaks at work. But I'm spending enough as it is so I'll pass.
I will definitely buy a Switch, and I definitely want 1-2-Switch. But I want 1-2-Switch as the pack-in or for $30 or less. At $20, I think that almost everyone would have purchased it. Free-to-Start is a great idea; but also 'very cheap compared to the other choices' is a good idea too.
I have 5 kids and we still play Nintendoland, Super Mario 3D World and other 4 player games together. The charm is still there. When I buy the Switch, the kids will be shifting their attention to it and as it is, there's nothing in place to accommodate a family game night on release. I'm not even sure if the kids are going to care too much about MK8 Deluxe... we already have MK8 with 4 controllers ... and $60 to basically have 'DLC' (Battle Mode) is a hard pill to swallow.
I can't wait until the Switch is better positioned for us, because I want it! I just need to wait until it's more worthwhile than a Wii U If all I want is Zelda ... then what's the point?
@WhiteTrashGuy - This is the first time I've heard of it for $39.99 with Amazon Prime - just verified and wow ... it is! Now if Amazon would just bundle it...
@Anti-Matter thought you love this game. All these days you say how much you love this game because it's quirky and your different yet you just found out it's only a two player game. No single player mode. Lol
"I was impressed by Eating Burger mini games, Baby mini games and Wizard mini games. I wanna try those mini games. It was not bad at all. Me, myself has different taste of gaming. My taste is also Quirky and Crazy games like 1 2 Switch. Maybe most people feel disgust but not for me. Yeah.... because I am different"
Oh, I know how to play 1 2 Switch alone.
I put the other Joy Con stay motionless so I can use 1 Joy Con to play.
Well... kinda unfair but still playable by one people only, right ?
And when I take my Switch on the go, I can share my Joy Con to play 1 2 Switch together.
They absolutely missed the boat on 1-2 Switch. It should've been included with the console. The console needs a bundled game because of the high price and Nintendo launching next gen early.
1-2 Switch is not a full price game. It's as mispriced as Wii Sports Club was on Wii U
@Kolzig Tech doesn't invent itself. It's the game that will recoup the r'n'd of HD rumble. Let it be
I'm less concerned about 1-2 Switch being a pack-in, and more concerned that there are very few releases at launch that are really taking advantage of the JoyCon featureset.
@GrailUK I don't mind, the game will be butchered in the retail because people will not buy it. They could have given a positive spin to it since it is the demo game to show the features of the console just like Wii Sports and Nintendoland were. And they could have pr'd it by saying it's one of the first million sellers.
Got to hope that the insane 379€ price of the console will drop by Christmas, Nintendo needs this to sell and not be left on shelves. I don't want them to have again financial losses especially now the exchange rates are horrible because of dumb politicians and corrupt businessmen.
Free to start would be ideal for the consumer.
Not sure if it would be ideal to Ninty who really just want the cash immediately.
Really need another Joy-Con for that Mexican standoff.
Special launch price!
Nintendo wants to sell this game while they can, and that's at launch to early adopters, that simple.
Why are you so obsessed with showcasing the wacky controllers, as if that's the key to the Switch's success? I hope Nintendo isn't as still stuck in this Wii U mentality.
"As it stands, the Switch out of the box has little to showcase its concept." But I thought the concept of the console is that it's a home console that doubles up as a handheld. Surely it doesn't need a specific game to showcase this concept. In fact 1-2-Switch would do a pretty bad job of this as it doesn't double up as a handheld game (plus, 1-2-Switch becoming the Switch's defining game would just create the perception of "another silly casual waggle console" among gamers and developers which wouldn't help the Switch's image).
1-2 Switch will be marketed as a family game. Nintendo want the Wii generation back. The Switch has a bit of everything in it. Interesting. We'll see Switch sports yet.
Seem to be in the minority but personally I really like the look of 1-2 Switch. Ideally it would be a budget title but I'm happy with the £36 I'm shelling out for my copy considering it's a console launch title. I've certainly paid more for worse games on, well, just about every other system I've ever bought on day one. Zelda's going to be my 'main' game at launch obviously, but I love stuff like this as well. Really looking forward to it.
Was going to by it on Amazon for a good price. Until Bill Trinen basically confirmed to IGN it is multiplayer only. No practice or challenge mode it seems. No point putting that money down day one for something I wont play until a group of friends come over. i dont generally go to parties where I bring my own games console. As people would think im a dufus. Gonna save the money and get Snipperclips which appears to have some single player element too it
@Haywired Agreed. It's concept is far more so the ability to Switch from handheld to TV mode and back, than HD rumble is. I think people would be better off considering HD rumble and similar things Nintendo will come up with, as icing on the cake. I personally don't care for 1,2, Switch, and wouldn't, even if it were to drop really low in price, simply because nobody in my direct environment cares to play this game.
Exactly! Then I would have sound reason to hate it!
As of now, however, I have no strong feelings one way or the other towards its existance. Curse my stubborn neutrality! D=
1-2 Switch will sell a decent amount because there isn't much else to buy. It's not a pack in because Nintendo doesn't have anything else to sell.
If you have a PS4, you'll be playing Zero Dawn Horizon, Nioh, Resident Evil etc along with Zelda. If 1-2 Switch was a pack in, I'd check it out once or twice and then move on to games that deserve my attention.
I have to admit, I succumbed as well. I'm getting Breath of the Wild and I Am Setsuna on the 3rd, Snipperclips as soon as it's available and Snake Pass at the end of March. Wanted something more than Snipperclips to play with my girlfriend though, so there you go. I caved.
Nintendo should at the very least include a free demo of the game. I distinctly remember wario ware touch demo being included with the DS.
I'm gonna pick it up on the e-Shop so I can play it with mates and for an on-the-go drinking game.
Unfortunately for me I'm dry this month so that last bit will have to wait
A great title for parties but not much use for much else.
1-2 Switch hasn't really sold me. It looks like it could be fun in large groups, especially that Team Battle mode or whatever that Nintendo showed off with GameSpot over the weekend. But I have enough friends who are buying it day 1 so can just use their copy when we hang out. The game is just too expensive for day 1 on top of the console itself, an extra set of Joy-Con, and the Breath of the Wild Special Edition. I may pickup the game if there's an eShop sale or if a retailer offers a discount on the physical version.
But maybe going Free To Start as was suggested here isn't the way to go, maybe just offering a free demo on the eShop that gives people enough of a sample of the game would be better. I feel like the phrase, "free to start" has such a negative connotation to it that Nintendo could avoid backlash simply by just saying it's a demo.
Related to that, I hope Nintendo does a better job this generation of actually putting demos of their games on the eShop. Now that video rental stores are a thing of the past, there's really no way one can sample a game or rent a game. Back in the NES/SNES/N64 eras, that's how I judged a lot of my purchases. I'd rent the game first and then decide to buy it. I miss that. We have digital rentals for movies, I think it's high-time that the major console companies offer digital rental services on their eShop (and that way save data could even carry over if one decides to purchase the game outright later).
This isn't a terrible idea, and similar to what happened with another launch game for Wii U, Tank!Tank!Tank! Of course this was a Bandai title, but it released at full retail then went into obscurity before resurfacing as a free-to-start. Collectively its best now to just buy the game (if you can find it affordably) but for those unconvinced you can try it and buy it in parts.
@-Green- I'm assuming your dislike of the game comes from assumptions on how well (or horrible) the play control will be. A demo I feel would help sell many including myself on if the concept works or not.
@DarthFoxMcCloud " I feel like the phrase, "free to start" has such a negative connotation to it that Nintendo could avoid backlash simply by just saying it's a demo."
I think because what this article describes as "free to start" is in fact not describing the "free to start" model, but is describing a demo and piece meal sales. The headline should be "1-2-Switch would have been ideal as individual eShop games with a few free demos" But "free to start" sounds so much more hip and trendy for clickbait. Tom doesn't once advocate the actual F2P model for this game at all in the text.
F2P/"Free to start" (I love that Iwata-coined pejorative that seems to go over everyone's heads), it's more about the never-ending revenue model that you never actually pay for the game, but you buy "items" or "activities" or money, or lives, or orbs or whatever forever and ever and ever to keep playing (or keep winning, anyway) Selling a game at a fixed price with a part available to play for free has always been called a demo. I'm not sure if it's an pliant press or a determined mobile marketplace that wants to conflate the two models as "free to start" now.
@WOLF1313 As someone with a PS4 and has Horizon on preorder, along with a Switch and Zelda on preorder, I really don't think I'll be playing Horizon for a long, long time later
Nah, a better and less costly idea for a pack-in would be include a pre-installed miniature tech demo that helps you to calibrate the controls and inputs. It would provide a fun little demonstration of the Switch's innovative functions without requiring you to sit through a sizable series of mini games.
And 1-2-Switch may not be for everyone, in fact it's probably not for me, but it is a game, people. It's not a tech demo regardless of how much some of you want to believe that it is.
And Nintendolife, seriously, can we move on? The game is not free, and it's not going to be free no matter how many articles you write about why it should be. Sheesh, it's like you've got this secret agenda to devalue it and insure that it doesn't sell well.
Just review it and let your audience decide on wether or not it's worth a purchase.
@SLIGEACH_EIRE Or perhaps it could be buried next to your useless user account.
Okay, that was harsh, but...I just wish that you would stop wasting 5 seconds of my time with your useless comments. And it always feels like you're throwing punches. You know? You should try to be more constructive.
Like for example, I will tell you that your comment on it getting worse the more you see it is moot, because it is one of those games that you have to experience to understand. The best way to know whether or not this game is for you is to give it a try. So give it a try and I'll give it a try, and if we both don't like it, I'll buy the shovel. 👍
@Dakt "I like that 1 2 Switch isn't a pack in. I'd hate for the precedent to be set that "THIS" is what the Nintendo Switch's main audience is"
Precisely. And in considering how the Wii was heavily criticized for being too casual friendly, there should be no article suggesting that it be packed in.
Maybe you could rent one mini-game a month...!
I think it should actually come bundled with Joycon controllers.
You say that but I bet you buy it and play the milking game by yourself for hours on end. lol
A waste of time effort and money. Ninty should canned this and hung the person responsible. What a crap stupid smelly turd this is and the low sales will show what a turd it is. Bloody waste of Ninty resources
IMO, they should have sold this for $20 or included it, but then had DLC. This just doesn't look like it has any depth. Felt this way with Wii Party U and Game & Wario, but those at least had a fair amount of content.
Yeah mate the Terdinator,it sounds better. Ninty have loads of great ip and I am bamboozled by this cheap cash-in, This has to be up there with Animal crossing Amiibo festival. Ninty are so much better than this and how could it be awarded the Ninty seal of quality
@Aslanmagic Yep! I have 2 kids and a wife who will love playing this. That's enough for me.
In other news, Nintendolife attempts to rile its readership one more time with an opinion piece on 1-2 Switch...
@sethisthegoat I hope you all enjoy it! Welcome to Nintendolife by the way.
Should be fun. I'd rather pay nothing! So would most!
It's interesting to sell it a price that only people who are predisposed to like this sort of thing would go for. It means that they're probably more likely to champion it wherever they take it.
If it was a free pack-in there is a message that it's what the Switch is primarily for or would be a point of mockery for people who have narrow preferences for fun activities. I mean I see people on here who prefer gaming alone with no one by their side or anyone to share it with which is so foreign to my sensibilities as an early NES nerd.
Everybody has their preferences and some people feel an insecurity about it and need somehow justify their lack of openness to new experiences by mocking and showing disdain for those experience. Noise. It's okay to go with familiarity every time! Not sure why it's so important to rail against those who don't, though.
@Kolzig PS4 was $400 and Xbox was $500 at launch with no games and 3do being $200 and The Wii U bundled was $350 and your saying the switch is high priced? If it was the same only because 12 switch was bundled would that made you happy? I highly doubt that considering that you paid $50 for just that game.
I caved and preordered this. Im celebrating my birthday the day after release, and this would make a great drinking game. Its 40 for me at best buy and i also have a 5 dollar off coupon so i could justify it at 35
@Hinaru77 if 1-2 Switch was bundled that would at least explain the insane 380€ price tag that Switch currently has.
Now since Switch is coming out without any games bundled and price is that 380€, that is just insanity. Explanations about HD rumble etc yadayada is not acceptable. They will get totally destroyed in Europe when competition is selling their devices for 250€. It does not matter that PS4 and Xbox One are four year old products right now against a brand new next gen device like Switch. The normal consumers will look at the price and take the cheaper one.
I would love Switch to take the world by storm, but this pricing strategy will ruin Switch for regular consumers. Tech nerds and diehard fans will buy the machine even if the machine is priced as it is. In Japan it will sell a lot since it costs just 250€ there.
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