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Party with your Nintendo Switch

March 7, 2016

By John Powell - G4 Canada

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1-2-SwitchBeing a three-in-one device is the versatile Nintendo Switch’s greatest asset. The revolutionary system can be anything you need it to be: a stationary console, a transportable hand-held system or a portable table-top game console.

Using the kickstand on the tablet, table-top mode is especially great to centre a party around, with friends, family or both. Two launch titles that make that possible are 1-2-Switch and Snipperclips.

1-2-Switch, a collection of 28, quirky head-to-head party games is guaranteed to get even Auntie Jill off her feet and in the gaming spirit. Using the Joy-Con controllers, 1-2-Switch is the Switch’s version of Wii Sports in that it presents simple games with simple controls.

There are clearly identifiable games like a boxing bout or a Ping-Pong game but others like one person swinging a virtual samurai sword and the other attempting to catch it by clapping their hands together, are a little more wacky.

Since there aren't any in-depth explanations before any of the mini-games start, you will most likely have to blunder your way through your first play-through of each to understand what the objectives or objectives are.

Some of the games feature audio cues as well and as such don’t work all that well in lively and loud gatherings.

The mini-games though are very clever and fun, which gives many of them a high replay factor so you and your friends, family will never get bored playing 1-2-Switch.

1-2-Switch functions well as an introduction to what the Nintendo Switch is capable of but its $64.99 price tag here in Canada is a little steep for a casual party game that doesn’t feature full games of let’s say baseball, tennis or boxing like Wii Sports did.

1-2-Switch 1-2-Switch

1-2-Switch 1-2-Switch
Format: Nintendo Switch
Publisher: Nintendo
Developer: Nintendo EPD
ESRB Rating: Everyone 10+

Official Site:

Rating: 6 / 10

Zelda: The Breath of the Wild alone is worth buying a Nintendo Switch system. Snipperclips: Cut it Out, Together is right behind Zelda as a Switch launch title that is a definite must-buy.

SnipperclipsSnipperclips is a co-op puzzle game in which two players using their Joy-Con controllers work together to solve a menagerie of brainteasers. Controlling Snip or Clip, the players are faced with a range puzzles including moving a hamster from one side of the screen to the other, sinking a basket, fitting into templated shapes by cutting or reshaping each other or popping balloons. To fit into those shapes, Snip and Clip can overlap each other and cut away the overlapped portion.

Like other great co-op puzzles games like any installment in the Lego series, you must communicate well with your partner in Snipperclips if you are going to have any hope in advancing. When you do though, there is a tremendous sense of teamwork and accomplishment at having outsmarted the game.

In addition to co-op mode there is a party option which invites more players to join in on the fun and also contains head-to-head games like hockey and basketball. They are the simpler variety of sports game but they still are still just as entertaining.

Snipperclips: Cut it Out, Together is a classic in the making. Like Time Pilot, Pac-Man or Centipede the concept is very unassuming and simple but at the same time it is so ingenious and so enjoyable especially for only $28.19.

Snipperclips Snipperclips

Snipperclips Snipperclips - Cut it out, together!
Format: Nintendo Switch
Publisher: Nintendo
Developer: SFB Games
ESRB Rating: E for Everyone

Official Site:

Rating: 8 / 10

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