Nintendo reportedly sitting on 1-2-Switch sequel after ‘testing horribly’
Nintendo is reportedly figuring out what to do with a full sequel to the 1-2-Switch board game which has “horribly tested” among its target audience.
According to Fanbyte writer Imran Khan, citing multiple sources familiar with the game’s development, Nintendo has made the decision to begin work on a 1-2-Switch sequel – apparently known as Everybody’s 1-2-Switch – after the original moved a respectable 3.45m copies.
After several iterations, Nintendo reportedly opted for an idea inspired by the Jackbox Party Pack series for its 1-2-Switch sequel, where multiple players (up to 100 in some cases) could use their smartphones to participate in a game show. -like mini-game challenges hosted by a man wearing a rubber horse mask. Apparently, this somewhat drastic shift in focus for the series was to ensure that an overly similar sequel didn’t eat away at the ongoing sales of the original minigame compilation.
Unfortunately for Nintendo, it’s claimed that Everybody’s 1-2-Switch simply didn’t resonate with its target audience – namely families with children – and “tested horribly”. Game testers reportedly found its mini-games, which included musical chairs and a variant of bingo that required “digging” into numbers using Joy-Cons, “boring” and “boring”.
The response was reportedly so poor that some Nintendo employees began to suggest that the game could damage the company’s reputation as quality software if released. But despite those reservations, executives reportedly refused to be swayed by the idea of releasing it as anything other than a full-price game (some employees suggested releasing it as part of Switch Online’s premium subscription). , believing that – like its predecessor, which also received poor critical reception – it will still sell well regardless of complaints.
Khan says his sources didn’t know what the future might hold for Everybody’s 1-2-Switch; While it’s possible that Nintendo simply decides to cut its losses and scrap the project, sources say that’s unlikely and that Nintendo will “try to get the game out one way or another.”