Two brand new multiplayer games from Nintendo are coming to the Nintendo Switch this Spring.
Nintendo gave the world an extended look at their upcoming console- the Nintendo Switch– with a live broadcast held last night/this morning in Japan. Available to pre-order for $299.99, the Nintendo Switch is a hybrid home console and handheld designed to let players take a full home console game on the road at a moment’s notice. The main controller is actually two smaller units titled “Joy-Con Controllers” housed in a single grip; both Joy-Cons include a full SNES-style interface with an analog stick, four face buttons, two shoulder buttons and either a Home Button or Capture Button depending on whether the player is using the left or right controller; both include a built-in NFC reader for Amiibos and accelerometers and gyro-sensors for motion-controls, but the right Joy-Con also comes equipped with a motion-IR camera. The tablet itself features a touch-screen, USB Type-C port, and WiFi connectivity allowing up to 8 Nintendo Switch tablets to link for local or online multiplayer.
Switch owners will have access to a multitude of games within the launch window, starting with the brand new multiplayer game from Nintendo, 1-2 Switch. A local two-player game designed to showcase the capabilities of the Joy-Con controllers, 1-2 Switch is an ARG (“augmented reality game”) of sorts where the action takes place between the two players themselves. The title is actually a collection of mini-games similar to the WarioWare series; each mini-game has two players going head-to-head in gesture-based competitions, with the chosen game and win-lose statistics shown on the screen.
Coming later this Spring is ARMS, a fast-paced motion-control fighting/shooter game. Players control their characters by tilting and punching with both Joy-Cons- one in each hand. A straight jab can be shot by pressing the larger outside shoulder button with the thumb; players can execute a hook if they tilt the controller while pressing the outside shoulder button; tilting both Joy-Cons will cause the character to dash to either side. ARMS can be played against a CPU opponent, via two-player split-screen with four Joy-Cons, or on two Nintendo Switch tablets through local WiFi multiplayer; an online versus mode will be added into the game on a latter date.
1-2 Switch will release alongside the Nintendo Switch on 3/3, however ARMS will release on a latter date sometime this Spring. The Nintendo Switch is currently available to pre-order through various retailers for $299.99.