A couple of weekends ago, we had our three cousins over for a sleepover while our aunt and uncle had a wedding to go to out of town. They have three boys, the twins are 14 and their little brother is 10. They love video games like us (in fact, this uncle is the one who got us into video games many years ago). They don’t have the Nintendo Switch and we thought we’d spend the weekend playing Mario Kart 8 Deluxe. The youngest wanted to try 1-2 Switch, despite the four of us groaning. But guess what? We ended up spending the weekend playing 1-2 Switch. And we actually had a pretty good time.
Remember our initial review of 1-2 Switch? Those points still stand, but at least the game got some good use during that weekend! It’s a ridiculous game that still isn’t worth the price it has, but it was definitely amusing watching and playing with the boys. I honestly didn’t play too much, still not interested in the game at all aside from a couple of the mini-games, but hearing the boys laughing due to how much fun they were having while playing (and, to be honest, mocking) the game was awesome.
We ended up playing the Team Battle mode, which was something we hadn’t tried before. It was just the two of us playing so we didn’t see reason to try to team. The three boys and I played 2-v-2 and it was actually more exciting than I thought it would be. It’s like a board game and you play one of the minigames to decide to who goes first. Whoever wins, spins the wheel. They move the number of spaces the wheel lands on (1-5). Each space is a game. You play it and whoever wins, gets to spin next. Whoever makes it to the goal first, wins.
The wheel also has a space to switch to the other team, so even if your team wins and does get to spin the wheel, it may allow the other team to move around the board instead. The board also doesn’t let you repeat minigames, so they don’t become tedious. I played with the boys during the first Team Battle mode, and Rachel was what we had deemed the Wild Card, allowing us to hand off the joy-con to her during a minigame if we believed she could do better than us with it, haha! How many Team Battles did you end up doing with them later that night, Rachel?
Oh, geez… I don’t even know. The mode was quick with the games being so short and the board itself wasn’t that big (especially if you spin big numbers and skip games you’ve already played). We played a lot of rounds, maybe about 10. And that’s not an exaggeration. It was fun, though. I especially loved watching them play. The game is good when you’re watching others look like idiots. Still, as much fun as we had, there were so many times my team would win the most games, but the other team happened to make it to the goal first. In that case, they won. I think it would have made more sense to win the most games.
I think it’s one of those games where it’s a risk either way. Kind of like Monopoly or even Mario Kart, where you could be in first the majority of the time, but luck will push you out of the way for someone else. I’m definitely glad the game got some good use of it, though… At the very least, we have an idea of what we can get for the boys whenever they happen to get their own Switch!
Has anyone else actually play 1-2 Switch’s Team Battle mode? Did you get a better appreciation for the game? Let us know in the comments below!