Weird Nintendo is the best Nintendo. We now know there are a total 28 minigames in Nintendo’s upcoming party game 1-2 Switch, according to the official Japanese website. One eagle-eyed Reddit user also spotted unlisted trailers for the bite-sized activities on the company’s Japanese YouTube channel.
We already knew about the simulated cow milking and sandwich eating; Nintendo revealed them weeks ago during a Switch presentation. But that was apparently just the tip of the quirky iceberg.
In Telephone, two people compete to see who can answer calls the fastest, with the Switch’s Joy-Con controllers acting as the phones. Because office work is fun, I guess?
Then, there’s Shaver, a competition to see who can groom themselves best. Runway has you and a friend strut down a pretend catwalk and strike poses, while Wizard turns the Joy-Cons into wands for an epic magic battle à la Harry Potter (cape not included).
The minigame getting the most attention though, is Baby, a nightmare simulator that turns your Switch into a virtual crying infant you must soothe to sleep.1-2 Switch faces two human users against each other, using the Joy-Con controllers that can slide on and off the Switch’s tablet, or form a full-size controller. The minigames are meant to be played without looking at the screen.
At top is “Safe Cracker,” in which the Joy-Con is moved like the dial on a safe, and feedback lets the user know when a virtual tumbler is in place.Somewhat similar is “Count Balls,” which is not about a macho vampire, but involves users rotating the Joy-Con back and forth and attempting to guess how many balls are inside a virtual container, by the feedback the controller gives.