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1-2-Switch producer says the game wasn’t planned to be part of WarioWare, why it isn’t pre-installed

Posted on March 5, 2017 by (@NE_Brian) in News, Switch

Within the past week or so, new 1-2-Switch interviews with producer Kouichi Kawamoto appeared in both in Famitsu and on Japanese website 4Gamer. While nothing too major was mentioned, there were a few excerpts we thought were worth highlighting.

First, on 4Gamer, the site started out by talking about how 1-2-Switch feels reminiscent of WarioWare. Kawamoto responded to this and later directly commented on why the game isn’t pre-installed.

Below is the relevant exchange between the two sides:

The first game I created after joining Nintendo was the Sound Bomber mini-game included in 64DD title Mario Artist: Polygon Studio. Sound Bomber became foundation for WarioWare, so I am credited as being responsible for coming up with it.

Does that mean 1-2-Switch is based on WarioWare?

No, it doesn’t (laughs). I happened to come up with something completely new this time. […]

Did you ever consider making a game like 1-2-Switch as part of the WarioWare series?

WarioWare throws new games with different rules at you one after another, and they are fairly difficult games. If you played them without looking at screen, they would be extremely difficult. Furthermore, the players themselves are the characters in 1-2-Switch, performing on their ‘stage’ in front of the screen, so there isn’t really any room for the Wario characters. Because of that, I decided not to use Warioware from the outset. I made something new.

When people hear “Nintendo”, they usually think of Mario and Zelda, but Nintendo’s mini-game collections are actually quite good too.

Thank you. I hope that includes the games I’ve directed, like Brain Age and StreetPass Mii Plaza, or ones I’ve produced, like Nintendo Badge Arcade and Miitopia. I tend to be in charge of somewhat unusual games that can be played in short bursts.

[…]

1-2-Switch makes full use of the Nintendo Switch’s features, so I think it would have been nice to have it pre-installed on the system.

I appreciate you saying so, but it would have required using storage space to install it, and the software development costs would also have had to be added to cost of the system. The games are quite peculiar, and most of them are meant for two players. So if it came pre-installed, some people wouldn’t boot it up even once….

Right, there would probably be people who would be hesitant to try it. Some people are adamant about playing by themselves.

There are plenty of games that those type of players would enjoy in the Nintendo Switch library, so I think the system should be as bare as possible.

[…]

I can imagine it being useful in various situations. Like in today’s households, where parents and their children don’t communicate as often.

Actually, I have a daughter approaching middle school, and lately I’ve felt a distance forming…

Maybe if parents play 1-2-Switch together with children in those phases, they can improve their relationships.

They will!…is what I believe. But since we are not allowed to bring home games that are still in development, I haven’t been able to test it myself yet. (laugh)

Hopefully it helps!

Finally, we have this last bit from Famitsu:

And finally, please give a message to our readers who are looking forward to the game.

I made it in the hopes that people with lots of friends will play it together, or people will use it to break the ice with people they’re interested in, or bring it to parties to play. Even though members of the development staff have many friends, I, the producer, do not have very many…

Oh, umm…I’m sure you have plenty…

No… I really don’t (dry laugh). I made it so that even people like me can enjoy it, with people you barely know or with family members. You just need a few people.


Thanks to Gessenkou and iYakku for their help with this translation!


Thanks for making it to the end of this post! If you use any of this translation, please be sure to properly source Nintendo Everything. Do not copy its full contents.

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  • Dozuken

    why 50 bucks, i can buy fast rmx and shovel knight with that

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    • FutureFox

      Ain’t choice great?

  • DrowningInBrownings

    I remember them saying that the reason 1-2 Swith isn’t a pack-in game is because they didn’t want people to associate this style of game with the Switch.

    • Kenshin0011

      That’s a good reason actually

    • Exy

      Lots of people use the reasoning that it’s a great showcase of the capabilities of the new Joy-Cons and therefore it should have to come with the system. To those people, do you really need one? Realistically, are you going to use or appreciate all those features?

  • Tlink7

    ”Why isn’t 1, 2, Switch preinstalled?!”
    ”Why is 1, 2, Switch preinstalled? I don’t want to pay extra for this stupid game!”

  • Rafael Bueno

    This game is broken…

  • The truth-ier

    should of been a free disc in the box to show off the system… not a terrible game you have to buy for $50

    • Supporter

      If it’s a terrible game, why would anyone want to pay more for it with their Switch since it surely wouldn’t be a free disc?

  • Invitado

    It is a expensive tech demo. It’ll be in bundle with same price in the end of this year.

  • MagcargoMan

    WarioWare didn’t even cross my mind when I saw this game until just now.

  • Erick Yair Aguilera

    Why don’t make a full Wario Ware game with the off-screen games of 1-2-Switch as unlockables for multiplayer? Like all past Wario Games has those kind of minigames, Heck I would even pay for those games as dlc if they were from a Wario game…

    • Supporter

      I think a brand-new WarioWare game unrelated to this would be preferable.

  • nekoknight

    I still think it would have been good to include 1 2 Switch preinstalled on the console. That way, people could start learning about the Switch’s unique features right from the start. The game is only 1.3GB of data, I don’t see how storage space would be a problem. And would they really need to increase the price of the console just to include it? The game really isn’t even worth $50 to begin with…

  • Zugdar

    If space was an issue it could have been offered free (or at least cheaper than current asking) as a download only but then I guess it would have made the launch seem more thin.

  • excellent point about the lack of single player
    nintendo can’t include a friend in the box

  • awng781

    I don’t think 1-2 Switch should have been bundled with the Switch, as that game demonstrates the motion control and HD rumble capabilities of the Switch’s JoyCons rather than the hybrid nature and multiple play styles (TV, handheld, & tabletop modes) of the Switch itself, which is a feature that every other game on the Switch already supports.

    Instead, 1-2 Switch should have been bundled with the JoyCons, much like how Wii Play was bundled with Wii Remotes, especially when considering that buying a pair of JoyCons costs a whopping $80.

  • Nowhere Man

    My friends Nd I played this for 7 straight hours for shots last night. The team battle mode was an absolute blast, worked with 6 of us (3v3). Shockingly good purchase; will be a good drinking game when people come to town.

  • Supporter

    “Even though members of the development staff have many friends, I, the producer, do not have very many…”

    Add me to the list. 🙁

  • SecretX

    Nobody cares about preinstalled. The 3ds launch with so many install apps and yet the sells went down after it’s launch. It became a successful after the price drop.

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