Nintendo has announced party game sequel Everybody 1-2-Switch.
Set for release on June 30, the title is a follow-up to 1-2-Switch, which was released in March 2017 as a launch title for Nintendo’s latest console and has gone on to sell over 3.5 million copies.
The game, which Nintendo has reportedly been sitting on for over a year, is now available to pre-order from the eShop priced at $29.99 / £24.99.
“Get together in groups and compete in a host of weird and wonderful minigames, featuring everything from balloons to aliens, and more,” reads an official product description.
“In those games, you’ll use your Joy-Con controller or smart device in fun and unique ways, earning points for your team. In time-honoured fashion, the team with the most points gets to claim the glory!”
Nintendo said it plans to share more information about the game in the near future.
Fanbyte first reported on Everybody 1-2-Switch last June. At the time, it said the title had a game show-like theme and might support up to 100 players.
Rather than simply adding more minigames for the sequel, it’s claimed Nintendo EPD Group 4 wanted to set the new game apart from its predecessor, which supported up to two players.
It’s said to have eventually settled on a direction inspired by Jackbox Games, developers of the Jackbox Party Pack series, which includes a variety of games playable by large groups using phones, tablets, keyboards or controllers.
Fanbyte claimed the game featured a bipedal horse with the appearance of a man wearing a rubber animal mask, who acts as a host and commentates on some modes including the flagship Team Battle Mode. Seemingly backing up the report, this character is featured in a promotional image released by Nintendo today (top).
Minigames were said to include Musical Chairs, Bingo, and a take on Spin the Bottle in which players must compliment other people.
However, feedback from playtesters was reportedly extremely negative, with families with children labelling the games tedious.
Some of Fanbyte’s sources claimed Nintendo executives were committed to releasing Everybody 1-2 Switch as a $60 retail product and believed the game just needed further development time and testing, while other employees reportedly raised the idea of releasing it as part of Nintendo Switch Online’s Expansion Pack.
The original 1-2-Switch is currently priced $49.99 / £39.99 on the Nintendo eShop.