Nintendo Wants You To Interact With Actual Reality

The game's controllers can make it easier for players to interact with each other

Jan 13, 2017 at 11:48 AM ET

Gaming in 2016 was all about the immersive experience of virtual reality and having a screen stuck to your eyes. In 2017, Nintendo wants to bring back game play that makes us interact with each other in real-time without necessarily needing any screens at all.

Nintendo’s Switch was finally unveiled on Tuesday night and one of the most memorable things about the presentation was the game “1-2 Switch,” which lets players “throw an impromptu party anywhere with anyone thanks to a new play style in which players look at each other — not the screen.”

The game uses the Joy-Con controllers to let players shoot, throw, or even milk. Yes, milk. There’s a mini game that makes you “milk a cow” by moving the controller up and down. Whoever milks the fastest, wins. The controllers are filled with sensors such as motion control sensors, HD rumble and IR Motion Cameras that enhance your gaming. So it’s like the Wii and Wii U controllers, but you can face your friend not the TV screen.

Other silly mini games included in “1-2 Switch” are wild-west duels, copy-cat dance-offs, sword fighting, food (obviously fake) eating competitions and table tennis, among others.

The idea of the game might seem a bit corny — especially how it was introduced at the show — but it does look like great fun at parties. It can be used as an icebreaker to get people to start socializing with each other. It’s also a great way to get everyone off their phones since the action unfolds off-screen and the audience is forced to watch the players if they want to get some laughs out of the ridiculous gameplay.

The Nintendo Switch Presentation also introduced a new Mario game titled “Super Mario Odyssey,” which is unlike any other we’ve seen. Odyssey will let gamers play as Mario in an open world where they can bounce, run and jump from almost anything. The game also borrows several sceneries from the real world, there’s a scene in the trailer showing Mario run across a New York City-like

Nintendo continues to release products that are affordable and fun for adults and kids. The hybrid console will be released on March 3 and cost $299. Fans of Nintendo also got a treat with the announcement of “The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild,” which will be released along with the Switch as the launch title. The Nintendo Store, GameStop, Best Buy and Walmart are already taking pre-orders.