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It has begun. A lot of smaller companies now see the writing on the wall and they're now all-in on the Nintendo Switch. One company who wants to get in on the Switch craze is Jackbox Games and they have plans on bringing Jackbox Party Pack 3 to the Switch.
The game supports up to eight different players across five different mini-games. The title is a local multiplayer game only so online play isn't technically available, though since the game actually uses smartphones or tablets as the controllers, some games can be played without actually having access to the screen.
They do mention on the website, though, that Jackbox Party Pack 3 does encourage streaming via Twitch for online play. It's one way to get around the lack of "online play" as people from all over can see the main screen via Twitch and play the game on their smartphone. However, playing remotely by getting chat members to join in on the fun might end up working out better for those playing on the Nintendo Switch.
Then again, this seems like the perfect game to whip out on a Friday night and play via the tabletop mode. I can easily imagine this being a fairly popular game at get-togethers for that specific reason.
The five games included in the pack are the same games that originally launched for FireTV, the Xbox One, PS4, and Steam late last year during the fall. This includes Fakin' It, Quiplash 2, Guesspionage, Trivia Murder Party and Tee K.O.
Each of the games are designed to appeal to gamers looking for something a bit off kilter from all the other typical hardcore AAA games flooding the marketplace.
This seems reminiscent to what sort of games we saw often on the original Wii, which was like party-game central thanks to the motion controllers. Games like Carnival Games ended up becoming smash hits because people really loved the whole motion control gimmick.
In this case, the motion controls are still there but Nintendo put a serious focus on portability with the Nintendo Switch, so gamers can easily take something like Jackbox Party Pack 3 over to a friend's house or maybe even game with a few people on the bus ride to school or work.
Each of the games supports up to eight players, with the exception of Fakin' It, which is only available for up to six players.