Nintendo Just Dropped a Physics-Based Co-op Game from the Developers of Little Nightmares [Update]

Nintendo Just Dropped a Physics-Based Co-op Game from the Developers of Little Nightmares [Update]

What if, instead of a Crazy Taxi, you drove… a wackadoo ambulance?

Update: The Stretchers went live on the Nintendo Switch eShop in the U.S. at 12pm ET. It costs $19.99 USD.

It's always interesting when Nintendo publishes a new game with an entirely new IP; doubly so when it's a surprise release. The Stretchers, developed by the studio behind Little Nightmares, is out on the Nintendo Switch eShop in Europe and Japan now.

The Stretchers looks like a mix between a chaotic driving game like Crazy Taxi or The Simpsons: Hit & Run with a strong dash of Overcooked-esque co-op calamity. Either in co-op or solo, you control a pair of medics who dash around an island town to save incapacitated folks, or "Dizzies." You can bring Dizzies back to your ambulance by plopping them onto a stretcher or by dragging their limp, ragdolled bodies across the ground (probably best to stick with the stretcher, in most cases).

I was left with two burning questions from watching the trailer for The Strechers, which have thankfully been answered. One, Gematsu's translation of the Japanese eShop page for The Stretchers confirms that the game can be played with individual Joy-Cons, so owners of the regular Switch won't need additional controllers for co-op. Two, that ambulance is indestructible and upgradable. In games like these, who doesn't want to just ram their vehicle through everything they can?

The face you make when you find out you're starring in a new video game. |Nintendo

If you only know Swedish developer Tarsier Studios from 2017's horror platformer Little Nightmares, then The Stretchers might seem like a big tonal shift—but prior to that, the studio worked on the LittleBigPlanet and Tearaway series. Tarsier is currently working on a sequel to Little Nightmares, set for release in 2020.

Nintendo hasn't confirmed a North American release for The Stretchers just yet—it's still early in the day for eShop updates. The Stretchers is available now for in the UK for £17.99, and for ¥2000 in Japan.

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Mathew Olson is a writer formerly of Digg, where he blogged and reported about all things under the umbrella of internet culture (including games, of course). He lives in New York, grew up under rain clouds and the influence of numerous games studios in the Pacific Northwest, and will talk your ear off about Half-Life mods, Talking Heads or Twin Peaks if you let him.

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