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?
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.