You must play this $5 Switch game by sticking your Joy-Con in a real roll of toilet paper

Give me toilet paper!
(Image credit: Takahiro Miyazawa)

Sorry, Tears of the Kingdom, the true Switch game of the year just dropped: a $5 indie game where you play by sticking your Joy-Con in a real roll of toilet paper.

Give me toilet paper! just launched on the Switch eShop (opens in new tab) worldwide at a price of $5, or your regional equivalent. Basically, it's a platformer where you send a roll of toilet paper through a maze full of spinning buzzsaws, trap doors, spikes, lasers, and other obstacles. In the end, you're trying to get that toilet paper to an unfortunate businessman in desperate need of it.

The gimmick in Give me toilet paper! is that you control that roll by sticking your Joy-Con in real toilet paper. Then you grab the big sheet of cardboard that every gamer has at the ready and use it roll the paper around to move the in-game counterpart. You just need to stuff some tissues in there to keep the Joy-Con steady. All the trailers for the game seem to be in Japanese, but I think this demonstration video transcends language barriers.

Sure, a game about desperately needing toilet paper might trigger some bad memories of living through the start of a pandemic, but it is a fresh concept. I want to publicly thank GSK on Twitter (opens in new tab) for highlighting a game that I'm still not sure is built out of genius or madness.

Developer Takahiro Miyazawa is a solo indie dev who's put out a handful of Switch puzzle games prior to this, not to mention an entire library of games with bonkers control schemes (opens in new tab). If we're kicking off a whole new genre of toilet paper games, I look forward to Miyazawa's influence crawling over the entire game industry.

Our list of the best Switch games is due for some updates.

Dustin Bailey
Staff Writer

Dustin Bailey joined the GamesRadar team as a Staff Writer in May 2022, and is currently based in Missouri. He's been covering games (with occasional dalliances in the worlds of anime and pro wrestling) since 2015, first as a freelancer, then as a news writer at PCGamesN for nearly five years. His love for games was sparked somewhere between Metal Gear Solid 2 and Knights of the Old Republic, and these days you can usually find him splitting his entertainment time between retro gaming, the latest big action-adventure title, or a long haul in American Truck Simulator.