Nintendo takes another stab at interactive gaming with Nintendo Labo
19 January, 2018, 01:52 | Author: Patty Aguilar
Here's how it works: "With each Nintendo Labo kit, kids can transform modular sheets of cardboard - specially created to interact with the Nintendo Switch console and Joy-Con controllers - into creations called Toy-Con". These include the Robot Kit (players can build their own cardboard robot) and the Variety Kit (including an RC auto, a piano, a fishing rod, a house, and a motorbike), but the announcement trailer for the Labo hinted at several future Toy-Cons kits too.
Imagine creating a cardboard piano and then being able to actually play it, or creating a giant robot suit which then directly controls the robot within the game.
The first two Nintendo Labo packs -a variety pack and a robot pack- are released on 27 April 2018 in the UK. Nintendo Labo invites anyone with a creative mind and a playful heart to make, play and discover in new ways with Nintendo Switch.
The idea is simple: You buy Labo and open it, follow the instructions to build whichever construction you've purchased, and then you slap the Switch in there and play games. The slightly more expensive kit comes with the massive robot suit seen in the video (top).
Nintendo UK has revealed the pricing of the recently unveiled Nintendo Labo products and they certainly aren't cheap. Materials to construct two RC Cars are included. Those are sold separately through the same official Nintendo channels, and come in tape and sticker form, with letters, logos and other emblems available. Nintendo Labo VR could also be the first step towards making virtual reality a mainstream phenomenon, which is something that everyone should want. The most impressive aspect of the cardboard toys is its likeness to its real-life counter part. While the Switch's hybrid design is the innovation that has got tongues wagging, internally you get the impression the company is more excited about the Joy-Cons that sit astride the console's 6.2 inch LCD screen. Pressing the ignition button starts the engine, while twisting the right handle activates the throttle.
The key to Labo's ingenuity is a willingness from Nintendo to think differently about what a games console should be. Leaning your body or turning the handlebars left and right controls the motorbike.
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