Nintendo Labo: What Do We Know It & Why Do I WANT IT SO MUCH?!?

Last week, Nintendo unveiled its “new interactive experience” for Nintendo Switch, called Nintendo Labo. Nintendo describes the Labo as a “new line of interactive build-and-play experiences that combine DIY creations with the magic of Nintendo Switch.” The Labo will allow Switch owners build cardboard versions of items — dubbed “Toy-Cons” by Nintendo — ranging from a 13-key piano, to a fishing rod, a bird house or even a motorbike. It works by inserting Joy-Con controllers into those Toy-Cons, and (via the Joy-Con’s use of multiple IR and motion sensors), players will be able to play games themed to the variety of cardboard creations. I must say, as someone who grew up making tons and TONS of things and projects out of cardboard, I’m extremely interested and intrigued by this product.

Nintendo says:

“With each Nintendo Labo kit, kids can transform modular sheets of cardboard – specially designed to interact with the Nintendo Switch console and Joy-Con controllers — into creations called Toy-Con. As you build, you will have fun discovering how the technology works, and might even invent new ways to play with each Toy-Con!”

Nintendo Labo will be released on April 20, 2018, and the current product line starts with the Variety Kit priced at $69.99 (which includes a house, RC cars, fishing rod, motorbike and piano) and the Robot Kit priced at $79.99 (comes with a robot suit), and each kit comes with its own physical software cartridge. The Labo line also include a $9.99 Customization Set, which comes with “fun stencils, stickers and colored tape.”

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