Nintendo Labo Harnesses the Power of the Cardboard Box

The Nintendo Labo Variety Kit for Nintendo Switch includes a cardboard punchout model of a working
The Nintendo Labo Variety Kit for Nintendo Switch includes a cardboard punchout model of a working
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19 January, 2018

Called the Nintendo Labo, the Japanese video game maker announced two new accessory "kits" for the Switch, allowing players to build their own physical, cardboard add-ons to go along with corresponding games. These include the Robot Kit (players can build their own cardboard robot) and the Variety Kit (including an RC vehicle, 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. While Playstation and Xbox are competing to be the best PC-style console, Nintendo subverted that trend by creating the Switch, a gaming device you can play either at home or while you're on-the-go.

As the world becomes more and more digital Nintendo is taking a step back with their new line of toys for the Switch, Labo. Instructions on how to create the accessories, which Nintendo has named Toy-Cons, appear on the Switch's screen. The Nintendo Labo Robot Kit ($79.99) includes the software and the ingredients to build a "cool robot suit", which looks more like a bulky backpack and head visor. At any rate, I'm also guessing that Nintendo and/or third-party manufacturers will step in with replacement cardboard and string packages sometime after the Nintendo Labo's launch.

So what do you think of this announcement?

The Nintendo Labo kits will come out on April 20th, 2018.

For example, one toy is a 13-key cardboard piano that the console and controllers slot into. Materials to construct two RC Cars are included.

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"You guys see Nintendo Labo?".

Nintendo showcased the breadth of its creations in the debut video for Labo - here, for instance, is a little house.

In theory, this doesn't sound like too bad an idea - it's a craft game, where you build DIY toys in order to create peripherals for a series of minigames.

For more on Nintendo Labo, be sure to search for Twinfinite. Nintendo will also be selling customization sets, including tape, stickers, and stencils, for $9.99 a set. The most impressive aspect of the cardboard toys is its likeness to its real-life counter part.

You can not use Nintendo Labo without a Nintendo Switch, outright. Each differently shaped block is detected by the IR Motion Camera on the Right Joy-Con inserted on top of the House. Additionally, how everything works in relation to the Joy-Cons will be shown on screen to curious kids and adults alike, who might wonder how something like a cardboard piano could work. Enjoy a variety of fun game-play experiences, including Robot mode, in which you can destroy in-game buildings and UFOs.


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