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Nintendo has unveiled its next big innovation… cardboard accessories. And while this doesn’t sound particularly good, Nintendo Labo is sure to be a hit with kids and parents alike. Labo is, essentially, cardboard LEGO kits for your Nintendo Switch. And everybody loves LEGO.
While Sony and Microsoft have focused on improving the visuals of the PS4 and Xbox One, Nintendo has been busy innovating. The Switch is already innovative, being part home console and part handheld. And now Nintendo has taken the wraps off of Labo, which launches April 20.
Gaming With Cardboard Accessories
Nintendo Labo comprises of DIY cardboard accessories for your Switch. You buy a kit, which includes a Switch cartridge, pre-scored cardboard sheets, and other elements. You pop the cartridge into your Switch, follow the instructions to make the accessory, and then play the game.
Nintendo has dubbed each cardboard accessory a Toy-Con (a play on Joy-Con). And this is apt as most Toy-Cons require you to insert Joy-Cons into the accessory once built. Toy-Cons announced so far include a remote-controlled car, a fishing rod, a robot suit, and a fully-functioning piano.
At launch, two Labo kits will be available to buy. The Variety Kit ($70) includes five games and their required cardboard accessories (in flatpack form), and the Robot Kit ($80) which lets you build an “interactive robot suit […] you can wear to assume control of a giant in-game robot.”
Excitingly, the possibilities appear to be endless, and only limited by the imaginations of the Nintendo bods developing future Labo kits. And as the accessories are only made of cardboard they’re all customizable in ways that only kids will be able to imagine. Especially the robot.
Get Children Actually Making Stuff
Unsurprisingly, Nintendo Labo has had a mixed response so far. Some people love the idea as a fun, innovative addition to the Switch. Others think it’s just Nintendo charging a lot of money for what is just sheets of cardboard. Literally. The truth is, as always, somewhere in the middle.
This is aimed at children, so any adults complaining that this isn’t for them should grow up. Yes, $70 is a lot of money for cardboard, but you’re also paying for the game(s). And with Labo, Nintendo has hit on the perfect way of getting children interested in actually making stuff.
What do you think of Nintendo Labo? Is it a fantastic idea sure to inspire and entertain children? Or just a way for Nintendo to print money? Will you be buying a Labo Toy-Con kit at launch? Or do you think they’re massively overpriced? Please let us know in the comments below!