Nintendo Labo mixes cardboard and gaming for the ultimate creative experience

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Living in a box

Nintendo has just announced its latest ‘big thing in gaming’ – Nintendo Labo – and it’s somewhat unexpected.

Nintendo Labo is a cardboard construction kit which allows gamers, primarily children, to construct various models in which you can insert your Switch into. The 2 1/2 minute video below showcases exactly what’s on offer.

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Nintendo Labo has a release date of April 20th of this year and comes in two packs. The first pack – The Variety Pack ($69.99) – contains a bunch of materials that will let you create 5 Toy-Cons, yeah, the name is glorious. 2x RC Cars, 1x Fishing Rod, 1x House, 1x Motorbike & 1x Piano. The games/experiences for each of these toys can be seen in the video but they range from an actual working piano to a fishing minigame where you need to reel in your catch. The second pack – The Robot Kit ($79.99) – again include various materials but this time to build a kind of mech suit with large cardboard backpack for which your Switch resides. This suit will allow you to play the more action-packed game shown off in the video which lets you reap havoc on a city in a Rampage-esque scenario.

Nintendo Labo – Robot Box
Nintendo Labo – Variety Box

These kits, whilst technically accomplished, do look to be aimed toward a lower-age market with the options to customise your creations with the Customisation Set ($9.99) containing washi tape, stencils and stickers. But that’s by no means a bad thing, it’s a great opportunity for kids to create and experience these games knowing they had a hand in crafting them. I know young me would be all over this like a rash! And whilst the target market for this is clearly children there’s no doubt us older-kids will be jumping around our living rooms in an undersized cardboard mech suit, I’m sure of it.

Find out more about Nintendo Labo here.

Web developer by day, game developer by night. Mostly cranky. Mostly.

@KieranMcClung

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