Nintendo threw a curveball at everyone with the announcement of Nintendo Labo, a sort of DIY setup where players young and old can make cardboard contraptions and play Nintendo Switch games with them. They get to build and interact with stuff, and thanks to the instructions displayed on the Switch, learn a bit about motion sensors and the other tech that makes this work.
Available on the Nintendo Switch console, Nintendo Labo combines cardboard cut-outs, referred to individually as Toy-Con shapes, that offer new ways to play on the Switch that hope to encourage imagination and discovery.
If anything, it's an initiative that will fuse Nintendo's strength in the software and hardware department with cardboard accessories that are easy to assemble.
However it looks like Nintendo is pushing those boundaries again by announcing the Nintendo Labo. That indeed seems to be the case. Al three kits will be available alongside Labo on launch day.
In an interview with The OP, Nintendo U.K. explained that Nintendo Labo is primarily aimed at players aged seven to 12, with a focus on bringing families together and making toys with friends, family, and siblings.
The package comes with modular sheets of cardboard used with the Switch to create what Nintendo calls a Toy-Con. Currently, there are two kits listed on Nintendo's website, a variety pack that retails for $70 which includes a piano, motorcycle handle bards and a house. For instance, the console is inserted in the middle of the portable piano to make tunes. The Toy-Con Robot Kit allows you to build a sort of robot harness that you can strap on to your back. Labo was revealed today in a surprise trailer.
Nintendo will let some customers try out Labo's DIY accessories in cities of NY and San Francisco, before the official launch, according to information on the company's website.
The Variety 2 Kit contains only the robot backpack-looking set at a higher price.