March 22, 2018

Nintendo is betting on cardboard to spice up its latest console

19 January 2018, 01:48 | Francis Delgado

Nintendo is betting on cardboard to spice up its latest console

Nintendo Switch 3DS

Last night, the company announced Nintendo Labo, a new range of cardboard-based "build and play" experiences created to inspire creativity. From robots to fishing rods to remote control cars there are plenty of hybrid type toys that integrate Nintendo's most powerful console and basic cardboard.

Another one of these kits includes an interactive robot suit equipped with a visor, backpack and straps for both the player's hands and feet.

The first two Nintendo Labo packs -a variety pack and a robot pack- are released on 27 April 2018 in the UK.

Nintendo Labo are kits that provide tools and technology to make do-it-yourself creations and then play games with those creations. The move is also a nod to the Wii a decade ago, which broadened the audience for Nintendo's products by getting kids and grandparents alike to swing controllers and play virtual tennis and bowling.

No word on Canadian pricing at the time of this writing - a Nintendo representative said it would come at a later date - but some American retailers are listing the robot kit at US$79.99.

The console's success was unprecedented - just ask Nintendo, which hasn't been able to manufacture hardware fast enough to keep up with demand.

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Labo is a surprising new project that Nintendo unveiled on Wednesday afternoon, and it's coming out really soon (in April!).

NINTENDO has long promised new "experiences" and it has delivered on that since day one. The user has to try and catch one of the fish shown swimming across the console's screen by unwinding the reel to lower the hook, and then cranking it back up once the Joy-Con control vibrates to signal that a fish has taken the bait.

That's about everything you need to know regarding the differences between the two different Labo Kits available to preorder now.

Nintendo doesn't just want us playing on Switch, it wants us creating real toys with it.

"Finally, there's an £8.99 Nintendo Labo Customisation Set, which includes stickers, stencils and sticky tape to decorate your Toy-Con creations". Each differently shaped block is detected by the IR Motion Camera on the Right Joy-Con inserted on top of the House. You place the Switch and the Joy-Cons in the appropriate slots, turn on the minigame, and boom. Pressing the ignition button starts the engine, while twisting the right handle activates the throttle. The Japanese gaming giant deems those creations "Toy-Cons". "I personally hope to see many people enjoy making kits with their family members, with big smiles on their faces".

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