Published: Fri, January 19, 2018
Sci-tech | By Javier West

Nintendo unveils interactive build-and-play kits for Switch

Nintendo unveils interactive build-and-play kits for Switch

The Japanese gaming company has unveiled Labo, a series of cardboard templates that can be turned into a typewriter, a sword, or maybe a piano, with origami-like construction, that fits with its Switch gaming console.

Three stores, Target, Wal-Mart and Best Buy, sell Nintendo Switch consoles and accessories, but don't have Nintendo Labo pre-orders available yet.

There were many theories about what Nintendo was going to announce yesterday, but I've yet to read one that saw this coming. Once built, the toys act as accessories you can use to enhance your gaming experience.

So, what is Labo?

Beneath much of these plans is the Labo's pitch to parents as an educational games console, offering children an opportunity to play with engineering concepts and maybe begin designing their own.

All the things kids can make with the Labo Toy-Con Variety Pack. For example, the drumkit could be used for some sort of music rhythm game (like a Nintendo Labo version of Guitar Hero), while the steering wheel could be used for all kinds of Nintendo Switch racing games, including Mario Kart 8 Deluxe. These will be fairly expensive purchases though, with the variety kit costing $69.99 and the robot kit costing $79.99. And in the middle, of course, is the game itself being played with the full Labo constructed.

Toy-Con Motorbike: Insert each Joy-Con into an assembled set of handlebars to drive a motorbike on the Nintendo Switch screen.

Nintendo showcased the breadth of its creations in the debut video for Labo - here, for instance, is a little house. If you want to know more about the Nintendo Labo, check out our previous article for more details. Nintendo adds a unique touch with its precise detail that results in a surprisingly elaborate toy with a homemade feel.

The Variety Kit will contain the cartridge and cardboard parts and accessories and will feature 5 different games. As they punched out pieces of the kit, Aiden commented that this looked like some puzzle and when they started to assemble it, he said that it was like the Gunpla that adorns my office.

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