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Google Took The Cardboard Name, So Nintendo Introduces 'Labo' For Switch

Written by sdsichero on Wednesday, January 17 2018 and posted in News with Benefits

Google Took The Cardboard Name, So Nintendo Introduces 'Labo' For Switch

Some assembly required.


Source: Nintendo Labo combines the magic of Nintendo Switch with the fun of DIY creations

Yesterday, Nintendo of Japan teased an announcement pertaining to their current flagship videogame console the Nintendo Switch. Earlier today, Nintendo announced Nintendo Labo… which isn't entirely a videogame. The headline of this article makes a comparison of Nintendo Labo to Google Cardboard in jest, but Labo is not virtual reality platform like cardboard, it's almost more reality-reality. It does involve cardboard and assembly like the Google product does though.

Nintendo Labo are kits that you can use with your Nintendo Switch (sold separately) as sort of playful accessories. The kits are designed to work with the Switch's Joy-Cons (controllers) and sometimes its screen to create toy-like creations or new ways to interact with the Switch. Some examples are a piano-like assemblage that plays music when you hit the keys; a motorcycle-like handlebar creation to play a driving game on screen; rolling vehicles controlled by the Switch screen; and a robot "harness" associated with an on-screen game. These "DIY" creations are being labeled Toy-Cons.

 

The cardboard kits won't come cheap, from Nintendo's promo material:

Nintendo Labo launches on April 20 with two kits: the Variety Kit and the Robot Kit. With the Variety Kit, you can create many different Toy-Con, including two Toy-Con RC Cars, a Toy-Con Fishing Rod, a Toy-Con House, a Toy-Con Motorbike and a Toy-Con Piano. With the Robot Kit, you can build an interactive robot suit with a visor, backpack and straps for your hands and feet, which you can then wear to assume control of a giant in-game robot. Both kits include everything you need to assemble your Toy-Con creations, including the building materials and relevant Nintendo Switch software. The Variety Kit will be available at a suggested retail price of $69.99, and the Robot Kit will be available at a suggested retail price of $79.99. A special Customization Set that includes fun stencils, stickers and colored tape will also be available to purchase on April 20 at a suggested retail price of $9.99.

Each Nintendo Labo kit packs plenty of value, with a range of ways to make, play and discover in each kit:

Variety Kit ($69.99MSRP*)

  • Toy-Con RC Car: Insert the Left and Right Joy-Con into your newly built RC Car and control its movement using touch screen controls on the Nintendo Switch console. The HD Rumble feature in the Joy-Con controllers will cause vibrations that move the car in the direction you choose. Materials to construct two RC Cars are included.
  • Toy-Con Fishing Rod: Construct the Fishing Rod with an active, rotating reel that is attached by string to a cradle holding the Nintendo Switch console. Catch one of many exotic fish shown swimming on the Nintendo Switch screen by casting your Fishing Rod and unwinding the reel to lower the hook. Once you feel a vibration from the Joy-Con inserted in the reel, you must tug the Fishing Rod upward and crank the reel quickly to try and complete the catch!
  • Toy-Con House: By inserting various assembled blocks into openings in the sides and bottom of the House, you can interact with, play games with and feed a cute creature on the front-facing Nintendo Switch screen. Each differently shaped block is detected by the IR Motion Camera on the Right Joy-Con inserted on top of the House.
  • Toy-Con Motorbike: Insert each Joy-Con into an assembled set of handlebars to drive a motorbike on the Nintendo Switch screen. Pressing the ignition button starts the engine, while twisting the right handle activates the throttle. Leaning your body or turning the handlebars left and right controls the motorbike.
  • Toy-Con Piano: After assembling a beautifully crafted 13-key piano and inserting the Nintendo Switch console and Joy-Con, you can experiment with your own musical creations by pressing different keys. You can even insert different assembled knobs to create new sound effects and tones!

Robot Kit ($79.99MSRP*)

  • Toy-Con Robot: Create a wearable Robot suit, and insert the Left and Right Joy-Con into the designated slots on the backpack and visor to assume control of the robot, which is shown on the TV when the Nintendo Switch console is docked. Enjoy a variety of fun game-play experiences, including Robot mode, in which you can destroy in-game buildings and UFOs.

 

Nintendo's Labo (usa) page is at: https://labo.nintendo.com/

 

 

 





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