Nintendo Labo is… something else ⊟ 

This is not what anyone expected when Nintendo cryptically teased this morning that it has “a new interactive experience for Nintendo Switch that’s specially crafted for kids and those who are kits-at-heart.“ 

The Labo concept will launch on April 20th with a $70 Variety Kit and an $80 Robot Kit (Nintendo Switch required and sold separately):

“With each Nintendo Labo kit, kids can transform modular sheets of cardboard – specially designed to interact with the Nintendo Switch console and Joy-Con controllers – into creations called Toy-Con. From a piano to a motorbike, a robot and more, each Toy-Con comes to life when combined with Nintendo Switch in different ways. As you build, you will have fun discovering how the technology works, and might even invent new ways to play with each Toy-Con!

For example, you can build a functioning 13-key piano that brings your musical creations to life once the Nintendo Switch console and Right Joy-Con controller are inserted. As you play, the IR Motion Camera in the Right Joy-Con detects which keys are pressed and translates them into unique notes that are heard through the console. You can even take control of your very own motorbike by constructing a functioning set of handlebars, with a Joy-Con inserted in each side and the Nintendo Switch console cradled in the middle. Simply hit the ignition button, turn the right handle to engage the accelerator and watch your adventure unfold on the Nintendo Switch screen, as you race to new destinations.”

The Variety Kit allows you to create two Toy-Con RC Cars, a Toy-Con Fishing Rod, a Toy-Con House, a Toy-Con Motorbike and a Toy-Con Piano. The Robot Kit lets you “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 Switch software, too. There will also be a $10 Customization Set that includes stencils, stickers, and colored tape.

This is all wild and unexpected. You can learn more about Nintendo Labo here!

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