Nintendo Labo Makes Adults Want to Play Like Kids

A little bit of cardboard and a lot of imagination.

Nintendo began teasing news for us on Twitter early yesterday morning. They attempted to calm the internet (to no avail) by stating that the information poised for later in the day would be kid focused. Although they did add that anyone who celebrated their inner child would appreciate it too. What was finally announced from Nintendo certainly met that criteria. But it also did not disappoint. Welcome to Nintendo Labo.

Nintendo Labo appears to be inspired by the likes of Google Cardboard. A cheap device you can easily construct yourself at home that can lead to another world of possibilities. Their press release says that “Nintendo Labo combines the magic of Nintendo Switch with the fun of DIY creations.” It looks like a genius idea.

In the trailer above, you can see exactly what Nintendo is striving for. Utilizing the many features of the Nintendo Switch and its Joy-Cons, Nintendo will sell you cardboard “Toy-Cons” and software sets that will combine for an interactive and immersive experience.

Reggie Fils-Aime, Nintendo of America’s President and COO, had this to say about Nintendo’s new twist for the Switch:

“Nintendo Labo continues our longstanding mission of making people smile by surprising them with new experiences. It is an exciting evolution of the Nintendo Switch platform – one designed to inspire curiosity, creativity and imagination in people of all ages.”

Nintendo Labo will launch with two SKUs on April 20th. The Variety Kit will cost $69.99 and include the following builds and software:

  • Toy-Con RC Car
  • Toy-Con Fishing Rod
  • Toy-Con House
  • Toy-Con Motorbike
  • Toy-Con Piano

The Robot Kit is the other SKU and will run consumers $79.99. With it, you’ll create a wearable Robot suit, which in reality amounts to a relatively complex cardboard backpack, visor and wristbands. The included game promises a “variety of fun game-play experiences, including Robot mode, in which you can destroy in-game buildings and UFOs.”

Internet reaction to Nintendo Labo seems quite positive. Should the kits do well upon their April release, we’ll certainly see more builds and games developed under the Nintendo Labo banner in the future.

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