In an announcement literally no one on the planet could have predicted, except only the people behind the actual project, Nintendo LABO was unveiled in a pretty funky video (that you can watch here or in the video above). The concept is seriously intriguing: you can buy cardboard templates, playfully named ‘Toy-Cons’, and build them. Kind of like Lego. These creations will utilize the Switch console and Joy-Cons for a range of creative functions. For example: you will be able to construct a piano, fit the Joy-Cons and tablet into cardboard slots, and actually play the piano as if it was real. Well, if a real piano had 13 keys. On the Nintendo LABO website, the tagline simple states that it “combines the magic of Nintendo Switch with the fun of DIY creations.”
While this is definitely targeted at younger audiences, the scope for the kinds of projects that can be undertaken is vast. In the video, we see an entire backpack and pulley-like system working in tandem, with the Joy-Cons being held, and used as input for a robotic character on screen. Even as an adult (barely), I find this pretty amazing! To properly understand what this is all about, it’s probably best if you watch the video above.
The first two sets are due for release on April 20th 2018. The first is a Variety Kit containing 5 different projects, and will cost $69.99. The second set is the Robot Kit mentioned above, and will cost $79.99.
So what do you think of this announcement? Has Nintendo LABO shown that the Japanese company has finally lost their minds? Or is this another reason showing why Nintendo is the greatest gaming company on Earth? Let us know in the comments section below.