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First Look at Nintendo Labo

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Site: https://labo.nintendo.com

 

Well, I wasn't expecting that. Looks pretty cool and very innovative. Though, IDK how I feel about sliding my Switch and Joy-con into cardboard. The artistic people, creative people, and people who love to build things should love this!

 

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When they said "kids and kids-at-heart" I thought it might be some kind of toy, but I wasn't expecting DIY cardboard peripherals! I'll admit though, if I was a little kid I'd probably beg my parents to get me all of these. And then probably play with them for a few days and forget about them. :P

 

Edit: Press release:

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Nintendo Labo Combines the Magic of Nintendo Switch with the Fun of DIY Creations

Make, Play and Discover with Interactive DIY Kits for Nintendo Switch

REDMOND, Wash., Jan. 17, 2018 – Introducing Nintendo Labo, a new line of interactive build-and-play experiences designed to inspire kids and those who are kids-at-heart. Building on the 129-year history of Nintendo, which is rooted in innovative entertainment and game-play experiences, Nintendo Labo continues the company’s mission of putting smiles on people’s faces.
 
Together with the Nintendo Switch system (sold separately), the Nintendo Labo kits provide the tools and technology to MAKE fun DIY creations, PLAY games with your creations and DISCOVER how the magic of Nintendo Switch technology shapes ideas into reality.
 
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.
 
“Nintendo Labo continues our longstanding mission of making people smile by surprising them with new experiences,” said Reggie Fils-Aime, Nintendo of America’s President and COO. “It is an exciting evolution of the Nintendo Switch platform – one designed to inspire curiosity, creativity and imagination in people of all ages.”
 
With Nintendo Labo, building is just as much fun as playing. Every Toy-Con creation presents exciting challenges and varying degrees of complexity, making each one a unique experience. Building Toy-Con is especially fun with family and friends, as you collaborate and share each other’s Nintendo Labo experiences. Once built, you can customize your Toy-Con creations with your own markers, stickers and paint to give them a personal touch – the only limit is your imagination!
 
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.
 
For more information about Nintendo Labo, visit https://labo.nintendo.com. You can view a special introductory video about Nintendo Labo here.
 
Remember that Nintendo Switch features parental controls that let adults manage the content their children can access. For more information about other features, visit https://www.nintendo.com/switch/features.
 
*Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price. Actual price may vary.

 

It actually does seem pretty impressive that they can do all this with the Joy-Cons. I'm still not going to buy these though.

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We have some prices for the first two kits (form the official site). These things are a bit pricey IMO.

 

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I guess the price is expected, since they include software.

 

I'm kinda interested in making that piano. I can only play one handed though. :v I learned mallet interments as a percussionist in band in middle/high school.

 

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Customization set(s) will also be available. 

 

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It's... unexpected, I'll give them that. I probably would have thought it was neat when i was around 10. theydonothing; I have a feeling this will be quickly forgotten about like many other peripherals of the past.

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1 minute ago, Cryptic said:

I have no idea what the longevity of this product is, but I feel like it will sell gangbusters around Christmas.

Yep.

 

*can see all of the little kids bugging their parents for it* y; 

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Just now, Doc Brown said:

Yep.

 

*can see all of the little kids bugging their parents for it* y; 

The only flaw would be if interest declines before Christmas, which I have no idea on.  Honestly I'm kinda surprised they didn't announce this later in the year and let the Christmas cash roll in, but maybe it will be a hit and carry on until Christmas anyway.

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Just now, Cryptic said:

The only flaw would be if interest declines before Christmas, which I have no idea on.  Honestly I'm kinda surprised they didn't announce this later in the year and let the Christmas cash roll in, but maybe it will be a hit and carry on until Christmas anyway.

Good point. Yea you'd figure they'd wait on that for a bit.

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Holy shit. I am shook. Nintendo's done a lot of far-out stuff over the years, and this blows them all away--combined. I've never seen anything like this. Saw the presentation and read Nintendo Life's hands-on account: http://www.nintendolife.com/news/2018/01/hands_on_the_future_of_gaming_is_cardboard_thanks_to_nintendo_labo

 

This is crazy. A real feat of engineering, and Nintendo revels in explaining how it works.

 

When I was about five, I got a transparent purple Game Boy Color. One of the reasons why I've turned out to be such an analytical and curious person is because I could look inside of the Game Boy and see how it worked--look at the games and see every pixel arranged. Labo is that times a hundred. I really hope I'm able to give my kid(s) something like this.

 

Closing thoughts: I just saw the price. And. Ouch. I guess it's fair considering this includes video games and such, and it's definitely still worth its price and more. Just not what I expected.

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This is really cool, and will definitely get switch into a lot of homes.

Hopefully its designed as a platform, so you can come up with your own cardboard creations.
That would really make it take off. And people would probably be making lots of videos showing off their stuff.
Imagine how well this would pair with a 3D printer, or youtube makers in general.

Even if you're just restricted to the builds in the kit though, I could still see it making a pretty significant impact.
 

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Uh...okay. I thought I was going to come out of this and say, 'that's cool'. Obviously wouldn't for my entertainment but nieces and nephews ages 4-9 will love this. So That would be the only way I get cause I really wouldn't for myself.

 

So Nintendo started as toy maker, produce video game for 30 years, goes to toys to life with amiibo and now this. It is official Nintendo is toy making company again. The signs were all there. Iwata would of loves this, I wonder if he had hand in this somehow?

 

Also, the prices to me seem justified. I know it's hard to swallow because it's fucking card board but Nintendo is the first combine DIY craft with video games so unfortunately so they charge decently for this. Plus, with video game included makes about sense as well. For me in Canada this will cost as much a SNES Mini  at $100. It's a good thing, I have no real interest in this. I'm creative in all but I wouldn't dare get this experimentation, just for the kids in my family and even then that's stretch as well.

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My mind is still trying to process what I just saw after watching the video. I think my oldest brother could have fun w/ this along w/ his 12 and 8 year old kids, maybe even the soon to be 5 year old( in less than a week). The prices are kinda high I think for what it comes w/ but maybe I would get one on sale.

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