For those parents complaining their kid spends too much time in front of the screen, Nintendo’s Labo is your thing.
Already making waves with its new Switch gaming system, the company that brought you Super Mario Bros. has unveiled a new trailer and a pair of explainer videos for Labo, its much buzzed about cardboard DIY add-on for the Switch’s Joy-Con controls that enable kids to have a little more interactive fun and get out of the house more.
No doubt mom and dad will be pleased.
The overview trailer explains in detail how much fun gamers can have making their own “Toy-Cons,” that’s Nintendo lingo for the cool configurations featuring the Joy-Cons you can make out of folding simple perforated cardboard with the help of an interactive manual. Once you slot the console in, you’ve got yourself a Toy-Con, which come in a variety of shapes and, like Nintendo’s Wii, allow for all kinds of physical activities.
Such amusements include playing a homemade 13-key piano that make sounds with the aid of the console’s camera reading what keys are being pressed. You can also reel in a big catch with the Toy-Con fishing rod; prank a funny little critter that lives in the Toy-Con house; and stomp around as a virtual Toy-Con mech that will match your movements and transform into a tank.
The miracle of the Labo is it allows all these things and more with mere cardboard. But Nintendo stresses that the idea behind Labo is to spur kids’ creativity to create their own Toy-Cons, whether it’s making mini-robot characters that move thanks to the Joy-Con’s vibrations or a guitar. And company wizards encourages gamers to color them to their heart’s content too.
Nintendo also offers up a little Toy-Con 101 as the below how-to video breaks down the five rad projects users can make with Labo’s Variety Kit, starting with the Toy-Con RC Car sporting HD rumble technology and an IR motion camera that helps the car turn and even see in the dark. There’s the Toy-Con Motor Bike, which allows kids to race around curves and feel like they’re riding a real motorcycle as well as design their own race courses. And as previously mentioned, the Fishing Rod, Piano and House.
The other explainer video walks kids through how to power up that wearable Toy-Con robot suit and go on a slew of cool missions: from smashing virtual buildings, cars and spaceships and flying around Second Life-like in flight mode or rolling around as a tank to lowering the visor and unleashing a devastating laser beam. You can also customize the colors of your Mech, make sounds as you move, and battle it out with your friend’s Toy-Con bot as well.
Nintendo, you had us at hello. Labo is scheduled to hit stores on April 20 with the Variety Kit retailing for $69.99 while the Robo Kit selling for $79.99.