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Nintendo Labo what it is and how it works (and when you can have it)

Nintendo Labo

What is Nintendo Labo and how does the "new interactive experience" for the Nintendo Switch, specifically designed for children and those who are children in the heart, work?

Nintendo Labo has surprised everyone. Nintendo is reinventing the games again, but this time with the cardboard: it was launched Nintendo Labo. Presented as a "new interactive experience" for the Nintendo Switch, "specially made for children and those who are children in the heart", it surprised everyone, as no one expected the Japanese gaming giant to launch the do-it-yourself cardboard controllers -you.

Nintendo Labo so, how much it costs and when you can have it

But first of all look at the trailer below and get ready to fully appreciate the magic of something as simple as cardboard with an added technology, this Nintendo Labo

First look at Nintendo Labo:

So Nintendo Labo

"Imagine being able to transform a simple piece of cardboard into almost everything": this is what Nintendo suggests can be done with Labo. Not exactly so, because, actually, the kits are able to recreate real-world objects on the Switch screen, with the power of the accessories created by you, made with special cardboard.

Nintendo Labo

Nintendo Labo how it works

The Nintendo Labo kits are equipped with a game cartridge that opens directly on your Switch and serves as a destructive manual for the construction of game accessories, which Nintendo calls Toy-Cons. You will follow the instructions on the screen to extract the pieces of cardboard from the sheets and fix them together with the prefabricated boards or include pieces of ropes, eyelets, elastics and other fastening pieces. like the Nintendo version of Lego Dimensions, but with cardboard rather than bricks and plastic characters.

Afterwards you can enter the Joy-Cons into these cardboard creations and the game will turn into a physical game all to play or control with cardboard devices. In the trailer of the announcement, you see paper-like robot insects to check with cardboard creations, fish to fish with your newly-built cardboard fishing rod and even a robot to control, wearing various elements of cardboard reinforcement.

substantially similar to a Lego cardboard, but instead of building houses or monsters, you're creating peripherals for the Switch. Gone are the days of plastic accessories along the lines of Guitar Hero or Rock Band, at least for Nintendo anyway (despite Mario Kart's wheels). This is a way to further innovate, starting from the concept of the existing Switch, which rewards the manual and makes the accessories ecological and recyclable.

The fact that Nintendo Labo is so funny in a simple way means that it is aimed at children, but there is also an introduction to programming and design: you will be able to see exactly how everything works together, both in the real world than using the Switch. On the screen you can make a turn around a cross section of each model, see how all the parts move together. Not just a toy, but also an educational device for young minds.

When does Nintendo Labo come out?

You won't have to wait long before you can get your hands on Nintendo Labo: the release date set for April 27 across Europe.Initially, only two kits will be available, enough to make many creations.

Which Toy-Con kits can be pre-ordered?

We will try to monitor which components can be pre-ordered, but here's what you can buy when you arrive in April:

the Toy-Con 01 Variety Kit

Nintendo Labo

The Variety Kit gives you access to five Toy-Con kits: RC Cars (with two cars included), the fishing rod, the house, the bike and the floor.

RC cars have space for a Joy-Con to be inserted into them and then touch controls are used on the Switch screen to control them.

The fishing rod comes with a wheel attached to a slot that contains the switch. The game consists of catching exotic fish that cross the screen of the Switch, unwinding the reel to lower the hook.

The house as an interactive dollhouse, where you can interact and play with a cute creature shown on the Switch screen.

Insert a Joy-Con into the handlebar to drive a motorcycle displayed on the Switch screen. You can rotate the handle to activate the accelerator and then tilt the body or turn the handlebars to control the direction.

The piano has 13 sound keys, which you can push to create your music. There are even several knobs that you can insert to create new sound effects and tones.

In the box you will find the following. :

– cardboard pieces – reflective adhesive sheets – sponge sheets – orange string – blue string – gray eyelet set – blue eyelet set – elastic

Here is the Toy-Con 02 Robot Kit

Nintendo Labo

As the name suggests, this kit only offers the Toy-Con kit of the robot, with the supplied software. It is, however, a multi-part kit, with a backpack, visor, hooks for the feet and a controller. Using them, you will take control of the robot through different experiences, including the destruction of buildings and UFOs, in the Godzilla style.

It is worth noting that it appears that it may be necessary to have four Joy-Cons to use the Robot Kit correctly and, in the image below, we note the presence of a Joy-Con for each foot, one in the visor and another in the backpack.

Nintendo Labo

In addition to the software, you will also find in the package:

– cardboard pieces – cardboard sheets – reflective adhesive sheets – orange strings – blue strings – a large gray canvas strap – an average gray canvas strap – small gray canvas strips – gray eyelet set – orange eyelet set

Nintendo Labo price

Although European prices have not yet been formalized, Nintendo Labo prices in the US for the upcoming Toy-Con kits have been confirmed: the Variety Kit will cost $ 69.99, while the Robot Kit will be a bit more expensive, with a price of $ 79.99. The customization kit with stickers and ribbon will be $ 9.99.

Obviously, at that price, you're not just buying the kit of cardboard creations, but you're also buying the games that accompany each Toy-Con and the software that helps you build them and see what happens inside them.

What happens if it breaks?

Although Nintendo has not confirmed it to anyone yet, according to a Guardian report, Nintendo plans to offer cardboard kits and replacement models for anyone who breaks their Toy-Con. Obviously, the main aspect of the carton is the possibility to repair them with adhesive tape and glue, but also to decorate them as you like.

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