Nintendo has been a master innovator throughout the company’s existence. From their hand-held systems that have conquered markets time and time again to awkward product flops (think SNES’ Super Scope), Nintendo stands for new creations, regardless of success.
Nintendo as a company started out as a simple toy making company. They sold trading cards, hand-held one-off games, and a neat little extending claw that was their first break out toy known as the Ultra-Hand. They brought us an important stepping stone to the in-home gaming console, the NES and then they did the same with handhelds with the Gameboy. Nintendo is no stranger to growing out of its own comfort zone.
Nintendo recently announced their newest Nintendo Switch accessories, Nintendo Labo, which releases April 20, 2018. Nintendo Labo is an interactive experience where the user has to take cardboard cut-outs to create solid shapes the Joy-Con (Nintendo Switch Controllers) can slide right into and provide a fishing rod, a piano, and many other surprising items. Two different sets will be available at two different price points. The Variety Kit will be available for 69.99MSRP and the Robo Kit will be available for 79.99MSRP.
The Variety Kit comes with five different items to build, each providing a different experience. With this kit, the user will be able to create two RC cars, a piano, a motorbike, and a house. The piano only provides one octave, but each key is pressable as if it were a real piano and is made only using cardboard. The motorbike allows the user to feel as if they were driving with the screen being used as a window to the open road. Assembling the fishing rod will provide the user with a fishing mini-game, the house provides a play-house mini-game, while the RC car makes a controllable car using the vibration of the Joy-Cons.
The Robo Kit looks like a very complex piece of machinery that allows the user to experience being in a giant cartoon mech. This kit is the more expensive of the two and once one sees the pieces it takes to create the final product, it is no question why. The user must use their entire body, including their arms and legs to fully operate the robot in the game provided with the kit.
Nintendo has a long history of innovation and Nintendo Labo seems to be another progressive addition to their line of products and experiences. Find it online or in stores April 20th.