Cardboard Games Coming From Nintendo
If you feel like enhancing your gaming experience, electronic and video game royalty Nintendo may have a solution, and that solution is, of course, cardboard.
It sounds too bizarre to be true, and yet, “Nintendo Labo” is a very real, albeit very different, project from the same innovative minds that brought us the groundbreaking Wii over a decade ago. And while a cardboard/video game combo may sound more like a giant step backward to the days of ant farms and pet rocks, Nintendo Labo actually looks amazing.
Before we go any further, it should be noted that Nintendo Labo requires a Nintendo Switch to play—otherwise, you really do just have a pile of cardboard.
What Is Nintendo Labo?
The concept is simple: open up your Labo box, follow the instructions inside to build, then slide the Switch in to play.
You’re probably still wondering what “play” could possibly mean in this scenario, so here are a few examples. With the piano kit, you literally construct a functioning cardboard piano, playable once your Switch is inserted. With the motorbike kit, you build a set of motorcycle handlebars to use for a racing game. There’s also a fishing pole kit, a house kit, and even a robot kit.
If you still don't get it, check out the trailer below to see Nintendo Labo in action:
Nintendo Says, Building Is As Fun As Playing
It’s a quirky idea, for sure, but Nintendo Labo has the potential to be the new Lego, targeting the mechanical and engineering minds of a younger generation, while also engaging them in creative gameplay. On its official website, Nintendo stresses, “With Nintendo Labo, building is just as much fun as playing.”
Nintendo Labo will launch April 20, 2018, with the variety kit priced at $69.99 and the robot kit priced at $79.99.