Friday, 19 January 2018

Nintendo Labo - Interactive Cardboard Creations for the Nintendo Switch

OK so now we're excited about the Nintendo Switch! Nintendo have announced Nintendo LABO 'a new line of interactive build-and-play experiences that combine DIY creations with the magic of Nintendo Switch.'

Honestly before this the Switch was a neat console but my kids have plenty of ways to play games and it just didn't offer anything that really made us want one as a family.

But LABO is rather different. It's a range of cardboard accessories for the Nintendo Switch that allow kids to make accessories that turn the console into lots of different interactive gadgets.

The cardboard creations are called Toy-Con and the kits in the Variety Kit allow kids to turn their console into a piano keyboard, remote control car, house, fishing rod or motorbike.

The Toy-Con system makes use of the IR camera to allow kids to play the piano and the controllers and main console get built into the gadgets in various ways.

There's also a Robot Kit which allows kids to turn themselves into a robot with a backpack and visor so they can control an in-game robot by being a robot.

We love the variety of ideas here. It's quirky, it's full of the Maker spirit and it's just the kind of thinking we need to introduce more variety into kids screentime.

Nintendo LABO is due for release in April 2018 so we don't have too long to wait. 

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