The Nintendo Switch has become one of the greatest triumphs in modern gaming, but leave it to Nintendo to find a way to give kids and their families a cute way to customize their experience. Nintendo Labo is a new project that provides players with Do-It-Yourself cardboard accessories and decorations that allow them to literally switch up their Switch.The bundle of cardboard adornments also come with an assortment of mini games and challenges. Now, an activity like fishing or playing the piano to driving a car can be experienced in a more hands-on way by tapping into the inherent flexibility of the Joy-Con controller.
According to Reggie “My Body Is Ready” Fils-Aime, the President of Nintendo of America, “Labo is unlike anything we’ve done before.”
Nintendo wants Labo to promote three core functions: make, play, and discover.
The setup is designed to be an engaging way for parents to game with their kids. Each minigame comes with a simple set of instructions for both construction and gameplay that are displayed onscreen. Adults are encoraged to read and relay information to their kid while they build then play with their new creation. In this way, the games are supposed to incorporate both family bonding and enhance teambuilding skills.
Families with very young children or those unable to participate in intensive activities will find the tactile offerings of the Labo especially fun and inclusive.
One of the more complex Labo offerings looks to be a fully-functional 13 key piano with a slider that allows players to adjust the pitch of the notes they are playing. Additionally, each Labo setup comes with a virtual diagram and explanation of the technology behind each game and controller formation.
There’s also a giant robot game that has so many parts and pieces, it warrants its own kit.
In a world where children are exposed to more technological breakthroughs than ever, Labo looks to be a cute and engaging way to mix learning with play in an old fashioned way.
Labo launches on April 20th: $70 for the Variety kit and $80 for the [Giant] Robot one.