Nintendo's US$70 cardboard Switch accessory Labo causes internet debate

Nintendo Labo

Nintendo has introduced Nintendo Labo a line of DIY cardboard devices to interact with the Nintendo Switch console

Nintendo is calling cardboard devices Toy-Con, which is a play on the Nintendo Switch's controllers, which are called Joy-Con. Not a surprise, after Fils-Aime's fairly bleak and negative outlook on VR gaming only a few months ago.

If you're local to New York City or San Francisco, Nintendo is hosting a three-hour Labo event for kids age six to 12.

As games console manufacturers go, Nintendo has always been sort of like a mad uncle.

"I applaud Nintendo's ingenuity, but I'm not handing my $300 Switch and an $80 cardboard box over to my kids,". Variety Kit allows you to make five different Toy-Con projects including two RC cars, a fishing rod, a house, a motorbike, and a piano. "Pressing the ignition button starts the engine while twisting the right handle activates the throttle".

The word of the day is "cardboard", as with two minutes and fifty-two seconds of tantalising looks at a half-physical, half-software setup for the Nintendo Switch, nothing will ever be the same again. Your child can build a vehicle, a fishing rod, a motorbike, a piano and a house from the cardboard sheets, rubber bands and stickers that it includes. While the Nintendo Switch was initially hard to find online, supply has finally caught up to demand and you can grab a console from online retails like Amazon for $299. A special customization set, sold separately, will give kids a chance to decorate their creations via coloured tape, stencils, and stickers.

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Looks cool, right? The real-world Do It Yourself (DIY) element brings a level of creativity to video games that is innovative in a retro way. Nintendo calls these things "Toy-Cons", and there's quite an array of ingenious applications already on display.

And the Robot Kit is right up my son's alley. You can create a piano, a fishing rod, a bike and even a robot suit. You can even insert different assembled knobs to create new sound effects and tones!

You'll seemingly pop pieces of cardboard in and out of holes on the house to solve puzzles on the screen. Enjoy a variety of fun game-play experiences, including Robot mode, in which you can destroy in-game buildings and UFOs.

Nintendo Labo kits launch onto market April 20, available as either the Variety Kit or Robot Kit.

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