Nintendo gets your creative juices flowing with Nintendo Labo

Nintendo gets your creative juices flowing with Nintendo Labo

This is par for the course for the Switch, which was released targeting a different market segment than games consoles manufactured by Sony and Microsoft. Some will be nothing more than additions to your collection of controller accessories you probably already have enough of from the days of the Nintendo Wii, but some could make for some educational opportunities to understand how the mechanics of various contraptions work.

For more on the Nintendo Labo, keep it locked on Mammoth Gamers. Now, kids can add a DIY element to their video game world. Announced today (January 18), the Labo set contains 25 sheets of cardboard that players can turn, IKEA-style, into playable objects - such as a miniature keyboard, a fishing rod, a motorbike's handles and pedal, a small house, and a auto - by following instructions on their Switch screen.

Created to be used with the Nintendo Switch console and its accompanying Joy-Con controllers, the kit comprises modular sheets of cardboard that can be transformed into interactive creations.

Nearly like a form of imagination meeting the cardboard equivalent of Lego, Labo is about the most interesting take we've seen on a video game system in ages, as the console becomes creative once more, and folks playing the games are encouraged to use their imaginations again.

The most stunning one of the bunch has to be the Toy-Con Piano, though, which has 13 working keys that are recognized by the IR Motion Camera in the right Joy-Con.

If you have a Nintendo Switch in your house, listen up: Nintendo just announced that it is releasing a new add-on for the console that's unlike anything we've seen before.

But the game is just one thing.

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Kids will no longer have choose between building or video games, they can now do both at the same time! Nintendo Labo, as it has been called, will be available this April. GameStop shoppers can buy the Variety Kit and the Robot Kit today.

The fishing rod toy, for example, features a rotating reel that is attached by string to a cradle holding the Nintendo Switch console. That out-of-nowhere product line utilizes sturdy cardboard to create everything from fishing rod controllers, to robotic backpacks, to miniature pianos.

And the Robot Kit is right up my son's alley.

A second kit, called the "Robot Kit", lets you assemble your own cardboard exoskeleton to control a virtual robot.

I've been hooked on Clagett's videos for a while now - ever since I came across his Shoretrooper helmet build, a project close to my heart - it's a great series on how to build a range of extremely practical items.

Nintendo Labo's Variety Kit and Robot Kit will release on April 20, 2018 in the United States, and April 27, 2018 in Europe for the Switch.

Called the Nintendo Labo, the cardboard accessories are meant to contribute to what Nintendo president Tatsumi Kimishima called the "new ways of playing". How well are they going to stand up to kids? I can envision lots of parents getting on this action ... because it's important to bond with our kids, you know? As they punched out pieces of the kit, Aiden commented that this looked like some puzzle and when they started to assemble it, he said that it was like the Gunpla that adorns my office. It's all about the children.

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