Earlier this week Nintendo announced they would show us a new, interactive way to use our Nintendo Switch consoles. They really didn’t hold back when it comes to, ‘interactive.’
Nintendo Labo is, “a new line of interactive make, play and discover experiences designed to inspire creative minds and playful hearts alike.” Basically, Labo adds cardboard components to your Switch environment to make different uses of your Switch console and Joy-Cons. Labo will be available on April 20 in North America and April 27 across Europe.
Nintendo showed off their new idea, Labo, today in a quick video which featured some of the ways Labo will change how we interact with our Switch consoles. From Nintendo’s announcement and featured in the video:
“…you can make a functioning 13-key piano that brings your musical arrangements to life once the Nintendo Switch console and Right Joy-Con controller are inserted. As you play, the IR Motion Camera in the Right Joy-Con detects which keys are pressed and plays each note through the console’s built-in speakers. Budding musicians can also experiment with their own musical creations.”
Labo will launch with two kits in April: the Variety Kit and the Robot Kit. Both kits include everything you need to bring your Toy-Con to life, including the building materials and relevant Nintendo Switch software.
With the Variety Kit, you can create many different Toy-Con, including Toy-Con RC Car, Toy-Con Fishing Rod, Toy-Con House, Toy-Con Motorbike and Toy-Con Piano. The Variety Kit will retail for $69.99.
For those of us who want more robots in our lives, the Robot Kit will allow us to create a wearable robot suit. Players will insert the Left and Right Joy-Con into the designated slots on the backpack and visor to assume control of the robot, which is shown on the TV when the Nintendo Switch console is docked. Enjoy a variety of fun game-play experiences, including Robot mode, where you can destroy in-game buildings and UFOs. The Robot Kit will be available for $79.99.
Last week Nintendo made a slew of announcements for the Switch in the first half of 2018. Dark Souls, Donkey Kong Tropical Freeze and more are headed to the console very soon.