Nintendo has revealed a new interactive experience for the Nintendo Switch, the so-called Nintendo Labo. The new brand is a new line of interactive build-and-play devices that, combined with the Nintendo Switch, will offer Nintendo fans the kind of interactivity that has never been delivered before by any gaming console.
With Nintendo Labo, Switch players will be tasked to build cardboard versions of various items, like a piano or a fishing rod, or even a motorbike. Players will be able to connect or attach the Nintendo Switch or its controllers to these devices, in order to interact with them while playing various games.
Nintendo is calling cardboard devices Toy-Con, which is a play on the Nintendo Switch’s controllers, which are called Joy-Con. The various Toy-Cons can be built simply by following video instructions and folding the cardboard pieces as dictated by printed outlines. The Toy-Cons come with their own software, which players can enjoy using the cardboard devices as controllers. This offers players new levels of interaction that vary depending on the Toy-Con they’re using.
“With each Nintendo Labo kit, kids can transform modular sheets of cardboard – specially designed to interact with the Nintendo Switch console and Joy-Con controllers — into creations called Toy-Con,” said Nintendo. “As you build, you will have fun discovering how the technology works, and might even invent new ways to play with each Toy-Con!”
Along with the announcement, Nintendo also released a video showcasing the new gadgets and the possibilities that come with the Nintendo Labo.
The new devices are set to be released on April 20, with a starter set called a Variety Kit, which will be sold for $69.99. The kit includes a house, remote controlled cars, a fishing rod, a motorbike, and a piano.
A Robot Kit will also be available for $79.99, and it will include a backpack and a headset, both of which are made of cardboard.