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Nintendo LABO Cardboard Creations Unveiled, Launches April 20th

22 January 2018

Anyone investing $70 or more into a Nintendo Labo kit must realize that the creations built may be flimsy and ultimately fleeting; cardboard and string won't hold up well under harsh (or perhaps even moderate) play. The company revealed yesterday a whole new experience fore the hybrid console called Nintendo Labo.

"It is an exciting evolution of the Nintendo Switch platform - one created to inspire curiosity, creativity, and imagination in people of all ages", Nintendo America president Reggie Fils-Aime said in a statement Wednesday.

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Nintendo Labo launches on April 20th and will be available in two different versions. The kit includes a house, remote controlled cars, a fishing rod, a motorbike, and a piano. The Variety Kit will be available at a suggested retail price of $69.99, and the Robot Kit will be available at a suggested retail price of $79.99. Instead, Nintendo Labo are a pair of cardboard cutout kits that create inventive peripherals that can transform the Switch in weirdly wonderful new ways - or let you dress up like a robot in front of your telly. Users place the Switch's Joy-Con controllers and the tablet itself into the creations to play the games. When worn, you become a robot on the Switch, which moves like you do.

Nintendo has been on a roll with the Switch and its exclusive games like Mario Odyssey, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, and Splatoon 2. You can also grab a "Customization Set" for an extra $10. David Gibson, an analyst at the Macquarie firm and a contributor to the Financial Times, highlighted Nintendo's action to expand its product offering: "This is exactly the kind of insane idea that Nintendo are known for which we believe will help expand the company's audience".

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If you've ever anxious that video game consoles don't inspire creativity in your child the same way model kits and Lego creations do, Nintendo Labo is for your family. Once you feel a vibration from the Joy-Con inserted in the reel, you must tug the Fishing Rod upward and crank the reel quickly to try and complete the catch! According to The Verge, the Joy-Con's infra-red camera can see the keys and detect which ones are being pressed. It also has knobs for tweaking the output and creating new noises, and you'll dock the Switch right into the little paper piano.

The Variety Kit will contain the cartridge and cardboard parts and accessories and will feature 5 different games.

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Nintendo LABO Cardboard Creations Unveiled, Launches April 20th