Cardboard Origami and a Switch? Introducing Nintendo Labo

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The Nintendo Labo is a range of perforated cardboard sheets that users fold into holders for the Switch and its controllers.

Nintendo has revealed Nintendo Labo, a brand new line of "interactive make, play, and discover experiences" for Nintendo Switch.

The Variety Kit includes five Toy-Con projects: two RC cars; one fishing rod; one house; one motorbike; and one piano.

Each kit contains cardboard peripherals that a Nintendo Switch easily slides into.

Check out the announcement trailer for Nintendo Labo below! This offers players new levels of interaction that vary depending on the Toy-Con they're using.

You see, this isn't just any cardboard. The year has just begun, but Nintendo is already locking up a big portion of consumer's budgets with the above hot new releases.

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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. Building toys as a kid is as old as Lincoln Logs, and Nintendo should be commended for meshing new and old in a meaningful way. 'It is an exciting evolution of the Nintendo Switch platform - one created to inspire curiosity, creativity and imagination in people of all ages.

How much will Nintendo Labo cost? This is the mindset that led to the creation of Nintendo Labo, which may be weird but totally within Nintendo's character as a video game company.

Nintendo Labo launches on April 20th and will be available in two different versions.

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. The software allows you to assume control of a giant in-game robot when you wear the suit, which - from what I know about giant robots - will probably require some stomping and smashing.

If you're over in the U.S., only the Variety Kit ($69.99) and Robot Kit ($79.99) are available at present. There'll also be a $10 Customization Kit available that includes stencils, stickers, and colored tape. However, the Switch sold over 2.74 million units a month after its release, creating a profit for a company that had been falling short as a competitor in handheld gaming during an era of smartphones.

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