There was a time when Nintendo was almost synonymous with unnecessary accessories: plastic tennis rackets, baseball bats and wheels that gave the company Wii controllers a little more shape. Now it seems that Nintendo is working again, but this time it is not creating meaningless accessories. He is building a.
It's called Nintendo Labo, and it's not only fun, it's educational.
At a glance, Nintendo Labo is a pair of Switch games, each with its own DIY cardboard construction kit, separated into a $ 70 "variety kit" and a $ 80 "robot kit". Uncover the cuts in the variety package, for example, and you can build a toy fishing rod, handy cardboard RC cars, a motorcycle mount for Joy-Con console controllers or even a mini, but fully functional, 13 piano keys.
The robot kit, on the other hand, promises children to build a portable exoskeleton that allows them to control a robot in the game with their own bodies.
Alone, all that sounds very funny, but if you take a moment to think about how these cardboard kits allow these experiences, it's also quite fascinating. Wonder how a handmade paper piano can play notes only with one of Nintendo's Joy-Con controllers? You are not rummaging through the controller's "Rumble HD", you are using Joy-Con's right IR camera to read the internal operation of the keyboard and translate those notes to the component of the Switch's console.
It's an intelligent use of one of the less used functions of the console, and it makes you think about what else can be done with the Nintendo Joy-Con controllers. Fortunately, Nintendo seems interested in showing us. In addition to offering the experiences that come with the kit, Nintendo organizes "Nintendo Labo Studio" events in select cities to help children "create new ways to play" with their Nintendo Switch and Labo.
Do you want to build a cardboard robot? Apparently you can. Just stick a Joy-Con on the back of a cardboard doll and watch the controller make her dance.
Strange. But something amazing
The two Nintendo Labs games are released on April 20, but families in New York City and San Francisco can check the early semi-educational paper craft game. Nintendo will sponsor its Labo Studio event in New York City on February 2 and 2, and another in San Francisco from March 2 to 4. Parents with children aged 6 to 12 can register on the company's website.
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