I built and played Nintendo’s next big thing, Nintendo Labo — and it was a surprisingly brilliant learning tool

Nintendo Labo

Nintendo’s next big thing isn’t a video game or a video game console.

It’s foldable cardboard.

Nintendo “Labo” — pronounced “lab-oh,” like “laboratory” — is an entirely new concept from the quirky Japanese gaming powerhouse. Starting at $70, you get a kit full of buildable cardboard toys to complement the wildly popular Nintendo Switch console. There are games, of course, which are included in the package.

More importantly, there are step-by-step instructions for building each of the toys in the set. Think: Lego meets model airplanes, but more fun.

I got to try Nintendo Labo back in February ahead of its launch on April 20. What I found was a surprisingly brilliant learning tool aimed at kids growing up in a digital world.

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Here’s the starter kit for Nintendo Labo, which is known as the “Variety Kit.”

The $70 “Variety Kit,” seen above, is the base level for Nintendo Labo; an $80 “Robot Kit” is also available, which contains a large and complicated robot suit.

There are two main aspects to Labo: Building with cardboard, and then using those creations to play Labo games on the Nintendo Switch.

It’s important to note here that you need a Nintendo Switch to play Nintendo Labo games. Think of Labo as essentially a game for the Switch that comes with buildable toys, (though that’s underselling it).

In the Variety Kit, there are several different devices to build. I got to try building an RC Car and a fishing pole.

Each Labo build begins with a large sheet of relatively thin cardboard. The cardboard doesn’t feel especially tough, but the final creations made with the …read more

Source:: Business Insider

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