Nintendo unveiled what it calls a “new interactive experience” for Nintendo Switch today that’s unlike anything else on the console. Called Nintendo Labo, it’s a “new line of interactive build-and-play experiences that combine DIY creations with the magic of Nintendo Switch,” according to Nintendo.
Labo will let Nintendo Switch owners build cardboard versions of real-world items like a 13-key piano, fishing rod or motorbike. Nintendo calls those cardboard creations Toy-Cons. And, by inserting Joy-Con controllers into those Toy-Cons, players will be able to play games themed to the cardboard creations.
This is a great idea, and such a novel thing to do with a games console.
makes it possible
I like the idea a whole lot. However the execution with cheap cardboard seems very underwhelming to me and looks like something that may end up being thrown away in no time. I want to build models that provide a sense of accomplishment and long term entertainment.
What I really miss a lot are the vintage erector sets – the real ones sold originally and not the modern wannabes. I’m not even sure if people born in the past 40 years will remember those.
I bet nintendo thought about real erector sets too, but with today’s inflated steel prices, it’s probably impossible to make something affordable for nintendo’s target demographic.
… but still, cardboard?
Metal->plasic->cardboard == modern progress!
This is what an erector set kit looked like BTW:
Edited 2018-01-18 03:23 UTC