Nintendo promised something new during its announcement today, and boy did they deliver. For the kids (and kids at heart) out there, Nintendo gives you: Nintendo Labo.
Nintendo Labo is a line of DIY experiences that will be compatible with the Nintendo Switch. Launching on April 20th in North America and April 27th in Europe, Nintendo Labo allows you to "build creations that can be connected with the Nintendo Switch to interact with specific software. Starting with cardboard kits, these will include modular cardboard sheets that are "designed to interact with the Nintendo Switch" which can be crafted into creations Nintendo have dubbed "Toy-Con".
"...You can take control of your very own motorbike by constructing a functioning set of handlebars, with a Joy-Con inserted in each side and the Nintendo Switch console cradled in the middle." Nintendo explained during the announcement. "Or, you can make a functioning 13-key piano that brings your musical arrangements to life once the Nintendo Switch console and Right Joy-Con controller are inserted." The IR motion camera in the joy con detects which keys are pressed and plays each note through the built in speakers of the console. This will allow those budding musicians to experiment with their own creations.
Two kits will be available at launch, a Variet Kit for $69.99 that will include the Variety Kit software as well as materials to build a fishing rod, a house, a motorbike, a piano, and two RC cars. A Robot Kit will also be available for $79.99 and will offer materials to build a robot suit as well as robot kit software. A customization kit will also be available for $9.99 which comes with sticker sheets, stencils, and two decorative tape rolls.
The whole thing seems a bit out of left field and perfectly "Nintendo", if you ask us. We can't wait to see what people create with this technology going forward. Its an exciting time to be a Nintendo fan! You can see the announcement trailer below and let us know in the comments or on Twitter what you think about the latest Nintendo creation.