Nintendo's US$70 cardboard Switch accessory Labo causes internet debate

The Nintendo Labo Variety Kit for Nintendo Switch includes a cardboard punchout model of a working

Each construct works using a different feature of the Switch: the vehicle uses the vibrations of the Joy-Cons to make it move, while the piano uses the infrared cameras on the Joy-Cons to detect reflective tape on the keys and subsequently play the right notes.

Nintendo Labo has two kits - the variety Kit and The Robot Kit.

Created to be used with the Nintendo Switch console and its accompanying Joy-Con controllers, the kit comprises modular sheets of cardboard that can be transformed into interactive creations.

But despite the similarities, Nintendo of America President Reggie Fils-Aime says that this is definitely not Nintendo's answer to VR.

Nintendo Labo will launch on April 20 with the Variety and Robot kits being the first available. With these kits players can build a 13-key piano to hold a recital, make a fishing rod, a house and even motorcycle handlebars and take part in a race. When doing so, the customization set will also provide two stencil sheets, two rolls of tape, and two sticker sheets. The idea is you build them up and then slot your switch and Joy-Cons into them, thereby making an impressively functional toy out of something that's very economical. The HD Rumble feature in the Joy-Con controllers will cause vibrations that move the auto in the direction you choose.

DIY experience Nintendo Labo launches on Switch this April
Nintendo Labo “build-and-play” kits revealed for Nintendo Switch

The ones featured in the video are just the ones that have been pre-made by Nintendo.

All told, Nintendo Labo seems inspired by the plastic toys that convinced millions to buy a Nintendo Wii.

Did you ever have more fun playing with the box a toy came in than the toy itself? Each differently shaped block is detected by the IR Motion Camera on the Right Joy-Con inserted on top of the House.

Imagine creating a cardboard piano and then being able to actually play it, or creating a giant robot suit which then directly controls the robot within the game.

Nintendo is a company that is known for surprising its fan base. For example, it produces the sounds of the piano or creates the digital fish that you physically reel in. The Variety Kit retails for $70 and the Robot Kit retails for $80.

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