If you thought the Switch was the pinnacle of everything you ever wanted then hold on to your butts, as Nintendo brings you the next prepherial for your Switch… Cardboard.
If you have ever made anything that involved more than one piece of cardboard then Nintendo’s LABO will tap into your childhood needs as this combination of Cardboard Warfare and Steampunk like mechanics pushes the boundaries of what we think the Switch is for.
Hitting shelves in Australia in April, LABO is a series of packs that allow you to be more immersive with your switch. Packed with some pre-cut cardboard and instructions the new sets let you build a real-world peripheral that you actually put your Switch in and then can use to control. You might be forgiven for thinking that these may be basic sets but they are actually super intricate with amazing design if the trailers are to be believed.
With a series of pre-fab sets with games that match you can build a simple fishing rod all the way up to a string and pulley system backpack for controlling a robot mech. Each creation or Toy-Con works with the Switch in different ways but effectively will let you mount the screen and insert the joy-con controllers into your creation to give you total control.
Confused? Checkout the trailer below to get a much better explanation and feeling about what we are talking about:
Announced last week we received confirmation that the new sets will be available for Australia on the 20th of April. Initially there will be 3 sets available ranging from around the $15 AUD mark for the basic customisation set (giving you stickers to customise other sets) to $99 AUD for the robot pack and $120 AUD for the variety pack giving you the rest of the intial line up.
While quite expensive for cardboard each Toy-Con set does come with the software to run the games.
At this stage we have not seen a hands on past the marketing and while we hold big hopes for these sets and love the idea of cardboard after years of plastic guitar and other specialised controller clutter, we only hope they stand up to the strain of big kids as well as small. If so, this may be a brave new world for ‘low cost’ specialised controllers in games.
The first wave of Nintendo LABO is available in Australia from April 20th