Nintendo Labo, part science project, part Lego, part Ikea.
It's a crazy new thing that Nintendo's launching for the Nintendo Switch that allows you to make these accessories that connect with it.
And I got to play with this a few months ago with my son, what's it like to actually set up and use?
There were two kits, One is $70 and there is a variety [UNKNOWN] they will let you make 5 different things.
One is $80 and just like you make a robot back pack I got both of them at CNet and we built them and here is the work.
first of all they all start with lots of card board [UNKNOWN].
A big part of Labo is the make mode where you construct everything out of almost entirely cardboard.
It's astonishing how Nintendo's clear instructions and dozens of perfectly perforated sheets of cardboard become a variety of really clever switch accessories.
It takes time though.
I built the variety kits creations with my kids and I took on the separately packaged robot backpack by myself.
The robot kit is a single four to five hour project, according to the Nintendo, that took me even longer.
Kids under 10, should definitely work on it with a parent.
The variety kit has projects varying in length.
A few extra pieces like plastic grommets, strings, and rubber bands help make mechanisms work.
All the creations are powered by the [UNKNOWN] controllers for motion, vibration, game controls, and every other smart function.
Inside each giant box you'll also get a game card that has all the [UNKNOWN] software on it.
A big part of Labo is how it uses an infrared camera and one Joy-Con remote to read reflective stickers that turn them into actions, but you have to be careful with placing the stickers just right The piano works like the robot, in that there are little reflective stickers on these keys, that you jam in here.
And then inside the infrared camera on the joycon controller is reading those in the dark and converting them to sounds.
[SOUND] We pop them in and [SOUND],
you have a piano.
Toy [UNKNOWN] House, another part of the variety pack, basically works like piano.
It's got a dark space inside.
It uses the infrared camera.
You pop it in, and it reads the inside.
And depending on what you put in, again, these reflective sticker-coded things, Into it the camera reads them and turns them into little actions.
And you can combine them so you could do maybe this and tap it out or you could pop that out put in the crank and twist that or Put it on the bottom and play around with it, and all sorts of weird combinations.
And play with this virtual pet.
And I have no idea what it does, but my kid loves it.
Fishing is a complete little game that I haven't set it up yet here, but I got to use it in Nintendo's event.
The motorcycle handlebars that you build have a variety of race tracks, but also allow you to build your own tracks.
And then there's a little RC car which is fun to play with and is basically like a little bonus pack in.
It's unclear how much more is left to explore after one week, but there are still extra things I haven't unlocked.
And the robot kit meanwhile has various modes including timed challenges but it's mostly like a home version of Pacific Rim meets Starfox where you control your own robot mech and knock things down in various levels.
There's also a way to estimate your calorie burn.
It's crazily effective.
And it's a strangely good workout.
But the backpack needs a lot of adjustment on grown up shoulders like There's another whole mode called discover that teaches you how the parts of Labo work and advises on extra Easter eggs and customizations you can try that I haven't even unlocked yet.
And if you want to go even deeper, there's a Toy-Con garage mode that enables a whole type of programming language They can remap Joy Con controller inputs to do different things.
Like make one controller vibrate if the other's IR camera sees a target.
It could end up being a place where fan groups cook up all sorts of ideas and there's some extra projects hidden here.
But it's going to be something that younger kids are gonna find a little harder to learn.
If you want to do more you can always color in design labo, which I didn't do.
I'm sure lots of people will.
Just keep in mind, Nintendo warns, not to get the cardboard to wet or it'll warp.
If you have seventy dollars and a Nintendo Switch, the Toy Com 1 Variety Kit is a great explorer pack for parents and kids or lovers of weird accessories.
The robot kit, well, that's more of a specialist item.
I also worry about the cardboard breaking down or ripping.
So far it's been sturdy, but I'm sure it's going to happen.
The app has advice on repairing and reinforcing the toy cons, but I don't know how easy it will be to order new cardboard or spare parts.
Hopefully not too difficult.
Labo feels like a major step forward for Nintendo as a toy company, but it's not necessarily something I'd recommend anyone buying a Switch just to get.
However, if you have young kids it's a pretty fantastic add-on experience for Switch owners.
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