Nintendo teaches kids to code with new cardboard gaming kits

Nintendo Labo “build-and-play” kits revealed for Nintendo Switch

A DIY playset designed with younger audiences in mind, the kits would allow players to have all new experiences on the Nintendo Switch by using peripherals made out of cardboard. While Playstation and Xbox are competing to be the best PC-style console, Nintendo subverted that trend by creating the Switch, a gaming device you can play either at home or while you're on-the-go.

For those who were completely enamored by the robot suit and game, as you may have guessed, you'll want to go for the Robot Kit.

Once connected to the Joy-Con controller, the Labo project becomes a digitally augmented toy. There are some indications suggesting the Switch is equipped to handle VR if that time ever does come, but in the meantime, Nintendo will hope that using your creativity and imagination with their cardboard will satisfy. Catch one of many exotic fish shown swimming on the Nintendo Switch screen by casting your Fishing Rod and unwinding the reel to lower the hook.

Nintendo is aiming to introduce children to coding and engineering with its latest gaming product, Nintendo Labo.

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When Labo launches on April 20, it'll cost buyers a minimum of $69.99 for the cheapest kit. It contains the fishing rod, a house, the motorbike, the piano, and two RC cars.

Remember how you could touch the screen of the Nintendo DS and make it do more, complete with a stylus? It will even be possible, according to Nintendo, to invent new ways in which to play with the Toy-Cons you build. Nintendo will also be releasing a Customization Set ($10, nintendo.com) with extra stencils, stickers, and colored tape. Each toy will have a corresponding mini-game on the Switch that will bring the toy to life. Each differently shaped block is detected by the IR Motion Camera on the Right Joy-Con inserted on top of the House.

Labo goes on sale on April 20th in the United States and April 27th in Europe. Leaning your body or turning the handlebars left and right controls the motorbike. "I personally hope to see many people enjoy making kits with their family members, with big smiles on their faces".

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