Nintendo Labo makes the Switch cardboard compatible

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The console's JoyCon controllers would then fit inside these accessories Nintendo surprised gamers and investors alike by unveiling new cardboard accessories which interact with games for its Switch console. That's why these new gaming add-ons are so exciting.

"Nintendo Labo continues our longstanding mission of making people smile by surprising them with new experiences", said Reggie Fils-Aime, Nintendo of America's president and COO.

Nintendo Labo will debut on April 20, 2018 with two different sets available for purchase. $70-$80 for cardboard accessories does seem to be a bit high.

According to a press release distributed right after the event, "Nintendo Labo kits provide the tools and technology to make fun DIY creations, play games with your creations and discover how the magic of Nintendo Switch technology shapes ideas into reality". With their own mobile games they've embraced the logic that if you can't beat 'em you should join 'em, and that's proven successful enough.

Notably, instructions for how to build the fishing rod are displayed on a nearby Nintendo Switch console.

The fishing rod toy, for example, features a rotating reel that is attached by string to a cradle holding the Nintendo Switch console.

Labo is a series of do-it-yourself (DIY) cardboard kits that all use the Switch as their brains and incorporate its Joy-Con controllers for inputs. The Switch's detachable Joy Con controllers are then inserted, with their sensors detecting movement such as turning a corner to manipulate games on the screen.

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In theory, this doesn't sound like too awful an idea - it's a craft game, where you build DIY toys in order to create peripherals for a series of minigames. The same goes for the piano, house and robot kits.

Everything about Nintendo Labo screams "put me in VR!" Well, remember the Wii Wheel that turned the Wii Remote into a steering wheel that complemented games such as Mario Kart Wii and others? The Switch's debut previous year was yet another innovation from Nintendo and combines home gaming with portable gaming.

There's just one problem - "Labo" is made entirely out of ordinary corrugated cardboard.

Remember how you could touch the screen of the Nintendo DS and make it do more, complete with a stylus?

All the things kids can make with the Labo Toy-Con Variety Pack.

These cardboard products called Toy-cons will be available in April.

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