Nintendo reveals quirky new accessory for its Switch console – and kids love it

Nintendo is on a roll with its latest games console and the Japanese company has just launched a quirky new project to accompany it.

Nintendo Labo is a series of build-it-yourself cardboard accessories designed to work with various Switch games.

The accessories range from backpacks and blasters to more complex engineering projects like a makeshift piano.

Described as "interactive build-and-play experiences", Nintendo says it will release the first batch in Europe on April 27, alongside a specially-designed series of games for the Switch that come bundled onto one cartridge.

"Building on the history of Nintendo, which is rooted in innovative entertainment and gameplay experiences, Nintendo Labo continues the company’s mission of putting smiles on people’s faces," the company said in a statement.

"With each Nintendo Labo kit, inspired minds across all generations can transform modular sheets of cardboard – specially designed to interact with the Nintendo Switch console and Joy-Con controllers – into interactive creations called Toy-Con. From a piano to a motorbike, a robot and more, each Toy-Con comes to life when combined with the Nintendo Switch in different ways.

"As you make, you will have fun discovering how the technology works and even invent new ways to play with each Toy-Con."

Although the idea of building accessories out of cardboard may seem a bit quirky, initial reactions have been positive.

Adult gamers raised on the bleeding-edge Xbox and PlayStation consoles may be sceptical, Nintendo has a history of creating outlandish concepts that take a different approach to gaming.

The company was the first one to develop a force feedback controller with the addition of the Nintendo 64 RumblePak. It also created motion-controlled gaming with the original Wii.

“Our goal is to put smiles on the faces of everyone Nintendo touches,” said Satoru Shibata, Nintendo of Europe’s President.

“Nintendo Labo invites anyone with a creative mind and a playful heart to make, play and discover in new ways with Nintendo Switch. I personally hope to see many people enjoying making kits with their family members, with big smiles on their faces.”

Source: https://www.mirror.co.uk/tech/nintendo-reveals-quirky-diy-accessory-11871057

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