Most Switch owners seem to be surprised by Nintendo's latest announcement, Nintendo Labo, a new product that combines software with the DIY imagination of children and gamers of all ages. Two kits were announced, $69.99 for the Variety Kit and $79.99 for the Robot Kit.First teased by the Japanese Nintendo twitter account, it was then translated by Nintendo's UK website as:
"Tune in to discover a new interactive experience for Nintendo Switch that’s specifically crafted for kids and those who are kids at heart."
From the official trailer (below) we are shown the two kits in use. The first being the Variety kit that includes the software along with two RC cars, one fishing rod, one house, one motorbike, and one piano that once assembled can be used to play mini-games such as a piano recital, catching fish, and competing in races. The second is the Robot kit which includes the software and pieces to make a robot backpack that is used with a robot mini-game. It is encouraged to create your own designs on the cardboard pieces, but none of the materials to do so are included in the kits.
This is not the first time Nintendo has tried something new and creative, as they have had a long history of exploring new ways to change how we interact and play video games. The Wii being an example of revolutionizing the use of controllers, which up to that point were mostly wired or wireless that did not include motion controls excluding a few controllers.
While the opinions on the Nintendo Labo are filled with skepticism and debate, it should not come as much of a surprise. Being aimed at kids, it could be viewed as promoting STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) which might be a selling point to a large number of parents who want to inspire their children to be interested in a potential career in those fields.
With the initial pricing of the product it could scare off some early adopter as the MSRP of the average AAA Switch game is $59.99 MSRP. In comparison, the Variety Kit is $69.99 MSRP, and the Robot Kit is $79.99 MSRP.
The Nintendo Labo will be available to purchase on April 20.
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