When it comes to game consoles, Nintendo has always been a dark horse. The company is famous for doing things different from Sony or Microsoft in almost every way with innovative controllers or systems that are nothing like their competitors.
That trend is continuing with the introduction of the Nintendo Labo, a bunch of DIY kits that allow you to make weird cardboard creations for the Nintendo Switch. The cool thing here is that the kits actually allow gamers to play different games that are associated with the kits themselves.
A cardboard fishing pole kit that can be crafted from the DIY kit can be used to play a fishing game. A racing car kit can be used with the Switch to play a racing game. A house cardboard kit can be used for a house simulator. A piano kit allows gamers to play the piano and make music. Or a cardboard robot can dance with the appropriate game. There is also a kit that can turn you into a fist-punching robot.
So once again, while Xbox and PlayStation are focusing on primarily just the games alone, Nintendo is turning gaming on its head by combining maker ideals and crafting with the love of playing video games. It not only gives people the ability to create something themselves, but they also have a tangible item they can use along with their gaming system.
Additionally, it teaches STEAM skills to kids in a fun way that ends up being beneficial to their entertainment.
Nintendo will launch the cardboard DIY kits starting on April 20 priced at $69.99.