Before reading this article, open YouTube and check out a trailer for the Nintendo Labo.
Done? Looked amazing, right?
But how does it even work? Did Nintendo invent magic? This looks like so much fun I want to scream.
For those who may be unaware, the Labo is a new accessory for the highly successful Nintendo Switch; essentially, it’s a cardboard framework that can be molded into a variety of shapes to turn the Switch into almost an entirely new console. The cardboard can be folded into a variety of things, and using both a scheme of strings and pulleys within the construction, as well as use of the sensors in the Switch’s controllers, one can play the game in a variety of ways. The trailer alone saw the switch be turned into a functioning piano, a remote control car, and even a VR system that allowed the player to take control of a giant robot.
I’m blown away. I had no idea this was coming, and I’m amazed that this sort of thing even exists. I was in awe at this trailer like a four year old being shown a magic trick. I’m fully on board with this.
My initial concern is that this is a little gimmicky, that it won’t ever be used beyond the minigame tech demos it’ll get released with. I would be well on board with these things being used as part of a full game, to change up gameplay at certain moments and introduce an interesting new challenge. I’m struggling to foresee these things happening however, at least not in a way that isn’t frustrating (even on the Switch itself, the scourge of motion controls occasionally pops up to spoil the fun).
That being said, I’m going to turn my Switch controllers into a remote control car. And I’m going to love every minute of it.