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Nintendo Labo For Do-It-Yourself Gamers

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Nintendo Labo will soon be able to interface with Nintendo's premier console, the Switch.

Nintendo Labo will soon be able to interface with Nintendo's premier console, the Switch.

Nintendo Labo will soon be able to interface with Nintendo's premier console, the Switch.

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The Nintendo Corporation announced their newest product on Wednesday: Nintendo Labo. Pitched as a DIY hardware/software integration system, the product is so perfectly bizarre that it completely fits Nintendo’s signature whimsical style. In order to use Nintendo Labo, consumers must purchase “Toy-Con” packs they assemble at home. Then, users insert their Nintendo Switch controllers into their creation, which in turn interfaces with infrared scanners located within the cardboard. The game software associated with the purchased kit then activates and users are ready to play. Games teased include a backpack and faux-VR set to recreate huge robot battles reminiscent of Transformers, a motorcycle racing game complete with handlebars and a gas peddle, and a fishing game with a real cardboard rod. Nintendo of America director Reggie Fils-Aimé said, “Labo is unlike anything we’ve done before.”

Gamers and parents alike are excited about the new product, but there are some concerns about cost. The basic “Variety Kit” starts at 70 USD and the “Robot Kit” costs 80 USD. Similar products have been created before. Search engine company and mega-corporation Google released their cheap virtual reality headset “Google Cardboard” in 2014 with moderate success-10 million units were sold. Investors are intrigued by the product as well: Nintendo stock is currently up 4.23% as of January 19th. Nintendo seems determined to break into the real-world gaming field with Nintendo Labo, and even from early previews, it looks like a hit.

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