Three New 'Nintendo Labo' Videos Dig Into Mysteries of Cardboard Kits

 rollingstone.com  2/15/2018 2:25:08 PM   Brian Crecente

Three new videos released Thursday offers a bit more insight into the inner workings of Nintendo Labo, a cardboard peripheral and game mash-up coming April 20th.

The creation kits, which come with software and cardboard, not only walk you through the process of building your own controllers, you can watch videos to see how they work and use a special feature which shows the process of these creations working in real-time. The overview video, seen above, shows some of these features in action.

Some of the other neat revelations found in the overview video include the fact that the robo car uses IR sensors to navigate, that the piano can autoplay a song using punch cards and how you can invent your own contraptions using the Toy-Con garage.

The videos also show off some hinted at, but still surprising features built into Nintendo Switch's Joy-Cons. You can build something called a Toy-Con scanner which uses the controller to capture images of objects held in front of it. This was something noted in one of the patents filed by Nintendo before the Switch was unveiled. While the ability is being used to create terrain in the Toy-Con Motorbike game, the patent notes that it could also be used to play games like Rock, Paper Scissors and Wii-sports like games including baseball. You can see the scanner in action about four minutes into the video below. Here are some of the things Nintendo pointed out about the Variety Kit.

  • Toy-Con Piano: After assembling your 13-key Piano, you can host an impromptu recital or record your songs and play them back for your biggest fans-in-the-making. Experiment with different sounds and pitches to create something truly unique – even a song composed entirely of cat noises!
  • Toy-Con Motorbike: Grab ahold of your newly constructed handlebars and race through different tracks, challenging CPU opponents or collecting targets across mountainous terrain. You can even create your own custom tracks, so start planning your designs now!
  • Toy-Con Fishing Rod: There are many exotic fish to discover, and some of the deep-ocean fish are particularly tricky to catch. Show off your collection in Aquarium mode and have fun creating your own fish with different shapes and colors – simply insert and scan different cards in the Toy-Con Piano to get started. (Assembled Toy-Con Piano is required to access Aquarium mode.)
  • Toy-Con House: Befriend the cute creature living in your Toy-Con House (shown on the Nintendo Switch screen) and discover different ways to interact and play with it. There are a variety of experiences to discover, including mine cart races, bowling and jump rope.
  • Toy-Con RC Car: The RC Car is full of unique and surprising features. Since the Variety Kit includes materials to build two Toy-Con RC Cars, you can race against a friend, set up obstacle courses or even compete in a sumo-inspired challenge to try to knock your opponent’s RC Car over (additional Joy-Con controllers are required; sold separately). Create a path using the reflective stickers included in the kit, and set the car to auto-drive along a specific route using the IR Motion Camera on the Right Joy-Con controller.

In the Toy Con Robot Kit video, Nintendo walks through how the cardboard robot kit becomes a body-sized controller for a series of robot games the kit comes with. The games include city destroying elements, the ability to fly and drive around like a tank. There's also a robo studio mode that lets you use the Switch as a sound maker and you can use two kits and two sets of Joy-Cons to have robot battles on a TV. You can also level up and customize your robots. Check out all of the action below.

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